team has never lost a World Cup.
Their dominance of Indoor Cricket at this level has been almost
In 2000, South
Africa inflicted the first defeat in a World Cup match on the
In the same tournament, the South African Men went within one
run of defeating Australia (in the match which determined who
was going to progress to the Grand Final).
the Australian Men were defeated in some lead-up games in their
recent tour of New Zealand, and perhaps more notably, were defeated
in one Test by newcomers Sri Lanka.
Womens coach, Brad Zeller, is back, which is good news for the
Aussie Women. Brad wasn't in South Africa in 2000, so the Aussie
Women have still not lost a match under his direction, a record
we're sure Brad is keen to protect.
situation for the Australian Men is a bit more complicated.
Australia's long-term Mens coach, Dave Lewis, retired immediately
after the 2000 World Cup, leading to the appointment of Ross Gregory.
Ross has been involved in the game almost since its inception,
and has had a long and illustrious career wearing the Blue and
White of many Victorian State sides, but this is his first World
Cup campaign as coach. Some see this as their best chance ever
to challenge the Australian Men.