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Australia vs Pakistan key men
Published : Friday, 20 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 8

Adelaide, Mar 19: Key men ahead of the World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday:
Australia--Mitchell Starc
The tall left-arm fast bowler has been the stand-out performer with the ball for Australia, his 16 wickets in five matches leaving him at the top of the bowling charts in the tournament.
Starc's consistent length and his ability to extract bounce almost enabled Australia to defend their paltry 151 all out against New Zealand in Auckland before the Black Caps squeezed home for the loss of nine wickets.
The 25-year-old should enjoy the hard and bouncy drop-in pitch at the Adelaide Oval where India's 300-7 against Pakistan at the start of the tournament is the highest ODI total ever at the ground.
Pakistan--Misbah-ul Haq
The gutsy skipper has led Pakistan from the front with four half-centuries in the first five matches when others around him were falling apart. His 56 against South Africa was crucial in the low-scoring game where Pakistan successfully defended 222.
The 40-year-old, who will quit one-day cricket after the World Cup, is the rock around whom Pakistan rally in a crisis.
Often criticised for a slow strike-rate, Misbah stunned critics by smashing a Test century off 56 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi last November, equalling the record of West Indies legend Viv Richards.
Pakistan will hope for another landmark innings from their captain against the same rivals on Friday.     AFP

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