World Cup 2019, Preview: Australia Take On South Africa With Aim To Finish Top Of Points Table
The defending champions will look to finish at the top of the points table while South Africa will be looking to end their campaign on a high.
With 14 points, Australia are at the top of World Cup 2019 Points Table
South Africa have five points and are eighth in the points table
A win over South Africa will ensure Australia the top spot finish
Australia, who are currently at the top of the World Cup 2019 Points Table, will take on South Africa in their last league match of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday. The defending champions will look to finish at the top of the points table while South Africa will be looking to end their campaign on a high. With Australia having already qualified for the semi-finals, many are speculating that they might rest key fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins before the all important semi-final match. But coach Justin Langer, speaking ahead of South Africa match, indicated that the two star bowlers will feature in Saturday's match.
"I know Mitch (Starc) and Pat (Cummins) definitely don't want to miss this game," Langer told reporters in Manchester.
Langer also stressed that he wants to maintain the feel-good factor in his squad, who have lost just one game out of eight, to India, who are challenging them for top spot in the 10-team group phase.
"It's about maintaining the momentum of winning. That's really important for us.
"For this game, some people said it was a dead rubber. There's nothing dead about it," Langer told reporters.
South Africa, semi-finalists of the 2015 World Cup, have not been able to live up to expectations and are currently eighth on the points table, only above the West Indies and Afghanistan.
However, they were clinical with both bat and ball in their last league match against Sri Lanka. They would want to replicate the same performance in their final match and exit the tournament with aplomb.
Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
Match starts at 6:00 pm IST
(With AFP inputs)