Pakistan had a horrible run in the shorter version of the game after snub from summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England. Despite the No. 1 T20I side tag in the world, they have lost five 5 of their last 6 T20Is after the mega-event. Sri Lanka had clean sweaped Pakistan in their own backyward.
Babar Azam was named captain after shameful lost to weak Lankan Lions. Even Azam could not change his national side’s fate as they were bashed badly by Australian in T20I series, thanks to rain for saving them from back-to-back whitewash.
On the other hand, Australia have started their home-seasion with bang. After cleaning up Sri Lanka 3-0 in a T20I series, Aaron Finch’s team has taken down Pakistan. Australia’s fielded their best XIs after a long time and they managed to gather desired results.
One would assume change of format, change of captains and change of playing squads may change some luck for Pakistan, but we have something not-so good news for Pakistan in this regard as well as the visitors have never won a Test series in Australia.
Leave a Test series aside, Azhar Ali’s side have not won a single red-ball game against Aussies since 1995. The hosts’ record is suggesting a victory over Ali’s side is no more than a walk in the park for them at Gabba.
That being said, the tourists are coming out with three teenagers – all are speedsters- in their squad against the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner. The 16-year-old Naseem Shah is set to make debut in the first Test. We have to mention that special innings of Asad Shafiq that almost took his national team to grab a record-victory. Shafiq is coming out with 2 centuries under his belt in touring games.
David Warner struggled in last longer format assignment big time against England – he had been bunny of Stuart Broad – in the Ashes. The left-hand could only manage to compile 95 runs in 10 innings. While Pakistan’s Babar Azam had failed on 2016-17 tour of Australia. The batsman only was able to score 68 runs in six innings. Babar has proved his batting ability in Test cricket and Azhar Ali’s side is expecting much more this time around.
Babar Azam, who proved himself a three-format batsman – is in good touch with a 150 and half-century to his name in a couple of practice games.
Australia XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Joe Burns, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steve Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Matthew Wade, 7 Tim Paine (capt & wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Nathan Lyon, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan XI: (probable) 1 Azhar Ali (capt), 2 Shan Masood, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Babar Azam, 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Mohammad Abbas