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02:55  29 november  2019
02:55  29 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Pakistan will play it slow with teen sensation Naseem Shah as they look to manage his introduction to Test cricket.

Naseem lit up the first Test at the Gabba as he sent down his first over in Test cricket at speeds in excess of 145kmh, and claimed David Warner as his first and only wicket.

However, he is no certainty to play in Friday's second Test in Adelaide against Australia, with Pakistan pondering a shake-up of their bowling attack to include Mohammad Abbas.

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The tourists are also well aware they must look after the 16-year-old, after he sent down just four overs in two-and-a-half sessions in the field on day three in Brisbane.

"We don't want to put too much on him. As talent-wise and skill-wise we know he belongs here," captain Azhar Ali said.

"But obviously we'll think hard about how we're going to manage him.

Pakistan player Naseem Shah takes part in a training session on the eve of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Pakistan, in Adelaide on November 28, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) © Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) Pakistan player Naseem Shah takes part in a training session on the eve of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Pakistan, in Adelaide on November 28, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

"He's a fantastic bowler so hopefully he can produce performances for Pakistan in the future."

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It would appear the return of Abbas will come down to a decision between Naseem and Imran Khan, with Azhar not willing to disclose his side on Thursday.

Former coach Mickey Arthur this week claimed Naseem could not be picked unless he can send down his share of overs with just three quicks picked.

What appears certain but is that Naseem will play more cricket for Pakistan, even if he does not feature in Adelaide.

The right-armer has a first-class average of 18.50 with the ball, and at times looked Pakistan's only bright spark during their bowling innings in Brisbane.

"The good thing about Naseem was whenever he bowled, we bowled really well," captain Azhar Ali said.

"Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks haven't been very easy for him. But we backed him because his skills you've seen.

"His pace was up whenever he came in to bowl and his line and lengths were good and he troubled the batsmen. That's why we were so confident.

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"But we obviously have to see how much he's been through. He's just 16 and has a very young body and we have to look and be careful."

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