After suffering an innings defeat in the series opener at The Gabba, Pakistan is likely to bring in opener Imam-ul-Haq and fast bowler Mohammad Abbas for the Day-Night Test, starting Friday at Adelaide Oval.
For the Day and Night Test match against Australia, Pakistan has considered paceman bowler Mohammad Abbas. Skipper Azhar Ali will also drop down the order to bat at number three, with Imam-ul-Haq set to get the nod to open the innings alongside Shan Masood. Meanwhile, Haris Sohail dropped.
Abbas had taken 66 wickets in his 14 test series career. “Definitely there will be some changes,” Azhar said of the team line-up, which will be announced on Friday. Asked if Abbas would be one of those changes, he replied: “Yes.”
“He’s (Abbas) done well in Test matches, he can bring a lot of control, and he has worked a lot since the last Test match on his rhythm, and he is feeling better,” he said.
“Obviously a bowler of his class, you feel he has something to offer.”
“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,” he said.
“Wickets in Australia, a lot of people say it is a bounce, it is pace. But equally it is good for batting as well, so if you can’t bowl well for a long period, you can’t put teams under pressure.”
Pakistan had played one pink-ball Test in Australia 3 years ago in Brisbane where they had lost by 39 runs.