Australia ‘comfortable’ with security on eve of Pakistan tour – Sport

Australian test captain Pat Cummins said on Friday that his team is “comfortable” with the security measures and excited about what lies ahead as Australia prepares to fly to Pakistan on its first trip since 1998.

They will be leaving for the weekend ahead of the first of three tests taking place in Rawalpindi on March 4th.

Testing continues in Karachi and Lahore before 3 ODIs and 1 Twenty20, all in Rawalpindi.

“We have arrived at a place where everyone on the plane can sit comfortably. It was a really thorough job with the security and logistics teams working together,” said Cummins.

“And obviously there is also a layer of biosecurity added in this era. So we feel really good and once we get there we will be able to focus only on cricket.

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“More than anything else, it’s a really special trip,” he added. “We will fly there and experience something for the first time. We are really excited. Everyone is in a good location.”

Cricket-crazed Pakistan went without an international team visit after the 2009 terrorist attack on a bus transporting the Sri Lankan side from Lahore.

Pakistan had to play its home international matches abroad, primarily in the United Arab Emirates, until 2015, when provisional service resumed.

But last year, concerns resurfaced when New Zealand suspended its first country visit in 18 years just before the kickoff kicked off due to security alerts.

Australia advanced into the series by beating England 4-0 during their home summer, and Rawalpindi’s starting XI is expected to be about the same.

Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja will partner with David Warner at the top of the charts ahead of Marcus Harris, who dropped out during Ashes.

The Cummins have confirmed that Steve Smith has recently recovered from a concussion in the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka and will retain his position.

Otherwise, the team is set to reflect the team that faced England in their fifth test last month. Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc give the pace and Nathan Lyon spin.

balanced side

However, after Justin Langer’s resignation after Ashes, interim coach Andrew McDonald admitted that there was “educated guessing” as to how the pitch would play, with additional spinners from Mitchell Swepson and Ashton Agar also included in the squad.

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“So we’re covering all the bases from the turnstiles to the grassed ones,” he said.

“But we feel the squad is in balance and we have plenty of options when we land on the ground in any case.”

The team has spent the past few days setting up a spin net at Melbourne Cricket Ground and getting ready as the paceman practices his reverse swing. Both of these will be important factors in the subcontinent.

“We don’t know what to expect there,” Cummins said. “The subcontinent test race can be played slow or fast.”

“Most of this group didn’t play cricket much abroad, but if you want to be number one in the world, you have to do really well on this subcontinent tour.”

Australia Test Squad: Pat Cummins (Captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee , Mitchell Swebson, David Warner.

Australian ODI and T20 squads: Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa .