Pakistan’s left-arm spearhead, Wahab Riaz has termed the leg-spinning sensation, Yasir Shah as the trump card for the upcoming Test series against the mighty Aussies.
Yasir Shah missed the warm-up day/night match against Cricket Australia XI, which Pakistanis won by 210 runs, due to a back injury that he sustained during a team training session.
Riaz told cricket.com.au that he has not received any update on Yasir’s injury, however, if he is fit to play in the first Test, he will going to be the key.
“I haven’t got any feedback on Yasir, but obviously he’s recovering well,” said Wahab. “He’s going to be our trump card and we want him to play the first Test match.”
He also told during the interview that all the pacers in Pakistan’s squad are different from each other.
“All the fast bowlers in this squad, they have their own specialty,” he said. “[Mohammad] Amir bowls that in-swinger really well, Rahat [Ali] moves it both ways, I come with the pace, Sohail Khan has a tendency to have a good outswinger, with Imran Khan as well, so everybody is really good and working hard and it depends who gets a chance to play.”
The 31-year old pacer revealed that he likes to bowl on Australian wickets as they offer pace and bounce to bowlers, but, these strips are also good for batsmen.
“It’s always exciting to bowl in Australia because the wickets are really good for bowling as well as for batting,” he said. “They have true bounce and true pace. We like these kinds of tracks all over the world.”
Wahab Riaz, who bowled the memorable fiery spell during World Cup 2015 in Australia against the hosts, believes that having an aggressive approach against them is important.
“If you’re playing against Australia, you have to be aggressive, you have to be at the top of your game,” he said.
“It’s how you counterattack Australia and how your attitude and how your body language is against them because it’s a game where Australia will try and put pressure on you and you’ve got to bounce back onto them.”
Peter Handscomb ready to take on Yasir Shah
Australia’s young batsman, Peter Handscomb is looking forward to face off Yasir Shah. He accepted the fact that Shah is a world-class leggie.
“Personally, I am looking forward to getting out there and seeing what it is like to face him.”
“I haven’t seen a great deal of him. But I would dare say he would be able to use the bounce at the Gabba and turn the ball as well,” he further said.
The 25-year old wore the Baggy Green for the first time during the third Test of the recently concluded series against South Africa, where he went on to score a half-century.
The youngster is up for the challenge of facing Shah for the first time.
“I have never faced him before but I am sure he will be difficult and hard to pick with the pink ball,” said Handscomb. “I am going to enjoy the challenge of getting out there and seeing what happens.”
The first Test of the series is scheduled to be played from December 15 with a pink ball.