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Afghanistan seek to learn from Australia drubbing
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Afghanistan seek to learn from Australia drubbing

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said his side would learn from their seven-wicket humbling by Australia as they seek to regroup.

They had a terrible start against the defending champions, slumping to five for two.

They fought back bravely, with 43 from Rahmat Shah and 51 from Najibullah Zadran, but were still dismissed for 207.

Australia romped to victory in the 35th over of their innings, David Warner top-scoring with 89 not out.

"Definitely, we can play against these kind of teams, so you should take positive things from them," Naib said.

"Obviously, we have a tough match upcoming. Every team, especially for us, is a tough team, so we are just waiting for our turn.

"These kind of teams, they don't give you a single chance but they are coming really hard. We just look and we just take a positive thing from today."

Naib welcomed the vocal support for the Afghan team from the crowd.

"Obviously, if you have this kind of audience and they are supporting you and you know they are on your side you take a lot of positive things," the skipper added.

Najib Zadran said the morale of Afghanistan remained intact despite this heavy defeat.

"We will take some positive thinking," said Zadran. "We are a good side and we have an opportunity to beat any side in the world so, inshallah (God willing), we will come back strongly."