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Pak vs Aus: A Rivalry That Spans Decades

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One of the most fascinating and enduring rivalries in cricket history is between Pakistan and Australia. These two teams have been playing against each other since 1956, and have produced some of the most memorable matches, moments, and performances in the sport.

In this article, we will take a look at the history and significance of the Pak vs Aus rivalry, from its inception to its present state, and explore its past, present, and future prospects.

The Early Encounters (1956-1979)

The first Test series between Pakistan and Australia took place in Pakistan in 1956/57, when Australia toured the newly independent nation for a single Test match at Karachi. Pakistan won the match by nine wickets, thanks to a brilliant bowling performance by Fazal Mahmood, who took 13 wickets in the match.

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The next series was held in Pakistan again in 1959/60, when Australia visited for a three-Test series. This time, Australia won the series 2-0, with Richie Benaud leading from the front with both bat and ball.

The first Test series in Australia was played in 1964/65, when Pakistan toured for a single Test match at Melbourne. The match ended in a draw, with both teams scoring over 300 runs in their first innings.

The 1970s saw some more competitive and exciting matches between the two teams, such as:

  • The Adelaide Test in 1972/73, when Greg Chappell scored a double century and Dennis Lillee took 11 wickets to help Australia win by an innings.

  • The Sydney Test in 1976/77, when Sarfraz Nawaz took nine wickets in an innings to inspire Pakistan to an eight-wicket victory.

  • The Perth Test in 1978/79, when Rodney Hogg took eight wickets in an innings to guide Australia to a seven-wicket win.

The Rise of Pakistan (1980-1999)

The 1980s and 1990s were arguably the golden era of Pakistani cricket, as they produced some of the finest players and performances in their history. They also dominated Australia in this period, winning six out of nine Test series against them.

Some of the key players and performances from both sides in this period were:

  • Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their first series win in Australia in 1981/82, and also took 28 wickets in the series.

  • Javed Miandad, who scored 1797 runs against Australia, the most by any player in the rivalry, and also hit a famous last-ball six to win the Sharjah Cup in 1986.

  • Wasim Akram, who took 41 wickets in 12 Tests against Australia, and also scored a century at Adelaide in 1990.

  • Shane Warne, who made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1992, and went on to take 90 wickets against them, the most by any bowler in the rivalry.

  • Mark Taylor, who scored 334 not out at Peshawar in 1998, equalling Don Bradman's record for the highest individual score by an Australian.

  • Saeed Anwar, who scored 194 at Chennai in 1997, the highest individual score by a Pakistani and the then world record for the highest ODI score.

The controversies and dramas that spiced up the rivalry in this period included:

  • The ball-tampering incident in 1994/95, when umpire Darrell Hair accused Pakistan of illegally altering the condition of the ball and awarded five penalty runs to Australia.

  • The forfeited Test in 1995/96, when Pakistan refused to take the field after being accused of cheating by umpire Ross Emerson.

  • The tied Test in 1998/99, when Australia levelled the scores on the last day after a dramatic run chase and a controversial run out of Ian Healy.

The Reign of Australia (2000-2019)

The 2000s and 2010s were the era of Australian dominance in world cricket, as they won three consecutive World Cups and reached the top of the Test rankings. They also overpowered Pakistan in this period, winning eight out of nine Test series against them.

Some of the record-breaking feats and achievements of the Australian team in this period were:

  • The whitewash of Pakistan in 2004/05, when they won all three Tests by an innings margin.

  • The world record chase of 414 at Perth in 2008/09, when they overhauled Pakistan's target with six wickets to spare.

  • The triple century of Michael Clarke at Sydney in 2011/12, when he scored 329 not out and declared the innings.

  • The hat-trick of Mitchell Starc at Brisbane in 2016/17, when he dismissed Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in three consecutive deliveries.

  • The double century of David Warner at Adelaide in 2019/20, when he scored 335 not out and became the second-highest individual scorer for Australia.

Some of the challenges and struggles faced by Pakistan in this era were:

  • The spot-fixing scandal in 2010, when three Pakistani players were found guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls for money.

  • The exile from home grounds due to security reasons, which forced them to play their home matches in neutral venues like UAE and England.

  • The inconsistency and instability of their team selection and captaincy, which resulted in frequent changes and poor performances.

The Current Scenario (2020-2023)

How Pakistan and Australia have fared in recent times:

  • Pakistan have won only one Test match against Australia since 2010, which was at Abu Dhabi in 2014/15, when they won by 356 runs and sealed a 2-0 series win.

  • Australia have won their last six Test matches against Pakistan, including a 3-0 whitewash in Australia in 2019/20, when they scored over 500 runs in each of their innings.

  • Pakistan have fared better in the limited-overs formats, winning the 2019 ODI series in UAE 2-1, and the 2021 T20I series in Pakistan 2-1.

  • Australia have also had some success in the shorter formats, winning the 2018 T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe, which involved Pakistan, and the one-off T20I match in Pakistan in 2021.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cricket schedules and formats:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the cricket calendar and forced many series and tournaments to be postponed or cancelled.

  • The ICC World Test Championship, which was supposed to conclude with a final in June 2021, was extended until June 2022, due to the loss of matches and points.

  • The ICC T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November 2020, was shifted to India in October-November 2021, and then to UAE and Oman due to the surge of cases in India.

  • The bilateral series between Pakistan and Australia have also been affected by the pandemic. The two teams were supposed to play two Tests and three T20Is in Pakistan in March-April 2020, but the series was postponed indefinitely.

  • The two teams are now scheduled to play three Tests and three ODIs in Pakistan in March-April 2022, as part of the ICC World Test Championship and the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

The upcoming series and tournaments involving the two teams:

  • Pakistan are currently hosting New Zealand for three ODIs and five T20Is, followed by England for two T20Is, as part of their preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup.

  • Australia are currently touring Bangladesh for five T20Is, followed by West Indies for three ODIs and three T20Is, as part of their preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup.

  • The ICC T20 World Cup will be held from October 17 to November 14, 2021, in UAE and Oman. Pakistan and Australia are placed in Group 2, along with India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two qualifiers.

  • The ICC World Test Championship will resume from August 4, 2021, with a new cycle of matches and points. Pakistan and Australia are among the nine teams competing for the title.

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