After decimating the United Arab in just sixteen overs, unlike the test series, Australia are looking very confident coming up against the world’s best side Pakistan, in their home territory in the UAE. Unlike the test side, Australia has a much more confident and established T20 side, captained by Aaron Finch. T20 stars Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell seem to be fit and will start versus Pakistan in the first T20I tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. D’Arcy Short impressed in the opening spot with his sixty-eight off fifty-four versus the UAE on Monday, which featured eight boundaries. The bowling department also looks good and fully fit with fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake impressing with two wickets and an economy of five each.
Despite all this, Pakistan will still have the upper hand. Not only do they have the home advantage, but Pakistan also has history on their side with Al-Shaheen having beaten the Kangaroos twice in the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe. Pakistan will have a few squad changes though as Shoaib Malik will be unable to start as he is arriving in the country late. Left-arm bowler Imad Wasim finds his way back into the T20 squad after serving a long period of time off due to injuries. Perhaps the most surprising news of them all is the omission of Mohammad Amir from the T20 squad, most likely due to his poor performances in limited-overs cricket for Pakistan as of late.
Despite this, Pakistan still boasts a strong T20 line-up with Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam returning and Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Shaheen Afridi looking to make up the pace attack. Along with a fit, confident, in-form, and strong bowling line-up, the Abu Dhabi pitch has usually given low-scoring matches, and with the match being held at night, the dew will only assist the bowlers more.
The first of three T20Is starts tomorrow in Abu Dhabi at 20:00 (8 PM) UAE Time or 12:00 EST.