After Pakistan’s last (and only) victory against England in World Cup 2019, the team is in high spirits for the match today against Australia – the opponents coming after a defeat at the hands of India on Sunday.
Considering the dynamics, Pakistan is ought to be in a comfortable position, however former captain Pakistan cricket team Wasim Akram thinks otherwise.
“Australia is coming after losing the game to India and Pakistan must have this in mind and try to take maximum advantage but they must be aware of the fact that they can be threatening,” said Wasim while talking to a leading TV channel.
“Australia can be a very dangerous side, you can’t be complacent against Australia, although India outclassed them with proper control,” added the former all-rounder.
The star cricketer added that the match can most likely go in favor of the team that wins the toss today at Taunton, and opts to ball first. However, for the balling side, taking early wickets is crucial in order to get the advantage.
“It is important for Pakistan to get quick wickets from the new ball. I hope Aamir will continue with his form and it’s time for Hasan (Ali) to get some wickets with the new ball,” said Wasim.
Additionally, the cricketer referred to Shaheen Shah Afridi’s inclusion in team as a late call, he said that he would have had him play in the first matches in place of Hasan if he had to make the choice.
Akram also emphasized on the top three batsman Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq to score big today. He insisted that Fakhar now needs to change his batting style and hit the ball after calculating, “blind hitting” is not the game for him now.
Pakistan faced a thrashing defeat against Australia the last time the two countries came across in UAE. Wasim however believes that the previous game does not matter for it was a bilateral series and this is World Cup now, the stakes are different and higher.
“Pakistan was experimenting with different combinations in the bilateral series earlier. It was a bilateral and different series. But this is the World Cup and now senior players are back and the way team has won the previous game I am sure they’ll do well,” the former cricketer seemed hopeful.