Australia will take on Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series starting Thursday, November 21. The Aussie fans will be treated with Steve Smith and David Warner making a comeback for the first time in a Test on home soil in nearly two years.
Australia’s successful Ashes team has the chance to keep the momentum going, against a Pakistan side that has vowed to play fearless cricket in the quest of a breakthrough series win Down Under. Australians are one of the sides that are ruthless at home and their batsmen are dominant in their conditions. Let us have a look at three Australian batsmen from the current series who have the best averages in home Test matches.
Khawaja has been Australian batting's mainstay in the last couple of years. His performances have been crucial in Australia's Test triumphs. The southpaw has an impeccable average of 52.97 in Tests in Australia in 40 innings from the 24 Tests he has played. He has scored 1,854 runs which include six centuries and nine half-centuries. Australia will want Khawaja to keep his form going if they have to outdo the solid Pakistan bowling attack.
Warner is arguably the team's most explosive batsman. His ability to pile runs quickly and play long innings puts a lot of pressure on the opponents. The southpaw is lethal at home in Tests as he has scored 3,698 runs in 67 innings from 38 matches at an impressive average of 59.65. The left-hander has hit 15 tons and 12 fifties at home in Tests. Pakistan will look to dismiss Warner early because if he settles at the crease, he becomes unstoppable and takes the game away from the opponent very quickly.
Smith has been the Australian batting's backbone for more than half a decade now. Since notching up his first Test ton in 2013, he has averaged 69.73 across 95 innings. Having established himself as something special in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series, when he notched up four centuries in four Tests, he has gone on to build a serious case to be considered the best since Bradman in Test cricket and it didn’t look like anything was going to stop him until the ball-tampering ban. He is unstoppable at home as he averages a mighty 77.25 in Tests at home, scoring 3,090 runs in 50 innings from 29 games. The right-hander has hit 13 centuries and 10 half-centuries at home in Tests. If the visitors want to have any chance of winning, they will have to ensure getting rid of Smith early.