World Cup 2023, AUS vs PAK, 18th Match (D/N), Bengaluru, October 20, Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first
Babar Azam says it looks a good pitch and they want to take early wickets. Says they’ve had good sessions and rest days. Says they need to bat better, weren’t up to the mark against Australia. Shadab out for Usama Mir, they’re trying different combinations.
They would have bowled, but according to Pat Cummins, they are happy to bat. Says he’s pleased with the intent and enthusiasm in the field versus Sri Lanka. All are on the same side and ready to go.
Fakhar Zaman will not play in Pakistan’s forthcoming World Cup match against Australia in Bengaluru on October 20, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The left-handed opener is anticipated to be available for selection the following week after receiving treatment for a knee ailment.
Salman Ali Agha, meantime, recovered from a fever that he had after training on Wednesday.
The other fifteen players in the team are all performing admirably.
In the days leading up to the aforementioned clash, several players had been grappling with fever, resulting in the absence of six squad members during their initial training on Tuesday. (read more)