Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has revealed that countering Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the upcoming test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is Australia’s number one plan.
In their last visit, Yasir crushed Australia when he took 12 wickets at an average of 17.25 to drive the hosts to a thumping 2-0 win in the two-test series.
Siddle also said the tourists had spent plenty of time in the Dubai heat working out ways to deal with leg spin and Yasir, specifically.
“He’s (Yasir) going to play a big part, I think it’s going to be a tough contest. He bowled well against us the last series over here. He took a lot of wickets, so I think it’s going to be number one plan to keep him out,” said the veteran paceman.
After four years, the Australian team has returned to UAE without two of their finest batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner and would face another spin-attack from Pakistan.
Fast-bowler Siddle also revealed that Australia is preparing to tackle the virtuoso Shadab Khan.
“But he’s not the only one we’ve got to focus on as we get closer, said Peter “We’ve got a contest against those two guys,” he added.
To counter Yasir and 19-year-old Shadab Khan, Australia have hired spin bowling consultant Sridharan Sriram and flown in two Indian wrist spinners, including Pardeep Sahu.
The test series is Australia’s first since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa tour, which led to long suspensions for former captain Smith, Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.
The Australian side hopes to re-build continuity with the new captain Tim Paine.
Siddle has represented Australia in 62 Test matches.