Cricket

Pakistan elects to bat first against Australia in 1st ODI

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the first one-day international on Friday.

Pakistan has rested six of its potential Cricket World Cup players - captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali - in order to test its depth in the five-match series.

Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal gets another chance to prove his mettle since last playing an international against Australia in January 2017.

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