Imam ul Haq

Imam-ul-Haq ruled out of second Australia Test with finger fracture

Pakistan opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq will miss the second and final Test against Australia after sustaining an injury on the thrilling final day's play of the first Test.

He fractured the little finger on his left hand diving for the ball in the field as Pakistan fell two wickets short of claiming victory.

The injury will come as a blow with Imam having played a key role in setting up a strong position for his team, scoring 76 in an opening partnership of 205 with Mohammed Hafeez in the first innings and 48 in the second innings to extend Pakistan's lead.

Pakistan are yet to name his replacement. One option is promoting No.3 Azhar Ali to open, as he did in England earlier in the year. Another might be giving a Test debut to Fakhar Zaman, who has starred in limited overs cricket in recent times.