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Pakistan v Australia

2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

Abbas, Fakhar, Azhar extend Pakistan's dominance

The seamer's 5 for 33 set up a 137-run first-innings lead before the two batsmen built on it with fifties

Tim Paine seeks clarification on 3-metre rule

The rule ensured Azhar Ali survived on referral, despite ball-tracking showing the ball hitting middle and off stumps halfway up

Brettig: Australia undone by familiar challenges

Yet another abject first-innings performance against top-class opposition has left the team management with more headaches

Pakistan v Australia

2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

Samiuddin: How'd you like a bit of Fakhar then?

The Pakistan opener is an anomaly: a raging strokemaker in a country not used to the kind

All-conditions Abbas confident of not fading away

Quite a few rare talents from Pakistan have disappeared after record-breaking starts. But Abbas is here to stay

Changed my game because of situation - Fakhar

Brought in for his positive batting, the Pakistan opener had to adapt to pull his team out of trouble

Pakistan v Australia

2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

Labuschagne juggle sets scene for Australia

He used hands, body and knee before clasping the ball to his chest to take a stunning catch at short leg

On this Day: Mark Taylor pays the ultimate tribute to Don Bradman

The events that led to the former Australia captain declaring overnight when he was batting on 334*

Pakistan v Australia 2018-19

Head reveals Nathan Lyon's baggy green pledge

Australia's baggy green cap presentation was instituted by Mark Taylor over two decades ago, but none have tugged at the heartstrings quite like than that of Travis Head's

Important to believe a good knock will get things rolling - Azhar

Constant shuffling around and a scratchy start in Dubai have diluted Azhar's fluency, but his record against Australia should give him heart

More centuries needed

Pakistan v Australia 2018-19

Chappell: Khawaja's giant leap is good news for Australia

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Why innings like Usman Khawaja's are in short supply

Batting coach Graeme Hick hopes Australia's Dubai rearguard can spark Sheffield Shield batsmen to score more hundreds

Pakistan v Australia

1st Test, Dubai

Dubai miracle can be this team's Hobart '99 - Justin Langer

Australia coach reckons the performances of Khawaja and Paine have entered the same career-changing territory he shared with Gilchrist against Pakistan in 1999

Khawaja and Finch's success as openers could push Renshaw down the order

Coach Justin Langer says Renshaw's numbers have been brilliant and it was only lack of time in the middle that kept him out of the first Test

Day-five thrillers: What's with Pakistan and nail-biting Tests these days?

Dubai 2018, Dominica 2017, Brisbane 2016: just three from a growing list of final-day thrillers involving Pakistan

Pakistan v Australia

1st Test, Dubai

Sweat, sweeps and salvation for Australia

In the year of ball-tampering and bans, a weakened team found a way to survive more overs than any Australian side before them

Samiuddin: Dangerous times for Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz, and as a result his bowlers too, couldn’t stick to anything for long enough to know whether it would work or not

Khawaja's masterpiece puts perceptions to rest

The Australia batsman declared his match-saving 141 proof that he was as hard a worker as anyone

Pakistan v Australia

1st Test, Dubai

Brettig: New Australia write fresh chapter of old story

Despite a century opening stand, Australia's batsmen contrived to collapse in all-too-familiar fashion

Langer tutorial highlights Australia shortcomings

Australia coach Justin Langer took his team's left-hand batsmen for a debrief and discussion on how to handle a spinning pitch

Pakistan v Australia

1st Test, Dubai

Samiuddin: Life, the universe, and Mohammad Hafeez

Here today, gone tomorrow, and back again, he's made enough comebacks for all of us to have a favourite. Which one is yours?

Shoaib Akhtar talked Hafeez out of retiring

After scoring a century on the first day of the Dubai Test, Hafeez revealed that his wife and Akhtar convinced him against taking 'drastic steps'

Pakistan v Australia

1st Test, Dubai

Paine's new Australia face first Test of their quality

After nearly giving up playing cricket in 2017, Paine will be at the forefront of Australia's rebuild operation, of performance and public trust, among other things

Samiuddin: Hello again, Yasir Shah

Injury and a sparsely-filled Test calendar may have led him to slip off your radar, but he's back now, waiting to unleash a new and improved googly

Bowlers take ownership of reverse swing after Newlands

Taking care of the ball, this time by legal means, will no longer be the purview of Australia's batsmen

Pakistan v Australia 2018-19

Squad news

Lynn back for Australia; two vice-captains for T20Is too

Alex Carey and Mitchell Marsh to assist captain Aaron Finch in the three T20Is against Pakistan

Pakistan v Australia

1st Test, Dubai

Shadab injury spoils plans to play two legspinners

Bilal Asif to debut, and Mohammad Hafeez is also expected to play the first Test against Australia

How Matt Renshaw turned out at the Bull Ring on Red Bull

Dropped on form, the Australia opener was back - and running on energy drinks - as the ball-tampering saga flared up around him

Pakistan v Australia 2018-19

Squad update

Hafeez gets late call up for Australia Tests

The allrounder, who last played Test cricket in August 2016, will be the 18th member of Pakistan's squad

Pakistan v Australia 2018

Squad announcement

Amir dropped for two-Test series against Australia

The pacer appears to have paid the price for his poor ODI form, while Wahab Riaz returns in Pakistan's 17-man squad

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