Australian cricket team in Pakistan in 1979–80

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The Australian cricket team toured Pakistan in February to March 1980 to play a three-match Test series against Pakistan. Pakistan won the test series 1-0.

Background[edit]

There was some original doubt as to whether the tour would go ahead due to financial problems. Eventually the tour guarantee was increased and the number of games played cut from eight matches to five.[1]

Australian squad[edit]

It was the first tour by an Australian team since the peace treaty between the Australian Cricket Board and World Series Cricket. The original squad selected was as follows:

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

27 February – 2 March 1980
(5–day match)
Scorecard
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225 (95.2 overs)
KJ Hughes 85 (156)
Tauseef Ahmed 4/64 (30.2 overs)
292 (118.5 overs)
Majid Khan 89 (239)
RJ Bright 7/87 (46.5 overs)
140 (90 overs)
AR Border 58* (202)
Iqbal Qasim 7/49 (42 overs)
76/3 (25.1 overs)
Javed Miandad 21 (39)
RJ Bright 3/24 (11 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Mahboob Shah and Shakoor Rana
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 1 March was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
  • GR Beard (AUS) and Tauseef Ahmed (PAK) made their Test debuts.

Second Test[edit]

6 – 11 March 1980
(5–day match)
Scorecard
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617 (211 overs)
GS Chappell 235 (363)
Tauseef Ahmed 3/77 (33 overs)
382/2 (126 overs)
Taslim Arif 210* (379)
G Dymock 1/49 (20 overs)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 9 March was taken as a rest day.
  • There was no play on the first day.

Third Test[edit]

18 – 23 March 1980
(5–day match)
Scorecard
v
407/7d (142 overs)
AR Border 150* (281)
Iqbal Qasim 4/90 (39 overs)
420/9d (140 overs)
Majid Khan 110* (239)
RJ Bright 5/172 (56 overs)
391/8 (116 overs)
AR Border 153 (184)
Imran Khan 2/30 (12 overs)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 20 March was taken as a rest day.
  • Azhar Khan and Azmat Rana (both PAK) made their Test debuts.

Impact[edit]

The tour was Javed Miandad's first series win as test captain of Pakistan. It was a notable personal success for Allan Border who scored over 600 runs, and a disappointment for David Hookes, who only scored 10 runs for the whole tour.

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