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Australia Looking For Few Surprises


The world champions take on minnows Canada in Bangalore later today.

The unlucky David Hussey made way for brother Mike in Australia's win over Kenya, but Cameron White's failure against the Kenyans means the pressure is building on him to perform.

Canada may very well decide to ring changes given this is their last game, and have no hope of making the quarter-finals.

For Canada this as big as it gets.

It is their final appearance on this stage before they disappear into the wilderness for four more years, and maybe more, depending on the ICC's format for 2015.

This clash also marks the last game for John Davison who will likely open, as well as Balaji Rao, a legspinner who has dared to flight, drift, and turn the ball up until now.

Australia looked sluggish in their last match against Kenya and should be concerned that they were the first country Kenya have faced in the tournament that have failed to bowl them out.

On the batting side, Hussey picked up where he left off before his hamstring injury by blasting 54 from 43 balls in his first international game back

With the knockout stages just around the corner, expect the Aussies to come out swinging in a bid to gain some confidence before the business-end of the tournament begins.  

Australia's 33-match unbeaten run in World Cups is unlikely to end here but they will want to iron out a few issues of concern.

Australia (probable): 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Cameron White, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Steven Smith, 8 John Hastings, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Jason Krejza

Canada (probable): 1 Hiral Patel, 2 John Davison, 3 Zubin Surkari, 4 Ashish Bagai (wk), 5 Jimmy Hansra, 6 Rizwan Cheema, 7 Ruvindu Gunasekara/Parth Desai, 8 Harvir Baidwan, 9 Khurram Chohan, 10 Henry Osinde, 11 Balaji Rao

On the Australian front, Brad Haddin is being touted as the man to watch, especially when he unleashes that lethal drive through extra cover. He still sees himself as a wicket keeper-batsman, whose job is to score quick runs, rather than a top-class batsman, but will look to improve upon this in the last ‘warm-up’ ahead of the knockout stages.

Balaji Rao has to be the one of the best legspinners at the event. While Afridi snares his victims with variations in pace, Rao tests batsmen with patience. The slow amble to the crease followed by q ripping release and flight has proved difficult to face. He will look to bow out in style here against a team boasting a 33-game unbeaten record at the tournament.

The pitch is the same one on which Australia played Kenya and it is bound to get slower and aid turn. It will be interesting to see how the Australian batsmen fare against the spinners here.

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