Australia’s Test skipper Pat Cummins said on Friday his team was comfortable with security arrangements and excited to play in Pakistan since 1998.
They will leave over the weekend ahead of the Test series that starts on March 4, giving the players less time to get used to the conditions without any warm-up matches. Three ODIs and a single T20I will follow the three-match red-ball series.
“We all are comfortable going to Pakistan. The security and logistic teams have played an important part,” said Cummins.
“We are feeling good, and once we land there, we are going to concentrate on the game. It is a special tour for the players,” he added.
“We are going to fly over there and experience something for the first time. We are excited, and everyone is in a good place.”
Cummins confirmed that Steve Smith has recovered from a concussion he suffered during a T20I game against Sri Lanka and will play against Pakistan.
The squad has been preparing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with spin and reverse swing being the main focus ahead of the contest against the sub-continent team.
“We don’t know what to expect from the wickets in Pakistan, and we haven’t played in Pakistan.”
Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner. On standby: Sean Abbott, Brendan Doggett, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Renshaw
Australia’s limited-overs squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa.