Mickey Arthur believes Pakistan can "go all the way" in the Cricket World Cup despite their one-day international slump.

Pakistan were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in the United Arab Emirates following a 3-2 series defeat to South Africa.

There are also concerns that leg-spinner Shadab Khan could miss the World Cup after he was ruled out of the ODI series against England next month due to a virus.

Yet coach Arthur feels Pakistan can achieve more glory in England and Wales, two years after winning the ICC Champions Trophy.

Speaking at a news conference before Pakistan's departure for England, Arthur said: "We leave very, very well prepared.

"We leave with a team that has both the talent and attitude to be successful. Our preparation over here has been outstanding, and our preparation leading into the World Cup is brilliant with a series against the world number one side in their own conditions.

"That will give us an opportunity to test ourselves and to test our combination, and to head to the World Cup with a lot of confidence. We know if we play to our potential, we have the ability to go all the way."

Arthur has challenged Yasir Shah – who was not included in the World Cup squad – to grasp his opportunity to face England in the absence of Shadab.

"We wanted a wrist spinner [for the England series]," Arthur said. "Wrist spinners are in vogue in cricket at the moment, all teams have good wrist spinners.

"The key for Yasir is to challenge both edges. If Yasir's challenging both inside and outside edges of the bat, he becomes a different beast. If he only challenges the outside edge, players can line him up and hit him one side of the ground.

"That means he has to bowl his googly more often. In the UAE, the wickets were especially flat and didn't turn. If we get on a wicket that just grips a little bit, Yasir is a bowler we still feel can be a weapon for us. But time will tell on whether we decide to pick him for the final World Cup squad."

Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan will visit a specialist in London on Thursday and Friday after a virus ruled him out of next month's limited-overs series against England. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Sunday that Shadab would require treatment and rest for a minimum of four weeks after tests revealed an unspecified medical condition. 

Shadab, 20, will travel to England on Tuesday, with the aim of completing a full recovery before Pakistan's Cricket World Cup opener against West Indies on May 31 at Trent Bridge. 

His team-mates will undertake their preparations on the field over the course of a T20 international and five one-day internationals against England between May 5 and May 19. 

Yasir Shah has been named as Shadab's replacement for the tour of England, although the latter is the only specialist spinner in Pakistan's provisional World Cup squad, which can be altered without seeking ICC permission up until May 23. 

"Our strategy will be to attack, we're going to look to take wickets and bowl sides out," head coach Micky Arthur told a news conference at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday. 

"We've got it covered in all departments, we've got all the bases covered." 

Pakistan have brought Yasir Shah into their squad for the upcoming Twenty20 and ODI matches against England after Shadab Khan was ruled out with a virus.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Sunday that leg-spinner Shadab would require rest for at least four weeks, with the one-off T20 versus England to take place in Cardiff on May 5 before five ODIs.

It remains to be seen if Shadab will recover in time for the start of the Cricket World Cup, with Pakistan set to get their campaign under way against West Indies on May 31.

Yasir, a like-for-like replacement for Shadab, was not included in Pakistan's 15-man squad announced earlier this week but the PCB, like all participating countries, has until May 23 to make any necessary changes to that World Cup selection.

Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir, not part of the original party, have been added as additional players.

Mohammad Amir has missed out on a spot in Pakistan's 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup.

The paceman was Player of the Match when Pakistan claimed ICC Champions Trophy glory against India in England two years ago.

But he has failed to take a wicket in nine of the 14 ODIs he has played since that triumph and has been omitted from Pakistan's team for cricket's showpiece in England and Wales.

Amir will travel as part of the ODI squad to face England in ODI and T20 series before the World Cup and teams can make changes without ICC consent until May 23.

The big-hitting Asif Ali is another notable exception, but the vastly experienced duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are included, the former on the proviso he is fit to feature after injuring his hand in the Pakistan Super League.

"Shoaib Malik and Hafeez have played in World Cups before, which makes them experienced and qualified to provide the required stability to the middle-order," said chairman of Pakistan's men's selection committee Inzamam-ul-Haq.

"Hafeez has not played any cricket for the past 10-odd weeks, but he has always featured in our plans. 

"Although his inclusion in the World Cup squad is subject to fitness, yesterday we got a boost when he started playing with a tennis ball with his doctor confirming he will be available for selection for the series against England.

"Our World Cup opener is on 31 May against the Windies, which is still six weeks away, and we are confident he will be fully fit and ready to display his vast international experience."

Abid Ali gets the nod as back-up opener over Shan Masood, while teenage pacemen Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi are included.

"Hasnain has been selected due to his sheer pace and speed," Inzamam added.

"He may not have played many ODIs but he has already made an impact by making the top batsmen hop and run in his brief career while also picking up wickets."

Eleven members of the squad that won the Champions Trophy are named in the World Cup squad.


Pakistan squad in full: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik

Brian Lara made 375 to break the record for most runs in a Test innings 25 years ago - and his unbeaten 400 a decade on remains the highest score today. 

Jofra Archer insists he is not looking to "step on anyone's toes" as he prepares to link up with the England squad for the first time.

The Sussex all-rounder became eligible for England duty this year and has been handed his first call-up for the upcoming limited-overs internationals against Pakistan and Ireland.

Archer has not been included in the Cricket World Cup squad, although he could yet earn a place in the final group if he impresses in an England shirt.

Several figures - including England seamers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes - had argued ahead of the squad announcement that bringing in a new face could have a destabilising impact on the top-ranked one-day international side.

Archer, who was the obvious candidate to break into the group, is keen not to upset any of his new team-mates.

"This is a great England team that has been playing very well for a number of years leading into the World Cup," he told ECB.co.uk. "I understand the situation and I'm very happy with everything.

"I don't want to step on anyone's toes. The squad selected for the World Cup deserve it and my job is to do my very best against Pakistan.

"It's already above and beyond my expectations and I'm just looking forward to meeting the team and playing cricket for England."

He added: "It's not all about the World Cup for me right now. It's about playing against Pakistan, which is what I've been selected for.

"It will still be the highlight of my career to play for England in the series against Pakistan.

"Of course, I want to play in the World Cup, but if it doesn't happen for me, I'm not going to get upset. I'm just so excited to play against Pakistan and this is a position I didn't imagine I would be in at this stage."

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes Australia are "definitely" capable of winning the Cricket World Cup following their one-day international series sweep.

Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of Arthur's Pakistan thanks to Sunday's 20-run victory in the fifth and final ODI in Dubai.

Usman Khawaja (98), captain Aaron Finch (53), Shaun Marsh (61) and Glenn Maxwell (70) starred as Australia reached 327-7, with Pakistan limited to 307-7 from their 50 overs.

Australia have now won eight consecutive ODI matches and Arthur backed his former team to make a splash at the World Cup, which gets underway in May.

"I definitely think they are [capable of winning the World Cup]. They're travelling really well," Arthur said. "All the final jigsaw parts are coming together nicely.

"Australia look a very, very good side They will be a threat at the World Cup ... I think there's up to seven teams that can win the World Cup."

Steve Smith and David Warner are available for selection having served 12-month bans for their roles in last year's ball-tampering scandal.

Pat Cummins has been rested ahead of the showpiece tournament, while fellow paceman Mitchell Starc is hoping to be fit.

"You get Warner and Smith back, you put Starc and Cummins back into that line-up. It's pretty formidable," added Arthur, whose Pakistan were led by Haris Sohail's century.

Justin Langer says one or two players will be "brutally unlucky" to miss out on selection when Australia name their Cricket World Cup squad.

Langer's men will head to the United Kingdom for the global tournament, which begins at the end of May, having won eight ODIs in a row, after they completed a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Much debate has centred on how Australia will fit Steve Smith and David Warner – both available again after 12-month bans for their roles in last year's ball-tampering scandal – into a batting line-up that fired consistently against India and Pakistan.

There is also stiff competition for bowling places and Langer was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying: "We know categorically there are going to be one or two guys brutally unlucky not to get selected because they're all going so well.

"The blokes in the squad at the moment will be praying it's not them."

While Australia's selectors appear to have a tough task ahead of them, Langer added: "It's actually becoming more obvious by the day to me, the same with the other selectors.

"It becomes more clear as you watch games. That's why games are so important. There's obviously going to be a couple of really disappointed players, but that's the tough business we're in."

One of the biggest selection dilemmas concerns the opening slots. Warner is a proven performer at the highest level and his first three Indian Premier League innings over the past seven days have yielded scores of 85, 69 and 100 not out.

However, Australia's incumbent openers have both excelled in recent weeks. Skipper Aaron Finch plundered 451 runs in five matches against Pakistan, while Usman Khawaja's 98 on Sunday was his fifth score of 88 or more – including two centuries – in 10 innings.

Langer hinted at all three being picked at the World Cup as he stated: "David has shown he's a very versatile player, Uzzie's batted three a number of times, Finchy's batted in the middle order. Versatility is important."

Australia's top order fired once again as they completed a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan with a 20-run victory in the fifth ODI in Sharjah, despite a fine hundred from Haris Sohail.

Steve Smith and David Warner are now available for selection after completing 12-month bans for their part in last year's ball-tampering scandal, but on recent evidence it will be no easy task finding places for the former skipper and vice-captain at the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

All of Australia's top four passed 50 on Sunday as the tourists racked up an imposing total of 327-7, Usman Khawaja leading the way with 98 – his seventh score in excess of 50 in his last 10 ODI, including two centuries.

Skipper Aaron Finch contributed 53 to an opening stand of 134 and finishes the series with 451 runs, while Shaun Marsh added 61 and Glenn Maxwell provided excellent acceleration late on with a typically flamboyant 70 from 33 deliveries.

Haris compiled 130 from 129 balls in reply and shared century partnerships with Shan Masood (50) and Umar Akmal (43) to keep Pakistan in the hunt.

However, the respective dismissals of Umar and Haris in the 40th and 41st overs left Pakistan with too much to do and they fell short on 307-7 despite an unbeaten 50 from stand-in captain Imad Wasim.

Australia have now won eight ODIs in a row and could not be in better form ahead of the World Cup, which begins in two months.

Khawaja and Finch faced a few nervy moments early on after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl, but Australia's openers were soon in command once again as they put on 134 in 23.2 overs.

Usman Shinwari accounted for the pair, with Khawaja picking out midwicket to miss out on another hundred, yet Marsh made his second fifty of the series and Maxwell raised the tempo superbly, thumping 10 fours and three sixes.

A flurry of late wickets saw Shinwari and Junaid Khan finish with 4-49 and 3-73 respectively, before Abid Ali – a centurion on debut last time out – fell to the recalled Jason Behrendorff for a golden duck at the start of the Pakistan chase.

Haris, who made his maiden ODI hundred last week, anchored the innings superbly thereafter and a tense finale was in prospect as he and Umar combined to leave 93 needed from 11 overs, with six wickets in hand.

Both set batsmen fell in quick succession to Lyon and Kane Richardson, though, and Imad's fighting fifty was not enough for Pakistan.

Abid Ali made a stunning debut century but was on the losing side as Australia claimed a six-run victory over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international.

Making his first appearance at the age of 31, Abid strengthened his claim for World Cup selection by racking up 112 runs in Dubai - the highest total by a Pakistan debutant in an ODI.

Mohammad Rizwan also impressed with 104 as Pakistan chased a target of 278, and at one point they were 218-2.

But it was not enough to prevent Pakistan from slipping to a fourth defeat in as many games in this five-match series as they came up short in reaching 271-8 in their 50 overs, with Glenn Maxwell having hit 98 for the tourists.

While Aaron Finch (39) and Usman Khawaja (62) both made solid contributions to the Australian total, the cheap losses of Shaun Marsh (5), Peter Handscomb (7) and Marcus Stoinis (2) threatened to derail their innings.

Maxwell had a few near misses on his way to within a whisker of a century - dropped by Rizwan on 10 before Usman Shinwari overstepped when taking out his stumps on 76.

Alex Carey, whose place in the side could be in danger when Steve Smith and David Warner return to the fold, boosted his chances of keeping his spot with a knock of 55.

Carey enjoyed a slice of good fortune on 49, when the ball rolled into the stumps at the non-striker's end but did not dislodge the bails, sparing him the run out.

Shan Masood was bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-53) for a duck in the opening over of the Pakistan innings but Abid quickly became the star of the show.

His historic knock came off 119 deliveries and featured nine boundaries, while he built a partnership of 144 with Rizwan before the Pakistan challenge faded fast.

Abid sliced to Finch off Adam Zampa's bowling to end his involvement and the men who followed could not live up to his standards, with Umar Akmal (7), Saad Ali (7), Imad Wasim (1) and Shinwari (6) all failing to hit double figures, while Yasir Shah and Junaid Khan were at the crease at the end.

The final match of the series takes place in Dubai on Sunday.

Imad Wasim was named Pakistan captain for the fourth ODI against Australia in Dubai, after Shoaib Malik was ruled out with bruised ribs.

Shoaib was a stand-in skipper himself with Sarfraz Ahmed having been rested for the series, which Australia have already won courtesy of emphatic victories in the first three contests.

In the absence of Shoaib and Imam-ul-Haq on Friday, Pakistan handed debuts to Saad Ali and Abid Ali, with Imad taking the captaincy for the first time and electing to bowl after winning the toss.

Australia rested bowlers Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff, bringing in Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson.

Cummins is also set to miss the fifth and final ODI as he enjoys a brief rest ahead of the World Cup and Ashes.

Friday's match represents Australia's first since the bans of Steve Smith and David Warner expired. The former captain and vice-captain were not selected for this tour and are both playing in the Indian Premier League.

Aaron Finch was again the talisman for Australia as they clinched the ODI series against Pakistan with a comfortable win in Abu Dhabi.

Finch hit centuries in each of Australia's victories in Sharjah and, though he did not reach three figures on this occasion, it was the captain who once more made the key contribution.

The opener laid the foundation for Australia, hitting 90 off 136 balls and forming a third-wicket stand of 84 with Peter Handscomb.

Glenn Maxwell added 71 from 55 balls as Australia finished on 266-6, before Pat Cummins took 3-24 to help seal an 80-run win and an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-game series.

Usman Khawaja scored 88 in the previous match but was cleaned up for a six-ball duck by Usman Shinwari as Pakistan made a promising start, with Shaun Marsh soon following him to leave Australia on 20-2.

However, Handscomb, who hit Mohammad Hasnain for four boundaries in the ninth over, and Finch more than steadied the ship and the latter brought up his half-century from 82 balls with a two off Imad Wasim.

He upped the pace after securing his fifty but was denied a third successive ton when he holed out to long-on to become Yasir Shah's sole wicket.

Maxwell was typically aggressive and smacked eight fours and a six, though a run out denied him the opportunity to press further on the accelerator in the final two overs.

Yet 266 proved more than enough, Pakistan slumping to 16-3 after just seven overs as Shan Masood (2), Haris Sohail (1) and Mohammed Rizwan (0) all fell to Cummins.

Imam-ul-Haq (46) provided some solidity to the Pakistan innings but Maxwell was influential again, trapping the opener lbw.

The middle order proved much more difficult to remove than the top but the designated hosts' response never looked like a match-winning one and their hopes of salvaging a victory effectively went when Jason Behrendorff ended a stand of 53 between Imad (43) and Umar Akmal (36) by removing the latter.

From there the tail folded quickly against the spin of Adam Zampa (4-43), who wrapped up a result that condemns Pakistan to their first bilateral ODI series defeat in the United Arab Emirates since 2015.

Jhye Richardson will miss the remainder of Australia's one-day international series against Pakistan after suffering a dislocated right shoulder.

The paceman landed awkwardly while fielding in the second match of the series in Sharjah, which the tourists won by eight wickets to take a 2-0 lead on Sunday.

Richardson, who claimed figures of 2-16 from five overs before being helped off in pain, will fly home to discover the extent of the damage done just two months before the Cricket World Cup begins. 

Australia captain Aaron Finch said: "He's in good spirits. His shoulder popped out a little bit. Unfortunate for the youngster.

"He'll get home, have some scans and assess the damage."

Finch made an ODI-best 153 not out – his second successive century – to steer Australia to their target of 285 with 13 balls to spare after putting on 209 for the first wicket with Usman Khawaja (88).

Pakistan announced they will rest Faheem Ashraf for the remainder of the five-match series to ensure he is fresh for the World Cup.

Aaron Finch hit his second century in as many matches as Australia cruised to an eight-wicket victory in the second one-day international against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Finch's form had come under scrutiny in the build-up to this five-match series but he has answered his critics in the opening two meetings.

Following a knock of 116 that inspired Australia to a win by the same eight-wicket margin in the first match, Finch's unbeaten 153 – a career best – ensured his side stayed perfect.

Pakistan set the tourists a target of 285 but saw Finch build a formidable opening partnership with Usman Khawaja (88) which carried Australia to 219.

And the skipper was in the middle until the end as Australia reeled in their target for the loss of only two wickets with 13 balls remaining.

Imam-ul-Haq's dismissal for a duck in the opening over got the match off to an inauspicious start for Pakistan, but their innings was not without its impressive performances.

Mohammad Rizwan scored 115 off 126 deliveries and captain Shoaib Malik chalked up 60, but Haris Sohail (34) was the only other man to make it beyond 20.

Jhye Richardson (2-16) took the first two wickets but suffered a dislocated shoulder after landing awkwardly on his bowling arm when attempting to prevent a boundary. It remains to be seen whether he will play any further part in the series.

Nathan Coulter-Nile matched Richardson's wicket count with figures of 2-52 from his seven overs.

Pakistan were then frustrated by Australia's openers and it was not until the 37th over that they made their breakthrough – Khawaja caught by Imam off the bowling of Yasir Shah.

Glenn Maxwell added 19 before being run out by Sohail, but Finch saw out the innings opposite Shaun Marsh, who contributed an unbeaten 11 to Australia's total.

The third ODI takes place in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, when Australia can wrap up the series. 

Australia paceman Jhye Richardson suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the second one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday.

Richardson landed awkwardly on his bowling arm when attempting to prevent a boundary in Sharjah.

The 22-year-old, who had taken two early wickets, watched the remainder of Pakistan's innings with a brace on his arm and it remains to be seen whether he will play any further part in the series.

Richardson's injury comes just two months before the Cricket World Cup gets under way, so Australia will hope he does not face a lengthy absence.

The quick took 2-16 from five overs before his participation was ended, with Pakistan going on to post 284-7 courtesy of a maiden international century for Mohammad Rizwan (115) and a brisk 60 from captain Shoaib Malik.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have announced they will rest Faheem Ashraf for the remainder of the series to ensure he is fresh for the World Cup in England.


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