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Pakistan sensed Australian panic at Gabba

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

Pakistan smelled some Australian panic in Brisbane and are a transformed cricket side after their first Test near-miss.

Opener Sami Aslam said they were brimming with confidence heading into the Boxing Day Test.

After collapsing for 142 in the first innings at the Gabba, the tourists were outstanding after being set 490 for an unlikely win.

They only fell 39 runs short and Aslam said Australia definitely felt the pressure.

"Everything will be panic (sic) after they declared and they were really confident that they will beat (us) easily," Aslam said.

"Every team will panic when we get close to such a large total. That was 490 - a very big total."

Pakistan's brave run chase has prompted speculation they have momentum ahead of the MCG Test, despite being 1-0 down in the series.

Aslam added the conditions in Melbourne and Sydney were better suited to Pakistan than the Gabba.

"The way we played that last innings, we got a lot of confidence," he said.

"It was of real benefit to us, especially when you go ahead into the next Test.

"The morale is completely different, because you've scored so many runs. We are quite confident and very united about winning this Test and levelling the series.

"Both surfaces (MCG and SCG) will be helpful to spinners. Conditions will change a bit - pink ball under lights is a little different."

Brisbane was Aslam's first Test in Australia and it was a tough debut - he was hit a couple of times and only made 22 and 15.

But the 21-year-old is confident he will be better for the experience.

"The first innings in Brisbane was a little difficult - it was (a) very different bounce and it was the first time I have played on a surface like this, with so much bounce," he said.

"But in the second innings, it was quite a bit easier and I think we're looking forward to batting again here."

Despite the extra bounce in Australia, the opener does not use Pakistan's unusual marble slab training method.

The slab is placed on the nets pitch to help the batsmen cope with the steeper and sharper bounces of the Australian wickets.

"Here the pitches themselves have so much bounce that I don't feel I need to use a slab," he said.

"When you get that bounce from the (practice) pitches here, I feel I don't need it.

"But every batsman is different - some feel better after using a slab.

"I do use it when in Pakistan and when we plan to come here."

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