CANBERRA - Australia’s “number one plan” in the upcoming test series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan is targeting Yasir Shah , fast bowler Peter Siddle has said.
Yasir played a key role in Australia´s unravelling during the last UAE tour in 2014, when the leg-spinner took 12 wickets at an average of 17.25 to drive the hosts to a thumping 2-0 win in the two-test series.
Four years later, a raw Australia squad has returned to the Gulf state without two of their best batsmen in the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, and would appear vulnerable to another spin-bowling assault from Sarfraz Ahmed´s team.
Looking to counter Yasir and 19-year-old prodigy Shadab Khan, Australia have re-hired spin bowling consultant Sridharan Sriram and flown in two Indian wrist-spinners, including Pardeep Sahu, who has played for Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab.
Siddle said the tourists had spent plenty of time in the Dubai heat working out ways to deal with leg spin and Yasir, specifically.