Australia will take on Pakistan in the first of five ODIs when the two sides square off at The Gabba in Brisbane on Friday, January 13.
The two sides had met in a three-match Test series prior to the ODIs with Australia winning all three matches.
After having lost all five ODIs in their tour of South Africa, Australia put their worries behind with a clinical performance in the three-match series against New Zealand. They beat the Kiwis 3-0 in early December 2016.
Pakistan were beaten 4-1 by England in August/September last year in a five-match series in the United Kingdon. The side played three ODIs as a part of their series against West Indies in the United Arab Emirates. They won all three games against the West Indies but they have not played any limited overs cricket thereafter.
Australia have named a pretty interesting side for the ODIs. Besides David Warner and Steve Smith, Chris Lynn will play a major role for the hosts as far as the batting department is concerned. Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins all feature in the side and are expected to play a big part in the course of the series.
Pakistan will be skippered by Azhar Ali in the 50-over series. Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz all feature in the side.
Wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed will be a big miss for the visitors for the first ODI as he has come back to Pakistan because of his mother’s sudden illness. However, Babar, Malik, Sharjeel and Umar did really well for Pakistan in the recently concluded match against a Cricket Australia XI.
As far as the hosts are concerned, Warner, Smith and Lynn will be the three key players. Warner and Smith did very well in the Test matches while Lynn had been electric for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League which led to his call-up to the side.
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