AUSTRALIA’S first Test against Pakistan in Dubai gets underway on Wednesday afternoon.
And Captain Michael Clarke has told cricket.com.au what his side needs to do in order to grab a win.
First he thinks his side will need to get used to the slow, dry Dubai wicket.
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The conditions are expected to suit New South Wales left-armer Steve O’Keefe and West Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who, if included, would make their Test debuts.
Cricket.com.au also said Marsh’s father and former Test opening batsman Geoff Marsh has flown into Dubai to watch.
“It’s the slow wickets, I think that’s our greatest challenge, the fact that the wickets are so much slower than what we’re used to in Australia,” said Clarke.
“It’s being able to adapt to that, whether we’re bowling or we’re batting.
“I think spin and reverse swing are going to play a really important part throughout this series and we have to combat both of those to have success.”
The coin toss will happen at 4.00pm AEST.