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Pakistan v Australia ODI Series Preview: In Numbers

A stats-based series preview for the series, which gives Australia the chance to ascend to the first place
With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 fast approaching, many of the participating teams are getting their preparations underway. Pakistan is hosting Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, and West Indies is starting a five-ODI series in India. 

Having won the one-off Twenty20 International by six wickets, Australia will have the momentum going into the first ODI in Sharjah on Tuesday (October 7). Pakistan, already without Saeed Ajmal, will miss the services of Mohammad Hafeez, who has been ruled out due to a hand injury.

A 3-0 series victory for Australia, currently ranked fourth in the Reliance ICC ODI rankings, will see it ascend to 114 points, which could be good enough for first place.

89 - The number of times Pakistan and Australia have met in ODIs. Australia has won 53 of those matches, while Pakistan emerged victorious in 34. One ODI – played at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on December 10, 1992 – was tied, with both Australia and Pakistan scoring 228 runs in 50 overs; while three matches have yielded no results. 

11 - The number of times Pakistan and Australia have met in the UAE. Having won six of those matches, Pakistan has the edge over Australia. However, Australia has won eight of the last ten meetings dating back to September 2009. When the two sides last met in a three-match series in the UAE in August 2012, Australia, having chased in all the matches, won the series 2-1. 

894 - George Bailey has scored 894 runs at 55.87 with a strike rate of 102.87 in his last 20 ODIs. Currently placed fourth place in the Reliance ICC ODI rankings, Bailey is Australia's highest-ranked batsman.

3 - Aaron Finch has scored three centuries and two fifties in his last ten ODIs. With 508 runs from ten matches at 50.80, Finch is Australia's leading scorer in ODIs this year. He is placed joint No 25 in the ICC player rankings for ODI batsmen with Glenn Maxwell, and would be eyeing an upward movement in the charts. 

71 - James Faulkner averages 71 with the bat in his last 13 matches with a strike rate of 130.51. 

212 - Mitchell Johnson, who has recovered from a rib injury, is expected to be the key cog in Australia’s relatively inexperienced pace attack. His 212 ODI wickets are more than the rest of the members of the Australian squad have taken together. 

4594 - The number of runs Misbah-ul-Haq has scored in ODIs despite never scoring a century – a world record.

40 - Years Old, at 40 Misbah is the oldest player to captain one of the ICC Full Members in an ODI since Clive Rice captained South Africa aged 42 in 1991.

318 - In his five matches since returning to Pakistan’s ODI team after more than three years away, Fawad Alam has scored 318 runs at an average of 106, including an unbeaten 114, his maiden ODI century, against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup in March this year. 

150 - There are records waiting to be written, too, as the next ODI for Misbah-Ul-Haq will be his 150th. 

79 - Fawad Alam needs 79 runs to reach the 1,000-run mark in his ODI career. His 188 runs in the Asia Cup was the highest he had scored in any series, beating the 153 runs he scored against England in 2010. 

1992 - Pakistan is in Pool B in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and has won the trophy only once – in 1992. 

4 - Australia has won the competition four times – in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. It is drawn in Pool A for the ICC World Cup 2015.

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