Australia confident David Warner will be fit for opening match

Sunday, 02 Jun, 2019

David Warner celebrated his return to worldwide cricket with an unbeaten half-century as Australia kicked off their Cricket World Cup defence with a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan.

As expected, Smith and opener David Warner were both included for their first full major worldwide match since they completed year-long bans imposed after a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

"But I think it is really important that people show some respect as well".

DAVID Warner rained sixes into the Bristol County Ground stands at training in a powerful indication the slashing opener is fit to make his return to worldwide cricket on Saturday night.

"We've talked about it a lot, and we're expecting it", he said. 'That said, when it happens it doesn't make it any easier.

"That's a higher standard of cricket and it just gets you back up to as close to global competition as you can". You know you feel for them personally.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 4, Afghanistan vs Australia at the Bristol County Ground in Nottingham, Preview: Afghanistan have two of the top three all-rounders in the ICC's ODI rankings in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.

While leg-spinner Zampa's 3-60 off eight overs may look good on paper, it was littered with some loose and erratic deliveries. So to get back into rhythm out there, start moving in the right direction, getting my head over the ball - that was just great to get out there and do that.

"Davey is fine he'll play tomorrow, there's no doubt about", captain Aaron Finch said.

The big hits brought the knots of Afghan supporters to their feet and a line of flag-waving fans ran along the front of one of the stands. 'He's desperate to play, jumping out of his skin, and his energy is up. "He's really keen but we've got to make sure he can move, particularly in the field".

Usman Khawaja opened with skipper Aaron Finch and scored a bright 89 in Monday's warm-up win over Sri Lanka to stake a claim for a place at the top of the batting order.

The left-handed opener made somewhat serene progress as Australia were always in command of the run-chase and was happy to play second fiddle to Finch's power hitting in an opening partnership worth 96. 'People were saying 'can they still play that aggressive in the World Cup?' They've just done it against South Africa, but then they've shown they are the best the team for a long time.

And Langer, who confirmed Warner underwent a fitness test on Thursday and will be assessed again on Friday, said if there are any lingering doubts over the opener's fitness he will not be risked.

"We have identified teams we can beat but obviously I can't tell you which teams".