Well, that’s that. The Aussies win the second test, this time by an Innings and 48 runs. They won the toss on Day 1 and chose to bat, and despite losing Burns for 4 early on, they were able to take complete control of the game early on. Warner and Labuschagne put on 361 for the 2nd wicket, and as both collect big tons the Aussies put a huge score one board. Labuschagne made 162 however this was dwarfed by Dave Warner’s 335 not out, before the Aussies declared having batted for a day and a half again. When it was the Aussies turn to the bowl, they made the wicket look completely different and they quickly ran through the poor Pakistan top order, having them 6-89 at the end of day two.
It was expected to stay that way in day 3, however Babar Azam and Yasir Shah put on 105 for the 7th wicket and showed some fight. Azam was stiff in missing his 3rd test ton, slashing at a Mitch Starc delivery gifting Tim Paine a nice catch. The big shock was Yasir Shah, who having never passed 71 in first class cricket, let alone tests, produced a test ton (113) that was filled with luck, grit and towards the end, entertainment. Having been pasted for more than 400 runs whilst bowling, I’m sure he would have been rapt to get some back on the Aussies bowlers. Mitch Starc was superb taking 6-66 whilst Cummins took 3 wickets as well.
The Aussies then enforced the follow-on, and the Pakistan top order again crumbled and they were probably lucky that the rain came as they Aussie bowlers were on song, having Pakistan 3-39 and still 247 behind. Pakistan put up a fight over the first session on day 4 and at least made the Aussies work hard for their wickets, but with time on their side and still being relatively fresh, they were able to keep on the pressure and slowly take the wickets needed. Nathan Lyon hit some form today and took his 16th 5-wicket haul on tests to rout Pakistan and they were able to get another innings victory in successive tests to win the series.
David Warner was the player of the match and the series which was a simply call, considering he made 489 runs for the series for just once dismissed.
So, who were the Prince’s and who were the Paupers in the 2nd test?
1: David Warner – When you make 335* you’d be stiff to not be in this section. He made 489 runs for the series, for just once out. He’s left the poor Ashes behind him and filled his boots against a poor Pakistan side. Huge series to come against the Kiwis and we’ll need runs from Warner to win it.
2: Marnus Labuschagne – back up his maiden test ton with another here in Adelaide. Was at the wicket early with the Aussies being 1-8, however he showed great temperament and skill to notch up another strong knock. Looks a keeper at 3 right now.
3: Mitch Starc – 6-66 in the first innings and then took another early in the Pakistan second innings. He’s bowling fast and his lines have improved greatly. Couldn’t have done much more and this is the Mitch we like, fast, accurate and consistent. Let’s hope it may continue for the summer at least.
4: Yasir Shah – 113 in the Pakistan 1st innings, making his maiden Test & First-Class ton. Showed some real fight and went down swinging. His bowling was poor, but he at least leaves the tour with something to remember.
5: Nathan Lyon – 5-fa in the second innings and hopefully finding some form and rhythm. We’ve managed to win without him being dominant, but we need him firing to really maintain the pressure when the quicks are tiring.
1: Travis Head – Probably harsh, but he’s spent a day and half watching other people bat, then nearly 2 days in the field, not bowling or taking a catch. Essentially, he was a glorified spectator!
2: Imam ul-Haq – brought in for this test to allow Azhar Ali to bat at 3, and made scores of 2 & 0 and showed poor technique and no fight.
3: Mohammad Abbas – Pakistan were criticized for not playing him at the Gabba, but with 0-100 in this game then maybe it was a justified decision. Bowled some good lines but generally lacked the pace and guile to really cause the Aussies many headaches.
4: Azhar Ali – First series as captain and generally struggled as both batsman and captain. He made twin scores of 9 in this game and his captaincy lacked any sort of direction. Had weird fields and generally battled to tie the Aussie batsman down, and when he got a chance to bat, he couldn’t stick around for any length of time.
5: Steve Smith – came in when the score was big already, but went out to a shocking shot. Made little difference, but would have been nice to see him get some really solid time in the middle before the kiwis come over.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]