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Pakistan not still hurting from UAE rout by Australia: Sarfaraz

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TAUNTON: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed denied his team carry any scars from their 5-0 rout by Australia in March and is confident of victory in Wednesday’s World Cup contest against the reigning champions. Australia thrashed a depleted Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates follow their thrilling 3-2 series victory in India to signal their preparation for a successful title defence in the World Cup. “I think that thing is past,” Sarfaraz told reporters. “We’re not thinking about that. We’re actually thinking about tomorrow’s game. Our morale is very high, we got a momentum. So hopefully we’ll do very good against them tomorrow.”

The 1992 champions have looked characteristically unpredictable in the tournament as they began their campaign with a defeat by West Indies but bounced back in style shocking hosts England. They split points with Sri Lanka after the match in Bristol was abandoned because of rain and the prospect of another washout looms large over their next outing. “Firstly, we can’t control the weather, you know… But definitely if the match is shortened, definitely plan changes,” Sarfaraz added.

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