A lot has been spoken of the historic Australia tour of Pakistan. There were doubts about the tour going ahead due to the security issue in Pakistan. Once the trip was finalized, there was chatter regarding certain cricketers from the Australian camp not traveling. However, all of that is a matter of the past with Australia sending their full squad for the three-match tour.
The two tests preceding the ongoing final test have been absolute dead rubbers. The pitches have come under intense criticism for having no life and nothing to offer to bowlers. It has been compared to a “road” by former cricketers and analysts. The matches have been lifeless without any thrill. With Australia touring Pakistan after 23 years, this was certainly not what was expected. There has been no contest between the bat and ball throughout the series except certain patches of burst here and there.
One of the most exciting parts of the series was in the fourth innings of the second test when Pat Cummins and Mitchel Starc bowled their hearts in the last day to get Pakistan all-out and enforce a win. They came mighty close but Pakistan managed to secure a draw by losing 7 wickets.
In the other instance, the internet was filled with memes of Shaheen Afridi and David Warner coming in very close proximity and locked stares. This was all part of friendly banter with Afridi looking down on Warner and with Warner ensuring he stays his ground and does not flinch. Shaheen Afridi had bowled a bouncer on the final ball of the day and Warner masterfully defended it. Their stare competition lasted for some time before breaking out in laughter. These instances have managed to fill the otherwise mundane series with thrill and excitement.
On day 4, their previous day rivalry continued with Warner bring up a fantastic half century and making a statement. However, shortly after Warner’s feat, Afridi bowled a dream delivery to send Warner’s stumps for a walk. However, in the spirit of friendly banter, Afridi shook hands with Warner before he departed from the pitch and Warner duly appreciated the gesture.