The last tour match before the start of the two match Test series between Pakistan and Australia has been dubbed as Pakistanis vs Cricket Australia XI. So, here is a look at three things that the green shirts would want out of the practice game.
Pakistanis vs Cricket Australia XI: The Contest Should Help Pakistan In Finalizing Their Top Order
Pakistan is yet to make a decision on who they would want to have as Azhar Ali’s opening partner and who they would want to bat at the crucial one down position. Shan Masood has scored a few runs on the tour and hence, is likely to fill one of the two aforesaid positions. The competition then is between Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail. Haris in particular has had a forgetful trip so far. Therefore, he needs to fire during the game to keep his spot in the playing eleven. Nevertheless, the two day encounter should give Misbah-ul-Haq a fair indication of who deserves a chance and who doesn’t.
A Decision On The Pacers
On the bowling front Pakistan look a little more assured. Yasir Shah and Mohd. Abbas are almost certain to lead the attack. The competition for the remaining two places is then between in form bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imran Khan and Naseem Shah. Whoever performs better during the Pakistanis vs Cricket Australia XI contest then is likely to receive the nod.
Mohd. Rizwan’s Form
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohd. Rizwan hasn’t done too well on the tour so far. Pakistan then would really want a few runs from the 27 year old so that he enters the Brisbane Test with some confidence.