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Mc GRATH IN A GOOD MOOD

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Australia is set to give an answer to one and all and more and so to England. In a warm up match in here at Port Elizabeth, the world champions literally killed Namibia when they thrashed the Namibians by 256 runs.

It was Australia's fifth successive victory and they are the only undefeated team in the tournament.

They can reach two more landmarks on Sunday: a record 12th successive victory that would pass the 11 achieved by West Indies during 1984-85, and an extention of their limited-overs domination against England which already encompasses 13 matches going back more than four years.

"Let's hope there are a few scars there and let's hope we can open them up again in a few days' time," said the Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Records tumbled almost as quickly as Namibian w ickets as they were bowled out for 45 in 14 overs in reply to Australia's 301 for six. Only one Namibian batsman, the captain Deon Kotze, managed double figures. He scrambled to 10. Extras were top score with 15.

Glenn Mc Grath gave a chilling warning to all the teams bowling a chilling spell of 7 overs and picking up 7 wickets giving 15 runs.

It bettered the seven for 51 the West Indian Winston Davis took against Australia in 1983, the only other time a bowler has taken seven wickets in the tournament.

And when asked if seven wickets against a side as weak as Namibia meant anything, McGrath joked that eight against England would look even better on his CV.

Adam Gilchrist was a beneficiary of this carnage, setting all sorts of new landmarks that went almost unnoticed. His six catches are the most in a World Cup match and made him the most successful wicketkeeper in one-day history. He has 259 dismissals from 151 matches.

It is the third time he has claimed six victims in a one-day match, a record he shares with Alec Stewart of England and Ridley Jacobs of the West Indies.

It is a warning to all the teams in the competition that Australia is here to dictate terms. So be ready for everything.

By FW Editor


Tags: sports, cricket, australia



Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 08 April '10


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