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16-year-old Naseem Shah will make his debut at the Gabba.

Early introduction of Lyon here. There's a bit of moisture in the wicket, could help the offspinner.

Cummins is into the attack

Good first half an hour for Pakistan. The Australian pacers posed questions, but importantly, Pakistan haven't lost a wicket.

The teams are in the middle and we're ready to go. The first ball of the Australian summer will be bowled by Mitchell Starc. Shan Masood and Azhar Ali are Pakistan's openers.

We're just 15 minutes away now from the start of the Australian summer.


Australia's XI: David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan's XI: Azhar Ali(c), Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan

JUST IN: Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to bat first. Naseem Shah will debut - the ninth-youngest male Test cricketer. No Mohammad Abbas!!

Hello and a very good morning to all of you joining us for the first Test of the Australian summer. As tradition has it, it's at the Gabba, like every year, where Australia hasn't lost a Test since 1988. This year, though, what all of Australia is looking forward to with much zeal is a 16-year-old Naseem Shah making his debut at the Gabba!

The first of two Tests also marks the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the side for Tests at home. Last year, in their absence, India overcame the hosts quite comfortably. But the line-up this year looks a bit more solid and settled since their return, which saw Australia even drawing the Ashes earlier in the year 2-2.

While that was Australia's latest assignment, Pakistan last played a Test in January this year when Sarfraz Ahmed was still in charge, before being stripped off the leadership role in favour of Azhar Ali, with Misbah ul Haq at the helm as head coach and selector.

Pakistan were beaten soundly in the T20I series that preceded the Test series. Following which, they drew both the practice Tests leading into the Test series. Azhar Ali had reiterated one too many times at the time of his appointment as skipper about the need for playing aggressive cricket against Australia. Can they pose a challenge any better in the Tests? Given their inherent unpredictability, you never know...

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