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Paine opines on Abbas' exclusion from first Test
Australia vs Pakistan 2019

Paine opines on Abbas' exclusion from first Test

Pakistan slumped to an innings defeat in the opening match of the two-Test series against Australia raising questions over the logic of certain selections made by the team management for the final playing XI in the Brisbane clash.

The notable exclusion of right-arm paceman Mohammad Abbas to make room for Imran Khan as the premier new-ball bowler did not go down well with fans. More importantly, Imran failed to deliver in his comeback Test game once again attracting criticism from the cricket fraternity.

Australia skipper Tim Paine also voiced his astonishment regarding the exclusion of Abbas from the first Test and claimed his side were wary of facing him in the forthcoming pink-ball encounter in Adelaide.

"I was pretty happy Abbas didn't play if I'm totally honest. In the UAE on wickets that offered him nothing, he made it move around. They say he may be injured but I'm sure he'll be looked at pretty closely for the next Test. Our guys know how good he is,” the Aussie captain told reporters.