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13-Mar-2011 09:29:00 GMT
Australia v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Bangalore

Australia Opt to Bat Against Kenya

Bangalore: Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat against Kenya in their World Cup clash at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.

Michael Hussey has replaced his brother David in the Australian line-up.

Australia, unbeaten at the World Cup since 1999, have recorded dominant wins over Zimbabwe and New Zealand before rain washed out what promised to be their first major test of this competition, against Sri Lanka, last weekend.

One of the few things that appears to be standing in the way of another crushing display will be if they decide to alter the batting line-up so as to give their under-exposed middle order much needed match practice.

There is set to be at least one change with Michael Hussey, a late replacement for injured fast bowler Doug Bollinger, having himself recovered from a hamstring problem, in line to play his first match of the tournament.

This may be Kenya's fifth successive World Cup but it has so far been a desperately disappointing event for the 2003 semifinalists.

Hammered by New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, they then suffered an even more humbling five-wicket loss to fellow associates Canada on Monday.


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