The Latest: England considers extra paceman against Pakistan

LONDON (AP) — The Latest at the Cricket World Cup on Saturday (all times local):

13:40 p.m.

Pakistan's struggles against the short ball could lead to England playing an extra paceman against the 1992 champions in the Cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Pakistan was skittled for 105 against the West Indies at the same ground in Nottingham on Friday, with the quicks taking all 10 wickets.

Mark Wood was left out by England for its victory over South Africa on the opening day of the tournament but could be recalled, potentially to play alongside fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer.

England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said it was certainly an option.

Thorpe said Pakistan's capitulation made for "interesting viewing" and that it looked like West Indies "roughed Pakistan up."


1:30 p.m.

Afghanistan will get first go with the bat against Australia after skipper Gulbadin Naib won the toss and decided his team's best chance of beating the five-time World Cup champions was to post a total that his strong spin bowling attack can defend.

Fast bowler Hamid Hassan was recalled, but there was no room for former captain Asghar Afghan in the starting lineup.

The Australians went with restored David Warner as opener and Steve Smith at No. 4 for their first official game since returning from 12-month bans. Shaun Marsh missed out on the top-order batting spot, with Usman Khawaja dropping to No. 3 after opening with skipper Aaron Finch for much of the last year.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was picked as the third seamer to support pace spearheads Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

Australia has won both previous World Cup meetings against Afghanistan, including a 275-run victory in Perth four years ago that started a nine-game winning streak. That remains Australia's highest winning margin, by runs, in ODI cricket.

The Australians are on an eight-game winning streak after coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in India and then sweeping Pakistan 5-0.

The Afghans, who are the lowest-ranked of the 10 teams contesting the World Cup and secured their spot by winning the qualifying, have won three of their last five ODIs, including a victory over Pakistan here in Bristol in a warmup match.


Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Hazrat Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahmanm, Hamid Hassan.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.


1 p.m.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne carried his bat through the innings while his teammates offered little resistance as New Zealand dismissed Sri Lanka for 136 in 29.2 overs

The Black Caps, playing their first match in the tournament since reaching the 2015 final, dominated their Cricket World Cup group opener at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens.

Karunaratne finished 52 not out off 84 balls, including four boundaries.

Karunaratne and Thisara Perera shared a 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket off 51 balls, combining after Sri Lanka slumped to 60-6.

Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson took three wickets apiece.


12:35 p.m.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne runs the risk of being stranded as Sri Lanka reached 115-8 after 25 overs against New Zealand in their Cricket World Cup group opener.

Karunaratne is 42 not out with the Sri Lankans set to post a far-below-par total for the fourth-ranked New Zealand to chase.

Karunaratne and Thisara Perera shared a 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket off 51 balls at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens. The pair came together with Sri Lanka on 60-6.

Thisara Perera was out for a 23-ball 27 after holing out to Trent Boult off Mitchell Santner.


11:55 a.m.

Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson have done the damage as New Zealand reduced Sri Lanka to 80-6 after 17 overs as the Black Caps took control of their Cricket World Cup group opener at Cardiff.

Fast-medium right-armer Henry dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne (4) leg before wicket off the second ball of the day. Henry then had a hat-trick opportunity after Kusal Perera (29) skied a catch to Colin de Grandhomme and Kusal Mendis went for a golden duck in the ninth over, caught brilliantly in the slips by Martin Guptill.

The fiery Ferguson then trapped Dhananjaya de Silva (4) leg before wicket.

Henry took 3-29 off seven overs before being replaced by de Grandhomme, who had Angelo Mathews caught behind without scoring to leave the Sri Lankans in serious trouble. It got even worse when Jeevan Mendis was caught at gully off Ferguson, who has 2-10 in three overs.

Opener Karunaratne is 25 not out.


10:35 a.m.

Matt Henry struck on the second ball of New Zealand's Cricket World Cup group opener against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka opener Lahiru Thirimanne was given out leg before wicket after the Black Caps asked for a TV review of the initial not out decision by the on-field umpire, leaving Sri Lanka on 4-1 on a grass-tinged wicket in mostly sunny conditions at Cardiff.


10:10 a.m.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in Cricket World Cup group game against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

New Zealand was runners-up in the 2015 World Cup and go into the encounter on a four-game winning streak against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has played four ODIs at Sophia Gardens but the three-time finalists are still hunting for their first win at the venue, with defeats to New Zealand (2013), India (2013), England (2016) and Pakistan (2017).

The 1996 champions are coming off back-to-back defeats in warmup games.


New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.


9:30 a.m.

Five-time champion Australia starts the defense of its Cricket World Cup title against Afghanistan at Bristol on Saturday, with David Warner and ex-captain Steve Smith expected to return to the lineup.

New Zealand, beaten by Australia in the 2015 final, faces Sri Lanka at Cardiff in the earlier game.

Australia captain Aaron Finch confirmed Warner is fit for the day-nighter in southwestern England, and that likely means it's the same opening combination that helped carry Australia to victory at the last World Cup. But a lot has happened in between.

Finch was elevated to lead the Australia ODI squad after Smith and Warner were each banned for 12 months for their parts in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March last year.

After a considerable slump, the Australians have recovered in recent months to win eight consecutive ODIs, including a 3-2 comeback series win in India and a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan, then winning three warmup games in England. Afghanistan had a narrow win over Pakistan in a warmup game in Bristol but this was followed by a heavy defeat to top-ranked England.

Fourth-ranked New Zealand takes on 1996 champion Sri Lanka in the Welsh capital.

Sri Lanka has played four ODIs at Sophia Gardens but the three-time finalists are still hunting for their first win at the venue, with defeats to New Zealand (2013), India (2013), England (2016) and Pakistan (2017).

Sri Lanka was well beaten in both of its warmups against South Africa and Australia.

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in a home ODI series at the start of the year.


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