|Australia ready for Pakistan spin challenge: Warner|
25 August 2012
Abu Dhabi: Dashing Australian opener David Warner on Thursday said that although facing Ajmal and Afridi will be a big challenge but the batsmen were ready for Pakistan’s spin challenge in their limited over series starting next week.
The 25-year-old left-hander, who has made an impact with his aggressive strokeplay at international level, is bracing for Pakistan’s successful spin trio led by Saeed Ajmal and backed up by Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez.
“I haven’t faced them before in turning conditions. I have faced both in a Twenty20 game in England where the ball wasn’t turning much. I have faced Afridi in Australia but not in turning conditions as yet so I am really looking forward to it.
“We knew that in this series we are going to face a lot of spin bowling. We are looking forward for the challenge and now we see that as a bonus,” said Warner of the series in which the first one-day will be in Sharjah on August 28.
In January this year Pakistan routed the then world’s best Test team England 3-0 here, with Ajmal and left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman sharing 43 wickets between them but England hit back by taking the one-day series 4-1 and T20s 2-1.
The one day series between Pakistan and Australia will begin from August 31, followed by three Twenty20 matches in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10.
Warner hoped the series will provide good preparation for the World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka in September-October.
“It is disappointing we cannot play in Pakistan but we are two teams who like facing each other. I am looking forward for the challenge which can be great,” Warner added.
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