01/03/2024

Six of our 13 pundits selected Pat Cummins as the leading wicket taker (Photo: Izhar Khan / The Inner Sanctum)

Tomorrow will mark the beginning of another Australian Test summer as the Aussies host Pakistan in Perth.

Australia will be looking to get their World Test Championship defence off to a flying start after defeating India for the crown at The Oval in June. As for the visitors, they fell agonisingly short of a spot in the knockout phase and will seek to avenge their omission in Australia.

The Inner Sanctum have provided their thoughts on the upcoming series.

Jackson Mansell

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Steve Smith

Most Runs: Steve Smith

Most Wickets: Pat Cummins

Big Call: David Warner hits a double-ton in Sydney to end his career on the perfect note

Callum Logie

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Steve Smith

Most Runs: Steve Smith

Most Wickets: Shaheen Shah Afridi

Big Call: David Warner won’t play in Sydney

Brandon Patane

Series Result: Australia 3-0

Player of the Series: Pat Cummins

Most Runs: Usman Khawaja

Most Wickets: Pat Cummins

Big Call: Cummins takes 10 wickets in the first Test

Lachlan Dand

Series Result: Australia 3-0

Player of the Series: Marnus Labuschagne

Most Runs: Marnus Labuschagne

Most Wickets: Pat Cummins

Big Call: Labuschagne to make a milestone score in each innings 

Hugh Maclean

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Mitchell Starc

Most Runs: Steve Smith

Most Wickets: Mitchell Starc

Big Call: Saud Shakeel forges his reputation on the world stage after anchoring an unexpectedly competitive Pakistan batting line-up

Alexander Jay

Series Result: Australia 2-1

Player of the Series: Travis Head

Most Runs: Travis Head

Most Wickets: Shaheen Afridi

Big Call: Scott Boland takes a 5-fa at the MCG

Kevan Sangster

Series Result: Australia 2-1

Player of the Series: Pat Cummins

Most Runs: Steve Smith

Most Wickets: Pat Cummins

Big Call: Warner to get out first ball in first two tests and immediately retires 

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Juri Bilcich

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Travis Head

Most Runs: Travis Head

Most Wickets: Mitchell Starc

Big Call: David Warner puts on a show one final time as he did against Pakistan when he scored a career-high 335 not out in Adelaide four years ago

Callan Cummins

Series Result: Australia 3-0

Player of the Series: Travis Head

Most Runs: Travis Head

Most Wickets: Pat Cummins

Big Call: Cummins gets a 5-fa in Melbourne and Sydney

Jordan Janssen

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Marnus Labuschagne

Most Runs: Marnus Labuschagne

Most Wickets: Pat Cummins

Big Call: David Warner to pile on the runs in his farewell series

Thomas Grattan

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Mitchell Starc

Most Runs: Travis Head 

Most Wickets: Mitchell Starc 

Big Call: A batting collapse delivers the series to Australia 

Nuwan Ranasinghe

Series Result: Australia 2-0

Player of the Series: Steve Smith

Most Runs: Usman Khawaja

Most Wickets: Nathan Lyon

Big Call: The Pakistani lower order will score at least two hundreds in this Test series

Ethan Lee Chalk

Series Result: Australia 3-0

Player of the Series: David Warner

Most Runs: David Warner

Most Wickets: Shaheen Afridi

Big Call: David Warner scores a double-hundred in his final test at the SCG

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