Australia made a solid start to the ICC World Cup 2019 campaign on a high beating Afghanistan and Windies; however, suffered a thumping loss to India on June 9. They will look to bounce back when they take on Pakistan on June 12 (Wednesday) at Taunton.
Meanwhile, Australia received a blow as all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will miss the encounter with a side strain. The management have called Mitchell Marsh as the back-up all-rounder. The team will have to come out as a unit and return to winning ways against Pakistan who is yet to fire in the World Cup.
Aaron Finch & Co have struggled mainly due to a lack of an extra bowler, and the inclusion of Jason Behrendorff might solve their problem of the fifth bowler.
Here is the predicted playing XI of Match 17 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Australia at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton:
Aaron Finch (c)
Aaron Finch entered the World Cup as Australia’s second highest run-scorer in the last one year. The Aussie skipper needs to lead the team from the front and score bulk of the runs and forge a strong opening partnership alongside David Warner.
David Warner attracted a lot of criticism for his slow innings against India. However, Warner has been among the runs and will look to continue the fine form and lead the charge for Australia with the bat.
Steven Smith has been among the runs right from the start of the World Cup. However, Smith will have to shoulder more responsibility and play big knocks in the upcoming matches as Australia look to return to the right path.
Usman Khawaja has been Australia’s highest run-getter leading to the World Cup. However, he has struggled to replicate his performance in the first three games. Khawaja will look to hit the strides soon and lead the batting order.
Glenn Maxwell is yet to fire in the tournament so far. Australia will want the all-rounder to contribute to both the departments if Australia want to go deep in the competition. Maxwell will have to chip in with few wickets in the middle overs and don the hat of the fifth bowler.
Alex Carey (wk)
Alex Carey played a fighting knock against India and will draw confidence from there. Carey needs to score runs in the middle order to help them post good scores on the board.
Nathan Coulter-Nile has been in form with both bat and ball in the first three games in the tournament. The all-rounder will look keep up the good work; however, will have to chip in wickets to contain Pakistan to a smaller total.
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Pat Cummins has had a good World Cup so far returning wickets in almost every game. Cummins will look to continue the excellent work going and beat Pakistan to return to winning ways.
Mitchell Starc has had a great start to this World Cup and has already picked a five-wicket haul. Australia will want Starch to pick wickets with the new ball and help them return to winning ways.
Jason Behrendorff will finally get a game in this World Cup with Marcus Stoinis missing this tie with a side strain. The tall and lanky fast bowler will look to make a mark and strengthen his claim for a place in the playing XI.
Adam Zampa has not been among the wickets which have hurt Australia in the World Cup. Zampa who has found himself in a controversy will look to bounce back in the next game against Pakistan.