Cricket: Australia bat against Afghanistan in World Cup

Afghanistan's captain Mohammad Nabi speaks at a press conference ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Afghanistan in Perth on March 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Afghanistan's captain Mohammad Nabi speaks at a press conference ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Afghanistan in Perth on March 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

PERTH (AFP) - Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and decided to bowl in the World Cup Pool B game against Australia at the WACA Ground on Wednesday.

Australia made two changes for the match, with all-rounder Shane Watson left out, along with paceman Pat Cummins.

All-rounder James Faulkner was recalled after injury, with Josh Hazlewood also back into the team.

Afghanistan promoted opener Usman Ghani at the expense of Gulbadin Naib.

Australia line-up: Michael Clarke (capt), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

Afghanistan line-up: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Najib Zadran, Afsar Kkhan Zazai, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Shahpur Zadran.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Michael Gough (ENG) Tv umpire: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI) Match referee: Nigel Llong (ENG) Weather: Sunny, 32 degrees