Babar Azam was forced to play seven hitters and four regular bowlers in the first Test due to the absence of all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, but former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has stated that Pakistan has to find a method to play five decent bowling options.
Shahid Afridi expressed his worries over the team’s composition, saying that playing with four bowlers, especially on a surface like the one in Rawalpindi, might raise the “risk of injury.” “Any squad should have six real hitters, then an all-rounder and bowlers,” Afridi remarked.
Pakistan, according to Shahid Afridi, has a world-class blowing attack with the capacity to bowl out the Australian team. Pakistan must deploy its fast bowling arsenal and provide result-oriented surfaces if it is to compete with top-tier Test countries.
“Our bowling prowess is unrivalled. Our quick bowlers have the ability to take out this Australian team… It’s not like our hitters can’t handle the Australian bowlers. Cricket has progressed throughout the years; now is the time for us to do the same. “You have to be optimistic if you want to be counted with the likes of South Africa, England, Australia, and New Zealand,” he continued.
“They didn’t think about Australia; all they cared about was not losing.” They must, though, make solid pitches in the next two Tests at Lahore and Karachi. Those pitches must produce results. You must take advantage of your home series, otherwise you may suffer when you travel to Australia,” Afridi said.