Their first task is to beat Bangladesh who had the better of the recent series but are out of the World Cup
Bangladesh will sign off from the World Cup on Wednesday after a poor Super 12s campaign, but can they take Australia with them? At the very least, Aaron Finch’s team need to win both their remaining games to have a chance of a semi-final and even then they will need England to topple South Africa because, barring extraordinary events, their net run rate can’t be improved enough if South Africa also reach eight points.
In the spotlight
It was a futile effort given Bangladesh’s low total, but Taskin Ahmed bowled superbly against South Africa to take 2 for 18 from his four overs in a match that was dominated by some excellent pace bowling. He trapped Reeza Hendricks lbw and then had Aiden Markram edging to slip the ball after cutting him in half. Australia’s top order can be vulnerable if the ball moves, so Taskin could cause problems.
The big question remains: five bowlers or four? Ashton Agar was recalled against England in place of Mitchell Marsh and it could be the opposite for this match.
Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Bangladesh are likely to bring back Mustafizur Rahman at the expense of Nasum Ahmed. Australia wouldn’t mind that, having one less spinner to face.
Bangladesh (probable) 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Liton Das, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Shamim Hossain, 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Shoriful Islam
Pitch and conditions
It’s a return to a day game for Australia which should make the toss slightly less critical – although their two wins have still come chasing. The highest total batting first in Dubai so far has been Sri Lanka’s 154 which Australia overhauled with ease.
“The only thing we can do is move forward now and try and win and win strongly. We certainly have the side that’s able to do that. We’ve got so many options, such great squad depth.”
Ashton Agar on the fact two wins may not be enough
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo