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 Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq , Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas , Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Mir 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 Khawaja, Brendan Doggett, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Michael Neser, Mitchell 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.
The complete schedule of the series is given below:
|Oct 7 – Oct 11||1st Test||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||6 AM GMT / 10 AM Local|
|Oct 16 – Oct 20||2nd Test||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||6 AM GMT / 10 AM Local|
|Oct 24||1st T20||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||4 PM GMT / 8 PM Local|
|Oct 26||2nd T20||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||4 PM GMT / 8 PM Local|
|Oct 28||3rd T20||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||4 PM GMT / 8 PM Local|
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