AFG vs AUS Build up, Highlights: Steve Smith and David Warner will seek redemption on the biggest stage as they re-launch their one-day international careers for Australia against Afghanistan on the same day. Warner was the top runscorer in the recent Indian Premier League while Smith struck a hundred in a warm-up victory against England last weekend. Afghanistan are only playing their second 50-over World Cup. Afghanistan’s rise from associate-nation status to cricket’s elite has been nothing short of a fairytale.
Meanwhile, New Zealand begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against Sri Lanka, a side that has slumped to ninth in the ODI rankings, in Cardiff on Saturday. The Black Caps have won the toss and opted to bowl first in their opening match.