The 29-year-old seamer failed to pick a wicket on the opening day of the day-night Test
Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas is hoping to turn the tables on Australia with a strong performance on the second day of the ongoing day-night Test match in Adelaide.
Veteran seamer , who tormented Australia when he took 17 wickets in two Tests in the UAE last October, failed to impress on his comeback as he struggled to pick a wicket throughout the opening day of the second Test of the series.
While speaking at the press conference after the end of first day’s play, Abbas was disappointed with his performance and was eager to get back into his bowling rhythm soon.
“I am not at all happy with my own performance because I am obviously considered the main bowler,” said Abbas. “When you play Test cricket after 10 months, it takes time to get back into rhythm. The match, however, has not ended yet. We will try and come back strong tomorrow.”
“The start to my career was indeed great, but ups and downs are part of the game too. I got injured against New Zealand, and it took a lot of time for me to recover. But I am bowling and hopefully I will be back in rhythm soon,” he added.
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The 29-year-old also said that the Adelaide Oval pitch isn’t offering much support to the bowlers.
“In your own conditions, you are aware where and how to bowl. After coming to Australia, I had practiced a lot but the wicket did not help,” he said. “I tried to do my best but they were confident and played me well.”
“We could not do what we wanted but it is part of the game. Sometimes batsmen are on top and sometimes bowlers are. God willing, we will do better tomorrow morning,” he added.
Australia openers David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne both plundered back-to-back centuries as Australia stamped their authority on the opening day of the second Test.
At the close on a rain-interrupted day, the home team were a dominant 302 for one with the pair building an ominous 294-run partnership, leaving Pakistan with a huge battle to stay in touch.