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Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Azhar focused on making starts count

Oct 30, 2014: Azhar Ali's hundred helped Pakistan boss over Australia on the opening day of the second Test but, more importantly, it showed that he was focused on ensuring his starts were not wasted

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Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

Misbah eyes rare Australia-series win

Oct 29, 2014: Misbah-ul-Haq is very keen to add to Pakistan's list of home-venue Test series victories against Australia, when the second match in Abu Dhabi gets underway

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Waqar aims for more consistency

Oct 28, 2014: Pakistan have a chance of shooting up the ICC Test rankings if they seal a series win against Australia, but for their head coach Waqar Younis, rankings are less important than making his team a more consistent unit

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Well worth the wait

Oct 28, 2014: Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

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ICC news

ICC discussing reintegration of banned players

Oct 27, 2014: David Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, has said that the governing body is discussing amendments to its anti-corruption code that will allow banned players to play competitive cricket at domestic level within a certain period before the end of the

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Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Dubai, 5th day

No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan

Oct 26, 2014: When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations

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Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Dubai, 4th day

Choosing 'difficult path' pays off for Younis

Oct 25, 2014: Younis Khan, the Pakistan batsman, has said he chose the more difficult path by deciding to play the Tests against Australia, after being dropped for the ODIs, and the decision has paid off

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Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day

Yasir Shah makes early impact after long wait

Oct 24, 2014: The legspinner made his first-class debut back in 2002, and grabbed his Test chance when it finally came

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Australia v Pakistan, 1st Test, Dubai, 2nd day

Sarfraz earns his stripes

Oct 23, 2014: Sarfraz Ahmed was long seen as a lightweight in international cricket, but he is changing that perception with sheer weight of runs

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Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Dubai, 1st day

Another crisis, another Younis masterclass

Oct 22, 2014: Walking in at seven for two, Younis Khan soaked up stifling pressure from Australia's bowlers and emerged with a record-equalling 25th Test hundred

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Pakistan v Australia, 1st Test, Dubai

Pakistan set to field raw attack

Oct 21, 2014: In the absence of Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan, Pakistan could put out an attack that has a combined experience of 11 Tests

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Waqar keen to exploit Australia's weaknesses

Oct 20, 2014: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said his side has spotted certain "weaknesses" in Australia during their tour-game defeat in Sharjah, and they will be looking to exploit that once the Test series gets underway

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Pakistan news

Ajmal rehabilitation on track - Saqlain

Oct 15, 2014: Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan offspinner, has said Saeed Ajmal has a 'realistic possibility' of returning to international cricket

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Pakistan news

Afridi's comments irresponsible - PCB chief

Oct 14, 2014: The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has expressed disappointment with Shahid Afridi's comments after the third ODI in Abu Dhabi

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Pakistan news

'I'm not Misbah, Misbah is not me' - Afridi

Oct 13, 2014: Shahid Afridi, Pakistan's T20 captain, has said that his style of leadership was extremely different from Misbah-ul-Haq

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Pakistan v Australia 2014

Pakistan delay announcing Test squad

Oct 13, 2014: Injuries have left Pakistan short of options and the selectors postponed naming the squad for the Tests against Australia until they see how their A team fares in the practice game

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Pakistan news

Misbah sat out voluntarily - PCB chief

Oct 12, 2014: The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said Misbah-ul-Haq had opted out of the third ODI against Australia in Abu Dhabi on his own accord

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Pakistan news

Ajmal attempts to drill in new action

Oct 9, 2014: Saeed Ajmal has been rigorously practising bowling with a straight elbow to get his arm used to it, and by his own admission, has repeated a drill around 7000 times in the last three weeks

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Injured Junaid out of Australia series

Oct 8, 2014: Fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of Pakistan's series' against Australia in the UAE, after injuring his knee during practice

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Pakistan v Australia 2014-15

Hand injury sidelines Hafeez for two weeks

Oct 4, 2014: Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan allrounder, has been ruled out for two weeks after sustaining a hand injury

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