After a horrendous outing in the T20I series against Australia, Pakistan heads towards the next challenge of the Test series. The Green team failed to live up to their reputation of being the number 1 side in the shortest format of the game. Pakistan’s vulnerability is exposed in the early days of the tour. This relatively inexperienced side have strenuous tasks lying ahead. Under new leadership of Azhar Ali, Pakistan hopes to do well in the Test series.
With their recent performances, it looks highly unlikely that Pakistan will topple over the home team in the Test series. But when everything is going against the wind, that is where the mercurial nature of Pakistan comes into play. Their ability to surprise anyone on their day is what makes them unique in the cricket fraternity. This seems highly optimistic when you talk about the stats of Pakistan cricket team in Australia.
Here is the record of Pakistan in Australia (Test series):
Pakistan in Australia 1964-65 (drawn), Pakistan in Australia 1972-73 (Australia won 3-0), Pakistan in Australia 1976-1977 (drawn), Pakistan in Australia 1978-79 (drawn), Pakistan in Australia 1981-82 (Australia won 2-1), Pakistan in Australia 1982-83 (Australia won 2-0), Pakistan in Australia 1989-90 (Australia won 1-0), Pakistan in Australia 1995-96 (Australia won 2-1), Pakistan in Australia 1999-2000 (Australia won 3-0), Pakistan in Australia 2004-05 (Australia won 3-0), Pakistan in Australia 2009-10 ( Australia won 3-0), Pakistan in Australia 2016-17 (Australia won 3-0).
Out of 12 Test series in Australia, Pakistan failed to win even a single one. Since 1995-96 Pakistan has not won a single Test match in Australia and has lost 11 matches on the trot. The record strongly suggests that Pakistan is clearly not the favorites to go against all the odds. But cricket does not thrive only on stats and history, the dynamic game has the ability to turn things around in the most dramatic fashion. England lifting the ICC World Cup 2019 is the fresh example of the dynamism of this sport.
What positives Pakistan can take into this series? Well, clearly the young and agile fast bowling attack is something to watch out in the upcoming series. The likes of Naseem Shah, Musa Khan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a treat to watch on this tour. On the other hand, the in-form Babar Azam will be in the limelight for the upcoming tour. The fresh captain might have some positive influence on this Green team as well. All Pakistan needs to do is to stick to their basic game plan and play fearless cricket against the mighty Aussies regardless of the end results.