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Pakistan will rely more on their spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, a fact Starc believed makes them a dangerous side. -Photo by AP

SHARJAH: Australian paceman Mitchell Starc said on Sunday he believes fast bowlers will play a big role on the dry pitches in the limited over series against Pakistan starting this week.

The fast-rising left-armer grabbed 4-47 and was ably assisted by new-ball partner James Pattinson (3-46) and Mitchell Johnson (2-34) to help Australia beat Afghanistan by 66 runs here on Saturday.

With hype over the spin-friendly pitches in the limited over series against Pakistan starting on Tuesday, Starc believed fast bowlers will not be ineffective.

“We prepared for wickets that were going to spin a lot,” Starc said of the Afghanistan match, the first-ever between the two sides.

“The quicks took nine of our wickets so the fast bowlers are going to play a massive part as well as the spinners in these conditions.”

Pakistan will rely more on their spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, a fact Starc believed makes them a dangerous side.

“Pakistan are a dangerous side so I think we are going to have to sit down and work out a plan. We have to be at our best to beat them,” said Starc, who was declared man-of-the-match against Afghanistan.

Starc, 22, praised Australian batting led admirably by skipper Clarke (75) and Matthew Wade who also made a resolute 75 in a total of 272-8.

“We spoke about our batting. There was a lot of talk from that England series and in the last couple of weeks,” said Starc of Australia's unimpressive batting in team's 4-0 loss last month.

“So we wanted to come out and stop talking and put actions on the board. We did that and our batters batted quite well in the heat,” said Starc, who hoped Australian players will adjust to the humidity quickly.

“We thought it would be a drier heat but both balls towards the end (of the Afghanistan innings) were hard to hold onto. It's something we'll have to look at in training before we start the Pakistan series,” said Starc.

To avoid the oppressive heat in the day, all one-day matches here will be played at 6pm in the evening and finish at 1:45 the other day – an unusual timing for all three teams.

“Finishing a game at around 1:30 a.m. is something we've now experienced and there are quite a few tired bodies in the dressing room now,” said Starc.

The second match will be played in Abu Dhabi (August 31) and the third in Sharjah (September 3).

All three Twenty20 internationals will be played in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10.

Comments (18) Closed

fazal buneri Aug 27, 2012 04:09am
dear if afridi as not in game then crikcet match as not intrsting .if afridi not don batting wll then has bowling wll fire ,
Irfan CHAUDHRY Aug 27, 2012 03:45am
Pakistan rely heavily on spin and that might work in UAE but not having decent fast bowlers will create issues for them in other parts of the world. Gaping hole that was left by the sudden departures of Asif and Amir has really handicapped Pakistan. There is a lot of noise about Pakistan having no dearth of talent yet we are unable to fill the void that was abruptly created. Looking at under 19 squad's performance we can't realistically expect anything. PCB sits like a spectator hoping for the emergence of next Imran Khan or Waseem Akram so they can take credit for it if it does happen by some miracle.
Sara Khan Aug 28, 2012 01:52am
The issue of corruption is not only related to Pakistan, even in the IPL, many players got caught cheating but the issue was hushed up by BCCI.
Asad Aug 26, 2012 05:57pm
wow! what a good reply John...
Zaffar Aug 26, 2012 07:34pm
Pcb should bring more young blood in the team.Afridi and the other 30 plus are history.
MMS Aug 27, 2012 01:32pm
It is true that Afridi HAS talent. He is more involved in looking good and important to a sceptical public. If he can start concentrating on the game and leave his opinions and politics behind and play cricket he may get back into the groove of things.
Azam Chowdhry Aug 26, 2012 03:46pm
It will be very interesting and competitive. Both teams are good and have great players included in their teams. Pakistan is a little bit more accustomed to the environment with strong bowling, but Pakistan's batting is very unpredictable. Australia, on the other hand is very consistent and can give very tough time to Pakistan. Pakistan cannot afford to make mistakes like poor fielding dropped catches or too many wide and no balls. It will be great to watch two great teams. I just wish that Pakistan start including Ahmed Shahzad and do not ruin this young player with lot of potential.
dararao Aug 27, 2012 12:23pm
I think if a player has immense talent like Afridi than they should not be kept out of the team even when they are not in form. Because this gives them confidence best example is Kallis of South Africa. They didn't drop him even in his worst form and now its paying them back.
MMS Aug 29, 2012 10:12am
I told you so
jay Aug 26, 2012 12:46pm
Afridi, Haffez are not in form. look out there last perfomances. afridi is goinig through worst phase of form.
John Aug 26, 2012 03:51pm
Afridi is worst or good player for either side on a given day!
M.H.M Aug 27, 2012 09:11am
for the betterment of odi team two consistent good batsman are required
Asim Husain Khan Aug 27, 2012 09:01am
Has anyone given a thought on why Australian players are addressing news conferences with logos of their cricket board and sponsors at the backdrop? Its Pakistan home series and backdrop should be with the name of PCB and Pakistani sponsors. But I guess who cares
Quedata Aug 28, 2012 10:48am
MMS: You are wrong! Afridi can dominate the show in bowling & batting; as he has in the past! There is no way he can sit ouside and I so agree with Dararao! Afridi Rocks!
MMS Aug 27, 2012 12:43am
It is time to get rid of politics and start grooming a new generation. Let them make a few mistakes but once they get experience they will achieve it. Do not change them all the time. Select 15 to 20 and start grooming them. If you cannot do it call me I will.
MMS Aug 27, 2012 12:40am
Having Afridi on the team is a big mistake. He is arrogant, and has a tendency to speak to all bowlers during their overs thinking he is the captain. And each bowler ignors him. He does not score more than 20 to 30 runs. He once upon a time took wickets but he has not been taken them for the last tests or ODI.
Noorani Aug 27, 2012 04:28am
Afridi's name is fear factor for the opposing team, thats it. He is a worn out player now. It will be better for the team to ask him to watch the gane sitting home rather than be in the field with team mates.
Imran Aug 27, 2012 03:22am
Pakistan's performance always depends whether they are paid more to loose or to win:) If they are paid more to win, trust there's no side in the world can beat them:)