Australian cricket team in Pakistan 2022


australia tour of pakistan

It's been 24 years since they were last in Pakistan, and this visit will easily be the most high-profile tour since international cricket returned to Pakistan following their decade-long isolation.

The tour is keeping the teams in a tight security bubble. There are armored vehicles for travel and 4,000 security personnel deployed specifically for the tour. Steve Smith- Australia's star batsman- is excited to be a part of it because he knows Pakistanis are passionate about cricket. He said that it's the first time many players have been there, and they're really excited.


Australia is back in the Test arena after three years and they’ll be up against some of Pakistan’s best bowlers. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Amir are all on deck for Pakistan and will provide a formidable challenge for Australia’s batsmen.



Schedule


Date

Match Details

Fri Mar 4 - Tue Mar 8 15:00 local | 05:00 GMT

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Sat Mar 12 - Wed Mar 16

10:00 local | 05:00 GMT


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

National Stadium, Karachi

Mon Mar 21 - Fri Mar 25

10:00 local | 05:00 GMT


Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd Test

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Tue Mar 29

10:00 local | 05:00 GMT

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st ODI

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Thu Mar 31

10:00 local | 05:00 GMT

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd ODI

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Sat Apr 2

10:00 local | 05:00 GMT

Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd ODI

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Tue Apr 5

15:00 local | 10:00 GMT


Pakistan vs Australia, Only T20

D/N

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi




Squad



Pakistan Test Squad:


Babar Azam (C), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Zahid Mahmood.



Australia Test Squad:


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.



Australia ODI and T20I Squad:


Aaron Finch (C), Steven Smith, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Ben McDermott, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Ellis, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.



Pakistan ODI and T20I Squad:

Squads not yet announced.



Venue



Pindi pitch - ICC rates Pindi pitch ‘below average’


Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

The pitch at the historic first Test between Pakistan and Australia received a “below average” rating from the International Cricket Council. The match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, said the surface was too uneven between bat and ball. The pitch at the historic first Test between Pakistan and Australia received a "below average" rating from the International Cricket Council. The match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, said the surface was too uneven between bat and ball.


The ICC Pitch and Outstream Monitoring Process awarded the venue one demerit point for providing a below-average pitch. According to the revised ICC guidelines, one demerit point is awarded to venues whose pitches are rated below average by match referees, while three and five demerit points are awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit respectively.


The Pindi pitch received criticism from all quarters, with Australia opener David Warner stating that he hoped for an improved surface in the second Test of the three-match series in Karachi. However, Imam-ul-Haq dismissed the criticism surrounding the Pindi pitch, insisting that it was "same" for both teams.


Iman, a Pakistani player, suggested that Pakistan use their strengths to their advantage. He said, “Obviously when it’s a five-day Test, everyone anticipates for a result, but when we go to Australian conditions, they don’t make pitches consulting us but make it according to their will so I think we should see our strength and should live up to our strength.”

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