S. Africa’s Smith says only England ‘can challenge’ Australia in T20

South Africa’s cricket skipper Graeme Smith has said that only England can stop Australia from winning the World Twenty20 in Barbados on Sunday.

Smith’s side were knocked out of the tournament after their loss to Pakistan on Monday in St Lucia and the big left-hander had no doubts about which teams were the main chances to claim the T20 world title.

“It’s about having good players with confidence who really believe and know their game very well and know their strengths,” Smith said.

“Australia probably at the moment are playing the most dominant cricket. They have really beaten teams comprehensively throughout this tournament. Having played against England, they played positive cricket against us,” Smith said.

“If they can maintain that level of play then I think they are probably the one team left that can challenge Australia’s pace attack,” he added.

England topped Group E in the Super Eights with three wins en route to Thursday”s semi-final against the second team in Group F (0130 AEST Friday).

Australia has topped Group F overnight, avoiding a semi-final clash with England on Friday. (ANI)

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