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.
New Zealand are ready to embrace the "most extreme" conditions they could encounter in Australia but don't believe the pink ball will be the toughest element of their challenge in the Perth Test. Australia opened its home season with a cakewalk against Pakistan but New Zealand should present a much stiffer challenge. The forecast is for temperatures to top 40 degrees Celsius over the weekend and New Zealand have only three days to prepare for the first Test. "Coming to Perth is probably the most extreme conditions we will face,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. "We've got to be careful that we don't overstate what the pink ball might do at night” he added. Add to that the pace and bounce the Perth Stadium pitch is expected to produce, plus a chance of cracks opening up as the heat takes its effect. The Australians are taking the conditions in their stride and coach Justin Langer said they would "hopefully" have an advantage from it, but acknowledged that all players would be tested.
Australia coach Justin Langer has hinted at an unchanged XI for the first Test against New Zealand, which will be played under lights at Perth beginning Thursday. Australia remain unchanged through their 2-0 sweep of Pakistan recently, Langer said, “I’d be a brave man to change the XI,” "The boys are playing well. We've still got a couple of training sessions, we haven't had a look at the wicket yet but I'd say at this stage, more than likely we'll have the same XI." New Zealand’s Trent Boult’s side injury is a concern the paceman fails a fitness test it would probably mean a test debut for Lockie Ferguson. New Zealand also had a minor scare when Ross Taylor copped a blow on his right hand while batting in the nets.
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