Both teams last locked horns in Zimbabwe in the tri-nation T20I series; Pakistan beat Australia in the final to clinch the title and regained their No.1 T20 ranking. Pakistan haven’t played a T20I since then while Australia played and also won a one-off T20I against UAE on Monday.
In the upcoming series, Aaron Finch-led Aussie side have a chance to claim the No.1 spot in the ICC T20I rankings if they manage to clean sweep the home team. For team Sarfraz to remain on top, all they need is to win at least one game out of the three.
In the UAE, the two teams have met 5 times with Australia and Pakistan both winning 2 each, whereas one game ended in a tie. With this being their fourth bilateral T20 series here, it will be interesting to see how both teams use this opportunity to strengthen their position in the ICC rankings. This being the only incentive to look forward to for both fans and players alike.
Here is a look at some of the BBL stars who can become a permanent fixture in this Australian side.
The left-handed flamboyant opening batsman who can also bowl, plays for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. He was player of the tournament in the previous season: he accumulated 610 runs at a strike-rate of 148 and took 5 wickets.
Short hit an unbeaten 68(53) to help his team win the one-off T20I against UAE. In his short international T20 career, he’s already hit 445 runs at a strike-rate of 131. There is no doubt Short will set the UAE stadiums on fire if he gets going.
A young exciting right-handed batting prospect who hails from a family of fast bowlers, his father being Craig McDermott: the current bowling coach of the Aussie team. McDermott also played for Hobart Hurricanes in the previous season, smashing 332 runs at a strike-rate of 136.
He made his T20I debut against the UAE and remained not-out on 10.
McDermott will be eager to showcase his talent at the international circuit in order to become a permanent fixture in the national side.
Alex Carey switched his career from being a cricketer to playing football to being a cricketer again. He is a wicketkeeper-batsman who represents Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League and hit a hundred and scored 443 runs at a strike-rate of 142 in the previous edition.
So far, he’s played 12 T20Is for his country: having faced only 53 balls in his short career and scored 64 runs.
Carey is slowly cementing his place in the limited-overs national side. He claims to become the best player of spin over the course of time. No better place to counter spin than the UAE against the likes of Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim.
Stanlake happens to be the tallest player to represent Australia and is rightly a fast bowler as well. He represented Adelaide Strikers in BBL last season: took 11 wickets for them at an economy-rate of 6.47.
His international T20 career started against Sri Lanka last year. Since then he’s played a total of 13 matches and taken 18 wickets at an economy-rate of 8.06.
While Australia’s leader of the pace attack Mitchell Starc hasn’t been consistent due to injuries, it is a good opportunity for the youngster to stay injury free (his short career has been foot injury prone as well) and make the most out of these 3 T20Is against Pakistan.
Adam Zampa is a leg-spinner who made his international T20 debut in 2016 and was immediately compared to Shane Warne due to similarities in action. He’s represented Australia in 14 T20Is and taken 17 wickets with a decent economy-rate of 5.96. In the BBL, he played for Melbourne Stars: played 7 games, took 6 wickets and had an ER of 7.13 last season.
Zampa is making a comeback to the national squad after being ruled-out earlier this year. He has a point to prove to the selectors, this series can surely help him achieve a sense of security when it comes to his place in the team.