Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Australia v Pakistan 1st Test
The 1st match of the two-match Test series on the Pakistan tour of Australia will be played at The Gabba in Brisbane.
After being thoroughly outplayed in the T20Is, Pakistan will now look towards making a mark Down Under with some special performances in Test matches. Like most teams from the subcontinent, Pakistan do not have a great Test record in Australia and will like to set the record straight. However, with the experience - or lack thereof - in the side, it will certainly be a tall order.
Australia were beaten 2-1 against India in the 2018-19 series before Sri Lanka arrived to their shores. Australia beat them comprehensively by an innings and 40 runs in the first Test and 366 runs in the next one.
With the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, notwithstanding the opener's performance in the Ashes, the team has regained a lot of strength which was on show in the Ashes.
Warner was in great form in the T20Is and scored a ton in the first Shield match that he played after returning from the Ashes. The opener is expected to make up for his failures in England. Joe Burns will partner him at the top with Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Matthew Wade following.
With James Pattinson not available for the first Test, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will join hands with Nathan Lyon to form the Aussie bowling attack.
Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan will make Pakistan's top 6 with one of Kashif Bhatti or Iftikhar Ahmed placed at seven. Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Imran Khan will be their pace trio and will be assisted by the leg spin of Yasir Shah.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Pakistan - Azhar Ali (c), Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Kashif Bhatti/Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah
Australia - Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (Pakistan), Steve Smith (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan), Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
Most Sixes – Babar Azam (Pakistan), David Warner (Australia)
Player of the Match – Steve Smith
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 260+, Australia 340+
Match Handicap Australia
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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