Australia vs Pakistan – 1st Test Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Pakistan taking place? Thursday November 21st, (12:00am GMT)

Where is Australia vs Pakistan taking place? The Gabba, Brisbane

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Pakistan? 29c with bright sunshine forecast all day

What channel is Australia vs Pakistan on? This match will televised live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream Australia vs Pakistan? This match will be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs Pakistan? Tickets can be purchased for this match here

LAST MEETING
Pakistan won by 373 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

  • After comfortably beating Pakistan 2-0 in the T20 series, Australia make their return to test cricket for the first time since retaining the Ashes in England following a 2-2 series draw.
  • The Aussies have recalled openers Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft to their squad, but will be without fast bowler James Pattinson after he was suspended by Cricket Australia following a Level Two Code of Conduct breach whilst playing for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield last week, his third code of conduct breach in 2019.
  • Pattinson’s absence means that Australia now have four frontline seamers to choose between and it is likely that Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will be the trio picked to play at the Gabba, with Michael Neser missing out on making his test debut.

PAKISTAN

  • As the number one ranked T20 side in the world, Pakistan will have been very disappointed with their performance in the T20 series and it is a youthful side that will look to bounce back in not only their first test series in almost a year, but also their first as part of the inaugural World Test Championship.
  • This match will see batsman Azhar Ali take on the role of test captain for the first time, after Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq removed former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed from the role last month and left the wicketkeeper out of the test squad.
  • With the retirement of fast bowler Mohammad Amir in test cricket, Pakistan have selected a youthful but exciting pace contingent in their test squad and alongside Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Abbas, they could give a test debut to 16-year-old seam bowler Naseem Shah, which would be an exciting but massive gamble against an Aussie batting unit led by the formidable Steve Smith.

THE PREDICTION

Australia have started their summer well in white ball cricket, but now they turn their attention to red ball cricket as they look to move up the World Test Championship rankings. Their bowling line-up have established themselves as the best in the world and they’ll be excited to utilise the pace and bounce normally generated at Brisbane against a brittle looking Pakistan batting order, who will be heavily reliant on star batsman Babar Azam for runs.

Pakistan are a fairly unknown quantity having not played any Test cricket for almost a year. However, they are a test team in transition following the dropping of veterans Sarfaraz, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik along with the retirement of Amir. It is a big ask for their young bowling attack to run through an Australian batting order that includes Smith and Warner among others. Should either of those two establish themselves at the crease, then it could be a long few days for the touring bowlers.

Australia have not lost at the Gabba since 1988, and when looking at their strength in depth amongst the batting and bowling compared to Pakistan’s, then that streak looks set to continue here.

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