Aussie skipper Tim Paine has made this clear that his side is ready to take on the impressive Mohammad Abbas whose Test average reads 18.86. The metronomic pacer can bowl with precise control and extract just enough movement off the seam. Abbas can cause extensive damage with the pink ball as it has a more prominent seam.
“We all know what he does, we’ve got a different side that played against him before. He’s an exceptional bowler, his record would suggest that. We’ve spoken about him. We’ve spoken about the whole team … if we’re not right on top of our game, Abbas and the rest of the side can create you problems.”
Azhar Ali, the Pakistan skipper, also backed Abbas to do well in Adelaide and confirmed that he is going to play the crucial game. “He (Abbas) will bring a lot of control with a bowler of his class you always feel like he has something to offer. He has done well in the first-class. He has done well in Test matches. He has worked a lot in the last Test on his rhythm and is feeling much better. We are feeling a lot more confident.”
Tim Paine also revealed that Steve Smith struggles with switching off after games and is working with Cricket Australia to get better sleep than what he’s currently getting.
“I know he’s working with people at Cricket Australia and elsewhere on trying to find a better night’s sleep. It’s not a great endorsement for his Koala mattress company but he’s working on trying to get better at that and trying to relax a bit more between games. I don’t think it’s an easy fix for someone who’s wired the way Steve is.”
Australia currently lead the series with a 1-0 lead after the win in Gabba against Pakistan. They are going to proceed with the same playing XI for the pink-ball Test that begins on November 29. James Pattinson and Cameron Bancroft have been reportedly released to play the Sheffield Shield.
This leaves Australia with a conundrum as they have no spare batsman now in case of replacement for concussion-related issues.
however, with ICC’s rule stating that a particular player can be substituted within 36 hours, Australia has decided to allow Bancroft to play for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. Incidentally, he had remained with the Australian squad for the Gabba Test.
In case one of the Australian batsmen suffers a head injury on the final day, the home team could also be left with no other option but to pick the extra seamer who is going to be left out of the playing XI and that could be Michael Neser. According to the ICC, the player coming into the side during a match has to be a ‘like-for-like’ replacement.
“Bangers is a couple of hours away on a plane (in Perth) if something happens, (so) we will be able to get him back pretty quickly,” Paine said. “You’ve got… 36 hours to replace a concussed player so we will have plenty of time to get someone back, whether it be a batter or a bowler. I don’t think New (Neser) will be batting in our top six (as a concussion substitute). But he is a real handful with a pink ball and if something was to happen (to one of our bowlers), we will know Nes will do a great job,” he added.
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