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Aussies rewarded with a day off

By Greg Buckle 20/03/2007 05:45:43 AM Comments (0)

Australia's World Cup cricketers had the day off training to do some sightseeing on the neighbouring island of Nevis after their big win over the Netherlands in St Kitts.

With two wins from two matches so far in Group A, Ricky Ponting's world champions are now building up to their final match in the group phase against world No.1-ranked South Africa on Saturday at Warner Park in St Kitts.

Both sides are set to progress to the Super Eights where the top eight teams play six games each, taking on every other side apart from the team they've already met in their group matches.

Australia will be desperate to win on Saturday, not just for pride after losing the top ranking to Graeme Smith's side, but also for the two carry-over points that would allow them to start the Super Eights with one victory in the bank.

Century-making batsman Brad Hodge, after his 123 in the 229-run win over the Netherlands, will be fighting hard to keep his place in the side with star all-rounder Andrew Symonds training well and pushing for a recall after having bicep surgery last month.

"He's about 85 or 90 per cent, his bowling effort at the moment. That will go to 100 per cent on Tuesday," team physio Alex Kountouris said of Symonds.

"He'll step up to about eight overs on Tuesday and bowl ten by Thursday.

"He's looking like being available for the next game at this point but it is a week away.

"Hopefully I can just hand him over to the team and they can decide whether they want to pick him or not."

Australia have hit the ground running, despite coming into the tournament on the back of five consecutive defeats last month against England and New Zealand.

"When we first take the field on Saturday it will be all guns blazing and us out to play the best game of cricket that we have played in a long time," Ponting said.

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