Australia and Pakistan are ready to face off in the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval on Friday.This will be the 13th game in the history of five-day format which will be played under lights, and the sixth in which Australia will take part. Australia have tremendous record in day-night Test and have won five of them.
The focus in the game will be on two superstars – Australia’s premier batsman Steven Smith and bankable middle-order Marnus Labuschagne to deliver the runs in this game. Marnus Labuschagne has been excellent for Australia in Test cricket so far this season. In the opening game of the series, Labuschagne smashed his maiden ton to help Australia register a comfortable win over Pakistan.
The big positive for Australia was the opening pair of David Warner and Joe Burns getting big runs for the side in the previous game. Warner managed to end his lean run with the bat and smashed 154 runs for Australia in the first Test. His opening partner, Joe Burns also scored a splendid 97 runs in the opening game of the series.
Host Australia face Pakistan in second and final game of the series in Adelaide from Friday.
On the other hand, Pacer Mohammad Abbas will be playing his first Test after Pakistan left him out of the side for bizarre reasons.
The player who will be in focus during the game is will be Babar Azam, who will be looking to make an impact for the side in this pink-ball Test. He scored a breathtaking century in the second innings for Pakistan at The Gabba.
As far as the team news is concerned, Pakistan will go in with three pacers – Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah – and one spinner in Yasir Shah, who delivered credible performance at The Gabba. Pacer Mohammad Musa, who was selected in the squad, is unlikely to start for the visitors.
The pitch will certainly lateral movement for the quick bowlers. The batsmen will need to work hard for their runs on this wicket. The rain will play a huge part in the outcome of this game.