New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes that if Pakistan’s seam bowlers can get the ball to swing, while batsmen continue taking runs, they may have a shot at beating Australia in the upcoming Test series, Cricket.com.au reported.
“If (Pakistan) can get the ball swinging, from a seam attack I think they’ve got a good chance,” Hesson said in Sydney on Thursday.
Pakistan has never beaten Australia in a Test series in Australia, losing the last six series all the way back to 1981.
“Mohammad 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],” Hesson said.
“The rest of their seam attack will hold their own.”
Hesson also pinpointed spinner Yasir Shah as a challenge for the Australian side.
“[Pakistan possess] a very, very good spinner. We didn’t see a lot of him in New Zealand due to the conditions, but Yasir Shah 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.”
Hesson said that if Pakistani batsmen can survive early on the Brisbane pitch, securing runs, this could be a factor in deciding the game in Pakistan’s favour.
“I think the key is just getting enough runs in these conditions,” Hesson said.
“If their [Pakistan’s] 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.”
courtesy : dawn news