Former Pakistan’s coach and captain, Waqar Younis believes that the upcoming three-match test series is the best opportunity for Pakistan to beat the mighty Aussies in their backyard.
The legendary fast bowler was talking to Channel Nine, where he stated, “It’s never easy in Australia on these bouncy pitches, but I feel this is their [Pakistan’s] best chance to beat Australia.”
Waqar Younis revealed that Pakistan have always feared facing Australia on their home soil as they have been invincible there, but, the situation is different this time.
“In the past we always feared Australia, thinking they are the better side – but not at the moment,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen in a couple of years, the Aussies always know how to bounce back, but yes at the moment Pakistan stands a good chance,” he said.
The 45-year old accepted the fact that Australia will enter the series with the momentum after winning the dead-rubber contest against South Africa, on the other hand, Pakistan were down and out against New Zealand after losing the series by 2-0.
But, the fast bowling great pointed out that Australia have just gone through massive changes, whereas, Pakistan have a settled side for the past couple of years.
“Pakistan have been a very settled side the last couple of years, they’ve been playing really good cricket but they have to play to their potential,”
Waqar further told that Australia still have some loopholes, “Fair enough they [Australia] won against South Africa, but there are definitely loopholes they can look into,” he said.
The former coach termed Pakistan’s defeat against New Zealand ‘a wakeup call’ and told that their dip in Test ranking will motivate them to do well.
“The New Zealand series is a big wakeup call for them [Pakistan], being the number one team and then losing like this, I don’t think it will sit well with them,” he said.
“I think they’ll have learnt their lesson,” he added.