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'Looking forward to give our best against Australia' – Gulbadin Naib
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'Looking forward to give our best against Australia' – Gulbadin Naib

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib is hopeful of his team displaying a vibrant performance when they compete against reigning champions Australia in their World Cup opener in Bristol on Saturday.

Afghanistan enter the tournament as the bottom-ranked side out of the ten participating nations with the odds entirely stacked against them.

The last time these two teams played, Australia cruised to victory in a one-sided contest at the 2015 World Cup as David Warner's belligerent batting saw them post a towering total of 417 for six.

Since then, Afghanistan has gradually transformed into a quality side managing to acquire Test status last year, and recently triumphed over Pakistan in the warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup.

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"We are very excited for tomorrow's game and the start of the tournament," Naib told reporters on the eve of the clash against Australia.

"The team has changed from four years ago, and the last couple of years we have improved very well in every department.

"We are just focusing on tomorrow. The World Cup is a big stage, and we are looking forward to doing our best."

Afghanistan's spin trio under focus

Afghanistan's much talked about spin stocks boasting the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are expected to play an important role in the country's World Cup campaign.

Naib forewarned his Aussie opponents about the wide range of variations the three possess and hoped the condition of the pitch will allow the spinners to dominate.

"We have a great spin department in our bowling attack, but it will depend on the wicket tomorrow," Naib added.

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"I have a confidence in my team and players, especially with how we have prepared over the last 12 months.

"We beat Pakistan in our first warm-up game, so anything can happen.

"We know that Australia is a champion team, but we will giving 100 per cent."