Pakistan expecting a contrasting pink ball in Australia

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After not getting much swing during their pink-ball match against West Indies in the UAE, Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq is expecting a different experience ahead of their tour to Australia.

Despite being the only team to win a day-night test besides Australia, Shafiq reckoned that it will be like they are playing their first pink-ball match when they play against the Baggie Greens next week Thursday.

“The ball was not swinging at the UAE when we played our Test over there,” Shafiq said.

“We are expecting some good swing bowling here and that’s why we are preparing ourselves for that swing bowling.”

Before their series-opener at the Gabba however, Pakistan will play a trial three-day pink ball match against the Cricket Australia XI, where Shafiq is eager to gain some more experience under lights.

“It is important,” Shafiq said.

“That’s why we are playing day-night practice match. That will give us a fair idea for the Test match.”

He also added that he is a fan of the day-night test match and lauded the ICC for its introduction into the game.

“That was my first experience,” he said.

“Once I played with it then things got a bit clearer that it’s not a problem about the visibility of the ball or anything like this.

“It’s a very good move by the ICC.”

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