Pakistan gear up for battle in opposition to Australia in opening Check match


PERTH – Pakistan are equipped for battle in opposition to Australia within the inaugural Check of the three-match Benaud-Qadir Trophy right here at Perth Stadium on December 14 at 07:20 PKT. 
At the moment main the ICC World Check Championship 2023-25 factors desk after a victorious begin in opposition to Sri Lanka, Pakistan maintain the sixth place within the ICC Males’s Check staff rankings. In the meantime, reigning world Check champions, Australia, rank fifth as they embark on their second collection of the continued WTC cycle, following a combined efficiency in opposition to England. 
Having confronted a two-nil loss throughout their final Check tour to Australia in 2019-20, Pakistan search redemption underneath the management of Shan Masood, who assumes the function of the staff’s 35th Check captain. Babar Azam, ranked fourth within the ICC Check batters rankings, is about to mark his 50th Check look on this milestone sport. 
The collection opener additionally witnesses the debut of Aamir Jamal and Khurram Shahzad in Pakistan’s taking part in XI, including a contemporary dynamic to the staff. Moreover, thriller spinner Abrar Ahmed’s absence because of damage is compensated by the inclusion of off-spinner Sajid Khan. 
Preparedness for the collection is obvious as Pakistan engaged in a four-day first-class match in opposition to the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra, concluding in a draw. The squad arrived in Perth on December 10, present process three intensive coaching classes on the Perth Stadium. 
Addressing the media forward of the conflict, Captain Shan Masood mentioned: “If we play good cricket for 5 days constantly, I’m positive we’ll be on the best finish of the outcomes. For us proper now it’s how we develop as a facet and if we do the best issues for a protracted interval, we’ll get the outcomes. The great thing about this sport is that you simply get to do one thing completely different and that’s what we wish to do as a facet.  
“We wish to go ahead and play engaging Check cricket and if the outcomes come our manner, then effectively and good but when they don’t then we’ll return to the drafting board and attempt to rectify our errors. I see plenty of potential on this facet and plenty of gamers who can take Pakistan ahead. We are going to attempt to play good cricket and ensure we will compete in opposition to the perfect and that is the right alternative to take action,” Shan added.  
In the meantime, quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been appointed vice-captain of the Pakistan Check staff for the collection in opposition to Australia. Earlier, Shaheen was additionally appointed captain of Pakistan males’s T20 cricket staff. Shaheen has performed 27 Assessments, 53 ODIs and 52 T20Is for Pakistan. 
PAKISTAN’S PLAYING XI FOR FIRST TEST: Shan Masood (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Aamir Jamal and Khurram Shahzad.

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