World Cup 2019, Australia vs Pakistan (Aus vs Pak) Buildup: After seeing defeat in the hands of India in their last match, defending champions Australia will now take on the unpredictable Pakistan as favourites. Five-time champion Australia swept Pakistan 5-0 in a one-day international series in March.
Pakistan were dismissed for 105 in its tournament-opening loss to West Indies but rallied to beat top-ranked England, a pre-tournament title favorite, to end a run of 11 straight defeats. Pakistan’s third game, against Sri Lanka, was washed out without a ball being bowled last Friday in nearby Bristol and the teams had to share the points.
World Cup 2019, Australia vs Pakistan Buildup:
Stoinis ruled out of today's match
Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of the match today with a side strain. Though Stoinis hasn't been ruled out of #CWC19 yet, Cricket Australia have arranged for Mitchell Marsh to depart for the UK as cover.
Tauton hosts its second WC match
It's time for Taunton to host its second #CWC19 fixture today.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019
The tallest church tower in Somerset - the tower of St Mary Magdalene - stands at 163 feet (50m) and is one of three churches that overlook County Ground Taunton! pic.twitter.com/srddbzbU4E
PAK Probable XI
Pakistan Probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
AUS Probable XI
Australia Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Fitness and the role it plays
First Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, XL, was reminded of his flabby frame by motor-mouth television pundit Shoaib Akhtar, who blamed him for the team’s first game loss against West Indies. And now, Afghanistan wicket-keeper, Mohammad Shahzad, XXL, has been sent home for being unfit. Not one to mince words, Akhtar, painted a not too flattering picture of the Pakistan skipper in his game review. Spreading his hands as far as his broad shoulders, he said, “Itna bada toh uska paet hai (His paunch is this big).” Then getting the hands slightly closer he added, “Aur itna bada uska sar hai (And his head is this big).”
Remember the last time Australia-Pakistan clashed?
The last time Australia and Pakistan squared off in a World Cup, it ended up being a match remembered not for the result, nor the scores. It is remembered for the fiery rivalry between Wahab Riaz and Shane Watson. The pace, the anger, the aggression, the agony, the bouncer and the challenge from Riaz, the evasive action, the nervous smile, and the few connected shots from Watson and his eventual survival made for one of the most entertaining spells the sport has known.
Boycott frowns on Aus eating up overs
More on slow runs. Geoffrey Boycott is getting restless about scoring rates. That’s a rib-tickler on its own, but the lament against wasted balls and advice to get a move-on on the scoring has gone to Australia. READ MORE
Hello and welcome to another day of the Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. Defending champions Australia take on Pakistan in World Cup clash on Wednesday. Finch's side will look to forget their defeat in the hands of India and get their campaign back on track. Stay tuned for live updates off the field ahead of the clash including the Predicted Playing XI