WATCH: Mir Hamza takes stunning catch during Pakistan vs Australia PM XI

Hamza’s catch led to the dismissal of captain Nathan McSweeney

By Web Desk
December 08, 2023

Pakistan’s Mir Hamza took a stunning catch during the third day of the practice match against Australian Prime Minister XI on Friday.

Hamza’s catch led to the dismissal of captain Nathan McSweeney on the bowling of Imam-ul-Haq.

When this story was field, the home side were 362-4 in reply to Pakistan’s 391-9 (declared).

Pakistan will face Australia in a three-match Test series after the conclusion of the four-day game.

Whitewashed in each of their last five Test tours of Australia, optimism will be in short supply for Pakistan ahead of a three-match series starting in Perth next week, with new captain Shan Masood's task made even more difficult by a depleted bowling corps.

The last time Pakistan won a Test Down Under was in late 1995 when nearly half of the current side were not even born, and in Pat Cummins-led Australia they face the reigning world Test champions.

Pakistan's unpredictability means they can never be ruled out but their chaotic buildup to the series makes the tourists tough to back in Australia.

Masood inherited the Test captaincy from Babar Azam, who stepped down as all-formats skipper last month in the wake of their failure to make the semi-finals of the 50-overs World Cup in India.

Series schedule

First Test: December 14-18, Perth

Second Test: December 26-30, Melbourne

Third Test: January 3-7, Sydney