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Captain Shan Masood Dropped In form Mohammad Rizwan in First Match

Captain Shan Masood Dropped In form Mohammad Rizwan in First Match

The Pakistan men’s cricket team has revealed the playing XI for the upcoming First Test match against Australia, and this announcement comes a day before the match kicks off.

Notably, Khurram Shahzad and Aamer Jamal are set to make their Test match debuts. The batting order, however, remains unchanged from the four-day practice match held last week.

It’s worth mentioning that Aamer Jamal, an all-rounder, is preferred over Hasan Ali or Mir Hamza. This decision seems a bit puzzling, especially considering Australia’s tendency to capitalize on visiting teams if they are short on bowlers.

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Unfortunately, Pakistan’s premier spinner, Abrar Ahmed, won’t be playing due to an injury. Noman Ali has been left out for the first match, with all-rounder Salman Ali Agha taking on the spin bowling responsibilities.

Surprisingly, fast bowler Hasan Ali is omitted from the team, contrary to expectations that he would be a definite starter in the First Test. The team management has opted for fast bowlers more suited to the Perth conditions rather than Hasan Ali, known for his pace around the 130s.

To address the potential weakness in the spin department, Pakistan is likely to utilize the bowling skills of Saud Shakeel. Although Australia isn’t renowned for spin-friendly conditions, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is used effectively by the home team.

In a surprising turn of events during the practice match, even star batsmen Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq were seen bowling, adding an element of unpredictability to the team composition.