After a disappointing Asia Cup performance Pakistan will look to return on winning ways when they take on Australia in the first Test match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Pakistan's unbeaten Test series record in UAE came to an end last year when they lost 2 Tests series to Sri Lanka and will now be eager to start a new streak.
For Pakistan, Yasir Shah will be the key who is going to play his first game this year. On the other hand, Australia will play their first Test after the controversial series against South Africa earlier this year in March and they should be motivated after a decent performance in the warm-up game against Pakistan A and will also look to improve their recent Test record in Asia. Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschange will make their Test debut for Australia.
All the major stats and facts as Pakistan take on Australia in the first Test at Dubai :
1. Head to Head -
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44 - Mitchell Starc's Test bowling strike rate in Asia - the best by any Australian bowler (Min 25 wickets). Starc has 33 wickets at an average of 25.96 and at a strike rate of 44 in Asia.
69.75 - Azhar Ali's Test batting average against Australia - he has scored total 837 runs at an average of 69.75 against Australia with 3 hundreds.
79 - Yasir Shah has taken 79 wickets in 12 Tests he played in UAE. He took all these wickets at an average of 25.30 with 5 five wickets haul.
83 - Nathan Lyon has taken 83 Test wickets in Asia - the second most by an Australian bowler after Shane Warne (127).
900 - Runs Sarfaraz Ahmed has scored in Test cricket in UAE so far and needs 100 more runs to become the sixth Pakistani player to score 1000 or more Test runs in UAE.
2011 - Australia haven't won any Test series in Asia since 2011. Their last Test series win in Asia came against Sri Lanka in 2011.