Steve Smith Praises Shaheen Afridi And Hasan Ali

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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

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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.

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“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.”