Australia vs Pakistan Second Test Preview

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Australia and Pakistan face the pink ball on Friday as the Adelaide Oval plays host to the first day-night Test of the summer.

Australia’s dominant victory over Pakistan in the First Test at the Gabba has not surprisingly left them at a very unbackable price head-to-head, but after several surprises, including Steve Smith’s early wicket, there is still plenty of value to be had in the player performance markets.

Cricket and the Adelaide Oval are a match made in heaven, so before Australia head to what many are now calling the home of cricket, be sure to read our complete Second Test Preview below.

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Justin Langer will be hoping for more of the same from his top order as David Warner and Joe Burns placed Australia in a dominant position last week with their 251-run partnership in the first innings.

As a result, it looks as though the selectors have very little work to do ahead of Friday, and perhaps in the future, with Australia’s top order finally showing some stability.

The bowling attack also relished the notoriously quick wicket at the Gabba as Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins tore through the Pakistani lineup on day one. Bowling in Brisbane has long played to Australia’s advantage, but Pakistan might find some confidence in a much kinder (and slower) Adelaide Oval wicket that should favour their spinners.

Pakistan’s bowling was by far their biggest letdown as Imran Khan took only one wicket in the first innings. Yasir Shar’s brilliant Yorker to bowl out Steve Smith was the only real highlight to come from the First Test, but again, Pakistan should fancy themselves a chance if Mohammad Abbas makes his return to the side.

It’s painfully clear that Australia’s bowling is a class above Pakistan’s right now, but there is every chance we see this Test last the full five days if the visitors find themselves on the right side of lady luck.

Whether it be the no-ball on Warner’s initial dismissal or several missed chances in the field, Pakistan was their own worst enemy in Brisbane. Australia dominating in at the Gabba was almost a certainty, but they might have to work this time around.

Tip: Back Australia to Win @ $1.20

Australia Top 1st Innings Runscorer

The Gabba wasn’t quite as kind to Travis Head last week as it was back in January.

The 25-year-old put up 84 runs against Sri Lanka earlier in the year but managed only 24 before being caught by Mohammad Rizwan on Saturday.

It’s all about learning and growing this early on in Head’s career, but that isn’t to say he can’t rack up a big total in front of his hometown crowd this weekend.

The South Australian performed exceptionally well in his home debut last summer putting up 72 in the first innings against India. With plenty of familiarity with the wicket and a lively crowd on his side, the current price on offer for Head looks well over the odds.

Tip: Back Travis Head @ $10.00

Pakistan Top 1st Innings Runscorer

There was so much to like about Babar Azam in Brisbane. His century in the second innings was another reminder that Pakistan might hold the most talented up and coming batsman in world cricket, making the 25-year-old a great bet to lead the way again for the visitors in Adelaide.

Azam has never played a Test match at the Adelaide Oval but he did finish with triple figures during an ODI back in 2017. Plenty are now comparing Azam to Virat Kohli, and while it’s still early days, it’s worth mentioning how the world’s current top batsman has relished the conditions in Adelaide scoring two Test centuries and his own One Day ton back in January.

Tip: Babar Azam @ $3.50

Australia Top 1st Innings Wicket Taker

Adelaide has been one of Josh Hazlewood’s favourite places to bowl during his lengthy Test career.

In four matches the 28-year-old has taken a combined 22 wickets, including a pair this time last year against South Africa in a One Dayer.

Hazlewood bowled only 20 overs in the first innings last week where his two wickets were overshadowed by Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. His workload increased in the second innings, however, resulting in team-leading four-wicket haul.

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Pakistan Top 1st Innings Wicket Taker

It sounds as though Pakistani selectors have learned from their mistake after selecting Imran Khan ahead of Mohammad Abbas for the First Test.

To be fair, the selectors had very little option with Abbas’ shoulder injury still a big question mark, but the team still sounds hopeful in naming him for the starting squad on Friday.

Pakistan had no answer for Australia’s conditioned Test squad in Brisbane and they could certainly do with another talented medium-pacer out on the field. Abbas has never bowled in Adelaide, let alone in Australia. But after performing exceptionally well during Pakistan’s tour of South Africa back in January, Abbas looks to be exactly what the visitors need.

Tip: Mohammad Abbas @ $3.25

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