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Shane Watson. (Getty)
Veteran allrounder Shane Watson has been squeezed out for Australia's World Cup clash with Afghanistan at the WACA Ground.

Hashim Amla. (Getty)
Hashim Amla hit his highest ever ODI score to steer the Proteas past 400 runs against Ireland.

Wahab Riaz. (Getty)
Pakistan have kept their World Cup finals hopes alive with a plucky 20-run win over Zimbabwe at the Gabba.

Michael Clarke. (Getty)
Michael Clarke says Australia may have to change their training after the collapse against NZ.

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