ICC World Cup 2019 – Match 4: AFG vs AUS – Australia Predicted Playing XI

ICC World Cup 2019 – Match 4: AFG vs AUS – Australia Predicted Playing XI

Dropping some of the players who have been consistently performing well won't be easy for the management.

Australia. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Until a few months ago, Australia was really struggling and no one really even backed them to finish in the top four. The side was surrounded by numerous problems and the performances in limited-overs cricket were nothing less than hopeless. But the defending champions have managed to miraculously turn things around in a short while. The series win against India increased their confidence levels manifold.

Since then, the team has managed to pick itself up tremendously and they are the tournament favourites all of a sudden. The side even managed to defeat England in the warm-up game and sent out a warning for all the other teams. Their first challenge is relatively an easier one for them as they take on Afghanistan. However, the bigger challenge will be to fit both Steve Smith and David Warner in the top four. In the process, they will also have to drop one of their in-form players.

Here is the Predicted Playing XI for Australia:

Openers (David Warner, Usman Khawaja)

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

David Warner is a must as an opener for Australia. He doesn’t really fit in at the number three spot and can make the maximum impact when he opens the innings. The left-hander has had troubles with his glutes but was seen practising in the nets. He doesn’t seem to have many problems while batting and running in straight lines. The troubles begin for him when he will take the field. However, he has been declared fit for this game and is set to be back officially in the yellow jersey.

As the second opener, Australia has got to pick between Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. The left-hander could be a good option to bat at this position as he has clearly shown the results. Finch is a little tentative against the swinging ball and it will be good to slot him down the order. Warner, being the aggressive player that he is, gives Khawaja the required time to settle in and then set the base to get to a big score. If Warner doesn’t play, Finch will open the innings.

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