Abbas was named man of the series after taking 17 wickets at a remarkable 10.58 with his deceptively risky seam bowling.
The Test series against Pakistan is Australia's first since the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in South Africa earlier in the year. "The way he bowled, he was the best bowler on either side". There's no shying away from the fact we've got a hell of a lot of work to do with our batting, and that's not just this team, it's throughout the whole country.
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"It looks like (Australia) hadn't prepared or that they took him a little easy", Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said after the second Test.
Former captain Steve Smith and ex-opening batsman David Warner have not featured after being banned for 12 months for their part in the incident.
"I am not so surprised at this win", said Sarfraz.
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There have been mitigating factors like the players missing because of suspension, lack of quality spinners and experienced players retiring but the numbers clearly show that it's been ten years of torment in the torrid conditions of Asia for the men from the land Down Under.
"We had some momentum from the first Test, started really well here and then from 5-57 it went a bit pear-shaped to be honest all over the field".
The thought of facing Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas is not one that Michael Vaughan particularly enjoys.
Paine conceded Abbas had been able to get under the skin of Australia's batsmen with his consistent lengths.
The left-hander now faces a race against time to be fit for the four-Test series at home to India, which kicks off in Adelaide on December 6.
The final session saw the Australian bowlers keep their lines tighter but the fact that they had to bowl as many overs as they did was taxing, especially with two more days of play left to try and save the match.