The boys are back in town!
Move over all pretenders – the real thing is here. Australia showed today why they are still the real deal comprehensively outplaying South Africa in their Group A, first round match at St. Kitts today.
Batting first, the Australians scored 377 for 6 off their alloted 50 overs. Matthew Hayden was the star, scoring a World Cup record breaking century off 66 balls. The team was given a great start by Adam Gilchrist and Hayden who put on 106 in under 15 overs, before Gilchrist was out for 42.
Ricky Ponting hit a run a ball 91 and young batting star Michael Clarke 92 off 75 balls, with 7 fours and 4 sixes.
All the South African bowlers were taken to the cleaners, especially Shaun Pollock who went for 83 off his alloted 10 overs without taking a wicket
The South African riposte was spirited. A B DeVilliers and Graeme Smith pounded the Australian bowlers right from the start. Glenn McGrath’s first 3 balls all went for boundaries.
Smith and DeVilliers put on 160 for the first wicket in 21 overs, a terrific rate of nearly 8 runs per over. DeVilliers was unfortunately run out for 92 off 70 balls. Smith had to retire with severe cramps whilst he was on song – going at better than a run a ball in his innings.
This pretty much turned out to be the turning point in the match. Although Jacques Kallis chipped in with 48 it was too little, too late. South Africa were bowled out for 294, with Brad Hogg taking 3 for 61 and Nathan Bracken and Shaun Tait taking two wickets each.
Both the teams are through to the next round, with Australia of course taking the honours for the group.