Four-wicket Abbas brings Pakistan to verge of series victory against Australia


Australia on the other hand will also miss Usman Khawaja as he will not be batting due to a meniscus tear in his left knee.

The Australian batsman helped his team get their first wicket of the Test against Pakistan.

Imad has been out of the Pakistan limited-overs squad since a year ago due to a knee problem and was also overlooked for the Asia Cup last month after failing a fitness test.

Labuschagne then pulled Abbas behind - the batsman's review coming in vain with a clear spike visible on UltraEdge - and when Jon Holland (3) clipped Yasir to slip to leave Australia nine down Nathan Lyon (6no) called for handshakes with Khawaja unable to bat. "Take each delivery as it comes".

"Looks like they hadn´t prepared for Abbas, they took him a little easy", said Sarfraz.

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"The way Abbas has bowled all series is one of the biggest positives for us", said Sarfraz. With this score Taylor equalled the highest Test score by an Aussie at the time, made by Don Bradman in 1930. "There's certainly no sugar coating that we've got some real issues with our batting".

A week after rejoicing in the saving of a Test match they had never been in, Tim Paine's Australians were flattened by the fact they had been beaten out of sight in a game that, at lunch on day one, was theirs for the taking.

Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne then added 67 runs for the sixth wicket but Yasir Shah broke that partnership by trapping the left-arm pacer leg before wicket.

However, sensible knocks from Zaman and Azhar Ali put the pressure back on Australians. Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) stretched their second-wicket stand to 61 runs before Abbas struck four blows in a high-class exhibition of seam and swing bowling.

Australia are set to play three T20s against Pakistan starting next week, and the decision to hold over fellow quick Peter Siddle as back-up suggests Starc is unlikely to play in the white-ball fixtures.