Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test on Monday


The pressure that it puts on Pakistan is vast and had it not been for the second innings fightback in Brisbane, they would have been struggling to come up with answers to the questions that the Australians posed in the opening encounter.

Misbah didn't seem convinced the catch had been taken cleanly but replays confirmed Maddinson had his fingers under the ball in undoubtedly the best moment during his fledgling Test career.

Pakistan's spirited fourth-innings comeback at the day-night first Gabba Teat meant that Starc and Hazlewood each sent down 56 overs for the match, while Bird bowled 45.

His cautious field settings on day five, with Pakistan still needing 108 runs for victory with only two wickets in hand, were queried by former captains Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor and slammed as "ridiculous" by ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said officers will work with private security for every day of the Australia v Pakistan Test to give the community confidence. Whilst Younis did redeem himself in a limited manner in the second innings, to say that he is on the top of his game in the current series would be stretching the truth. "I'm comfortable with the position we're in at the moment as individuals and as a team".

After an incredible performance in the second half of the first Test, Pakistan will enter into the Boxing Day Test starting tomorrow (December, 26th) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

"We brought the all-rounder into the squad because the bowlers had a pretty heavy workload but they have pulled up well and they are confident that they can get through - a reward for hard effort", he said.

"It probably would take a bit of the workload off us if we did have Hilton as a fifth bowling option but I think us three quicks and Nathan Lyon have been doing a good job. We are hopeful and positive especially after the first Test where the whole team performed well".

"It's a lot greener than I've seen it in the past couple of years", Smith said.

"We will be able to generate that bounce and carry that we couldn't do for long periods of time with the pink ball". "The momentum is with Pakistan after the way they fought back in the first match".



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