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Pakistan Summons Ayub and Shahzad for Australia Test Tour

Opening player Saim Ayub and quick bowler Khurram Shahzad are in line for Test debuts after being remembered for Pakistan’s crew for their impending visit to Australia.

Pakistan, under recently selected red-ball chief Shan Masood, will play three Tests on the visit, in Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).

The 21-year-old Ayub has proactively played eight T20Is for Pakistan, and comes into the Test group with 1069 five star runs at a normal of 46.47, including scores of 203 and 109 in his latest game in October, the Quaid-e-Azam Prize last. Shahzad has additionally been singled out structure, having finished the 2023-24 Quaid-e-Azam Prize as its top wicket-taker with 36 at a normal 20.30.

Left-arm speedy Mir Hamza was the second-most noteworthy wicket-taker in the competition (32 at 20.87), and this has procured him a review. The remainder of his three Tests was against New Zealand in January. Likewise back in the crew is the crease bowling allrounder Faheem Ashraf, the remainder of whose 16 Tests was in December 2022.

Aside from Naseem Shah, who proceeds with his recuperation from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the as of late finished World Cup in India, Pakistan’s speed assault will likewise be without Haris Rauf, who has made himself inaccessible for determination. Recently named boss selector Wahab Riaz made his mistake clear while declaring the crew: “Haris pulled out without a second to spare, and I feel this will hurt Pakistan cricket.”

Both wicketkeepers Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan were important for the crew, with Sarfaraz comprehended to be the best option. He supplanted Rizwan in the Test side last year and has held his spot in the last four Tests across two series.

Abrar Ahmed’s determination further concretes his place as Pakistan’s head red-ball spinner, with Noman Ali picked as his backup choice. Turn choices across designs have involved serious examination in Pakistan, with legspinners Shadab Khan and Usama Mir turning in frustrating exhibitions through the World Cup. Abrar went to the World Cup as a holding player, however, was not called up to the principal crew.

Pakistan Summons Ayub and Shahzad for Australia Test Tour

Pakistan have an unenviable record in Australia, having lost their keep going 14 Test matches on the bob there.

Pakistan crew for Australia Test series: Shan Masood (capt), Aamer Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Agha Salman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi

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