Australia vs Pakistan in UAE 2018 Team Players & Fixtures
Australia will play Pakistan in UAE in a two-match Test series that will be followed by three T20Is. All the five matches will be played in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai, with the first Test starting from October 7.
Overall, Australia hold a very sterling record against Pakistan, having won 31 and lost just 14 Tests against them but this changes around quite a bit when the Aussies are playing away from home. Pakistan have the advantage, having won 10 and lost just seven Tests at home or back-up home like UAE, which should mean they start off favorites in this series as well.
Interestingly, over the last two series, i.e. one in Australia and one in UAE, the home team has won all Tests. The 2016 Australia series ended with the hosts winning it 3-0 while Pakistan trumped their opponents 2-0 in the 2014 one. In a series that was held at a neutral venue before that, in England, both teams won one Test apiece, making it even more interesting.
Both teams are coming off some difficult times in terms of results and personnel. Pakistan were expected to do well in the Asia Cup but they suffered from multiple failures.
The bowlers were way off the mark during the Asia Cup and now only did the pre-tournament favourites Pakistan not even make it to the final, they also played India twice and lost both times with some ease. Speaking particularly about the Test match format, Pakistan hasn’t been quite the same team since they lost the duo of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
So much so that it’s interesting to see that they have brought in Fakhar Zaman into the Test squad, a move that could go either way. Also Mohammad Amir has been dropped in a bid to try and regain his lost form that saw him pick up no wickets in the Asia Cup.
On the other hand, Australia are coming off losing their two premier batsman Steven Smith and David Warner. Smith’s loss as a captain might be felt but not as much as his absence as one of the best players of spin in the world. Strangely though, Glenn Maxwell is missing from the line-up as well.
What that means is they have a Test squad that’s quite different from what they would otherwise select going into this series. Playing against spin would be a huge task and a 2-0 result in favour of Pakistan looks likely.
Pak vs Aus Series 2018 Schedule
Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test – October 7 to 11 (Dubai)
Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test – October 16 to 20 (Abu Dhabi)
Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I – October 24 (Abu Dhabi)
Pakistan vs Australia 2nd T20I – October 26 (Dubai)
Pakistan vs Australia 3rd T20I – October 28 (Dubai)
Pakistan squad for Series
Test Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Salahuddin, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah
T20I Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali
Australia squad for Series
Australia Test Squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Jon Holland, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Michael Neser, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja
Australia T20 Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Ben McDermott, Peter Siddle