Pakistan will be playing Australia in 3 one day internationals in late August. Pakistan should fancy their chances of winning the series 3-0. Australia in their last two ODI series have drawn 2-2 vs. West Indies away and lost 4-0 vs. England away, even though they did win the commonwealth bank triangular series earlier in the year at home against Sri Lanka and India.
When Australia last toured the Emirates in the first part of 2009 they came out on top 3-2. Dav Whatmore will be up against his home country during this series which initially was set to become the longest ever Twenty20 international series compromising of as many as 6 matches, but that of course has been changed now with the tour consisting of 3 of each, 50 and 20 over internationals.
Pakistan’s home record in ODI series at the Emirates is surprisingly poor:
Lost 3-2 vs. Australia 2009
Lost 2-1 vs. New Zealand 2009
Lost 3-2 vs. South Africa 2010
Won 4-1 vs. Sri Lanka 2011
Won 1-0 vs. Afghanistan 2012
Lost 4-0 vs. England 2012
Pakistan have lost both of their ODI series this year against England and Sri Lanka. However, they are still a strong one day side, winning the most one day internationals in 2011 with 24 out of 31 victories and winning the Asia Cup this year for just the 2nd time in their history. A strong side should bounce back. Australia are still officially the number 1 ranked side, but in these conditions Pakistan should be settling for nothing less than a series win and winning all 3 of the games. Pakistan have won each of their last Test, ODI and T20 against the Baggy Greens.