PAK vs AUS: Australia to play first Test in Pakistan after 24 years

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PAK vs AUS: Australia to play first Test in Pakistan after 24 years
PAK vs AUS: Australia to play first Test in Pakistan after 24 years

PAK vs AUS: Australia to play first Test in Pakistan after 24 years

PAK vs AUS: The three-match Test series between Australia and Pakistan begins on Friday at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Tickets for the match has sold out, therefore this historic event will be witnessed by a large crowd.

After famous Australian all-rounder Richie Benaud and Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir, the Pakistan-Australia Test series is known as the Benaud-Qadir series. This will be Australia’s first visit since 1998. The Kangaroos will face the hosts in three Tests, three ODIs, and one T20I encounter this time. Since Pakistan resumed hosting international matches after a hiatus, only three Test matches have played in Rawalpindi. Australia captain Pat Cummins and his side are in excellent form. After winning the T20 World Cup and regaining the Ashes by a 4-0 scoreline.

However, since their tour of New Zealand in 2016, Australia has not won a Test series away from home. The team has fast bowlers, but they will have to adapt to turning wickets in Pakistan, which would necessitate the visitors using two or more spinners in their lineup.

Australia’s batting order tried and true. But the absence of games in sub-continent conditions will present a unique challenge for David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, and Travis Head.

Australia to play first Test in Pakistan after 24 years

Pat Cummins, as captain, will head the pace attack against the hosts, alongside Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Nathan Lyon, Australia’s most notable off-spinner, has completed 400 Test wickets and has 95 wickets in Asia. Australia’s hopes would rest firmly on his shoulders.

When it comes to Pakistan’s batting, the in-form combo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will be key. However, the hosts will be without two key bowlers. Hasan Ali, who is out with an injury, and Haris Rauf, who has tested positive for COVID-19.

With no prominent pacers available, Pakistan will rely on teen wonder Naseem Shah. He took a hat-trick at the age of 16 against Bangladesh. He’ll almost certainly share the new ball with Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The first Test will played in Rawalpindi from March 4 to 8. Followed by the second Test in Karachi from March 12 to 16, and the third Test in Lahore from March 21 to 25.

Squads:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood, Naseem Shah.

Australia: Pat Cummins (captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Mark Steketee, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.