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Pakistan plan to trap Aussies with spin



Mirpur: Though dejected by the defeat to India, Pakistan is hoping to stage a strong comeback by trapping the Australians through their spinners on Sunday at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium.

Pakistan coach Moin Khan want to capitalise on Australia’s weakness against genuine spinners. “They can be weak against spin though they have been playing very good cricket for a long time. I still believe in my players. We’re capable of getting them.”

When asked whether he would play an extra spinner, Khan said: “We have a lot of options in the team. Unfortunately we couldn’t bowl Shoaib Malek (against India) because we had other options. We have also another spinner (Zulfiqar Babar) with us. It depends on the pitch, what type of wicket we get in the next match. Our composition will be based on it.”

Australia skipper George Bailey played down the threat from Pakistan spinners saying: “I think we have seen most of them now over a period of years or most guys have seen them at different times. It’s challenging. I guess you just talk about it as much as you can, reflect on those experiences of the past and you are forever trying to get better. Certainly they have got three spinners in the top 10 in T20 cricket, they are a very, very strong spinning side and the conditions can be challenging for us over here, but I think we have certainly got a strong batting line-up at the moment and that, hopefully, can overcome them.”


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