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Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test Tips - Can Warner can set Adelaide alight?

Can the Australians build on their first test domination? 
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Dave Warner will look to build on his brilliant first test performance (Getty Images)

Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test – Can Warner can set Adelaide alight?

The Test series moves onto Adelaide with Pakistan keen to produce a far better display than they managed at the Gabba.

Pakistan are low on confidence having lost their last five Test matches but Babar Azam showed his class in the first Test with a second-innings century. He is worth looking at in the run-scoring market in Adelaide.

Since the return to the Test fold of David Warner and Steven Smith prior to the Ashes, Australia have improved drastically. The first Test against Pakistan was a clinical display with bat and ball and nothing less will be expected this time around.

Australia Form

David Warner’s 154 at the Gabba saw the out-of-sorts opener show a dramatic turnaround in form. After a disappointing Ashes series, it was important for Warner to get back on track. Once runs flow for the left-hander they tend to do so with consistency so I am backing him to be the Aussies best first innings batsman at $3.50 via online bookmaker Neds.

It is a day/night pink ball Test match which means the ball will be doing a bit more in the air and off the deck. The fast bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood should once again dominate the Pakistan batting line-up in conducive conditions.

Australia is clear favourite for the victory but for value I will be focusing on David Warner in the best first innings batsman market.

Australia News

I don’t see many changes coming from Australia. There may be concern over workload or injury but the fast bowling trio of Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc were simply superb in the 1st Test. 

Possible changes could see James Pattinson starting ahead of Nathan Lyon or one of the three fast bowlers. Michael Neser is the all-rounder option if Australia feels they need more options with the pink ball.

Pakistan Form

Pakistan are on a five-match losing streak and that is likely to become six after the Adelaide Test match. Their batsman struggled with the pace of the Australians at the Gabba and under light it isn’t going to get any easier. 

I do however feel that Babar Azam’s second innings century will give him the confidence to produce another solid performance. He has the technique and temperament to handle the Aussie bowlers but he will need support. 

Pakistan News

Pakistan will make at least one change. Their young bowling line-up struggled despite the great promise they showed. Mohammed Abbas will likely start ahead of either Imran Khan or 16-year-old Naseem Shah.

Captain Azhar Ali hinted at possible changes in the batting department earlier this week. They may change the batting order around a bit Haris Sohail looked out of his depth at no. 3 and I can see Imam-ul-Haq making a return.

Australia vs Pakistan Head to Head

Australia have now won four of the last six Test matches against Pakistan; all of them in Australia. 

The last match ended with Australia winning by an innings at 5 runs in Brisbane.

Australia vs Pakistan Match Up

Pakistan will need to find a way to take regular wickets against a strong Australian batting line-up if they are to have any chance. That is the match-up that promises to be an intriguing one and I’m sure Pakistan will make the changes required in the bowling department.

Mohammad Abbas is the key Pakistan player for me. He bowls at a slower pace to the youngsters but he offers control and movement, which will be key against the high-flying Australian batsman.

Australia vs Pakistan Stats

  • Australia’s David Warner scored 154 runs in his last test innings
  • Australia’s David Warner averages 54.61 at the Adelaide Oval in seven test matches
  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam scored 105 runs in his last test innings against Australia

Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test FAQ

Where is the second test between Australia and Pakistan being held?

Adelaide Oval is the venue for the second test between Australia and Pakistan.

This will be the first test played between the two nations in Australia under lights.

When does the second test between Australia and Pakistan start?

The second test is scheduled to start on Friday, November 29 from Adelaide Oval in South Australia.

The test is a day/nighter which means it kicks off slightly later. 2.30pm AEDT is the scheduled start time on Friday.

Where can I live stream the Australia vs Pakistan test?

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Australia is heavily favoured to win this match and rightfully so.

We believe Dave Warner will lead the Aussies to a victory in Adelaide with a man of the match performance.
Best Bet: Australia To Win @1.18 at Sportsbet - 10 Units
Man Of The Match: Dave Warner @6.50 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit

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