A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Australia’s top six was buffeted by short balls against the West Indies, an aggressive tactic which almost earned the men from the Caribbean a victory. Key strategy: Will Australia’s quick try to bounce out Pakistan? In Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, Australia have two tall and very swift bowlers who both possess vicious short balls. Neither bowler has made heavy use of the bouncer with the new ball yet in this World Cup. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman loves to take on short balls, chancing his arm in the progress, while his opening partner Imam ul-Haq can be roughed up by such bowling. Expect to see Starc and Cummins direct a few deliveries at their helmets in the opening overs. Key Pakistani: Babar Azam Similar to Kohli, Azam has no obvious weakness as a 50-over batsman. He is calm and assured against elite pace bowling, and is one of the world’s best players of spin. He is Pakistan’s banker, their rock, the player they build ODI innings around. His presence at one end, piercing gaps and minimising risk, allows the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad… Read full this story
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