Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has been sidelined from the second Test in opposition to Australia in Abu Dhabi, which begins on October 16, after fracturing his little finger on the left hand. He sustained the injury whereas diving for the ball within the discipline on the ultimate day of the primary Test in Dubai.
Imam had contributed 76 off 188 balls in a 205-run partnership for the primary wicket with Mohammad Hafeez – the fifth-highest opening stand for Pakistan in Test cricket. In Pakistan’s second innings, he was their prime scorer, with 48 off 104 balls, serving to them swell the result in 461.
In the absence of Imam, Pakistan may push No.three Azhar Ali to the highest and herald legspinning allrounder Shadab Khan ought to he get well from the groin injury he had picked up on the Asia Cup.
As an alternate choice, they may herald Fakhar Zaman to companion Hafeez on the prime and maintain Azhar at No. three. Fakhar, although, is uncapped in Test cricket, and hasn’t performed a first-class recreation since October 2017.