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Pakistan host Australia in key ODI series

 Australian batsmen George Bailey (left) and Mike Kussey (right) take a break during the one day international cricket match at Sharjah Cricket Stadiu...
 Australian Matthew Wade strikes a ball past Afghanistan's wicket keeper Mohammed Shehzad during the one day international cricket match at Sharjah Cr...
 Australian batsman Mike Hussey signals team mate George Bailey to stop while running between the wickets at the one day international cricket match a...
 Afghan fans watch Australian batsman Michael Clarke during the one day international cricket match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United ...
 Australian batsman Matthew Wade at the wicket of the one day international cricket match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Australian batsmen George Bailey (left) and Mike Kussey (right) take a break during the one day international cricket match at Sharjah Cricket Stadiu...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Australian Matthew Wade strikes a ball past Afghanistan's wicket keeper Mohammed Shehzad during the one day international cricket match at Sharjah Cr...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Australian batsman Mike Hussey signals team mate George Bailey to stop while running between the wickets at the one day international cricket match a...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Afghan fans watch Australian batsman Michael Clarke during the one day international cricket match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United ...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Australian batsman Matthew Wade at the wicket of the one day international cricket match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,...

Pakistan hosts Australia in a crucial one-day international series starting this week, with the tourists desperate to rediscover the form that saw them dominate the format in recent years.
Australia was the No. 1-ranked ODI team until July when a 4-0 defeat at the hands of England saw it drop down to fourth _ its worst-ever ODI ranking. Pakistan, meanwhile, was beaten 3-1 by Sri Lanka earlier this year and whitewashed by England 4-0. It is ranked 6th.
One of the key challenges for both sides will be dealing with the hot and humid conditions, with matches being played in the late evening to avoid the torrid temperatures. Australia got a sense of the conditions against Afghanistan Saturday night, in beating the war-torn nation by 66 runs in a one-off ODI.


Updated : 2021-04-15 15:02 GMT+08:00