CRICKET WORLD CUP: MEDIA MONITOR

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The Independent Online
AUSTRALIA' S CAMPAIGN appears to be in danger of disintegrating after a sloppy and lacklustre performance in the tournament opener against Scotland on Sunday. The worrying point is this was not strictly a one- off. Steve Waugh's team could only draw the one-day series in the West Indies despite the home team missing Brian Lara, and performances in two completed practice matches in Britain also were below par.

How the Syndey Morning Herald saw Australia's opening win against Scotland.

THE TARTAN Army doesn't follow cricket. It's more the Officer Training Corps with small checks - and big credit cards. And, in truth, the men who followed Scotland's cricketers to their first match in the World Cup were virgin soldiers - they've never had anywhere to follow the Scots before. So, for them, coming to Worcester to watch the boys play Australia, was a bit like the full-strength Tartan Army going to the Stade de France for the Brazil game. Pity is, to the seasoned follower Worcestershire's New Road ground is less of a Theatre of Dreams and more of a church hall of second thoughts.

How the Daily Record saw the same match.

KENYA CAPTAIN Asif Karim said his team was in a tough group, although the experience was invaluable. "We played well in patches," Karim said after yesterday's game. "I am sure our boys will learn a lot from these sort of tournaments."

Kenya's Daily Nation sees the positive side of their opening defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe.

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