Babar Azam has promised that the Pakistan side will play quality cricket against the visitors in the upcoming Test series. The Australian cricket team broke the hiatus of 24 years as they landed on Pakistan soil to play a series of three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I.
Speaking at a virtual press conference, Babar Azam showed confidence in his team, especially after a wonderful stint in Bangladesh where they beat the hosts in their own country, a feat not achieved by many in the past.
“We did well against Bangladesh. In this series too, we will do well and give them a tough time. Fans can expect quality cricket from us.”
Pakistan team sufferers a big blow
But the men in green suffered a blow when three main players suddenly got unavailable due to injuries. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf and pacer Hassan Ali suffered injuries during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL 7) while seamer Haris Rauf was eliminated from the first test after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah has been added to strengthen the pace attack while Hassan Ali recovers. Regarding the ouster, Babar expressed disappointment.
“It did disturb our combination, especially injuries to Faheem and Hasan,” Babar told a virtual news conference on the eve of the match. Faheem contributes both with ball and bat and Hasan is one of the top bowlers, a proven match-winner. Australia is one of the best sides, we can’t take it easy against them.”
Babar is not bothered about the shift in Format
When asked about the difficulties in suddenly shifting from T20 format to Tests, the skipper articulated that the change in the format is nothing worrisome since it all depends upon a player’s mindset. He mentioned the practice for Tests during net sessions in PSL.
“As professionals, it should not be difficult for a player. It’s all about mindset. Even when playing in the PSL, the players trained extra for the test series.”
The Test match will commence from 4th March and will be aired at 10:00 AM PST. it is being speculated that the weather might interrupt play on days three and four.