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Afghanistan won the toss and made a decision to bat first against Australia in the fourth match of the World Cup 2019.

In comparison, Afghanistan had a good game to start their World Cup.

The feat had previously been achieved by the West Indies' Ridley Jacobs, who made an unbeaten 49 against Australia at Old Trafford in 1999.

Finch said both Warner and Steve Smith, who was also suspended after the scandal and stripped of the captaincy, had slotted back into the team easily. The jeering continued throughout his innings, with shouts of "cheat, cheat" heard from the stands square of the wicket.

The pair were given a hostile reception by some members of the crowd at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton during Australia s World Cup warm-up victory over England last week in which Smith scored a century and Warner hit 43. We were getting towards bowling to the tail, especially after Marcus Stoinis got those two big wickets. Australia's coach Justin Langer told reporters before Thursday's training session.

Alcohol has been seen as one contributing factor, while there are questions as to whether the booing appears to have become a "sport" in itself.

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie wondered if Langer erred by saying publicly he would be "disappointed" if English crowds booed.

"We expected what we were going to cop".

"There are a lot of challenges but what we've tried to work out when we think it's important for the group to be on their own, knuckle down and focus on the task". Because they are humans, they are really good cricketers. They have paid the price for it.

They started the tournament on a positive note and would love to go in the same rhythm to defend their championship. The last Australian to get out was S.P.D.

Langer emphasised the importance of selecting Warner only if he is fully fit, lest he aggravate the injury.

"There are some good selection dilemmas actually at the moment which is something we didn't think we were going to have come day one of the World Cup", Langer said.

"That s a higher standard of cricket and it just gets you back up to as close to global competition as you can".

"The few series I had over here, you can take it as a bit of a compliment as well - they don't boo the worst players, they boo the best players in each team", Ponting added.

"If you let it get to you, that's when something will happen".

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Afghanistan to win this fixture.

Cricket Australia has sought specialist help in dealing with the public relations side of the returns of Smith and Warner.

"There was never any issue about how he (Smith) would bounce back, and the same with David".

"The way the ball has been coming out lately, I'm really happy with".

"New Zealand play an exciting brand of cricket".

New Zealand Cricket made a point of welcoming players' loved ones to the United Kingdom to make the campaign as normal as possible for those with families.

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