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Mohammad Abbas and Imam-ul-Haq likely to play Adelaide D/N Test

The axe could well come down on the under-fire Haris Sohail.

Mohammad Abbas
Mohammad Abbas of Pakistan. (Photo Source: Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s poor run in international cricket doesn’t seem to see an end. Following their poor run of form in the T20 format, the team has now slumped to defeat in the opening Test against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane. Barring Babar Azam’s 104 and Mohammad Rizwan’s 95, there wasn’t much to talk about the Pakistan team as the visitors ended up losing by an innings and five runs.

Yasir Shah got four wickets, including that of Steve Smith, but he conceded 205 runs at an expensive rate of 4.21. Having already shelled the chance of winning the series, Azhar Ali and Co will now head to Adelaide for the second and final Test, starting Friday, November 29. It’s also a Day-Night affair and Pakistan are contemplating changes in order to make amends for the drubbing in Brisbane.

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Pakistan criticised for leaving out Mohammad Abbas for Brisbane Test

Harris Sohail has had a horror run in all forms and the axe could well come down on him. As per reports in Geo News, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is thinking about dropping the southpaw for the pink-ball match at the Adelaide Oval. Imam-ul-Haq is likely to get a chance. Mohammad Abbas didn’t play the first game and the management was a recipient of a lot of criticism for the decision.

Imran Khan Sr, who was included on the basis of a five-wicket haul in the practice match, got a chance in the Brisbane Test. As per sources, Abbas’ selection for the Adelaide Test looks all, but certain. Even Tim Paine, the Aussie skipper, was relieved after Abbas was left out for the opening Test. Paine told how devastating the speedster was in Australia’s series in the UAE last year in October.

Naseem Shah, the 16-year-old pacer, made his debut in Brisbane, but the management wants him to use him with restraint. In case he doesn’t play, Muhammad Musa Khan, another pace bowling sensation, could replace him. Musa was a part of the 2018 U19 World Cup in New Zealand and made his international debut in Pakistan’s T20I at the Perth Stadium on November 8.

There has also been calls off promoting Babar up the order since he has delivered across all the formats. The final team combination is likely to be decided after analysing the pitch in Adelaide, where Pakistan have lost one match back in 1972 while drawing the next three Tests.

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