Pakistan’s veteran allrounder, Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistan have got a bright chance to finally win a series Down Under as the Men in Green have shown character in the first Test of the series.
Pakistan were down and out in the first inning of the opening Test at the Gabba, but Asad Shafiq along with the tailenders showed great courage and took Pakistan to the verge of the victory. Chasing 490 runs, Pakistan managed 450 the fourth inning.
Shahid Afridi talked to Express Tribune and said, “We have a great chance of finally winning a series in Australia.”
“Pakistan showed great fight in the first Test, particularly Shafiq who scored an outstanding century. The Brisbane performance will definitely lift spirits,” he added.
Pakistan and Australia played the first test with the pink ball in Brisbane. The next two games are scheduled to be played in Melbourne and Sydney, where Pakistani players can find some familiar playing conditions.
“The tracks in Melbourne and Sydney suit the team,” said Afridi. “Both Pakistan’s batsmen and bowlers will get help from the conditions and I am backing the team to win both the matches.”
The former skipper backed the left-arm speedster, Mohammad Amir and the left-handed flamboyant opener, Sharjeel Khan to be match winners for their side.
Amir has not sparkled in the international arena so far after his comeback, but the 36-year old still supports him.
“I have supported Amir because he showed remorse for his actions. I think he’s improving and did a fine job both with bat and ball in Brisbane. He can hopefully make an even bigger and match-winning contribution in the last two Tests,” he said.
Talking about the batsman from Hyderabad, Sharjeel Khan, Afridi believes that he can shine in the longest format of the game as well.
“I wanted Sharjeel in the side after he scored that century against Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL),” said Afridi. “I believe he’s a fine player who can blossom at the Test level too.”
Pakistan will take on Australia in Melbourne in the second Test of the series from December 26.