Date: 4-8 March 2022
Time: 10:30 AM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
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The historic tour between Australia and Pakistan will begin from March 4 with the first Test being played in Rawalpindi. Both teams have been preparing hard for the past few days and will pose a tough challenge against each other. While Australia will face the spin challenge, Pakistan will have to battle the pace trio of Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood. Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi will also be a big headache for Australian batters. Overall, the five-day game is expected to be a thrilling one.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Abbas
Australia: Pat Cummins (C), David Warner, Marcus Harris, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson.
Probable Playing XIs
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Swepson, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
Since it's the first game of the series, there is not much available data on the form of the players. However, looking at past performances, a few names pop up. David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Steve Smith look like obvious choices from the visitors' camp while Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, and Mohammad Rizwan are from the hosts' camp. In the bowling department, the Australian pace trio of Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood, along with Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi are top choices. Nathan Lyon also will have a role to play in the spinning conditions.
People's Pick for Fantasy
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Alex Carey
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Fawad Alam, Marnus Labuschagne
All-rounders: Nauman Ali, Cameron Green
Bowlers: Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Shaheen Afridi,
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