Australia bat against Afghanistan in World Cup


PERTH: Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and decided to bowl in the World Cup Pool B game against Australia at the WACA Ground on Wednesday.

Australia made two changes for the match, with all-rounder Shane Watson left out, along with paceman Pat Cummins.

All-rounder James Faulkner was recalled after injury, with Josh Hazlewood also back into the team.

Afghanistan promoted opener Usman Ghani at the expense of Gulbadin Naib.


Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Najib Zadran, Afsar Kkhan Zazai, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Shahpur Zadran.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Michael Gough (ENG)

Tv umpire: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Match referee:  Nigel Llong (ENG)

Weather: Sunny, 32 degrees