Pakistan to take on Australia in final Test on Tuesday

Tim Paine

Tim Paine

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has dispelled the impression that his team had any fear of losing as they prepare to do battle with Australia in the second and final Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium from Tuesday.

Lyon, Australia's greatest ever off-spinner, was the architect of a dramatic Pakistani collapse, which left coach Mickey Arthur with head in hands.

The pair, in particular the skipper, decided that the best way to rebuild after lunch was to attack, plundering 17 runs from one Peter Siddle over en route to reaching drinks in the middle session at 5-145, with Zaman on 70 and Sarfraz on 48.

Australia snatched a morale-boosting draw on the final day of the first Test in Dubai.

Labuschagne's cat-like reflexes and a hint of luck ensured he will feature in highlights packages for years to come.

Mohammad Hafeez was the first to return to the pavilion as Mitchell Starc removed him for four.

Since then they have lost 4-0 in India (2013), 2-0 in United Arab Emirates to Pakistan (2014), 3-0 in Sri Lanka (2016), 2-1 in India (2017) and drawn 1-1 in Bangladesh previous year.

"We are reasonably confident".

"We are coming into this Test with a bit more momentum and guys know what to expect a bit more in these conditions", said Paine, who announced paceman Mitchell Starc will play in Abu Dhabi.

"I think we were clearly pretty excited by what we've been able to achieve, because it doesn't happen too much, but you've got to keep a bit of perspective on it and realise that we had been outplayed, particularly over the first few days".

Paine admitted Pakistan is a "very good team" ahead of the second Test. "We know what we are up against and we know they are an excellent team and even better in these conditions". "Throughout we played good cricket but unfortunately we couldn´t get across the line", Ahmed said.

The hosts have made two changes in the lineup as Fakhar Zaman and Mir Hamza are making their Test debut for Pakistan in place of Imamul Haq and Wahab Riaz.

The draw was still enough to keep Australia in with a chance of winning their first series in Asia since the 2011 tour of Sri Lanka.

"There is nothing like that (fear) and you would see that with the way we played the first Test".