Pakistan shall be determined to enter the ICC World Cup 2023 on a profitable notice. Not very way back, the Babar Azam-led facet was the top-ranked ODI facet on the planet and was extensively considered one of many agency favorites to win the ODI World Cup.
Nevertheless, a poor efficiency within the Asia Cup has made many doubt their credentials. The Males in Inexperienced suffered a humiliating 228-run loss in opposition to India earlier than happening by 2 wickets in opposition to Sri Lanka to crash out of the continental championship. An unlucky damage to their star bowler Naseem Shah solely made issues worse for Babar Azam & Co.
And the loss in opposition to New Zealand within the warm-up recreation final week has put one other query mark on Pakistan’s type. Regardless of posting a giant whole of 345 runs in 50 overs, Pakistan didn’t win the sport because the Black Caps chased down the large whole in lower than 44 overs.
Right here’s why Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan should not enjoying in opposition to Australia:
Pakistan shall be determined to enter the World Cup on a profitable notice. They’re locking horns in opposition to Australia of their second warm-up recreation on Tuesday (October 3) and shall be seeking to register a much-needed win. A victory in opposition to the five-time world champions will certainly increase Pakistan’s confidence.
And whereas the duty wouldn’t be a simple one, it has solely turn into harder as a result of absence of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Each the batsmen have determined to skip the warm-up recreation to take some relaxation. Stand-in captain Shadab Khan confirmed the information in the course of the toss, saying:
“Babar is okay. He needed to relaxation. Rizwan is resting as effectively. We’re like a household. We’re finest pals. That’s the fantastic thing about our workforce. We are going to win or lose as a workforce. Successful is all the time a behavior. We would like a win. Nice alternative for our workforce to get some confidence from right here.
With Rizwan resting, Mohammad Haris will don the wicketkeeping gloves for Pakistan. In the meantime, Australia have received the toss and opted to bat first.
Pakistan (Taking part in XI):
Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Haris(w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan(c), Usama Mir, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Australia (Taking part in XI):
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey(w), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Inexperienced, Matthew Quick, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Travis Head, Adam Zampa