Afghans Face Tough Test against Australia
KABUL, Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015- Afghanistan faces their toughest test of the World Cup so far when they play four-time champions Australia in Perth on Wednesday.
Afghanistan have been the ‘Cinderella’ story of this World Cup, with their maiden win — a thrilling one-wicket victory over Scotland in Dunedin last time out — one of the highlights of the competition so far.
But the pace and bounce of the WACA pitch is unlike any surface Afghanistan have experienced before and, in such fast bowlers as Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, Australia have the attack to exploit the conditions.
However, Afghanistan’s last Pool A match against a Test nation saw them reduce Sri Lanka to 51 for four before Mahela Jayawardene’s hundred restored the status quo.
Furthermore, the likes of fast bowler Hamid Hassan and left-arm quick Shapoor Zadran, who starred with bat and ball against Scotland, could find the WACA to their liking.
The more concerning issue is how Afghanistan’s batsmen will cope, although Samiullah Shenwari was in bullish mood about the prospect of playing Australia after his superb 96 set up the win over Scotland.
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