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Will Ponting step up for Australia?

Australia, which entered the cricket World Cup under a cloud, didn’t miss a beat in the opening week. Faced with less-than-stellar opposition, the Aussies nonetheless blew away New Zealand and Zimbabwe to make it 31 straight wins in the competition.

Speaking of turmoil, Pakistan cast aside seemingly permanent off-field troubles to upset Sri Lanka in a heavyweight Asian clash, while England, seeking a maiden World Cup title, barely avoided losing to unheralded the Netherlands. England blew a lead but was ultimately relieved to tie India on Sunday in an even better thriller. Unfortunately, ugly scenes preceded the affair, as Indian police battered fans queuing up for tickets.