Pakistan quicks gunning for Aussies
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam believes fast bowling could be Pakistan’s biggest strength in the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, which begins on November 3.
Pakistan have selected rookie paceman Mohammad Musa, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hasnain as their pace options and Babar says they can give his side the edge in Australian conditions.
“There’s extra bounce on those (Australian) pitches and our strength is fast bowling,” Babar said.
The Aussies know all about Mohammad Amir.Source:AFP
“It’s a combination of seniors and youngsters. When you go with youngsters they give 100 per cent to express themselves and it will give us an edge.”
Babar is ranked No.1 in the Twenty20 batting chart and will be leading the top- ranked side for the first time after Pakistan dropped Sarfaraz Ahmed when second-string Sri Lanka recorded a 3-0 sweep in Lahore earlier this month.
“It was not their (Sri Lanka’s) C team, it was their national team. It was a young team and we have learned a lot from that series,” Babar said.
One of the key factors in Pakistan’s whitewash against Sri Lanka was Babar’s run of three poor scores - 13, 3, 27 - at the top order.
But the Pakistan captain said he would continue to open the innings in Australia with Fakhar Zaman and with Imam-ul-Haq as the backup.
Wahab Riaz is a big danger for the Aussie batsmen.Source:Getty Images
“You judged in three matches that my performance has come down?” Babar asked.
“I am going to open with Fakhar and as backup we are taking Imam-ul-Haq.”
Babar idolises New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and India skipper Virat Kohli and said he has been “studying” how those two play their roles in the success of their respective teams.
“When the responsibility comes, it doubles up the pressure but to overcome that I should try to keep myself focused,” Babar said.
“I am not thinking about that if I perform and team doesn’t perform it’s OK. I will try to give performance and take performance from the team, too.”
Originally published asPakistan quicks gunning for Aussies