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DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 31/05/2019, 16:42.

Saturday sees the first World Cup double header with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in the morning and Australia up against the minnows of Afghanistan in the afternoon. Here our expert Nick Harris takes us through some of the betting options.

World Cup Day 3 Accumulator, New Zealand to win, Australia to win and David Warner to be the top Australian batsman, a £10 stake could return £51.56.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Day 3 Accumulator Betting Tips

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

(Cardiff, 10:30)

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In a wide-open tournament, a case can be made for two of the four teams who are in action on Saturday to have a real chance of picking up the trophy in July.

It is difficult to see Afghanistan challenging for many group wins, let alone a semi-final place, while Sri Lanka are not the force they once were in the 50-over game and are expected to struggle, particularly in English conditions.

The Black Caps’ two warm up games were very different with an impressive win over a lacklustre India followed by a thrashing at the hands of the West Indies.

New Zealand will be looking to their swing bowlers to do the damage against their unsettled opposition with the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee set to open the bowling.

Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham have both impressed as first change options and it is a line up which is expected to comfortably overcome their opposition, who have not won an ODI match since last October.

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Australia v Afghanistan

(Bristol, 13:30)

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Elsewhere on Saturday and holders Australia get their World Cup underway against underdogs Afghanistan at the County Ground in Bristol and they appear to be coming into top form at just the right time, following a miserable year which has been dominated by off-the-field incidents.

Skipper Aaron Finch has now got his players all pulling in the same direction and, with both Steve Smith and David Warner looking for redemption as they try and relaunch their cricketing careers, Australia will be a force to be reckoned with.

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Warner, who was top run scorer in the IPL this year, has overcome a glute injury and declared himself fit for Saturday's encounter.

After undergoing a vigorous fitness test on Thursday Warner told team officials on Friday he was ready to walk out alongside Smith and end the pair's 434-day hiatus from international cricket.

"Davey is fine he'll play, there's no doubt about," captain Finch said.

With Warner in fine form and Smith showing his class last weekend in the warm up game where he knocked England's attack for a century without once looking in any trouble, the Australians will once again be a side to fear.

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