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The last league game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between Australia and South Africa at Old Trafford in Manchester tomorrow. The game carries as much importance as the first game of the World Cup did as which team between Australia and India will finish at the top of the points table will be decided with this encounter. South Africa, on the other hand, will look to upstage men-in-yellow and end the tournament on high.
Australia cricket team led by their star player Aaron Finch would love to end the league stage with a victory, which would also put them on the top of the points table. They have no concerns whatsoever in their batting or bowling department, as every player is delivering the goods when it matters the most.
On the other hand, South Africa cricket team led by Faf Du Plessis had one to forget this tournament. They would like to finish their campaign on a positive note and would like to stay away from it whenever the stats make the headlines. The last game against Sri Lanka would have boosted their confidence to deal with Australians.
AUS vs SA Dream11 Team Prediction:
David Warner has proven that he has extraordinary batting feat and thus he should be your blind pick in the batting side. Warner is the highest run scorer in the tournament with his 500 runs. The Australian has maintained exceptional consistency as he has 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries. Warner's opening partner Aaron Finch ranks second in the top scorers list
There should not be much doubt in picking the wicket-keeper for this team as Alex Carey has good stats behind him to support his pick. Alex Carey is on top of charts with 15 dismissals in 7 games. The left-hand batsman remained unbeaten on 55 against India and is averaging at 57.66 from 6 innings in the World Cup.
All-rounder Neesham has 131 runs and 7 wickets to his credit and that makes him a must-to-have in your Dream 11. The 28-year-old has picked a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan. Glenn Maxwell could be your other pick as he has the potential to steady Australia's middle-order. Maxwell could prove crucial in the death overs to take the team to a big total or finish the game off. Against Sri Lanka, Maxwell's arrival brought a typical flurry, as he stole 22 runs off the last over.
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc is leading the bowling charts with 19 wickets at 18.26. He provided his side crucial breakthroughs with his bounce, swing and pace. Pat Cummins could be the second choice. The pacer has 11 wickets in 7 innings at an average of 28.45. Also, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson from the New Zealand side to further strengthen your pace side.
My Dream11 Prediction Team:
David Warner(c), Hashim Amla, Aaron Finch, Faf du Plessis (vc), Quinton de Kock, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jason Behrendorff
Australia - They lost the services of Shaun Marsh, who was replaced by Peter Handscomb.
Glenn Maxwell might be rested following an injury concern on his right-arm.
South Africa - They have no such concerns, as the injured players have already been replaced.
Pitch Report: The pitch at Manchester is holding a bit, which would test the patience of the batsmen. However, once the batsmen get set in the crease, he would get runs under his belt. Spinners would get a turn as well.
Australia Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk)
South Africa Probable XI: Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
South Africa: Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn
Start time: 14:30 Saturday 6 July 2019
Broadcast: Live on Supersport 2, streaming on DSTV