Australia lose warm-up match against Pakistan A

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Australia lost their four-day warm-up game against Pakistan A by 153 runs, whilst Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers failed to post totals in their maiden appearances on the tour of Abu Dhabi.

The tourists were all out for 185 in their second innings on the final day, with Phillip Hughes (65) the only member of the side to record a half-century.

With the first Test against Pakistan commencing on Wednesday, Rogers and Clarke will enter the two-match series still looking for runs after both failing to post individual scores
above 10.

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Final day

Pakistan A declared on their overnight second innings total of 306-3, leaving centurions Haris Sohail (103) and Babar Azam (114) both unbeaten at the crease with an unbroken stand of 219 still intact.

The Australians required 339 runs to win on the final day, but were all out for 185 as Mohammad Talha and Raza Hasan took three wickets each.

For the second time in the match, Chris Rogers found himself trundling back to the pavilion in the very first over of an Australian innings. Although he did manage to bother the scorers second time around, the left-hander would have been extremely disappointed to be run out for three after six deliveries.

Batting form

Another player looking for a bit of time in the middle was Aussie captain Michael Clarke. The 33-year-old sat out the recent ODI series with injury but was only briefly at the crease before he was bowled by Rahat Ali.

That left the Australians reeling at 9-2, however, Hughes gave the side something to take into the Test series with his half-century.

Glenn Maxwell (18), Mitchell Marsh (35) and Peter Siddle (41) made the only other notable
contributions with the bat as Australia were all out after 51.3 overs.

Test series

That concluded the Aussies’ only first-class warm-up match before their upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan. And it won’t be remembered as one that has provided them with
the best preparation in Dubai.

Nevertheless, they have been ruthless when it has mattered, winning all four of their
internationals against Pakistan this month, including a nail-biting one-run victory in the final one-day encounter.

Rogers and Clarke could have done with getting some more runs under their belts but both batsmen have enough experience to post a big score when it really matters.

Australia enter the series looking to usurp South Africa as the number one ranked Test nation on the planet, whilst Pakistan are currently sixth in the world in the five-day game.

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