Australia is finally going to tour Pakistan after 24 years and even though Pakistan may not be the same side as that of the 90s and early 2000s, they are quite potent in their home conditions. After a surprising easy Ashes campaign, this is likely to be a real test for the newly appointed captain Pat Cummins. The fast bowler believes that reverse swing will be the key in Pakistan and that he and other pacers of the squad are working on that skill.
“A lot of the time the ball just reverse swings, and we didn’t really experience it this summer with grassy wickets and short games whereas over there it can be a real weapon. So we’re just trying to upskill that.
The Australian bowlers have their tail up after ripping apart the English batting line but Cummins believe that facing the Pakistani bowlers will a tough challenge as they have a no. of quality bowlers.
“We’re not expecting to have the spin-friendly subcontinent conditions we’ve experienced in past Indian or Sri Lankan tours,” Cummins said today. “It seems like the pace bowlers have done quite well and they (Pakistan) have got a really strong bowling pace bowling line-up.
The Australian side will land up in Islamabad in the morning and will straight away get into the series starting from the 4th of March and Cummins hope that their practice in the south-eastern Australia region which resembled the subcontinent conditions, will allow them to get up to the speed in absence of acclimatization time.
Over the years, Pakistan could manage to host their home series in the United Arab Emirates due to the unwillingness of teams to visit Pakistan. Australia is coming with a full-strength squad, at least for the tests as Warner, Starc, Hazelwood, and Cummins are likely to skip the ODI leg.