There is few more days left for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 . Already all the teams are busy to preparing themselves ahead of the World Cup. However, Australia and Pakistan are not behind . These two teams will play their bilateral series before the World Cup. Which starts on march 22nd by ODI.
Although 2018 was not a great year for australian cricket. But the start of the year 2019 has been fantastic because Justin Langer’s team recently beat the two times world champion india on their home soil . And since the World Cup in front of this, the two teams Pakistan- Australia are trying to clear the final selection of the squad by selecting in this series. Australia has a lot of rhythm compared to Pakistan. Left-hand batsman Usman Khawaja has been named as one of Australia’s most dependable opening batsmen. Before the one-day series against India, Khawaja had not even had a single century.
However, as well as proving himself in the latest series against India, Khawaja has scored two centuries and become the leading run scorer in that series . On the other way The right-handed batsman Peter Handscom has impressed everyone with his batting tactics . Another middle order batsman , aston turner who has inpressed the audience by his power hitting ability may be called in the world cup squad .
Australia’s pacers are also in outstanding form. Pat Cummins, Richardson’s trusted fast bowler like Coulter-Nile, is the main weapon of Team Justin Langer. Experienced right-arm spinner Nathan Lyon and new leg spinner Adam zampa also in good touch . These two become a threat to any team on the World Cup stage.
Apart from the ban, the inclusion of two Australian skipper Steve Smith and David Warner in the World Cup will further strengthen Australia. Meanwhile, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer hopes to win the series with a strong team, although there is no Warner and Smith in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Pakistan is not very rhythmic like Australia. But it is supposed that Pakistan will throw away its best because of playing at home. It is good news for the Pakistan team that most of the players will also want to make their best because most of them are coming from playing psl . Not only that, some of the experienced Pakistani stars have been rested in this series keeping the World Cup in mind. That’s a bit frightening for them against a strong team like Australia.
Pakistan squad: Shoaib Malik, Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas , Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Ali, Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hasnain
Australia squad: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
Here’s are our predictions for the series:
Winner: Australia (3-2)
Highest run-scorer: Australia- Usman Khawaja , Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq
Highest wicket-taker:Australia- Adam Zampa, Pakistan- Usman Shinwari
Most boundaries:Australia- Glenn Maxwell , Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq