Pakistan mull changes to second Test team

Steve Larkin
Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq is in contention for a second Test call-up against Australia

Pakistan are mulling over some selection changes with the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq in the frame for the second Test against Australia.

Imam-ul-Haq, a 23-year-old opening batsman, says he's preparing to play but unsure if he'll be summoned for the day-night Test in Adelaide starting Friday.

The tourists are also tipped to recall paceman Mohammad Abbas, possibly at the expense of Imran Khan, as they seek a win to square the two-Test series.

"Mohammad Abbas is always a very tough competitor and he's a very class act," Imam told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday.

"His performances and his stats show that ... he's difficult to judge off the pitch because his ball nips around, especially the new ball.

"Mohammad Abbas with a pink ball under lights will be difficult."

The potential inclusion of Imam, who averages 28.41 in his 10 Tests, would prompt a reshuffle from the batting order in Pakistan's team which lost the first Test by an innings and five runs in Brisbane.

Imam has been touted as a replacement for Haris Sohail, who was dismissed twice caught behind from Mitchell Starc's bowling at the Gabba for scores of one and eight.

Sohail batted at first drop in Brisbane but captain Azhar Ali would likely shift from opener to No.3 if Imam is recalled.

"As a cricket player, as a 15-man squad, you have to be mentally ready (to play) so whenever you get a chance you should be ready," Imam said.

"I'm working hard in the nets and that is how you can prepare for the Test match."

Imam said the tourists, while badly beaten in Brisbane, were far from disheartened and believed they paid a heavy price for a poor second session on the opening day.

After Pakistan's openers put on a 75-run partnership, the visitors lost 5-19.

"You play one bad session and you're all over the place," Imam said.

"We played outstandingly in the first session and they (Australia) were panicked.

"But they came back really strong. Some of the batsmen didn't play a very good shot, that gives them (Australia) a very good session and puts us on the back foot."