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Last Updated:  Thursday, 27 February, 2003, 15:50 GMT

Kotze dazed by Aussie duo
Glenn McGrath in action against Namibia
The Aussie attack was ferocious

Shell-shocked Namibia captain Deon Kotze described his side as "blown away by two of the best bowlers in the world" after their record thrashing at the hands of Australia.

Namibia's 45 all out, in just 14 overs, was the lowest second innings score ever in a one-day international, and the 256-run verdict was a record margin ever.

Glenn McGrath was the chief destroyer, taking a World Cup record seven for 15, but he was backed by Brett Lee, whose one for 26 belied his scorching pace.

"Glenn McGrath was outstanding," Kotze said.

We have been very competitive against the top sides in terms of fielding and bowling
Namibia captain Deon Kotze
"We were so caught up with Brett Lee's pace that we seemed to relax a bit against the better bowler.

"We have got to learn to play the lengths that these guys play consistently."

Kotze professed himself satisfied with Namibia's performance in the field, right up until Darren Lehmann smashed 28 runs off the final over of the inning from Rudi van Vuuren - another World Cup record.

The African side now have to prepare for Monday's battle-of-the-minnows against Holland in Bloemfontein.

"We have been very competitive against the top sides in terms of fielding and bowling and we have just got to keep the same disciplines," said Kotze.

"The biggest mistake would be to think that we have done the hard work and relax against Holland."

However, coach Dougie Brown admitted that it would be difficult to lift the side after a demoralising day against Australia.

"We have got to convince them that the Dutch are only as good as us and not better," he said.

"People are stuggling to come to terms with a level way higher than they have played at previously."

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