The Australian batting ran out of fuel on Thursday, coming to a crashing halt when skipper Aaron Finch got out early. After his dismissal, the rest of the batsmen couldn't generate enough firepower against Pakistan. Cricket Betting Tips The loss meant that their No. 1 aspirations in T20I cricket went up in smoke but their next tri-series game against Zimbabwe, although an inconsequential one - with the finalists already decided - gives Australia the opportunity to address the issues with their batting. Meanwhile, for the hosts, it's now only about trying to salvage some pride.
After losing five of their best T20 players due to the financial crisis, Zimbabwe tried different combinations but it didn't help them achieve the desired results. Cricket Betting Tips Free Having lacked a collective performance so far, one final crack against Australia is all they have before they switch formats to play a five-match ODI series against Pakistan. Solomon Mire, Tendai Chisoro, and Tarasai Musakanda displayed plenty of potential. But Zimbabwe will be hoping for the rest of the players to also step up and help the team go out on a high note.
Entering this series in a state of quandary, Australia have done their bit to put behind some of the past misfortunes - riding on Finch's belligerence and fine performances with the ball from Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye for a couple of commanding victories. Cbtf Cricket However, the loss against Pakistan yet again exposed their vulnerability with the bat and their dependence on their captain. Considering their batting frailties they might be tempted to bat first against Zimbabwe, should they win the toss, in order to give their batsmen sufficient time in the middle to iron out the flaws and get their game in order ahead of the summit clash.
When: Wednesday, 6 July 2018, 10:00 AM local time
Where: The Harare Sports Club, Harare
What to expect: It's expected to be chilly and quite murky at the start, but should brighten up as the day wears on
Elton Chigumbura hasn't had a great series so far. Cricket Tips One of Ryan Burl and Chamu Chibhabha should slot in if they decide on a straight swap. There's also a possibility of Donald Tiripano getting a game.
Zimbabwe (Probable XI): Solomon Mire, Cephas Zhuwao, Hamilton Masakadza (c), Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor (w), Elton Chigumbura/Ryan Burl/Chamu Chibhabha, Malcolm Waller, Tendai Chisoro, Chris Mpofu, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani/Donald Tiripano
Australia persisted with the same eleven in the last two games and are likely to continue in the same vein.
Australia (Probable XI): Aaron Finch (c), D'Arcy Short, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (w), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake
What they said:
"The guys did not operate well under pressure. We don't get too many international games so every game is important" - Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe captain