Muhammad Jamil Siraj
TAUNTON: Pakistan and the defending Champion Australia will play 17th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Taunton county cricket ground today (Wednesday). Both the teams have prepared themselves keeping in view of its importance. Pakistan has three points after playing three matches while Australia has four. Australian team is in its complete form and it lost for the first time against India with 36 runs after the 199 World Cup. On the other hand, the morale of Pakistani team in also high after defeating England.
In England the rainy season has been continuing for the last one weak which resulted in the postponement of Pakistan Sri Lanka match. Both teams got one point each. Similarly South Africa and West Indies match was also victim of rain and the Met office has also predicted rain for the Pakistan and Australian match.
In the previous nine matches of Pakistan and Australia, five were won by Australia and Pakistan four. Keeping in view the weather situation, the importance of toss has assumed importance and the team winning toss will prefer fielding. Pakistan team will have to play fast like T20 match.
Australia’s Marcus Stoinis ruled out
of Pakistan clash
TAUNTON: Australia’s Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of Australia’s ICC World Cup game against Pakistan on June 12 after picking up a side strain during his side’s game against India on Saturday. His participation in the remainder of the World Cup remains uncertain. All-rounder Mitcell Marsh has also been included in Australia’s side as cover. However, an official replacement hasn’t been announced.
Stoinis got two wickets, conceding 62 runs in seven overs against India at The Oval on Sunday.
“He was in some discomfort. And it wasn’t ideal, but he still managed to bowl a couple of over,” Australian captain Aaron Finch told media in Taunton on Tuesday. “Not exactly sure on how many games he’ll miss. That’s why Mitch is flying over. It’s still being assessed. And over the next couple of days, we’ll have a clearer picture of what that looks like. —Agencies