Pak­istan con­sider changes

The Western Star - - Sports - — Steve Larkin

CRICKET: Pak­istan selec­tors are mulling over some se­lec­tion changes, putting the nephew of In­za­mam-ul-Haq in the frame for the sec­ond Test against Aus­tralia.

Imam-ul-Haq, a 23-yearold open­ing bats­man, says he’s pre­par­ing to play but un­sure if he’ll be sum­moned for the daynight Test in Ade­laide, which starts to­day.

The tourists are also tipped to re­call pace­man Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas, pos­si­bly at the ex­pense of Im­ran Khan, as they seek to square the two-Test se­ries.

“Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas is al­ways a very tough com­peti­tor and he’s a very class act,” Imam said yesterday.

“His per­for­mances and his stats show that ... he’s dif­fi­cult to judge off the pitch be­cause his ball nips around, es­pe­cially the new ball. Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas with a pink ball un­der lights will be dif­fi­cult.”

The po­ten­tial in­clu­sion of Imam, who has av­er­aged 28.41 in his 10 Tests, would prompt a reshuf­fle in the bat­ting or­der in Pak­istan’s team, which lost the first Test in Bris­bane by an in­nings and five runs in Bris­bane.

Imam has been touted as a re­place­ment for Haris So­hail, who was dis­missed twice caught be­hind from Mitchell Starc’s bowl­ing at the Gabba for scores of one and eight.

So­hail bat­ted at first drop in Bris­bane, but cap­tain Azhar Ali will likely shift from opener to No.3 if Imam is re­called.

Pic­ture: Getty

RE­CALL? Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas could be in.

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