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Afghans, Kangaroos square off in Bristol today

Afghans, Kangaroos square off in Bristol today

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Jun 01, 2019 - 08:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon are set to take on defending champions Australia in the fourth match of the ICC Cricket Worldinfo-icon Cup in Bristol on Saturday (today).

Although the Kangaroos have a much better track record, the Afghans remain in high spirit, despite a nine-wicket loss to England in their final warm-up, and could stun any side on their day.

For Afghanistan to start their campaign on an encouraging note, top-order batsmen will have to deal professionally with a strong opposition bowling attack.

By the same token, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeebur Rahman will have to spin a web around the Aussies, who have proven their mettle in the pre-World Cup matches.

The return of Steve Smith and David Warner gives the five-time champions additional strength. Aaron Finch and Usman Khwaja to boost the Australian so top order.

In the bowling department, the holders look formidable both in terms of pace and spin skills.

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

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