However Pakistan’s ODI series against Australia promises to be thrilling in and of it, there is sufficiently more up for grabs than just arrogant rights. Fans are excited to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to see England team performance.
With the CWC 2019 only months left, and the limit for team selections even rather, Pakistan head coach is looking beyond the present competition and beyond his established players, with some places in his side’s XV still unsure.
“We designed this series for our players for the simple fact that we want to test our best bench players,” said Arthur.
“We know our main players for the CWC. After this series, we go to England and we go there with a very solid squad and the roles will be defined. We want to know where the team stands. We feel that we have done everything possible to be the best possible prepared team for the World Cup.
For us, it is not so much about Australia, this is about those places for the CWC and the chance created for a lot of players because for us, we need to find who our teammates are for every position. If we could do that out of these matches, then it would be good for us.
“It’s a new squad. This is a series of opportunities. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work-out that a few positions are available for the World Cup. There are probably four available. Inzamam-ul-Haq and I have discussed that. So, these young players need to raise their hands up and try make those places their own. It’s an exciting time going into the World Cup.”
This series also provides Pakistan a chance to break some of their key players in all formats, which are coming off a full schedule of international cricket, and will soon head into extra one.
“Sarfaraz [Ahmed] needs break, as do Babar Azam and all the guys.” Arthur said. “We have been in the hotels since 12 September. If we just keep playing our players, they are going to get hurt and exhausted.
“We have a series in England, which will give us a faultless training for us going into the CWC and we would have been trivial not to use this series as a rest going into the main challenge, the World Cup.”
Still, none of this incomes Arthur or Pakistan will be taking their present adversaries, Australia, flippantly.
“Australia is a bizarre side and they have fizzed away, they have gone through much exposed crises and they seem to be playing some very good cricket at the moment,” said Arthur.
“To win the series against India from 0-2 down was a fantastic achievement,” Arthur said. “They have got some fine players, (Usman) Khawaja is in good incision, and Pat Cummins is in good nick. They have some good new guys. I am sure they will alternate their players through the series as they also need their major players firing.”
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