ABU DHABI - Pakistan Test captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that there is no fear of losing and he is confident to win the second Test against Australia.

Speaking on the eve of the second Test, Sarfraz said: "As a captain, I am confident of winning this Test match. I am proud how my team responded in the first match. Things went well for us for four and a half days but unfortunately we couldn't win the match. Credit goes to Australia. They fought really hard on the last day. But, the way we played the first Test match, I am very proud of my team.

"There's no such fear [of losing]. The morale in the camp is high. All of our batsmen scored runs. Bowlers put up good performances. We have a good opportunity to perform well in this Test match and win the series."

Pakistan missed chances to make inroads that saw a certain victory go down as a draw. Sarfraz missed stumping chances on a couple of occasions. The fielding placements and bowling changes raised eyebrows. But, Pakistan's inability to use reviews effectively raised glaring questions about the team's on-field application. "There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration while you are going for a review," he said.

"We have only 15 seconds to make the call. So, I guess, some margin of error needs to be given for an error of judgement. Umpire's call play a huge role when a review is taken. If it is given out and the review shows the ball clipping the bails, it is adjudged out. But, when it is not out, if the impact is minutely outside the line it will be given not out.

"When it is LBW, it is usually the wicketkeeper and the bowler. But, the fielders in front of the batsman also play a role when it comes to reviewing a decision. Like, it happened in Mitch Marsh's case. After the umpire had missed that the ball clipped the pad first, it was our guy at the mid-on who thought that the ball had hit the pad first," he added.

Since taking the charge of the Test side, Sarfraz has scored only one fifty. In the 10 innings, he averages only 19.30 which puts him under scanner. Naturally, there were questions about his own run with the bat. Sarfraz realises that he needs to score. "I am concentrating on my batting and I working hard in the nets. Whenever I get an opportunity to play a big innings for the team, I will grab it."

Record-breaking limited-overs opener Fakhar Zaman is in line to make his Test debut against Australia, while Wahab Riaz has been dropped for the series decider in Abu Dhabi. Fakhar, uncapped quick Mir Hamza and all-rounder Shadab Khan were named in a 12-man squad for the second Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with Pakistan to confirm their final XI at the toss on Tuesday.

Imam-ul-Haq's fractured finger has paved the way for Fakhar to open the batting after his incredible start to his limited-overs career. The left-hander recently became the fastest man to 1,000 ODI runs, breaking a record first set by Viv Richards, while he blasted a 46-ball 91 against Australia to lead Pakistan to victory in the Zimbabwe T20 tri-series final in July. Wahab's axing comes after an at-times wayward bowling effort in the first Test in Dubai, going wicketless through 27 overs. It had been his first Test in 12 months.

Fellow left-armer Hamza appears the most likely man to replace him given the absence of another fast bowler in the 12, though Shadab, who has recovered from a groin injury, could be considered if Pakistan want another spin-bowling option. The 26-year-old Hamza hasn’t played for Pakistan in any format but has impressed during the opening month of the domestic first-class competition.

About the changes in the team, Sarfraz said: "Fakhar was brought in so he can score quick runs. Teams around the world are now including batsmen who can score quickly in a Test match, especially in conditions such as here. We scored at a healthy rate throughout the first two sessions [of the first Test] and scored almost 200 runs. But, we lost two quick wickets and from there we had to rebuild our innings again. It is important for us to score at around 3-3.5 an over as if you don't do it then you go almost a day behind in a Test match."

Sarfraz's counterpart Tim Paine says Australia are yet to make a final decision on the make-up of their bowling attack for the second Test.

As expected, the pitch received a notable haircut on Monday. "The wicket actually looks a bit different to what we were expecting … There’s a fair bit of grass on it," said Paine. "It does look completely different (to the Dubai pitch for the first Test). "We've got some really good options if we do decide to change but if not, we're fully confident in the side that played the last Test as well."

PAKISTAN SQUAD: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez.

AUSTRALIA SQUAD: Tim Paine (c), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.