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Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test Tips - Christmas cheer for Australia in Boxing Day Test

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Last updated: 24 Dec 2023
Jeremy Darke 24 Dec 2023
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Nathan Lyon is expected to add to the 501 test wickets he has collected as an Australian bowler. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test Tips


The traditional Boxing Day Test will see Australia in full command leading the series 1-0, dominating Pakistan in the opening encounter in Perth.

The batting lineup for the Australians is too deep for the bowling attack of Pakistan, with the Aussies having too many weapons. 

This will be David Warner’s last test at the MCG so I expect the Aussie opener to get his eye in, as he did in the first innings in Perth. Warner is backed to score over his match total of 82.5 runs, most likely in the first innings again.

It feels like we are going to be celebrating Nathan Lyon all summer after the spinning legend took his 500th test wicket in Perth. The scalps can continue to fall so Lyon over 3.5 wickets in this match is a safe one.

Head to Head 


  • Australia won the most recent series 1-0 in Pakistan, in 2022. 
  • Australia have won 3 of the last 5 test series against Pakistan.

Australia Form


Australia never looked in doubt in the opening test against Pakistan, led in the first innings by opener David Warner’s 164 runs.

A solid performance by the whole Australian batting lineup allowed the hosts to set a total of 487 runs.

Mitch Marsh thrived in his home test, scoring 90 with the bat in the first innings and 63 runs not out in the second innings before the Aussies declared.

Nathan Lyon took his 500th test wicket during his five-wicket haul. Mitch Starc also took five wickets in the match.

Australia Squad


Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc, David Warner

Pakistan Form


Pakistan failed to impress in the match with neither bat or ball, crumbling for just 89 runs in their second innings at bat when chasing the massive Australian total.

The only positive sign was how Pakistan started their first innings at bat in the afternoon session on the second day.

Opening pair Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq put together an opening partnership of 74 runs and Shan Masood came in at three to have Pakistan at 2-133. 

However, from the third day it was all about the Aussies and Pakistan lost any grasp they had at competing in the first test.

Pakistan Squad


Shan Masood (c), Aamer Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Nauman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi 

Verdict

David Warner will have another big haul in the match, while Lyon will once again star with the ball in hand.

Australia will win, Warner will score over his match batting total and Lyon will take 4+ wickets.
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