Coronavirus: ICC to hold board meeting via conference call13 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Full meetings rescheduled to early May due to coronavirus.
Pakistan have never won a series in Australia but Mickey Arthur's squad are confident they can end the series by winning. It might not be the first time Pakistan take on Australia with one team extremely low on confidence and credibility, bruised by accusations of cheating, with several key players - including the captain - serving bans, and with integrity injured and reputation ruined. It might be the first time, though, for that team to be Australia. This Test also marks Steve Smith and David Warner's first red-ball international in Australia since their ban. Although they are expected to lead Australia to a win at the Gabba, Pakistan isn't a team to be taken lightly. Under the stewardship of Misbah ul Haq, Pakistan will look to rattle a few feathers with an exciting bowling unit set to take center-stage at the Gabba. All in all, an action-packed Test match awaits both sides.
Australia has already confirmed it's playing XI with Joe Burns set to open alongside David Warner at the top of the order. Steve Smith is expected to bat at four with the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head batting around him. Mitchell Starc, who was left out for most Ashes tests earlier in the year, is picked alongside Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood while Nathan Lyon plays as the lone spinner in this game. On the other hand, Pakistan's first Test under Misbah and Azhar Ali, their preferred XI is still an uncertainty. While Azhar should open the batting alongside Shan Masood, the likes of Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, and Babar Azam are expected to feature in the middle order. A young bowling attack is set to take precedence with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah expected to play alongside one another. Mohammad Abbas will yield the new ball while Yasir Shah plays the lone spinner for the Pakistan outfit.
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