Abbas set for Pakistan Test recall: Paine

Murray Wenzel
Australia believe Pakistan will bring back seamer Mohammad Abbas for the second Test in Adelaide

Surprised by the omission of Mohammad Abbas in Brisbane, Australian skipper Tim Paine expects the probing seamer to return for Pakistan in the second Test from Friday in Adelaide.

He averages 18.86 from 14 Tests - better than any bowler with more than 25 wickets since his 2017 debut.

Last year, he took 17 wickets in two Tests against Australia in the UAE, but was left to watch this week from the Gabba stands as the hosts plundered 580 in their only Brisbane innings.

A drop in pace, recovery from injury and general poor form were the reasons given by bowling coach Waqar Younis for his exclusion.

But Paine admitted life was made easier without Mohammad bowling in Brisbane.

"I was pretty happy he didn't play, if I'm totally honest," he said.

"I thought in the UAE, on wickets that offered him absolutely nothing, he somehow made it move.

"I think he probably would have been a handful out there.

"We'll wait and see. I'm sure he'll be looked at pretty quickly for the next Test match. As I said, our guys have seen him play and know what to expect and how good he is.

Paine heaped praise on his own bowlers, who had made it hard for squad members Michael Neser and James Pattinson to earn a berth in Adelaide.

"I thought our bowlers in this game were terrific, to take 20 wickets inside four days," he said.

"But the squad named was for the first two Tests, so we'll get to Adelaide, have a look at the conditions, got the pink ball as well, so that'll come into consideration.

"But I thought the four that played in this game bowled really, really well."