AN AIR of assurance always swirls around the Australian cricket team, especially in marquee events like the World Cup. Despite the rumblings arising out of dirty controversies, despite the unease caused by a transitional phase Australia remain an opponent that can never be taken lightly. The fighting 15-run victory over the West Indies in the ongoing World Cup yet again showed why the Aussies are considered all-time favourites. Like life, the Australian cricket team always finds a way out to win. A precarious position (down at 38 for 4) like that against the Windies would be backbreaking for any team. But the Australians have an innate strength to turn crisis into an opportunity to excel by stretching mental as well as physical limits. It was on display during the stand between Steven Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile that propelled the Aussies to safety. And it was visible again during bowling. This fortitude separates Australia from other challengers. It is one inherent quality that is a matter of envy for every sportsperson and pride too.