The Australian team is all set to lock horns against the termed 'dark horse' of the tournament, Afghanistan on Saturday at the County Ground in Bristol. Australia, led-by Aaron Finch have had a scintillating year thus far with being able to upstage India and Pakistan in their conditions. To add cherry to the palatable cake, Australia made a dream start to their World Cup campaign, winning both their warm-up games.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, announced their arrival at the biggest stage after convincingly beating Pakistan in the first warm-up game. However, the second warm-up match against England didn't go their way and were hammered in the most obnoxious manner possible. Going into the first World Cup game, the likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Asfghar Afghan will look to utilise their experience against mighty Australian and open their points tally.
With this, let’s look as what could be the best combined eleven:
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Wicket-keeper: Mohammad Shahzad and Alex Carey
Batsmen: Asghar Afghan, David Warner, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja
All-Rounder: Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mitchell Starc
Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Gulbadin Naib (c), Aftab Alam, Asghar Afghan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari.