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Australia Pakistan Test series Preview
Once again the eyes are set on to see Australia and Pakistan together in their Test series. Hardly a week is left for the first Test which is to be held at Lord's.
Australia Pakistan Test series Preview
Once again the eyes are set on to see Australia and Pakistan together in their Test series. Hardly a week is left for the first Test which is to be held at Lord’s. It will be a good opportunity for Pakistan to show its skills for test conditions after carrying the day at T20 against Australia. In the T20 match Pakistan was welcomed with the overwhelming crowd’s support. Now is the time to enthuse Pakistan team back with same support of the crowd.
Though Australia has warmed up themselves for the forthcoming test series, playing against Derbyshire, it has been estimated that due to recent losses kangaroos will be seen with low confidence level. Australia was at loss in ODI while playing against England and in T20 series, against Pakistan. Australia in its full swing and with an input of positive attitude will pave its feet on Lord’s in the first Test. The Test series will be a good practice for the Team for The Ashes at hand.
Michael Hussey and Rickey Ponting were back to their form while playing against Derbyshire. Their stroke of centuries says it all about their preparation.
Michael Hussey was seen back in his form once again after giving continuous strokes of sixes with much ease. Hussey also proves his good batting in order to reply to the spinners. This will be adding on practice for Australian batsman against the Pakistan spinners. Hussey has spent years in making a come back in Australia’s test team.
Australian team lacks bowlers in number. In recent last matches the bowlers’ performances were not up to the mark. Thus the weaker aspect highlights toward Australian bowlers. Dirk Nannes and Shawn Tait were unable to prevent the rising scores of Pakistan but their bowling efforts were appreciated. Both Nannes and Tait are not among the squad this time. Expectations are high with debutants Peter George, Usman Khawaja, Tim Paine and Steven Smith.
Tim Paine will be seen on ground as a wicket keeper. Simon Katich is set to be the opening batsman. After a year Australia will be walking on the field of Lord’s. Katich admits that it is going to be a special moment.
“Anytime you get the opportunity to play there, whether it’s a county game or a Test match, it’s a very special venue and we are really looking forward to be able to play there again”, says Katich.
“We are fortunate that the schedule allows us to play there sp although it is not an Ashes Test its still a Test match for Australia and  we know Pakistan is going to be a good series so playing at  Lord’s is a bonus”.
Katich also admits of more preparation before paving into a Test series. “I honestly don’t know why we are playing a 2-day match, but obviously there’s a reason for it, Katich said.
Pakistan’s victory in T20 against Australia and draw in the Test series played against New Zealand will keep their energy level to maximum throughout the Test series in England. Pakistan could be under slight pressure due to the loss of some good players from the team, as they have been banned from playing at test level. Inspite, Pakistan is looking forward to do well in Test series starting next Tuesday.
Pakistan’s win over Australia in T20 has been the talk of the day. The victory has given rise to the hope of better performance of Pakistan in Test matches. Md. Aamer and Saeed Ajmal left remarkable footprints in T20. Under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi the duo gave their best show. While Australian team comprises of bowlers like Doug Bollinger, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hifenhaus; Pakistan in turn stands at an advantage in bowling line. Pakistan comprises of fast pace bowlers like Shahid Afridi, Md. Asif, Md. Aamer, Umar Gul and last but not the least Saeed Ajmal.
Azhar Ali, right handed batsman, will be making his debut on next Tuesday. In an interview to Azhar said, “"I have always dreamt of making my début for Pakistan at Lord's and as luck would have it, our opening Test is at Lord's. I really hope that I am given the opportunity to début at Lord's, as it's a ground steeped in tradition and history. I've always watched matches being played at Lord's and hoped that one day I would play there". He added further, “"I like to play long innings and have no problems in being patient at the crease. I know the opposition will be tough in England, but I am confident that I can provide Pakistan with stability and a degree of calmness and assurance at the top of the order. I have experience of conditions in England having played league cricket over here, so hopefully I can use that experience to my advantage”.
Younus Khan and Mohammed Yousuf will not be seen on crease this year. The new generation would take it as golden chance in the absence of Younus and Yousuf to establish themselves as top order batsmen.
Mitchell Johnson, the Australian paceman, in anticipation with the Pakistan team said, “I think the Pakistan side is a strong one – especially with the Akmal brothers who can really hit the ball and their bowling attack is particularly strong – especially with the likes of Mohammad Aamer”.
Likely Teams
Australia: Ricky Ponting ( c), Doug Bollinger, Nathan Hauritz, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke (vc), Peter George, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Tim Paine, Shane Watson and Ryan Harris.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi ( c), Danish Kaneria, Kamran Akmal, Mohammed Asif, Salman Butt, Tanveer Ahmed, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz, Zulqarnain Haider, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat, Mohammed Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Shoib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul and Yasir Hameed.
First Test: Tuesday, July 13- Saturday, July 17; Lord’s London.
Second Test: Wednesday, July 21- Sunday, July 25; Headingley, Leeds.
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