Gillette T20 INTL Series v Pakistan
Teenage quicks talk tough ahead of Australia tour
Meet the rookie Pakistan fast bowlers who will head to Australia next month for their first international tour
23 October 2019, 07:17 AM AEST
Pakistan's rookie pace duo of Musa Khan and Naseem Shah are looking to rattle Australia with their speed when they travel here next month for a two-Test series and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Seen as two of the fastest bowlers in Pakistan's domestic circuit, 19-year-old Musa (pictured above) was included in both squads on Monday, while 16-year-old Naseem has been named in the Test attack featuring a third teenager in Shaheen Afridi.
"I am not thinking about bowling to the likes of David Warner or Steve Smith, rather I want to make an impression with my pace and penetration," Musa said in a news release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday.
"My strength is bowling fast. Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar are my fast bowling idols and I want to replicate their performances and instill fear in batsmen like they did."
The inclusion of Naseem and Musa is seen as a bold move by head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq, who wants the team to play aggressive cricket under new Test skipper Azhar Ali.
Naseem, who has already built a domestic reputation for his sharp bouncers, said that on his maiden call-up he also hopes to have an immediate impact.
"I aim to make an impression with my speed and swing if given a chance in the Tests against Australia," he said.
"The conditions in Australia help fast bowlers, my aim is to make maximum use of the conditions and give a tough time to the home side. Playing on hard and bouncy pitches will be a great experience and a learning curve for me."
Pakistan will play the first of three Gillette T20 INTLs in Sydney on November 3 before the series heads to Canberra and Perth. That will be followed by the Domain Tests against Australia, the first at the Gabba followed by a day-night match in Adelaide.
Australia’s international season begins this Sunday with the first of three T20s against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.