The opener, who hit a fighting hundred to help Australia scramble to a draw in the first Test against Pakistan, didn't bat in the second innings of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.
However, on Thursday, in the ongoing second Test match between Pakistan and Australian in the United Arab Emirates, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scripted a new self-destruction story.
The former England captain may have scored nearly 8,000 global runs and 18 Test centuries, but he says Abbas is the type of bowler that would make him "poop his pants".
South Africa great Dale Steyn led the praise for Abbas after his 10-wicket haul in Abu Dhabi, suggesting he was on course to become the world's No.1-ranked Test bowler.
Much of the focus has been on the poor form of 35-year-old Shaun Marsh, who is under serious pressure to hold his spot for the home summer, but his younger brother barely fared better in his first series as vice-captain. 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.
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In their absence, Khawaja was his side's most important player and the team's batting collapses against Pakistan highlighted just how vulnerable they are without them.
However, that unpredictable piece of red leather had stopped just inches away from the rope before Mitchell Starc picked up and threw it to skipper Tim Paine, who gathered it and disturbed the timber, while the two batsmen stood unbothered.
Aaron Finch also fell lbw to Abbas on 31 and Paine followed three balls later, failing to offer a shot to a delivery which angled back into the right-hander and knocked over his off stump.
He couldn't be denied a five-fer in the second outing either, quickly wrapping things up post an hour-long lunch, cramping the last recognized batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, with a short one and getting a tickle to the keeper, hence becoming the first Pakistani pacer in the last ten years to get a ten-fer.
He was struck by a cricket ball while batting on the third day of the deciding Test match.