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Australia faces another trial by spin

Pakistan has never lost in Abu Dhabi, winning two of the five Tests at the venue with the other three ending in draws

Australia faces another trial by spin - Cricket News
If Pakistan emerges victorious, it would mark the first Test series victory for it against Australia in two decades, following the 1994 triumph at home.
Australia will look to put behind the 221-run defeat suffered at the hands of Pakistan in Dubai when the two teams face off in the second and final Test, starting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (October 30). 

A win in the second Test would help Australia level the series 1-1 and end the tour on a high, having already won the one-off Twenty20 International in Dubai and inflicted a 3-0 sweep on Pakistan in the One-Day International series. 

Australia conceded as many as nine wickets to the duo of Zulfiqar Babar, the left-arm spinner, and Yasir Shah, the debutant leg-spinner, in Dubai, as its nightmares against spin on Asian wickets continued from the forgettable tour of India in 2012-13, where it was swept 4-0. 

That would mean Pakistan's spin attack, though inexperienced, would one again be heavily relied upon to unsettle the visiting batsmen. 

Should the ploy work and Pakistan does emerge victorious, it would mark the first Test series victory for it against Australia in two decades, following the 1994 triumph at home.  

Batting, however, isn't the only area where Australia will have work to do. Its bowlers conceded 454 after being asked to field, with Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper-batsman, and Younis Khan striking important centuries, while Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali also came out with good scores. 

The second innings didn't give Australia any respite either as Pakistan comfortably marched to 286 for 2 before declaring, with Younis striking a second century and Ahmed Shehzad, the opener, striking one of his own. 

David Warner and Chris Rogers, Australia's openers, did a decent job in the first innings of the Dubai Test and the team will look to them to provide the impetus. However, the middle-order collapse in either innings will be a concern and Australia will look to brush up in that area. 



Glenn Maxwell's part-time off-spin is an option the team can turn to, should the need arise for an extra spinner. 

For the record, Pakistan has never lost in Abu Dhabi. Out of the five Tests at the venue, three have ended in draws, while Pakistan emerged victorious in the other two. There is also an added incentive, as should Pakistan manage a win and seal a 2-0 sweep, it will jump to No. 3 in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings. 

Teams (from)
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 (wk), Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah.

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

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