Pakistan's New Spin Regiment Rattles Mighty Australia

With just three Tests between them, Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah are mere shadows of senior teammate Saeed Ajmal. The two rookie spinners, however made up for his absence by taking Pakistan to a memorable Test win against Australia in Dubai.

updated: October 26, 2014 18:20 IST
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Zulfiqar Babar (R) took five wickets in the second innings.


Fans may be missing Saeed Ajmal but the Pakistan team seems to be having no problems in the spin department. This after inexperienced Zulfiqar Babar and debutant Yasir Shah combined to wreck the Australian batting on Sunday. Pakistan won the Dubai Test by 221 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. (Also read: Younis Khan Considered Sitting out Tests vs Australia)

Both Babar and Shah had struck repeated blows against Australia in both innings of the Test match. While Shah had claimed three in the first innings and another 4 in the second, Babar added to his first innings figures of 2/81 by picking up 5 more on the final day of the match. It was an effort which ensured there were no heroics from any of the Australian batsmen as the team folded on an embarrassing 216 runs.

Many had questioned Pakistan's ability to bowl out Australia. The absence of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal - banned for an illegal bowling action - had created further doubts about the spin department. Babar and Shah however emerged as the unlikely heroes despite the fact that they have hardly had any international exposure. While Babar featured in two Tests before taking on the mighty Aussies, Shah made his debut. (Also read: Michael Clarke Praises 'Gentleman' Younis Khan)

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