The first test match between Australia and Pakistan in their 2019 visit begins tomorrow at Brisbane in Australia. The Aussies will be looking to continue the form they carried in the shorter version of the game against Pakistan. This test match also brings back David Warner and Steve Smith from their suspensions in a home test match series. These two players will be looking to guide Aussies to a convincing win at Gabba but Pakistan cannot be taken lightly as it is an unpredictable unit and can destroy any opposition on a given day. All-in-all this looks like an exciting prospect for the test match lovers.
Pakistan team preparations
The Pakistan team is managed by Misbah Ul Haq and it will try to rattle the Aussies with a talented bowling attack at his disposal. Azhar Ali might be the choice for opening the batting along with Shan Masood and the middle order may comprise of Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, and Haris Sohail. Sarfraz Ahmed will not be playing in this match and the job of keeping the wickets will be handled by Mohammad Rizwan. Iftikhar Ahmed will come into bat at number 6 position. The young Pakistani bowling attack comprises Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, and Yasir Shah will be the lone spinner in this outfit. Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq will be the standout batsmen for this team and the management will be expecting them to do the bulk of the Pakistan scoring. Iftikhar Ahmed is the all-rounder option for Pakistan.
Australia team preparations
Australia has already announced it’s playing 11 for this test match. Joe Burns will open the batting with David Warner and you can safely expect Steve Smith to bat at number 4 and other players such as Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne will bat around him. The formidable Aussie bowling attack will be spearheaded by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The obvious choice for the lone spinner’s slot in the side will be Nathan Lyon. Tim Paine will be the wicketkeeper for this match and possibly for the series although Wade will be a good alternative in some eventuality. Steve Smith arguably the best batsman in the world will lead the batting charge and you can expect David Warner to regain some form during the series. Marnus Labuschagne will be the choice for the all-rounder slot.
Like most of the Aussie pitches, this one will provide some assistance to the pacemen. Batsmen will be wary of playing their shots and will be careful with their shot selection. I will go with Australia for this match.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane.
Timing: Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5.30 AM, 12 AM GMT, 10 AM LOCAL.
TV: Sony Six.
Live Streaming: SONY LIV.