Such a pity and Australia and South Africa who, over the years, have produced one of the greatest rivalries in cricket, will feature in a game of no consequence at Manchester on Saturday. Twenty years back in England, these two sides produced back-to-back fascinating games which concluded in the Edgbaston humdinger. Things have been drastically different this time.
One of the most-awaited clashes of the World Cup, Australia vs New Zealand, will take place at Lord's on Saturday. The two sides last met in a World Cup match in the 2015 final at Melbourne, where the Aussies easily thumped New Zealand. Traditionally too Australia have had the upper hand over the Kiwis, so Kane Williamson will be keen to change history.
With an impressive return of three wins from four games, Australia will be expected to continue their dominance when they face a badly struggling Sri Lanka in match number 20 of World Cup 2019 at The Oval in London.
After scoring hard runs against Afghanistan and India, David Warner roared back to form with a sizzling hundred against Pakistan at Taunton that set the tone for the team's victory against Pakistan at Taunton.
Having been undone by India, Australia would like to get their World Cup campaign back on track when they face Pakistan in Match number 17 of the Indian Premier League at Taunton on Wednesday. The Aussies would not have it easy though as an inspired Pakistan would be gunning for another big fish.