Pakistan vs. Australia: First ODI preview
Pakistan vs. Australia: First ODI preview

Pakistan and Australia will battle it out in the first One-Day International (OD) of the five-match series in Sharjah on Friday. 

Both teams are coming from completely different preparations before the series, therefore performance may vary in the beginning. 

All the player of the home side are coming after taking part in the Pakistan Super League – country's own cash-rich T20 league – and therefore, they will have to lower down their tempo in order to secure positive results in the 50-over format. 

There are host of changes in the Men in Green's squad as six players – including regular captain Sarfraz Ahmed and young Babar Azam – will not take part in the five-match series against the Kangaroos as they've been rested keeping the upcoming ICC World Cup in view. 

In their absence, the team will be led by veteran middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik, who will have the added responsibility of leading from the front and make significant contributions with the bat. 

Malik will have the support of in-form opener Imam-Ul-Haq, left-hander Haris Sohail and returning middler-order batsman Umar Akmal to put a formidable total on the board. 

Left-handed opening batsman Shan Masood is almost certain to make his debut for the Green Caps in the 50-over format on Friday. 

On the bowling front, the team will be relying on the likes of left-arm spinner Imad Wasim and pacers Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir to do bulk of the damage. 

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is expected to be a

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Azeem Siddiqui
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