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Cricket World Cup matchday 14: Rain threatening Australia vs. Pakistan

Cricket World Cup matchday 14: Rain threatening Australia vs. Pakistan
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Australia are set to face Pakistan.

World Cup organisers will be praying the rain stays away at Taunton when Australia take on Pakistan after a tournament record third abandonment in Bristol.

Sri Lanka suffered their second successive washout, this time against Bangladesh, as the inclement weather became an unfortunate talking point with three matches being called off in the space of five days.

On the eve of their latest clash, Australia summoned Mitch Marsh to England as cover for the injured Marcus Stoinis but have yet to request a formal replacement.

Tweet of the day

Former England spinner Graeme Swann sees the upside of persistent rain.

World Cup snapshot

Ground staff did their best at Bristol but the rain kept falling (Nick Potts/PA)
Ground staff did their best at Bristol but the rain kept falling (Nick Potts/PA)

Quote of the day

The Bangladesh coach bemoaned the lack of reserve days over the course of a six-and-a-half-week tournament.

Stat attack

This is the first time the World Cup has had three abandonments in one edition in its history. The tournaments in 1992 and 2003 each experienced two no-results but persistent rain in England and Wales is causing havoc with the schedule. To compound matters there is further rain forecast for the next couple of days so further washouts are a distinct possibility.

What's next?

Today: Australia v Pakistan at Taunton.

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CRICKET WorldCup Wrap
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