Domain Test Series v Pakistan
Aussies prepare plan for Abbas in Adelaide
Mohammad Abbas to return to Pakistan's XI for the second Test, but Australia insist they are ready for him
28 November 2019, 06:47 PM AEST
Tim Paine insists his team are ready to deal with Mohammad Abbas on his Test return after the Pakistan seamer ripped through Australia's batting in the UAE last year.
Abbas has been jettisoned back into Pakistan's side for Friday's second Domain Test at the Adelaide Oval, with the pink ball under lights likely to aid his movement.
The right-armer ran through Australia the last time the two teams met, taking 17 wickets at an average of 10.58 as Pakistan swept the two-match series.
Abbas is not as fast as other modern-day quicks but his ability to move the ball has left them susceptible in the past.
"We're as prepared as he can be without facing him," Paine said.
"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."
Australia's batsmen spent around two hours in the nets on Wednesday night as they reacquainted themselves to facing the pink ball under lights.
Abbas, whose 66 Test wickets at 18.86 make for the best average of any Pakistani bowler in history, was a controversial omission at the Gabba as the tourists cited concerns over his rhythm.
"He (Abbas) will definitely bring a lot of control ... with a bowler of his class you always feel like he has something to offer," Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said as he confirmed the right armer will return in Adelaide.
"He has done well in first-class. He has done well in Test matches.
"He was worked a lot in the last Test on his rhythm and is feeling much better ... We are feeling a lot more confident."
Working in Australia's favour is the fact their unchanged team from the first Test in Brisbane contains just five players who suffered at the hands of Abbas last year.
David Warner and Smith Smith were not a part of that side while they served their 12-month bans, and both average above 60 in Tests in Australia.
The Australians are also unbeaten in five pink-ball Tests, where quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood rule the roost under lights in terms of world cricket.
But they do have other challenges to face.
Namely, they come in the form of keeping their foot on the throat of the tourists after the innings-and-five-run win last week.
Australia have won back-to-back Tests just once since the start of last year, most recently following their Ashes win in Manchester with the loss at The Oval.
"I wouldn't say we've had a problem with (being ruthless)," Paine said.
"I would say we haven't won a lot of cricket games in the past 18 months.
"But as I touched on in Brisbane, now we've got a team together that we're turning up to Test matches expecting to win.
"One of the things we have spoken about as a group since (The Oval), we've just called it winning after winning.
"Making sure we can back up a performance which we were really happy with last week."
Domain Test Series v Pakistan
Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner
Pakistan squad: Azhar Ali (c), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah.
First Test: Australia won by an innings and five runs.