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Australia’s spin woes are well documented. In recent years, they have continued to struggle in the subcontinent despite having some established names in the setup. This will be Australia’s first Test assignment since the ill-fated South Africa tour.
Not only are they going to throw in some debutants to counter the spin challenge, their brand of cricket will be under scrutiny as well. In the absence of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Australia are all set to hand Test caps to Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne. Finch, more renowned for his white-ball skills, finally gets a crack at Test cricket at the age of 31 and he will know that if the opportunity goes abegging, another shot at this level might go far out of his reach again.
Australia will also bank heavily on the Marsh brothers, who are slotted at 3 and 4 in the batting order, who scored heavily in the practice game alongside Head. Confidence-wise, the outing would have helped the trio but a challenge against Yasir Shah & Co. is a whole new ball game.
Match: PAK vs AUS, 1st Test, Australia v Pakistan in UAE, 2018
Date: Sunday, October 07, 2018 – Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 06:00 AM GMT
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai
Umpires:Richard Illingworth , Richard Kettleborough
Third Umpire:S RaviMatch Referee:Ranjan Madugalle
Pakistan Squad:Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Salahuddin, Bilal Asif, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan
Australia Squad:Tim Paine (c & wk), Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw
Stadium:Dubai International Cricket Stadium