Australia vs Pakistan 21 Nov 2019 1st Test Match Prediction2019-11-22
The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia
Australia take on demoralized Pakistan team!
Australia to win the 1st Test!
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The World Test Championship (WTC) continues with Pakistan touring Australia for a two-match Test Series with 120 (WTC) points up for grabs.
Pakistan enters the series with a new coach, support staff and with Azhar Ali having been given the captaincy once again. The hosts seem to have found their mojo as they have played some very impressive cricket since the turn of the year and have seen their top two batsmen return to form at that time.
Australia also enters the series having won the preceding 3 match T20 series versus Pakistan 2-0. This would be the 56th Test Match that The Gabba will host with Australia having won 33 matches.
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Australia comes into this series on the back of an extraordinary Ashes Series in England which ended in a 2-2 draw with the Aussies retaining the urn. Steve Smith has probably been the most in-form test batsman in the world over the past 6 months and the team would rely heavily on him to produce a similar performance.
In David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne, they have two solid top-order batters who will be ably backed up by one of the most formidable bowling attacks in the world comprising of the World Number 1 bowler Pat Cummins and one of the best spinners in the world Nathan Lyon.
The home team do have a concern when it comes to Mitchell Starc’s form and fitness with the pacer having only played one out the five Tests in England and has taken 11 wickets versus India last summer at an average of 34.53, hardly ever looking the menacing bowler upfront as he has been over the past few years.
Tim Paine, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Joe Burns , Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith, David Warner, TM Head, Nathan Lyon
Pakistan has been a team that has struggled in Test Cricket off late as is evident by their loss in South Africa earlier this year and the surprising home defeat versus New Zealand last November. They come into this series having played no matches in the ongoing World Test Championships and with a new backroom staff and a captain who has been reappointed following the acrimonious departure of Sarfaraz Khan.
Their best bet in batting would be Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq who have looked in great touch during the warm-up matches scoring a century each, Babar, in particular, has been in a rich vein of form for the visitors. Azhar Ali would be hoping to repay the faith of the chief selector (and coach) Misbah ul Haq by getting his team to play the aggressive brand of cricket which has been promised by him in his recent interviews.
Mohammad Rizwan comes into the side as the specialist wicket-keeper while the Pakistanis have high hopes from the very young pace duo of Muhammad Musa and Naseem Shah. Mohammad Abbas is the experienced pacer with Imran Khan with the latter having performed stupendously well in the warm-up match versus Australia A bagging a 5-wicket haul.
Question marks, however, remain with the opening batsmen and the ability of many of the top order when it comes to handling the short-pitched bowling which would surely be dished out by the Aussies.
Yasir Shah, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Naseem Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Azhar Ali
The Gabba is one of the fastest pitches in Australia and is considered a haven for the fast bowlers with good bounce and pace off the pitch. One can expect the same for this match with the hosts looking to bounce out the visitors. The weather forecast for the match shows that there is a minimal chance of rain with the temperature hovering in the late 20s and early 30s (Celsius).
One of the most successful grounds for the Australians, The Gabba in Brisbane has been a bastion for many a famous Australian triumph, the hosts haven’t lost a match at the venue for over 30 years and would look to continue that run in the upcoming match.
Looking at the favorable weather conditions expect the team winning the toss to look to bowl first and make use of the fast and bouncy conditions, the moisture in the pitch which is sure to dry off as the day progresses could also come into play in the morning sessions.
On current form and looking at past records there is no doubt that Australia enters this match as heavy favorites and should be expected to win it, the best chance for the visitors would be to get regular breakthroughs and try and restrict the Australian batting line-up in their first innings. However, we predict that the Australians should win the match and collect 60 World Test Championship points at The Gabba.
Australia to win the 1st Test!
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