Australia will square off against Pakistan in the 1st Test of the two-match Test series. The match will begin on Nov 21, 2019, at The Gabba in Brisbane. Pakistan will begin their ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 campaign under the captaincy of Azhar Ali, while Australia has played five-match Test Series against England in Ashes 2019, which ended with 2-2 draw. With that Australia is on the fourth position in ICC World Test Championship points table with 56 points. Ahead of Australia vs Pakistan 1st Test 2019, let us have a look at some mini-battles like Mitchell Starc vs Babar Azam and others. Australia Vs Pakistan, Cricket Score 1st Test Match.
Pakistan lost to Australia in the recently concluded three-match T20I series by 2-0. However, Pakistan morale should have lifted after brilliant batting and bowling performance against Australia A in a 3-day practice match. From batsmen, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq smashed a century with a score of 157 and 119 runs respectively, where Pakistan made 428/10. Speaking about bowlers Imran Khan bagged 5 wickets by just giving away 32 runs as Australia A got all-out on 122 runs. In the 2nd inning, Pakistani batsmen Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed shined as they played a knock of 65 and 79 runs respectively. The match ended in a draw as Pakistan declared their 2nd inning at 152/3 in reply Australia ended the game with the score of 91/2. Babar Azam Scores Century During Australia A vs Pakistan 3-Day Practice Match.
Mitchell Starc vs Babar Azam: Mitchell Starc is currently the leading bowler in the Australian pace attack. In the absence of James Pattinson from the upcoming Test match following suspension, Starc will have lots of responsibility on his shoulder. Starc has picked up 215 wickets from 52 matches and it will be interesting to see with what strategy he will come out to bowl against Babar Azam. On the other hand, Babar Azam has scored 1235 runs from 21 matches, however with his recent batting performance and a century against Australia A one can expect him to come out strong against the home team.
David Warner vs Shaheen Afridi: David Warner has consistently performed well in T20Is and ODIs this year, however, had a disastrous Ashes 2019 where he scored only 95 runs from 10 innings. However, with his recent performance in T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, one cannot write him off. On the other hand, Pakistani pacer Shaheen Afridi has good pace and swinging ability which can create a hurdle for Warner.
Steve Smith vs Imran Khan: If Pakistan wants to win the upcoming Test Match, they will have to find a way to dismiss Steve Smith early in the inning. Australian batsmen Smith had a wonderful Ashes 2019 runs where he created a flurry of records and made 774 runs from 10 innings with an average of more than 110. Imran Khan could spoil the party for Smith and should back himself to bowl well after taking five-wicket haul against Australia A in 3-days practice game.
Australia are on the fourth position in ICC World Test Championship point table with 56 points. Tim Paine and his men will look forward to strengthen up their position in the ranking and move upwards. Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq will want his team to put up a better performance specially after losing two T20I series back to back against Sri Lanka and Australia.