CAIRNS: Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz took three wickets each as Pakistan skittle Cricket Australia XI for 114 runs during a tour game at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Friday.
At close on day one of the three-day tour game, Cricket Australia XI were struggling at 4/3. A 57-run fifth wicket stand between Matthew Short and Jake Winter was the only highlight for the hosts.
For Pakistan, Azhar Ali also managed to grab a wicket.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Misbah-ul-Haq-led Pakistan found it difficult to counter seam and swing and were all out for 208 runs, with only resistance coming from veteran Younis Khan, who scored a fighting 138-ball 54.
“Cricket Australia XI bowled really well. They hit the deck hard and didn’t give us any easy runs. The outfield was large as well. It was a good effort by them. I’m happy that we got to come here early and have time for preparation, which we didn’t get in New Zealand,” Younis was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.
“We had a nice net session before this and we have time to think about the Australia tour and the Australian team. It wasn’t a bad day at all for us, especially with the four wickets in the end.
“I feel bad for the [Cricket Australia XI] youngsters. It’s not easy to play under the lights, especially if you’re facing someone like Amir. Here in Australia the ball usually seams, but under lights, swing comes into play.”
After suffering a 2-0 series defeat to New Zealand in Tests last month, Pakistan are in Australia for three Tests and five one-day internationals.
The first of three Tests – a day-night affair in Brisbane – start from December 15. The remaining two Tests will be played in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).