Resuming the penultimate day on 45 for 3, Pakistan, who amassed 482 runs in the first innings, scored at a steady rate before declaring on 181 for 6. With a mountain to climb, the openers once again looked solid and played risk-free cricket to lay a good foundation.
Speaking on Fox Sports during the first Test in Dubai - where Australia is staring down the barrel of a crushing defeat - Waugh weighed in on the some of the selection decisions, while also offering a damning indictment on the quality of batsmen Australia now has.
Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh all fell without Australia adding to their score as the tourists limped to 136-3 at stumps on day four, needing 326 to win.
The association had already reached 87 and Pakistan were desperate for the breakthrough.
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"It's not the time to panic, I don't think there are many players there that would make a big difference - the only player I would have picked is Glenn Maxwell, that's not there", he said while speaking to ESPNcricinfo.
Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket. Yasir Shah, whom Australia were considering the major threat, remained wicketless.
Left-arm spinner Jon Holland trapped Azhar Ali (four) lbw with the final ball of Tuesday's (Wednesday NZ Time) play after earlier dismissing first-innings centurion Mohammad Hafeez (17) courtesy of a sharp catch by Marnus Labuschagne at silly point.
By lunch Australia were well-placed at 137 without loss with Usman Khawaja (85) and debutant Aaron Finch (62), but the slump followed shortly after as the Baggy Greens lost all 10 wickets for just 60 runs. After going through a few quite overs, Asad Shafiq broke the shackles with a huge six over midwicket off Nathan Lyon. However, the off spinner got his revenge when Shafiq hit one straight into the hands of the deep mid-wicket fielder, and that's when Sarfraz made the declaration.