Shaheen is a world-class bowler and is wonderful to watch – Aaron Finch

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The left-arm pacer took the better off Aaron Finch for a golden duck in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup

Australian white-ball skipper Aaron Finch lauded the Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi for his world-class bowling skills before the ODI series, starting from March 29 at the Gadaffi Stadium Lahore.

Australian white-ball skipper Aaron Finch praised the furious Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi for his world-class bowling skills before the ODI series, starting from March 29 at the Gadaffi Stadium Lahore.

“Shaheen is a world-class bowler and is wonderful to watch. He can swing the new ball and execute really well at the end of the innings as well,”

Finch said during a virtual press conference.

Australia will be locking horns with Pakistan at the Gadaffi Stadium Lahore for a three-match ODI series, which has a rich history of producing high-scoring matches.

“The wicket looks dry, but we expect it to play well. The dew will play a huge factor in the series. We will see that tonight when we practice how much dew falls in,”

Finch added.

“Pakistan and Australia both have played some amazing cricket. Whatever we do tomorrow whether bat or bowl the first 10 overs will be very important,”

Finch stated.

Meanwhile, the 50-over World Cup is all set to start in 2023 and all the teams have started their preparations accordingly.

“Every decision we are making has one eye towards the 2023 World Cup. It’s about building the depth in the squad. It’s a really good opportunity to add to our experience,”

Finch added.

The 35-year-old praised the brave captaincy of Pat Cummins and also appreciated the sharp bowling attack of Pakistan.

“Pat made a great declaration in the last Test to keep the game in the balance. The easy option would be to keep batting and bat Pakistan out of the game and minimize the risk.”

“Pakistan has some world-class players. Babar Azam leads the pack in terms of ODI batsman, Shaheen with the ball, they have a very good bowling attack, especially with the new ball. We have seen Haris Rauf in the Big Bash League (BBL), Hasan Ali has shown his class in the past and Usman Qadir can spin the ball big,”

Finch added.

Australia has not played a lot of ODI matches in the last 15 months and adjusting to the format would be quite a challenge for the Kangaroos as they are leading with an inexperienced squad.

“Not playing much ODI cricket since December 2020 is not a problem. ODI format is one of the easiest to adjust quickly. ODI gives you enough time to get back into the game, whereas T20 cricket could be challenging, and Test cricket can test every part of you right away,”

Finch stated.

“Me and Adam Zampa have played the most ODIS in the squad. It’s a good opportunity for the youngsters to make a permanent spot in the team”

“We are looking forward to winning the series even though we have an inexperienced squad but that can be a blessing at times as it gives you a chance to play freely,”

Finch stated.

The historic series between Pakistan and Australia has been quite special for the Australian players as none of them have played International Cricket on Pakistan soil before. Finch will be live in action for the first time in Pakistan.

“I am looking forward to starting the series tomorrow and excited to play for the first time in Pakistan.”

“As a captain, I would try to perform well and lead from the front. There is a bit of pressure on the senior players but we will try to play well,”

Finch further added.

Australia has won the three-match Test series by 1-0 and they will play their first of three ODIs at the Gadaffi Stadium Lahore on Tuesday.

Pakistan ODI and T20 squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique*, Asif Afridi, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq*, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Saud Shakeel*, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir (*ODIs only)

Australia ODI and T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa.

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