Pakistan told to expect 'scary' totals from Australia in ODI series

Published: January 11, 2017


Australian middle-order batsman Travis Head believes if his team can create a good platform at the start of the innings in the upcoming ODIs against Pakistan then they can score ‘scary’ totals.

Pakistan, who were recently whitewashed in the three-match Test series, will be taking on the hosts in a five-match 50-over series starting from Friday in Brisbane.

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Captain Steven Smith will also have the services of big-hitting Chris Lynn, whom Head thinks can be lethal in the middle order.

“I think it’s scary now what you can get in the last 20 overs of an ODI if you set a great platform, which is what we’ve done against New Zealand,” said Head as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

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“We were able to set good platforms and give 25 overs to playing like T20. Yeah, it definitely brings in guys into it, a lot more than [before]. Lynny’s batting fantastic, yeah, he can clear the fence with ease, and so, if we build a good platform and if he’s in that middle order, it’s scary what we can get,” he added.

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Pakistan, on the other hand, will be without their regular wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as well as towering left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan.

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Irfan, brought back into the squad against Australia, had to leave for Pakistan after the demise of his mother.

Sarfaraz also had to rush back home after his mother fell sick.

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Irfan was replaced with another left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, while Mohammad Rizwan will cover for Sarfaraz by keeping the wickets in the first ODI.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 11, 2017 - 4:15PM

    Pak team being psyched out every which way ! Time for humongous pushups !!Recommend

  • AK
    Jan 11, 2017 - 6:58PM

    Pakistan in desperate need of big built batsmen in their lower order.
    I haven’t seen any strong big hitters after the retirement of Abdul Razzaq and Afridi.
    Pakistan team always had this strong players in their lower order which we hardly get to see in their present line-up.
    And by big hitters,I also mean clean hitters!
    Inzamam and team need to find and prepare at least 2 of them an year before the world cupRecommend

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