PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
After crushing Pakistan 2-0, the Australian team is ready to take the Kiwi challenge. Australia and New Zealand teams are coming into the contest on the back of series triumphs over Pakistan and England respectively. The 3-match Test series is expected to give a fine glimpse into the two sides' potential to go the distance in the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand, who have won the two-match Test series at home against England must be bracing themselves to face the heat of Australian summers ahead of the first Test. While both sides boast of premier batsmen in their side, the Pink Ball brings in another dimension to this already hyped clash. In what promises to be a stellar start to the series, either side will fancy its chances of a win under the Perth heat. Australia’s top-order batsmen David Warner, Joe Burns, and Marnus Labuschagne are in good form but their batting lineup will be tested against this New Zealand bowling attack.
A lot of excitement is expected for the first test between Australia and New Zealand. Not only is it going to be played at the new Perth Stadium which has hosted just one test match prior to this one, but it is also going to be the first pink ball test played here. From Blackcaps’ perspective, all eyes would be on Trent Boult as he aims to prove his fitness. The left-arm pacer didn’t play the second Test against England. Kane Williamson–led New Zealand will be desperate to see Boult getting fit to play in the Day-Night Test at Perth. Boult was a part of the second group of players to arrive into Perth on Sunday. His partner-in-crime Tim Southee looked confident and said that he would play in the upcoming game. “If he gets through the next few days I don’t see why he wouldn’t play. He’s an experienced guy and knows his body very well,” said Southee.
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