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Former legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has shared his insights on Pakistan’s performance in the warm-up match ahead of the much-awaited first Test against Australia in Perth.

In a recent conversation with a local sports forum, Akram highlighted that it may be too early to draw significant conclusions from the Canberra warm-up.

“Canberra is very quick. OK, the captain made 200… he scored a few runs, so there is a bit of confidence. (But) new management, new captain. It will take time, especially in the first Test in Perth.” We know the pitch is very bouncy, a completely different pitch to Canberra. “This will be a big test for this team,” Akram said.

Pakistan’s newly appointed Test captain Shan Masood led the national team in a four-day practice game against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra.

Masood displayed his captaincy skills by scoring an impressive 201* in the first innings, forcing the team to declare at 391 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.

In reply, PM XI batted strongly and scored 367 runs losing 4 wickets, resulting in a draw.

The left-handed batsman is set to captain the Men in Green in the Cummins-led three-match Test series against Australia, which is scheduled to begin in Perth on December 14.

Pakistan team: Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jr., Noman Ali, Saeem Ayub, Salman Ali Aga, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi

Australia team: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Cameron Green, Lance Morris.

Australia tour schedule:

  • 1st Test – Australia v Pakistan – 14–18 December: Perth Stadium
  • 2nd Test – Australia v Pakistan – 26–30 December: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • 3rd Test – Australia v Pakistan – 3–7 January: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)