Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Australia to play two Tests in UAE against Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 14, 2014

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

  • Only T20, October 3, Dubai
  • 1st ODI, October 5, Abu Dhabi
  • 2nd ODI, October 8, Sharjah
  • 3rd ODI, October 10, Dubai
  • 1st Test, October 20-24, Dubai
  • 2nd Test, October 28-November 1, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan and Australia will face off in Test cricket for the first time in almost four years, when Australia travel to the UAE for a full tour in October this year. The teams will play two Tests, between October 20 and November 1, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Before the Tests, they will play a one-off Twenty20 and three ODIs, across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Australia will play a four-day tour game in Sharjah, against Pakistan A, ahead of the Tests.

The teams last met in a bilateral series when Australia visited the UAE in August-September 2012. Then, Australia won the ODIs 2-1, and Pakistan won the T20s 2-1, one game of which they clinched in the Super Over. Their last Test series was in England, in July 2010.

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Posted by Jimmyvida on (March 20, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Why are test matches played in UAE. Play in Pakistan. To stop this drought I propose a tour by INDIA to Pakistan. This will be the greatest thing for cricket and the best move by India.

Posted by ss1981 on (March 19, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

mzm149: the avg. temp for both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in October is 35 celcius.. they'll be dust bowls by late day 2, early day 3, regardless of who's in charge.

Posted by First_Drop on (March 17, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

@ FB user predicting the end of test cricket....have you noticed it is the core cricket fans who turn out to Test matches. Many of those (the majority) who turn to for T20 are passing fans, not of cricket, but of sports action. They seek immediate gratification of the 'smash and bash' not the strategic counter punching and longer term drama of test cricket. In short, to survivie 'cricket' needs 'test cricket' and the people that support it, to guarantee survival.

I would add that crowd numbers for test cricket in England and Australia are in good health.

Posted by Attractivue on (March 17, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

Atleast give us 3 Test series!! Is it too much to ask for 3 test matches?

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (March 16, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

If Warner and Mitchell continue to be in such great form...I really do know what to say. It will be a nightmare for Pakistan.

Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (March 16, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

I am glad that the series is scheduled for October and not August. I do recall watching Australia play Pakistan in the 2000's sometime (McGrath was playing) when the temperatures got as high as 50 degrees. From memory it was during the period where we won about 15 or 16 test in a row? Pakistan players are always fantastic to watch when they are on song. Australians have generally loved watching your teams over the decades.The talent that some of your players have are amazing. Unfortunately for Pakistani fans, you never know what side you are going to get. It baffles me how this team can lose a test to Zimbabwe and then draw a series versus South Africa?

Posted by mzm149 on (March 15, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

If the pitches in UAE behave like they behaved in test series against South Africa and Sri Lanka, then series will be evenly poised or more in favor of Australia. They will not prepare square turners like India because PCB doesn't have full control over stadiums in UAE and the inherent behavior of the pitches also doesn't allow to do so. It will be an interesting series with sportive pitches favoring both batsmen and bowlers.

It is always fun to watch Australians play. They don't let run rate fall even if wickets keep on falling. They always go for the kill and sometimes take risks to get a result. Pakistanis on the other hand are completely opposite.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 15, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Seems like the best available schedule.

Attendances at test matches are pretty abysmal and there seems to be a lack of interest from the fans, hence the grounds have free entry.

The PCB lose out on money by allowing free admission because of the sparse attendance in the ground.

Although, ODI's and especially, T20's always have a solid turn out and a huge crowd.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Let's stop complaining about the 2 tests. PCB will be lucky to settle on these kind of series in the future against top teams, much less full 5 test series. That aside I am waiting how the slow pitches without much bounce will affect MJ. He didn't do that well in Port Elizabeth did he? The pitches here will be similar and perhaps they will neutralise him. With Pakistan batting though, you can never be too sure. They can make Indian bowlers look world class. The true test will be for the Aussies. Their batsmen were horrible while facing spin in India. Ajmal and co will be even tougher to face. He is the best spinner right now and Abdur Rehman complements him really well (when he isn't bowling beamers).

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

Looking forward to see Aussies against Ajmal and co. Aus become powerful unit again. Thanks CA for approving this series.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

this is not fair, Pakistan never gets a full series. Pakistan deserves a full series a 5 match test series, 7 one day matches and 3 t-20. we are already deprived of playing at home and then we get small series. it is not fair on a nation that has contributed so much to cricket.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

Test cricket is ending. All those people complaining about the short test series will never occupy the stadiums for the tests so they should not complain. In Pakistan stadiums do fill up to some degree for 5 days but it will not be the case in UAE. On another note Pakistan will be Australia's real test not India, they have the best spinners and English speaking teams aren't great right now in spin friendly conditions. Hope Pakistan will have the sense to play rehman and hafeez as well ( hafeez batting lower down the order)

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 15, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

I'm not sure of the exact reasons Aus is travelling and Pak aren't coming down here. The one thing I can tell you is that you can't play Tests in October in Aus. The pitches aren't ready and the weather is unstable. It's the change of season and just really hard for us to do. .. Like everyone else I would have liked 3 Tests, but you can't blame the PCB for wanting the extra money the ODI's make. We'll just have to educate those UAE people on the joys of Test cricket.

Posted by Dave1970 on (March 15, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

For Solid_Snake - originally the tour was three tests however PCB negotiated a change by reducing the tour to 2 tests, three ODIs and 1 T20.

The reasoning behind this is to get some practice in before the World cup which is a fair, but a shame.

Pakistan have been going really well lately and am looking forward to the battle in the test arena.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 15, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

Hey, why scorned PCB? Why not ask Cricket Australia to play a full series consisting of 3 Test, 5 ODI's and T20 just as they do with every other full member? What was their issue by not extending ODI's besides 3 Test series?

Posted by RJHB on (March 14, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

Two tests again? Isn't this likely to be another high quality series between a team in very favourable "home" conditions and a resurgent Australia? I'll bet anything it's designed purely to accommodate that utterly useless Champions League tournament.

Posted by ovaisrafiq on (March 14, 2014, 23:19 GMT)

for better results It should not be less then 4 Test Matches.ICC needs to show some interest in Test Matches, Since Every time we see Home series of Australia Pakistan breaks in 2 parts 1.ODI and T20 tour and 2.Test Matches tour and this is 2nd time where 1 Test match has been replaced with either T20 or ODI because If Pakistan will host only test matches they will not earn much like they earn in ODIs and T20's but Its unfair for Pakistan Cricket to not play much test matches like India,Australia,England

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

PCB and CA should arrange short contest in Australia like RSA did last year in November ... 3 ODIs and 2 T20s will b enough for Pakistan to taste these pitches for upcoming WC2015 ... hope they work upon it soon as AussiePak fans are desperate to watch these teams playing eachother ...

Posted by Chhh on (March 14, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

SOMETHING IS BETTER THEN NOTHING. As we know we are standing alone in the international arena australian cricket board gave us tour its more then nothing days will be back soon inshallah

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

3 t20 3 odi 3 test that have to be a good serie only 1 t10 and 2 test

Posted by zzby on (March 14, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

First innings AUS put pakistan to bat Pakistan 48-10 Allout.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 14, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Just 2 test matches? Why Pakistan play only 2 test match series..I just don't get it..

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

This series should have been in Australia.the world cup is in Australia and if this series would have been in Australia then pakistan would also have practiced on the Australian pitches

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

i hope i get a job in dubai by then , then i will surely go to stadium to support my team . peace

Posted by seo7seo on (March 14, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Both team will benefit if they play in Australia. Pakistan will have a taste of Australian pitches and Australia will taste typical unpredictable subcontinent style of cricket. Besides that, they will be able to earn more revenue in Australia as UAE has limited Pakistani (or cricket loving) crowd.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

This will be our first test match series for the whole year and that too towards the end of it. I have had it with limited overs cricket. Proper cricketers are born and bred in Test Match cricket. Skills and stamina are tested to the extreme. We need to give Pakistani cricketers more test matches for god sake. India is playing twice the number of tests now. Not a single Pakistani Batsman is in the 9000+ test runs bracket.

Posted by fzsTrio on (March 14, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

All right guys! stop complaining. Let us support team Pakistan by bringing the entire family and friends and fill the stadium. I know I and my family is going to UAE.

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (March 14, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

It should have been 3 tests and why is this series in UAE when the world cup is in australia and newzealand? senseless from CA and PCB.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

how can you call it full tour?? 2 test 3 odis and just one T20.... i would call it a very short tour...

Posted by ashakoor52 on (March 14, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Every time Pakistan becomes host and series is played in UAE. Why dont the Australians host the series as they do with every other team.There is no security problem if the series is played in Australia.

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

should be a good one. Pak flair Vs Aus aggression, Pak guile Vs Aus pace !! Nice contest in the brewing !!

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

You can hardly call this a full tour.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

I agree it should have been 3 test test series but last time they wanted to play more t20s and odis before wct20 in 2012. so this was suppose to be only 3 test series which was postponed earlier. so they have now scrapped 1 test and added 4 limited overs games mainly for commercial reasons. PB made that request. Test matches in UAE attracts almost no crowd.

Posted by DauD_ on (March 14, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Why don't they play against Afghanistan as a warm up??

Posted by Meety on (March 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

I think this Test series will be the battle of the batting ?-marks. Both sides have questionable batting line ups coupled with bowling attacks more than capable of taking 20 wickets. Oz's question marks are less than a year ago, whereas I think Pakistan still rely too much on Younis & Misbah for stability. In the end, as with most Oz v Pak matches, it will be Oz's superior fielding credentials that should see them win. I won't be surprised though if Pakistan break a rather long Test match droght against Oz - they are due for a win!!!!!

Posted by scarrule on (March 14, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

What's with PCB that they are robbing us from 3 test match series to accomodate ODI and T20. Initially it was 3 test match series wasn't it.

Posted by Meety on (March 14, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

@Nand Gopal - good pick up. I hope that is room for at least one tour match (for Oz).

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

2 test series dosen,t makes sense it really should have been 3 or 4

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

agree with others there always be at least 3 test in any bilateral series, if Icc really want to remain test cricket alive .

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

pcb requested ca for removing one test and replacing with limited overs cricket to make it more commercially viable. ca did accept and it was a good gesture

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 14, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

This should be a good test for the reamerging Aus side. it will be interesting to see how much they have improved playing on slow turners. They had a horrid time in Ind this time last year & also struggled a fair bit on uncharacterisc slow pitches in Eng last year. It's dissapoininting that there are only 2 tests. Surely it would have been better to have played 3 & rearranged the ODI's for another time.

Posted by mensan on (March 14, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

The tour had 3 tests only. But PCB reduced 1 test to accommodate T20 and ODI matches. Obviously they did that to make much needed money.

Posted by line.and.length on (March 14, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

It really should be 3 tests at least.... the cricket will be of a very high level

Posted by Lees_Legends on (March 14, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

@Nand Gopal: For the 4-day warm up game vs Pakistan A

Posted by CliffM on (March 14, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Interesting definition of a full tour - Two tests.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Why is there a 10 day gap between ODIs and Test???

Posted by Dheeraj_Chowdhary on (March 14, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Again just two tests... Its becoming a habit now in international cricket with a lot of the teams just playing two tests, which is the minimum requirement as per ICC... Its like a tick in the check box for a tour... But not for cricket per se as teams don't get a chance to comeback

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

I never liked two test match series, it should have been 3 match test series.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Enough of these 2 test match series. A series should be 3 tests minimum. ICC should really consider making this a rule.

Posted by DauD_ on (March 14, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

Like last time it would also be great if they could play a one-off game against Afghanistan too.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

It will be a good contest of cricket.

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