Fox Cricket pundits give expected XI, Ashton Agar

Fox Cricket pundits Michael Vaughan and Brendon Julian predict Australia will drop one of their star pace trios in the first Test against Pakistan to make way for a double spin attack.

The three-Test series begins on Friday with the biggest plot point surrounding Australia’s XI being the composition of their bowling roster.

By transmitting their predictions to foxsports.com.auVaughan and Julian left out Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood respectively for the selection of two spinners.

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Vaughan predicted leg-beater Mitchell Swepson to team up with Nathan Lyon on his Test debut, while Julian opted for left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar, whose last Test appearance was in September 2017.

Mark Waugh was of a similar opinion, saying that Agar replaces Mitchell Starc – but only if the conditions on the pitch require it.

Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne, however, turned to the traditional Aussie attack of Pat Cummins, Hazlewood, Starc and Lyon.

There was no room for Australian Ashes hero Scott Boland in any of the XIs.

All five predicted Australia would retain their top six from the latest Ashes Test of David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head and Cameron Green, while Alex Carey will still wear the gloves despite struggling at the Ashes .

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Meanwhile, none of the former Test stars believe Australia will triumph on their first tour of Pakistan since 1998, when they won 1-0.

Gilchrist, Warne, Julian and Waugh all predict a 1-1 draw in all three Test series, while Vaughan believes Australia will not win and will lose 2-0.

Australia are coming off a huge 4-0 victory over the Ashes in the summer, but they haven’t toured the subcontinent since making playoffs against India and Bangladesh in 2017.

Pakistan are unbeaten in their last four Test series, beating Bangladesh and Zimbabwe away and South Africa at home, while drawing against West Indies in the Caribbean.

See all of their series predictions below!

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SERIES SCORE

Shane Warne—

Adam Gilchrist—1-1

Mark Waugh – 1-1

Brendon Julian—1-1

Michael Vaughan – 2-0 Pakistan

MOST COUNTERS

Shane Warne—Pat Cummins

Adam Gilchrist — Shaheen Shah Afridi

Mark Waugh—Pat Cummins

Brendon Julian — Shaheen Shah Afridi

Michael Vaughan — Shaheen Shah Afridi

MOST RACES

Shane Warne – Babar Azam

Adam Gilchrist—Steve Smith

Mark Waugh – Babar Azam

Brendon Julian — Usman Khawaja

SERIES PLAYER

Shane Warne – Babar Azam

Adam Gilchrist—Steve Smith

Brendon Julian — Usman Khawaja

Michael Vaughan — Babar Azam

AUSTRALIA FIRST TEST XI

Shane Warne—Warner, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Smith, Head, Green, Carey, Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood

Adam Gilchrist — Warner, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Smith, Head, Green, Carey, Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood

Mark Waugh — Warner, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Smith, Head, Green, Carey, Agar/Starc (depending on pitch), Cummins, Lyon, Hazlewood

Brendon Julian — Warner, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Smith, Head, Green, Carey, Agar, Cummins, Hazlewood, Lyon

Michael Vaughan — Warner, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Smith, Head, Green, Carey, Cummins, Starc, Swepson, Lyon

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