With three wins from four games, Australia will look to secure another win when they take on Sri Lanka on June 15 (Saturday) at the Kennington Oval in London. The Aussies are currently at the second spot with six points from four matches.
Meanwhile, Australia will continue to miss the service of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. He is yet to regain fitness from the side strain he sustained before the game against Pakistan. Veteran batsman Shaun Marsh has come to the playing XI and will look to use this opportunity and seal his berth in the playing XI.
Otherwise, the team look the same with Australia leaving a specialised spinner out in favour of Kane Richardson. Aaron Finch & Co will look to secure their fourth victory against Sri Lanka.
Here is the predicted plying XI of Australia for match 20 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval, in London:
David Warner is currently the second highest run-getter in the tournament with 255 runs including one century and a fifty. The southpaw will wish to keep up the excellent work with the bat and score more runs for Australia in the World Cup.
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.
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.
Steven Smith has been among the runs right from the start of the World Cup. The former Aussie skipper will have to shoulder more responsibility and play big knocks in the upcoming matches in the remainder of the World Cup.
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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 considering that they don’t have any spinner in their ranks.
Shaun Marsh got a start in the last match against Pakistan after coming in the team in place of injured Marcus Stoinis. The veteran southpaw will wish to make this opportunity count to make a mark ahead of the next games.
Alex Carey played a fighting knock against India and which will give him confidence. 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 providing depth to the batting. However, Australia management will want Coulter-Nile to make significant contributions in the bowling department as the Aussies have struggled due to their weak links in their bowling.
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 improve his wickets tally against Sri Lanka.
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 keep the winning run going.
Kane Richardson impressed in his very first game in the World Cup. Australia is likely to continue to play without a specialist spinner and Richardson will have to deliver to keep his place in the playing XI.