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Players to watch out for in Australia vs Pakistan clash at World Cup

Defending champions Australia would aim to bounce back after losing their third match, while Pakistan would target to build on their last win when the teams clash in the World Cup match on June 12 at County Ground in Taunton

Aaron Finch

Credit for Australia's comeback must go to their skipper Finch who rallied his troops to their recent victories in the one-day cricket. 

Finch amassed 451 runs in five matches and guided his side throughout to white-wash Pakistan in recently concluded bilateral series. 

He scored 66 runs in his team's first match against Afghanistan. 

The West Indies kept Finch silent in Australia`s second match but he score run-a-ball 36 against India in his third match.


Babar Azam

Babar Azam, the right-handed batsman is in good form lately.

The number three batsman has time and again proved to be a vital cog in Pakistan team.

Babar scored a century in the first warm-up match against Afghanistan.

He hit a well-compiled 63 off 66 balls against England in second World Cup match after failing in the first match against West Indies.

Currently ranked at seven in ICC ODI batsmen list, the player holds the key to help Pakistan post a respectable score on the board.


Steve Smith

The right-hander played an unbeaten knock of 56 runs in the World Cup 2015 final to guide Australia to its fifth title.

Although Smith served a one-year ban in 2018 after his involvement in the ball tampering scandal, during a 2019 warm-up match against England, he smashed 116 runs off 102 deliveries.

Smith held one end along with David Warner on the other to help his side secure an early win the quadrennial tournament against Afghanistan.

He then hit 73 and 69 against West Indies and India, respectively, in his second and third match.


Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman, the big-hitter provides the team with a rollicking start.

No one can ever forget the left-hander's innings for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final against India in 2017.

Fakhar has been inconsistent throughout his career, but if the player comes good, Pakistan are guaranteed of registering a good score.

He along with Imam-ul-Haq gave the side a brilliant 82-run opening start against England in the second World Cup match.


Mitchell Starc

The left-arm pacer finished the 2015 edition as the tournament's joint-highest wicket-taker along with New Zealand's Trent Boult. 

He with his last performance impressed cricket enthusiasts and critics alike. 

Starc returned with figures of 5-46 against West Indies as he played a major role in turning the tables in favour of Australia in second World Cup match. 

Starc bagged the pricey wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 117 during the third match against India. 


Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir, having been left out of Pakistan's preliminary squad for the World Cup, the 27-year-old made it into the final 15.

On his World Cup debut, Amir took three wickets for 26 in a seven-wicket loss at Trent Bridge. 

He was in the wickets again at the Nottingham ground, but this time in a winning cause, with two for 67 as Pakistan surprisingly beat tournament favourites England by 14 runs last week.