About the Match
After a thumping ODI series win against Pakistan, Australia looks ahead to the Test series of the Middle East tour, which starts on 22nd Oct with the 1st Test match at Dubai. Displaying an all-round performance, the Aussies dominated the hosts throughout the one-day series and will be eager to repeat their performance in the upcoming matches. Pakistan on the other hand will need to put up a much better effort if they want to redeem themselves and make a much-needed comeback.
With experienced players like Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman and Khurram Manzoor out of the squad, Pakistan will have to bring out its best with the available talent. Taufeeq Umar makes a comeback into the test side after a gap of two years and will be opening the innings; with Mohammad Hafeez recovering from the hand injury, he will be expected to contribute with the runs in the middle after a dry spell in tests last season. Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan need to play well and guide the youngsters with an inspiring performance; on the bowling front, they have Yasir Shah the leg-spinner and Imran Khan with his pace attack, both of whom are making their test debut for the team. Zulfiqar Babar who had done well in the recent one-dayers stays on and will be expected to contribute with his wicket-taking abilities; Haris Sohail, Azhar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Talha and Rahat Ali will also be a part of the team and can surely pull up some tricks out of their bag to try and cause upsets in the Aussies batting line-up. Overall, the team needs a victory here if they want to avenge their humiliating defeat in the one-day series and they will be eager to put their best foot forward here.
With a huge series victory against the hosts in the one-dayers, the team looks forward to annihilate the Pakistani batting line-up that is struggling to find its rhythm with getting the scoreboard ticking; Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh have recovered from their fitness issues and are expecting to be called back in to the squad. Steve O’ Keefe might be brought in for his test debut as his left-arm spin magic could be an asset against Pakistani batsmen; Nathan Lyon, who has been bowling with precision, too finds a place in the squad. Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Steven Smith have been getting the wickets and will be in good form as they take on the opponents on Wednesday. The batsmen have been on a strong foot and Glen Maxwell, David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan and Brad Haddin have been performing well in recent matches and can be ruthless against the bowlers. The team is strong and are eager to continue with their winning momentum; it will be interesting to see them work as a well-oiled machine to keep up the pressure on the hosts.
The Pakistani team has many youngsters who can be inspired to do well; however, the recent poor performances by their experienced seniors could be a cause for concern. The Aussies on the other hand have a good mix of match winners and young talent, who will definitely come out all guns blazing. Though the match will be well fought by both teams, Australia looks better placed to emerge victorious.
Australia, 1.70 @ Bet365