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Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq has admitted that Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon pose the biggest threat to his side in the upcoming two-Test series.
Starc has the ability to excel in spin-friendly conditions as he took 24 wickets in three Tests against Sri Lanka at an average of 15.16 back in 2016.
As for Lyon, he claimed an eight-wicket haul in the first innings of Australia’s four-day warm-up game against Pakistan A before following with up with one more wicket in the second innings.
“This Australia side has some world-class players in it and first and foremost, I would mention the name of the fast-bowler Mitchell Starc, who is a handful on any surface and has troubled batsmen the world over,” Shafiq was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “But amongst the spinners in this Australia side, there is no doubt that Nathan Lyon will pose a huge threat to our batsmen given the type of wickets we have in the UAE.”
Despite his concerns about Starc and Lyon, Shafiq is confident that he and the rest of the batsmen in the team will be able to give Australia a run for their money.
“Having said that, I am confident we have the batsmen who can handle any threat from Australia, which they will present to us in the upcoming series,” the 32-year-old said.
The two-Test series between Pakistan and Australia begins on October 7 in Dubai.