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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed wants spinner Yasir Shah to take the attack to Australia in the upcoming two-Test series, which begins on Sunday in Dubai.
Yasir will make his comeback from a hip injury that forced him to miss Pakistan’s one-off Test against Ireland and the two-Test series against England.
With Australia missing the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were all banned for their involvement in a ball tampering scandal during the Baggy Greens’ tour of South Africa in March, Sarfraz is eager to see Yasir be aggressive and constantly be on the hunt for wickets.
“When we played Australia in 2014 we played some attacking cricket,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by NDTV. “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.”
Meanwhile, Sarfraz conceded that Australia spinner Nathan Lyon will pose a major threat during the Test series, especially after he took nine wickets in the warm-up match against Pakistan A, eight of which came in the first innings.
“We attacked him four years ago and at that time we had great batsmen in Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq,” Sarfraz said. “Four years on he is a better bowler so he will be their main bowler and a challenge for us.”