New Zealand’s head coach, Mike Hesson has said that if Pakistan can swing the ball and post decent totals on the board then they can defeat the mighty Aussies in their home.
“If (Pakistan) can get the ball swinging, from a seam attack, I think they’ve got a good chance,” said Hesson while talking to Cricket.com.au.
“Amir is a very good bowler but he’s exceptional if he swings it. That’ll be a challenge for them over here [in Australia]. The rest of their seam attack will hold their own.”
Hesson also put his money on the leg-spinning sensation, Yasir Shah. Though, he could not do well in New Zealand due to green pitches, Kiwi coach still believes that he can bamboozle the Kangaroos.
“[Pakistan possess] a very, very good spinner,” said Hesson. “We didn’t see a lot of him in New Zealand due to the conditions, but Yasir is an exceptional bowler. If he gets on a surface that offers a bit of up and down [bounce], he can challenge the Australian batting line-up.”
Pakistan are likely to play their first Test in Australia on a grassy track as it is a day/night affair, so the hosts are likely to have green pitch to keep the pink ball safe.
Pakistan have been vulnerable on green wickets against New Zealand, however, Hesson tipped that if their top order is able to show some resistance they can do well.
“I think the key is just getting enough runs in these conditions. If their top order is able to show the discipline they did in New Zealand that might allow their middle-order stroke-players to play a few shots.
“They’ve got some really nice players in the middle there. Babar [Azam] is an excellent player. [Asad] Shafiq and Sarfraz [Ahmed] can change a game quickly. There’s enough talent there to certainly put up a good show.”
Pakistan will face Australia in the first Test of the three-match series from December 15.