The ODI between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide Oval will be of no pressure for the former. But as the match is scheduled on Australia Day, a national holiday, it would be an onus for Australia to win the last match at home. The team has already sealed the series winning three matches out of four in the five match-tournament. Before the series, Australia also presented a Test whitewash to Pakistan. The current tournaments are healthy warm ups for more arduous assignment for the team. Smith has already hinted about the gravity of the ground conditions in Asian pitches, which they will face in the T20 tournament with Sri Lanka and the Test series with India. The forthcoming tournaments are scheduled by mid-February and by the last of the month respectively.
For Pakistan, the last ODI would be a consolation prize, if they win. Had not been those overthrows, misfielding and catch drops in the third test, the visitors could have escaped the test whitewash of 0-3. The ODI victory in Melbourne gave them the hope and enthusiasm to carry on the play, but winning the series seemed out of hand, right since the beginning of the tour. After what the matches witnessed about Pakistan’s fielding, it has become an imperative for fielding coach Steve Rixon to boost up his initiatives for the team. Pakistan will play against West Indies in March-April and they have enough time for homework.
Among Aussie batsmen, Usman Khawaja has been dim this series. The blaster batsman did not strike a single half century in the last matches. This will incite the player to do big in the last ODI in Adelaide. Only a big score will enable the player to keep on his position in the top squad. Khawaja is already assigned to a tanning camp in Dubai barring him from the upcoming Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in New Zealand. Pakistan’s Sharjeel Khan is on a growing mode with his burgeoning scores in the consecutive matches. So far, in four matches, he scored 18, 29, 50 and 74. If he carries on the stance, it could make him a match winner in the fifth ODI. However, the player must beat his fielding odds. The two catch misses at SCG, cost his team the match.
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