The first test of the two match test series was won comprehensively by Pakistan on Sunday. This marked the 9th defeat of the Australians out of 14 tests in the sub-continental soils since 2008. Australians have struggled in scoring against spin bowling. The second and final test of the series will be held from Thursday, 30th October at Abu Dhabi. It is to be seen whether Australia manages to square the series or Pakistan holds their lead.

Toss Report –

Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia have brought in Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell into the side. 

The Australian squad has lacked experience and ability to handle spin bowling in the first test. Their top order failed to deliver considerably. None of David Warner and Phil Hughes did manage to give Australians a solid start. Also their middle order seemed quite imbalanced. Steve Smith batted well in both the innings and he was perhaps the only person to do so. The Australian skipper, Michael Clarke did not manage to perform well enough in both the innings. He was unluckily dismissed in the second innings. In the bowling too, Australians did not manage to fight well. Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle looked harmless. Also, their main spinner, Nathan Lyon did not seem to trouble the batsmen to a good extent.

But Michael Clarke is hopeful for better performance in the next test. Clarke said, “Any time we lose a game it breeds fire in your belly. We don`t like losing, Australians in general don`t like losing.”

He also added that Australians got outplayed and Pakistan deserve a lot of credit for the way they played throughout the test. He also stated that Aussies can play a lot better and they are eager to prove it in the second test.

The Pakistani side seems to be quite on the balance. The dispute over captaincy seemed to have been sorted out to a good extent. Misbah has led his men quite well in the first test. Also, Pakistani batting seemed to have got a backbone by the comeback of the experienced pro, Younis Khan. He struck back to back centuries which carved Pakistan’s way to win the first test.

Also, Pakistani bowlers bowled decently well. The spinning duo in the likes of Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah took 14 of the 20 Australian wickets in the first test. The ball is expected to turn on the tracks of Abu Dhabi too and that might well help the spinners decently.

We expect a good test ahead and both teams will try their level best to win the test.

SQUADS:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah. 

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Steven Smith, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Steve O`Keefe, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon.