Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Day 1 Live Score: Follow ball-by-ball updates of day 1 of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia being played in Dubai
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Australia’s hopes of winning back respect and moving on from the ball-tampering scandal that plunged the team into disgrace face their first test when Tim Paine’s side meet Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.
Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne were handed their debut for Australia. Pakistan are in the midst of their own rebuild in the wake of retirements to former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, but having trounced a stronger Australia 2-0 in the last UAE series in 2014, they will fancy themselves to win this one.
Both teams will also shake hands ahead of the Dubai Test, with Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne all set to make their Test debuts for Australia.
“It’s a great opportunity for some new players, new coach, but still the Australian Test team hasn’t changed. It’s a little bit of a new era, but we are hopeful that the guys who were involved will be back in the next six or eight months,” said Paine of the banned trio.
Australia face a trial by spin as has so often been the case on their tours to Asia.
In the space of six years, they have lost 12 of their 15 Tests – recording only two wins with one draw – on tours of India (twice), Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates.
They lost 2-0 to Pakistan in the UAE in 2014, with Yasir Shah taking 12 wickets and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who is no longer in the international set-up, claiming 14.
“Yasir is clearly a world-class bowler who’s got a phenomenal record at this ground in Dubai. We’re going to have to take everything we’ve been working on,” said Paine.
“We’ve faced a hell of a lot of spin, there’s no doubt about that and Australian touring sides always do,” said Paine.
Former Indian cricketer Sridharan Sriram, serving as a consultant with Australia, brought two Indian wrist-spinners, Pardeep Sahu and the left-arm KK Jiyas, to the UAE for net practice ahead of the Tests.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed made clear he will attack Australia through Yasir.
“When we played Australia in 2014 we played some attacking cricket,” said Sarfraz. “Yasir is our main bowler so we will want him to attack and get us wickets to win the series.
“But similarly we will not put extra pressure on him and will not want him to go in a defensive mode so other bowlers will have to support him.”
Pakistan will also have 33-year-old off-spinner Bilal Asif, who played three one-day internationals in 2015 but has yet to play a Test.
Recalled all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez could too prove dangerous for Australian left-handers.
The second Test is in Abu Dhabi starting on 16 October. The teams will play three Twenty20 internationals after the Test series.
Australia: Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz, Mir Hamza
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Sundram Ravi (IND)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
Updated Date: Oct 07, 2018