Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq’s fractured hand makes way for Fakhar Zaman’s Test debut at the age of 28. Riaz too has been ruled out on the eve of the game, and Shadab Khan finds himself in the 12 announced for the game.
Australia: Paine has ruled out any changes to his top-six though a shake-up in the batting order could be on the cards. There were fitness concerns regarding pace spearhead Mitchell Starc too, though he is unlikely to be rested.
What they said
“Pressure is always different in every match and obviously this is a decider. Being the home team we have to win it and we will enter the field thinking that. We will look to play positive cricket and hopefully the result will go our way.” – Azhar Ali
“It [series win in Asia] would be a massive thing for any Australian side, and for this one in particular. I touched on it last week that not many people gave us a chance over here, which is a great opportunity for us to prove people wrong and a great thing to keep driving us.” – Tim Paine
Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan
Australia (From): Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine(w/c), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw