The Frontier Post, Pakistan
NOW WE have a cricket team that are undisputed world champions in the one-day game and accepted champions in the Test arena. The success of this World Cup - even the controversial points system proved its worth - must inspire cricket administrators to put in place a world championship Test competition. With the future of Test cricket at issue, this is a matter the administrators cannot allow to drift.
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
AUSTRALIA'S STEVE Waugh lifted the World Cup on Sunday after his side sent Pakistan spinning to the greatest humiliation in the tournament's history. What was expected to be a rousing finale between two well-matched sides, turned into a no-contest as Pakistan was crushed by eight wickets. Pakistani supporters in the sell-out crowd of 30,000 watched in disbelief as Wasim Akram's men caved in without a fight.
The Nation, Pakistan
AUSTRALIA WENT into the match as bookies' favourites but the mood was strongly Pakistan's way. The cacophony of horns, whistles and fans overpowered the traditional cry of "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!". The mood had swung Australia's way within the first 30 minutes, Waugh's slips catch of Wajahatullah Wasty setting the tone. Then Fleming bowled Anwar. Pakistan's top-order procession continued, setting Australia for an early lunch and early victory, dismissing Pakistan in just 39 overs.
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