Pak vs Aus, 3rd Test : Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that his batsmen’s patience and skill will be tested on a slow wicket when the home team takes on Australia for the deciding third and final Test from Monday. Right now the series is tied at 0-0. Babar played a marathon innings of 196 runs in the fourth innings to draw the match in Karachi. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon and debuting leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson bowled 108 overs out of 172 overs in the fourth innings in Karachi. But playing in five seasons, Pakistan scored 443 runs for 7 wickets. Due to which she fell behind the huge target of 506 runs by 63 runs.
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- Ruckus on Rawalpindi pitch
- Babar said in the video conference-
- How will the playing-11 be?
Ruckus on Rawalpindi pitch
On the lifeless pitch of the drawn Test in Rawalpindi, Australia took only 4 wickets while a total of 14 wickets had fallen in the match. And the pitch at Pindi Cricket Stadium was rated ‘below average’ by the ICC and was also given a demerit point. The Pakistan Cricket Board called ICC Academy curator Toby Lumsden after the criticism of the Rawalpindi wicket and with his help prepared the Lahore Test wicket.
Babar said in the video conference-
Babar told reporters through video conference on Sunday, it is not much different, it looks like the same pitch but I think it will definitely take a turn. “There are small cracks in it which can help the spinners, but you can’t tell 100 percent because it is very hot,” he said. Whatever happens, our spinners are ready for it.
How will the playing-11 be?
Pakistan are still contemplating the playing XI while Australia have not made any changes to their squad which means Swepson will get a chance to show off his leg-spin skills on a slow wicket with veteran off-spinner Lyon. Australian captain Pat Cummins said, “This wicket looks the same. “I don’t see it much different from other pitches so we feel we have the right combination in our team,” he said.
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