Bet of the Day November 21 - Smith to raise the bat in first innings

Steve Smith is seen during the Australian Men's cricket team training in Brisbane (PA Images)

The test match between Australia and Pakistan features Bettingpro.com.au's bet of the day for Thursday, November 21.


Australia v Pakistan - 11:00am AEDT


After dominating Pakistan in the T20I series, it is time for the Test whites as Australia start their two-match Test series with the first one at the Gabba in Brisbane starting from Thursday, November 21.

Australia were recently seen in the Ashes, where they drew the series in England but retained the urn. Pakistan will be looking to start their new regime well, as captain Azhar Ali looks to get going along with new coach Misbah Ul Haq.

It was Steve Smith, who led the Australians in England through their Ashes series. He had a stupendous series with the bat (774 runs, 3x100, 3x50) scoring runs at will. Marnus Labuschagne (353 runs, 4x50) was brilliant as well, which meant Australia were over-dependent on the duo.

Bowling still remains Australia’s best suit, with Pat Cummins (29 wickets) and Josh Hazlewood (20) expected to lead them once again. While the fast bowlers continue to rule the roost, Nathan Lyon (20 Ashes wickets) still remains a big threat.

 


Pakistan have lost their last four Tests, which is their worst run in the Tests since losing six consecutive Tests in 2017. However, like they have shown in the practice matches, Pakistan can be a tricky proposition when their bowling attack gets it right.

Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq will shoulder the responsibility for Pakistan with the bat, but it remains to be seen if they are up to the task. Bowling will be an interesting aspect of Pakistan with the variety they bring to the board. If the visiting pacers can bring their best game to Brisbane, the Test could turn out to be an interesting game.

Smith is arguably the best test batsman since Sir Donald Bradman and will be looking to make a big score in the first innings against Pakistan.


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