Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Sarfraz reveals Pakistan’s gameplan for their World Cup match against Australia

Sarfraz reveals Pakistan’s gameplan for their World Cup match against Australia

The Aussies beat Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE just three months ago, but they know the 1992 Cricket World Cup winners are a far different prospect in global tournaments.

International Cricket Council regulations allow injured players to be replaced during the World Cup but they can not then rejoin their squad if they regain full fitness later on in the tournament.

Pakistan couldn't get a chance to keep that momentum going due to their next match against Sri Lanka getting washed out and so Australia will be wary of the danger their next opponents pose.

Asif Ali did not play the first game against the West Indies but found a place in the middle-order in the game against England.

They lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets in their opening match before sharing a point each with Pakistan from the rain-abandoned game in Bristol on June 7.

Sarfaraz Ahmed insists Pakistan fans won't boo shamed Australia star Steven Smith during their World Cup match in Taunton on Wednesday.

"I think it [weather] might play a huge part in the next few days", Finch told reporters on Tuesday.

The former all-rounder said that after the win over England the morale of the Pakistan team was very high and the players were now looking forward to also beating Australia.

"They've got some world-class players". Australia's batting unit is purring with Steve Smith scoring consecutive half centuries in their last two matches. "Obviously Babar (Azam) is in great touch batting at No. 3 and holding their batting together", Finn said.

Stoinis sustained the injury during champions Australia's 36-run defeat by India at the Oval on Sunday. The likes of skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz came to the party. Shadab (Khan) is a great bowler. They've got a lot of experience on their side. "So regardless of what kind of form Pakistan go in with, they're always incredibly risky".

The difference is so stark that they have a winning record of 58 per cent in global ODI tournaments in the past decade, compared with 43 per cent in other match formats.

"You just have to make sure you're as well prepared as you can be", Finch said of the weather.

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