Already without Steve Smith for the series, Australia were dealt another blow on Tuesday as their star allrounder Mitchell Marsh was sidelines due to a hip injury.
The duo’s unavailability further depletes Australia, who were already without Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, and David Warner for the series.
Australia were last active in this format way back in July 2021 when they played a three-match series against West Indies and one 2-1.
The Aussies are currently placed seventh in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings, having won six of their nine fixtures.
Pakistan players do not play the Indian Premier League due to political tensions, which is why they are the only top side with a full-strength roster at this time of the year.
Thus, their IPL embargo becomes a blessing in disguise as they face a weakened Australia while they themselves have all their options available.
Star allrounder Shadab Khan is doubtful for the first two games of the series but still Pakistan should find ample replacements.
Pakistan are tenth in the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings, with just four wins out of nine.
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