2nd Test: Fakhar Zaman set to make debut vs Australia in Abu Dhabi

first_imgPakistan named limited-overs opener Fakhar Zaman, uncapped quick Mir Hamza and all-rounder Shadab Khan in the 12-man squad for the second Test versus Australia at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, starting on Tuesday.Zaman, who has been a hit in the limited-overs format for Pakistan, is set to make his Test debut, replacing injured Imam-ul-Haq, who fractured his finger in the drawn opening Test.The southpaw has so far played 23 ODIs and scored 1121 runs at an average of 59.00. He has scored three centuries and a double hundred as well against Zimbabwe. In 22 T20Is, the 28-year-old has accumulated 646 runs at an average of 30.76.Also read – Tim Paine not satisfied despite thrilling draw in Dubai Test: ‘We’re here to win’Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also confirmed on Monday that left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has been dropped for the series decider. Wahab, who returned to the side after a year, failed to impress in the first Test where he returned wicketless after bowling 27 overs.Fellow left-armer Hamza appears the most likely man to replace him, though Shadab, who has recovered from a groin injury, could be considered if Pakistan want another spin-bowling option.Also read – Ready for whatever Pakistan throw at us in Abu Dhabi: Mitchell StarcPakistan had Australia on the mat in the first Test but they failed to get over the line as Australia put on an incredible show with the bat to come out with a draw in Dubai.Following which, Australian skipper was all praise for his side and indicated that they are there to win and not just draw or compete.advertisement”I think we were clearly pretty excited by what we’ve been able to achieve because it doesn’t happen too much but you’ve got to keep a bit of perspective on it and realise that we had been outplayed particularly over the first few days.”While it was great we did fight back, a draw is a draw and we’re here to win.”Australia will now look to build on that look to put up a better performance against a formiddable Pakistan side and win their first series in Asia since the 2011 tour of Sri Lanka.Squads:Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez.Australia: Tim Paine (C & WK), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.last_img

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