Australian Team is touring Pakistan for three tests, three ODI’s and one-off T20i after a 24-year wait due to security issues and scheduling, the team has not played in Pakistan after 1998. The 1998 series between the teams featured the greats of Mark Taylor, Stuart McGill, Glenn McGrath and Saeed Anwar. Australia won that series by the margin of 1-0 and had a fierce contest among the sides. Since then, Australia ruled over the world cricket and won three ODI World Cups and their first T20 World Cup.

Match Details – Australia vs Pakistan – 1st Test

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Date- 4th March 2022

Time- 10:30 am IST

Venue- Rawalpindi

Australia last played against Pakistan in the 2019-20 home series, where David Warner made one of the biggest comebacks and Marnus Labuschagne established himself in international cricket and the hosts won the series by 2-0 and absolutely thrashed the tourists. However, Pakistan Team has a lot of changes in a lot of departments, whether it’s the shift in the powers or team dynamics.

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Talking about the shift in powers, former coach, Justin Langer did not have a contract renewal even after two ashes series wins, bringing back the culture and fighting hard in abroad conditions. The Australian Team is touring with the interim coach Andrew McDonald, after Justin Langer’s exit.

Head to Head records :

Matches played: 66

Australia won: 33

Pakistan won: 15

Drawn: 18

Recent form

Pakistan’s record for the last 5 games –


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Australia’s record for the last 5 games –


Pitch Report :

The pitch was covered on Thursday due to rain, which prevented both teams from practising, but they got a good look at it on Wednesday, and it appeared flat and ideal for hitting. The surface is also unlikely to break up due to the cooler weather in Rawalpindi. Fast bowlers have been particularly successful in the previous three Tests played here since 2019. The weather forecast is favourable for the first day, but rain may be a factor later in the game. All tickets for the First Test between Pakistan And Australia At Rawalpindi is already sold out.

Probable XI’s :

Australia :

Captain, Pat Cummins, spinner Nathan Lyon and Coach Andrew McDonald have given indications that Australia will be going most likely with their three best pacers and the specialist spinner ahead of the first test. There were speculations as well with Josh Hazlewood not making in the Playing XI for the first test with Scott Boland’s tremendous summer record in the Ashes and conditions.

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However, the playing XI has not been decided till now as the team is looking to assess the pitch and conditions overnight. Another million-dollar question is who will open with David Warner; will it be Usman Khawaja who opened for Australia in the final test of the Ashes or will it be Marcus Harris, who is struggling to find the form and push Khawaja either out of the XI or at no.5.

Probable XI :

Usman Khawaja,

David Warner,

Marnus Labuschagne,

Steven Smith,

Travis Head,

Cameron Green,

Alex Carey (wk),

Pat Cummins (capt),

Mitchell Starc,

Nathan Lyon,

Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan :

Pakistan team will be looking to add more pace battery in their playing XI after the news of Harris Rauf being Covid positive, leading him to be out of the 1st test. There is a lot for Pakistan to think about. In the absence of Abid Ali, one of Shan Masood or Imam-ul-Haq will be the first to play with Abdullah Shafique. The lack of Ashraf throws the game off, and the rain on Thursday has them debating whether to bring in an extra bowler or batsman. Mohammad Wasim Jr. might make his Test debut if they choose the former option.

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Probable XI :

Shan Masood/Imam-ul-Haq,

Abdullah Shafique,

Azhar Ali,

Babar Azam (capt),

Fawad Alam,

Mohammad Rizwan (wk),

Mohammad Wasim Jr,

Nauman Ali,

Sajid Khan,

Shaheen Shah Afridi,

Naseem Shah

Statistics :

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Most Runs : 1797 runs : Javed Miandad

Highest Score: 335* runs: David Warner

Most Wickets: 90 wickets: Shane Warne

BBI: 9/86: Sarfaraz Nawas

BBM: 13/114: Fazal Mahmood

Most Dismissals: 68 dismissals: Rod Marsh



Shaheen has taken the most wickets at Rawalpindi since Test cricket resumed in 2019, with 12 at 19.83, barely ahead of Hasan Ali’s ten at 11.40 in the only Test he played there. David Warner has scored 1084 runs at 108.40 in seven Tests against Pakistan, including five hundred and two fifties.

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Each one of those centuries occurred outside of Australia, in the United Arab Emirates in 2014. In 2018, Australia met Pakistan in the UAE, however, their last Test in the subcontinent was against Bangladesh in September 2017. The coach was Darren Lehmann, the captain was Smith, and Australia fielded one fast bowler, three spinners, and two all-rounders.

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