While talking to cricket.com.au’s The Unplayable Podcast and while discussing Australia’s recent tour to Pakistan, former Australian captain Steve Smith praised Pakistani pacers Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali.
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Steve Smith Impressed With Shaheen Afridi And Hasan Ali
While discussing the historic tour and while lauding the Pakistani pacers the premier Australian batter said, “I probably had three opportunities to get hundreds in Pakistan, I just didn’t quite convert them. I feel like my plans were in a pretty decent place, but I could’ve potentially been a bit more aggressive against the spin over there, and played a few more shots.
“But I was also batting at stages where the ball was reversing quite big and I know as a batter coming in next, it’s probably the toughest thing to face – a reversing ball on those kinds of wickets against some good bowlers in (Shaheen) Afridi and Hasan Ali.
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“So, it’s playing the game and being patient and playing the tempo, which we spoke a lot about in Pakistan; against the new ball you can play a few more shots, like I did in the third Test when I got in a little bit earlier, and got some boundaries away early. But then when the ball gets a bit softer, it’s reversing, you have to rein it back in until you get your moment to go a bit more aggressive. But against the spin, I know I’ve got a few more shots that I can potentially bring out and put a bit more pressure back on the bowler.”