Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald

Brad Haddin injured as Pakistan put Australia to the sword in second Test

Injured: Brad Haddin receives attention during the first session before leaving the field.

Andrew Wu Australia's wretched Middle East campaign lurched further into the mire on Friday after Brad Haddin hurt his shoulder during Pakistan's continued onslaught in the second Test.

Brad Haddin injury more bad news as Australia endure a second horror day

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 31:  Brad Haddin of Australia shows discomfort after he retured to the ground after the lunch break, still nursing his shoulder injury after landing heavily while wicketkeeping during Day Two of the Second Test between Pakistan and Australia at Sheikh Zayed Stadium at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 31, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu Australia are fighting to avoid another Test whitewash in Asia, their campaign in the Middle East in tatters.

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Michael Clarke admits he is running out of ideas

Michael Clarke

Andrew Wu Michael Clarke says he tried just about everything to dismiss Pakistan's batsmen by the end of day one. The bad news is he still has to find a way to take another eight first-innings wickets.

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Australia left staring at another big run chase against Pakistan in the second Test in Abu Dhabi

Mitchell Johnson.

Andrew Wu It now seems an eternity ago that Australia had Pakistan teetering at 2-7 on the first morning of the series.

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Australian captain Michael Clarke vows to keep attacking against Pakistan in second Test

Michael Clarke:

Andrew Wu Michael Clarke has vowed he will be even more attacking with his captaincy in the second Test despite a call from an Australian great to adopt a more conservative approach.

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Pakistan spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah prepare to turn screws on Australia

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Andrew Wu It has not been an easy road to the top for Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah, the Pakistan spin duo threatening to consign Australia to another Test whitewash in Asia.

Ian Chappell says there is no quick fix for Australia's spin woes

Former Test captain Ian Chappell.

Andrew Wu Ian Chappell says there is no overnight solution to Australia's batting woes against spin, casting doubt on whether the visitors can reverse their flagging fortunes in time to avoid a series defeat...

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ICC had reached 'straw that broke camel's back' with chucking

Tougher line: ICC chief Dave Richardson.

Andrew Wu International Cricket Council chief Dave Richardson says the game had reached the "straw that broke the camel's back" with suspect bowling actions, forcing the governing body to launch its...

Dean Jones says Australia's batsmen need to take off pads to conquer spin

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Andrew Wu Dean Jones is calling for a radical shift in the way Australian batsman face spin in the wake of yet another humiliating Test defeat in Asia.

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Alex Doolan latest to struggle as Australia's Test No.3

Alex Doolan

Andrew Wu Alex Doolan is the latest in a long list of Australian batsmen to have struggled to fill the No.3 berth Ricky Ponting made his own for nearly a decade.

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'Improved' Australia have 'more work to do' against spin, says Michael Clarke

Steve Smith

Andrew Wu Michael Clarke says Australia have improved their batting against spin since last year's whitewash against India, after suffering a massive defeat in the first Test against Pakistan.

Australia thrashed by Pakistan in first Test humiliation

Alex Doolan

Andrew Wu Australia's Middle East mission is in a spin after a horror first Test revealed an out-of-form captain, raised concerns over their underperforming spinners and renewed fears over the team's ability...

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Michael Clarke admits he is short of match practice

Rought trot: Michael Clarke trudges off after being dismissed in the first innings.

Andrew Wu Michael Clarke has gone from champ to chump in the space of one Test, his woes magnified by an underperforming team and a referral blunder which would have given him a second life.

Australia staring at heavy first Test defeat to Pakistan

Michael Clarke

Andrew Wu Australia are staring at a heavy loss in the first Test against Pakistan after the re-emergence of their woes against spin.

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Young Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah inspired by 'idol' Shane Warne

Yasir Shah

Andrew Wu Yasir Shah, the Pakistan debutant who put Australia's Test plans in a spin on Friday, says he was inspired by former spin great Shane Warne.

David Warner reaches century but Australia in trouble against Pakistan

David Warner.

Andrew Wu Sixth-placed Pakistan have defied the odds and placed Australia in a position they have seldom been in during the past 12 months.

David Warner smashes century for Australia in first Test versus Pakistan

On a roll: Warner has exceeded all expectations after a torrid 2013.

Andrew Wu A year after fearing his international career was over, David Warner is in the form of his life, intent to inflict damage on the opposition rather than himself.

Stephen O'Keefe feared first wicket may never come

O'Keefe is congraulated by teammates after the wicket of Yasir Shah.

Andrew Wu Stephen O'Keefe thought his first wicket was never going to come as Pakistan gave the debutant a tough initiation to Test cricket.

David Warner closes in on century as Australia battle to rescue first Test

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 23:  David Warner of Australia acknowledges the crowd as he bring up his half century during Day Two of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium at Dubai International Stadium on October 23, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu David Warner is closing in on his third consecutive Test ton, but Australia have little margin for error if they are to avoid a shock defeat.

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Nathan Lyon, Stephen O'Keefe set to play key roles in first Test for Australia against Pakistan

Dangerous: Nathan Lyon caused trouble with the second new ball.

Andrew Wu Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.