With David Warner fit, Australia will take a sigh of relief before they set out to face Afghanistan in the fourth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday, June 1.
The match will be played at the County Ground in Bristol. The match will start at 9:30 AM GMT, 3:00 PM IST.
Afghanistan had beaten Pakistan in one of their warm-up matches but lost poorly to England in their other match.
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Australia, on the other hand, can take some confidence from the fact that they defeated the hosts in a warm-up match before going on to defeat Sri Lanka in their second warm-up encounter.
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Fox Sports will broadcast AUS vs AFG live in Australia. The live streaming of the match will be available on the website and app of Foxtel. Kayo Sports will also provide an online streaming facility in Australia. Radio Television Afghanistan will telecast the matches of the tournament for the fans in Afghanistan. Star Sports will telecast the matches of the World Cup in India. Watch the live stream on Hotstar.com here.
Warner fit and back in the mix
Half an hour to go until Aaron Finch walks out for the toss in Australia's first #CWC19 clash against Afghanistan
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Much to the relief of the Australian team management, David Warner has been cleared to play in the first match for Australia. Warner full fitness means Shaun Marsh will miss out on a spot in the XI with Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith batting at no. 3 and 4. Australia is unlikely to play with Nathan Lyon, hence Adam Zampa will be the preferred choice. Other this, it is not certain whether captain Aaron Finch will pull out a few surprises once the XI is announced.
Afghan Atalan will commence their @cricketworldcup campaign tomorrow as they face @CricketAus in their first match of the tournament in Bristol at 5PM AFT. #AfghanAtalan #InForWin pic.twitter.com/OqP88L0oZo
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) May 31, 2019
Shahzad announced as fit for the World Cup
Afghanistan was also concerned about the fitness of their opening batsmen, Mohammad Shahzad. According to the Cricbuzz report, he has been declared fit having recovered from his injury which he suffered in the warm-up match. With a packed line-up, it will be interesting to see what combination does Afghanistan pick. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Mohammad Nabi are still the key players in their squad but Hamid Hassan and Dawlat Zadran can also pull out a trick or two with their seaming deliveries.
The pitch in Bristol is another venue in England which is famous for high-scoring matches in recent times. In the warm-up match between New Zealand and West Indies, the latter scored 421 runs and the pitch seemed beautiful for batting. That could be the case when Australia and Afghanistan take on each other in Bristol. The weather might play a factor with overcast conditions expected, but surely there are no chances of rain.
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