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Pak VS Aus: Prospects of Green Shirts After Poor Performance in Asia Cup

The Pakistan cricket team is hosting their Pak vs Aus series which is scheduled this month. There will be 2 tests and 3 T20Is in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Both the teams have already arrived in UAE and are set to face each other.

The green shirts, who were outplayed by almost every team (except for Hong Kong) in the recently held Asia Cup, are hopeful to compensate their poor performance by winning the series against the Aussies. Sarfaraz XI was knocked out of the tournament by Bangladesh in a do-or-die match. The same side struggled against the emerging Afghanistan cricket team. They were also humiliated twice by their arch-rivals, India in Asia Cup.

After the disappointing show in Asia cup, the PCB selection committee has made changes in the squad for upcoming series against Australia. Fast bowler Muhammad Amir has been rested after a dismal performance in Asia Cup. Wahab Riaz, on the other hand, has been added to the test squad. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan have been retained in the squad while the experienced opener Muhammad Hafeez is also back in the team.

Pakistan Test Squad


Sarfraz Ahmed (c)Azhar AliFakhar Zaman, Mohammad HafeezImam-ul-Haq , Mohammad RizwanBabar AzamAsad ShafiqHaris SohailShadab KhanBilal AsifMohammad Abbas Hasan AliWahab Riaz, Usman SalahuddinYasir ShahFaheem AshrafMir Hamza.

The Australian test squad is a mixture of experienced and young players. Without the banned former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, the Aussies might struggle against Pakistan. However, the Australian side has still got a world-class bowling attack including Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon. Pakistani bowlers also need to do homework against the strong Australian batting line-up. The captain, Tim Paine along with Ashton Agar, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja can create some serious problems in the field for the hosts.

Australian Test Squad


Tim Paine (c)Ashton Agar, Aaron Finch, Usman KhawajaBrendan DoggettTravis HeadJon HollandMarnus LabuschagneNathan LyonMitchell MarshShaun MarshMatt RenshawPeter Siddle, Michael NeserMitchell Starc.

Head to Head Record

Pakistan and Australia have faced each other in 62 test matches till date. The Aussies were victorious in 31 while Pakistan was able to clinch victory in only 14 matches. The rest of the 17 matches were drawn. In ODIs, again the Australian side has a better record. They have won 62 out of 98 matches while Pakistan only got 32 results in their favour. However, in T20Is, the green shirts have got an edge over the opponents. Pakistan has 9 wins on their side while Australia has got only 7.  

Schedule

The complete schedule of the series is given below:

Date

Match Details

Venue

Time

Oct 7 – Oct 111st TestDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai6 AM GMT / 10 AM Local
Oct 16 – Oct 202nd TestSheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi6 AM GMT / 10 AM Local
Oct 241st T20Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi4 PM GMT / 8 PM Local
Oct 262nd T20Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai4 PM GMT / 8 PM Local
Oct 283rd T20Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai4 PM GMT / 8 PM Local

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