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Former Australia pace bowler Jason Gillespie believes Pakistan made a huge mistake in dropping seamer Mohammad Abbas for the first Test in Brisbane.
Abbas, who is currently ranked 12th on the Test bowler rankings, was left out of the playing XI in favour of fellow seamer Imran Khan.
Abbas has enjoyed a superb start to his Test career so far as he has taken 66 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 18.86.
Furthermore, in October last year, Abbas tormented the Australian batsmen in a two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates as he took 17 wickets at an incredible average of 10.58.
Imran, on the other hand, last played Test cricket in January 2017. In the nine Tests he has played, he has taken 28 wickets at an average of 30.14.
However, he did take a five-wicket haul on the second day of Pakistan’s practice match against Australia A.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 24, 2019
“The Australians are pretty happy that Mohammad Abbas wasn’t in the side. You only have to look at his record, he’s been very effective for Pakistan,” Gillespie, who is Sussex’s head coach and recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at the county side until 2022, was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.