PERTH: A young Cricket Australia XI kept Pakistan’s pace attack at bay as the tour match in Perth ended in a draw
Pakistan’s raw pace attack have been given a wake-up call ahead of the Test series against Australia after struggling to fire against a youth-laden Cricket Australia XI outfit.
In reply to Pakistan’s 7(dec)-386, the CA XI were reeling at 2-6 in the two-day tour match at the WACA Ground, after Mohammad Abbas and 19-year-old Muhammad Musa struck early on Saturday in scorching heat.
But Pakistan struggled to make further inroads, with a 122-run stand between Jonathan Merlo (78) and Matthew Spoors (58) frustrating the visitors.
The CA XI outfit, featuring just five players with first-class experience, finished at 7-245, with the match ending in a draw.