Australia vs. Pakistan, First Test: Pakistan Debuts Two Players In Their Playing XI

The playing lineup for the first Test between Pakistan and Australia, which gets off at Optus Stadium in Perth on December 14, has been revealed by the national cricket team of Pakistan. Two debutants have been picked by the visitors in the eleven, with Khurram Shahzad and all-rounder Aamir Jamal scheduled to play their maiden Test matches.

Despite taking only one wicket in his debut match against England last year, Jamal has already played in four Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan. At 32.57, the 27-year-old has taken 76 wickets in 28 matches in the first class, which is a respectable record. Another right-arm medium bowler, Shahzad has a somewhat better record on the first-class circuit, taking out 136 opponents at a rate of 29.24 in 45 matches.

The only specialist spinner selected in the XI is Salman Ali Agha, and Faheem Ashraf is probably going to share the new ball with Shaheen Shah Afridi. Sarfaraz Ahmed has been selected ahead of Mohammad Rizwan for the keeper’s position.

Pakistan XI: Salman Ali Agha, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Aamir Jamal, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood (c), and Khurram Shahzad.