Five things we’ve learned from the Pakistan tour for the first time, the Australian team
Australia’s cricketers were returning home on Wednesday after completing their first tour of Pakistan since 1998.
A full-strength Australian contingent was greeted by a head of state-style security, with hundreds of police and military personnel guarding the entrances to their hotels and grounds.
Matches in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore went off without incident and players, despite being under strict Covid protocols, managed to get out for a round of golf.
The Test series was marred by flat pitches that gave nothing to the bowlers. Australia were able to cope when they stepped into the unfamiliar territory of Pakistan due to meticulous research and preparation, which included studying the performance of the domestic match in detail.
Pakistan captain Azam was already known as one of the best white-ball batsmen in the world but now he could reasonably join the ranks of Australia’s Steve Smith.