Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis

Players had some fielding drills and knocking at nets before they went back to dressing room

Players had some fielding drills and knocking at nets before they went back to dressing room

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed says he won't need to follow Virat Kohli's lead and step in and defend Steve Smith from jeering fans during their Cricket World Cup clash with Australia.

"I don't think Pakistani people will do that", Sarfaraz told reporters on Tuesday. "So regardless of what kind of form Pakistan go in with, they're always incredibly risky".

Meanwhile, Sarfaraz vowed Pakistan will put their 5-0 whitewash by Australia in March behind them.

"We're not thinking about that". Actually we are thinking about tomorrow's game. Now, in the absence of a like-for-like allrounder in the squad, Australia will have to decide if they can do without Stoinis for the period it takes for him to recover.

Cricket Australia were quick to fly Mitchell Marsh in to stay on standby in case Stoinis isn't declared fit for the rest of the tournament.

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President @MaithripalaS presented PM @narendramodi the Samadhi Buddha Statue. "Sri Lanka has a special place in our hearts". It has been widely reported that Colombo failed to act on intelligence warnings provided by India.

"I think Pakistan are obviously a very unsafe side", Finch said of Pakistan, who have only won one of their last 14 matches against Australia. "I am thinking about my team, so we'll make good planning against them", said Sarfaraz.

Pakistan - who won the ICC Champions Trophy in England two years ago - tamely lost their opening fixture to the West Indies but bounced back to beat the world No.1 and tournament hosts England at Trent Bridge last week.

"The pitch at Taunton is grassy and if the weather is sunny on Wednesday, then Pakistan should bat first after winning the toss", he said. On the other hand, Pakistan had their previous match against Sri Lanka washed off but the side stunned England after a prolific all-round performance by the team.

"Firstly, we can't control the weather".

"Pakistan needs one century from the top order and one batsman from the middle order who can score 70 runs off 50 balls", he said on his YouTube channel.

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