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March 24, 2003

Greatness beyond individuals
In producing its best performance in the final, Daniel Laidlaw says, Australia set the benchmark for the future.

Australia crush India in World Cup final
India, chasing 360 to win, were dismissed for 234 in the 40th over and lost by 125 runs.

Brett Lee was the most exciting
Did Tendulkar deserve to be the Man of the Tournament, asks Barry Richards.

A feeble bowling performance by India
Peter Roebuck says the Australians batted formidably well but were assisted by an attack that failed to rise to the occasion.

Best and worst from the World Cup
Tendulkar cutting Shoaib Akhtar's fourth ball for six as India began chasing Pakistan's 273 for 7 ranks as the best shot of the tournament.

For and Against
Daniel Laidlaw presents a quick outline of the reasons for and against each team emerging World champions in a few hours.

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The Finals: Ind vs Aus

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1st semi-final: Aus vs SL
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Australia vs Kenya
Australia vs New Zealand
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Best of Round I
Australia vs England
Australia vs Namibia
Australia vs Zimbabwe
Best of 2003 World Cup
Australia vs Netherlands
Aussies day out
India vs Australia
Australia vs Pakistan
The Eagle has landed


Aussie opening spell crucial for India
Barry Richards says Tendulkar’s combat with the Australians will be the duel of the World Cup.

India can pull it off
Greg Chappell says India has the firepower to overcome Australia.

Tendulkar, Dravid hold key to India's fortunes
Vivian Richards says every team is due a hiccup in a tournament. Will Australia hang on for one more game?

Fast and short
Whether it lasts a few balls or a few overs, the Lee-Sachin battle will be the high point of the eighth World Cup, says Peter Roebuck.

Beyond the boundaries
Harish Kotian looks at how runs have come for India and Australia in the World Cup.

'Gilchrist is the best batsman in the world'
Batting legend Barry Richards wants Tendulkar to continue playing the way he has at the World Cup.

The walk that talked
Adam Gilchrist has reminded all and sundry that cricket is only a game, and winning, although important, is not the only consideration, writes Peter Roebuck.

Stirring effort by the Aussies
The Sri Lankans, says Peter Roebuck, met Australia on a pitch that suited them but still could not dictate terms.

There's always Bevan and Bichel…
Daniel Laidlaw previews the Australia-Sri Lanka semi-final.

Aussies can take advantage of Lankans' hesitancy
Peter Roebuck previews the Australia-Sri Lanka semi-final.

You have to plan for each Australian
Bob Woolmer says only India looks capable of beating the Aussies.

Aussies look fallible
'The Sri Lankans feel on the sort of slow 'subcontinent-like' turner everyone expects at Port Elizabeth they have the skill to take the Australians on and create a major upset,' says Asif Iqbal

'Hopeful of an easier Port Elizabeth pitch'
Glenn McGrath is looking forward to an India - Australia final.

Waugh and Ganguly have a lot in common
Peter Roebuck says this World Cup has confirmed the vital part played by captains in the formation and outlook of their teams.

Australia's tournament yet to start
On current form, Daniel Laidlaw says, Australia and India would be a welcome final confrontation.

Aussies relishing the challenge
Peter Roebuck on Australia's escape to victory at St. George's Park.

Plaudits for Ponting
Peter Roebuck pays tribute to the remarkable rise of Australia's one-day captain.

India, Australia are favourites
Bob Woolmer says New Zealand can be the dark horse.

India could put pressure on Aussies
How the Australians would react to that pressure is a largely unknown factor for it is not a situation they have experienced very often, says Asif Iqbal

Bevan's innings was commendable
Peter Roebuck says teams can take heart from England's showing against Australia, knowing the champions can be beaten.

'All-win record a realistic goal'
Glenn McGrath feels Australia is capable of going through the World Cup undefeated.

Warne fails the larger test
The Aussie's suspension, says Daniel Laidlaw, should serve as a lesson that sportspeople cannot afford to be too insular.

The Chinaman cometh
Nothing is more enjoyable than to see a top batsman bamboozled by a wrist spinner. Brad Hogg won the battle against Andy Flower, says Peter Roebuck.

Aussies awesome
Daniel Laidlaw says Australia produced an outstanding display of intense one-day cricket against India that emphatically stated their 2003 credentials.

Gillespie was outstanding
Glenn McGrath says the problem with India against Australia was they tried too hard.

Men in blue beaten black and blue
India's dismal showing against Australia has even irked fans on the American east coach, says Mark Bradshaw.

The World Cup is resembling a soap opera
Bob Woolmer says the list of banned substances should take into account the parameters of cricket.

The Former Sheikh of Tweak
Shane Warne's plight shouldn't confound us. He always carried one extra bit of equipment -- the sword of Damocles -- in his kit, says Sunaad Raghuram.

'We are here to win every game'
The team is 100 per cent behind Warne in this difficult time, says Glenn McGrath.

Am ready to bowl at my best
Glenn McGrath says the recent injuries to Australa's key bowlers won't affect the team's performance.

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Runs aplenty forecast for final
The path to the final
The final record
Australia players' pen sketches
Experienced hands will control final
Tendulkar is Australia's only obstacle: Warne
Warne avoids making sideshow at final
Hero, villain contribute to Aussie evolution
India will be wary of our quicks: Lehmann
No reason why we cannot beat Australia: Ganguly
Lee's pace on India's mind: Gilchrist
Lee fails to impress the men who matter
Gilchrist applauded for his 'walk'
Symonds, Lee reign before rain
Sporting Gilchrist re-opens walking debate
Symonds takes Cup average to 163
Early wickets will surprise the Aussies: Atapattu
Steve Waugh to lead for Windies Tests
Martyn ruled out of semi-final
Pressure's on Australia: Whatmore
Lee has special delivery for Tendulkar
Aussies survive Kenyan scare
Steve Waugh available for Windies tour
McGrath urges Waugh to carry on
Gilchrist tips Ponting as next Test captain
Aussies not stressed by favourites tag: Gilchrist
Port Elizabeth wicket not upto scratch
Aussies will not relax against Kenya
Ponting all praise for Lee, Bichel
Lee rallies Aussies to victory | Scores
Pigeon breaks seven-year Cup duck
Gillespie expected to be fit for Windies tour
Aussies won't slip up again: Buchanan
Australia wants to avoid Kiwis in the semis
Win against Lanka most accomplished
Ganguly grimaces as Ponting purrs
Australia in semis after Lankan rout | Scores
Gillespie is a big, big loss: Ponting
Steve Waugh hits 73rd first-class ton
Aussies, Lankans have scores to settle
ACB opts for change of image
Hookes wants Warne to train with Victoria
Ponting pays tribute to Hussain
ACB under fire over period of Warne ban
Dramatic win for Australia | Scores
Buchanan keen to avoid Durban semi-final
Lee misses Akthar's record
Australia name unchanged side
Australia play down record spree
McGrath is leading bowler
Aussies score record win over Namibia | Scores
Warne will not appeal ban
Aussies prefer England win against India
Warne's image could suffer even more: Gilchrist
Warne admits to taking diuretic in December
Warne may go for part-appeal
Australia too good for Zimbabwe | Scores
Nathan Hauritz to replace Warne
Warne unfairly branded a drug cheat: May
Warne reconsiders appeal against ban
Run blitz means demotion for Moody
Don Bradman's cap fetches A$500,000
Warne to appeal one-year ban
Warne ban a wake-up call for sport: Ponting
Ponting cool with late arrival in Zimbabwe
Cricket first for Hayden
Aussie PM wants shift in venue
Warne hearing adjourned
Aussies too good for fighting Dutch | Scores
Warne must have taken more than one tablet: report
Aussies looking to match 1975 Windies
Warne's drug hearing set for Friday
Aussies to rest key players
Warne's 'B' sample also positive
Australian board names panel to hear Warne case
Realistic Symonds facing up to the axe
Aussies class apart
'Dizzy' Gillespie
Lee justifies Ponting's faith
India left dizzy by Gillespie | Scores
Fans irked over Lee swearing
Turbanator out to put Australia in a spin
Top performances: India vs Australia
If found guilty, Warne faces minimum two-year ban
Aussies may spend least time necessary in Zim
Australia recall Bevan and Lehmann
India backing their spinners against Australia
Aussie board moves ICC for Warne replacement
Bhajju doesn't worry us: Ponting
'Indians' bowl in Aussie nets - Faisal Shariff
Australia - Pakistan: Statistical highlights
Australia too good for Pakistan | Scores
ACB to handle Warne's dope case: ICC
Who will replace Warne?
Waugh 'devastated' by Warne's departure
Shane Warne pulls out of World Cup
I have never taken drugs; I never will: Warne
Australia, Pakistan level in Cup battles
Lee may not open bowling: Ponting
Lee accused of chucking
Bevan rules himself out of Australia's opener
Past form means little against Pakistan: Buchanan
Healy, Jones to watch opposition
Australia can wilt under pressure: Viv
Hayden targets Shoaib threat
Symonds asked to back his instincts
Injury scares for Ponting, Warne
Lee no longer obsessed with being fastest


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