Waugh still pins faith in SA bouncing back to win Cup

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Deposed Australian One-day skipper Steve Waugh said on Tuesday he was not writing off South Africa in cricket's World Cup saying the Proteas were still Australia's main danger. Test captain Waugh said the South Africans have a chance to repeat Australia's 1999 barnstorming finish to win the World Cup.

After losses to West Indies and New Zealand, South Africa must win every game and hope West Indies beats Sri Lanka just to survive the pool matches. Australia, just as with South Africa this time, lost two of its first three games in 1999 but still won the World Cup in England. "I think they are still a good chance of doing well," Waugh said on Tuesday.

"I see their start as very similar to ours in 1999, and if they can turn it around and gradually peak towards the end of the tournament then there is no reason why they can't do well. "To write them off now would be pretty foolish because I still think they are Australia's main danger."

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