Australia 2003

2010-12-13 14:32
2003 - Australia

South Africa   


Who was there?
The Test nations of England, Australia, West Indies, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and  South Africa, with Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Canada and Namibia making up the 14 participating teams.

Tournament Star
India's perennial superstar Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 673 runs in the tournament despite again missing out on World Cup glory as India crashed out in the final against Australia.

Missed the point

South Africa's run of bad luck at Cricket World Cups continues: before their match against Sri Lanka was delayed and ultimately called off for rain, the South African team gave the batsmen a table showing the equivalent number of runs required after each ball to equal the Sri Lankan total for the remainder of the match assuming that rain would conclude the game after that particular ball. One ball before the rain interruption began, South Africa scored the requisite number of runs shown on the table. On the next ball it appeared that the batsmen could take a run but they decided not to take a risk, believing that their table showed the number of runs to win, not to tie. Thus the match ended in a tie, and South Africa lost all mathematical chance of proceeding to the Super Six.

What happened in the Final?
In its way this was as one-sided as 1999, but this time the crowd were treated to a feast of batting before a second-half that was only ever going to go through the motions. So savage was the attack led by Ricky Ponting (140 not out off 121 balls) with support from Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist that Australia 's 359 for 2 was never under threat. Ganguly went down with guns blazing, although a rain break, preceded by Ponting desperately asking his spinners to race through overs to ensure a result, did briefly stir the crowd. The Australians were deserved winners, and unlike 1999, they dominated throughout. Michael Bevan collected his second winner's medal ...easy work for a man who wasn't called upon to bat or bowl in either final.

Cricket is just like that
It produces some of the most magnificent performers on earth, and just as quickly as they rise, they fall: Australian Shane Warne was sent home from the cup in embarrassing circumstances, only the day before their opening game, after a positive drug test in a lead-up competition in Australia revealed that he had taken a banned diuretic. The leg spinner claimed that he had taken a 'fluid pill' on the advice of his mother.


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