About the Match
After a thumping 3-0 ODI series victory against New Zealand, Australia will now host Pakistan in a 3-match Test series that begins with the 1st Test at Brisbane on 15th December. The Aussies suffered a 2-1 defeat against South Africa and will be eager to perform well here. The Pakistani contingent also comes here at the back of a 2-0 loss against New Zealand and would fight hard to go back to their winning ways. The upcoming match will be played under the lights and Australia will draw inspiration from its lone win in the day-night test against South Africa. It needs to be seen if Pakistan, which has won the last three encounters against Australia, can continue to do so here.
The team has plenty of youngsters, who showcased their skills in the last test against South Africa; Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb made their debut in that match and have been retained for the test squad against Pakistan. Wish Shane Marsh out due to injury, Usman Khawaja and Renshaw are likely to open the innings again while David Warner, Steve Smith, Handscomb. Maddinson and Matthew Wade will make up the middle-order.
The bowling squad had speedsters like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers while the spin options will be provided by Nathan Lyon, Warner and Smith. With the wicket at Gabba expected to assist the pacemen, Starc and Hazlewood will try to lead the team in demolishing the opposition. However, the batsmen too would play cautiously against the famed Pakistani pace attack, which can take advantage of the humid conditions during night.
The team is buoyant after their ODI series victory against the Kiwis but they have a rough history against Pakistan in recent tournaments, with the last test series played in the Middle East ending in a massive defeat for the Aussies. They have a motivated side which can try to leverage the home advantage here and start the series on a winning note.
Pakistan had recently climbed all the way to the top in ICC test rankings, becoming the No.1 side after drawing the series against England and registering a clean 3-0 whitewash against the Windies at home. Although they haven’t toured Australia ever since their colossal defeat way back in 2010, they will be well-prepared to use the experience in their side to dominate the Aussies.
The batting line-up has players like Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, the in-form Babar Azam and middle-order batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who bring their years of experience to the side. All-rounders like Mohammad Nawaz and Asad Shafiq add depth to the squad. The bowling unit has the dangerous looking paceman Mohammad Amir, who will try to lead the attack against a young Australian side while others like Imran Khan, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan will try to support well.
Spinners Yasir Shah and Mohammad Nawaz bring variety to the attack and are known to take consistent wickets; they have a well-balanced team of batsmen and bowlers, who can wreak havoc on Australia in the upcoming contest.
Australia recently lost the series to South Africa, but the redeemed themselves by a lone win in the final test. Pakistan did well in their last series. Australia's resurgence in the ODI series will add to the home advantage which makes them favorites for this game.