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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc will look to run through Afghanistan in their ICC Cricket World CupReuters

Australia have seen that momentum created from the tri-series victory and the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against England stopped after a rained out match and a loss to New Zealand.

Momentum will be the feeling they hunt for again when they face off against Afghanistan at the WACA in Perth on Wednesday.

Having beaten England soundly in the World Cup opener, Australia had to cool their heels for two weeks before their next match, owing to their game against Bangladesh at the Gabba being abandoned.

The wait was not as worth it as they would have liked, with New Zealand walking away with victory in a thriller in Auckland on Saturday.

Australia's batting let them down in that game, with the Kiwis bundling them out for just 151, and even if a Mitchell Starc-inspired bowling attack nearly pulled off an unbelievable victory, what cannot be forgotten was the manner in which one batsman after another threw away his wicket.

That will be something Australia will look to correct against a buoyant Afghanistan, who will still be buzzing from their first ever CWC victory.

"There's no doubt the result in Auckland last Saturday was a disappointing," Australia coach Darren Lehmann wrote in his column for Cricket Australia. "There's been no shortage of people saying we didn't bat very well against New Zealand's swing bowlers and we can't shy away from that -- all the criticism we've copped for that was warranted.

"We've addressed the areas we went wrong as a batting group and as a team to make sure that we understand the pressures of World Cup cricket, because I think that was the area that we really let ourselves down."

Australia cannot afford to take it easy against Afghanistan, as the team from Asia are coming off a morale-boosting win over Scotland. Looking down and out in the chase, the Afghans, led by Samiuallah Shenwari, pulled off a stunning victory, with Shapoor Zadran's celebrations with those long locks of his now going down in history as one of the most memorable moments.

On paper, Australia's attack, with Starc in terrific form and Mitchell Johnson raring to make an impression, should be too much for the Afghanistan batsman on the bouncy WACA pitch, but this CWC has already thrown up quite a few surprise results, and the last thing the Aussies will want to do is fall into that category, and not on the right side.

Australia have a couple of aspects to ponder upon when it comes to the playing XI, with James Faulkner declaring himself fit to play his first match in the tournament, while Pat Cummins has been ruled out due to injury. The Aussies are likely to bring in Josh Hazlewood for Cummins, while they also have the option of playing Faulkner, if he is deemed fit enough.

Michael Clarke admitted he has struggled to recover from the long flight from Auckland and the time difference in the pace of three days, but the skipper is confident of playing Afghanistan at 100 percent.

Confirmed lineups: Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Michael Clarke (capt), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

Afghanistan: Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Usman Ghani, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran.

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The match between Australia and Afghanistan will start at 2.30 pm local time (12 pm IST, 6.30 am GMT, 1.30 am ET). Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and their HD channels will provide live coverage of the match in India, while the live streaming options are on and Star Sports Live Pro.

Viewers in Australia can catch the game live on Channel 9 and Fox Sports, while the match can also be live streamed on Foxtel, Cricket Australia Live and by downloading the Cricket Australia Live App. New Zealand viewers can watch the match on Sky TV and live stream it on Sky Go NZ.

Audience in the USA can catch the game live on ESPN and live online on ESPN Cricket, while UK viewers can do the same on Sky Sports and Watch Sky Sports.

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