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'Anything can happen in 50 overs'.

CHAMPIONS TROPHY NATHAN HAURITZ believes that the unpredictable nature of limited-overs cricket means that anything could happen in Australia's Champions Trophy semi-final clash against England.

Australia's recent superiority over Andrew Strauss' team will see them head into the first knockout match of the competition as favourites, despite the English beating hosts South Africa and Sri Lanka to qualify in second place from Group B. The defending champions have had an even more successful tournament thus far, finishing top of Group A, but most of the talk at the pre-match press conference focussed on the way in which Hauritz and his team-mates eased past their opponents in a recently concluded seven-game series.

The off-break bowler featured in every match as Australia stormed to a 6-1 win, but he knows that form and pedigree will count for nothing.

"I guess anything can happen in a 50-over competition, he said.

"We've seen India knocked out and, along with South Africa, they are two of the two best sides in the world at the moment.

"Obviously it's a fresh start for England over here and they've done really well so far. I think we've been playing some good cricket lately.

"It doesn't bother me who we play. We've played England just recently, so it is good to play them I guess because we know their game and they know ours. It's a new game and a new venue, so it doesn't really matter."

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