Battle of pride for Australia in Asia .They had lost last five tours of Asia. 81 per cent of their wickets have fallen to spin"
Toss Prediction : Winner will bat first
Bat first and go big at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The last four first-innings scores read: 482-579-378-403. In 11 Tests there is not a huge toss bias with five won by the side batting first and two stalemates. Still, winning the toss and batting first could well be game over for the Aussies.
First Inning Score : Could be 400+ if PAK Bat First and 350+ if Aus Bat First
Pakistan are 2.04, Australia 2.98 and the draw 5.60. Pre-toss that looks to be terrific value about the hosts. Even if they get the chance to put pressure on Australia in the fourth innings, a cut to 1.65 territory would still be worth it.
Team News: Australia
Australia could give debuts to four players. Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser are set to receive their Baggy Greens. If you're beginning to think Australia have the look of a second string, you'd be right.The furore may have died down but Steve Smith and David Warner remain banned. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are injured. It means Australia could field an XI with limited experience. There are only 63 caps in Asia in this Aussie squad.
Much rests on Nathan Lyon, a wily spinner whose record in Asia recently makes him dangerous, and Peter Siddle doing damage with the ball. With the bat, Shaun Marsh has a heavy burden on his shoulders as their best player of spin. Travis Head has runs behind him on an A tour to India.
Australia called their draw against Pakistan "perfect preparation". The scorecard suggests that is true as the Aussies were in control. But they didn't face a single ball of spin in a cunning ploy by the hosts to ensure they're undercooked. Left-arm Spinner Jon Holland did take five wickets for Australia, though, and he will be confident when working with Lyon.
Team News: Pakistan
The recall of Mohammad Hafeez is good news. Pakistan require some experience in the middle order to give them balance when strokemakers Azhar Ali and Babar Azam are going at it. Asad Shafiq, durable and classy in the middle order, remains a punters' favourite. Mohammad Hafeez could be the top scorer for Pakistan. Whereas in experience harris sohil could also make impact.