2nd Test, Australia tour of United Arab Emirates 2018, Aus v Pak highlights today – Second test day one from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (U.A.E) Tuesday 16th October 2018. In the first test, Pakistan batted first and scored 482, in second innings 181/6d, Australia 202 & 362/8. After the first match was drawn, The captain of the Pakistan team Sarfraz Ahmed told in the press conference that the conditions were too hot and bowlers were very tired, that’s why Pakistan had not asked for follow-on.
A time-lapse from three days prior to the game will reveal how the tinge has changed from green right through to biscuit brown on match-eve. The heat will ensure the track will break as the Test progresses, allowing the spinners to come into the game on days four and five. It should be best for batting early on. No prizes for guessing what the captain winning the toss will do. Marnus Labuschagne failed with the bat, but his leg-breaks were more than useful. This could earn him another opportunity, even though Matt Renshaw is knocking on the doors for a middle-order berth. They will possibly hand a debut to one of two fast bowlers – Brendan Dogget or Michael Neser – in place of left-arm spinner Jon Holland, who had a forgettable outing in Dubai.
Imam’s injury means Fakhar is set to become Pakistan’s 234th Test cricketer. But Pakistan will be asking two other questions. Bilal Asif’s Test initiation with a six-for quickly dissipated after a wicketless show on the final day. This could make them ponder over the inclusion of legspinner Shadab Khan, who has been troubled with a groin strain lately. Also, what of Wahab Riaz, who bowled 27 wicketless overs across two innings? Mir Hamza could come in as a like-for-like replacement, which potentially means two new Test caps for Pakistan.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas.
Australia team/playing XI
UT Khawaja, AJ Finch, SE Marsh, MR Marsh, TM Head, M Labuschagne, TD Paine (c) †, MA Starc, PM Siddle, NM Lyon, JM Holland.
Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights 2018