Test Cricket: 2nd Test Match Write-Up of both Pakistan v Australia’s Performance on the Field

Credit to the quickie in Mohammad Abbas who’s very good at the variety on domaining flat tracks.

Full or Short balls, he wanted to make that line straight which trapped a lot of the Australians.

With that ten-wicket haul made in Abu Dhabi, Abbas deserves that Man of the Match performance.

The spinners may not be as high as was last week in Dubai.

But at least, Bilal Asif & Yasir Shah picked up wickets in the benefit for the overall Pakistan squad.

Don’t forget their batsman too who done the hard work in the middle.

Babar Azam this time answered some of his critics by backing up his 99 in the 3rd Innings.

Though, bummer for Azam on not getting his 100.

Debutant Fakhar Zaman did his job and batted patiently through two impressive half-centuries.

And of course, the skipper in Sarfraz Ahmed.

Despite battling with that painful blow to his forearm, he’s courageous enough mentally.

Sarfraz Ahmed kept on thriving through the batting basics through long spells in the middle.

His temperament & technique has backed up his two 50s.

Don’t forget his leadership and the way he keeps wicket, that’s also a plus too which reflects Sarfraz’s overall game.

Part 2

On the other hand, Australia needs plenty of tweaking to do over the next few days to weeks.

The bowling department looks alright.

The spinners of Nathan Lyon & Marnus Labuschagne brought credit with the ball.

So did Mitchell Starc as the lone quickie to take up a few wickets.

But Jon Holland & Peter Siddle failed to set that benchmark with no scalps captured at all.

It would’ve been better to swap these two for some fresh blood like Ashton Agar & Brendan Doggett.

Though, after that 1st Test escape, that XI remained unchanged.

Fair enough.

However, it’s best to asses Starc’s workload regularly.

Instead of Siddle, Doggett would’ve played in this test where he’s able get to learn & make Starc’s life more accessible with the ball.

And now, since Starc’s battling a hamstring strain, someone has to steer this ship.

Unfortunately, with some lack of pace at 36, Siddle couldn’t deliver to a standard that he wanted.

A bit surprised to see Siddle get called up to the Australian T20 Squad though.

He still has some time left in that format in which it’s much easier for him to execute some variety.

But for Test & One-Day Matches, Siddle may be past his best.

So will Holland as his age of 31.

Holland too offered very little through his left-arm spin and done poorly compared to Labuschagne & Lyon.

It’s unlikely that Holland & Siddle will carry on in the Baggy Green.

Part 3

The batting performance from Australia still looks very dreadful.

It conveys that they still haven’t learned their lesson from last week.

Aaron Finch did alright having made a 50 last week and a few contributions around the 30-run mark.

So did Travis Head with a fantastic 2nd innings score of 36 and Marnus Labuschagne on 43.

Despite a run-out brain fade earlier, Labuschagne’s quickfire contribution have given Australia just the pass mark.

Whether he brings big runs & takes a few wickets, Labuschagne should stick around a bit longer with Head.

But the Marsh brothers disappointed the entire Australian public.

It’s unforgivable that they both barely got off the mark.

Though, it’ll be a tough ask for selectors to review their performances very seriously.

Don’t drop them just yet.

That’s where both Marsh brothers still make decent runs at home having done so in the 2017-18 Ashes at Home v England.

However, if they cannot justify the performances that Cricket Australia asked them to do, then it’s game over.

Though, I would be a little surprised if both Marsh brothers dropped and added more young blood in the side.

Part 4

Test Cricket’s a great place to bring plenty of talent and make a name for themselves.

And Australia should follow & capitalize on that to make up the loss of Steve Smith and David Warner right now.

A few spots are up for grabs ahead of the 1st Test v India on December 6 at Adelaide Oval.

Aaron Finch filled-in the Dave Warner type role on the right even though he’s 30 with Matt Renshaw back from a concussion.

So the Opening Batsman roles have covered.

Usman Khawaja’s spot at three may be vacant after suffering a severe left knee injury.

It’s a big armor of experience taken away which saw Australia run with their bare bones in Abu Dhabi.

Let’s hope he’ll recover sooner for the 1st Test v India.

Otherwise, whoever comes in has to be young and hungry.

The two names I would like to suggest will be:

  • Ben McDermott at Five, Middle-Order Batsmen for Tasmania
  • Marcus Stoinis at Six, All-Rounder for Western Australia

Otherwise, this XI Australia brought in the UAE looks brittle and depleted with some way past their use by date.

Part 5

India has given Rishabh Pant & Prithvi Shaw a chance at recent times, and both men did very well v West Indies.

Why can’t Australia???

Again, Australia has to move forward & use the best library of talent available.

That way if they can win matches without Smith and Warner, then there will be no talk about what happened in South Africa.

All they can do now is build for the future.

Develop the next generation of players into big stars in which better promotion will lure kids into the game.

It’s how you give back to the Australian public.

Anyone cannot stress that enough, and it’s up to the administrators who should listen to these messages.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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