Pakistan, Australia to conduct practice sessions on Wednesday

Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa

The winning ODI series in India was the first time that Zampa had been selected for a whole series of 50-over matches since 2016, his first year in worldwide cricket, and his return of 11 wickets at 25.81 was his most prolific in any series.

Pakistan's reputation for poor fielding goes back decades, and Imad Wasim's effort in the opening one-day worldwide against Australia shows they still have some work to do. "It is about trying to maintain our momentum that we got in India", he said of the 3-2 come from behind win earlier this month - Australia's first series win in India since 2009.

"Congrats to Haris for getting a hundred but we did not push Australia hard", he added.

"We can't bury our heads in the sand and just say we're going with fast bowlers when spinners in world cricket, and in one-day cricket in particular, are being very, very successful".

Australia takes on Pakistan in the first ODI of the five-match series on March 22.

Pakistan rested six of their key players including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in United Kingdom from May 30.

"We tried to keep politics and cricket apart but then the Indian cricket team played matches wearing army caps against Australia and there was no action taken against it", the minister said.

Australia's Aaron Finch celebrates his century during Australia's eight-wicket one-day worldwide win over Pakistan. "They are a highly skilled and talented team and so we are definitely giving them as much respect as what we gave India", said the Australian captain.

Pakistan's stand-in skipper Shoaib Malik is confident conditions in UAE - where Pakistan have been playing their home matches since the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore - will favour his team. It is going to be a good series, Zampa said.

Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener Shan Masood and Abbas - who have played 15 and 14 Tests respectively.

The series continues in Sharjah on Sunday, before further matches in Abu Dhabi (Wednesday) and Dubai (Friday and Sunday, March 31).