Australia, led by Pat Cummins, are in fine form after beating England 4-0 in the Ashes at home. They could also have won the New Year’s Test in Sydney had they won the last English wicket. With four wins, they rank second in the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) standings.
But playing in Pakistan can be a whole different ball game. Most of their players don’t have much experience in the Asian country. Usman Khawaja has a good experience, having played for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, is ranked third in the 2021-23 WTC points table. In January, they beat Mominul Haque’s Bangladesh 2-0 in a bilateral series. Pakistan haven’t enjoyed much success against the Australians in recent years, but playing at home can give them an edge.
The animators suffered a few blows even before the start of the series. Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf were injured, after which Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Iftikhar Ahmed had to be recruited. Later, Haris Rauf tested positive for COVID-19 and the team management added Naseem Shah to the squad.
Pakistan vs Australia Match Details
Meet: Pakistan vs Australia, 1st test
date and time: March 4, 2022; 10:30 a.m. EST
Location: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Pakistan vs Australia Pitch Report
In 2020, Naseem Shah scored a hat-trick against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi, meaning the playmakers will get help from the box. As the game progresses, roulettes can also come into play. Winning the toss and hitting first should be the way to go.
Pakistan vs Australia Weather Report
Game conditions on day one will be clear, but there will be cloud cover from day two onwards. There is a chance of rain on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, the weather should again remain clear. The temperature will be around 21 degrees Celsius.
Pakistan v Australia likely to play eleven
Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar AliBabar Azam (C), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sajid Khan, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah/Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zahid Mahmood
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis headAlex Carey (week), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan vs Australia Match Prediction
Pakistan have been doing well at home lately. The Aussies might struggle to tackle their spinning attack. Pakistan will enter the game as the slight favorite.
Pakistan vs Australia Live Stream Details
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