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Fakhar Zaman upbeat ahead of T20Is against Australia
Pakistan in Australia 2019

Fakhar Zaman upbeat ahead of T20Is against Australia

Fakhar Zaman's batting has been slightly clogged up this year but the power hitter is hoping to use his bat like a swinging door again. 

The southpaw thinks his side is ready for giving Australia a run for their money in the T20Is.

"The wickets are different here in Australia. We took some time to get set during the practice match as it takes time to adjust to these conditions," Fakhar remarked.

Seeing off the new ball is going to be a tough ask on seething pitches where the ball skids through nicely and bowlers, who have the skill to produce lateral movement, can be doubly dangerous. 

Fakhar is quite confident that him alongside newly appointed captain, Babar Azam, will dominate the hosts.

"New ball swings and we have to adjust, Babar played well at the other end [in the practice game]. The target wasn't much so we took our time to chase the total.

The unorthodox attacking opener was all praise about Pakistan's bowling arsenal that shone in the game against Cricket Australia XI and halted them at 134-6. 

His own performance was a good omen for Pakistan dugout as he plundered 43 off 39 balls in the warm-up game.

"The bowling was good; Amir, Wahab, Irfan and spinners all chipped in to restrict Australia to a manageable total. I am sure the series is going to be action-packed and competitive," Fakhar added.

Cricket Australia XI captain, Chris Lynn, has rated Pakistan team highly and reckons the visitors will be tough to beat.

“I think they [Pakistan] have got a stronger side than the Sri Lankans. They have guys who can bowl 150km/h and batsmen who are world-class. They put on a clinical performance today which is why they're one of the top T20 teams in the world," Lynn said after the match.