Karachi, Mar 19 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has claimed that he would approach their World Cup quarterfinal tie against Pakistan on Friday like a final, insisting that they would get a 'tough challenge' from Misbah-ul Haq's 'under-rated' team.
Pakistan have lost nine of their last 10 one-dayers to Australia on Australian grounds, including all of the last seven, but Clarke refused to take victory for granted.
Karachi, Mar 19 : Pakistan's young batsmen Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood reportedly underwent a special batting practice session on Wednesday that lasted an hour, ahead of their crunch World Cup quarterfinal tie against Australia
Pakistan team head coach Waqar Younis along with batting coach Grant Flower and assistant coach Shahid Aslam reportedly arrived at the Adelaide Oval net area an hour before the scheduled practice session.
Karachi, Mar 19 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has ruled out the chances of Friday's World Cup quarterfinal tie against Australia being his last ODI outing, saying that this tournament and his career are obviously not over.
The veteran batsman has already announced his intentions of retiring from one-day cricket after the World Cup as has star all-rounder Shahid Afridi .
Karachi, Mar 19 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has claimed that his side won't mind another crack at archrivals India if both teams are successful in progressing to the World Cup semifinals.
Branding the possibility of another showdown between the two sides as a golden opportunity, Misbah said that Pakistan would be glad if they win the semis and end up breaking the India World Cup jinx in the process.
Karachi, Mar 18 : Australia invited legendary cricketer Steve Waugh over dinner for meting out advice to the current squad, who are preparing for the quarterfinal clash against Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday.
Two-time World Cup winner Waugh had a dinner meeting with the entire squad on Tuesday night and was also available at the nets on Wednesday.
Explosive batsman Aaron Finch said that it was good to sit down over dinner with him and just chat about cricket and World Cups, admitting that there aren't many better-credentialed players to talk to about it, the Dawn reported.
Karachi, Mar 18 - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that ace spinner Saeed Ajmal could substitute injured towering pace bowler Mohammad Irfan, if Misbah-ul-Haq's men progress into the World Cup semifinal.
Earlier on Tuesday, Irfan was ruled out of the Pakistan's World Cup squad due to a stress fracture to his pelvis.
Karachi, Mar 17 : Former Pakistan pace spearhead Wasim Akram has said that he would be thrilled to witness a lefties' showdown at Adelaide Oval when his country's side will take on co-hosts Australia on Friday in their quarterfinal clash.
The Adelaide showdown would showcase a feast of left-arm pacemen with Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc being the current leading wicket-taker for scalping 16 wickets in the tournament.
While Mitchell Johnson (9) and James Faulkner (3) would form Australia's left-bowling trio, Wahab Riaz (14) and Rahat Ali (7) would be gearing up for Pakistan.
Karachi, Mar 17 : Pakistan's towering fast bowler Mohammad Irfan on Tuesday was ruled out of the World Cup following his failure to recover from a stress fracture in the pelvis .
Earlier, the left-arm fast bowler had gone for MRI scans in Adelaide after experiencing pain his right hip.
Brad Robinson, Pakistan's physiotherapist, confirmed that the injury ruled Irfan out of the World Cup, the Dawn reported.
Karachi, Mar 16 : Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett believes that sharp fielding will play a paramount role in the upcoming quarterfinal tie against Pakistan on Friday in Adelaide.
Describing Australia as one of the best fielding unit, Blewett, said that everyone knows how important fielding is, particularly when it comes to the bigger games, the Dawn reported.
Blewett, who played 46 Tests and 32 ODIs in his career, said that over the last month or so they have shown a fair bit of footage of some really good Australian fielders who have gone before these guys.
Karachi, Mar 16 - Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Mohammad has said that Misbah -ul-Haq's men need to display a much-improved performance against co-hosts and title favourites Australia, if they are to beat them in their World Cup quarterfinal tie on Friday in Adelaide.
Congratulating Pakistan after their seven-wicket win over Ireland on Sunday, Shoaib opined that they would need to put up a better showing against Australia, adding that Pakistan have their confidence high and could certainly upstage Australia on their day, the Express Tribune reported.
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