Afghanistan have won one out of three matches so far in the World Cup © Getty Images
Afghanistan have won one out of three matches so far in the World Cup © Getty Images

Australia will have to be wary of Afghanistan’s firepower when they take on the Asian team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match No 26, in the Pool A, at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground in Perth on Wednesday.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match at Perth

According to AFP, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has insisted his side are “not scared” of Australia heading into Wednesday’s World Cup clash in Perth. “We are not scared of them, but we respect them because they have good attacking bowlers and qood quality batsmen and fielders as well,” Nabi told reporters at the WACA ground on Tuesday. READ: Australia vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Preview: Spirited Afghanistan take on Australian might

Afghanistan have provided one of the most compelling stories of this World Cup, with their thrilling one-wicket win 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 has troubled far more experienced overseas batsmen than are in the Afghanistan line-up and Australia have the fast bowlers to make the most of the conditions. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES:  Australia vs Afghanistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at WACA, Perth

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson warned last week that the four non-Test or Associate countries taking part in the tournament had yet to face their toughest assignments at the World Cup. They don’t come much harder than playing Australia in Perth but Nabi was heartened by the way his side had improved since their lone previous one-day international meeting. Three years ago, Australia beat Afghanistan by 66 runs in Sharjah, a match where Nabi made 46 before being bowled by left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson.