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Australia vs Pakistan, 3rd Test: Australia to play with two spinners, Misbah-ul-Haq still assessing last defeat

Australia vs Pakistan, 3rd Test: Australia to play with two spinners, Misbah-ul-Haq still assessing last defeat

Spinners Steve O`Keefe and Ashton Agar have been included in a 13-man squad for a Sydney Cricket Ground wicket that is expected to turn.

Pakistan rides on Azhar Ali's century, to close day 2 on 310-6 at a gloomy MCG

Pakistan rides on Azhar Ali's century, to close day 2 on 310-6 at a gloomy MCG

After 39 overs were lost on the opening day, the soggy weather wiped out the entire middle session, frustrating home fans and the Australian bowlers.

Jackson Bird gets Australia rolling but rain halts play at MCG on Day 1; Pakistan 142/4

Jackson Bird gets Australia rolling but rain halts play at MCG on Day 1; Pakistan 142/4

Bird (2-53) struck twice in quick succession just before the rain set in to give the home team the ascendancy, removing experienced duo Younis Khan (21) and Misbah-ul-Haq (11).

Australia vs Pakistan: Steve Smith announces team for Boxing Day Test against Pakistan

Australia vs Pakistan: Steve Smith announces team for Boxing Day Test against Pakistan

The series opener, a pink ball day-night Test, was won by Australia, by 39 runs with skipper himself scoring a brilliant hundred in their first innings at Gabba.

Australia vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 2: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird decimate Misbah-ul-Haq & Co in Brisbane

Australia vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 2: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird decimate Misbah-ul-Haq & Co in Brisbane

At the close, Pakistan were hanging on at 97 for eight and trailing by 332 runs with Sarfraz Ahmed on 31 and Mohammad Amir not out eight.

Australia vs South Africa: Faf du Plessis ton puts Proteas in strong position in day-night Test

Australia vs South Africa: Faf du Plessis ton puts Proteas in strong position in day-night Test

Hazlewood was the best of the Australian bowlers with four wickets for 68.

Dominant Australia ride on skipper Steve Smith's incredible success in Test cricket

Dominant Australia ride on skipper Steve Smith's incredible success in Test cricket

Smith delivered the goods with a starry display at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test: Josh Hazlewood pleads guilty to dissent in umpire row, fined by ICC

New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test: Josh Hazlewood pleads guilty to dissent in umpire row, fined by ICC

Hazlewood saw his temper flaring high after a lbw appeal for the wicket of Kane Williamson was turned down. 

Fidel Edwards replaces injured Jackson Bird at Hampshire

Fidel Edwards replaces injured Jackson Bird at Hampshire

West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards will join English county side Hampshire earlier than planned after the withdrawal of Australian strike bowler Jackson Bird.

Stuck on 99 Test wickets, Ben Hilfenhaus keen to do well against Pakistan

Stuck on 99 Test wickets, Ben Hilfenhaus keen to do well against Pakistan

Two years is a long time to spend in the international freezer, so paceman Ben Hilfenhaus is keen to stake his claim on the sun-baked pitches of the Middle East when Australia take on Pakistan in a test series next month.

Injury stops Bird`s county stint

Australia seamer Jackson Bird will be unable to play at all for Northamptonshire this season because of a back injury, the English county confirmed Monday.

Oz media says pace battery starting to `feel the pinch` for first time since Ashes

The Australian media has said that the demands of an intense winter are starting to take their toll on the country`s mighty pace bowling attack, which is `under the pump` for the first time since Australia`s domination of England started at Gabba three months ago.

Siddle believes superior depth in fast bowling gives OZ the edge over Proteas

Pacer Peter Siddle has said that Australia has an advantage over South Africa due to their superior depth in fast bowling, and a mandate to bowl at full intensity all of the time.

Phillip Hughes replaces injured Shaun Marsh in Australia squad

Australia replaced injured batsman Shaun Marsh with Phillip Hughes on Thursday while clearing fit-again paceman Jackson Bird to join the team in South Africa for the three-test series starting on February 12.

Australia`s Bird fit for South Africa

Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird was Thursday declared fit and will fly out to join the rest of the squad in South Africa after being cleared of a back injury.

Clarke confident on Marsh, Bird for South Africa tour

Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he was confident Shaun Marsh and Jackson Bird will be fit to face top-ranked South Africa as the squad flew out for a three-Test tour.

Australia bring in new blood for South Africa tour

After a stunning Ashes triumph, Australia added specialist batsmen to a 15-man squad unveiled on Monday for the upcoming tour against world number one South Africa.

Bird confident of Oz Test recall after four-wicket haul in Big Bash

Australian cricketer Jackson Bird fired a not-so-subtle reminder to national selectors on Friday night, dominating the Big Bash League opener in his return from a serious back injury.

Harmison says Durham ground `tailor-made` for Oz pacer Bird

Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison has said that the Durham ground is `tailor-made` for Australian seam bowler Jackson Bird, adding that if Bird is going to play anywhere in this Ashes series it should be at the site of the fourth Test.

`Flying` Bird in contention for Durham Test as Oz bids to draw Ashes

Australian seam bowler Jackson Bird may reportedly feature in the fourth Ashes Test at Durham, where the tourists will begin their readjusted mission to draw the series in England and render the hosts` retention of the urn as hollow as possible.