Last Update on: March 3rd, 2022 at 06:01 pm

Pakistan and Australia are set to play the first Test of the three-match series from 4th March to 8th March 2022. Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host the highly anticipated encounter. Pat Cummins will be leading the highly skilled Australian side.

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins
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It is his first overseas assignment since his appointment as the Test captain. Usman Khawaja’s stellar show in the Ashes series is likely to help him open the innings with David Warner. The duo will be followed by Labuschagne, Steve Smith, and Travis Head at three, four, and five respectively.

All three have stellar numbers in Test Cricket and thus are key to Australia’s fortunes in the series. Alex Carey should don the wicket-keeping gloves, while Cameron Green is likely to pip Mitchell Marsh for the all-rounder spot.

Scott Boland Ashes Test
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In the fast bowling department, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc should be the first-choice picks. Scott Boland’s terrific performance in the series might help him get picked in the eleven at the expense of Josh Hazlewood. Besides, Nathan Lyon should continue to be the first-choice spin option.

Azhar Ali and Babar Azam
Azhar Ali and Babar Azam. Credits: PCB

Pakistan, on the other hand, are coming into the game on the back of a 2-0 win in their last Test series against Bangladesh. Babar Azam will continue to lead the side and will be aiming for a series win against a formidable Australian team.

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Abid Ali is currently in rehabilitation after being diagnosed with a heart condition in December last year. He is unavailable and Shan Masood is likely to replace him. Besides, the likes of Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf are also not available for the first Test due to injury.

Pakistan have called up Haris Rauf and Iftikhar Ahmed into the Test squad and both were due to make into the playing XI for the first Test. However, as per latest reports, Haris Rauf has tested positive and has been ruled out of the first Test. Pakistan have an outstanding batting unit, having got the likes of Babar Azam, Rizwan, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali. It will be interesting to see how they play against one of the best fast bowling attacks in the world.

PAK vs AUS Head to Head Records, Pakistan vs Australia 2022- Pakistan’s Head to Head Record Against Australia, Pakistan vs Australia 2022, 1st Test

Pakistan and Australia have played against each other in 66 Tests in the history of the longest format. Australia dominated the rivalry, having won 33 Tests, while Australia emerged victorious on 15 occasions. 18 matches resulted in draws.

The two teams are set to play a three-match Test series in Pakistan. This will be the first time when Australia would be playing a Test series in Pakistan since 1998. The first Test match is slated to be played from 4th March to 8th March 2022.

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