Pakistan vs. Australia: Both Teams Will Meet For Second Test Today

Azhar admits pressure will be on Pakistan to beat Australia

Azhar admits pressure will be on Pakistan to beat Australia

The visiting Australian side, playing without their controversial trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, were somehow able to draw the first Test in Dubai after a gritty knock from Usman Khawaja.

A well-grassed wicket might have been the last thing Mitchell Starc expected to see after landing in Abu Dhabi but Australia´s pace spearhead was loath to get his hopes up ahead of the second test against Pakistan.

"Starcy bowled a lot of overs first innings, we certainly understand that and it's always the million dollar question: what do we do with the fast bowlers?", coach Justin Langer said after the first Test. "But we've got to turn up for a really tough match, it's going to last five days and we've got to be on for all of those five days and every session", Paine told reporters ahead of the second Test against Pakistan.

"We are reasonably confident".

But Australia captain Paine was a little concerned by the celebrations he saw coming from his team's viewing area, urging them to not to go overboard after a drawn match in which Pakistan had complete control for a time.

"We´re ready for whatever they throw at us and will try to back up from a good fight in that first test". "However, having said that these are favourable conditions for us and we have to make the most of it".

The grass was still plentiful enough for selectors to consider picking a third seamer, captain Tim Paine added.

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"They have some good batters, particularly in these conditions". "As a team, we'll take a fair bit of momentum out of it".

However, both he and Siddle were left in the shade by Pakistan quick Mohammad Abbas, who led all bowlers with seven wickets in Dubai to continue his stellar start in test cricket. Most likely Pakistan will pick one from uncapped pacer Mir Hamza or leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

A strike bowler more used to crashing through in short, sharp spells rather than wearing batsmen down with sustained pressure, Starc said he had learned to tone down his natural aggression in the United Arab Emirates.

They lost to Sri Lanka 2-0, their first series loss in 10 attempts.

Well, the team from Down Under has another opportunity to win a series in Asia and their skipper Tim Paine knows the importance of winning a series in these conditions.

Azhar admitted Pakistan players were disappointed at not winning the first Test. "Throughout we played good cricket but unfortunately we could´nt get across the line", Sarfaraz Ahmed said.

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