Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test Boxing Day Live Cricket Score Toss Commentary

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australia v pakistan boxing day test match 2016
australia v pakistan boxing day test match 2016

Pakistan team are going to play against Australia on the boxing day at Melbourne with confidence due to their performance in the first test. They came very close to beat the home team but the visitors fell short of 39 runs only while chasing 490 runs target on the fifth innings. Asad Shafiq’s performed well by scoring 137 runs but it wasn’t enough to win the match in the end on the final day at Gabba test.

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Steve Smith was satisfied as his team bowled out the last five Pakistan wickets within just 230 runs to secure the victory and go up 1-0 in the series.

australia v pakistan boxing day test match 2016
australia v pakistan boxing day test match 2016

The 145-over innings of long test match has exhausted the Australian bowlers and thus the selectors added a bowling all-rounder Hilton Cartwright to the squad as a backup.

The visitors batting coach, Grant Flower proclaimed the Australians are going to have another gruelling test match on a rough drop-in Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket as Pakistan team are prepared well to level the series in the next test match at Melbourne on 26th Dec 2016.

Australia controlled the first day-night at Brisbane Test up until the fourth day when the home team was tensed as Pakistan moved closer to a miraculous triumph before Shafiq lost his wicket.

Pakistan lost their last 10 Tests in Australia and won at the MCG back in 1981 in the era of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be in charge to bring down Pakistani batsmen.

The selectors are looking for a suitable batting all-rounder to put in a place in the top six which prefers the necessary number six Nic Maddinson who could lose his spot after scoring 0, 1 and 4 in his three Test innings.

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Team vice-captain David Warner isn’t performing well recently. He scored a test century against West Indies in Sydney in January. His current batting average is 35 which is below his career average of 47.58.

Teams

Australia (Squad):

  • Matt Renshaw
  • David Warner
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Steve Smith (capt)
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Nic Maddinson
  • Hilton Cartwright
  • Matthew Wade
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Jackson Bird
  • Chadd Sayers

Pakistan (Squad) –

  • Azhar Ali
  • Sami Aslam
  • Babar Azam
  • Younis Khan
  • Misbah-ul-Haq (capt)
  • Asad Shafiq
  • Sarfraz Ahmed
  • Wahab Riaz
  • Yasir Shah
  • Mohammad Amir
  • Rahat Ali
  • Sohail Khan
  • Imran Khan