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Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed Faces Questions Over 2nd Test Tactics And Team Composition

Pakistan team captain Sarfraz Ahmed faces some searching questions to answer for the 2nd Test match against Australia team over his bowling attack and batting lineup after Tim Paine’s side produces a batting draw in the first Test in Dubai.

The bowlers of Sarfraz Ahmed were unable to put concerted pressure on the visitors with Khawaja reverse sweeping at will on a pitch that was deteriorating and offering assistance to Pakistan’s four slow bowlers.

The second Test between Pakistan and Australia starts in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday on Sarfraz Ahmed’s side will be affected to make at least one change with opening batman Imam-ul-Haq who had surgery on his broken finger and ruled out of the match.

Wahab Riaz also failed to exploit any reverse swing he was acquired with the older ball, forcing Sarfraz Ahmed to continually change his tactics and fielding positions in an effort to manufacture a wicket.

Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed Faces Questions Over 2nd Test Tactics And Team Composition
Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed Faces Questions Over 2nd Test Tactics And Team Composition (Picture Source: thenational.ae via AFP)

According to Pakistan Cricket Board, the left-handed opener had surgery in Dubai on Saturday and would return home on Tuesday.

Imam scored an outstanding 76 in a 205-run opening stand with Mohammed Hafeez that arrange Pakistan’s first innings of 482.

Azhar Ali scored just a total of 22 runs in the first Test which could also be assisted up the order to open with Hafeez with and leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan which possibly coming into the squad to bear up the team’s bowling stocks.

Shadab is struggling with groin harm that dominated him out of the initial check and which thwarted trainer Mickey Arthur’s plans of mixing him with Yasir to assault Australia’s green batting lineup.

Usman Khawaja who defied pre-match predictions and a poor return on turning pitches in Asia to score battling 141 and anchor his side’s defiance as they survived 139.5 overs in stifling conditions to ensure a draw.

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