Imran Khan's fifer dismantles Australia A as Test hopefuls falter in the warm-up game

Imran Khan's five-wicket-haul (5/32) caused shivers down the spine of the Australian Test hopefuls as they were skittled out for 122 in 56.4 overs.

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The Pakistan tour of Australia has now moved on to the purest format of the game with the Men in Green set to lock horns with the Australians in two ICC Test championship matches at the Gabba and the Adelaide Oval. It has been all doom and gloom for Pakistan cricket in the past few months. Following their 0-3 defeat by an inexperienced Sri Lankan unit at home back in September; one that shockwaves around the entire system, sweeping changes were made to the set-up.

Regular captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked from all formats of the game, not only as a captain but also as a player. Babar Azam- the current No.1 ranked T20I batsman in the world- was appointed the T20I captain while experienced opening batsman Azhar Ali was named as captain for the Test side.

The T20I series against Australia ended in yet another disappointment as barring Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, none of the batsmen or bowlers could put up any sort of competition. So, going into the Test series, the two-practice matches became even more crucial with Pakistan slotting in a plethora of inexperienced bowlers like Musa Khan, Naseem Shah and Imran Khan.

But, in what has turned out to be a rare two good days for Pakistan on Australian soil, the Men in Green have completely dominated the proceedings with the bat as well as with the ball against an Australia A unit in Perth. Firstly, it was the turn of Babar Azam (157) and Asad Shafiq (119) to stonewall the Aussie bowling attack to all corners pr the Perth Stadium, and then, it was the turn of their fast bowlers to turn up the heat.

In what was an outstanding display of fast bowling, Imran Khan’s five-wicket-haul (5/32) caused shivers down the spine of the Australian Test hopefuls as they were skittled out for 122 in 56.4 overs.

Here’s how Imran Khan took his five wickets

Wicket 01- Imran got his first wicket on the very first bowl that he bowled when he castled Joe Burns with a fullish length delivery.

Wicket 02- Imran, then proceeded to make use of the bounce on offer on the Perth track as he surprised Will Pucovski with a peach of a delivery, one that took the outside edge of his bat.

Wicket 03- The third scalp came in the form of Alex Carey who was caught in two minds, whether to leave the ball or play and ended up chopping onto his stumps.

Wicket 04- Michael Nesser, another batsman was caught in two minds as he lazily fended the ball to the slips to give Imran his fourth wicket.

Wicket 05- And, to be round it off. Imran Khan claimed his fifth wicket when he trapped Richardson in front of the wickets.