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Pakistan vs Australia First Test – The Liebke Ratings (part one)

Both teams have batted in the First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai. It’s probably fair to say that Pakistan are a wee smidgen on top. Here are the ratings so far.

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Australia’s weakness on slow pitches exposed again

Australia had put themselves in a position to challenge Pakistan at 0-128 early on day three of the first Test against Pakistan yesterday.

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The run out of in-form No.3 batsman Alex Doolan contributed to Australia’s alarming position after three days of the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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Queensland’s two-year reign as domestic one-day cup holders is over, with NSW collecting a nervy two-wicket win with two balls to spare in the preliminary final at Blacktown in Sydney.

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A typically aggressive knock of 75 not out from David Warner has given Australia hope of saving the first Test against Pakistan.

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Aussies can still win the first Test against Pakistan

“Australia’s attack is rubbish, they can now only lose this Test”. That is a summation of some of the downcast assessments which were floating around during the second session of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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Without a wicket and into his 25th over, Australia’s newest spinner Steve O’Keefe was starting to wonder if it would ever happen.

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The Brisbane Heat have told Andrew Flintoff he won’t be cruising on a well-paid Australian holiday in this summer’s Big Bash.

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Holders Queensland are hit hard by the loss of top run-scorer Usman Khawaja while Test allrounder Shane Watson makes a timely return for NSW in Friday’s interstate one-day Cup preliminary final.

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Roar Radio is back: listen in to the Australia vs Pakistan Test series live

With no radio coverage in Australia of the Test cricket series against Pakistan, we’ve decided to jump into the breach with a live radio broadcast – just like we did last year in the Australia-India series.

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Has Shane Watson played his last Test?

Australian cricket history was made in Dubai yesterday with Mitch Marsh debuting in the baggy green.

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Australia vs Pakistan first Test, day one: No luck for debutants

Mitch Marsh and Steve O’Keefe made solid yet unremarkable debuts yesterday as Australia bowled admirably but without fortune on day one of the first Test against Pakistan.

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Australia feel they have stuck to their task well in the first Test in Dubai, but unless they get wickets early on day two the game could slip beyond their grasp.

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Queensland may have claimed a morale-boosting one-run win over one-day cup favourites Western Australia, but it came at a cost with the competition’s leading run-getter Usman Khawaja suffering a suspected broken thumb.

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Younis Khan has become the first Pakistan batsman to complete the set of hundreds against all nine other Test-playing nations.

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Australian cricket’s strongest states have been assured they won’t lose their top talent to rivals under a proposed draft system to improve talent pathways around the country.

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Ben Dunk Hobart Hurricanes

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Sydney Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja

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Pakistan vs Australia: First Test match, Day 3 live scores, blog

We are two days into the opening Test between Pakistan and Australia and there is very little to choose between the two sides. You ​can ​follow the live blog of the third day of this ​first Test starting ​4 pm AEST.

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Test cricket: Quality over meat-headed bash and barge

By Peter Zitterschlager, 24 Oct 2014
Test cricket: Quality over meat-headed bash and barge

My first love in cricket was Graham Yallop. I shrink with embarrassment revealing that, of course, but what the hey?

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Pakistan vs Australia: First Test match, Day 2 live scores, blog

Pakistan fought back well after being pegged back early to leave the first Test against Australia in balance after the first day’s play. You ​can ​follow the live scores and blog of the second day of this ​first Test starting ​5pm AEDT.

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Toss it up, Nathan, or you’ll be eaten alive!

Pakistan finished an energy and brain-sapping (viewers included) first day of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at 4/219. In many eyes, they were the winners from the first day of the series.

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Pakistan vs Australia: First Test match live scores, blog

Australia will look to continue their domination over Pakistan on this tour when the two teams meet in the first of two Tests at Dubai, but it remains to be seen whether they can adjust to the spinning tracks in this format of the game.

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Six things that will decide the Pakistan-Australia Test series

With Australia playing Pakistan in a two-Test series starting tonight, I thought I’d look at what the decisive factors are going to be.

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After three wooden spoons, the Sydney Thunder are aiming for silverware

The upcoming fourth installment of the Big Bash League is set to be bigger and better than ever.

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Faulk in the road for Test selectors

By Jason Hosken, 22 Oct 2014
Faulk in the road for Test selectors

With the line-up for this week’s first Test against Pakistan still to be confirmed, forgotten allrounder James Faulkner must be wondering if he’s developed an air of invisibility in the presence of national selectors.

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Maxwell could be Australia’s game-changer for the WC 2015

Glenn James Maxwell might be relatively new to the ODI side with just 32 games under his belt, and his modest average of 32.80 might not be too intimidating at first sight.

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Time to toss the ball to Marsh and O’Keefe

With the first Test against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates just around the corner, I’m going to run you through who should be in the team for the opening match.

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Best of the Tests: Australia versus Pakistan

By Rustom Deboo, 21 Oct 2014
Best of the Tests: Australia versus Pakistan

Australia and Pakistan are set to play each other in a Test series for the first time in more than four years.

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Compared to Steve Smith, was Marcus North hard done by?

Steve Smith has, in the space of 12 months, gone from obscurity to becoming one of the fixtures in our Test team.

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Australian cricket’s lost generation of batsmen

Looking over the squad for the upcoming Test series in the UAE, the composition of the batting line-up strikes me as skewed. It seems as though there is a generation missing from the team, an age period lacking in our batting line-up.

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Could New Zealand win the ICC World Cup?

In an interview ahead of South Africa’s three-match ODI series against New Zealand, AB de Villiers said that New Zealand are “one of the favourites” for the 2015 World Cup.

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Can Malaysia continue their dream run in cricket?

By Statistic Skeptic, 17 Oct 2014

In a potentially fortuitous turn of luck the combination of an originally Ugandan-held tournament, the threat of ebola and some intransigence shown by the USA may very well play into Malaysia’s favour.

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Test series preview: Australia vs Pakistan in the UAE

The Australian tour of the United Arab Emirates has a rather haphazard feel about it. Scheduled somewhat last minute, in neutral territory, the format has exemplified Australia’s packed calendar.

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Australian cricket player Shane Watson. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Steve Smith and Brad Haddin

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David Warner hits one to the boundary for NSW.

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Mitchell Johnson's fine form is down to the power of his facial hair. (AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA)

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Steve Smith

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Kevin Pietersen walks off after being dismissed in England first innings in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval

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Steve Smith

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