AUS v PAK 2019

Pakistan likely to make two changes for third Australia T20I

Pakistan’s national side arrived in Perth on Wednesday after enduring a seven-wicket defeat against Australia in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Steve Smith’s unbeaten 80-run knock on Tuesday helped Australia defeat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second T20I.

The Men in Green will now eyeing a win in the third T20I against Australia to level the series. Drawing a series of this magnitude would be a big moment for the new captain Babar Azam, who has been in prolific form in the series so far, scoring consecutive half-centuries in the first two encounters.

Pakistan’s team management has begun the process of analysing the shortcomings of the side and are likely to make two changes for the third and final T20I against Australia in Perth.

The number-one ranked T20I side that had won 11 consecutive series has now gone five matches without victory during Misbah’s tenure.

Struggling opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is likely to be replaced by fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq while middle-order batsman Asif Ali could be replaced by hard-hitting batsman Khushdil Shah.

Both Zaman and Ali have failed to justify their place in the T20I side, with the left-hander scoring only 110 runs at a miserable average of 9 runs in his last 12 T20I innings

Asif Ali has accumulated just 331 runs at an average of 18 in 25 T20Is. Photo: Green Team

There could be another surprise change as Pakistan Team Management can give Mohammad Hasnain a chance in place of Wahab Riaz or Mohammad Irfan.

Earlier Pakistan’s former Head Coach Mickey Arthur also suggested that young fast-bowler Mohammad Hasnain should be given a chance in the next T20I instead of tall pacer Mohammad Irfan, due to the former’s ability to bring the ball back into the right-handed batsmen.

“I’d play Hasnain, you need a right-armer and he’d replace Irfan. Hasnain brings a different angle. Against Australia you need bowlers who can bring the ball back in especially to their right handers and not give them any room,” Arthur said.

A final decision on the team’s line-up is expected to be made after the practise session on Thursday.

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