Teen quick has Pakistan teammates' backing
He's only 16 but Pakistan tearaway Naseem Shah has done more than enough to prove to his teammates he has the mentality for Test cricket. Likened to Dennis Lillee, Shah's express spell a week ago in Perth against Australia A caught the eye and left Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja ducking and weaving.
Pakistan have the attack to exploit the favourable conditions in Lahore against India but the concerns over lost playing time persist. But how much will there be of that?. The first Test begins in Lahore tomorrow but, if the start is delayed because of fog, do not blame it on Friday the 13th.
It was also Smith ’s maiden Test century against Pakistan , leaving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as Renshaw, who finished 34 not out in Adelaide to help deliver Australia victory against South Africa on Test debut, was again watchful but scored freely whenver Pakistan ’s pacemen drifted onto his pads.
Steve Smith has warned Pakistan's exciting pace attack he aims to test their reserves with patience in the first Test at the Gabba starting Thursday.
The match will mark the former Australian captain's first Test on home soil since his ball-tampering ban.
He'll arrive with plenty of belief, coming off an Ashes series that netted 774 runs at 110.57 and with fond memories of the Brisbane ground.
Smith averages 71 across five Tests at the venue, with a patient unbeaten 141 on day one of the 2017 Ashes series that rated among his best knocks.
Pakistan could include promising 16-year-old speedster Naseem Shah alongside accurate seamer Mohammad Abbas in a pace attack capable of doing damage on a lively Gabba deck.
Captain Paine says Australia's home summer may be his last
Captain Paine says Australia's home summer may be his lastPaine, who turns 35 next month, was named captain after former skipper Steve Smith was handed a one-year ban in March 2018 for ball tampering and the wicketkeeper became the first Australian captain after Steve Waugh to retain the Ashes.
Test level as pacemen carry attack against Pakistan England struggled to dismiss Pakistan on day four of the third Test Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Samit Patel have seven for 423 in two innings after Pakistan took control of the third Test .
Skipper Steve Smith says Australia's pace attack will test the resolve of Pakistan batsmen with short-pitched bowling in Brisbane's first ever day-night Test from Thursday. Smith has yet to finalise his team and hasn't ruled out playing with four pacemen at the expense of spinner Nathan.
But Smith intends to make them work hard for any success.
"This week is going to be about getting used to the Gabba bounce, working on my leave and just being patient," Smith said on Sunday.
"I've never faced Abbas ... he stands the seam up, any sort of movement he'll get the most out of it.
"And it looks like Shah bowls with some good pace.
"Being as young as he is, he probably hasn't bowled lots of overs consistently so it'll be about making him come back and bowl as many spells as he can and see if he can maintain it."
Skipper Tim Paine hopes Smith's top-six companions take note as the side aims to be less reliant on their star man.
"We felt we made some strides in England, but it means nothing if we don't continue to improve," he said.
"We can't be so reliant on Steve all the time, so that's a huge area of focus for us this summer - scoring hundreds and putting big first innings runs on the board."
Smith to be more disciplined against Pakistan's Yasir .
Smith to be more disciplined against Pakistan's YasirSmith was bowled by Yasir for four runs in the opening test in Brisbane and the leg-spinner celebrated by holding up seven fingers to signal the number of times he had claimed the wicket of the world's top-ranked test batsman.