Aus v Pak highlights today – First test day one from Dubai International Cricket Stadium (U.A.E) Sunday 7th October 2018. 579/3d is the highest total of this venue scored by Pakistan in 2016 against West Indies. Australia team highest total at this ground is 303 scored against Pakistan in 2014. There isn’t much that should surprise the teams. Temperatures are expected to be in the high thirties for the entire duration of the match, with the pitch likely to take some turn from early on. Australia’s XI was officially confirmed by captain Tim Paine on Saturday. Matt Renshaw misses out and 24-year old Labuschagne has been fast-tracked to the line-up. In the fast bowling department, Michael Neser misses out despite impressing in the warm-up, with the more experienced Peter Siddle preferred.
Pakistan seems certain to field one debutant in Bilal Asif, and if the selectors take a dim view of Wahab Riaz’s ordinary performance in the warm-up game, that number could rise to two. Left-arm fast bowler Mir Hamza would partner Mohammad Abbas with the new ball in that case, while Shadab’s injury, plus the temptation of fielding an extra batsman, would mean Hafeez might return to the Test arena for the first time since 2016.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz.
Australia team/playing XI
AJ Finch, UT Khawaja, SE Marsh, TM Head, MR Marsh, M Labuschagne, TD Paine (c) †, MA Starc, PM Siddle, NM Lyon, JM Holland.
1st Test, Australia tour of United Arab Emirates Highlights