Test Cricket Tours - Australia to Pakistan 1998-99
Tour of Pakistan
Test-playing tour of Pakistan
The team arrived not having won a Test match, or even a first-class
match, on Pakistan
soil for 39 years - since Richie Benaud's tour in 1959-60. With Pakistan team
unity disrupted by the judges’ inquiry into the match-fixing scandal, the
visitors won the opening Test at Rawalpindi and achieved draws in the next
two, so winning a series in Pakistan at last, after nearly forty years.
In mid-tour the Australians flew to Dhaka,
the only time an Australian team had been in the city since Benaud's side
played a Test in 1959, for the inaugural Wills International Cup, now known
as the Champions Trophy.Sachin
Tendulkar almost single-handedly eliminated Australia from the competition,
by scoring 141 and taking 4 for 38.
The team then returned to Pakistan, under Steve Waugh’s
captaincy to win all three one-day internationals.
The Test players left from Sydney
on 22 September, via Kuala Lumpur where they
joined up with the Commonwealth Games side, and arrived in Karachi on Wednesday evening 23 September 1998.
The team temporarily left Pakistan
for Bangladesh for the
Wills International Cup, arriving in Dhaka
on Tuesday morning 27 October. The Pakistan team
boarded the same flight along with the Australians.
The ODI specialists had already flown directly to Bangladesh, Michael
Bevan and Brad Young arriving on 25 October and Brendon Julian, Damien
Martin, Andrew Symonds and Adam Gillchrist next day There was only one match, then the squad returned to Karachi
on Saturday 31 October for three one-day internationals.
Time spent in Pakistan
(23 September - 27 October
(31 October - 12 November)
Taylor (captain),Geoff Marsh(coach),Steve Waugh(vice-captain).
Tom Moody was originally selected for the one-dayers, but
withdrew after the Commonwealth Games due to injury, to be replaced later by
•In the first Test match
Michael Slater (108) and Steve Waugh (157) came together with the score at 3
for 28, and added 198 runs for the next wicket.
•Ian Healy beat Rodney
Marsh’s Test record for most dismissals (355) by a wicket-keeper.
•Stuart MacGill took 9
wickets (5-66 and 4-47) to bring Australia
victory at Rawalpindi
•Mark Taylor's innings
of 334 not out at Peshawar was the seventh
highest score in Test cricket and equalled Sir Donald Bradman's record score
•McGrath took 5 -66 in
the final Test at Karachi but MacGill was Australia’s
highest wicket-taker (15).
•Australia, won the third ODI at Lahore
with a total of 316-4, equalling India’s
highest score (made in Dhaka,
January 1998) by a team batting second in a ODIand winning. Sri Lanka had lost scoring 329 in
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
‘Minor matches’ include the warm-up
matches in Queensland
and Commonwealth Games matches.
The Test-only players, Mark
Taylor, Ian Healy, Stuart MacGill, Michael Slater and Justin Langer boarded
the plane home to Sydney
on 28 October at the end of the Test series.Kasprowicz and Robertson returned to Australia
On 12 November 1998 the ODI touring
party took the morning flight from Lahore to Karachi, then a night departure from Karachi
back to Sydney, by way of New
Delhi and Kuala Lumpur.
They flew back to Australia
just in time for the Ashes series against England.