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Pakistan off to regular begin in first Check towards Australia

Pakistan gained the toss and opted to bat within the first innings of a two-match Check towards Australia within the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Pakistan are off to a sluggish, regular begin with Mohammad Hafeez and Imamul Haq as much as bat. The facet are at 86/Zero off 29 overs.

Within the house of six years, Australia have misplaced 12 of their 15 Exams — recording solely two wins with one draw — on excursions of India (twice), Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates.

They misplaced 2-Zero to Pakistan within the UAE in 2014, with Yasir Shah taking 12 wickets and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who’s now not within the worldwide set-up, claiming 14.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed earlier made clear he’ll assault Australia via Yasir.

“After we performed Australia in 2014 we performed some attacking cricket,” Sarfraz had mentioned. “Yasir is our essential bowler so we are going to need him to assault and get us wickets to win the collection.

“However equally we won’t put additional strain on him and won’t need him to go in a defensive mode so different bowlers must help him.”

Pakistan will even have 33-year-old off-spinner Bilal Asif, who performed three One-day Internationals in 2015 however has but to play a Check.

Recalled all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez may too show harmful for Australian left-handers.

Pakistan are within the midst of their very own rebuild within the wake of retirements to former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, however having trounced a stronger Australia 2-Zero within the final UAE collection in 2014, they are going to fancy themselves to win this one.

Little could also be anticipated of Paine’s Australia in a collection that may play out when residence followers are sleeping, however the 33-year-old skipper is aware that outcomes, in addition to tradition, are key to restoring good will.

“We’re definitely making some modifications and it’s one thing we’re actually severe about however we’re additionally conscious that we must be taking part in a excessive stage of cricket and profitable video games,” he mentioned.


Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas


Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (capt & wk), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland, Nathan Lyon

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