Arthur wary of Aussies

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

PAK­ISTAN head coach Mickey Arthur ad­mit­ted Aus­tralia will be a “dan­ger­ous” propo­si­tion in the sec­ond Test af­ter they clung on for an im­prob­a­ble draw in a thrilling se­ries opener in Dubai.

Aus­tralia put up a re­mark­able fight­back to deny Pak­istan vic­tory on a wear­ing fifth-day pitch, as they avoided de­feat by hold­ing on with just two wick­ets re­main­ing.

Set a daunt­ing 462-run tar­get, Aus­tralia ended on 362-8 as opener Us­man Khawaja an­chored the re­cov­ery with a mag­nif­i­cent 141, ably as­sisted by debu­tant Travis Head (72) and skip­per Tim Paine, who made 61 not out.

Arthur, who took the Pak­istan job in May 2016, said his team would be ready for an rein­vig­o­rated Aus­tralia in Abu Dhabi come the start of the sec­ond match on Tues­day.

“Of course Aus­tralia will be dan­ger­ous af­ter the fight they put up, no doubt about that,” Arthur said.

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