Pakistan begins their tour Down-Under with a practice T20 match ahead of the official tour which is set to commence with the first game of the three-match T20I series on November 3. Chris Lynn will lead the Cricket Australia XI while Babar Azam has been handed the captaincy in the shortest format of the game for the tourists. The away side will look to experiment with different combinations in personnel, provide youngsters an opportunity to impress and attempt to find their best eleven ahead of the big opener on Sunday.
Cricket Australia XI vs Pakistan
31st October 2019
9:00 AM IST
Bankstown Oval, Sydney
Sunny conditions with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 24 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will be a belter for the batsmen and with both sides boasting some exceptional batting talents; a high-scoring contest could be on the cards.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Cricket Australia XI:
With a 12-man squad announced for this game, Nathan McSweeney could be the unlucky one to miss out from the starting eleven. Considering his explosive style of batting, Chris Lynn is their most potent threat at the top whilst Will Sutherland and Mackenzie Harvey will be expected to chip in with handy runs. Chris Green is a specialist in this format and should have a big role to play with both the bat as well as the bowl.
Chris Lynn (C), Will Sutherland, Baxter Holt(Wk), Mackenzie Harvey, Alex Ross, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Chris Green, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Lloyd Pope, Daniel Fallins
After an astounding 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the Sri Lankans on home turf, Pakistan will be determined to get back on the right track and silence their naysayers under the leadership of Babar Azam. A number of fresh faces like Muhammad Musa, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, and Mohammad Rizwan could get a chance to stake their claim for a first-team spot in this game.
Babar Azam(C), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan(Wk), Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan/ Usman Qadir, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan/ Muhammad Musa
Chris Lynn is a mandatory pick due to his heavy-hitting prowess and commendable record in T20 cricket. Babar Azam is the No.1 ranked T20I batsman in the world and had an incredible Pakistan T20 Cup campaign, in which he smashed a century in the first game of the tournament. He should be made the captain or the vice-captain in the Dream11 Team. Chris Green picked up 13 wickets across 11 games in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League 2019 and can strike some meaty blows with the willow in hand. Will Sutherland, Mohammad Rizwan, and Wahab Riaz should also be included in the fantasy side.
1: Babar Azam
2: Chris Lynn
3: Mohammad Rizwan
B Holt, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
M Rizwan, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
C Lynn, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
B Azam, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
M Harvey, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
A Ali, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
C Green, Points: 72-74, Grade: A
W Sutherland, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
M Irfan, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
L Pope, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
W Riaz, Points: 60-62, Grade: A