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'No team has really got close to us'

McGrath confident of beating England

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April 4, 2007



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Glenn McGrath believes Australia should defeat England comfortably when the teams meet in their Super Eights match in Antigua on Sunday. However, Australia will need to keep their momentum up after an eight-day break between games, which McGrath said was "too long".

McGrath has faced England in 32 ODIs and 30 Tests but Sunday's game will be his last encounter against his old rivals unless the two sides meet in the semi-finals or final. Following on from his correct tip that Australia would win the Ashes 5-0, McGrath said Australia deserved to be favourites in Antigua.

"The way England have been playing and the way we have been playing, we should win this game pretty well," McGrath told AFP. Australia are unbeaten from five games in the West Indies, while England have lost to New Zealand and enjoyed less-than-convincing victories over Canada, Kenya and Ireland.

McGrath said England's surprise win in the CB Series in February meant little as lifting the World Cup was the ultimate goal. "They played well to finish off the summer in Australia, we probably let our guard down a bit," McGrath said. "Since we've been over here we've prepared exactly the way we wanted to prepare and we've played some awesome cricket. To be honest, no team has really got close to us.

"I have always enjoyed playing England. Potentially, it could be the last time I come up against these guys before I hang the boots up so it would be nice to finish on a good note."

McGrath is Australia's leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 and has also broken Wasim Akram's record for the most victims in World Cups. However, he might require extra focus to keep up that form as Australia's last match was on Saturday, meaning by the time they face England they will have had more than a week off.

"It's good you can get around the islands and have a bit of a break," McGrath said. "But when you are in a tournament like this and playing well, you want to keep the momentum up. Eight days off in between games, that's probably a bit too long."

After the England clash, Australia will have four days' rest before taking on Ireland in Barbados. They then travel to Grenada and wrap up their Super Eights campaign against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

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Coach's wife did not want him to take Pakistan job

'No hint of match-fixing' in Woolmer's emails

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April 6, 2007



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Bob Woolmer's wife did not want him to take the job as Pakistan coach in 2004 but she said there was no indication he was "scared" in the lead-up to his murder. Gill Woolmer also said in an interview with The Times she thought the police investigating her husband's death were doing a "good job" and she wanted a "speedy conclusion" to the inquiry.

She told the paper Woolmer was not keeping a World Cup diary but was intending to write a book about his time as Pakistan coach, though it "is best if that book never appears now". "If it is going to cause upset, it is not worth publishing," Gill Woolmer said.

Woolmer had sent his wife emails from the West Indies but there was "not even a hint in them of his being scared, or of anything to do with match-fixing," she said. However, she was not keen for him to take the Pakistan role in the first place.

"I said to him, 'I cannot believe you are thinking of doing this'," she said. "He knew the Pakistan side fluctuated in form, but he liked a challenge, and no one else tried to prevent him taking the job."

Gill Woolmer also praised Mark Shields, the chief investigator, for his efforts to find her husband's killer. "Obviously I have not met Mark Shields but he seems to be doing a good job," she said. "He is under stress and is tired and requires help because there are so many things to look into. We need to bring this to a speedy conclusion."

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Bangladesh stun South Africa

Star of the show: Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful scored 87 from 83 balls against South Africa [AFP]

The World Cup fairytale for Bangladesh just got better as they defeated the world number-one ranked South Africans by 67 runs in their Super Eight clash at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday.
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In their chase, South Africa never looked comfortable against Bangladesh's spin attack and at one stage slumped to 87 for 6 before being all-out for just 184 in their 49th over, with left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak the star taking 3 for 25 off 9.4 overs.

Bangaldesh's win moves them off the bottom of the Super Eight table, and equal on two points with England and the West Indies, while South Africa remain in fourth place with four points from four matches against Super Eight opponents.

"It's a historic win," said Habibul Bashar, Bangladesh captain.

"We can now think of moving forward in the tournament.

"We lifted ourselves in this game and once we put up a good total on the board we knew we could fight."

Opening batsmen Javed Omar and Tamim Iqbal (38) got Bangladesh off to a steady start as they constructed a partnership of 42 runs before Omar was caught by Smith off the bowling of Andre Nel for 17.

This started a top order collapse for Bangladesh as they lost their next three wickets for a further 42 runs to be struggling at 84 for 4, with Nel the destroyer on his way to impressive figures of 5 for 45 from his ten overs.

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However Ashraful was joined at the crease by Aftab Ahmed and the pair put on a 76-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Ashraful, who scored a century in Bangladesh's one-day win over Australia in 2005, crafting an entertaining innings of power and guile.

Ahmed added a handy 35 from 43 balls with fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza also chipping in with a valuable 25 from 16 as Bangaldesh began to frustrate the South Africans in posting a defendable total.

Ashraful was finally dismissed in the last over of his side's innings when he was caught by Charl Langeveldt off Nel on 87.

South Africa collapse

South Africa began slowly and then suffered a collapse of their own from which they never recovered, as they went from a reasonable 63 for 2 to 87 for 6 in the space of ten overs.

Syed Rasel, right, and Mushfiqur Rahim, left,
celebrate Graeme Smith's wicket [AFP]

Jacques Kallis looked solid as he scored 32 from 36 deliveries, but once he was out caught by Iqbal off the bowling of Syed Rasel, no other South African batsman offered any resistance until an injured Herschelle Gibbs came in at number seven, batting with a runner.

Gibbs tried to hold things together with a well-made 56 not-out from 59 balls, but he ran out of partners through a combination of excellent bowling from the Bangladeshis and poor shot selection from the South Africans.

Medium-fast left-armer Rasel made a big contribution to his side's victory, taking 2 for 41 from his ten overs, while fellow opening bowler Mortaza kept things reasonably tight with 0 for 45 from nine.

Left-arm spinner Saqibul Hasan was the other bowler to do some damage as he finished with 2 for 49 from ten overs in a memorable win that Bangladesh can add to the scalp of India in the group stage.

Hard work

"It's very disappointing," said Smith.

"We let ourselves down and we now need to work very hard from here on.

"We could never build a partnership, but full credit to Bangladesh's bowlers."

South Africa must now regroup as they travel to Grenada to face hosts the West Indies on Tuesday, who will now feel they are in with more of a chance of making the semi-finals, while Bangladesh play England in Barbados on Wednesday.

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Bangladesh upsets South Africa
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Bangladesh pulled off another shock victory at the 2007 Cricket World Cup on Saturday, beating world No. 1 team South Africa by 67 runs.

Put in to bat by South Africa captain Graeme Smith, Bangladesh posted its best ever World Cup score of 251 runs, with Mohammad Ashraful scoring 87.

South Africa's much-vaunted bowling attack failed to fire, although Andre Nel took 5-45 on his return to the lineup at the Guyana National Stadium.

In reply, Smith fell early for 12 and, although Jacques Kallis scored 32 in 36 balls, he was out at 63 for two wickets. From then on, wickets tumbled steadily until Mark Boucher and Justin Kemp fell in successive balls to leave the score on 87 for six.

South Africa had no answer to Bangladesh's medium-pace seam and spin attack and was bowled out for 184, with only an injured Herschelle Gibbs resisting at 56 not out. The loss means it has only four points from four Super 8s matches and could now get caught by host West Indies or England in the race to capture semifinal places.

"It was a very poor day for us, but credit to Bangladesh, they took their opportunities and finished the game well," Smith said.

"We had them under pressure at times, but we released that pressure. We finished the game badly with the ball. We never got our disciplines right and our basics throughout the day were very, very poor. If you don't get those basics right, you can't expect to win games."

"We have got to regroup pretty quickly and the next two games (against West Indies and New Zealand) are obviously crucial."

The victory for Bangladesh means it now has two points from four games and is level with England and West Indies.

"Any victory is important for Bangladesh," said captain Habibul Bashar. "But this is the No. 1 team and it's a good feeling and we're still in the Super 8s."

It was the second time in the championship Bangladesh upset one of the fancied teams. In group play, it beat India by five wickets in Trinidad March 17 sending star-studded India out in the first round.

During the World Cup, South Africa was named the official top one-day team by the International Cricket Council, the rankings based on results in the 12 months up to April 1.

Put in to bat on a lifeless wicket, Bangladesh paid South Africa's bowlers little respect and paceman Makhaya Ntini was smashed for 61, including 28 runs from his last two overs. Bangladesh scored 80 off the last 10.

Nel, who had not played since the team's first World Cup game against Netherlands, was the pick of the bowling, having replaced allrounder Andrew Hall. Shaun Pollock was economical, but unable to take any wickets.

Openers Javed Omar and Tamim Iqbal made a solid start, seeing off the combination of Pollock and Ntini in the first 10 overs.

Nel struck in the 14th over. Omar cut hard at a ball high and wide outside off stump and Smith took an athletic catch at backward point with the score on 42.

Team captain Habibul Bashar failed again after scoring just five. Nel took a catch from his own bowling. Bashar's dismal run of form at the World Cup - he has scored just 57 in five innings - left Bangladesh on 59-2.

In the 20th over, Iqbal flicked a ball from Nel just over wicketkeeper Mark Boucher's head for four. He then tried an enormous slog off the next ball, edging it to Boucher to give Nel his third wicket and leave Bangladesh on 69 for 3. Iqbal scored 38 in 59 balls.

Ashraful became stronger with each over against a bowling attack that looked off colour apart from Pollock and Nel. He played a series of delightful sweeps for his 12 fours, finally falling to one sweep too many in the last over when South Africa finally placed a fielder, Charl Langeveldt, at deep square leg for the shot.

By then Ashraful had totted up 87 off 83 balls in his 11th one day international half century.

Smith was the first to go in South Africa's innings with the score on 18, bowled trying to cut Syed Russel.

The in-form Kallis looked contemptuous of the Bangladesh bowling as he clubbed his way to 32 with five fours before miscuing a lofted on-drive to Iqbal at mid-on. Ashwell Prince was run out by Aftab Ahmed for one and Kemp (7) and Boucher (12) were unable to stick around for long.

Gibbs limped to the crease with Prince as a runner and batted bravely, but the Bangladeshi bowling attack gave little away.

Gibbs and Pollock added 45 for the seventh wicket before Pollock was superbly run out by Iqbal for 17. Nel scored only one before he gave a simple caught and bowled to Mohammad Rafique, who bowled a spell of one for 22 from his 10 overs.

Abdur Razzak was the pick of Bangladesh's bowling, taking 3 for 25.

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Captain Habibul Bashar says Bangladesh has made a statement to the cricket world after his team's shock World Cup victory over top-ranked South Africa on Saturday.

Bangladesh, ranked ninth in the 11-team world standings, racked up their World Cup record total of 251-8 and then bowled out a dispirited South Africa for just 184 to claim their first points in the second-stage Super Eights with a 67-run win.

The Bangladeshis have registered occasional upsets in previous matches but skipper Bashar suggested this win was the best because it came in the latter stage of a World Cup.

"This is pretty big," Bashar told reporters. "Every win is important for Bangladesh but this win is more important.

"We wanted to show when we came into the Super Eights that we were not there just to make the numbers up. We wanted to win points. We now have a chance for the semi-finals but we need to work really hard."

Having heavily lost to defending champions Australia and fancied New Zealand already, and with games approaching against England, Ireland and West Indies, Bangladesh's chances of making the last four would appear slim, but at least they can now hope.

South Africa had beaten Sri Lanka and World Cup debutants Ireland before this game and their passage to the semi-finals, which had seemed inevitable, is now quite uncertain. They have four points and Bangladesh have two.

Bashar praised Aftab Ahmed and Mohammad Ashraful for their fearless approach to the South African attack after the duo shared a fifth-wicket stand of 76.

Man-of-the-match Ashraful dominated the innings with his entertaining knock of 87 from 83 balls, Aftab also played his part with a crucial 35 off 43.

"Ashraful played a wonderful innings for us and Aftab was a really important player for us too," Bashar said. "But we want him (Aftab) to get an 80 or a 90 rather than a brilliant 30 or 40."

Bangladesh fly out of Guyana on Sunday morning for their next match with England in Barbados on Wednesday.

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Bangladesh humiliate South Africa with shock win

04-07-2007, 13h36
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Bangladesh dealt a potentially fatal blow to South Africa's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals with a stunning 67-run victory in the Super Eights here on Saturday.

Bangladesh did the unexpected when they dismissed South Africa for a modest 184 on a slow pitch after having set a challenging 252-run target in their best-ever batting performance of the tournament.

Their first win over South Africa also threw the tournament wide open as more than four teams are now in contention for the semi-final berths.

Defending champions Australia lead the table with six points from three matches, followed by Sri Lanka (6/4), New Zealand (6/3), South Africa (4/4), England (2/3) and the West Indies (2/4).

Bangladesh, who beat India in the first round, found more than one match-winner as they batted, bowled and fielded with discipline.

"It's historic win," said Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar.

"We can now think of moving forward in the tournament. We lifted ourselves in this game and once we put up a good total on the board we knew we could fight."

Middle-order batsman Mohammad Ashraful played a key role as he smashed a quickfire 83-ball 87 to help Bangladesh survive South African paceman Andrew Nel's maiden five-wicket haul in the morning session.

Left-arm seamer Syed Rasel then built on Ashraful's effort, dismissing South Africa skipper Graeme Smith (12) and in-form Jacques Kallis (32) in his opening spell to put South Africa on the back foot.

Rattled by pace, South Africa then looked clueless against spin.

They found themselves under pressure, but failed to find the batsmen to rise to the occasion. They virtually went out of the game when they slipped from 63-1 to a pathetic 87-6.

"It's very disappointing," said Smith.

"We let ourselves down and we now need to work very hard from here on. We could never build a partnership, but full credit to Bangladesh's bowlers."

Left-arm spinner Saqibul Hasan did the maximum damage in the middle overs as he had Mark Boucher (12) caught by Rasel and then held a low return catch to account for Justin Kemp (seven) off successive deliveries.

Left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak (3-25) and Mohammad Rafique (1-22) also kept the batsmen silent with their tight spells.

Herschelle Gibbs, batting low down the order and with a runner because of a calf injury, top-scored with an unbeaten 56 in a below-par South African performance.

South Africa will meet New Zealand, the West Indies and England in their last three matches, while Bangladesh opened their account after four games.

Bangladesh were earlier struggling at 84-4 following Nel's triple-strike before middle-order batsmen Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed (35) steadied the innings with a 76-run stand. Nel finished with 5-45 off 10 overs.

Aftab was the first to go for big shots, smashing two sixes in an over from Kemp. This was the beginning of the onslaught as Ashraful then improvised brilliantly to help his team post a respectable total.

Ashraful completed his 11th half-century in style, lofting fast bowler Makhaya Ntini for a straight four and then hitting two more boundaries in the same over.

Ashraful struck 12 fours in his 83-ball knock, his best since scoring 94 against England at Trent Bridge in 2005.

Nel, dropped after going wicketless in his team's opening game against the Netherlands, looked in fine nick as he dismissed openers Javed Omar and Tamim Iqbal (38), and Bashar in his lively opening spell.

Teenager Iqbal often stepped into the realm of adventure, hitting Ntini for a couple of boundaries before falling playing one shot too many.

SCOREBOARD

Bangladesh

Javed Omar c Smith b Nel 17
Tamim Iqbal c Boucher b Nel 38
Habibul Bashar c and b Nel 5
Saqibul Hasan c Smith b Kallis 9
Mohammad Ashraful c Langeveldt b Nel 87
Aftab Ahmed c Nel b Ntini 35
Mushfiqur Rahim run out 6
Mashrafe Mortaza b Nel 25
Mohammad Rafique not out 3
Abdur Razzak not out 2
Extras lb7, nb5, w12 24
Total for eight wickets 251

Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Omar), 2-59 (Bashar), 3-69 (Iqbal), 4-84 (Hasan), 5-160 (Ahmed), 6-179 (Rahim), 7-233 (Mortaza), 8-248 (Ashraful).

Bowling Pollock 10-1-25-0 (w2)
Ntini 10-1-61-1 (w2)
Nel 10-1-45-5 (nb3, w2)
Langeveldt 10-0-57-0 (nb2)
Kallis 6-0-27-1 (w3)
Smith 3-0-16-0 (w3)
Kemp 1-0-13-0

Overs: 50

South Africa

G. Smith b Rasel 12
AB de Villiers b Razzak 15
J. Kallis c Iqbal b Rasel 32
J. Kemp c and b Hasan 7
A. Prince run out 1
M. Boucher c Rasel b Hasan 12
H. Gibbs not out 56
S. Pollock run out 17
A. Nel c and b Rafique 1
C. Langeveldt lbw b Razzak 9
M. Ntini c Mortaza b Razzak 8
Extras lb2, w12 14
Total 184

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Smith), 2-63 (Kallis), 3-64 (de Villiers), 4-67 (Prince), 5-87 (Boucher), 6-87 (Kemp), 7-132 (Pollock), 8-137 (Nel), 9-162 (Langeveldt), 10-184 (Ntini)

Bowling Mortaza 9-0-45-0 (w1)
Rasel 10-0-41-2 (w1)
Razzak 9.4-1-25-3 (w5)
Rafique 10-2-22-1
Hasan 10-0-49-2

Overs: 48.4

Result: Bangladesh win by 67 runs

Points: Bangladesh 2, South Africa 0

Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Mark Benson (ENG) and Billy Doctrove (WIS)

TV umpire: Steve Bucknor (WIS)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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Bangladesh stun South Africa with 67-run thrashing
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By Richard Sydenham

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Reuters) - Bangladesh shocked world number one-ranked South Africa with a 67-run victory in the World Cup Super Eights on Saturday which has turned the tournament on its head.

The Bangladeshis, who progressed to the second phase against the odds after a surprise win over India in the group stage, followed their World Cup record total of 251 for eight by dismissing the South Africans for 184 at the Providence Stadium.

The result seriously damaged strongly fancied South Africa's hopes of reaching the last four from the second stage and gave fresh hope to hosts West Indies and England who had looked to be heading out of the competition.

It was a match which South Africa were expected to cruise to a comfortable two points and move towards the semi-finals from the round-robin Super Eights.

Instead, Bangladesh, who lost heavily to Australia and New Zealand in the last eight days, completely dominated to win their first points of the Super Eights and could even qualify themselves if they win their remaining games.

"It was a poor day for us, a very poor day, but credit to them," South African captain Graeme Smith told reporters. "If you don't get your basics right you don't deserve to win."

GENERAL UNORTHODOXY

Bangladesh's innings was dominated by a flamboyant 87 off 83 balls by 22-year-old number five batsman Mohammed Ashraful, the man of the match.

His innings shone with improvised stroke-play and general unorthodoxy. South African pace bowler Andre Nel claimed a career one-day best 5-45 but that was overshadowed by the youngster's exuberance and flair.

Bangladesh, ranked ninth from 11 in the one-day world rankings, had to recover from 84-4 in the 24th over. They eventually took 80 from their last 10 overs.

South Africa's innings began poorly when Smith (12) missed a cut shot to a straight ball from left-arm seam bowler Syed Rasel.

The match then swung dramatically from 63-1 to 87-6, as key man Jacques Kallis played a mistimed lofted on-drive and was caught off Rasel for 32 and Abdur Razzak bowled AB de Villiers (15) seven balls later.

SCENTED VICTORY

Ashwell Prince was run out, Mark Boucher followed a six over long-off to Saqibul Hasan with a catch to the same region next ball and then Justin Kemp lobbed up a simple return catch to Saqibul a ball later.

As the Bangladeshis scented victory, every wicket was met by excited dance jigs by a team whose average age is 23.

Herschelle Gibbs, who fielded only for a short period because of a calf strain, batted at seven with a runner. He bravely contributed 56 not out.

His stand of 45 with Shaun Pollock was ended by a run out after a sharp pick-up and throw at the stumps by Tamim Iqbal.

Charl Langeveldt made nine before missing a straight delivery from Razzak and the victory was rounded off when Makhaya Ntini holed out from a ballooning thick edge for eight, again off Razzak.

It was Bangladesh's fifth victory in their third World Cup -- and probably their best.

South Africa meet tournament hosts West Indies in Grenada on Tuesday and after three defeats already in the Super Eights, the hosts will be doubly determined to make the most of a golden chance to resurrect their campaign.

England, too, have been offered an opportunity to redeem themselves having lost to Sri Lanka this week and failed to bring any points through from the group stage. They face Australia in Antigua on Sunday.

The seven-week World Cup culminates in the April 28 final in Bridgetown, Barbados.



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Saturday Apr 07 2007 10:41

Bangladesh pulled off a massive shock in the World Cup Super Eights as they beat world-ranked number one side South Africa by 67 runs in Guyana.

The Tigers bowled their opponents out for 184 to complete a famous victory, with Syed Rasel and Saqibul Hasan taking two wickets apiece and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak finishing with 3-25.

South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals, with 32 from Jacques Kallis and an unbeaten 56 from Herschelle Gibbs the only notable contributions.

Proteas skipper Graeme Smith had earlier won the toss and elected to bowl first and that seemed to be a wise decision as three wickets from Andre Nel reduced the Tigers to 84-4.

However, Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed (35) repaired much of the damage with a fifth wicket stand of 74.

Ashraful was eventually dismissed late on for 87 from 83 balls, having struck 12 boundaries, becoming the fifth victim for the impressive Nel, who finished with 5-45 from his ten overs.

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