Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Australia-Pakistan chat not 'especially polite', says Sarfraz Ahmed

Australia-Pakistan chat not 'especially polite', says Sarfraz Ahmed

He claimed figures of 8-64 against England at Lord's at the start of the summer in the drawn series. "We have to groom them all to become a good Test team", said Sarfraz.

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It is Pakistan's biggest-ever winning Test margin by runs, eclipsing their previous best which they also achieved against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

Former captain Steve Smith and ex-opening batsman David Warner have not featured after being banned for 12 months for their part in the incident.

"It was just a little bit of a brain meltdown, I think from Marnus", offspinner Nathan Lyon said. "Both teams are missing senior players".

It was Abbas who destroyed Australia with a haul of 17 wickets in the series - becoming the first Pakistani fast bowler to take ten wickets in a Test since Mohammad Asif's feat against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2006. He has a certain knack of picking wickets, doesn't rely on a lot of variations just plays his usual game and sticks to the basics. "The way we recovered from 57-5 on day one was remarkable". Yasir Shah wasn't to be denied either, cleaning up the final wicket to snatch a massive 373-run victory.

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"Abbas challenged our defence time and time again".

Paine, who took over the captaincy in the wake of Smith's suspension, said the defeat was "hard to swallow".

"It's bitterly disappointing, no doubt".

Usman Khawaja is facing surgery on his knee, dealing rattled Australia a heavy blow as they face the prospect of missing their three top batsmen for the first Test against India in December.

"It's hard to swallow".

The teams next meet in a three-match Twenty20 global series which begins on October 24.

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