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    Pakistan tour of Australia 2019 (3 T20Is, 2 Tests)

    Lynn to lead Cricket Australia XI against Pakistan

    Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn will lead an exciting Cricket Australia XI side in their Twenty20 match against Pakistan at Bankstown Oval next Thursday, 31 October.

    The clash will serve as a lead-up fixture to Pakistan’s three-match Gillette T20 International Series against Australia, which begins on Sunday, 3 November.

    Lynn is the most experienced player in the 12-man squad, which features 10 players with current KFC Big Bash League contracts.

    Among them are vice-captain Will Sutherland, one of a trio of Melbourne Renegades players alongside Mackenzie Harvey and Jake Fraser-McGurk, while Sydney Thunder’s Chris Green and Alex Ross are also included.

    A quartet of Sydney Sixers bowlers – Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Lloyd Pope and Dan Fallins – ensure the bowling attack contains variety and depth.

    Queensland’s Nathan McSweeney and NSW rookie-contracted wicketkeeper Baxter Holt, who made his debut for the Sydney Thunder last season, round out the squad.

    Commenting on the squad, Cricket Australia National Talent and Pathway Manager, Graham Manou, said:

    “We’re pleased to provide another opportunity for some of Australia’s brightest talent to showcase themselves against the touring Pakistan side.

    “A match against international opposition provides an ideal opportunity for these players to test and hone their skills in the lead up to the KFC Big Bash League.

    “This is also an opportunity for Chris Lynn to demonstrate the leadership skills which have seen him elevated to the captaincy of the Brisbane Heat in recent years.

    “We will look to him to share his knowledge and experience with a promising group of young cricketers in this match.”

    The Cricket Australia XI clash with Pakistan will be held on Thursday, 31 October from 2:30pm AEDT at Bankstown Oval, Bankstown. Entry is free of charge.

    Cricket Australia XI squad: Chris Lynn (c), Will Sutherland (vc), Baxter Holt (wk), Mackenzie Harvey, Alex Ross, Nathan McSweeney, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Chris Green, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Lloyd Pope, Dan Fallins

    Pakistan in Australia - Fixtures

    Tour match
    October 31: T20 v CAXI, 2:30pm AEDT

    Men's Gillette T20 International Series v Pakistan
    November 3: SCG, 2.30pm AEDT
    November 5: Manuka Oval, 7.10pm AEDT
    November 8: Perth Stadium, 4.30pm AWST

    Men's Domain Test Series v Pakistan
    November 21-25: Gabba, 10am AEST
    November 29-December 3: Adelaide Oval, 2pm ACDT (D/N)

    Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir.
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    This should be the batting line up: Fakhar, Babar, Rizwan, Iftikhar, Kushdil, Asif, Imad.

    As Misbah said, letís fight fire with fire!

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    It's a year and a day until their opening match of the men's T20 World Cup in Australia, but Aaron Finch believes the 14-player squad chosen for the start of this home summer will form the bulk of group selected for that campaign.

    Finch, who will lead Australia into their international season opener against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Sunday if fully recovered from a side strain, admits that injuries and form fluctuations will bring inevitable changes in personnel for the T20 outfit.

    But having been part of a successful build-up for this year's ODI World Cup in the UK, where Australia surpassed pre-tournament expectations to reach the semi-finals, Finch believes continuity is a vital part of preparations.

    And despite currently sitting fifth in men's T20 international rankings and having failed to win the T20 World Cup trophy at six previous attempts, Finch feels his team is better placed for next year's tournament than they were 12 months out from the 50-over World Cup.

    For that reason, the limited-overs skipper is confident that the group picked to tackle three Gillette T20 internationals against Sri Lanka and three against Pakistan over the coming fortnight can challenge for the elusive silverware a year from now.

    "We know what style we want to go with over the next twelve months, so I think that makes it a little bit clearer to be able to map out how you go about that," Finch said in Adelaide today.

    "So I expect that to be a little bit smoother (than the World Cup lead-in), and obviously with form and injuries and stuff, the personnel can change.

    "But these 14 guys that we've got here, that's a plan to move forward with them over the next 12 months leading up to that (T20) World Cup.

    "To form a really solid base of 14-16 players that can take us into that World Cup."

    Both Finch and his men's captaincy predecessor Steve Smith noted today that Australia's T20 selection over past years had suffered somewhat due to the priority afforded the ultra-short format.

    The pair claimed that the placement of past T20 internationals as curtain-raisers or post-scripts to series comprised of other formats meant key players were often rested from 20-over competition.

    As an example, Smith's most recent T20 international was Australia's loss to host nation India in the 2016 World Cup tournament.

    "We've seen the T20 format over the years is probably the format where guys have rested a lot," Smith said.

    "And that will probably change leading into a World Cup I daresay.

    "So I think it will be a great opportunity for the 14 guys picked here to have that continuity and try and form that bond together, and work towards hopefully all being part of a World Cup."

    Finch also noted that the volume of T20 cricket the Australia men's team will play over the coming year, with more than 20 matches scheduled before the World Cup begins, also represents a point of difference from previous years.

    With such a focus on the 20-over format, the Australia team brains trust can identify optimum plans and personnel for their tilt at the trophy which begins against Pakistan at the SCG on 24 October 2020.

    One of the possibilities being explored in the current series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan is to employ specialist pace bowlers rather than rely on a number of seam-bowling all-rounders, as has been preferred in the recent past.

    Asked this week about his exclusion from the current squad, Marcus Stoinis noted that the shift away from the use of allrounders was a calculated ploy by national selectors.

    "I had a brief conversation with 'Cracker' (selection panel chair Trevor Hohns) and he just said they're not going for an allrounder in these T20 games coming up," said Stoinis, who played 17 of a possible 19 T20Is since 2018.

    "They're coming up to a World Cup in about a year so they're going to mix and match a few things and try to figure out what their best balance is.

    "I'm confident it will all settle by the time the World Cup comes around and hopefully my name is in there.

    "Most T20 teams in the world play at least one or two or three allrounders.

    "We'll just see what happens."

    Finch said the decision to select five specialist pace bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson – for these series at the expense of seam-bowling allrounders did not constitute a major philosophical shift.

    Rather, he claimed it was identifying specific roles for players during the coming six matches to provide as much flexibility as possible within the squad.

    As such, left-arm spinner Ashton Agar takes on the role as premier allrounder which would allow for Australia to cover most bowling combinations and options depending on conditions presented at the start of the home summer.

    "Ashton Agar is in there as an allrounder," Finch said.

    "With that spin-bowling all-rounder, if we decide to play two spinners then we've still got the option of three genuine quicks.

    "If we go without the leg-spinner (Adam Zampa), then you've still got four genuine quicks as well.

    "I think it's just a bit of a change of mindset of balancing up a team."

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Sri Lanka

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha

    October 27: First T20I, Adelaide Oval, 2pm (Fox & Kayo)

    October 30: Second T20I, Gabba, 6.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 1: Third T20I, MCG, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Pakistan

    Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir.

    November 3: First T20I, SCG, 2.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 5: Second T20I, Manuka Oval, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 8: Third T20I, Perth Stadium, 4.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

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    New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott has been added to the Australian squad for the Gillette T20 INTL Series against Sri Lanka, replacing the injured Andrew Tye.

    Tye was today ruled out of the squad with an elbow injury sustained in practice yesterday, but will remain with the team for tomorrow’s Gillette T20 INTL Series opener in Adelaide.

    Abbott will join the squad in Brisbane on Monday for the second game of the series.
    He was a member of the Australia A one-day squad which toured England earlier this year and has played one one-day international and three 20 Twenty Internationals.

    In the KFC Big Bash Abbott has played 74 matches with 90 wickets at an average of 22 runs.


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    Fakhar
    Babar
    Haris
    Rizwan
    Iftikhaar
    Khushdil
    Imad
    Shadab
    Shaheen
    Amir
    Naseem Shah

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    A new day, a new dawn, a brand new shiny season breaks upon us at fast-medium pace. The first ball has even beaten the bat of many.

    If you have been playing video games under a rock since NRL grand final day you may have missed the summer sport sunrise. In the deep reaches of history (the 1990s) the cricket season followed a couple of weekends after the football season which followed the cricket season which followed ... you get the drift.

    In an attempt to counter global warming the winter sports spread their stud marks onto the greenswards of summer. No longer can you synchronise your sporting bio rhythm to daylight saving. The football codes try to swamp the summer with extended seasons and tournaments with shortened variations of maybe seven, nine or 10. Even netball has a Fast5 iteration – in a time when the Constellation Cup is a jewel in the Australasian sporting calendar.

    The contemporary world allows for live, high-definition viewing of World Cups of all codes with barely a boundary between seasons. However, our southern summer is tattooed with cricket (yes we understand the A-Leaguers and NBLers infiltration to get away from the blanket media coverage of the "winter" football codes). Already the Australian women have had a one-day international series, the WBBL has pushed out of dock, the state 50-over white ball series is into round five, the Sheffield Shield is 20 per cent complete and the new era men's international season kicks off on Sunday.

    The first touring team has arrived and played against the Prime Minister’s XI, an abbreviated game by design as the Sri Lankans are gearing up for a 20-over series, while the home players prepare simultaneously for the shortest and longest forms.

    The program of four full rounds of Shield cricket before the opening Test match looked terrific on paper, a throwback a to the summer sequences of a gradual and well prepared build up, for players and followers – then the T20 juggernaut muscled in. The shifting paradigm of 21st century cricket is well and truly embossed on our psyche. Twenty-over matches have been growing at an astonishing rate, proliferating and, in a number of cases, staggering into financial oblivion.

    The Indian Premier League rages on with the momentum of a runaway banking royal commission, in England they have "invented" a format with 20 balls less, gaudy colour schemes and ill fitting names – it comes endorsed by Boris Johnson but is yet to be ratified by the voters. The Hundred’s present is loud, its future untested, uncertain and not understood – which appears to be the antithesis of its conception. The Caribbean Premier League parties on but is rumoured to be in financial stress. The BBL's and WBBL's futures are secure and we look forward to a mid-December kick-off (why don’t we have a term for the first ball in a cricket match? – suggestions accepted here) and a season with two weeks lopped off the tail. The WBBL final is set down for December 8.

    Late in the summer the Women’s T20 World Cup will shower fans with the gifts of "maximum" counts and orbital measurements, stuff the bowlers, they're only allowed play to provide the cannon fodder - "lovely slower ball, it only went seven rows back" guff , but I digress. International T20 cricket attracts a lesser profile than the big franchise models perhaps because singular games and/or disjointed series have little point apart from the obvious instantaneous gratification in the era of distraction. There is no doubting the fun fair atmosphere of a T20 game - bang, crash, wallop with a dot ball every now and then serves wonderfully to keep those prone to distraction with eyes on the ball – there isn't much time for checking your social media between windy woofs and commentators who mistake volume for substance, but it is fun and hopefully easy to follow for cricket neophytes and vintage watchers alike.

    This week’s T20 series with Sri Lanka is what it is – three nights of meteoric cricket. You probably won’t be cogitating in a month’s time over the tension of game three with a trophy on the line or the clever bowling of the leg-spinner only conceding 14 off the 20th when 18 were required. Viewed, washed over, moved on. In the short-term the relocation is still local, directly into three T20s with Pakistan.

    Pakistan will bring some new young names under the experienced and sage tutelage of Misbah Ul-Haq and that in itself will fuel conversations even beyond the usual Pakistani conundrum. For many the "real" cricket then starts with the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba (the previous nine words are delightful to type and roll off the seasonal psyche like "The first Tuesday in November" or "the last day of school" – they not only state time and place, they infer an origin of culture). Sadly Pakistan only have two Test matches and the opportunity to enjoy or dismay at their challenges in Australian conditions will be limited. The obverse of that disappointment may be the arrival of New Zealand for their three-Test series starting in mid-December. The Kiwis will be a serious opponent with genuine fast bowling and disciplined batting.

    Test cricket, 20-over cricket, 50-over cricket. White balls, red balls, pink ones - a summer of variety, action and tension. A summer of challenges as candidates vie for wide open spots. Plenty to watch, listen to, speculate on and dismantle. And even some ODIs in March, sending a sand-shoe crusher the way of the winter codes.

    Long live the cricket season!

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket...25-p534aw.html


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    Pakistan must stop the rot in their T20 set up and let's be honest, Australia are a very average T20 side. If Pakistan can't win this one, they are no longer the no. 1 T20 side.

    As for the test series, I see a mountain of runs for the home side, and plenty of egg on the face of Misbah's side.

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    Carey to lead strong Australia A squad against Pakistan.

    The National Selection Panel (NSP) has announced the following Australia A XI to play Pakistan in a three-day tour match at Perth Stadium from Monday, November 11:

    Australia A XI:

    Alex Carey (c) (South Australia)
    Marcus Harris (Victoria)
    Joe Burns (Queensland)
    Usman Khawaja (vc) (Queensland)
    Will Pucovski (Victoria)
    Travis Head (vc) (South Australia)
    Nic Maddinson (Victoria)
    Michael Neser (Queensland)
    Jhye Richardson (Western Australia)
    Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
    Riley Meredith (Tasmania)

    The 12th man will be chosen closer to the match and drawn from the local Western Australian talent pool.

    National selector Trevor Hohns said: “We are pleased to pick a strong XI for the three-day tour match against Pakistan, several of whom were part of our successful Ashes campaign in the UK during the winter.

    “We will closely monitor performances in this match as well as the coming rounds of the Sheffield Shield before deciding upon our squad for the two-Test series against Pakistan.

    “Alex Carey has proven himself to be an exceptional leader in his role as vice-captain of the Australian men’s One-Day International and Twenty20 International teams.

    "This fixture represents an opportunity to provide Alex with more leadership experience and he will be supported by two experienced vice-captains in Usman Khawaja and Travis Head.

    “In terms of the batting line-up, we were eager to give Khawaja, Head and Marcus Harris another opportunity to push their respective cases for Test selection this summer given all three were part of our winter Ashes campaign.

    “Joe Burns was an unlucky omission for that tour to the UK and deserves a chance to push his case for Test selection in this tour match.

    "Additionally, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson have started the season strongly for Victoria and we’re looking forward to giving them an opportunity to perform against a quality international team. Both are exciting batsmen whom we’ve had our eye on for some time.

    “The pace attack is similarly strong. Sean Abbott has been a very good performer for NSW for the last couple of seasons and has improved with both ball and bat.

    "Riley Meredith is an exciting young prospect and a wicket-taking option, while Jhye Richardson continues to improve in his return from shoulder surgery. And Michael Neser has started this season in excellent form after touring with the Ashes squad through the winter.

    “We’ve taken into account local conditions as well as individual requirements when selecting this Australia A XI. We have not selected a spinner because we felt they would receive limited opportunities in a three-day day-night fixture in Perth compared to a four-day Sheffield Shield match.”

    Australia A’s three-day tour match against Pakistan will be a first-class day-night fixture.

    Australia will play two Tests against Pakistan beginning at the Gabba on Thursday, November 21 and concluding with a day-night fixture at Adelaide Oval from Friday, November 29.

    Pakistan’s tour of Australia

    October 31 – Tour match vs Cricket Australia XI, Bankstown Oval
    November 3 – First Gillette T20I vs Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground
    November 5 – Second Gillette T20I vs Australia, Manuka Oval
    November 8 – Third Gillette T20I vs Australia, Perth Stadium
    November 11-13 – Tour match vs Australia A, Perth Stadium
    November 15-16 – Tour match vs Cricket Australia XI, WACA Ground
    November 21-25 – First Domain Test vs Australia, Gabba
    November 29-December 3 – Second Domain Test vs Australia, Adelaide Oval
    Source: https://www.cricketworld.com/alex-ca...stan/59687.htm.


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    BANKSTOWN OVAL is a five minute walk from my house and i will be there to watch this match!

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    Aussies may never invite us again if we don't win a match. They must be fed up walloping us every time we go there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    Aussies may never invite us again if we don't win a match. They must be fed up walloping us every time we go there.
    We can say the same about them too, can't we?

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    Naseem Shah has to open the bowling for Pakistan. He has the ability to swing the Kookaburra ball at pace, in Pakistan on bone dry pitches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    We can say the same about them too, can't we?
    No really. It has been ages since the Aussies visited Pak anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    No really. It has been ages since the Aussies visited Pak anyway.
    I mean the UAE. Although they did draw a match last time, it was the most dead wicket ever played on. They lost in 2014 and were thrashed in the second test last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    We can say the same about them too, can't we?
    They drew a test last year in Dubai. Also they have done extremely well in ODIs whenever they toured PAK/UAE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    I mean the UAE. Although they did draw a match last time, it was the most dead wicket ever played on. They lost in 2014 and were thrashed in the second test last year.
    I am talking about us visiting Australia like we'll be doing soon. The Aussies may not invite us fir many years if we don't show any fight or lose all matches. Never mind our wins in the UAE over them, they don't matter here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    I am talking about us visiting Australia like we'll be doing soon. The Aussies may not invite us fir many years if we don't show any fight or lose all matches. Never mind our wins in the UAE over them, they don't matter here.
    Free test championship points.

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    Highly rated Victoria coach Andrew McDonald is set to join Australia's coaching set-up as an assistant to Justin Langer but it remains unclear when he will formally start.

    In what is shaping to be a major fillip for Cricket Australia, McDonald has accepted the role as an assistant coach but parties involved are still working through contractual issues before any public announcement is made.

    McDonald is also the coach of the Melbourne Renegades and holds deals with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and Birmingham Phoenix in England's new competition the Hundred.

    While he will have to relinquish his commitments with the Renegades and Victoria as they clash with the home summer, the IPL and the Hundred both fall during Australia's off season.

    Assistant coaches have in the past not been able to hold other jobs, which has proven a stumbling block in CA attracting experienced personnel to their coaching staff.

    Langer told the Cricinfo website last week that CA needed to be "creative and agile" in order to find the right candidate.

    Industry figures have indicated the average wage for a head coach in the eight-week long IPL is more than that for the year-long assistant's role. Being on the road for some 300 days a year has been seen as a deterrent for prospective coaches.

    CA had been on the hunt for permanent replacements for David Saker and Brad Haddin, who left their posts this year. Haddin, the only member of Langer's staff for both the World Cup and the Ashes, opted not to renew his contract so he could spend more time with his family.

    Australia have had numerous assistants on short-term roles this year. Former greats Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh joined Langer at different stages of the long campaign in England this year while Ryan Harris and Michael Hussey are currently with the side for the T20 series against Sri Lanka.

    McDonald is part of a new breed of Australian coaches coming through the ranks who have been keenly sought after in international circles. He was announced as the coach of Rajasthan just last week and is to helm Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural edition of the Hundred in England.

    It is a blow for Victoria, who are now on the search for a new state coach midseason and a replacement at the Renegades weeks out from the start of the Big Bash League.

    Australia are due to play Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan next month before Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand through to January.

    McDonald became the first coach to claim the domestic treble last year, leading his state to success in the Sheffield Shield and the one-day tournament and the Renegades in the BBL.

    A stalwart for Victoria who also played four Tests in 2009, the all-rounder is renowned for his technical and tactical nous. He has worked closely with Australia's limited-overs captain Aaron Finch.

    "I think he definitely at some point in his career will coach an international team," Finch said in June.

    "The great strength of his – the ability to communicate with every player in a list, thinks through every situation really well, doesn't make emotional decisions on anything, which I think is a huge plus as a coach, to be able to take that time to reflect and see what's best for the group in every decision that you make.

    "He's tactical. The tactical side of his coaching is second to none, and I think that he's as well-planned as a coach as I've ever seen.

    "I've known him a lot longer and dealt with him for a huge amount of time, so I'm a little bit biased in my opinions at times, as well, because he is such a great coach when it comes to all facets of the game."

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket...30-p535td.html
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    With less than a month until the first Test of the Australian summer against Pakistan, head coach Justin Langer has confirmed in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne will be a certain starter.

    There is now two batting spots up for grabs in the Aussie top six - Steve Smith, David Warner and Matt Wade are also all locked in.

    That makes the upcoming Australia A game against Pakistan absolutely crucial as the likes of Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Will Pucovski battle for spots.

    Langer confirmed on Wednesday that the 25-year old would be in the team - but couldn't confirm where he would bat.

    "He'll be in the first Test team," he said.

    "He's done a really good job. He's played well in England, he's played well back here.

    "Where he bats will be dependent on who the other selections are.

    "I go back to the point - and particularly with the way we're playing Test cricket - if you can bat in the top three for your Sheffield Shield team, you can bat anywhere in the order."

    It's well-deserved for the Queenslander, who is averaging 37.5 in his Test career so far and has scored 5 half-centuries.

    When quizzed on the other batting positions, Langer kept his cards close to his chest and explained why Alex Carey remains an outside chance of gaining a spot.

    "We're really fortunate to have guys playing for Aus A in that three-day game against Pakistan and some guys playing Sheffield Shield cricket," he said.

    "We keep saying and we will keep pushing the point: keep performing, keep knocking on the door and there's certainly one or two spots up for grabs for the first Test, so that's really exciting."

    "The problem he's got is that the current Australian captain is the wicketkeeper and there's only one wicketkeeper in any side.

    "Tim Paine's the best wicketkeeper in the world, he's our captain, he's doing a brilliant job for us.

    "'Scary' will bide his time and the opportunities will come at some point."

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    Australia will whitewash pakistan in both series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Australia will whitewash pakistan in both series.
    Pakistan have a chance in the T20's, but the test series isn't going to be pretty.

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    Ten out of sixteen players of Pakistan’s Test squad will leave for Australia on November 4 from Lahore and Karachi, respectively.

    The players include skipper Azhar Ali, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Imran Khan Sr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah.

    Cricketers will conduct pressers prior to their departure.

    Rest of the players from Test squad will join them in Australia after three-match T20I series between Pakistan and Australia.

    It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will play their first Test against the Aussies on November 21. It will be Azahr’s first Test as a captain after overthrowing Sarfraz Ahmed.

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    Excited for the test matches (even though I am 95% sure we'll be whitewashed).

    Test matches in the UAE get extremely boring so this will be a nice change

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    Give bowlers a chance: Brett Lee pleads with curators to spice up Test wickets


    Brett Lee has urged curators to prepare more sporting Test wickets this summer as he believes they offered too little for bowlers last year.

    Pitches proved a regular talking point last summer against India, with Australia left frustrated by a perceived lack of assistance on offer for the bowlers.

    Captain Tim Paine at one point labelled them a “disappointment”, bemoaning the little pace or bounce available and claiming it took away from Australia’s star-studded pace attack.

    The MCG in particular has copped plenty of flack in recent years after two lifeless seasons, while the SCG didn’t produce a result in four red-ball games there last summer.

    And former Test paceman Lee said the game desperately needed that to change, after more sporting wickets in England set the scene for an exciting Ashes series.

    “I’m not saying green tops and spotty wickets where you knock a team over in a Test match for 120,” Lee told AAP.

    “But you want wickets that keep the bowler interested for the first couple of sessions, even the first day,” Lee said.

    “You want the bowlers to be able to take wickets. You don’t want to see a 650 (runs) play a 580.

    “Why can’t it be a bowlers game? I say bugger the batsmen. I mean that tongue in cheek of course. But you want the bowlers to have that interest too.

    “People want to come to the ground to see bowlers beat the bat, play and miss, a couple of chances on the morning of Test cricket.”

    While wickets were hard to come by in 2018/19, so too were runs. The lack of pace, movement and at times carry contributed to the slowest-scoring Test summer since 1997/98, with run-rates dropping below three an over.

    Notably this summer, the first Test at the Gabba against Pakistan and last Test at the SCG against New Zealand will be the only ones not played on drop-in wickets.

    That’s a point Lee is concerned is taking away from the usual characteristics that used to be at each Australian ground.

    “It’s when you go to every venue and every venue is a bit like a cookie cutter, starting to look the same, that’s not where we want to be I’d think,” Lee said. “Good, true sporty wickets where the ball swung and there was a bit of seam.

    “If you got yourself in you score runs. That’s Test cricket, that’s what you want to see.”

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket...fd78bb01dd6d12


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypher View Post
    Excited for the test matches (even though I am 95% sure we'll be whitewashed).

    Test matches in the UAE get extremely boring so this will be a nice change
    if you find it boring to watch games in u.A.e then don't follow pakistan. Sick of hearing this rubbish about how pakistan should spice up wickets. No. pakistam should always tailor wickets to suit their team. Dead wickets it is. australia is trash on dead wickets so pakistan should prepare such wickets just like how the Aussies prepare bouncy flat wickets to suit their bowlers.

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    Cricket Australia XI to face Pakistan announced

    Cricket Australia’s (CA) National Selection Panel has announced the following Cricket Australia XI squad to play Pakistan in a two-day tour match at the WACA Ground from Friday, 15 November:

    Cricket Australia XI

    Jake Doran (Tas, c & wk)
    Jake Carder (WA)
    Jayden Goodwin (WA)
    Matt Spoors (WA)
    Jonathan Merlo (Vic)
    Brad Hope (WA)
    Daniel Drew (SA)
    Tim Oakley (SA)
    David Grant (SA)
    Mitch Perry (Vic)
    Lloyd Pope (SA)
    Tom O’Connell (Vic)

    The team will be coached by Chris Rogers, with Ryan Harris his assistant.

    CA National Talent & Pathway manager, Graham Manou, said: “We are pleased to provide this group of talented young players with a significant development opportunity against international opposition.

    “There are a number of players in this squad with experience at Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup and KFC Big Bash League level, with most currently holding contracts with states and/or clubs.

    “All have been involved in Cricket Australia’s Pathways system for a number of years and we expect they will provide a stern test for a strong Pakistan outfit.”


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    Australian opener Marcus Harris is adamant he has the right stuff for Test cricket, despite a rocky initiation.

    The left-hander's inability to cement a Test berth means he is in a six-way contest for two spots.

    Harris, Will Pucovski, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Joe Burns and Nic Maddinson will stake their top order claims in a three-day Australia A match against Pakistan from November 11 at Perth Stadium.

    The Victorian is the incumbent and the front runner to open with David Warner in the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba from November 21, but Burns and Khawaja are hovering if Harris falters.

    Overlooked for the first two Tests in this year's tumultuous Ashes series, Harris failed to score more than 20 when he replaced Cam Bancroft for the last three matches.

    But he is averaging more than 50 so far in the Sheffield Shield and Harris said the Ashes had not dented his confidence or approach to the game.

    "You can get to that point where you just go above and beyond and you can spiral out of control," he said of analysing his game.

    "So I just try to stay level, as much as I can.

    "I never felt like I got out of form in England, because I was not out there long enough to get out of form.

    "I came back confident ... I knew my game was in good stead."

    Harris has played nine Tests since last December and only scored one 50 for an average of 24.06.

    "It's been a good initiation - tough, I probably haven't done as well as I wanted,"' he said.

    "But in the same breath I've come in early against some high-class attacks, so it's been a great learning curve.

    "I feel like I'm doing everything right.

    "I've left myself in this situation, but it's just part of being a professional cricketer and I don't lose any sleep over it."

    Harris said he learned a lot from the Ashes series, particularly being around Steve Smith.

    While Smith has a unique batting technique, Harris took plenty from his attitude.

    "He's No.1 in the world for a reason, but just the way he occupies the crease and his hunger to make runs," Harris said.

    "He never really seems satisfied, no matter how well he's done.

    "When you ask him (for) tips and he just says 'hit the ball', it's not that easy.

    "He's very open and happy to help people - he's great to lean on, Smithy."

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    Cricket Australia statement on Nic Maddinson
    Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A’s tour match against Pakistan on mental health grounds.

    Cricket Australia supports Maddinson’s decision, which was relayed to team management on Friday.

    Cameron Bancroft will replace Maddinson in the Australia A XI for the three-day, day-night match against Pakistan, beginning at Perth Stadium from Monday, November 11.

    Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia’s EGM of National Teams, said Maddinson would be afforded all the time and support he needed to return to full health.

    “The wellbeing of our players is always our primary concern,” Oliver said. “We are proud that our players are comfortable to speak honestly and openly about how they are feeling.

    “We will provide Nic with all the support and care we can and wish him a full and speedy recovery. We also ask that Nic’s privacy be respected at this time.”

    Graeme Hick, Australia A’s coach for the match against Pakistan, said the thoughts of the entire Australian cricket family were with Maddinson.

    “Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him,” Hick said. “It is braver to speak up than to suffer in silence and I applaud Nic for having the courage to put his health first.

    “While saddened to see Nic stand down, we welcome Cam Bancroft to the Australia A XI. Cam is obviously no stranger to quality international bowling and the Perth Stadium wicket. We have no doubt he will fit well into the team.”

    Alex Kountouris, Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager, said CA is committed to better understanding mental health and supporting those who were encountering issues in this area.

    “Mental health is a challenge faced by Australian communities and elite sporting organisations and cricket is no different,” Kountouris said. “Like other professional sports we are working very hard to better understand the challenges faced by our players and staff so we can support them.

    “We are all proud to work in an industry where players can feel safe to talk about these issues. It goes without saying that we offer all our players the support they need in the difficult times but importantly we are working on education, resourcing and research to better understand how we do this.”


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    Test players Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc will lead a powerhouse NSW Blues side in Monday's Marsh Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia at the SCG.

    But David Warner will skip the final hit-out before the Domain Test Series against Pakistan gets underway, citing family reasons as the father of three young girls prepares for a Test summer on the road.

    The mouthwatering clash will see the international superstars line-up with and against some of the brightest rising talent to emerge this season, with rookie batsman Daniel Solway and gun WA allrounder Cameron Green both included.

    Green, the 20-year-old compared to England Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff by ex-Aussie quick Ryan Harris in the wake of his match-saving fourth-innings century against Queensland at the Gabba last week, will play as a batsman only.

    Green had batted at No.8 last week for WA as he made unbeaten scores of 87 and 121, and also took 1-44 in 16 overs.

    Green developed back soreness on day three of the match against the Bulls, said WA's Sports Science Sports Medicine Manager, Nick Jones.

    "He underwent investigation that evening that has cleared him of major injury or stress fracture," Jones said in a statement.

    "As part of Cam's usual management plan he won't be available to bowl in the Round 4 Sheffield Shield match, however, he is available for selection as a batter.

    "We will review his progress over the coming week/s to determine when he can make a return to bowling."

    It's a quick turnaround from the Gillette T20 series for NSW's Smith and Starc and WA skipper Ashton Turner and spinner Ashton Agar, who were all part of the side that trounced Pakistan by 10-wickets at the Perth Stadium on Friday night.

    Warner endured a torrid Ashes campaign against the right-arm, around-the-wicket lines of Stuart Broad, falling seven-times in 10 innings to his English nemesis, scoring just 95 runs for the series.

    But a century in the opening Shield match of the season against Queensland at the Gabba, venue for the first Test, and incredible form in the T20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan have him well placed to hold his spot in the Test XI.

    "I got to keep putting runs on the board, keep practising hard in the nets and keep delivering," Warner told Fox Cricket after Australia beat Pakistan in Perth.

    "That's my job, I've got to try and score runs at the top of the order. It's great to come out here against the white ball, I had a good hit out in that Shield game (at the Gabba).

    "It's about getting back into the nets, working my backside off and making sure I'm doing the right thing for the team."

    Cummins was rested from the long-haul flight to Perth to prepare for this match and the subsequent Test series, while Hazlewood and Lyon featured in the Blues last-start win against South Australia in Adelaide where the seamer took career-best first-class figures of 6-35.

    The SCG match will be Cummins' first of the Shield season, while young batsman Solway has retained his spot in the star-studded line-up on the back of his unbeaten century on first-class debut last week.

    Solway, batting at No.3, hit 133 not out from the Blues' first innings score of 289 against a rampant Chadd Sayers who took 8-64 at the Adelaide Oval.

    Spinner Steve O'Keefe also returns to the squad as batsmen Nick Bertus and Matt Gilkes and fast bowlers Harry Conway and Liam Hatcher were left out.

    NSW sit atop the Shield standings with three wins from their first three matches, with a whopping 10 point lead on second-placed Western Australia, their opponents in the fourth round on Monday.

    As well as welcoming back T20 players Turner and Agar, leg-spinner Liam O'Connor has been included to provide an extra spin option with the SCG traditionally a wicket that takes turn.

    The Warriors will, however, be without leading seamer Jhye Richardson, who remains in Perth with the Australia A side that will play Pakistan in a three-day, day-night tour match.

    Cameron Bancroft was a late addition to the Australia A squad after he was called up on Saturday afternoon following Nic Maddinson's withdrawal from that game, citing mental health concerns.

    Aaron Hardie and Sam Whiteman were omitted from the WA squad.

    NSW Blues: Peter Nevill (c), Patrick Cummins, Trent Copeland, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon, Stephen O'Keefe, Steven Smith, Daniel Solway, Mitchell Starc.

    Western Australia: Ashton Turner (c), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Liam O'Connor, Josh Philippe, Marcus Stoinis.

    In other matches, Tasmania welcome back Test skipper Tim Paine for their clash with South Australia in Adelaide after he was rested from the previous match.

    Tasmania will miss Riley Meredith who is on Australia A duties while Jake Doran and Charlie Wakim have been omitted with Australia T20 player Ben McDermott coming back into the squad, along with bowlers Lawrence Neil-Smith and Clive Rose.

    Bottom-placed South Australia received a boost with the inclusion of seamer Joe Mennie for his first Shield match of the season.

    The 30-year-old has recovered from a hamstring injury picked up in a Marsh One-Day Cup game in September.

    The Redbacks will miss international players Travis Head and Alex Carey, however, with both on Australia A duties in Perth. Jake Lehmann will captain South Australia.

    South Australia: Jake Lehmann (c), Wes Agar, Tom Andrews, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Henry Hunt, Joe Mennie, Harry Nielsen, Luke Robins, Chadd Sayers, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter.

    Tasmania: George Bailey, Gabe Bell, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Tim Paine, Alex Pyecroft, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Matthew Wade (c), Beau Webster.

    As previously reported, Victoria could field the youngest Sheffield Shield debutant since Cameron White in 2001, with 17-year-old batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk named in the 12-man squad to take on Queensland at the MCG.

    The Vics have been forced into making significant changes to their batting line-up with Marcus Harris, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson all unavailable due to Australia A selection, while Travis Dean and Andrew Fekete have been omitted.

    Matthew Renshaw returns for the Bulls after missing the last match as he was laid low with a particularly nasty bout of gastro that forced a brief stint in hospital to go on a drip to replace lost fluids.

    The Bulls will miss Usman Khawaja – with wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson captaining the side in his absence – Joe Burns and Michael Neser who are all in Perth with Australia A.

    Bulls young gun Bryce Street continues to impress after two matches and will play a third Shield game against the defending champions in Melbourne.

    Victoria: Peter Handscomb (c), Scott Boland, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Eamonn Vines

    Queensland: Xavier Bartlett, Blake Edwards, Cameron Gannon, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan McSweeney, James Peirson (c), Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Bryce Street, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/smit...scg/2019-11-09
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    The contenders for batting spots in the Australia side for the first Test vs Pakistan

    Despite Australia's retention of the Ashes, changes will be made to the side's batting line-up for the first Test against Pakistan.

    A full round of the Shield plus a tour game featuring Australia A next week will give selectors the chance to cast a final eye over the contenders.

    The six batsmen named in the Australia A side to take on Pakistan in a three-day pink ball game in Perth are in the box seat but this selection panel has pulled some left-field moves in recent times.

    The positions up for grabs are at the top in who will partner David Warner and in the middle order.


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    Marcus Harris: As the incumbent, he has the inside running but has left himself open to the axe after a lean run in England where he averaged less than 10 in six innings after coming into the side for Cameron Bancroft. Harris already has a century in the Shield but there was an asterisk as it came on a Junction Oval road. Given no other opener has dominated so far, a big score in Perth will make it hard for selectors to ignore the left-hander.


    Joe Burns: The cricket gods have again not been kind to the unlucky Queenslander, who has played all his games on a testing Gabba pitch. Two half-centuries from five innings, and an average of 40, is not a bad return but a ton or two in bowler-friendly conditions would have presented a compelling case to Trevor Hohns and Justin Langer. There will be no excuses next week given both he and Harris have a level playing field in what has been billed as a bat off.


    Usman Khawaja: Dumped during the Ashes, the veteran's lean run has continued back home. An average of 11.8 makes him unpickable but selectors are giving him every chance to produce a reason for a recall. Khawaja's record at home is formidable but his numbers have been modest for 12 months. If picked, he would most likely slot back to his longtime spot of first drop with Marnus Labuschagne moved to five though there are also suggestions he may be tried at the top.


    Nic Maddinson: Full credit to the left-hander, who has endured plenty in the three years since his horror introduction to the baggy green. The former NSW batsman has not put a foot wrong since moving south of the Murray, amassing 952 runs at 79 in eight Shield games for Victoria. He enhanced his claims last week with 69 on a lively day one pitch at Bellerive, albeit batting at five. Maddinson's versatility means he is an option to open and bat in the middle order, but he is coming from well back in the field.


    Cameron Bancroft: The West Australian has come from the clouds before to pinch a Test berth, can he do it again? Probably not. Bancroft has made just 57 runs at 11.4 this season but, worse still, has found a new way of consistently getting out – being caught at leg gully. It would take a stunning form reversal for him to fire this week against a NSW attack likely to consist of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.


    MIDDLE ORDER


    Travis Head: The Test vice-captain lost his place in the Ashes after his inability to defend balls on the stumps was exposed. His stocks plunged lower again after an underwhelming start for South Australia but a century last week against NSW has strengthened his claims. After impressing against the powerful Indians last year, and playing some important hands against England, it would be a shame if he was not given a chance to flourish against Pakistan. Justin Langer highly rates his character.


    Will Pucovski: There is a massive boom on the Victorian young gun, who comes with the backing of former champions Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne. Pucovski, 21, has emerged at a time when the depth of Australia's batting talent is shallow, producing numbers superior to more seasoned aspirants. But is Pucovski, whose mental health struggles have been well documented, ready for the pressure of Test cricket and is he better off with a full Shield season under his belt, or is he too good to be left out?


    Alex Carey: If the top six for Australia A all fail, and no other batsman emerges from the Shield, could selectors play the wicketkeeper at No.6? It's a longshot but there is a strong belief selectors have identified him as the man to succeed Tim Paine as captain. By picking Carey as a specialist batsman, it would give the impressive South Australian a chance to find his feet at Test level before taking office. A first-class average of 32 is only moderate but his batting has improved significantly in the past 12 months.


    Shaun Marsh: It's unlikely he will get another call-up but the veteran has made a strong start with 393 runs at 79. There is every chance Marsh would score runs if recalled but not many would criticise selectors if they decided to give the opportunity for a younger player to establish himself. Even the player himself doubts selectors will come knocking again.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket...08-p538ue.html
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    Anointed by Shane Warne as one of the next big things in Australian cricket, Tasmanian tearaway Riley Meredith still feels a way off being in the reckoning for a Test debut despite blasting his way into a prized spot to face Pakistan next week.

    Australia's selectors paid heed to the enormous raps placed on Meredith by the likes of Warne, picking him as the most inexperienced member of a strong Australia A XI to play a three-day tour match at Perth Stadium starting Monday.

    Meredith has shown that no batter in the country, including his own teammates, is safe when he's got the ball in his hands; a week after dismissing Steve Smith twice in four days, the right-armer broke Jordan Silk's wrist during centre-wicket practice at Blundstone Arena.

    "It wasn't ideal," a sheepish Meredith told cricket.com.au of the incident that has ruled Silk out for at least a month. "It was a weird one, it didn't really bounce or get up that high, it just hit his hand.

    "He walked straight out of the net, it didn't look great from the outset. I texted him that night and just said, 'Sorry mate'. It's just one of those things."

    Meredith announced himself on the domestic scene last summer with a breakout KFC Big Bash campaign for the Hobart Hurricanes, with Warne and ex-Test pacemen Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson all identifying him as a potential international.

    While his ability to hit 150kph and swing the new ball has made him a nightmare for BBL batters, the 23-year-old has quietly put together an impressive resume with the red ball as well.

    He took 27 wickets at 28.96 in eight Sheffield Shield matches last summer and has already added 14 in Tasmania's first three games of the current season, including a maiden five-wicket haul against a Smith and David Warner-led Blues outfit.

    Meredith removed that superstar pair in the ensuing Marsh One-Day Cup game, but admitted he'd been taken aback when Trevor Hohns rang him with news of his selection to face Pakistan in the day-night clash.

    "There are so many good bowlers out there so I wasn't really expecting a call. It was a nice little surprise," said Meredith, who sits equal-third on the Shield's leading wicket-takers chart.

    "Any international opposition is going to be a challenge, but playing against Steve Smith and David Warner the other week should get you ready for that.

    "It's awesome getting picked but there's so many gun bowlers out there in Australia that you still feel like you're so far away (from the Test team)."

    He may not be as far away as he thinks.

    The ever-looming possibility of injury to Australia's leading quicks combined with international cricket's insatiable appetite for raw pace makes bowlers of Meredith's ilk an invaluable commodity.

    The Hobart product has just 13 first-class games to his name and next week's clash at the Perth Stadium will be the first time he's bowled with a pink ball.

    In fact, he need only cast his eye around the new Burswood arena's spacious changing rooms next week to fellow Australia A quick Jhye Richardson – who had played one fewer match than him when he won a Test call-up and starred in his maiden series against Sri Lanka earlier this year – to further his belief.

    Going further back, Pat Cummins (who played three first-class games before his Test debut) and James Pattinson (nine) both showed they were immediately ready for the top flight.

    "I've definitely improved since last year and the year before that," Meredith said. "You don't look too far ahead, you still feel like you're trying to contribute to wins for Tassie.

    "(This season) I just wanted to try and lead the Tassie attack and take plenty of wickets, it's hard to think about playing for Australia (as well).

    "If you're in the right spot at the right time, you never know."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/rile...nes/2019-11-08


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    This is a pretty ominous looking batting line-up - wonder if Pakistan have good plans for these guys?


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    Heavens likely to show mercy on Pakistan during first test

    Their are still about 12 days to go till the first test in Brisbane. But weather forecast indications are for heavy rain throughout the test match.

    Which means, Pakistan could be spared the humiliation on a flat track where the Aussie batsmen are expected to dig into the inexperienced Pakistabi bowlers.

    A draw in the first test, and who knows what could happen in the pink ball test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    Their are still about 12 days to go till the first test in Brisbane. But weather forecast indications are for heavy rain throughout the test match.

    Which means, Pakistan could be spared the humiliation on a flat track where the Aussie batsmen are expected to dig into the inexperienced Pakistabi bowlers.

    A draw in the first test, and who knows what could happen in the pink ball test.
    Total predicted rain as of now between 20th to 25th Nov is of 4.5 hours in Brisbane, I doubt it will allow anyone to escape the result due to rain. Also the warther forecast of 10-15 days forward isnt very credible.


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