London: After a patchy phase of Australian Cricket Team, the defending champions are set to step on the ground with an aim to retain the world cup. Defending champions Australia will look to get their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign off to the perfect start when they take on Afghanistan in their opening game in Bristol on Saturday.
While Afghanistan are no match on paper, they can still shock Australia like they had shocked England in the previous World Cup. Afghanistan will take confidence from their win against Pakistan in the warm-up encounter.
It will be a problem of plenty for Australia as David Warner has managed to pass the fitness test and he will be opening the batting with Aaron Finch. Usman Khawaja will take the number three position while the return of Steve Smith and the presence of Glenn Maxwell will bolster the middle-order.
Australia’s bowling already wears a quality look with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa set to play. It will be interesting to see if Australia go in for an additional spinner in Nathan Lyon or go for another pacer in Nathan Coulter-Nile.