MANCHESTER – A struggling South Africa will have their work cut out when they face an in-form Australia in their final Cricket World Cup group match in Manchester on Saturday.
Australia top the table with seven wins from their eight matches, while South Africa have won just two of their eight encounters.
Having already guaranteed themselves top-four berth, Australia can sew up top spot by defeating the Proteas and ensure they play their semifinal at the same venue.
Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell insists he's not out of form, just out of runs, declaring he's never felt better with bat in hand as Australia approach the pointy end of their sixth World Cup title quest.
With the reigning champions' top-order dominance largely consigning him to late-innings cameos, Maxwell has faced just 75 balls but spanked 143 runs at a tournament-leading strike-rate of 190.66.