Pakistan to change strategy in Test series against Australia: Sources

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Pakistan to change strategy in Test series against Australia: Sources

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket management has decided to adopt new strategy in the series against Australia.

Mohammad Hafeez will open the batting with Imam Ul Haq in the first Test against Australia, starting from October 7.

Sarfraz Ahmed announced the twelve probable players on Saturday for the opening Test of the two-match series against Australia.

Pakistan are likely to go with four bowlers including two spinners, the leg-spinner Yasir Shah and off-spinner Bilal Asif, and two fast bowlers.

Mohammad Abbas will be one fast bowler for Pakistan, whereas, they will choose between the two left-arm pacers Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza as the second fast bowler.

Azhar Ali will bat one-down, while Babar Azam is to bat at the fourth spot. The left-handed batsman, Haris Sohail will bat at fifth and Asad Shafiq will return to his favourite batting spot at sixth.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain will bat down the order at seventh, followed by all-rounder Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah and then the fast bowlers.

Pakistan skipper, who is under the pump at the moment for Pakistan’s flop show in Asia Cup, is optimistic about the Test series against Australia.