A series of three T20Is would be attractive as an appetizer, but is a little uncomfortable in the menu that is offered after the main course. However, it is where this particular series between Pakistan and Australia has been placed, following a series of absorbing Tests that had more moments of competitiveness than the visiting squadron could have set up to offer.
This format offers Aaron Finch, who captures the lateral, much better odds of being competitive than the longer format did. In fact, when these two sides met a few months ago in Harare, an Australian side that has many of the same staff that will play in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday gave Pakistan the best it could, hitting Sarfraz Ahmed's men in two league matches and taking them to the end in the final. Glenn Maxwell returns to the squad and Finch himself has been in brilliant form T20I in recent games, and along with them, Australia possesses a cadre of challenging players who specialize in the shorter format.
It's a format in which they may miss the forbidden Steven Smith, and you could even say David Warner, at least. While Warner's unique capability is irreplaceable, Australia is not so far from high-impact openers as constant test accumulators. Opening with Finch, D & # 39; Arcy Short averages about 50 in his 11 T20I, and scored an undefeated 68 in Monday's T20I against the UAE. With Maxwell, Chris Lynn and Travis Head in the middle order, there is great potential for great races and for players to consolidate their place on the side as the opportunity presents itself.
But facing Pakistan is the toughest challenge Lado could face in the T20I cricket, and that has been the case for more than two years. A side focused on intelligence that helped Sarfraz Ahmed make his name, a trait he seemed to be gathering after an excellent Test with the bat last week: Pakistan has put its focus on this format since its debacle at the 2016 T20 World Cup. .
The arrival of the PSL has helped them discover talents that have integrated without problems on the national side, without fear of facing an international power, since they were a formidable franchise.
They have defeated Australia before in a pressure. game, the final of the tri-series in Harare in July, and they did it from a weak position. The size of the occasion does not disconcert them, and on an Australian side that is impressive but perhaps a bit inexperienced, they will smell an opportunity to take advantage of the advantage.
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In the spotlight
At the beginning of the year, Imad Wasim was cataloged as a future captain of Pakistan for no other future then PCB president, Najam Sethi. He was named captain of the Karachi Kings franchise and, almost imperceptibly, began to assume the role of leader in waiting. But a series of injuries, as well as problems of aptitude and attitude, have caused that Imad has not played an international match this year. He was excluded from the tour of Zimbabwe specifically for reasons of physical condition, and also failed to qualify for the Asian Cup. Pakistan fans have shorter memories than most, and if Imad can not make an impact soon on the few opportunities he may have in the coming weeks, he may start to slip down quite quickly. Tomorrow, with everything that is guaranteed a starting position, it would be a good time to start.
There was a lot of controversy and criticism about the omission of Glenn Maxwell on the Test side, but it is very close to the T20s. Arguably the most well-known international cricketer in Australia in the absence of Smith and Warner, Maxwell's reputation for a prolific and devastating hit on the T20I cricket (has an attack rate of 162) makes him a danger to the opposition . It is likely that you are becoming detached from a perceived sense of injustice after not being part of the unit of evidence, and that you are more interested than ever in proving something. Pakistan will have its hands full to ensure that it does not do so at its expense.
Pakistan, in an unusual way, has named its XI one day before the game. Shoaib Malik is not available for the first T20I, as he will arrive in Dubai and join the squad only on the morning of the match, which allows the trio of allrounders, Imad, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, to start. 19659003] Pakistan : 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3, Babar Azam, 4 Hussian, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Bilal Asif, 10 Wahab Riaz / Mir Hamza, 11 Mohammad Abbas
The Australian lineup is much less resolved, but an easy win over the UAE can give them some confidence and stability. Mitchell Marsh, somewhat surprised as a team vice-captain, may have difficulty securing a place in the XI, and was not part of the team that beat the UAE.
Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 D & # 39; Arcy Short, 3 Chris Lynn, 4 Mitchell Marsh / Ben McDermott, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Alex Carey (week) , 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Billy Stanlake
Tuning and conditions
In addition to the game on Monday, the UAE did not receive a T20I for a year. But releases in Abu Dhabi often offer low-scoring games. With the games that are held at night, it is expected that the spray is an equal factor for both sides.
Statistics and trivia
Pakistan has lost only four T20I of the 27 since the T20 World Cup in 2016.
None of these losses occurred in the UAE, where they have won their last five.
D & # 39; Arcy Short has reached double figures in 10 consecutive T20I. His only score in his career came on his debut, when he was sent off for 4 against New Zealand.