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Pakistan bowlers red hot for Brisbane

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Pakistan's bowlers will start next week's first Test in form, twice dismissing an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI for less than 120 to set up a 201-run flogging in Cairns.

However, their batsmen will have more work to do with the pink ball under lights, losing a combined 10-153 in the two night sessions against a team that have only 27 Sheffield Shield matches among them.

The visitors wrapped up the match on Saturday afternoon, requiring just one session to dismiss the home side within 27.2 overs for 109.

Reformed paceman Mohammad Amir (2-18) again looked dangerous, swinging the ball viciously to take two early wickets to go with the three he claimed in his first two overs of the first innings under lights on Thursday.

Quick Rahat Ali (2-19 ) pressed his claim for a Test recall with five wickets for the match, while and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawiz (3-31) reminded selectors of his value if star legspinner Yasir Shah fails to overcome a back injury.

The country's quickest bowler, Wahab Riaz (1-34), was far less consistent in his six overs on Saturday after he'd helped clean up the home side's tail on Friday afternoon with three wickets to dismiss them for 114.

Teenager Arjun Nair was the only Australian to show any resistance on Saturday, eventually caught trying to sweep Nawaz on 42.

The visitors' fielding was also impressive. Babar Azam snared a ball that flew quick and to his left at gully off Amir to dismiss Jake Winter (0), while Asad Shafiq performed a diving run-out to get rid of Josh Inglis (0).

It was particularly notable given the team's struggle to make the most of their chances in the field in recent away series against England and New Zealand.

"As a team we really want to improve," opening batsmen Azhar Ali said.

"Fielding is really important, catching in Test matches if you catch well generally you end up getting a result."

Ali was one of the few to impress with the bat for Pakistan.

After only veteran Younis Khan scored about 50 in their first-innings 208, Ali top-scored with an unbeaten 82 as Pakistan declared at 6-216 to set up the win.

He was particularly watchful on Friday night, standing at the other end as no other top-order batsman passed 30 - including captain Misbah-ul-Haq who recorded a 29-ball duck.

But Ali said it was of no concern.

"We were very satisfied with what we got," he said.

"Everyone got time in the middle - that was the most important thing.

"Getting runs is a different thing but spending time and getting used to (the pink ball) is very important."

Pakistan will now head to Brisbane to ramp up preparations for Thursday's series-opening day-night Test against Australia.

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