CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs Pakistan on November 21 by Soubhagya Swain,194 days ago  
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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips

Australia vs Pakistan on November 21

 

Things are back to normal for Australia with their seasoned campaigners Steve Smith and David Warner back in whites at home. They are coming off an exciting Ashes series and will be hoping that their struggling batting line-up apart from Smith scores runs. The pace bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins is back at the helm while Joe Burns also returns to the side. The unpredictable Pakistan side brings a lot to the table on this tour with a lot of changes to their Test side. Azhar Ali, the new captain, and the new coach Misbah-ul-Haq will be keen to re-write history and clearly, this team promises a lot more. Naseem Shah has been talked up a lot more in the lead up to the series and is set to make his Test debut while Babar Azam is finally looking primed to stamp his authority in the whites. Overall, an enthralling game at The Gabba can be expected and if Pakistan live up to their promise, Australia might have a tough time like they had against India last season.

Best economical pick – Josh Hazlewood has cemented his spot as the mainstay of the Australian bowling attack since his debut in 2014. Although he missed out getting selected in Australia’s limited-overs side of late, the move paid off well. The 28-year old finished the Ashes series in England among the highest wicket-takers, taking 20 wickets in four matches at an average of 20.27.

Top captains & vice captains – It was in the Ashes series in England that Steve Smith marked his return to Test cricket in more than a year and almost single-handedly laid the foundation for Australia to retain the urn. The 30-year old received the player of the series award for scoring 774 runs at an average of 110.25 with no other batsmen coming close in matching his peerless display throughout the series. The number one Test bowler in the world is all set to unleash himself at home after a rich vein of form in the Ashes series on English soil. In the wake of Australia’s ball-tampering scandal, Pat Cummins became a silver lining for the team with his spectacular performances. In the months succeeding that, the New South Wales lad burst into the scene as the most valuable player for the national team in all the aspects.

Smart pick – Babar Azam is the most level-headed and disciplined batsman in Pakistan’s line-up. His confident strokes and footwork, especially the cover drive, exudes plenty of faith and belief. While there is no doubt that Babar possesses the skill and the expertise to tackle the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon, the rest of the batsmen also have to back him.

Cautions Pick – The dynamic opening batsman David Warner had a torrid return to Test cricket in the Ashes where he managed to score just 95 runs in the series. His technique against the swinging ball was exposed by England’s Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer.

 

My XI – Steve Smith (Captain), Pat Cummins (Vice-Captain), Babar Azam, Josh Hazlewood, Asad Shafiq, Naseem Shah, Marnus Labuschane, Matthew Wade, Azhar Ali, Harris Sohail, Tim Paine

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