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Wednesday Oct 22 12:38 AEDT
Michael Clarke. (Getty)
One look at the First Test pitch has convinced Australian captain Michael Clarke it's going to be a challenging week against Pakistan's spinners.

Mitchell Johnson. (AAP)
Mitchell Johnson has a long way to go before he can be compared to Wasim Akram, says Waqar Younis.

Peter Siddle. (Getty)
Vegan Peter Siddle faced some meaty issues after being dropped from the Test side in February.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke reacts to being dismissed. (Getty)
Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh says it's too late to be worrying over a lack of centre-wicket time.

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