Australia are set to take on Pakistan in the latter’s backyard for the first time since 1998. The visitors will play three Tests, as many ODIs and a lone T20I in the sub-continent country.
While the Australian batting line-up will be challenged in the Asian conditions, they will rely on their bowling unit comprises of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and skipper Pat Cummins.
The Aussies have a real match-winner in form of Nathan Lyon, who has taken more than 400 Test wickets.
Pakistan will pin hopes on Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to score runs against the quality bowlers.
Meanwhile, former Aussie pacer Brett Lee has identified Babar Azam as the biggest threat for Australia, saying he has got the technique to dominate the rivals.
“He is absolutely world class and is one of the best players in the world. Babar plays the best cover drive. He is in the class of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson. He is an attacking batter and has a good technique. You have to get him out early to win matches in Pakistan,” he said.
Nathan Lyon is looking forward to bowling to one of the best players in the world. The 27-year is the number one batter in T20I and ODI rankings while he is ninth best in the longest format of the game.
“I have always said that I want to bowl to the best players. Babar Azam has a class and I will enjoy bowling to him,” said the Australian spinner.
The first Test will be played in Rawalpindi while the action will shift to Karachi and Lahore for the remaining two matches.