At Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan would face Australia in the first Test Match of the historic Test series. The Australian team is returning to Pakistan after a 23-year absence, and both teams will be looking to take an early lead in this historic series. The true contest would be between the Australian batsmen and the Pakistani spinners.
For nearly a decade, the Australian team has struggled in the subcontinent. Since 2013, they have only won two Test matches. The turning tracks would be difficult for their batsmen. In the last three years, Pakistanis have performed admirably at home. Both teams have talented players, so this game should be a good one.
The game between the two teams will take place on March 4th, 2022 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test Match, Australia Tour of Pakistan, 2022
Date: March 04, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 AM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Pakistan vs Australia Team Previews
Earlier this year, Babar Azam’s team won a close series against Bangladesh. In recent years, the team has had a successful home record. However, this would be a different challenge because the Australians have been the toughest side to visit Pakistan since Test cricket returned to the country. Azam wants his players to give it their all and take an early lead in the series.
Abdullah Shafique is likely to be joined by a new partner in Shan Masood, and the pair will have to hold their own against Australia’s potent bowling attack. The experience of Azam and Azhar Ali in the middle order helps them. Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, and Faheem Ashraf will all look to play key roles in helping the team win this game.
Their bowling attack would be put to the test against some of the world’s best batsmen. The new ball will be put to good use by Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah. Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali are likely to benefit from the track, and they will need to keep the Aussies guessing with their variations.
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood
Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Naseem Shah, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood
Pat Cummins would be at ease on this tour. They had a successful summer at home, winning the Ashes against England. The majority of their players performed admirably in that series. The situation in Pakistan would be drastically different. The Australians have struggled in Asia in recent years, and Cummins hopes to change that with a victory here.
David Warner and Usman Khawaja must establish a solid opening wicket stand for the team. Warner is vying for a spot in the Test team, and a strong performance is expected of him. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne solidify the middle order and must form partnerships in order for the team to win. Down the order, Travis Head, Alex Carey, and Ashton Agar add to the team’s strength.
Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood must use the new ball because it isn’t expected to do much once it gets old. Nathan Lyon will be the most important bowler for the team, and he will look to partner with Agar in the middle overs. Cameron Green’s spells are also important to the team.
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
Predicted XI: Pat Cummins (c), Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan vs Australia Toss Prediction
During the first two days, the wicket would be suitable for batting. It would begin turning on Day 3 like any other sub-continental track. On this surface, chasing a 4th innings total would be difficult. The team that wins the toss should bat first without hesitation.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The surface at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is typical of the subcontinent. The wicket is flat, and batsmen have scored runs here in the past with ease. With little on the surface for them, fast bowlers must rely on their skills and variations. Spinners enjoy bowling here because the wicket aids them.
The first two days will see clear skies over Rawalpindi, with rain expected on the fourth and fifth days. Batting conditions are expected to be good in the morning session, with some movement for the fast bowlers. Spinners would love it once the ball got tired. A total of 375 runs or more in the first innings would be a good total in this situation.
Pakistan vs Australia Match Prediction
It is expected to be a close race. Australia would come here with a high level of confidence after winning the Ashes. In recent years, they have struggled in Asia, with batting collapses. This is an area where the team will need to improve before the game. Pakistanis have had an excellent home record in the last two years, which would put them slightly ahead of the game.
Pakistan is the favourite to beat Australia at the odds of 1.85.
- Pakistan has not lost a Test match at home in the three years since Test cricket was reinstated in the country.
- Australia has only won two of the last 17 Tests it has played in Asia, and the team has struggled on spinning tracks.
- Australia’s key batsmen, Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, have struggled in recent months.