Australia coach Justin Langer brought his team's left-handed hitters Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Matt Renshaw to the center of the Dubai International Stadium for a report and a discussion on how to handle a pitch revolving after the tour The team was crushed by Bilal Asif's outbreaks on the third day of the first test.
In the minutes after the call of the stumps, Langer took the quartet to the central zone for a shadow batting point and then an extensive discussion after the windows. of Marsh, Khawaja and Head, all dismissed by Bilal, were instrumental in squandering a firm opening position worth 142 between Khawaja and Aaron Finch. Australia finished day three with a deficit of 325, having claimed three windows from Pakistan in the final hour of play.
However, they have a huge task ahead to avoid defeat, on a surface that shows increasing signs of wear. Finch, who had an admirable 62 in the debut in which he batted for almost four hours, was the first wicket in what became a 10-by-60 procession, and accepted responsibility for not having passed a period in which Pakistan It had narrowed noticeably. the scoring rate in search of the advances that followed.
"They squeezed tightly there for a period of probably 10-over, they established some straight fields, they turned straight with a bit of reverse spin at one end and they turned on the Other," said Finch. "It was hard to go, a real routine, and a credit to them." The way they ended before lunch, 20 minutes before lunch and 20 minutes after lunch, was a real quality bowling.
"I thought that we were about to through that. As you know, in the subcontinent, in the slow windows like this, the game flows, you can go through periods of 40 minutes without running and then the races flow for 15 minutes, then they come back together, so it was my bad thing to go well. then, when he probably reached the end of that short period, and did not advance or advance.
"I think that every time you play in the subcontinent, once you get new hitters, it can be difficult to start." Pakistan gets up when it receives some shutters so it's about identifying that and being a little more patient and calm when you arrive for the first time at the fold. But he also played exceptionally well, Bilal on his debut was very good today. "19659002] Marsh and Head had tried to drive in Bilal's deliveries by spinning off the rough out of the southpaw's stump before they settled, and Finch noticed that it was extremely difficult to play attack shots early in the innings, which means a confidence about and confidence in your own defense was a vital part to start.
"I think that each individual has his own plan and I think when you face an attack instead of the defense, it's still about maintaining your own strengths, "he said." If that's an attack, calculated risks, I think you obviously play that way, but you're still more vulnerable in your first 20 or 30 balls. So you go in and try to attack a window that begins to turn and starts to slow down a bit more it will be really difficult. I think it will stick to your own plans and you will only make sure you are as prepared as possible.
"With two quick movements of the left arm in the game, I think both sides of the window are starting to get a bit rough." Obviously, Yasir [Shah] rolled a lot around the field to Ussy, which seemed difficult to start at We then saw that once he got on at a good pace, Ussy had some good plans for him, he started to get on top of him a bit and then Yasir had to change too, I do not think it's hard, obviously he will play a role in the I do not think it's enough to really worry the lefties, I think the plans they have in place will be really solid for the second dig. "
Those plans have now been complemented by some of Langer's game advice, himself a left-handed who fought for a long time. Time against the bowling game before gradually building a method that would allow him to make a century against nothing less than Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lanka in 2004.