Tim Paine Leads Australia for his first tour in charge from 4pm AEST today when Australia play Pakistan A in a 4 day warm up in Dubai at the ICC Academy Ground.
Paine and Australia will face tough conditions in the test series with temperatures expected above 43 degrees every day of the 10 day test series in October and expect 2 full day 5 test matches on flat spinning wickets that will suit Pakistan.
Australian batsmen Aaron Finch and Travis Head will be looking to make the most of the tour match this week ahead of the 1st test match in Dubai in 8 days time – Sunday October 7. It’s a challenging yet exciting time as Australia looks to establish itself under the leadership of Tim Paine and Mitch Marsh this tour.
Without former captain Steve Smith and Vice Captain David Warner it’s a very interesting time for Paine and new coach Justin Langer to take charge of the Australian team.
Australian opener Matthew Renshaw is looking to find himself at test level again after being over looked last summer but with the ban to Cameron Bancroft Renshaw has a chance for a long summer period in the Australian side.
This tour is a big chance for Australian off spin great Nathan Lyon to establish himself further in the test team along with leading pacemen Mitch Starc who will lead the attack without Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood both unable to make the tour.
The Test tour of UAE is live on Fox Cricket channel 501 on Foxtel love each day from 5pm AEST. October 7 1st Test starts