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Naseem Shah to debut in Brisbane against Kangaroos

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

20th Nov, 2019. 11:49 am
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Pakistan’s 16-year-old seamer Naseem Shah to make debut against Australia in Brisbane.

The schoolboy cricketer from Lower Dir district will play as the youngest debutant on the Australian soil.

Naseem has only seven first-class matches under his belt but could hardly ask for a better pitch for his first test outing, with the Gabba usually serving up a fast and bouncy wicket.

Pakistan and Australia Test series trophy have been unveiled at the Brisbane Cricket Ground – commonly known as the Gabba – ahead of their first clash at the aforementioned venue on Thursday (tomorrow).

The hosts conducted practice session as chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq guided the players. Bowling coach Waqar Younis gave tips to the bowlers. Abid Ali took wicket-keeping practice as Mohammad Rizwan got injured during a practice match against Australia A.

It is pertinent here to mention that Pakistan has not won a Test match in Australia since 1995. Furthermore, the Kangaroos have not lost any game at the Gabba – where the first contest is scheduled – since 1988.

Let it be known that the second and final match of the series will be hosted by Adelaide Oval from November 29 to December 3. Earlier, both three-day tour matches between the Pakistanis and Australia A were drawn.

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