Australia is all set to take on Pakistan in a five-match one-day series that will be played in the UAE. This will be Australia’s last limited-overs assignment for the upcoming Cricket World that will take place in England this year.
Captain Aaron Finch will be desperate to find form with the bat after struggling to put up scores in the one-day series played against India. He certainly needs to deliver runs for the side at the top of the innings or else selectors might look for others to solve the top-order problems.
D’Arcy Short might still get in the World Cup given that he can provide value with bat and ball. Left-hander will be keen to prove his worth with the bat if opportunity is presented to him in this one-day series.
Usman Khuwaja’s place is uncertain at the moment as Australia might include David Warner or Steven Smith for this five-match one-day series. The duo might just play for Australia in this one-day series. It will all depend on the Coach Justin Langer and team management whether to include Warner and Smith into the squad for this series.
Shaun Marsh has been premier player for the side in limited-overs side over the past 12 months. Left-hander is averaging well over 50 with the bat and has notched up four centuries in that period.
The side has quality all-rounders like Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Turner, who can provide value with bat and ball. Alex Carey is the first choice keeper for this series as well.
Peter Handscomb has done well for Australia and consistently made decent scores after being included in the limited-overs squad earlier this season.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson are pace options for Australia for this one-day series.
Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are two frontline spinners for the side for this five-match one-day series.
On the other hand, Pakistan might include new faces in their limited-overs squad for Australia series. Haris Rauf, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad might be considered due to their good performances in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
Imam-ul-Haq has been consistent performer for Pakistan at the top of the innings. He did exceedingly well on the tour to South Africa and regular chipped in with good scores for the side.
His opening partner Fakhar Zaman’s form has seen a dip in form in limited-overs cricket. He has yet to produce a century since his record-breaking double hundred against Zimbabwe in July 2018. Pakistan will be hoping that Zaman can rediscover his mojo with the bat and score heavily in this upcoming five-match one-day series.
Babar Azam is certainly best batsmen in the Pakistan’s batting lineup in limited-overs cricket. He has delivered consistently good scores for the side over the past 12 months. Azam will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in this one-day series.
Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed are experienced players in the middle-order for the side. The trio will need to do well in this series in order for Pakistan to overcome Australia in the UAE.
Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan can provide value with bat and ball. Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali are front-line seamers for this one-day series. Imad Wasim is the second spinner included in the one-day setup besides leg-spinner Shadab Khan.
Pakistan vs Australia 2019 Schedule
1st ODI – Pakistan vs Australia
Friday, March 22, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
2nd ODI – Pakistan vs Australia
Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
3rd ODI– Pakistan vs Australia
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
4th ODI– Pakistan vs Australia
Friday, March 29, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
5th ODI– Pakistan vs Australia
Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 11:00 GMT