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Australia Consolidate Second Spot in World Test Championship, India Comfortably on Top

Australia Consolidate Second Spot in World Test Championship, India Comfortably on Top”

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali on Monday admitted that they were beaten by a better side as he acknowledged that it was hard to get results with a young side in Australia.

Following their 2-0 series win over Pakistan at home, Australia strengthened their hold on the second spot in the ICC World Test Championship Table, but are still a fair way behind India who lead comfortably with 360 points.

One of the changes wrought by the day-night conditions was Paine's decision to enforce the follow-on well after he would usually have batted a second time, due to the fact the post-dinner session promised more movement and assistance for the pace bowlers. If you can get used to the bounce and pace you can make runs. "But it needs to be a team effort, partnerships are important", Azhar said.

Travis Head has joined one of the most freakish lists in cricket history, becoming just the third Australian to win a Test match without the effort of batting, bowling or taking a catch. Pakistan did have some successes during the tour. And also to score big in the first innings - getting ahead of the game here is very important.

While Babar missed out on a century by just three runs, Shah went on to slam his maiden Test ton, scoring 113 off 213 balls (4x13) to help Pakistan avoid an early all out.

But they were let down by an inexperienced and young fast bowling attack that was taken apart in Adelaide by David Warner on his way to 335 not out.

Despite the lopsided defeats, Azhar said they would still take some positives back home.

If you didn't realise Travis Head had been picked to play in the second Test against Pakistan, don't worry about it.

We will take some positives from here. "If we had taken the wickets quickly we would've bowled as well", Paine said.

In reply to the hosts' massive first innings total of 589/3, the visitors were once reeling at 89/6 in the first innings before Babar Azam and Yasir Shah came together for a rescue operation, showing great grit and determination to share a crucial 105-run stand seventh wicket.



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