CHANDIGARH: Australian senior batsman David Warner expects a tremendous bowling attack from Pakistan team on Friday in Mohali Stadium.
Pakistan will face Australia after 2015 World Cup quarter-final in Adelaide where Wahab Riaz and Shane Watson went head on to offend each other. Riaz didn’t play against New Zealand pleading unfit after getting a blow on head during practice sessions.
He is likely to return after two days of rest. With Riaz in the squad back Pakistan have trio of left-arm fast bowlers; Amir, the huge Mohmmad Irfan and the volatile Wahab Riaz.
“This wicket is probably going to have minimal grass, the ball probably won’t get above waist height and we’re going to have to accept the fact that there is going to be a lot of change of pace.
“That’s one thing that they (Pakistan) have been capable of doing is executing that skill very well.
“We saw the other day they almost beat India and they used change of pace. We’re going to have to be on top of our game to nullify any of their players,” said Warner
“I faced him (Amir) in the Caribbean (T20) World Cup (in 2010) and I think he got me out second ball and he was bowling 150s (kph) then,” Warner recalled.
“Nothing’s really changed except he’s trying to swing the ball now.
“They’ve got three very, very good left-arm fast bowlers in their attack.
“It’s not just him (Amir), they got Mohammad Irfan and Wahab (Riaz).
“He (Wahab) is a fiery character as well.
“But we’ll have to wait and see what the conditions are like out there.
“They’re three very, very good bowlers and for the guys in the top six we really have to find a way to 1) score and 2) identify who the danger bowler is at the time and try and put some runs on the board.”
Upon Amir’s return after spot fixing scandal, “He (Amir) is just going to be another player,” Warner said. “We know what we’re going to expect.
“We know what he’s capable of with the ball in hand. What is done in the past is in the past.
“We’re not going to try and go out there and get under his skin for something that’s probably not warranted. That’s best left in the dark.”