Cricket Australia will be hosting Pakistan for a 3-match Test series starting 14th December. The first Test between the two cricketing giants is scheduled to take place at Optus Stadium, Perth.
Australia is coming to play the longest format of the game after coming back home from a series defeat in the T20 format against Team India.
Pakistan is coming to play the longest format of the game after their World Cup debacle and the management has made some major changes in the squad.
Perth is known for its support towards the batters and the pitch has a good bounce with the ball coming on the bat at a good length.
The betting tip is...
David Warner to score a hundred
After resting the senior players for the T20 format, Cricket Australia will be happy to see their original squad playing in the longest format. David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Marnus Labuschagne will be responsible for the top order and the trio will be expected to give a good start to the team.
Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, and Cameron Green will be responsible for handling the situation in the middle order for the team. Australia’s World Cup winner captain, Pat Cummins, is back in action and will be eying to start the series with a win.
Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, and Scott Boland will handle the responsibility of picking up wickets at the right time.
Australia will have an experienced lineup of players in the first Test.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Green
Men in Green are under the new leadership as Babar Azam has resigned from the duties of leadership post-ODI World Cup. Shan Masood will be the leading man for the team.
Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, and Mohammad Rizwan will be expected to start the game with the bat on a positive note. Imam-ul-Haq & Mohammad Wasim Jnr are also expected to be named in the playing XI.
On the bowling front Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Noman Ali, and Mir Hamza will be given the responsibility to scalp wickets and provide timely breakthroughs in both innings.
Skipper Shan Masood has the availability of all the experienced players to start the game.
Predicted Lineup: Shan Masood (captain), Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan is under the new leadership and with the presence of some new faces in the team. The absence of Haris Rauf will also affect the team’s bowling combination.
Australia, on the other hand, has an advantage over home ground and they have a good depth in their batting and bowling. A well-balanced team Australia is expected to win the first Test.