Zimbabwe Humiliation Rips Open Australian Scars

Zimbabwe defeated Australia by three wickets in the triangular series for their first win against the side since 1983.

updated: September 01, 2014 22:03 IST
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Australia captain Michael Clarke during the ODI match against Zimbabwe.

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Melbourne: Australia's shock one-day international defeat to minnows Zimbabwe has raised alarm bells five months before the country co-hosts the World Cup while exposing the team's continued struggles to master spin bowling. (Scorecard)

Coming off a long break following test series wins against England and South Africa, Australia arrived in Harare for the triangular one-day tournament with South Africa refreshed and optimistic, but the three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe will have done little for the team's confidence after defeat to the Proteas and an injury to captain Michael Clarke. (Related: Australia's loss helps India take top-spot in ODI rankings)

Sunday's loss was Australia's first in 30 years to Zimbabwe and the nation's media ranked it highly among the country's deepest cricketing humiliations.

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