Watch Pakistan vs Australia cricket highlights today. Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test day 1 highlights. PAK vs AUS highlights on 3-1-2017. Australia have already won the series but the third and final Test still gets importance for so many reasons. Misbah is likely to retire from international cricket after this game and he will definitely do his best to make it a historic departure. His teammates will also be determined to win this game to restore some part of their shattered self-esteem. They want to say goodbye to the captain on a winning note.
On the other hand, Australia would be looking forward towards a clean sweep. They barely won the first Test where Pakistani batsmen showed amazing resistance. The second victory was gifted to them by the visitors who got themselves into unnecessary panic on the final day of the game. Pakistan’s performance has deteriorated during these days which Australia must be hoping to exploit.
Pakistan’s bowling had always been their hallmark but during this series, it proved to be the basic reason for the previous two defeats. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir have failed to put pressure on Aussies batting line-up. Yasir’s field placing was very poor which allowed the opposition to play into gaps. In this final Test, Pakistan needs to show some dedication in bowling and fielding areas.
Pitch and conditions: Sydney’s pitch has been spinning noticeably more this season, necessitating twin spin for the hosts. The weather forecast for the match features some rain, but less than Melbourne saw.
Pakistan’s most recent Test victory in Australia came at the SCG in 1995. So after more than 20 years, they have a chance for redemption. Pakistan has never lost six matches in a row. This also gives this Test special importance.
Hilton Cartwright is in for his debut and Steve O’Keefe for his first Test since the Sri Lanka tour. They have been included at the expense of Nic Maddinson and Jackson Bird.