Well, they most probably are chokers but South Africa for once won a thriller, chasing a big total against India. This means that Australia is the only undefeated team in this World Cup (and the last world cup and the one before that – just enjoying things while I still can).
The results are turning out to be quite interesting. It is just a shame that things are not unfolding about five times faster. It still looks like this format is going to make sure that the “Big Eight” play in the quarter finals – England have lost to Bangladesh and Ireland but will still probably drag themselves through – but that unexpected win over South Africa is going to be very important.
In the other pool, Australia may well win the pool undefeated but what it means, I’m not sure. One of their few challenges was rained out and they still await a match with the unpredictable Pakistanis. And who knows what advantage will be served in winning the group as the other group is so evenly poised. It may well be England they play, and they are just as likely to beat Australia in a quarter final match up.
Mind my goes back to the World Cup in 1996 – the last time this format was used – when all of the semi finalists came from the same first stage group. I wonder if most of the semi finalists will come from Group B at this World Cup. At any rate, we still have almost two weeks to wait and see.