Australia face ‘blockbuster’ England semi-final after losing to South Africa
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Australia’s Jason Behrendorff walks off after a World Cup loss to South Africa. (AFP pic)
MANCHESTER: Australia will play England in a “blockbuster” World Cup semi-final after the holders suffered a dramatic 10-run defeat against South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday.
David Warner marked his first match against South Africa since a 12-month ball-tampering ban with his third hundred of the World Cup, but it was not enough to prevent Australia suffering their second loss of the 10-team group stage.
Defeat on the penultimate ball meant Australia, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, failed to clinch top spot as India leapfrogged them to take pole position after beating Sri Lanka earlier on Saturday.
“It is a little frustrating. Davey Warner made a magnificent hundred and Alex Carey played a brilliant knock to get us close, but it was not quite good enough,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said.