The schedule for the 3-Test series between Australia and Pakistan has been officially announced. However, a new rivalry over the ownership of Abdul Qadir’s trophy is set to commence, according to Richie Benio.
Australia and Pakistan are set to compete in a three-match Test series in December, with both teams eager to gain valuable points in the ICC Test Championship.
The series between Australia and Pakistan will begin with a warm-up match followed by the first Test at the Perth Stadium on December 14. Both teams will be striving to earn valuable points in the Test Championship, while the Pakistani team will also be looking to compensate for their previous shortcomings on home turf. Pakistan has never played a Test match at this stadium before, having previously played Red Ball cricket at the WACA Stadium in Perth. Western Australia has made great efforts to host the match against Pakistan, which will be a significant milestone for the team to play at this new stadium.
The series will also see the two teams compete for the Richie Benio Abdulkader Trophy, and both teams will be eyeing the trophy along with the valuable points. Pakistan has a strong desire to win this series, as they have never won a Test series in Australia before. Babar Azam, who will lead the team in Australia for the first time, will be determined to end this tradition and make history.
The second Test between the two teams will be the Boxing Day Test, held in Melbourne on December 26. This will be followed by the third and final Test in Sydney in the first week of January. Pakistan has won two Test matches each in Melbourne and Sydney, but the team will be even more determined to win the series this time.
Babar Azam has toured Australia twice before, in 2016 under the leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq and in 2019 under the supervision of Azhar Ali. He has scored 278 runs in five Test matches in Australia, including a century in Brisbane and notable innings of 97 runs in the Adelaide Test. Naseem Shah, a fast bowler, made his Test debut in Brisbane in 2019 and has since played in 142 international matches across all three formats of cricket, taking 80 wickets.
The series against Pakistan is not the only one that Australia will host this summer. The West Indies will also be visiting for a Test series, with the first match in Adelaide on January 17 and the second and final match at the Gabba Stadium in Brisbane on January 25. This will be the only pink ball test of the season. The West Indies also played a two-match series in Australia last year but were defeated.