[caption id="attachment_710994" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-710994" alt="Ireland play Pakistan in their inaugural Test AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ireland1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Ireland play Pakistan in their inaugural Test AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ireland">Ireland </a>will look to do what no side have done in 141 years by winning their inaugural men's Test when they face <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan">Pakistan </a> in a one-off match starting Friday. Not since Australia beat England by 45 runs in Melbourne in 1877 in the first Test ever played has a team got off to a victorious start in cricket's premier format. Pakistan will arrive at the Malahide ground as firm favourites but Ireland captain William Porterfield hoped some classic local conditions would favour his side. <p></p> <p></p>"We've always got a chance, it's sport," he said at a pre-match press conference on Thursday. "Are we favourites? No. But we've as much chance as anyone if we do the basics right, in our own conditions we will give ourselves a very good chance. There is a lot of experience in our line-up, exciting youth as well so I don't see any reason why not. It is a bit stereotypical, but if we get a bit of sideways movement it is the main aspect we want to bring to the table. If we can have that in the game then I think it gives us the best chance of winning and I think that is a realistic chance," he added. <p></p> <p></p>But such conditions could also favour a Pakistan attack set to be led by Mohammad Aamer. "He s obviously a very skilful bowler," said opening batsman Porterfield of the left-arm quick. "A couple of guys have faced him in county cricket and multi-day games and we played against them in white-ball cricket. <p></p> <p></p>"But obviously, late swing is going to be a factor for him and sideways movement with their handy seam attack so we are going to have to fight back with the bat as well." <p></p> <p></p>Porterfield and some of his Ireland team-mates had the chance to pick the brains of former Marcus Trescothick during a warm-up match against Somerset and they will look to put the former England batsman's advice to good use against Pakistan. <p></p> <p></p>"He s been playing professional cricket for 26 years, a great career so we asked if he would sit down with us and any chance you get to speak to someone with his experience is great," Porterfield explained. <p></p> <p></p>"He talked about the experience of playing Test cricket and it s just that little higher standard from county cricket as you have the extra seamer, it s more relentless, which is what we expected. <p></p> <p></p>"You still have to find your way of dealing with it. But it was a good chat." <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan are set to give a Test debut to Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of selection chief and former batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq after he scored fifties in warm-up matches against Kent and Northamptonshire. <p></p> <p></p>"It is a big honour for me and my team to play this historic Test match -- the first Test match to be played in Ireland," said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. <p></p> <p></p>Ireland will be without seamer Nathan Smith after he 22-year-old was ruled out with a side strain and replaced in the squad by Craig Young.