The Australian team have had their first look at the Abu Dhabi pitch ahead of their must-win second Test clash with Pakistan – and they’re expecting a similarly flat, slow track to the one that brought them undone in Dubai.
After the dizzying highs of last summer’s Ashes series and the subsequent triumphant tour of South Africa, Australia finds itself in an unfamiliar position after the comprehensive 221-run loss to Pakistan in the first Test.
The tourists have been practising relentlessly in the nets against spin to avoid a series defeat, recognising that capitalising on the starts many of their batsmen made in Dubai is vital. David Warner’s blistering first-innings century was Australia’s only score above 61 in the match, while Pakistan’s batsmen posted four hundreds.
The second Test starts today at 5pm AEST.