The Australian squad is understrength after Test captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood as well as opening batter David Warner are being rested after Australia’s 1-0 victory in the Test series in Pakistan. Glenn Maxwell will miss out after getting married last week...
"The matches are being shifted to Lahore because of political activities in the capital," Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said at a news conference.
The series — Australia's first in Pakistan for 24 years — opened with a high scoring stalemate on a featherbed pitch in Rawalpindi before the hosts salvaged a fighting draw in Karachi on the back of an epic 196 from Azam.
Azam hit an 83-ball 114 and Haq notched a 97-ball 106 as Pakistan chased down a stiff 349-run target with six balls to spare to level the three-match series at 1-1.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah, the only Pakistan change from the second drawn Test at Karachi, picked up 2-36 to lead a fightback in the last session after Australia won the toss and opted to bat on another slow and low-bouncy wicket.
"It looks like a good wicket... as expected," Cummins told reporters on the eve of the match. He said Australia would probably go into the Test with three quick bowlers or two spinners. "We just want to have another look at the wicket," he said.
Azhar knocked 185 and Haq a career-best 157 to guide Pakistan to 476-4 against a hapless Australian attack on a placid and unresponsive Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch.
Taking to Twitter, Imran said, “Saddened to learn of the sudden passing of cricketer Shane Warne, a bowling genius who took the art of leg spin to new heights.” Paying tribute to the late cricketer, PM said, “He will be missed across the cricketing world.”
The duo led a late reverse-swing charge to close the second session as Australia lost their last five wickets for 71 runs having reached a commanding 320-5 at lunch. Naseem finished with figures of 4-58 and Shaheen 4-79.
The 32-year-old drove pacer Hasan Ali to cover boundary to reach the milestone in the 151st innings of his 85th Test. He beat Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara's record of doing it in his 152nd innings, achieved against India in Colombo 12 years ago.