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Australia managed a clean sweep last time they played Pakistan in the Test arena, but it is a new-look squad that heads to the United Arab Emirates in October 2018. Can the Aussies salute without their big guns, or will we see another disappointing performance in the Middle East?

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2018 Pakistan vs. Australia fixtures and dates

First Test
10am local time
October 7-11, 2018
Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Second Test
10am local time
October 16-20, 2018
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

First T20
8pm local time
October 24, 2018
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Second T20
8pm local time
October 26, 2018
Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Third T20
8pm local time
October 28, 2018
Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Squad news and players to watch

Australia are without the suspended Steve Smith, David Warner and Cam Bancroft, while star seamers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are out injured. Glenn Maxwell is another notable absentee in a squad that features the recalled Peter Siddle and new faces Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Brendan Doggett and Michael Neser. Pakistan have made a few changes of their own since the 2016/17 tour of Australia, with Sarfraz Ahmed leading in all formats now that old heads Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have retired.

With so many stars out of the reckoning, which players will shape the series instead? Keep an eye on these guys:

Shaun Marsh cricket betting oddsShaun Marsh – Derided by the Aussie public for so much of his career, the elder of the Marsh brothers is just about the first name on the team sheet right now. He can bat anywhere in the top six, which may come in handy with three of the usual top four unavailable, but it would be a big surprise if coach Justin Langer and stand-in skipper Tim Paine selected the elegant lefty anywhere but the now-vacant slot at number four.

Imam-ul-Haq – After a trio of classy one-day centuries against Zimbabwe in July, there is no doubt this guy is the new rising star of Pakistani cricket. The 22-year-old has played only three Test matches to date, but his timing and technique were on display when he stroked 74 not out on debut in Ireland. Against a weakened Aussie attack, this could be the perfect opportunity for Imam and the similarly gifted Babar Azam to break through in the five-day game.

Peter Siddle – This might be the most divisive of Australia’s selection surprises. Siddle’s record at this level is hard to fault, but it is now more than two years since the last of his 62 Test appearances. At 34 years of age, can he still charge in and hit the crease with the same vigour as he did at his peak? Sans Hazlewood and Cummins, the Victorian veteran’s staying power could prove the difference – one way or another.

Yasir Shah – Pakistan missed their trusty leg-spinner for the tour of England and Ireland earlier this year. He returned for the last couple of ODI games against Zimbabwe and, with some domestic cricket under his belt, should be fit and firing for the Aussies. Yasir was part of the spin brigade that dominated when Australia last visited the UAE, so he should fancy his chances against a touring side that is missing some big names.

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