Sarfraz looks to Yasir Shah to strike against Australia

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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed says that he wants legspinner Yasir Shah to focus on taking wickets in the Test series against Australia.

Yasir hasn’t played a Test in a year but Sarfraz says that their won’t be too much undue pressure on the tweaker.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference Sarfraz said: “When we played Australia in 2014 we played some attacking cricket.

“Yasir is our main bowler so we will want him to attack and get us wickets to win the series.

“But we will not put extra pressure on him and will not want him to go in a defensive mode, so other bowlers will have to support him.”

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Safraz singled out off-spinner Nathan Lyon as Australia’s greatest threat with the ball saying he had progressed immensely since the sides last met.

“We attacked him four years ago and at that time we had great batsmen in Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq,” said the Pakistan captain. “Four years on he is a better bowler so he will be their main bowler and a challenge for us.”

Pakistan’s goal in this series is simple, they are expected to win.

Safraz said: “Australia want to focus on an improved performance in Asia, so that’s their challenge while our focus and challenge is to play good cricket and win the series.”

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia gets underway on Sunday in Dubai.