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UK: Aussie and Sri Lankan cricketeers practice ahead of WC match

United Kingdom, London
June 14, 2019 at 17:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

The national cricket teams of Australia and Sri Lanka held their last practice in London on Friday, ahead of their scheduled Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Saturday, while the ongoing overcast weather in the UK capital continues to draw concerns of a potential fourth tournament washout.

Australia's captain Aaron Finch said it was not ideal when rain plays a major part in a tournament, and praised his side's opponents. "Sri Lanka, they are going to be a very tough opposition, no doubt," said Finch.

Sri Lanka's captain Dimuth Karunaratne touched upon the condition of sidelined bowler Nuwan Pradeep, saying that the team would decide during today's training whether he's fit enough to play.

"I think he's fit now, but we need to see whether he can field. We check that he can bowl normally, normal speed, but we need to check him whether he can do outfield, outfield training. So that's the main concern, and we will check it today and let's see if he's fit, we'll go for it," said Karunaratne.

Australia and Sri Lanka are due to play against each other at The Oval in London on Friday. The start of the match is set at 09:30 GMT.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

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The national cricket teams of Australia and Sri Lanka held their last practice in London on Friday, ahead of their scheduled Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Saturday, while the ongoing overcast weather in the UK capital continues to draw concerns of a potential fourth tournament washout.

Australia's captain Aaron Finch said it was not ideal when rain plays a major part in a tournament, and praised his side's opponents. "Sri Lanka, they are going to be a very tough opposition, no doubt," said Finch.

Sri Lanka's captain Dimuth Karunaratne touched upon the condition of sidelined bowler Nuwan Pradeep, saying that the team would decide during today's training whether he's fit enough to play.

"I think he's fit now, but we need to see whether he can field. We check that he can bowl normally, normal speed, but we need to check him whether he can do outfield, outfield training. So that's the main concern, and we will check it today and let's see if he's fit, we'll go for it," said Karunaratne.

Australia and Sri Lanka are due to play against each other at The Oval in London on Friday. The start of the match is set at 09:30 GMT.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

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