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Australia have lost their only warm-up game ahead of Wednesday’s first Test by 153 runs against Pakistan A on Saturday.

Chasing 339 to win, Australia were bowled out before tea for 185 in their second innings off 51.3 overs.

Test opener Chris Rogers missed out twice in the match, scoring a total of three runs, while reserve opener Phil Hughes top-scored in Australia’s second innings with a knock of 65.

Hughes had been regarded as a back-up option for World No.5 ranked Test batsman David Warner, who was rested from this week’s tour match because of a groin strain.

Warner appears to be on track to play in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai and has been walking laps of the oval in the past few days during the tour match in Sharjah.

Hughes’s display, which included eight fours and one six off 107 deliveries, is also not expected to unseat Rogers who has scored at least one hundred in each of Australia’s past three Test series.

However, the form of Rogers will be a slight concern for Australia, while skipper Michael Clarke is also lacking time in the middle after being rested from last week’s one-day series following a hamstring strain.

The tour match is a not a first-class fixture. Australia on Saturday rested their top scorers from the first innings, Alex Doolan (104) and Steve Smith (58).

Rogers was run out for three on Saturday and faced six balls in the match.

Clarke was bowled for five by left-arm quick Rahat Ali after making 10 in the first innings.

Glenn Maxwell was out for 18 before Test hopeful Mitchell Marsh (35) and Hughes added 68 for the fourth wicket.

Left-arm spinner Raza Hasan (3-60) removed Marsh and James Faulkner (zero) in consecutive deliveries and Hughes fell caught behind to paceman Rahat Ali at 6-127 as Australia lost 3-10 shortly after lunch.

Tailender Peter Siddle hit 41 off 65 balls in a defiant display.

Paceman Mohammad Talha claimed 3-32.

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