PAK vs AUS: With both of the first two Test matches ending in draws, Pakistan will face Australia in the series finale. The match will be contested at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. It should be noted that Pakistan captain Babar Azam will be playing his first-ever Test match in his home stadium. He has voiced his delight at the prospect. The third Test match between Pakistan and the visiting Australian team is scheduled to begin on March 21 in Lahore (Monday). It should be noted that the Gaddafi Stadium is hosting a test for the first time in 13 years.
Babar, who scored his greatest Test innings (196 off 425 balls) in the last match, will take the field for the 40th time in his career and for the first time at his home ground. As the 27-year-old has said, the sensation is inexplicable. The captain has also underlined his belief that the great Australians would be defeated in the third Test match.
I have no idea what to make of this feeling: Babar Azam ahead of PAK vs AUS 3rd Test
“It’s difficult to describe how I’m feeling. Playing in front of my home audience is a completely different experience. I am quite optimistic about my ability to play. Most importantly, win the match for Pakistan. Without a doubt, it matters a great deal. So, a victory over Australia in a home series would be a fantastic moment for our squad. With the way our side is progressing day by day, it would instil a great deal of confidence in our players. Our attitude will be to win, and the rest would be in Allah’s hands,” Babar was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan in a statement.
The following is Babar’s assessment of the Lahore wicket: “I believe the ball will turn here for certain. The cracks are not completely open, but they are extremely little. In such situation, spinners will get assistance. There will be tough periods. I believe that the wicket will behave differently than it did in Karachi.”
When it comes to Babar’s Test cricket statistics, the 27-year-old has participated in 39 matches and scored a total of 2729 runs. The right-handed batsman has a fantastic batting average of 45.48, which is exceptional. Moreover, he has 13 fifties and six centuries to his credit.