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Warner and Smith return in Australian win

Radio New Zealand – David Warner and Steve Smith returned to international cricket today to see Australia through to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in their World Cup opener at Bristol’s County Ground.

Summary

  • David Warner and Steve Smith returned to international cricket today to see Australia through to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in their World Cup opener at Bristol’s County Ground.
  • Warner top-scored with an unbeaten 89 while Smith made 18 as Australia easily chased down a modest target after Afghanistan, who won the toss and elected to bat, were bowled out for 207.
  • Australia, whose captain Aaron Finch contributed 66 runs off 49 balls, reached 209 for three in the 35th over, ensuring a winning start to the defence of their World Cup crown.
  • But after Finch was caught as Australia lost their first wicket for 96, Warner took the lead, first with Usman Khawaja (15) and then Smith, who walked out to the wicket to a cacophony of jeers.
  • Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey completed five dismissals in the innings’ one short of Australia’s World Cup record, set by Adam Gilchrist in 2003.


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