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Ajmal-less Pakistan seek to end 20-year Australia drought DUBAI: Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday but they are hobbled by the absence of spin king Saeed Ajmal.Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the dry and slow tracks of Pakistan's neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, especially at Dubai where he has 37 wickets in six Tests, three of which Pakistan won.That includes 24 wickets in a 3-0 rout of England in 2012.Pakistan have also lost frontline seamers Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz -- both through knee injuries -- and have to rely on uncapped leg-spinner Yasir Shah and two-Test left-armer Zulfiqar Babar, both of whom are likely to play.Captain Misbah-ul Haq, under pressure to score runs after managing nought and 15 in the preceding 3-0 one-day series defeat, admitted Ajmal's absence is significant."Ajmal ...

Pakistan capable of toppling Aussies despite difficulties: Bari KARACHI: Pakistan team is capable of topping formidable Australian team despite their problems in one-day series and one-off T20 match, former Pakistan captain Wasim Bari said on Sunday.We got the problems in batting, bowling fielding. But Pakistan team had staged a grand comeback on many occasions and we are looking forward another, he told APP in an exclusive interview ahead of the first Test starting in Dubai from October 22.He said Test match is different ...
Pakistan recall Taufeeq Umar for Australia Tests KARACHI: Pakistan recalled experienced opener Taufeeq Umar on Saturday for the first Test of the two-match series against Australia starting next week. The 33-year-old, who played the last of his 43 Tests in Sri Lanka two years ago, is one of the four openers in the 16-man squad with fit-again Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad likely to get into the final eleven for the first Test starting in Dubai from October 22. Pakistan, who announced ...
India mulls 'serious action' as Windies abandon tour NEW DELHI: India's cricket chiefs could take "serious action" against the West Indies, including possibly refusing to play a return series, for abandoning their tour because of an internal payment dispute, a top official said Saturday.The West Indies cut short the tour of India on Friday even though a fifth one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played."What has happened is very disappointing and calls for serious action," Board of ...
Australia hand coach Lehmann contract extension SYDNEY: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his integral role in turning around the fortunes of the team with a one-year contract extension until June, 2017, Cricket Australia said on Friday.The former test batsman took over from South African Mickey Arthur in the wake of last year's calamitous tour of India and helped guide the side to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a series triumph in South Africa that saw them briefly top ...
Doolan hits hundred as Clarke fails in warm-up SHARJAH: One-drop batsman Alex Doolan hit a fighting hundred, but skipper Michael Clarke failed in Australia's four-day warm-up game against Pakistan 'A' in Sharjah on Thursday.Doolan's 104 anchored Australia's 273-8 at close on the second day at Sharjah stadium but top-order including Clarke did not get the much-needed practice.Pakistan 'A' had declared their first innings at their overnight score of 305-8 with skipper Asad Shafiq remaining not out on 108.Clarke, who is recovering from a ...
Hafeez declared fit for Test selection KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been declared fit and would be available for selection for the first Test against Australia starting in Dubai from Oct 22, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday."Hafeez was put through batting, bowling, fielding sessions for the last three days," it said.After the batting session today, Dr Sohail Saleem, General Manager, Sports Medicine, PCB, under whose watch Hafeez was undergoing recovery and rehab, declared him "ready to play", with ...


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