World Cup, Match 40: Australia vs Scotland at Hobart
After a stuttering start to their World Cup campaign, hampered by a washout against Bangladesh and then a narrow loss to New Zealand, Australia are finally in their stride. First, they smashed Afghanistan by the biggest margin in World Cup history, then they disposed of the highly-regarded Sri Lanka to earn second spot in Pool A. Australia’s batting has been brutal in its past two matches and, if they bat first, they will fancy their chances of making 400-plus once more. Glenn Maxwell, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Steve Smith have all found form in recent matches and Australia will hope that Aaron Finch and James Faulkner can get some good batting time in this fixture. Scotland are still yet to win a match in World Cup history and have no chance of ending that streak against tournament favourites Australia.
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Scotland’s bowling is extremely limited, aside from in-form medium pacer Josh Davey. Australia’s batting, meanwhile, has been explosive and destructive. Against Afghanistan, they broke the record for the highest team total in a World Cup with 417. Against Scotland’s weak attack, anything less than 400 will be under par. Don’t be surprised to see Australia break their own record.