Pakistan suffer Sarfraz ODI blow

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Pakistan could be without vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed for their one-day international series against Australia after the wicketkeeper flew home for personal reasons.

Giant pace bowler Mohammad Irfan has also returned home to attend to personal matters, leaving Pakistan without two of their most potent white-ball players.

Captain Azhar Ali was unable to put a timeframe on Sarfraz's return when facing the media a day before the first of five ODIs at the Gabba.

"We'll definitely miss him," Azhar told reporters in Brisbane.

"Hopefully, he can re-join the team but, as for right now, he's not here."

Pakistan thrashed a Cricket Australia XI by 196 runs on Tuesday, but Azhar says the game will still prove useful ahead of facing Steve Smith's side - who have lost just one ODI on home soil in the past two years.

"I know it wasn't a very competitive game, but I still believe the batsmen who scored runs will get a lot of confidence," he said.

"The bowlers had a good outing as well.

"There's nothing like playing matches. It's good to be out there, no matter what sort of team you play against."

Twenty20 sensation Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake will debut for Australia at the Gabba, while Glenn Maxwell is also set for an international return.