LONDON – Australia have already secured a place in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup, but skipper Aaron Finch has virtually ruled out resting front-line quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in Saturday’s group match against New Zealand.
Starc’s 19 wickets from seven matches, more than any bowler in the tournament, have been instrumental in Australia booking a place in the last four with two group matches to spare.
The defending champions can afford to rest Starc or Cummins, who has 11 wickets, but Finch does not want to mess with a winning combination.
“So, if it was going to happen at all, yeah, slightly tempting, but at the same time, you don’t want to tempt fate,” Finch told reporters at the Lord’s.
“You don’t want to upset the apple cart just for no reason, really. And that also comes down to how they are feeling, as well, and they are both feeling great at the moment.