Inspired Australia seek desert glory as Fakhar Zaman prepares for Test debut

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The first test reinforced some ancient lessons about cricket in the UAE: dead as the tracks may seem, do not jump the gun until both sides have hit once. It may seem boring and dreary halfway through the test, but a blink and the game come to life when you least expect it. Pakistan would certainly answer for that. Just as statisticians and experts began to verify the opening tiers of two centuries of registration, Australia collapsed dramatically.

The collapse gave Pakistan the advantage, but they were not in the mood to do so. The decision to hit did not do them any favors. This has added to the scrutiny around the Sarfraz Ahmed captaincy, and nothing more than a Test victory in Abu Dhabi can alleviate a bruised side that has not yet won a Test in the United Arab Emirates in more than two years. There is no better time to reverse that, because it would at least give his beleaguered captain some breathing room after a series of ordinary results, including those of the Asian Cup last month.

Australia is beginning to slip away from a crisis under a new leadership group. Justin Langer, the head coach, has expressed the need to not only be satisfied with what he has achieved so far. This tour has been underway for three months and has its roots in India, where they played a series of matches against the A sides of South Africa and India. They even managed to integrate two young domestic Indian spinners into the configuration to help them prepare for the Tests on dry turners.

Visualization techniques, spinning lessons, simulation, matches, all have been verified. The pudding test is in the food and if Dubai had anything to do, Australia has shown that they are ready for a fight. Langer will expect much more from his boys if they are to move to the next level and for that, the rest of the batters must show the resolution of Usman Khawaja and Captain Paine. This could, in many ways, direct the course the team takes before a large summer home against India.

Form Guide

Pakistan: DLWWL (last five complete matches, the most recent first)

Australia: DLLLW

In the center of attention [19659002] Fakhar Zaman has played only two first class games since the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2016-2017 that brought him into the national tally. Since then, he has built a reputation as a destroyer of white balls. In the Asian Cup last month, he had problems with what coach Mickey Arthur called "crisis of confidence." He has had two weeks to rejuvenate. An injury to the Imam-ul-Haq finger means that he is ready to receive his first test cap. In that final, he made a quick fire of 170 no. Now, against a powerful attack from Australia, you may have to put aside your extravagance. Can you show another facet of your game?

Even Shaun Marsh will have a hard time explaining his decade of low performance since his international debut in 2011. Injuries, bad form and competition may have contributed to him participating and out of play, but that can not explain why he has only played 33 tests. Now, with Steven Smith and David Warner fulfilling the prohibitions, there is an opportunity for him to achieve the number 3 spot in the immediate future. The scores of 7 and 0 in Dubai, which was left behind in the two innings, will increase their desire to impress before the great challenges that will be presented later in the summer. Against a relentless attack, the pressure is likely to be no less, but you will still have to find a way out, even if that means slowing your natural instinct to look to drive on docile surfaces.

Team news

Imam's injury means that Fakhar will become the number 234 cricketer in Pakistan. But Pakistan will ask two other questions. The initiation of the Bilal Asif test with a six, quickly dissipated after a show without parades on the last day with Pakistan in search of windows. This could make them think about the inclusion of the leg runner Shadab Khan, who lately has had problems with a groin injury. Also, what about Wahab Riaz, who threw 27 shots without defeat in two innings? Mir Hamza could come as a peer-to-peer replacement, potentially meaning two new test limits for Pakistan.

Pakistan XI : 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Haris Sohail, 5 Babar Azam, 6, Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed, 8 Mir Hamza / Shadab Khan, 9 Bilal Asif, 10 Mohammad Abbas, 11 Yasir Shah

Marnus Labuschagne missed with the bat, but his panties were more than useful. This could give him another chance, although Matt Renshaw is knocking on doors for a mid-level waiting position. Possibly they will deliver a debut to one of the two fast bowlers, Brendan Dogget or Michael Neser, instead of the left arm spinner Jon Holland, who had an unforgettable outing in Dubai.

Australia XI: 1 Usman Khawaja, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Mitchell Marsh, 5 Travis Head, 6 Marnus Labuschangne, 7 Tim Paine, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Peter Siddle 10 Nathan Lyon , 11 Jon Holland / Ashton Agar / Michael Neser

Tuning and conditions

A three-day time lapse before the game will reveal how the dye from green to cookie changed on the eve of the game. The heat will ensure that the track will be broken as the Test progresses, allowing the spinners to enter the game on days four and five. It should be the best to hit from the beginning. There will be no prizes for guessing what the captain who wins the raffle will do.

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Quotations

"I can not say if" The pressure will be higher in Pakistan or Australia. We are the local team and, obviously, people expect us to win and, therefore, there is pressure. That said, these are favorable conditions for us and we have to make the most of them. "19659026] The Pakistani hitter Azhar Ali knows there is a lot to play

" It's one of those things , you can be caught by that, so it can be hard work, but "I'm sure you know what you're trying to do, we certainly know what we're trying to do, and what we care about is what's inside our four walls and I'm sure Sarfraz and Pakistan are the same. " [19659026] Australian captain Tim Paine is already well aware of the pressures of the captaincy

source:- espncricinfo.com

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