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Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi test today

Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi test today”

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat on an Abu Dhabi surface they expected to be full of runs, and unusually, also picked five specialist bowlers.

Pakistan haven´t had a Test featuring Younis-Misbah pair in seven years and it is an unaccustomed territory for Pakistan to play without talismanic, prolific batsmen, as the legendary duo bid farewell to global cricket.

Captain of Pakistan team Sarfraz Ahmed said that the team has learned a lot from retired cricketers Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

"Obviously, it´s not easy to fill the void they left as they were the backbone of our batting", said Sarfraz earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur feels that a "new era" is about to begin for Pakistan cricket. Their opponents will be fellow sub-continenint nation Sri Lanka.

"We are using those cricket bats which are prescribed in the law", he said. The bowling department will be headed by pacer Mohammad Amir, who will be accompanied by leg-spinner Yasir Shah and fast-bowlers Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas.

Pakistan want to turn the page after the retirement of their two greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq while Sri Lanka will look to lift their recent poor showing in the longer format.

Playing without Younis and Misbah is unaccustomed territory for Pakistan, who haven't had a test featuring either of the talismanic, prolific pair in seven years.

Pakistan included only one frontline spinner in Yasir Shah, and handed a Test debut to 28-year-old batsman Haris Sohail who is also a part-time left-arm spinner.



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