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Pakistan can take some heart from that fact that they swept Pakistan 5-0 two months ago in the UAE.

Bruised after their 36-run defeat to India, defending champions Australia lock horns with an unpredictable Pakistan in Match 17 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.

Australia kick-started their campaign with a clinical seven-wicket win over Afghanistan and followed it up with a 15-run drubbing against West Indies, but their winning momentum was halted against a strong India outfit that saw Shikhar Dhawan slam a century in 95 balls that reiterated his form in ICC tournaments. It was also the first time Australia have lost a World Cup game while chasing since 1999.

Pakistan, meanwhile, have a topsy-turvy campaign so far. They were humbled against West Indies by seven wickets but bounced back to pull off an upset against hosts England, winning that match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham by 14 runs. Their next match against Sri Lanka at Bristol was abandoned without a ball bowled.

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Australia’s bowling attack – armed with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins – looked clueless against India, who batted them out of the game in the first half at The Oval on June 9. It were the batsmen who tried to keep them in the hunt for the most part of the game. However, they can take some heart from that fact that they swept their opponents 5-0 two months ago in the UAE.

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With rain expected later on during the match, can Australia return back to winning ways or will Pakistan further endorse their unpredictable tag, or will this turn out to be a damp squib?

What: ICC World Cup 2019, Match 17: Australia vs Pakistan

When: June 12 (Wednesday)

Where: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Weather: Scattered showers with a maximum high of 15 degrees Celsius

Time: 3 pm IST

On TV: Star Sports Network (in India)

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan)

Teams

Australia

There was a lot of debate surrounding the batting position of Usman Khawaja at No. 4 ahead of Glenn Maxwell, but other than talk of shuffling the batting order, Australia may not look to tinker with their combination.

Probable XI: 1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch (captain), 3. Steve Smith, 4. Usman Khawaja, 5. Glenn Maxwell, 6. Marcus Stoinis, 7. Alex Carey (wk), 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Mitchell Starc, 11. Adam Zampa

Pakistan

Babar Azam has delivered consistent performances at No.3 ever since he’s arrived in England. The right-handed batsman will be key to hold Pakistan’s innings together should the openers fail to fire against the quality of Australia’s pace attack.

Probable XI: 1. Imam-ul-Haq, 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), 6. Asif Ali, 7. Shoaib Malik, 8. Wahab Riaz, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Shadab Khan, 11. Mohammad Amir

Head-to-head record in ODIs

Number of matches played: 103

Australia wins: 67

Pakistan wins: 32

No result: 3

Tied: 1

Stats

Pakistan have won just one of their last 14 matches against the five-times World Cup winners Australia.

Quotes

“We have not won many matches against Australia, but we had not won too many against England either. But we have finally beaten England and that has given us a lot of positives. We will go with the aggressive approach we showed against England.”  Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed

“Warner needs some more time. He’s a world-class player and will get us off to a flyer.” Australia skipper Aaron Finch