Cricket Australia (CA) has revealed the schedule for Pakistan’s Test tour to Australia. The matches will take place in December later this year. The tour will feature three tests, providing an opportunity for Pakistan’s pace attack to unleash on the traditionally pacy Perth track. In this article, we will provide you with more details about the schedule and venues.
Different Look to Test Schedule
Following the 2023 ICC World Cup, Australia’s men’s team will remain in India for a bilateral white-ball series. The team will then return home to start their Test campaign against Pakistan in Perth on December 14. This will make it the latest start to a men’s Test summer of five or more matches since the 1924-25 Ashes battle that commenced at the SCG on December 19, 1924.
First Test – Perth Stadium
The first Test match between Australia and Pakistan will take place at Perth Stadium from December 14 to 18. Pakistan’s only previous first-class outing at Perth Stadium saw then 16-year-old quick Naseem Shah unleash a brutal spell against Australia A in 2019. Fellow quick Imran Khan had also scythed through the home team’s top order to capture 5-32.
Second Test – Melbourne Cricket Ground
The second Test between the two teams will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from December 26 to 30. The match will mark the summer’s only pink-ball Test match. The Gabba in Brisbane usually hosts the event, but it was moved to the MCG due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Third Test – Sydney Cricket Ground
The third and final Test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 3 to 7. The venue has become a staple of the Australian cricket calendar and will provide a fitting finale to what promises to be a highly entertaining series.
After a gruelling three-Test battle on flat pitches in Pakistan last year, both sides’ renowned pace attacks will be looking forward to unleashing on the traditionally pacy Perth track. With the disappointing attendance for last year’s Australia-West Indies Test at Perth Stadium, CA has opted to stage the first Pakistan Test in WA. This move is part of the organization’s hopes to grow the market in Western Australia. We look forward to an exciting and highly competitive series.