Hello all! Welcome to match four of the Cup that counts, and it is the first sight of the defending champions. They must be tired of defending by now, they haven't lost a game in over two-and-a-half World Cups! The last time Australia lost a World Cup match, the cricket world was a vastly different place. Twenty20 was but a glint in a marketing man's eye, Bangladesh was not yet a Test nation and Hansie Cronje was still a well-respected captain of South Africa. And a 24-year-old Ricky Ponting was making his name as a star of the future. Mind-boggling.
Ian Chappell surveys the pitch at the Motera pitch and concludes "it is a damn good cricket wicket" full of runs. Talking of Ian Chappell, the man has amassed 2009 points in three games in our fantasy league. Think you can do better? Play away - this is the contest that counts.