Australia win toss, bat first in second test

Published On: November 29, 2019 10:26 AM NPT By: Reuters

MELBOURNE, Nov 29: Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in the second test against a shaken-up Pakistan side at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Australia lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by an innings and five runs in Brisbane.

“The wicket looks really good. Pink ball, we like to bat first,” said Australia captain Tim Paine ahead of the first day-night test between the teams at the venue.

“Might be a bit of rain around as well, so it will be interesting to see how the pink ball handles a wet outfield.”

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali was happy with Paine’s decision, given the overcast weather and a chance of rain showers.

“I would have bowled first considering the conditions,” said Azhar.

“It’s a win-win situation at the moment.”

Pakistan made three changes to the side that was comprehensively outplayed at the Gabba.

Teenage paceman Muhammad Musa will make his test debut in place of the 16-year-old prodigy Naseem Shah.

The more experienced fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has also been recalled after missing out on the series-opener.

Top order batsman Imam-ul-Haq returns in place of Haris Sohail, with seamer Imran Khan dropped.

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