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'Australia will be tough to beat'

March 24, 2007

Australia, who came into the World Cup on the back of some indifferent form after defeats in the tri-series final at home to England and in New Zealand, announced themselves with a crushing victory over nearest rivals South Africa.

The world champions dished out a brilliant batting performance to beat South Africa in their last group match and reclaim the number one ranking in one-dayers.

Sri Lanka are not far behind and have played some great cricket to advance to the Super Eight stage, where debutants Ireland are the surprise entrants.

Asian powerhouse Pakistan was knocked out as early as the first week of the World Cup and neighbours India are relying on a miracle to survive a humiliating first round exit.

We have a special guest with us, former Australia batsman Michael Bevan, regarded as one of the best to have played the limited-overs version of the game.

'Australia have a number of players that may well be finishing up after the World Cup and they may want to finish on a high note,' he told Special Correspondent Harish Kotian.

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