Abbas cops Pakistan management's approach

Scott Bailey
Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas, left, admits his rhythm was down in the second Test at Adelaide

Pakistan strike bowler Mohammad Abbas insists his confidence wasn't dented by being axed for the first Test against Australia before earning a recall for the second.

Abbas was a shock omission for the Gabba Test after running through Australia in the UAE last year, with management claiming he was struggling for rhythm.

He returned at the Adelaide Oval on Friday but was largely ineffective, taking 0-56 from 19 overs as Australia went to stumps at 1-302.

Abbas conceded afterwards his rhythm had been down after playing his first Test in 10 months, but vowed to do all he could to regain his best.

"I am not at all happy with my own performance," he said.

"When you play Test cricket after 10 months, there's a difference for sure and it takes a while to get your rhythm back.

"It's a new management. They went with whatever combination they thought was better (for Brisbane). It didn't affect me too much.

"I kept working hard. I tried my best today, and I'll keep trying to do that tomorrow and in the matches in the near future."

Abbas injured his shoulder in Pakistan's series against New Zealand last November.

Officials were then unhappy with his rhythm in the next series against South Africa and in the lead up to the Gabba Test.

Pakistan's regime has also changed almost entirely since then. Misbah-ul-Haq has replaced Mickey Arthur as coach, while Azhar Ali took over Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain.

There is also no doubt the conditions Abbas enjoyed in Dubai to claim 17 Australian scalps are a far cry from the Adelaide Oval.

Pakistan expected plenty of movement from the pink ball on Friday, but barely made it swing after the opening few overs.

A rain delay also denied them the chance at a second new ball under lights, which has often been a carrot for bowling teams late in the day.

Still though, they could only blame themselves.

While most pitched too short, Abbas was far too wide in his early spell and didn't make David Warner play enough when he had the new ball.

"On the pitches in Dubai, if there's no seam or swing we try to wait for reverse swing," Abbas said.

"But here with the pink ball and the weather wasn't conducive for reverse swing. So the pitch was flat and the ball kept going straight.

"We haven't got the kind of help from the wicket that was expected

"As a professional you have to play on whatever pitch is given to you. You have to find a way out.

"We tried to form partnerships with the ball they way you do with the bat but it didn't happen."