• On the face of it this is a dream contest. After all isn't it a clash between the two top ODI sides in the game? And then of course there is the grudge factor whenever and wherever India and Australia meet on the field. Which means, besides the cricket being of a really high order, one can expect the tension and needling that is inevitable in such contests. One only hopes that the players don't cross the line and venture into unacceptable behaviour and spoil what should be a real cracker of a seven- match series.

     

    It would not be out of place to look back at the last ODI series played in India between the two countries exactly two years ago. On that occasion Australia were more comfortable winners than the final 4-2 margin suggests. But it is safe to say that the visitors were much stronger than the present squad.

     

    Among those on duty were Adam Gilchrist, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden all of whom are missing this time for one reason or the other. Perhaps that is

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  • We have put the loss against the Delhi Daredevils down to just one of those things, especially with regard to the wicket and it certainly has not stopped our momentum. Anything can happen on that sort of a wicket. All the matches that have been played there have been low-scoring ones, so it was lucky for us that the Cape Cobras had already qualified for the semi-finals.

     

    We are back in Hyderabad and are and happy to play on a wicket which is more suited to us, more like the type we get in South Africa. So we will go into the Champions League semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow with our confidence high.

     

    Yes, Trinidad and Tobago are on a roll and are playing some good cricket, and you have to give them credit for that. They deserve to be in the last-four. We, on the other hand, have scored our highest runs in the tournament here and for us it is not about whom we play against but more the occasion. 

     

    Darren Ganga is a very astute captain and he has been using his

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  • They came into the Champions League unheralded and unsung. Surely they wouldn't be a match for the more glamorous and stronger sides from Australia and England, India and South Africa and the cynics penciled them in for an early return.

     

    On the contrary not only have Trinidad & Tobago delivered but they have done so with panache. The Champions League hasn't really come anywhere near the thrills and excitement of the IPL and the exit of all three Indian teams before the semifinals has clearly robbed the inaugural tournament of much of its sheen. But the spectators' disappointment has somewhat been assuaged by the showing of the Caribbean side. 

     

    Suddenly, they have a new team to root for as the Champions League enters its climactic stages. And what a transformation in the scenario! Trinidad & Tobago are no longer underdogs and according to Boeta Dippenaar they are the favourites to win the title.

    The South African batsman should know something about what they are capable of for they

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