Manchester, July 6: As Australia’s loss to South Africa unfolded at Old Trafford, it will be playing England in what Aaron Finch called a “blockbuster” semi-final on Thursday night (AEST), while India will play New Zealand on Tuesday. Australia lost early wickets but a fighting century from David Warner and 85 off 69 balls from Alex Carey raised hopes of an Australian miracle.
South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the final group stage game of the World Cup here on Saturday.
Australia, who are on top of the 10-team points table, remained unchanged for the game.
“Nice to recharge the batteries… Had a hectic period for a bit in the middle. We have continued to improve in all areas of the game,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said at the toss.
South Africa, who are already out of the competition, had to leave out veteran opener Hashim Amla who got injured, bringing in Tabraiz Shamsi in his place.
“Going to have a bat. Looks a good wicket. Forced change. Playing a second spinner. Hashim Amla got hit on the knee yesterday, he’s missing. Chance to look at Shamsi. Haven’t played our best cricket. Today is a big occassion,” Du Plessis said.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi