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Australia to play five ODI’s against Pakistan in Sharjah

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 March: The Australian Men’s team will play five ODI matches against Pakistan starting in Sharjah on March 22. The National Selection Panel has announced an unchanged ODI squad of fifteen for the upcoming Qantas Tour of the UAE.

Chairman of the National Selection Panel, Trevor Hohns, said:

“The National Selection Panel has named an unchanged squad for the upcoming tour against Pakistan in the UAE.

“The squad has started this tour well against a very good Indian side, they won the T20I Series and have pushed the hosts in the opening two matches of the ODI series in challenging sub-continent conditions.

“The squad is making pleasing progress ahead of the World Cup, and with three matches remaining in India and the five match series against Pakistan to come, we believe they will benefit further from the continuity of playing together.

“Despite returning to Australia last week, Kane Richardson has been included in the squad as we monitor his recovery from the left side strain injury. We are hopeful he will recover in time for the Pakistan series.

“Unfortunately, Mitchell Starc’s recovery from his left pectoral muscle strain has been set back by a slight recurrence as he commenced bowling. This has ruled him out of the Pakistan Series and while frustrating for all involved, our focus is to have Mitch ready for the World Cup.”

Hohns also clarified the rationale behind Steve Smith and David Warner’s non-selection for the final two matches of the Pakistan Series.

“After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, it has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan.”

“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players.

“David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajastan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.”

Qantas Tour of the UAE Schedule:

First ODI – March 22
Pakistan v Australia
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
3:00pm Local Time

Second ODI – March 24
Pakistan v Australia
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
3:00pm Local Time

Third ODI – March 27
Pakistan v Australia
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
3:00pm Local Time

Fourth ODI – March 29
Pakistan v Australia
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
3:00pm Local Time

Fifth ODI – March 31
Pakistan v Australia
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
3:00pm Local Time

Source: Cricket Australia media release.