This is a five match ODI series between these two exciting cricketing nations. After Shameful whitewash of Pakistan their confidence level must be down but recent victory of Pakistan over Cricket Australia XI must have given a little boost to their confidence. Babar Azam back in form by smashing 98 runs in this Warm-up match & we could say that it was a whole team performance because Sharjeel Khan performed well too with Umar Akmal making his fifty too. Pakistan’s only problem is batting from ages which seems to be resolving after looking at this tour match performance.
Match scheduled to begin at 13:20 local time (03:20 GMT)
If they could show the consistency like they did in this tour match they would be able to beat Kangaroos on their own soil. Pakistan has won 5 out of their last 10 ODI’s including their win over WI. Coincidentally Australia too faced defeat in 5 of their last 10 ODI’s which includes a clean sweep by south Africa in 5 match series. Although their recent figures might look the same but Australia has never been weak in their home & Pakistan on the other hand never been strong in Australia. Pakistan has never won an ODI series against Australia in Australia since 2002 when they won a three match series by 2-1.
Azhar Ali*, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Mohammad Rizwan, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz
SPD Smith*, DA Warner, PJ Cummins, JP Faulkner, JR Hazlewood, TM Head, UT Khawaja, CA Lynn, MR Marsh, GJ Maxwell, B Stanlake, MA Starc, MS Wade, A Zampa
If we compare overall ODI results Pakistan have won just 3 ODI’s against Australia in last 20 games between these two countries. These figures again might make Australia favorable but we all know how Unpredictable Pakistan side is. If they can show consistency and absorb pressure, if would be their day every day. One of the World’s fastest bowlers Brett Lee recently commented that we should never underestimate Pakistan.