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Aussie record counts for nothing: Kallis

The SA vice-captain warns that Australia's unbeaten record in the WC will count for nothing when the two sides meet in the semi-finals.

cricket Updated: Apr 23, 2007 18:01 IST

South Africa vice-captain Jacques Kallis has warned that Australia's unbeaten record in the World Cup will count for nothing when the sides meet in the semi-final in St Lucia on Wednesday.

"They've played some very good cricket in this tournament, being unbeaten, while we've had a few hiccups along the way," said Kallis.

"But now it all doesn't mean much. There's all the hype before the game but carrying your points through doesn't count for anything in a semi-final. It's a game where who produces the goods on the day will win."

Kallis said both teams would go into the match with high expectations.

"They'll carry a lot of confidence through because of the way they've played but we're also confident after a massive win against England."

Staying calm will be a focus of the South African team, according to Kallis.

"There's no need to stress the importance of the game. It's important that we stay relaxed and calm. From our perspective, the trip to the Caribbean has been a positive thing.

"We've had some pressure situations, like when we faced possible elimination in the match against England. We've had some other close calls to deal with and we've managed to stay calm throughout.