World Cup, AUS vs PAK: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Khan won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in a World Cup 2019 match in Taunton.

Aaron Finch and David Warner will open the innings for Australia.   -  Getty Images

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Khan won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in a World Cup 2019 match in Taunton.

Team news: Shaun Marsh replaces Marcus Stoinis and Kane Richardson comes in for Adam Zampa. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi replaces Shadab Khan. 

Pitch report: A good covering of grass by the surface underneath seems to be dry. Once the batsmen gets their eye in, they are set for a big score.

Weather: It is cold and overcast and no signs of rain yet.

Quotes:

Aaron Finch: Would've bowled first too. A tinge of green and some moisture in the wicket. We have to wait and see what the wicket plays like. I expect some swing and seam-movement. It depends on the game.

Sarfaraz Ahmed: We are going to bowl first today. There's a bit of grass and moisture on the pitch, so we need to take advantage of that. Unfortunately we couldn't play the last game, but we practised hard in the last few days so the momentum is very high for us.

Playing XIs:

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/capt), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (capt), Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson.