Sarfraz, Paine agree wrecker-in-chief Abbas is the best

Sarfraz, Paine agree wrecker-in-chief Abbas is the best

Sarfraz, Paine agree wrecker-in-chief Abbas is the best

Labuschagne then pulled Abbas behind - the batsman's review coming in vain with a clear spike visible on UltraEdge - and when Jon Holland (3) clipped Yasir to slip to leave Australia nine down Nathan Lyon (6no) called for handshakes with Khawaja unable to bat.

Chasing 538 to win, the tourists resumed at 1-47 on Friday with hopes of at least putting up a fight after showing tremendous mettle to secure a draw in Dubai.

Pakistan, who could have overtaken Sri Lanka with a 2-0 series win, remain at the seventh position but have advanced from 88 to 95 points.

And the grim picture could soon look worse with Usman Khawaja in doubt for the start of the home Test summer, likely to require surgery after scans confirmed he had torn the meniscus in his left knee.

Sarfraz claimed Australia weren't ready for Abbas, who was also named man-of-the-series on Pakistan's trip to England earlier this year.

Asad Shafiq will lead the Pakistan side in his absence while Mohammad Rizwan will be the wicket keeper. Definite positives from this series.

But while skipper Tim Paine insisted Australia were ready for Abbas, bowling coach David Saker provided a more illuminating perspective. Abbas, on a slow turning pitch, again jolted the top order with four quick wickets in the first hour on day four. Babar Azam missed a maiden hundred by one run but he and Sarfraz Ahmed (81) put on a 133-run partnership for the sixth wicket. However, the ball slowed down as it approached the ropes and just inches before the boundary line, it stopped.

Australia had reached 155-7 at lunch with the writing very much on the wall.

A bitterly disappointed Tim Paine says Australia went backwards in a humbling Test series capitulation to Pakistan in the UAE.

For some, it was just another day in Pakistan cricket.

Pakistan and Australia now head into a series of three Twenty20 internationals, with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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