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Hodge shines in Cup win

Australian Brad Hodge scored his maiden one-day international century against The Netherlands in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Australia beat The Netherlands by 229 in a one sided match in which the Dutch team could only score 129 runs in 26.5 overs. They were chasing Australia's score of 358.

But the day belonged to Hodge who scored 123 runs off just 89 balls. Michael Clarke also had a good game scoring an unbeaten 93.

Brad Hogg was the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets for 27 runs. This is however, the end of the easy matches with South Africa going to be a real litmus test.

With the South African match coming next, its interesting to see who is going to be dropped to make way for Andrew Symonds. I am wondering whether Hodge's performance will help him keep a place in the team or will Mike Hussey be dropped instead.

In the other day's match England without Andrew Flintoff managed to beat Canada whom I thought gave some very good resistance. Canada lost by 51 runs after scoring a respectable 228 runs chasing England's 279.

However, it was a sad day for cricket as a whole with the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.

The win against the Dutch has given Australia good momentum leading up to their much anticipated clash against the Proteas on March 24. It should be an interesting contest.

A match between number 1 and number 2 in any sport should be an interesting duel and so should be this one. The Aussies may have an edge despite being ranked second.

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