The tests will be followed by three one-day internationals and a T20 international — all in Rawalpindi.
This is Australia’s first away full test tour in nearly three years since Ashes in 2019, and playing on subcontinent wickets will be a challenge for the visiting batters against the likes of fast bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
“Getting accustomed to the conditions is really important,” said Smith, who is a veteran of 82 test matches and has scored 7,784 runs at a healthy average of 59.87. “It’s obviously great to be back here in Pakistan … we’re really excited. We know how passionate Pakistanis are about cricket, and we’re excited to get into it in a few days.”
In the wake of reports that Australian spin bowler Ashton Agar’s wife had received a death threat on social media, which was investigated and deemed not creditable by both the Pakistan and Australian cricket boards, Smith said the squad feels safe in Pakistan.
“We’ve got a lot of people here working with us. We trust our security and everyone involved, and we’re feeling incredibly safe here in Pakistan,” Smith said. “We’ll be guided by our security and the people that we trust around us.”