Pakistan's series against Australia, which includes three One Day Internationals and as many Twenty20s, starts on Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan, who are playing their home series on neutral venues because of security fears in their country, were forced to host the series in the extreme hot conditions in the UAE after Sri Lanka backed out as alternate. -Photos and text by AFP
?It is disappointing we cannot play in Pakistan but we are two teams who like facing each other. I am looking forward for the challenge which can be great,? said Australian opener David Warner.
"As professionals we are ready to play and although the timings are odd, we will manage once the series gets underway,? said Pakistan's Twenty20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez.
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore thinks his team have an edge over the Australians because of the condition they will be playing in."Conditions are more known to the Pakistan team so from that point of view we hold a bit of an edge.?
?Pakistan are a dangerous side so I think we are going to have to sit down and work out a plan. We have to be at our best to beat them,? said Australian paceman Mitchell Starc.
Whatmore said Pakistan's current crop of players had the potential for success.
Australia are bracing for Pakistan's successful spin trio led by Saeed Ajmal and backed up by Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez.
Pakistan included wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal after leaving out Younis Khan. Paceman Umar Gul was also left out for the ODIs.