Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan gets the nod over Sarfaraz Ahmed for Boxing Day Test against Australia

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Sarfaraz tough time in Perth, and Pakistan’s squad for the second Test at the MCG Sarfaraz didn’t perform well during the Perth Test. He managed to score only 7 runs across both innings and struggled against Mitchell Starc’s pace. Pakistan is going to make at least three changes to their squad for the upcoming Test. Faheem Ashraf and Khurram Shahzad are ruled out of the series. Pakistan is considering various combinations for the team lineup. The possibility of an all-seam attack for the visitors is faint, and the team will need to decide between Hasan Ali and Mir Hamza. Sarfaraz’s omission from the squad remains the most significant. His poor performance has led to speculation about his place in the team. Despite the criticism, team director and coach Mohammad Hafeez supported Sarfaraz’s inclusion in the first Test. Furthermore, Pakistan captain Shan Masood explained that the decision to play Sarfaraz was based on his domestic form and commitment to the game. Pakistan named a 12-man squad to give them a final look at the surface before deciding on the team lineup. Masood also mentioned that they had not spent much time at the MCG due to rain. Rain also forced both teams to conduct their training session indoors. Pakistan is aiming to be sensible and strategic in making decisions based on the conditions of the pitch.

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