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Pakistan set to recall Abbas for second Test


Pakistan are set to recall their fast bowler Mohammad Abbas for the pink-ball Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval.

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After being ignored for the first Test, fast bowler Mohammad Abbas is set to play in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval which will be played under the lights.

Imam-ul-Haq has got the nod to open the innings alongside Shan Masood while skipper Azhar Ali will bat at number 3.  Harris Sohail has been dropped after a disappointing performance in the first Test. Abbas has pocketed 66 wickets at just 18.86 in his 14 Tests.

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Pakistan Azhar informed on the eve of the second Test that there will be changes in the second Test and also replied yes when asked if Abbas will play.

“Definitely there will be some changes. He’s (Abbas) done well in Test matches, he can definitely bring a lot of control and he has worked a lot since the last Test match on his rhythm and he is feeling better. Obviously, a bowler of his class, you feel he has something to offer.”

However, Azhar didn’t reveal who will be dropped to replace Abbas. There is a possibility that the 16-year old teenager Naeem Shah will be rested to manage the workload.

Azhar also said that they need to execute their plans perfectly to take Australia’s 20 wickets in the Adelaide Test.

“A lot of our tours to Australia we have struggled to pick up wickets. We have to control the rate, bowl in good areas for a long time. Wickets in Australia, a lot of people say it is bounce, it is pace. But equally it is good for batting as well, so if you can’t bowl well for a long period of time, you can’t put teams under pressure.”

“If we want to pick up 20 wickets we have to execute our plan perfectly,” he concluded.

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