In the lead up to the 2-match Test series, a lot was said about Pakistan’s pace attack. Despite the drubbing the visitors received in the T20I series, there was hope for the Asian side as they were hoping to stun the Australians with their pace attack, which had 2 exciting teenage quicks.
However, the 1st Test at The Gabba turned out to be a one-sided affair, more or less. The Big 3 of Australia’s pace attack took their time to settle in but they found their mojo in the post-lunch session on Day 1 and jolted the Pakistan batting unit.
Pakistan made 240. Not a bad score, eh? It wouldn’t have been a bad score had the Pakistan pace attack lived up to the hype.
Australia went on to make 580. They batted only once in the Test. Their opening partnership read 222. The 2nd-wicket stand read 129. The Pakistan pace attack led by comeback man Imran Khan fell flat. 16-year-old Naseem Shah showed signs of brilliance but the consistency was an issue. Shaheen Afridi failed to live up to the expectations.
Pakistan are now in danger of getting whitewashed in the Test series. Azhar Ali’s men need to find something that they have been missing so far on the tour in Adelaide to make sure they don’t return home empty-handed.
The two teams are now gearing up to play in Adelaide. Day-night Test, it is.
While Australia will be hoping to make it 2-0, it remains to be seen if Pakistan will fire or fail under lights.
Certainly, the Pakistan pace attack that was uninspiring in Adelaide will be hoping to shine with Pink ball. It gives them a decent opportunity to create some trouble to what looks like a well-oiled and confident Australian batting line-up.
Pakistan, on Thursday, hinted they will bring back Mohammad Abbas into the playing XI. It remains to be seen if Muhammad Musa, another exciting teenage pacer, will make his way into the XI too.
Quite a few were stunned, including Australia captain Tim Paine, when Pakistan left out Mohammad Abbas from their XI in Brisbane. He averages 18,86 from 14 Tests. He took 17 wickets in 2 matches against Australia in less helpful conditions in the UAE in 2018.
Abbas needs to regain confidence back after 2 unimpressive outings in 2019. Pakistan need Abbas to deliver and help the team regain confidence. It remains to be seen whether the change in colour of the ball will bring in a change of fortune for the visitors.
However, history doesn’t favour Pakistan in the lead up to the all-important series finale. The Asian side has played 4 Tests in Adelaide and haven’t tasted success even once at the iconic venue.
More importantly, Australia haven’t lost a single Day-night Test yet. 5 out of 5! They are favourites to make it 6 in 6 if Pakistan pace attack flatters to deceive once again.