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Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Dubai

Twin Asian challenges await Australia

Oct 21, 2014: What Australia have not done since returning a fractured unit from India is head back to Asia to play an Asian team. Two of their major weaknesses - handling spin and reverse swing - will be tested in the UAE by Pakistan

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Marsh can be future Australia captain - Clarke

Oct 21, 2014: Mitchell Marsh can be a future captain of Australia, according to the current leader Michael Clarke

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Stronger Siddle rediscovers his pace

Oct 20, 2014: Peter Siddle, who felt "pretty fatigued" while bowling in South Africa in March, said that he felt in top shape after being put through a new strength and conditioning programme designed to bring back his pace

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Australia's 16: who's ready for the Test

Oct 19, 2014: ESPNcricinfo runs the rule over the preparation of all 16 Australia players ahead of the first Test, which starts in Dubai on Wednesday

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Australia wait on Dubai pitch

Oct 19, 2014: Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh should be fit for the first Test against Pakistan, but Australia's chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said the final XI may not be decided until the morning of the match

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 4th day

Australians done by spin, reverse swing

Oct 18, 2014: Phillip Hughes conceded that his team found it difficult to deal with spin and reverse swing, after Australians crumbled to a 153-run loss against Pakistan A in Sharjah

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 4th day

Australians crumble to 153-run loss

Oct 18, 2014: Phillip Hughes scored a half-century but Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers missed out on their last chance for some decent time in the middle ahead of the first Test, as Pakistan A wrapped up a 153-run victory in the tour game in Sharjah

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Pakistan A v Australians, tour match, Sharjah, 3rd day

Haider swaps dirhams for Australian deliveries

Oct 17, 2014: On the first two days of this game, Saqlain Haider was working in a bank, dealing with dirhams from 8am until 4pm. On day three, he was standing behind the stumps negotiating nasty Mitchell Johnson deliveries.

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 3rd day

Lyon, O'Keefe make Test case for spin

Oct 17, 2014: Playing two spinners has not brought Australia much success in the post-Warne era, but the UAE might prove the exception

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 3rd day

Azam, Sohail tons reinforce Pakistan A lead

Oct 17, 2014: After going wicketless on the first day in Sharjah, Nathan Lyon was the only Australian to make a breakthrough on day three as Babar Azam and Haris Sohail ground down the bowlers with unbeaten centuries

The Report by Brydon Coverdale in Sharjah

Australia news

Lehmann locked in until 2017

Oct 16, 2014: Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his positive impact on Australia's performance with a one-year extension to his contract as head coach

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 2nd day

Lehmann confident of Warner's recovery

Oct 16, 2014: Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has said he is confident opener David Warner will be fit for the first Test in Dubai after suffering a groin injury during the third ODI in Abu Dhabi on Sunday

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 2nd day

Homework on playing spin pays off for Doolan

Oct 16, 2014: Alex Doolan is the first to admit that fancy footwork against the spinners does not come naturally to him but his 104 against Pakistan A has suggested he may enjoy the opportunity

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 2nd day

Doolan ton props up Australians

Oct 16, 2014: Alex Doolan scored a confident century on the second day against Pakistan A in Sharjah to join the in-form Steven Smith in leading Australia's strong recovery from a shaky top-order start

The Report by Brydon Coverdale in Sharjah

Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 1st day

Murali helps O'Keefe beat 'dead track'

Oct 15, 2014:

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Pakistan A v Australians, Sharjah, 1st day

Shafiq, O'Keefe impress on flat pitch

Oct 15, 2014: Asad Shafiq will enter the first Test in Dubai full of confidence after scoring a breezy century to take Pakistan A to 305 for 8 in 90 overs against the Australians on the first day of their tour match in Sharjah

The Report by Brydon Coverdale in Sharjah

Australia news

Watson wishes to open across formats

Oct 15, 2014: Shane Watson's immediate future appears to be at No. 6 in the Test team and No. 3 in the ODI side, but he still wishes he could open the batting for Australia across all formats

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Pakistan v Australia 2014

Clarke gears for final fitness test

Oct 14, 2014: Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh will be hoping to prove their fitness for the first Test against Pakistan during this week's four-day warm-up game, while David Warner will nurse his groin problem on the sidelines

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New Zealand news

'We head into World Cup as the perennial dark horse' - McCullum

Oct 8, 2014: Brendon McCullum has said New Zealand go into the World Cup as "the perennial dark horse", on his team's visit to Melbourne

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Pakistan v Australia, 1st ODI, Sharjah

Fawad Alam, the trend-setter

Oct 7, 2014: Plays of the day from the first ODI between Pakistan and Australia in Sharjah

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