Test Cricket: Day 2 of the 2nd Test Write-Up at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi: Pakistan v Australia

Australia began Day 2 with 2-20 as Shaun Marsh joins Aaron Finch at the crease in Abu Dhabi.

Unfortunately, the top & middle order still haven’t learned their lesson.

Credit to Mohammad Abbas who picked up a 5fer for 33.

He’s very good with the in-swing and change of variety such as the full & straight line deliveries.

Not only the quickie himself has got the job well done. But credit to both of the spinners.

Bilal Asif too did well with 3/23 for Pakistan.

Although, Yasir Shah may have fought a bit of an expansive spell of 1/59.

On the other hand, these Australian batters played shots that are way too early.

Too many cheap shots clip edged where they failed to find the gap.

Hence, hesitation after hesitation.

That didn’t provide more time for the tail to build a fantastic partnership under pressure.

You saw when Tim Paine got LBW by Bilal Asif for 12 as well as Mitchell Starc out for 34 in the same way from Abbas.

None of the other tail ends couldn’t back them up & instead rush as quickly as possible.

FINAL 2nd Innings Total: Australia all out for 145

3rd Innings

Their batsmen should learn a lot from the Australian bowlers.

Great start to make up lost time from Mitchell Starc when Mohammad Hafeez edged to Travis Head for 6.

But then Pakistan returned on cruise control with the bat straight away.

A very patient basics batting stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali with each of their half-tons.

They’re able to justify their stand having past 100 for Pakistan in 25 overs before Zaman’s chip saw Nathan Lyon’s caught & bowl end his long-spell in the middle for 66.

Azhar Ali took over Zaman’s baton and led the innings of his own for Pakistan.

At the same time, Haris Sohail joined A. Ali and so far followed his guidance on a patient 17* of 50 balls.

Stumps Day 2: Pakistan 2-144

Conclusion Part 1

Australia would feel sorry to the Skipper in Tim Paine & their bowling department for the batting mess.

They did the best as possible to keep their 1st run-chase spell alive.

But despite got out early, the fault isn’t their own.

Although, Aaron Finch may be a plus having scored 39 as the Opener which is the best out of any batsmen.

Shaun Marsh would be better off batting in the middle-order rather than at first-drop.

So does his brother Mitchell as he’s a seaming all-rounder.

To be honest, M.Marsh should’ve never batted at the order to justify that experience comes first ahead of the newbies.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

It’s best to throw specialist batsmen where they felt comfortable batting at best.

For Example, an ideal batting selection should look like this:

 Top & Middle order XI for Australia

3. Travis Head
4. Marnus Labuschagne
5. Shaun Marsh
6. Mitchell Marsh

I wouldn’t drop the Marsh brothers just yet.

But let’s wait and see if they can respond with big runs back down under on their middle-order positions.

Labuschagne may have produced his best total of 25 so far in his two-test spell.

But what was he thinking???

He couldn’t back up his crease on time with his bat still holding up in the air & the ball hits the stumps at the same time.


So does the “Three-meter rule” which frustrated Jon Holland and co.

Anything that hits the middle of the leg tagging the stumps with or without the bat should go back upstairs.

Whether it’s the first time or via a successful referral, it has to happen.

Sadly, Fair to say that Azhar Ali defended smartly by going deep with the full face of his bat.

And that promoted the umpire to call it NOT OUT firsthand when the ball hit the middle between Ali’s bat & pad.

Conclusion Part 2

Well, bummer for the Aussies.

It’s a hard-fought bowling spell this time around based on the failed backing of their top & middle-order batsmen.

Mitchell Starc & Nathan Lyon needed their support from the entire squad.

Tim Paine needs to approve this before they can pick early wickets going into Day 3 and make a quick turnover.

If so, they will want to wrap-up Pakistan’s 2nd run chase ASAP before coming in to bat and do the best possible.

Otherwise, it’s not going to be a great Test Series for the visitors if this mess still goes on for the rest of Days 3, 4 & 5.

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