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Australia vs Pakistan
1st ODI, Gabba, 13 January

1st ODI. Australia began this season of cricket in substandard form. They turned it around during the third test against South Africa and haven’t looked back. Since then they have won four tests and three ODIs against South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand. They now face Pakistan in five ODIs and even though the format is different, the teams’ uniforms have colour and both sides have fresh faces, will the winning continue?

ODI Form Line

Australia beat New Zealand 3-0 last month. Australia batted first each time and Warner and Smith laid the platform with three centuries between them. Head cemented his spot in the team, while the three-pronged pace attack of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins took wickets at regular intervals. Pakistan has won their last 4 ODIs. Their batsman made plenty of runs against the West Indies in the UAE two months ago, but Australia is a different proposition.

Stadium Record

Akin to the test team, the Australian ODI team likes the Gabba. They have 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 ‘no result’ in their last 9 matches there. Pakistan has only played at the Gabba twice in the past decade. They lost to Australia by 5 wickets in 2010 and beat Zimbabwe at the 2015 World Cup by 20 runs.

Head to Head Record

Australia has won the last 5 matches between these teams. Only one of those matches was played in Australia. It was a World Cup quarter final and Australia chased down Pakistan’s 213 in less than 34 overs.

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