The Pakistan cricket team are scheduled to tour Australia in November and December 2019 to play two Tests and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.
The Test series will form part of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship. The second Test is scheduled to be a day/night match at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia’s legendary batsman David Boon, in a Youtube video by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), warns the Men in Green to remain patient during their tour of Australia which is expected to take place later this year.
The 58-year-old revealed that the biggest challenge for the Pakistan side would be the pace and bounce generated on the pitches in Australia.
“The grounds (in Australia) are a lot bigger and the guys have to adapt to that. The pitches are obviously different. I won’t say they are the same all over Australia, as they all have their own little nuances and characteristics,” Boon said.
“The biggest one [challenge] the guys have to come to grips with, will be bounce and pace. It is obviously a lot pacier and bouncy here as compared to subcontinent.”
Boon, who is the match referee during the ongoing limited-overs series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, stated that confidence and adapting to the conditions were the key factors in the series against Australia.
“It is important for them to be patient. Shouldn’t give away too many secrets and have the confidence to play their own game and adapt to the conditions,” he said.
The 58-year-old believed that the return of cricket to Pakistan would be beneficial for the game itself.
“It is good to be back. There have been a lot of unfortunate issues, which have been out of control of many people, here in the last ten years or so. Playing cricket back in Pakistan is only good for the game, and good for the people of Pakistan who follow cricket,” he said.
Boon, who played 107 Tests and 181 One-day International’s (ODI’s) for Australia from 1984 to 1996, stated that it was vital for young kids to witness their players in action.
“It is even more important for young kids to be able to see players from their and other countries play the game here. They get that vision that moving forward they want to play the game themselves,” he concluded.