Pakistan announces squad changes for third test against Australia
- Web Desk
- Jan 02, 2024
SYDNEY: In a strategic move ahead of the highly anticipated third Test match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG Stadium), Pakistan has unveiled a revamped squad with two significant changes. The notable exclusions from the team are Shaheen Shah Afridi and Imam-ul-Haq, as the management looks to inject fresh talent and strategic variation into the playing XI.
Making headlines is the debutant, Saim Ayub, who is set to step onto the Test cricket stage against the formidable Australian side. This young player brings a wave of anticipation as he looks to make a mark and contribute to Pakistan’s campaign in the ongoing series.
The bowling department witnesses a change with the inclusion of off-spinner Sajid Khan, adding a spin dimension to the team. However, leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed misses out due to fitness concerns.
The core of the team remains intact with Captain Shan Masood leading the charge, accompanied by Abdullah Shafiq and the prolific Babar Azam. The batting lineup aims to showcase resilience and adaptability against the Australian bowling attack.
In the playing XI, Saud Shakeel, Muhammad Rizwan, and Salman Ali Agha have secured their spots, bringing a mix of experience and skill to the team. The trio is expected to play a crucial role in shaping Pakistan’s performance in the upcoming Test.
Meanwhile, the bowling lineup retains the likes of Mir Hamza, Amir Jamal, and Hasan Ali, ensuring a blend of seasoned campaigners and emerging talents in the squad.
With these strategic changes, Pakistan aims to seize the initiative in the third Test, to avoid getting whitewashed by Australia. The cricketing world awaits with bated breath to witness how these alterations will impact the team’s dynamics and performance on the field in Sydney.