ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Kick Off: Wednesday, 12 June at 3 PM IST
Stadium: County Ground, Taunton
Free ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Picks Australia vs. Pakistan
Australia take on Pakistan in this Wednesdays World Cup clash at the County Ground in Taunton. Rain has already made a big impact in this years World Cup, Pakistan have shared a point with Sri Lanka due to their game being washed out. Pakistan would have felt unlucky having expected a win over the Lankans. Australia were undone by an excellent batting performance from India in their previous game and will look to bounce back against the Pakistanis. Even after their recent series defeat in UAE Pakistan would believe they can beat the defending champions. Last time these two teams clashed in the World Cup it was an aggressive battle and as usual – Pakistan’s fielding let them down in that contest.
Justin Langer would know his team hasn’t been at its best yet and would hope his side can bring their ‘A’ game on Wednesday. David Warner’s innings at the weekend would go down as a taking point in their post match meeting. Alex Carey’s quick innings at the end could not rescue the Australians but their batting line up looks settled with two important innings from lower order batsman. As far as the bowling is concerned, Mitchell Starc didn’t find the swing he has looking for against Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – having said that, the left arm fast bowler’s form in their match against Pakistan is crucial to their chances.
Pat Cummins bowled wholeheartedly but could not pick wickets at the top, Adam Zampa wasn’t used as a wicket taking option and could sit out making way for Lyon in the squad. Stoinis bowling at the death is another positive for Australia. If Glenn Maxwell can find the form he was in the last World Cup and if key players can rise to the occasion in crunch situations of important matches – they’ll be able to defend their Title. Having said that they aren’t tested yet and this game should.
Can Pakistan remove the tag ‘UNPREDICTABLE’ from their name? – There’s no answer to this question at this after this game and I’ll take a while. Mickey Arthur would know his former team well and his plan would be attacking Warner and Finch with Shadab if fast bowlers don’t wickets in the first 7-8 overs. Amir, Wahab and Hassan Ali are a lethal bowling unit and these three will also bowl in the death overs of the match.
If Shoaib Malik can get some runs under his belt – Pakistan would feel confident going into the match against arch rivals India on Sunday. Their batsman might have got runs against England, they’ll once again be tested against Starc and Pat Cummins. Fielding is such an important aspect of the match and Pakistan have improved in recent years but they’ll need to hold on in crucial moments of the match. Safaraz’s captaincy will be on spotlight – about how he rotates his bowlers and how he sets his field. Pakistan will need to be at their best not just in bowling but in all three aspects of the game to beat the Australians.
Match Pick – Pakistan