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In-form Australia look to go for kill against spirited Bangladesh

In-form Australia look to go for kill against spirited Bangladesh
Favourites Australia will look to go all guns blazing as they meet Bangladesh in a Pool A match of the World Cup on Saturday, with the threat of a washout looming large due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

Co-hosts Australia kicked off their campaign in style, defeating old enemies England by a comfortable margin of 111 runs, while Bangladesh managed to win their tournament opener after a few hiccups against spirited debutantes Afghanistan. However, going into on Saturday’s match, four-time winners Australia, looking for their fifth world title, start as clear favourites against the Asian outfit that debuted in the World Cup in 1999.

The good news for the hosts is that skipper Michael Clarke will play in the game having missed the England match after failing to shake-off the lingering after-effects of his long-term hamstring problems. What could, however, come in Australia’s way is the extreme weather situation in the state. The Gabba ground is readying itself for the cyclone to make its forecast way down the Queensland coast.

In a worrying build-up, the Australian team has been forced to hold training sessions indoors while the storm has left the four-time world champions scratching their heads over the potential make-up of their team. “All the weather has done has delayed the naming of the team,” wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Friday.
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