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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has revealed that the national team need to be wary of New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult.
Boult has currently taken eight wickets in five matches at an average of 26.87. It should be noted that New Zealand have played six games, but since their clash against India was washed out without a ball being bowled, it hasn’t been included in the statistics.
Akram noted that Pakistan’s batsmen should take a cautious approach to Boult as he will start to feel the heat if he doesn’t get an early wicket.
Akram added that it will also put the other bowlers under pressure.
“Trent will keep two or three slips with new ball so it is better to let go balls that are away from body, don’t try too much in the initial overs,” he told The News International. “Even if your score is 12 in five overs, once their main bowler isn’t taking wickets, it will automatically bring pressure on others and then you can make them bowl according to what you plan.”
Pakistan will have to beat New Zealand, who are currently undefeated, at Edgbaston on Wednesday if they want to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.