Pakistan is currently touring New Zealand for two match series is all set to Australia in the month of December. The Men in Green will play three match test series with opening game being a day night affair at Gabba, Brisbane. The side has struggled in New Zealand so far so they will face uphill battle against Australia in Australia.
Pakistan will be led by Misbah-ul-Haq who is made this side into a competitive unit in test cricket. The side has seen mixed up performances recently as they surrendered meekly to give West Indies their first test win in the last test at Sharjah. New Zealand also managed to expose batting frailties of the side to win the opening game at Christchurch. Pakistan looks heavily reliant on two experienced batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to do bulk of scoring as others have been good in patches this year. Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali have been decent despite notable knocks against England.
The bowling unit for Pakistan sees heavy reliance on premier spinner Yasir Shah as he has been the go to man for Misbah to win games of cricket. Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali will have to step up a gear or two to support Shah to produce consistent performances for the side. Sohail Khan is always one pace bowler who has chipped in with wickets with consistency and continues to impress with each games he plays for Pakistan.
Australia cricket have not been short of crises and calamity after test series whitewash against Srilanka in Srilanka and then one day drubbing at the hands of South Africa in five match series. The woes did not end there as they lost their home series against South Africa which resulted in big changes in the squad for the final test.The uncapped players Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb all played well in the last test at Adelaide that saw Australia end their losing streak against South Africa. Jackson Bird did produce impressive performance as third seamer supporting Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.
The last few series have been a learning curve for Australia as they finally managed to assemble a group of men who went out there to comprehensively beat South Africa in the day night at Adelaide. Australia will certainly be battle hardened after a grueling series against South Africa and will be in much better prepared to face Pakistan this summer at home.
Australia Vs Pakistan Schedule
1st Test – Australia vs Pakistan
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 03:00 GMT
Australia won by 39 runs
2nd Test – Australia vs Pakistan
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 23:30 GMT
Australia won by an innings and 18 runs
3rd Test – Australia vs Pakistan
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 23:30 GMT
Australia won by 220 runs
1st ODI–Australia vs Pakistan
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 03:20 GMT
Australia won by 92 runs
2nd ODI –Australia vs Pakistan
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 03:20 GMT
Pakistan won by 6 wickets
3rd ODI– Australia vs Pakistan
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 03:20 GMT
4th ODI –Australia vs Pakistan
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 03:20 GMT
5th ODI –Australia vs Pakistan
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 03:20 GMT