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Mitchell Starc out, Ashton Agar returns for Australia in Super 8 while Afghans play 4 spinners

Mitchell Starc out, Ashton Agar returns for Australia in Super 8 while Afghans play 4 spinners

This match promises to be a fascinating tactical battle between the two teams. Australia's well-rounded bowling attack, now featuring an extra spinner, will look to restrict Afghanistan's scoring.

The stage is set for a thrilling encounter between Australia and Afghanistan in the eighth match of the T20 World Cup Super 8s. Taking place at the Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown, St. Vincent, this match promises a battle dominated by spin bowling.

Mitrchell Starc out: Australia adjust strategy

The slow wicket at Arnos Vale has been a haven for spinners throughout the tournament. Keeping this in mind, Australian captain Mitchell Marsh, after winning the toss, opted to field first, allowing his bowlers to exploit the pitch conditions early on.

Australia has also made a strategic change to their lineup, replacing fast bowler Mitchell Starc with left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, bolstering their spin attack.

Afghanistan play Spin Quartet

Afghan skipper Rashid Khan mirrored Marsh’s sentiment, electing to bat first if he had won the toss. He believes the pitch will deteriorate as the game progresses, making batting more challenging later. With the toss falling in their favor, Afghanistan has a golden opportunity to test the Australian batting line-up with their potent spin attack.

They’ve further emphasized their spin focus by making two changes to their team, bringing in Nangeyalia Kharote, a left-arm spinning allrounder, and Karim Janat, a medium pace bowling allrounder, in place of batsmen Najibullah Zadran and Hazratullah Zazai.

This move gives them a formidable quartet of spinners, featuring Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Nabi, and the newly included Kharote, offering variety with both right and left-arm options.

Big Opportunity for Ashton Agar

The inclusion of Ashton Agar presents a significant opportunity for him to establish himself as a crucial player for Australia for the remainder of the tournament. With pitches expected to become increasingly spin-friendly as the competition progresses, a strong showing from Agar could solidify his place in the lineup.

Afghanistan gamble on young talent

The decision to include the relatively inexperienced 20-year-old Kharote in such a high-pressure match is a bold one for Afghanistan.

With just three T20I appearances to his name and this being his first World Cup game, Kharote’s performance will be closely watched. His inclusion signifies Afghanistan’s aggressive strategy and their unwavering faith in their spin attack.

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Australia vs Afghanistan: Match of Strategy and Skill

This match promises to be a fascinating tactical battle between the two teams. Australia’s well-rounded bowling attack, now featuring an extra spinner, will look to restrict Afghanistan’s scoring.

In turn, Afghanistan’s diverse spin quartet will aim to weave their web and trouble the Australian batsmen. The team that executes their strategy most effectively and adapts to the pitch conditions will likely emerge victorious.

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