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Australia upstage South Africa

Australia produced a good all round performance at the ICC World Cup this morning to beat South Africa by 83 runs.

In one of the most anticipated matches since the draw was made, the match was quite interesting especially when South Africa had 184 runs on the board halfway through their innings for the loss of one wicket.

But after such a good start, South Africa could not maintain the momentum as they went on lose their last nine wickets for just 74 runs. South African bowlers had no answer to superb bowling by Australia and Shaun Pollock could not even manage a wicket.

Matthew Hayden had a particularly good game scoring 101 runs from 68 runs and Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke chipped in well with 91 and 92 runs respectively.

Meanwhile England easily reached the Super 8 stage after comfortably beating Kenya by seven wickets. With Andrew Flintoff back in the side, England had no problems chasing Kenya's target of 177 runs with Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood leading England home after some good work by Ed Joyce who scored 75.

This is a massive win for Australia against one of the tournament favourites and is a big boost going into the Super Eights. Good to see Symonds back as well. What I fail to understand is the selectors sticking with out of form Mike Hussey. He has failed to score more than 5 runs so far. I reckon Hodge should take his place against the Windies.

Harry, don't forget that Hussey is Australia's second ranked batsman after Ponting in ICC Player ranking in the one day game. So in one sentence he is there on merit.

Yes, Karim, he may be second best ranked Australian batsman or even first but what wins you the World Cup is not ranking but form. So in my own one sentence - out of form out of the team!

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