The Pakistan cricket team is gearing up for the Test series against Australia that kicks off on Thursday, December 14 at the Perth Stadium. They will also play a four-day practice game, starting on Wednesday, December 6 in Canberra. Ahead of the practice game, they had to cancel their outdoor training session due to a hailstorm.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took to their official ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) handle to share a video from the session. The ground was covered with ice. The players seemed to be enjoying the weather and the experience. The outdoor session had to be cancelled by the management. They opted for an indoor session to train ahead of the upcoming Test series.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 3, 2023
Test series against Australia is an important series for Pakistan: Shaheen Afridi
Pakistan began their campaign in the 2023-25 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle against Pakistan earlier this year. They white-washed the series 2-0, and are currently at the top of the points table. They have 24 points and a PCT of 100 currently. Pakistan pace Shaheen Afridi expressed that it will be an important series for them. He said,
“This is an important series for Pakistan as we are leading the World Test Championship’s point table at the moment.”
“We have played against the recently announced 14-member squad of the hosts, and we are all up for this challenge. We don’t have much experience of Canberra, but I am sure this four-day match against PM XI will help us prepare well for the series against the home team starting from Perth,” he added.
The Australian team has played five matches in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-2025 Cycle. They have won two matches, and lost two, while one ended in a draw. The Pat Cummins-led team is fourth on the points table with 18 points and a PCT of 30.