ICC World Cup 2019: Afghanistan vs Australia – Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI, Analysis

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Afghanistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the potent side of Australia at County Ground, Bristol. The Afghan side has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph and they would like to get off to a good start in the World Cup. We take a look at Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing for the third match against Australia in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.

Meanwhile, Australia is in fine form in the recent past. They had won the series against India by 3-2 and clean swept Pakistan by 5-0. Thus, the Aussies will aim to begin their World Cup campaign on a high. Furthermore, David Warner is declared fit and the southpaw batsman is all set to open the innings for the Australian side.

Here is a look at Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI:

Mohammed Shahzad

Mohammad Shahzad (Credits: AP)

Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman can get quick runs for his side. Shahzad will like to bring his best to the table. The right-hander has scored 2756 runs in the 83 One Day Internationals. Meanwhile, Shahzad is not 100% fit and it would be interesting to note his availability.

Hazratullah Zazai

Hazratullah Zazai, Ireland vs Afghanistan
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The southpaw batsman had recently scored a blistering knock of 162 against Ireland in the T20I matfch. Zazai is going to hold the key and he has scored 183 runs in his young career.

Rahmat Shah

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The right-hander is going to provide stability in the middle order. Shah has a good average of 36.38 as he has scored 2001 runs in the 60 matches.

Hashmatullah Shahidi

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Shahidi will like to deliver the goods for the Afghanistan side. The southpaw batsman has thus far scored 866 runs in the 32 matches at an average of 34.64. However, he will need to get his runs at a higher strike rate.

Ashghar Afghan

Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan, 2019 World Cup
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The former skipper is going to hold the key with the bat. The right-hander has scored 2121 runs in 102 ODI matches and he would give his inputs to Naib.

Mohammed Nabi 

Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan Cricket
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Mohammed Nabi is one of the most consistent players for Afghanistan. Nabi has delivered the goods with both bat and ball and he would aim to hit the straps. The right-hander will like to add finishing touches to the innings.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan
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The talisman spinner Rashid Khan is going to be the cynosure of all eyes. Rashid Khan has bowled with aplomb and he is going to be the main player for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan will have a tough game against Australia.

Gulabadin Naib

Afghanistan
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Gulabadin Naib is going to hold the captaincy reins for Afghanistan. Thus, it would be interesting to note how he will lead his troops as he doesn’t have the captaincy experience under his belt.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman has a lot of arrows in his quiver. Rahman will aim to bowl with guile and he could be the X-factor for the Afghanistan side. The mystery spinner has bamboozled the best in the business.

Aftab Alam

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The right-arm pacer has been in fine form in the recent past and he would like to continue his good show going. Alam has scalped 37 wickets in the 24 matches he has played.

Hamid Hassan

Hamid Hassan

Hamid Hassan has made an inspirational comeback from injury. Hassan has snared 61 wickets in the 34 matches he has played for the Afghan side and he has bowled with an impressive average of 19.89.

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