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.
Australian captain Tim Paine has said that critics of the new pink ball that is used for day-night Test matches need to stop comparing its nature to the red ball and accept the change instead. He believes that the two types of balls cannot behave the same as they are totally different in structure and have their own characteristics and that the critics need to accept the change instead of constantly looking for problems. Australia has their 100% record in day-night Test after winning the second Test against Pakistan. They thrashed Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs. Paine told reporters after the match, “What we want is people watching Test match cricket and I think the pink ball day-night Test certainly makes that happen. It’s bringing new people to the game. I think what we need to stop doing is trying to compare the pink ball to the red ball.” Australia will next face New Zealand in the upcoming pink-ball day-night test.
After dominating the Test series against Pakistan, Australia announced their Test squad for the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand. As for the Aussie squad, 13 of the 14 players which were selected for the Pakistan series have been retained, with Cameron Bancroft being the only one to have been left out. Bancroft though remains attached to the squad as a reserve for the series opener, the likes of James Pattinson and Michael Neser will play the role of reserve pacers. Trevor Hohns, Australia's chairman of selectors said, "We are backing the current batting line-up to continue their form across the next three Tests. Whilst not a part of this squad, Cameron Bancroft remains one of the standby players. Similarly, depending on conditions, we reserve the right to add a player to the squad at any time during the Series.”
Tim Paine (C), Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head (VC), Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson
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