By beating Cricket Australia XI by 206 runs in a warm-up game, Pakistan have already started their tour of Australia on peak. These are warning signs for the Aussies who come into the series at the back of a 1-2 defeat against South Africa.
After losing the first two tests against Proteas dismally, the whole Australian team was put under observation and the only way to overcome it was to jump back in some style.
The third one was a pink ball, Day and Night affair and Australia owned it from the word go. They achieved a seven-wicket victory to boost up the One-Day series against New Zealand.
David Warner led from the front with the bat to help Australia win all three matches of the series and now they are completely ready to face Pakistan.
On the other hand Pakistan, are also coming into the series at the back of a 2-0 Test series defeat against New Zealand who were quite brilliant in their own backyard.
Here in the article, we note down the five things that can impact the outcome of Australia vs Pakistan series starting from December 15.
#1 The first Test is a pink ball game
Both teams are quite familiar with the pink-ball or the day-night Test. As Australia have played two, Pakistan have just played one against West Indies. So they will be quite aware of the challenges.
Now pink-ball games have been quite a huge hit in Australia so expect the Gabba to be totally occupied when Mitchell Starc runs into bowl his first delivery to Azhar Ali.
Both sides have high quality pacers and so it will also be fascinating to see how they get going with the pink Kookaburra which does not swing as much as the red ball.
On the whole, the stage is set to have a grand affair.