It is time for Afghanistan to showcase their skills against one of the best teams in the world in Australia, the visitors may not play a full strengthened XI but no doubt a loss against Afghanistan would be humiliating after just losing their number one ranking. Afghanistan have a lot of talent in their squad, players like Mohammed Nabi and Dawlat Zadran are match winners. Australia have Michael Hussey back after he was left out of the squad for the tour of England and he will have a huge influence on the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Match Information :
August 25, Sharjah
Starting Time: 1800 Local Time (1400 GMT Time)
Dawlat Zadran vs Michael Hussey
Dawlat Zadran, 24 years of age looks like he has a lot of talent to mix with the big boys like Michael Hussey. Zadran has only played the handful of ODI’s for Afghanistan but has taken 8 wickets from 5 matches against the Associate teams. It will be his first ODI against a top flight side and Australia will be very tough to break apart. Michael Hussey has argueably been Australia’s best player over the last few years. Hussey was controversially left out of Australia’s ODI squad that traveled to England and consequently Australia lost their number 1 ranking. Hussey is back and he will look to get in some good form for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Australia have already selected the XI that will play against Afghanistan and it is not full strength because Shane Watson wasn’t named in the ODI squad. Glen Maxwell has had quite the start to his T20 career getting contracts all over the world and now he gets a debut for the ODI side.
Australia team: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Matthew Wade, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty
Picking the Afghanistan XI is slightly harder but they should pick the XI that lost to Ireland by 59 runs on the 5th of July with the inclusion of captain Nawroz Mangal.
Afghanistan (probable XI) Karim Sadiq, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammed Shahzed, Nawroz Mangal (capt), Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammed Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbodin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Hamza Hotak.