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Hayden sparks Oz magic

March 24, 2007
Matthew Hayden smashed the fastest World Cup century to spark Australia's surge to a record total in their Group A match against South Africa on Saturday.

Opener Hayden reached his century off 66 balls, one delivery fewer than previous record holder John Davison's effort for Canada against West Indies in 2003.

Hayden scored 101 in Australia's total of 377 for six, which surpassed their previous record of 359 for two against India in in the 2003 final.

Hayden faced 68 balls in all and hit 14 fours and four sixes.

He claimed his record in the 23rd over with a straight six off part-time off-spinner Graeme Smith.

The strapping left-hander was dismissed seven balls later when he looped a delivery from fast bowler Jacques Kallis to Gibbs at backward point.

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