In their last league game of the ODI World Cup 2023, Australia faces Bangladesh at the MCA Stadium in Pune. The game holds great significance for Australia, as they would look to continue their winning run. Ahead of the crucial semifinal game, Australia played without two key players, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell.
Their absence has sparked a debate over their fitness. Fans are anticipating any possible injury concerns ahead of the crucial semifinal game. However, Australia skipper Pat Cummins revealed that Starc and Maxwell have been rested ahead of the crucial semifinals against South Africa. After winning the toss, He said, "We will bowl first. It looks like a good wicket, but early in the morning, there might be some swing in the air. Another chance to play well. Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc are missing this one. Steve Smith is back, and Sean Abbott comes in."
It's worth noting that Australia is set to lock horns with South Africa at Eden Gardens in the second semi-final on November 16. The winner will take on the winner of the first semifinals in the finals on November 19 at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Ahead of crucial games The Australian team management wants to keep their key players safe and fresh.
Can Bangladesh spoil Australia's party?
Meanwhile, the game holds immense significance for the Bangladesh Cricket Team, as they will be looking to book a berth in the Champions Trophy 2025. The eight-team tournament will be played in Pakistan, and the top seven teams for this event will join them. Playing without their regular skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh will need to beat Australia to keep their hopes alive.
On the other hand, Pakistan is also going to take on England in a do-or-die game. The team will need to beat the defending champions by a huge margin of 287 runs or chase down any target in 16 balls to qualify for the semifinals of the ongoing tournament. Meanwhile, England will also be fighting for a spot in the Champions Trophy in 2025.