Pakistan is using the current four-day match in Canberra as an opportunity to evaluate the team’s potential lineup for the upcoming first Test. The team is particularly interested in the fast bowling spot, although the final decisions will depend on the playing conditions at Optus Stadium in Perth. The match against the Prime Minister’s XI has allowed Pakistan to assess their less experienced bowlers and consider the role of all-rounders in the team.
Left-armer Mir Hamza and uncapped Khurram Shahzad have shown promise during the Canberra match. Captain Shan Masood highlighted the importance of considering match-ups, the role of bowlers, and the team’s structure in finalizing the Test squad. He also hinted at the key role spinner Abrar could play, especially in light of Yasir Shah’s struggles in Australia.
Masood emphasized the significance of spinners in the current playing conditions, referring to Australian spinner Nathan Lyon as an example. He praised Abrar’s performance and expressed hope for his success on the upcoming tour. Marcus Harris, who was dismissed by Abrar, was also impressed by the spinner’s accuracy and variations.
Overall, the Canberra match has provided Pakistan with valuable insights as they prepare to finalize their Test squad for the upcoming series.