Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 2014/15 / Fixtures
Australia will face off Pakistan in a full series in the UAE, starting from 3rd of October, 2014. Series will start with alone T20 match, with three ODIs following and the series will end with two test matches. All the matches will be hosted at three venues, includes Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Two Giants of International Cricket will be facing-off each other in UAE. Last time, both teams played each other – Australia won the ODI series whereas Pakistan claimed the T20 trophy. However the last test series between these two International sides was played four years back in Neutral venue (England), which ended in 1-1 draw.
If we take a look at the face-to-face record between them, Australia have got an utter edge over Pakistan however Pakistan are also known to perform amazingly well in UAE as they are pretty much familiar with UAE conditions. Both teams will come hard at each other, and close encounters are expected in this series. Australia have been consistent, although we can’t predict anything from Pakistan as they are famously known as Unpredictable side of International Cricket so it will be interesting series for International Cricket Fans.
Biggest Drawback for Pakistan is that they will face Australia without their main trump card – Saeed Ajmal. Saeed Ajmal has got amazing record in UAE, especially against non-Asian sides and Australia will certainly be feeling good. Saeed Ajmal, the magician was banned from International Bowling for having an illegal bowling action. It was a big shock for International Cricket, although we expect him to be back soon.
Players to look out for:
Ahmed Shehzad, an aggressive opener from Pakistan. He is the one who can provide great start to Pakistan, which Pakistan would need badly from him. He has been a regular opener from Pakistan in past few series and he will expected to perform well.
Sohaib Maqsood, an aggressive middle-order batsman from Pakistan. He has been perfect find for Pakistan middle order because Pakistan needed a middle-order batsman who could come in and provide them with runs at good pace and Sohaib Maqsood is doing that exactly. He will also be expected to provide stability in Pakistan’s middle-order.
Fawad Alam, a middle-order batsman from Pakistan. He has got an amazing average in 2014, and he has been performing well with the bat for Pakistan. He is not known for big hitting but he can rotate the strike efficiently and provide the stability in middle-order of Pakistan.
Glenn Maxwell, an aggressor in Australia’s lower-middle order. He has been consistent as well as great hitter of the ball since the last T20 world cup. He has shown his big hitting in T20 world cup, IPL and the international matches and he will also be expected to give Australia fair amount of runs with 150+ strike rate.
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