Thursday’s World Cup semifinal will be SA’s fifth since confounding all expectations just months after being readmitted to international cricket by reaching the last four in 1992. It will be the third time they have faced Australia at this stage, having infamously tied in 1999 and been thrashed in 2007.    

This team is all too aware of SA’s history, never having reached a final, but they have been sounded and looked suitably unperturbed as it became increasingly clear that another knockout match looked inevitable given their rampant form in six of the first seven group games...

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