Australia captain Tim Paine is looking to lift his side in the second Test with Pakistan after last week’s morale-boosting draw. The Aussies looked set to fall 1-0 behind in the two-match series until an amazing fourth-innings rearguard action saw them come away from Dubai on level terms.
Usman Khawaja scored 141 while Paine was 61 not out when time was called on day five, to give his side a chance of claiming an unlikely series triumph in Abu Dhabi.
There was an outpouring of joy from the Baggy Greens’ players after they staved off defeat but now Paine if hoping to take that into the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
“It’d be a massive thing for any Australian side, and for this one in particular,” he said. “Touched on it last week that not many people gave us a chance over here, which is a great opportunity for us to prove people wrong and a great thing to keep driving us.
“We’re trying to get better every day, and if we manage to play our best next week maybe that is possible. But we’ve got to turn up for a really tough match, it’s going to last five days and we’ve got to be on for all of those five days and every session.”