Live Cricket Blog: Pakistan and Australia have points to prove

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The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Saturday.

There is plenty of action to look forward to, as India continue their domination over West Indies while there’s all the build-up towards the Dubai Test between Pakistan and Australia.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

9:45 pm – Reality check for Pakistan

Safraz Ahmed is under pressure after a thoroughly disappointing Asia Cup campaign. Pace ace Mohammad Amir was dropped from the side and Sarfraz himself s struggling for runs.

The two-Test series against Australia, starting in Dubai on Sunday, offers him opportunity to get back on track. But it won’t be easy at all.

Read more here.

9:15 pm – Spotlight on Paine

Tim Paine.

Tim Paine.

Australia are playing their first Test series after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier in the year.

New captain Tim Paine leads an inexperienced side that will have three debutants in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The Aussie captain, however, is focusing on the bigger picture. For more, click here.

14:45 – Mohammad Shahzad shows he’s hungry for runs

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It’s fair to say Mohammad Shahzad doesn’t have the most chiselled technique in cricket. However, he’s still chiselling out big scores.

Read our glowing assessment on of one of the sport’s big characters here!

13:30 – It’s all over in Rajkot as India wallop West Indies

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That didn’t last long.

India have beaten West Indies by a mammoth innings and 277 runs inside three days, with leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav doing the second-innings damage with a maiden five for in Test cricket. Check out the full scorecard, along with all the statistics, by clicking here.

12:00 – Virat Kohli and India’s lines of communication are broken with fringe players

Murali Vijay

It may all be going hunky dory for India against the West Indies but, scratch the surface, and you may find a few cracks within.

The treatment of Murali Vijay and Karun Nair is a surefire way to create disillusioned players – that’s according to our cricket reporter Ajit Vijaykumar.

11:00 – Waqar Younis urges Sarfraz Ahmed to come alive against Australia

Waqar YounisThe Asia Cup certainly wasn’t a tournament to remember for Sarfraz Ahmed and Co.

But Pakistan legend Waqar Younis has called on them to wipe the slate clean – or suffer the consequences in the Dubai Test against Australia.

Read Waqar’s thoughts here.

10:00 – Virat Kohli and India enforce the follow on

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West Indies have an Everest of a mountain to climb in Rajkot. In reply to India’s mammoth 649/9dec they could only muster 181 – and were put straight into bat again.

They were down one wicket at lunch. Time to do a rain dance … check out the latest here.

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