After disappointing outcomes in their previous games, Pakistan and defending champions Australia face off against one another as they look to get back to winning ways in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. While Pakistan should feel robbed off a point due to a washout against Sri Lanka, Australia couldn’t withstand an impressive Indian performance as they conceded their first match in over three months in the ODI format. Both teams should feel optimistic of their chances with the kind of firepower they have in both the batting and bowling departments although Australia are the clear favourites owing to their extraordinary fielding abilities as well.
But as demonstrated by Pakistan earlier in the tournament, they are capable of beating any team on their day with the likes of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hafeez slowly gaining form as the tournament progresses. Inspite of the importance this match carries around as far as the points table is concerned, the threat of rain looms large with showers expected throughout the day.
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson
Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain
Despite losing to the formidable Indians, Australia should field the same side against Pakistan inspite of Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile deceiving with the ball. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have been decent whilst covering up the fifth bowler’s quota of overs although their batting has left fans wanting for more.
The onus lies on their famed trio of David Warner, Steven Smith and Aaron Finch to deliver the goods while this just might be Usman Khawaja’s chance at silencing the critics with a good performance.
Possible XI: Finch (C), Warner, Smith, Khawaja, Maxwell, Stoinis, Carey(WK), Coulter-Nile, Cummins, Starc and Zampa.
With their previous game being washed out, Pakistan shouldn’t be making any changes to the side that upset favourites-cum-hosts England earlier in the tournament. Like their opponents on Wednesday, Pakistan also depend heavily on their top order with Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq already scoring heaps of runs in their previous series against England.
In Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, they have enormous amounts of experience to bank on in the crunch moments with both of them proving the balance in both departments. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were brilliant against England and will be expected to continue in the same vein of form although Hasan Ali’s form will be a cause for concern for the management.
Possible XI: Zaman, Imam, Azam, Hafeez, Malik, Sarfaraz (C&WK), Asif Ali, Shadab, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Amir.
Australia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 17
12th June 2019, 3:00 PM IST
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Although the pitch should have something in it for both the batsmen and bowlers, the threat of rain washing away the game looms large. With overcast conditions, pacers are going to enjoy the conditions with the new ball which could be pivotal in the outcome of the game.