Ramiz Raja advises Pakistani openers to play new ball strongly


Pakistan’s former Test batsman Ramiz Raja advised the national team’s openers to play the new ball cleverly to get rid of mighty Australians when they take on them in two-match Test series starting from November 21.

Raja, through his official Youtube channel, praised Pakistan’s splendid performance against Australia A in their first tour match. However, he pointed out a couple of weaknesses of the national team. Pakistan held drew against one of the strongest A teams of Australia in recent times.

“I am completely satisfied with the way they [Pakistan] outclassed Australia A, especially with the ball. But still, I think they need to improve in a couple of departments. Openers should take responsibility and try to play the new ball strongly. It will help them put pressure on the Aussies,” he said.

The cricket-turned-commentator believes that their strong performance in a practice match would have increased their confidence. “They needed a boost after a nightmare against Australia in the T20I series. I am sure this performance would have increased their confidence before Test series,” he said.

Talking about key options for Pakistan against Australia in Test series, Ramiz thinks that Yasir Shah is a wicket-taking option and should be given ample chances. “There is bounce on Australian pitches which will help Shah. He is a good spin option Pakistan have and I think he will deliver strongly,” he concluded.