Leg-spinner Adam Zampa returned figures of 4-47 while Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis hit fifties to help Australia down Sri Lanka by five wickets for their first win at the 2023 Cricket World Cup on Monday.
The selection process also means that other Full Member nations like West Indies, Zimbabwe, and Ireland will not even have the opportunity to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy, since they didn’t qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Five-time champions Australia edged out gallant New Zealand by just five runs in a high-scoring World Cup thriller on Saturday. Australia piled up 388 all out as Travis Head top scored with 109 and fellow opener David Warner made 81.
Australia's total of 367-9 was built on Warner's 163 with Marsh, on his 32nd birthday, hitting 121. Pakistan were undone by poor bowling and fielding which saw Warner dropped when he had made just 10.
After the Proteas had made 311-7, Australia lost six wickets with just 70 on the board and then focused solely on attempting to limit the damage to their net run-rate. They were eventually dismissed for 177 with 55 balls to spare.
Australia's David Warner hit his sixth World Cup century to pull level with batting great Sachin Tendulkar and put his team on course for a huge total against the Netherlands in a World Cup clash on Wednesday.
Afridi was exceptional with the ball, picking up five wickets and conceding just 54 in his 10 overs. Previously, Shaheen Afridi had picked up 6 for 35 against Bangladesh at Lord's in 2019.
Australia skipper Pat Cummins thanked the Netherlands on Thursday for throwing the five-time champions a shock World Cup lifeline with their surprise victory over South Africa.
Glenn Maxwell smashed a 40-ball hundred - the fastest ever at the Cricket World Cup - to help Australia beat the Netherlands by 309 runs on Wednesday.