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Nathan Lyon. (Getty)
Nathan Lyon has removed opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test.

Mitchell Johnson. (Gety)
Test spearhead Mitchell Johnson has been panned as a "damp threat" to Pakistan unless he adapts his bowling for the flat tracks of the UAE.

Brad Haddin. (Getty)
Brad Haddin has been rested from the Australia squad to take on South Africa in their pre-World Cup series.

Aussie captain Michael Clarke. (Getty)
Michael Clarke has dismissed suggestions their First Test loss to Pakistan echoed their 2013 India tour.

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