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Patient Pakistan punish unbalanced Aussies

Yet again, Australia have let Pakistan off the hook by missing opportunities in the field.

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The Big Show and other cricket solutions

I think it’s safe to say that after Day 1 of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, Australia’s plan is unfolding exactly as the brains trust would want it to.

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Younis Khan struck his third consecutive century as Pakistan continued to look at ease against Australia’s bowlers on the opening day of the second cricket Test.

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Michael Clarke says his bizarre field settings in the second Test against Pakistan were forced on him by the lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch.

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It was billed by some as the beginning of the end for cricket.

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It’s a sport that has always been inextricably about numbers.

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Former Australia captain Allan Border has labelled a curious field placing by Michael Clarke, during the first day of the second Test against Pakistan, as not being in the spirit of the game.

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Every state is looking for a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season on Friday, but arguably none of them need it as much as Victoria.

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Queensland will toss Ben McDermott into the deep end on his first-class debut, pitching the 19-year-old into a pivotal batting spot against South Australia in their Sheffield Shield match.

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Doolan and O’Keefe dropped for second Test, replaced by Maxwell and Starc

The Australian team are set to make two changes for their second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday afternoon (AEDT).

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Who will bat three for Australia this summer?

Joe Burns? Shane Watson? Phil Hughes? Usman Khawaja? Steve Smith? Who should bat at first drop for Australia if incumbent Alex Doolan is dumped as a result of this Pakistan tour?

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Has Australia learned enough to prevent a clean sweep?

Let’s not beat around the bush, Australia’s performance in the first Test was embarrassing.

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It might sting, but Australia’s loss makes great radio

It would be fair to say that the first Test against Pakistan was not much fun for Australian fans to watch, but I have to admit it was a brilliant game to call.

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Australian captain Michael Clarke says Steve Smith is a rising star but he’s not a Test No.3 just yet.

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says the Abu Dhabi pitch for Thursday’s second Test suits his side, which could be a very bad sign for Australia.

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Patience, not aggression, is the solution to Australia’s spin demons, according to Test selector and former leg-spinner Trevor Hohns.

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Shane Watson. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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Stephen O'Keefe

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Australia's spinner Nathan Lyon. AP Photo/Andres Leighton

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Mitch Johnson walks off

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The Roar of the crowd

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 2 live scores, blog

Australia are left with a mountain to climb if they are to get anywhere close to winning the second Test to square the series against Pakistan after a fruitless first day of play at Abu Dhabi. Join The Roar for a live coverage of the second day starting from 5:00pm (AEDT).​

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The almost-weres: A ‘not quite’ Australian XI

Since I first developed an interest in cricket in the late 1980s, a number of great Australian players have either missed out on a Test berth entirely due to intense competition, or had their careers cut short by injury and other factors.

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After copping a huge drubbing in the first Test, and now with their backs against the wall after Day 1 of the current match in Abu Dhabi, there is still one really positive outlook for the Australian Team.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 1 live scores, blog

Australia are left with no option but to win the second and final Test against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi after having been pummelled in the opener. Join The Roar for live coverage of the first day of the ​second Test starting at ​5:00 pm (AEDT).​

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Going in to bat for the wicketkeeper

By Daniel, 30 Oct 2014
Going in to bat for the wicketkeeper

Since Adam Gilchrist burst onto the Test scene in 1999, the cricket world has been obsessed with the all-rounder wicketkeeper-batsman – unfortunately, their batting can often come at the expense of their wicketkeeping skills.

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Ignore the hypocrites, Hughes must replace Doolan

On paper, Doolan’s a dud. In practice, Doolan’s little better. We’re told that on promise, Doolan’s due. Ignore the spin – however you cut it, Doolan must be dropped.

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The search continues for Australia’s number three

Australia continues to search for a player who can fill the void in arguably the most important position in any batting line-up: number three.

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2019: A Test odyssey

By Daniel Gray, 30 Oct 2014
2019: A Test odyssey

My favourite types of cricket articles growing up were the ones that speculated on the makeup of future Australian Test teams. Not in three months or next season, but five years from now.

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James Hopes gives us lovers of the solid cricketer some hope

James Hopes is Australia’s best domestic bowler. The stats don’t lie.

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First drops are made, not found

By Matt Simpson, 30 Oct 2014
First drops are made, not found

After his failure against Pakistan, the curse of the number three batsmen is set to add Alex Doolan to its list of victims.

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Who’s Australia’s next Test keeper?

By Gareth Kidd, 29 Oct 2014
Who’s Australia’s next Test keeper?

While Brad Haddin is still out there scoring runs and snatching leg-side dismissals, the fact remains that age is not just a number.

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Aussie batsmen take a spin class

By Daniel Gray, 29 Oct 2014
Aussie batsmen take a spin class

After a humiliating defeat against Pakistan, Australian coach Darren Lehmann has taken his batsmen to a spin class in Abu Dhabi.

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Pakistan vs Australia: 2nd Test preview, times, key information

Australia are staring at their first Test series defeat since the Ashes loss in England last year and they are left with no option but to win the second and final Test against Pakistan to avoid that ignominy.

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Things we learnt from the One Day Cup

By Daniel Gray, 28 Oct 2014 Video
Things we learnt from the One Day Cup

With Sunday night’s final bringing the One Day Cup to a dramatic close, and the running of the Bulls coming to an end following an untimely injury to Usman Khawaja, here are my thoughts on the entree for the 2014-15 domestic season.

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The Sheffield Shield starts later on this week. With the teams desperate for a good start to the season, I thought I might preview the teams that will be taking part this season.

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The One Day Cup in review

By Dean Robinson, 28 Oct 2014
The One Day Cup in review

The domestic one day cup has been run and won, with the Western Warriors breaking a drought with their victory over NSW in a final played at the SCG in front of only a handful of people.

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Brad Haddin salutes the crowd.

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Steve Smith scores his second Ashes hundred

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Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin look glum (image: AAP)

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David Warner of Australia celebrates his century on the first day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on March 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Peter Heeger

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Australian batsman Mark Waugh falls to the ground after being hit by a bouncer from West Indies bowler Courtney Walsh. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD

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Australians (L-R) Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and David Warner embrace.(AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Australia's spinner Nathan Lyon. AP Photo/Andres Leighton

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Stephen O'Keefe exclaims after taking a wicket.

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Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris (AFP PHOTO / Luigi Bennett)

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