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Five Pakistani cricketers fail fitness test during ODI series against Australia

World champions Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan with a clinical 20-run win in the fifth and final one-day international despite a brilliant hundred from Haris Sohail in Dubai on Sunday.

Sohail scored a 129-ball 130 for his second one-day international hundred but failed to take Pakistan past Australia´s imposing 327-7, finishing at 307-7 in 50 overs.

Australia´s total was built around Usman Khawaja´s 98 and a fiery 33-ball 70 by Glenn Maxwell coupled with Shaun Marsh´s 61 and skipper Aaron Finch´s 53 in a dominating batting show.

The series win gives Australia an eighth straight one-day victory following their 3-2 series win in India after losing the first two matches.

It gives them a sixth successive series win over Pakistan since losing in 2002 (in Australia) and fourth whitewash over their opponents — 1998 (3-0 in Pakistan), 2010 (5-0 in Australia) and in 2014 (3-0 in United Arab Emirates).

Five Pakistani players failed to clear their fitness test as the team faced Australia for a five-match ODI series in Sharjah, reported Geo News.

Pakistan were whitewashed 5-0 by the Australian’s, with sources informing Geo News that 5 of the 16 players failed their fitness test.

Players who failed the fitness test include all-rounder Imad Wasim who captained the team in last two ODI’s, opener Abid Ali, middle-order batsman Umar Akmal, fast bowler Muhammad Hasnain and leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

Young pace sensation Mohammad Hasnain was among those 5 cricketers who failed to clear the fitness test. Photo: Getty Images

Abdi Ali impressed in his debut scoring 111 runs, however, in the next match he was dismissed for a duck. Ali along with Imad Wasim who led Pakistan in the last two matches in the absence of an injured Shoaib Malik are considered to be solid contenders for the World Cup squad.

Pakistani cricketer Abid Ali celebrates his hundred on day international debut against Australia during the fourth one day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on March 29, 2019. (Photo by MAHMOUD KHALED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

It will be essential for Pakistani players to clear their fitness test in order to be considered for the team which will play in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

The team also looked lackluster in the field against Australia with fielding coach Grant Bradburn concerned about the team’s effort.

In the fifth ODI, Umar Akmal, Yasir Shah, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail and Muhammad Hasnain were seen misfielding.

According to sources, due to the standard of fielding in the Australia series, there will be no compromise on the level of fitness when the team starts its training camp in Lahore.

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