The tour of Australia was widely regarded as the acid test to measure Pakistan’s new found confidence in Test cricket. Indeed, to many who saw the mercurial side’s performance against the much-fancied England side last summer, the manner of Pakistan’s resistance to draw the four-match Test series pointed to a new found inner strength which should have held them in good stead on their trip Down Under.
The disastrous whitewash against New Zealand prior to the Australia visit was put down to a lack of preparation and many were hoping for a miraculous turnaround once Misbah-ul-Haq’s men took on a newly energised home-side led by Steve Smith.
Pakistan, although demoralised by the drubbing received in New Zealand, had a faint glimmer of hope in the shape of an Australian team which had suffered a rare home defeat at the hands of South Africa. Could Pakistan cash in on the Australian team’s perceived dip in morale to create history with a series win of their own?