Mitchell Marsh is likely to make his debut for Australia © Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh is likely to make his debut for Australia © Getty Images

Oct 22, 2014

Australia will face Pakistan in the first Test of a two-match Test series on Wednesday. Visitors Australia have emerged victorious in the only Twenty 20 International (T20I) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) they’ve played so far on this tour. However, they lost the warm-up match against Pakistan A. Pakistan are without the services of their premier spinner Saeed Ajmal, who would have been a strong force on the Dubai wicket.

The loss against Pakistan A would have thumped the mindset of the Australian players badly. After a superior show in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and the lone T20 International, defeat was unlikely. But it was a rusty and listless fight by the Australians which gave away the match to Pakistan A. The Dubai surface which suits spin and reverse swing will not give a comfortable feeling to the Australian players.

Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.

Australia squad: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Michael Clarke (capt), Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Steve O’Keefe, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

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