The oldest cricket cliché tries to hold true at the MCG; will Pakistan regret this? In the second over of the match, Australian player Abdullah Shafique dropped a catch that would have sent David Warner back to the dugout. Former cricketers like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh were left shocked by the missed opportunity. The game seems to be in Australia’s favor, based on past trends where the team that batted first won. Pakistan made a surprising call to bowl first, and brought in three new players. However, the weather might play a different role here. Australian captain, Pat Cummins, remarked that the pitch feels distinct and suggested that the decision wasn’t bad after all. Given Australia’s past achievements with their bowling first, Pakistan is definitely taking a risk. Not to forget Australia’s major wins in recent matches and Pakistan’s difficulty in winning any test series lately. Both teams are hopeful on Christmas Day. Australia retains its same winning line-up from Perth, whereas Pakistan makes some significant changes. Mark Waugh has high praise for cricketer Scott Boland but also leaves the door open for future opportunities. Scott Boland being a fantastic player, however, unsuccessful to get into the game. The point being that loved players will miss a chance, but hope remains for future matches.

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