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Penpix of Pakistan's likely Test squad

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Scott Bailey

THE MEN TRYING TO CLAIM PAKISTAN'S FIRST SERIES WIN IN AUSTRALIA

SAMI ASLAM

Age: 20

Tests: 9

Playing role: Left-handed batsman

Test batting average: 38.56

Yet to score a century in Test cricket since debuting last year, but has been consistent at the top of the Pakistani order with six 50s.

AZHAR ALI

Age: 31

Tests: 54

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 45.27

Has the highest individual Test score of 2016 with an unbeaten 302 against the West Indies in the day-night Test in Dubai in October. Has averaged 55 since the start of last year.

BABAR AZAM

Age: 22

Tests: 3

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 46.40

Earned his first Test cap in October after scoring three consecutive ODI centuries against the West Indies.

YOUNIS KHAN

Age: 39

Tests: 112

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 52.89

Debuted in the same summer as Adam Gilchrist but is still going in Test cricket. Shows no sign of letting up, averaging over 50 for the past two years to go to the top of Pakistan's all-time run-scoring lists.

MISBAH-UL-HAQ

Age: 42

Tests: 69

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 47.79

The oldest current player in Test cricket and the leader of the Pakistan side. Has a winning record of 24-15 since becoming captain in 2010, with 11 draws.

ASAD SHAFIQ

Age: 30

Tests: 50

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 41.11

Typically wristy player from the sub-continent who has earned comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar from coach Mickey Arthur. Cuts the ball extremely well, which will be useful on bouncy Australian decks.

SARFRAZ AHMED

Age: 29

Tests: 30

Playing role: Right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman

Test batting average: 41.00

Easily the most attacking of the Pakistani batsmen, going at a strike-rate of 73 since his Test debut in 2010. Has held the gloves consistently in the team since the start of 2014.

MOHAMMAD AMIR

Age: 24

Tests: 22

Playing role: Left-arm fast

Test bowling average: 31.89

Has claimed 25 wickets in eight Tests since returning from his five-year ban for spot fixing. Bowls at pace and swings the ball prolifically, so will be dangerous under lights with the pink ball.

SOHAIL KHAN

Age: 32

Tests: 8

Playing role: Right-arm fast

Test bowling average: 41.41

Recalled to the Pakistan Test side this year after a five-year absence. Took two five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests back in the side against England.

WAHAB RIAZ

Age: 31

Tests: 21

Playing role: Left-arm fast

Test bowling average: 33.61

Another of Pakistan's brigade of left-arm quicks. Bowls with raw pace however a lack of consistency means he can be expensive.

YASIR SHAH

Age: 30

Tests: 20

Playing role: Right-arm legspinner

Test bowling average: 27.89

Struggling to overcome a back injury ahead of the first Test in Brisbane. Has earned a comparisons to Shane Warne in his ability to drift and turn the ball, taking 40 wickets in eight Tests this year.

IMRAN KHAN

Age: 29

Tests: 8

Playing role: Right-arm fast

Test bowling average: 25.63

Came back into the Pakistan side for the first time in more than a year against New Zealand last month. Honest toiler who bowls relatively tight lines.

MOHAMMAD NAWAZ

Age: 22

Tests: 3

Playing role: Left-arm orthodox

Test bowling average: 29.40

Could be used if Yasir Shah fails to overcome a back injury and Pakistan opt against picking four frontline quicks. Debuted against the West Indies this year but didn't feature in New Zealand.

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