ICC World Cup 2019: Australia vs Pakistan, Taunton — Australia’s Predicted Playing XI
In the much awaited Australia vs Pakistan of ICC World Cup 2019 clash, the Kangaroos will be eyeing to get back to the winnings ways, whereas, resurgent Pakistan will be keen to bounce back in style.
Well, in the recently-held five-match ODI series between Australia and Pakistan, the Aaron Finch-led side has whitewashed Pakistan which eventually adds as a psychological advantage to Australia.
Meanwhile, Australia is placed at fourth spot with two wins in three games. On the other side, Pakistan has featured in three matches to win a solitary game against England. However, they lost to the Windies before gaining a point after a game against Sri Lanka got abandoned due to inclement weather.
On the eve of the game against Pakistan, Australia has received a major blow in the form of Marcus Stoinis, who has conceded too many runs to bag two scalps. But he has failed with a bat against India. Stoinis, who is the quick learner of the game, is down with a side strain after hurting himself during India-Australia game at The Oval.
Although, Mitchell Marsh has been roped in as a cover for Stoinis, and it doesn’t seem Mitchell will get a game straight away.
ICC World Cup 2019: Here’s Australia’s predicted Xi against Pakistan for Taunton match:
David Warner is the second leading run-scorer for Australia in the ongoing World Cup. The southpaw holds a key against Pakistan on Wednesday. Warner has scored 148 runs at an average of 74 in three innings.
In the previous game, Warner has slammed a fifty against India. But it was unlike Warner’s innings who consumed 84 deliveries for his 56 runs.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch holds a key at the top for his side. Known for playing an aggressive brand of cricket apart from rotating the strike, Finch has got off to a good start in his previous game against India.
The right-handed batsman would be keen to consolidate his innings.
Steven Smith looks in good touch after a couple of hiccups. The unorthodox batsman Smith has scored a well-made 70-ball 69 against India. Smith is the backbone of Australia’s batting line-up. Having a decent record against Pakistan, Smith himself holds a key for Aussies’s in the crucial tie against Men in Green.
Showing the temperament, Usman Khawaja has been forced to bat in the middle-order. He has the knack of playing spin well. In the previous game, Khawaja started off slowly but picked the pace before Jasprit Bumrah cleaned him up. Khawaja has done enough practice to come handy in the middle-overs for Australia.
The Big Show proved to be a no-show against India despite 14-ball 28. Glenn Maxwell would be eager to play extended innings in a bid to make a difference. Having all shots in his zone, Maxwell could be a player to watch out for against Pakistan.
Shaun Marsh has experience on his back and his forced inclusion will somewhat help Australia middle-order line-up despite missing out injured Marcus Stoinis’ overs.
Marsh, who is a solid batsman, has the knack of playing longer innings. Thus, he is an ideal choice in the day-long format for Australia.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, who emerged as a hero against the Windies, failed to leave an impact with the bat against India. However, given to his all-rounder role, Coulter-Nile is known as a wicket-taking option apart from scoring runs at a brisk pace.
Pat Cummins managed a solitary wicket against India. Known for being economical, Cummins has conceded 55 runs in 10 overs.
Moreover, he is ready to test Pakistan batsman in Taunton.
Mitchell Starc, who started off well looked rusty at the fag end. Starc has leaked 74 runs in 10 overs. However, given to his experience, he could be a headache for Pakistan with his sheer pace and his ability to pick wickets at the earliest.
Nathan Lyon is expected to be the only change in Australia’s playing XI. Another young leg-spinner has gone wicket-less after conceding 50 runs in six overs.
The off-spinner in the form of Lyon is known for deceiving the batters. Besides, he could found Pakistani batters in a tangle.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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