Defending champions Australia will look to bounce back from defeat to India when they take on Pakistan at the County Ground, Taunton, in their latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixture. The match takes place on June 12 and the live action begins at 10:30 local time.
AUS vs PAK, ICC CWC 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
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AUS vs PAK Toss Prediction
Australia are yet to win the toss at this World Cup but, given they fell short chasing last time out, Aaron Finch may opt to bat first this time if he does finally get the chance to choose.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Australia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019...
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia have stuck with the same 11 players for all three matches so far. But they will have to make a forced change this time around as all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of this upcoming encounter against Pakistan due to a side strain he had picked up in the match against India. Australia are likely to draft fast bowler Kane Richardson into their line-up as a replacement for Stoinis which means wicketkeeper Alex Carey will have to be pushed up at number six.
AUS Key Players
Steve Smith may not have won over opposition supporters since his comeback from his ban after the ball-tampering scandal, but his form means he can not be ignored either. After warming up for the tournament in top form, he has now hit 73 against West Indies and 69 against India in his last two innings.
David Warner also hit a half-century last time out – his second of the tournament – though it was compiled slowly. On the other hand, Alex Carey’s unbeaten 55 from 35 balls proved his form and showed his team-mates how the chase should have been approached.Others to look out for with the bat include captain Aaron Finch, who was named player of the series when these teams last met in the UAE. Finch hit two centuries (including a high score of 153*) and two half-centuries on his way to 451 runs in five innings.
With the ball, Pat Cummings has six wickets to his name so far to continue his fine form, while Mitchell Starc now has seven, five of which came in a match-winning performance against West Indies.
AUS Team Form
Australia arrived in England in resurgent ODI form and kicked off the World Cup 2019 with two wins. They bowled Afghanistan out for 207 to start with a seven-wicket win and then defended 288 against West Indies next up – a win which owed much to Mitchell Starc, who claimed 5-46.
Their winning start was ended by India last time out, however, as some excellent late hitting left Australia chasing 353 to win. Steve Smith, David Warner and Alex Carey all passed 50 but, ultimately, the scoreboard pressure proved too much and they were eventually bowled out off the final ball for 316.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Pakistan Team News & Playing 11
PAK Team News
After their disastrous opening defeat to West Indies, Pakistan dropped Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim as Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali returned to face England. The subsequent win means it could be the same XI that starts against Australia, after Pakistan’s last match was washed out.
PAK Key Players
After falling well short against the West Indies, Pakistan’s batsmen were back to their best against England. Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and half-centurions Babar Azam (63), Mohammad Hafeez (84) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55) powered Pakistan to a big score.
As a result of their performances, all three of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq continue to boast an ODI batting average of 50 or more too. Only eight other players worldwide, ever, can say the same.The batsmen were backed up by the bowlers against England too, as Wahab Riaz justified his late inclusion in the squad with three wickets. Mohammad Amir’s 2-67, which included dangerman Jos Buttler, means he has five so far in this tournament oo.
PAK Team Form
Pakistan’s ODI form looked to have deserted them as they came into this tournament on the back of their thrashings against Australia and England. That was even more the case when they folded for just 105 on their way to an opening seven-wicket defeat against West Indies in this tournament.
They bounced back against England, however, after powering to 348/8 thanks to half-centuries from Babar Azam (63 from 66 balls), Mohammad Hafeez (84 from 62) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55 from 44). In reply, England were rarely too far behind the asking rate but Pakistan came back well late on to restrict them to 334/9.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
AUS : L W W W W
PAK : W L L L L
AUS vs PAK Head to Head
Australia were in dominant form when these two teams last met, as Aaron Finch’s excellent batting led them to a 5-0 series win in the UAE as both teams geared up for this tournament. Finch was named man of the series, after hitting two 50s and two centuries on his way to more than 450 runs in the five games.
It means Australia have won 67 of their previous 103 ODI matches against Pakistan, with 32 defeats, one tie and three no results. Their last World Cup match in England, of course, was the 1999 final when Australia won their first title.
Australia vs Pakistan Betting Odds
Australia are favourites to get back to winning ways and beat Pakistan at 1.40 with Betway and 1.44 with Bet365 and Betrally. Pakistan are the underdogs at 2.80 with Betrally and 2.75 with Bet365 and Betway.
Steve Smith is Australia’s form man with the bat, and he is 4.33 to be their top batsman with Bet365. Aaron Finch, who dominated the Pakistan bowlers in the UAE earlier this year, can be backed at 4.50 with Bet365.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam is 3.75 with Bet365, while Imam-ul-Haq is 4.00 with Betway. Both continue to average more than 50 in ODI cricket. In fact, Imam-ul-Haq is 2.75 to score a half-century with Bet365, and Babar Azam is 2.62.
On the bowling front, Mitchell Starc has seven wickets already and is 3.60 with Bet365 to be Australia’s top bowler. Pat Cummins has six and is also in excellent form. He can be backed at 4.00 with Bet365.
Of Pakistan’s bowlers, both Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have bowled some good spells so far. Either can be backed at 4.00 to be Pakistan’s top bowler with Bet365.
Australia vs Pakistan Prediction
Australia were in dominant form when these two nations last met and they can continue that by getting back to winning ways at this World Cup.
Back Australia to beat Pakistan at 1.40 with Betway and 1.44 with Bet365 and Betrally.