AUS v PAK 2019

Steve Smith reveals which two Pakistan bowlers he sees as threats

Steve Smith has warned Pakistan’s exciting pace attack he aims to test their reserves with patience in the first Test at the Gabba starting Thursday.

The match will mark the former Australian captain’s first Test on home soil since his ball-tampering ban.

Smith has been in red-hot form lately and starred in Australia’s Ashes series against England, where he was the top scorer with 774 runs in four matches, which included three centuries and three fifties, at an average of 110.57. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Pakistan could include promising 16-year-old speedster Naseem Shah alongside accurate seamer Mohammad Abbas in a pace attack capable of doing damage on a lively Gabba deck.

Australia batsman Steve Smith has admitted that Pakistan seamers Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah could pose serious threats during the upcoming Test series.

“This week is going to be about getting used to the Gabba bounce, working on my leave and just being patient,” Smith was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports.

“I’ve never faced Abbas … he stands the seam up, any sort of movement he’ll get the most out of it,” said Smith.

A day after learning of the tragedy of the passing of his mother, Naseem Shah hit the Perth pitch hard and impressed everyone with his serious pace.

“And it looks like Shah bowls with some good pace. Being as young as he is, he probably hasn’t bowled lots of overs consistently so it’ll be about making him come back and bowl as many spells as he can and see if he can maintain it,” he added.

Abbas has enjoyed a superb start to his Test career so far as he has taken 66 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 18.86.

In October last year, Abbas tormented the Australian batsmen in the two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates as he took 17 wickets at an incredible average of 10.58.

As for Naseem, he is likely to make his international in the forthcoming two-Test series, which will begin on November 21 in Brisbane. Naseem stole the spotlight with his fiery spell on the final day of Pakistan’s practice match against Australia A in Perth.

The 16-year-old dismissed opening batsman Marcus Harris for 20 and ended up finishing with figures of 1-21 off eight overs.

However, he went wicketless in Pakistan’s practice game against the Cricket Australia XI, where he conceded 58 runs off the 12 overs he bowled.

Australian Skipper Tim Paine hopes Smith’s top-six companions take note as the side aims to be less reliant on their star man.

“We felt we made some strides in England, but it means nothing if we don’t continue to improve,” he said.

“We can’t be so reliant on Steve all the time, so that’s a huge area of focus for us this summer – scoring hundreds and putting big first innings runs on the board.”


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