Pakistan ride pacer Mohammad Abbas to Test series win over Australia

Silvia Morton
October 19, 2018

He couldn't be denied a five-fer in the second outing either, quickly wrapping things up post an hour-long lunch, cramping the last recognized batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, with a short one and getting a tickle to the keeper, hence becoming the first Pakistani pacer in the last ten years to get a ten-fer. Australia was bowled out for 164 after lunch on the fourth day after given an improbable winning target of 538.

Pakistan's cricket selectors on Thursday named uncapped left-arm pacer Waqas Maqsood in the Twenty20 global squad for the series against Australia.

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

Abbas first had Head caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, who was standing in behind the stumps for Sarfraz Ahmed with the Pakistan skipper sent to hospital after suffering from headaches having been struck by a Peter Siddle bouncer while batting on day three. "We weren't up to it".

Australian opener Usman Khawaja could not bat after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury during practice on Thursday.

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Travis Head's nick to Abbas on 36 in the seventh over of the day sparked a woeful collapse of 4-7 in 26 balls.

"Waqas Maqsood has been drafted in the T20 squad after his recent performances in the domestic cricket and playing for Pakistan "A" team in the recent series".

"There's a lot of collapses throughout our batting group and I think a lot of it can be technical".

A darting Abbas inswinger trapped opening batsman Aaron Finch (31) plumb in front of the stumps before captain Tim Paine´s off-stump was knocked back for a duck in the same over.

Both the teams now play a series of three Twenty20 internationals with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Khawaja, who has scored a match-saving 141 in the first Test, is now a doubt for the start of the home series against India, which begins in Adelaide on December 6.

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