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Pakistan vs Australia first Test preview

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After being outclassed in the shorter formats of the game, hosts Pakistan will look to turn the tables in the longer version, with the two-match Test series set to begin on October 22 in Dubai. 

This UAE tour has been all about Australia's excellence and Pakistan's shambolic displays, something we have not become somewhat accustomed to.

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Reverting to type

While the guests have continued to blossom with a streak of good all-round displays, Misbah's men have been all about batting collapses and dropped catches with only the bowlers putting up some fight.

Obviously, no one is surprised because this is what was expected of a Pakistan team that is extremely short of confidence. However, it is disappointing to see for any cricket fan as Pakistan playing well is always healthy for international cricket and fun too.

Close contest

Anyways, coming back to the upcoming Test series, I think this could be a far interesting contest to watch. This is because Pakistan excel themselves in the longer form of the game, and have the weapons required to defeat the Australians - namely spin bowling.

There are a few fresh faces set to join both the sides. Pakistan have recalled the experienced campaigners Azhar Ali, Younis Khan and Taufeeq Umar and included some young stars.

Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail, who averages 53 in first class cricket, fellow left-hander Shan Masood, left-arm spinner Yasir Shah and fast bowlers Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali and Imran Khan. Is this the future of Pakistan cricket?

Australia on the other hand have just about the same squad as the ODIs and T20. Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Alex Doolan, Phillip Hughes and Steve O'Keefe are the only additions.

The verdict

Quite easily can I say that Michael Clarke has the better, the stronger and the more settled squad. But they are too weak against spin to be able to have the edge over their opponent, who have a promising crop of players ready to impress.

Call me mad but I have to say, Pakistan are the favourites for this Test, more so because they have Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar (don't forget the batsmen though) who will be key ingredients of cooking an Australia defeat in the subcontinent.  

Australia

Michael Clarke (capt), Alex Doolan, Phillip Hughes, Brad Haddin (WK), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Rogers, Steve'O'Keefe, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson.

Pakistan

Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah.

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