Pakistan vs Australia: Record-setting Mohammad Abbas delighted at career upswing
Mohammad Abbas has extended his tally to 59 wickets in 10 Tests at an excellent average of 15.64. @Getty

Man of the Series for the second occasion in a row, Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas has his sights set on continuing his astonishing rise as a Test bowler after bowling his team to a 373-run win over Australia in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Abbas claimed 5/62 on the fourth day of the second Test as Australia were crushed, taking his tally for the match to 10/95.

The 28-year-old was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series for taking 17 wickets in two Tests versus Australia – the best returns by a bowler in a series of that number in the UAE – and extended his overall tally to 59 in 10 Tests at an excellent average of 15.64. Abbas also became the first fast bowler to claim ten wickets in a Test in the country.

In June, he had been named Player of the Series after the 1-1 draw in England where he took 10 wickets including eight in victory at Lord’s.

“It’s a day of great delight for me,” he said after the win. “Whatever the pitch, my job is to bowl to my strengths. I’ve been Man of the Series back to back … wanted to replicate my performances from England. I think I bowled to my strengths [and] to the opposition’s weakness. I hit my areas, didn’t get out of my circle. It is a matter of great pride for me as I wanted to do this in England, but couldn’t.”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was a pleased man after the win, both as leader of a team that had lost its previous Test series in the UAE 0-2 to Sri Lanka, and individually for scoring 94 and 81 after criticism of his batting during the recent Asia Cup.

“The way Abbas has bowled this series is a huge gain for us,” he said. “Fakhar [Zaman] has had an excellent debut, he’s an important player. This team management wants to give confidence to young players. The youngsters who have come through in recent times have done well and we have to ensure they are groomed. There was pressure, but thankfully my batting performance in this Test contributed to the win.”

Pakistan next play Tests against New Zealand in the UAE in November. They remain at seventh place on the ICC Test Championship but gained seven points with this series win.