Marcus Stoinis in doubt as much-maligned replacement touted

Carrie Guzman
June 12, 2019

"We will go with the aggressive approach we showed against England".

Australia captain Aaron Finch, meanwhile, hoped the holders don't become the latest team to be derailed by bad weather.

It comes after Australia had a wretched run through the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, after the Aussies had two of their three group games washed out and lost the other on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

"I think that thing is past", Sarfaraz told reporters.

The Australians are at this stage unsure how long he will be out for.

Pakistan are scheduled to play their fourth match in the ICC Cricket World Cup on Wednesday against Australia in Taunton.

"You just have to make sure you're as well prepared as you can be", Finch said of the weather.

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He was meant to fly over with the Australia A side on Friday, he's just coming a couple of days early as a bit of a precaution, if Stoinis doesn't recover quick enough or doesn't respond to treatment well enough over the next few days'.

"Speaking to guys who have done a side before, they say you can generally get through a game towards the end, but it's hard to get going once you cool down", Finch said.

Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will be looking forward to providing an early breakthrough for Pakistan.

Despite struggling on a bilateral level, Pakistan reached the semifinals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup on the sub-continent and the quarterfinals four years ago in Australia.

Australia fell to their first defeat of the tournament in their previous match against India on Sunday. Australia's batting prowess was most visible when they fought back from 79/5 to post a total of 288 thanks to Smith's 73 and Nathan Coulter-Nile's rearguard assault which saw him scoring 92 runs.

Amir was the rising star of world cricket when his career came to a stunning halt during a Lord's Test in 2010 after both he and new-ball partner Mohamed Asif were caught bowling noballs on the orders of then Pakistan captain Salman Butt as part of a newspaper sting operation.

India captain Virat Kohli gestured in an effort to quiet the crowd and later apologised to Smith.

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