Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Sunday, June 16, 2019 07:41:14 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Pakistan want Yasir to attack new-look Australia

By
06th-Oct-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Dubai :
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed warned his ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah will attack a depleted and new-look Australia when they meet in the first of two Test matches starting in Dubai.
Australia face a trial by spin as has so often been the case on their tours to Asia.
In the space of six years, they have lost 12 of their 15 Tests with only two wins and one draw on tours of India (twice), one each to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
They lost 2-0 to Pakistan in UAE in 2014, with Yasir taking 12 and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar 14 wickets. But Yasir will now be the lone experienced bowler after Babar faded last year.
Australia will also be under pressure to overcome the loss of their regular captain Steve Smith and dashing opener David Warner along with Cameron Bancroft after they were banned for up to a year for their part in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.
Sarfraz said he will attack Australia in their first Test since the ball-tampering saga.
"When we played Australia in 2014 we played some attacking cricket," said Sarfraz. "Yasir is our main bowler so we will want him to attack and get us wickets to win the series.
"But similarly we will not put extra pressure on him and will not want him to go in a defensive mode so other bowlers will have to support him."
Pakistan will also have 33-year-old off-spinner Bilal Asif who played three one-day internationals in 2015 but has yet to play a Test.
Another leg-spinner in the squad, Shadab Khan, is unlikely to feature in the eleven having not fully recovered from a groin injury, but recalled allrounder Mohammad Hafeez will turn his arm over as a back-up spinner.
Hafeez's action was cleared as legal in May this year and could prove dangerous for Australian left-handers.
Sarfraz admitted Pakistan's batsmen will also face challenge against Australia's veteran spinner Nathan Lyon who took 8-103 in the drawn tour game in Dubai earlier this week.
"We attacked him four years ago and at that time we had great batsmen in Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq," said Sarfraz of the 2014 series when Lyon got only three wickets in two Tests.
"Four years on he is a better bowler so he will be their main bowler and a challenge for us," said Sarfraz of Lyon, who grabbed 41 wickets in six matches in India and Bangladesh last year.
Without Younis and Misbah - both retired last year - Pakistan may succumb to their own medicine, as they did in their 2-0 defeat against Sri Lanka last year - their first series defeat in UAE since making it their neutral venue in 2009.
Sarfraz said Australia's challenge would to improve their performance in Asia.
"Australia want to focus on an improved performance in Asia, so that's their challenge while our focus and challenge is to play good cricket and win the series," said Sarfraz, whose team drew their last series in England 1-1 in June this year.
Austlian captain Tim Paine admitted Yasir will pose challenge for his team.
"Yasir is clearly a world-class bowler who's got a phenomenal record at this ground in Dubai. We're going to have to take everything we've been working on," said Paine. "We've faced a hell of a lot spin, there's no doubt about that and Australian touring sides always do," said Paine.
Sriram brought two Indian wristspinners, Pardeep Sahu and left-arm wristspinner KK Jiyas, to UAE for net practice ahead of the Tests.
Pakistan did not include any spinner in the warmup game allowing Mitchell Marsh to score a brilliant 162 while Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head all scored 90s to tune up for the Test.
Finch, Head, Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser are all likely to make Test debuts in Dubai.
The second Test will be played in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

More than just a game: India face Pakistan in World Cup battle royale


Virat Kohli will have history on his side when India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a World Cup blockbuster on Sunday -- a clash that is always more than just a game of cricket.India cut off bilateral cricket ties with its neighbour after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, with authorities ...

Cricket »

Eoin Morgan downplays England's injury concerns


England captain Eoin Morgan said that his team is "not at panic stations", after he and Jason Roy left the field with discomfort during the game against West Indies in Southampton on Friday, 14 June.Both Roy and Morgan had left the field at different points during West Indies' innings and ...

International »

Iran President renews ultimatum over nuclear pact compliance


Reuters, Dushanbe :Iran will continue scaling back compliance with its nuclear deal commitments unless other signatories show "positive signals", the Iranian president told a meeting of Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders in Tajikistan.Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in a 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with ...

International »

South Europe summit calls for 'fair' migrant distribution


AFP, Valletta :Southern European leaders called Friday for a fair distribution of migrants arriving from across the Mediterranean as the latest NGO boat carrying rescued families was denied a safe port by Italy.The leaders of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain said the European Union should "guarantee effective ...

Editorial »

Don't let successes go in vain


A total of 298 people were killed and 860 sustained injuries in road accidents across the country during the Eid-ul Fitr vacation. A report of Bangladesh Jatri Kallyan Samiti presented the statistics at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Saturday. It said the accidents took place within 13 ...

Entertainment »

Kareena to reunite with Aamir Khan for the Hindi remake of Forest Grump?


After Karan Johar's period drama, Takht and Homi Adajania's Angrezi Medium, Kareena Kapoor Khan has given her nod to another big project and it's one of the most awaited projects already. Thanks to the incredible popularity and credibility of its leading man, superstar Aamir Khan. Yes, after 3 Idiots (2009) ...

Editorial »

The tax-happy fat budget


THE government in the FY 2019-20 budget announcement set many promises including 8.2 percent GDP growth rate and bring down the inflation at 5.5 percent. In first look, we think the promises are over ambitious. The ever biggest budget of Tk 523,190 crore is a may appear as biggest mockery ...

City »

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday greeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister AHM Mostofa Kamal for presenting people-oriented budget.


.

International »

Iran has no intention to make or use nuclear weapons: Khamenei


Reuters, Tokyo :Iran has no intention of making or using nuclear weapons, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Thursday by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Khamenei's comment, a reiteration of Iran's stance, comes at a time of increased US-Iranian tension, a year after Washington abandoned an ...

Entertainment »

Deepika Padukone tops the list of Most Gorgeous Women in the World by a magazine


A Global Icon, Deepika Padukone tops the list of Most Gorgeous Women in the World from Bollywood. Giving a definition to beauty, Observer Dawn wrote: “Beautiful women in the world have created a magic history through their work and other qualities.” They further added, “There is definitely more to beauty ...

Editorial »

ACC miserably failed to meet people's expectation


PRIME MINISTER Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that the public perception about many of the Anti-Corruption Commission employees being involved in corruption was not totally baseless. Responding to a supplementary question from ruling Awami League lawmaker Rafiqul Islam, leader of the House said that all the employees of the ...

Cricket »

Vaughan calls Finch the best captain at CWC19


Aaron Finch's captaincy has earned him the praise of Michael Vaughan, who hailed Finch's tactical nous, following Australia's 41-run victory against Pakistan in Taunton on Wednesday, 12 June.Vaughan hailed Finch's shrewd and brave decision-making, and called him the best captain at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019 so ...

International »

Abe urges Iran to play 'constructive role' to prevent clash with US


AFP, Tehran :Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Tehran to play a "constructive role" for Middle East peace Wednesday during a rare diplomatic mission to the Islamic republic aimed at defusing US-Iran tensions.Iran has been locked in a bitter standoff with the United States since US President Donald Trump withdrew ...

International »

US-Russia relations are getting ‘worse and worse’: Putin


Reuters, Moscow :President Vladimir Putin said relations between Moscow and Washington were getting worse and worse, noting in an interview published on Thursday that the current U.S. administration had imposed dozens of sanctions on Russia.Putin made his gloomy assessment ahead of a G20 summit in Japan later this month at ...

Entertainment »

Ahona becoming busy with acting


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Few months ago, popular TV actress of present time Ahona Rahman was seriously injured in a road accident. Before Eid after getting well she again became busy with acting. In Eid-ul-Fitr, Ahona acted several dramas and serials were telecasted in different TV channels. Her acting was highly ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news