December 25, 2016 / 11:12 PM / 8 months ago

Cricket-Pakistan win toss, to bat in second test

MELBOURNE, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat in the second test against Australia in Melbourne on Monday.

Australia won the first test by 39 runs in Brisbane and bring an unchanged side to the Melbourne Cricket Ground where they will bid to seal the three-match series with a game to spare.

Pakistan have lost four tests in succession but arrived in Melbourne upbeat after scoring the highest ever fourth innings total in Australia to give the home side a huge scare at the Gabba.

They made one change, with right-arm paceman Sohail Khan replacing left-armer Rahat Ali.

The MCG wicket had a covering of grass before the opening session but the pitch is likely to dry out quickly with hot weather in the opening days.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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