Preview : For the last match of the series , Team Australia will be looking to finish its One-Day International series against Pakistan with yet another win as the teams lock horns in the fifth and final game at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday (January 26), which is also Australia’s national day.
Australia already leading series with 3-1 after a massive 86-run victory in Sydney on Sunday, Australia will be keen not to let complacency trickle into the ranks. Glenn Maxwell pointed out on the eve of the encounter, it will be a crucial platform for those looking to make a mark ahead of the side’s upcoming three-match ODI series in New Zealand and a four-Test tour of India next month.
“For a lot of people it might seem like a dead rubber, but there’s still a lot to play for, especially individually,” Maxwell told reporters on Wednesday. “There’s still a lot of Champions Trophy (scheduled to be played in June) places up for grabs which is in the distance, and there’s still a New Zealand series around the corner as well.
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“I think it’s a really important game to not only make sure you’re winning as a team, you’re keeping that winning momentum because it’s sometimes an easy thing to lose. If you take the foot off the gas at any stage, it can be a long bumpy road back, so we’ll be keeping the foot on the gas and all guns blazing forward.”
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Billy Stanlake.
Pakistan (from): Azhar Ali (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Rahat Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz.