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Pak vs Aus: Pakistani bowlers to watch for in Test series

Pak vs Aus: Pakistani bowlers to watch for in Test series

Australia tour of Pakistan 2022 kick-starts on 4th March as the two teams will undergo the Rawalpindi Test, the first of the three-match red-ball series. The visitors are coming with a full-strength squad to tackle the favoured home siders, however, the hosts are not lesser than anyone.

The fact must not be ignored Pakistan will step to encounter the first Test without some of their major players including the likes of Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Abid Ali, and a few more. Yet, the line-up includes potential bowlers who, once in action, can drill out any batting crew in the world. Let’s have a look at top bowlers to watch out in Pak vs Aus Test series.

Nauman Ali

Nauman Ali is one of those rare cricketers in Pakistan’s current squad who have jumped into the national fold on behalf of their years-long domestic career. In seven Test matches played so far, the left-arm orthodox has kept nine wickets in his stats book.

Undeniably, he has been doing wonders in first-class cricket with 325 wickets to his name in 92 matches averaging 24.98. Not to forget, he is the first Pakistani left-arm spinner to pick a 5-wicket haul on his debut.

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Truly, Shaheen Shah Afridi is an asset for Pakistan in all three formats. The fast bowler has come up with numerous records in the red-ball format since he has taken charge of his duties in 2018. The pacer has 86 wickets in 21 games at an average of 23.9.

After an average stint in the New Zealand series, he got his momentum back in the home series versus South Africa. The ICC cricketer of the year 2021 was exceptional in the Test series versus Bangladesh plucking 10 scalps in two games. No surprises, he can easily tackle the dangerous Australian batting line-up.

Sajid Khan

The right-arm off-spinner is probably going to be a treat to watch out in Pak vs Aus Test series. Not owning much exposure in international Tests, Sajid has an absolute domestic and List-A cricket record since his stats do talk. In first-class, the player has 186 wickets to his name in 46 matches. Pakistan will be looking forward to posting Sajid’s excellency by the end of the Test series, or if not, at least one of the three Tests.

He has played just four Tests for Pakistan, surprisingly, plucking 18 wickets at an average of 19.72 and at an economy of just 2.91. Sajid can be a vital cog with his bat too.

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