Yasir Shah targets 20 Australian scalps, sequence win in UAE

Match-winning spinner Yasir Shah has despatched a warning to Australia’s batsmen that he’s concentrating on 20 wickets and a win within the two-match Take a look at sequence beginning in Dubai on Sunday.

The 32-year-old has been Pakistan’s primary spin weapon since making his Take a look at debut in opposition to Australia on the similar venue 4 years in the past.

He and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar took 26 wickets between them to rout Australia 2-0.

Yasir once more holds the important thing for Pakistan within the two-match sequence, with the second in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

“I’ve a goal of 20 wickets,” Yasir informed AFP. “I understand how vital it will likely be to take wickets so that is still my goal and for the crew to win the sequence which is essential.”

Yasir has grown in stature and wickets with every sequence. He took 24 wickets in three Checks in a sequence win over Sri Lanka a yr later.

His 10 wickets at Lord’s and 5 at The Oval fashioned the premise of Pakistan’s 1-1 sequence attract England two years in the past earlier than he took 25 in a 2-1 win within the West Indies in 2017 — Pakistan’s first sequence win within the Caribbean.

Yasir mentioned Australia will miss the guile of banned duo Steven Smith and David Warner, who’re every banned for a yr for his or her half in a ball-tampering row in South Africa earlier this yr.

“Little doubt, Smith and Warner are two world-class gamers and Australia will miss them,” mentioned Yasir. “(They) know the artwork of staying on the wicket in order that can be missed by Australia.

“However we will not take any crew flippantly. They’ve just a few good gamers and some of them I’ve performed with within the Huge Bash (Australia’s Twenty20 league) so I do know their robust and weak factors.

“You may’t say they’re weak, perhaps inexperienced. They’re all the time a robust facet. That sequence (in 2014) was my first and so I’ll attempt to enhance on that.”

Yasir, who performed for Brisbane Warmth final yr, mentioned he has improved his googly as a result of it was “a bit weak”.

“I have been engaged on that. I feel I am 70-80 per cent there with the googly and that is going to turn out to be useful right here.”

He mentioned he was continually analysing his bowling and all the time looking out for brand new strategies.

“I do look over these movies from YouTube fairly a bit,” he mentioned. “I have a look at how I went in these matches, analysing the way it has gone and attempt to replicate my good deliveries.”

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