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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has backed his senior players to make their presence felt in the upcoming two-Test series against Australia next month.
Pakistan are coming into the Test series having drawn 1-1 with England earlier this year.
With none of Pakistan’s senior batsmen really having an impact in England, Sarfraz is optimistic that they will steal the spotlight against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
“I’m really hopeful our senior players like Asad Shafiq, he performed very well against England and Ireland, and I’m very hopeful that Azhar Ali performs well and Babar Azam, these are three players that are the backbone of our middle order, I’m hoping they perform well,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
In regards to his bowlers, Sarfraz is also expecting big things from Yasir Shah, who took 12 wickets at an average of 17.25 when Australia last visited the United Arab Emirates in 2014.
In addition to Yasir, Sarfraz wants up-and-coming all-rounder Shadab Khan to keep contributing with both the bat and ball.
Against England, Shadab scored 112 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 37.33. However, he only took three wickets at an average of 49.
“We have Yasir Shah, one of the best bowlers in the world right now and also we have Shadab as well, he is getting better day by day, so hopefully he’ll do well in this series,” Sarfraz said.
Pakistan’s Test series against Australia gets underway on October 7 in Dubai.