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'I have experience of playing in Australia' - Babar promises aggressive approach in T20Is
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'I have experience of playing in Australia' - Babar promises aggressive approach in T20Is

The newly appointed Pakistan T20I skipper Babar Azam banked on his previous experience of playing in Australia to excel in the upcoming series scheduled to commence on November 3.

Babar scored 282 runs including a century across five ODIs the last time Pakistan toured Australia in 2016/2017 and also captained the U19 side in the 2012 World Cup.

"I have toured Australia as skipper of Pakistan Under-19 (2012) and with the Pakistan team three years ago, so I have experience of those conditions," the 25-year-old reporters in Lahore.

He will have a huge responsibility on his young shoulders after being tasked to lead the side following the sacking of Sarfaraz Ahmed as skipper of the team.

Babar's challenge will be compounded by the absence of senior stalwarts Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez for the Australia tour.

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With Pakistan's T20 line-up packed with several fresh faces, Babar admitted they have a stern test ahead of them.

He vowed the team would opt for an attacking approach and make the most of the pace bowling-friendly conditions in Australia.

"Every tour is tough and Australia is always a challenging place because of the extra bounce, but we will go for wins as we always do," he said on the eve of the team's departure.

Pakistan's itinerary for the tour comprises three T20Is from November 3 to 8 before the first of the two Tests begins on November 21.

'Don't judge me on just three matches'

Pakistan were blown away by a vibrant performance from a supposedly second-string Sri Lankan side in the three T20I matches in Lahore earlier this month, which sparked the decision to remove Sarfaraz.

Babar's mediocre outing in the series saw him manage scores of 13, three and 27, raising questions over the vice-captaincy duty negatively affecting his batting.

"Don't judge me on just three matches," Babar said dismissing the concerns.

"The game of cricket has its ups and downs. I give 120% from my side in every match. There is no pressure on me and I will perform as I have been doing consistently in the past."

He also confirmed there would be no change in his batting position and would open the innings with Fakhar Zaman, who regained form in the domestic National T20 Cup.

"I will open with Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq serves as the back-up opener."

The top-ranked T20I batsman claimed he felt honoured to lead his country in the shortest format, 12 years since he entered the Gaddafi Stadium as a ball-boy.

"I am proud that now I am the skipper," he stated as he becomes the youngest Pakistan captain in T20 cricket.