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'We've done our research' – Paine wary of Pakistan's young pace attack
Pakistan tour of Australia 2019

'We've done our research' – Paine wary of Pakistan's young pace attack

Tim Paine on Wednesday admitted his side were wary of Pakistan’s young pace attack and said they were studying them through video analysis.

Australia head into the first Test as favorites as Pakistan have lost their last 12 Tests in Australia.

Pakistan’s pace attack brings an element of surprise to the fore as Naseem Shah is set to make his debut tomorrow.

"We've prepared for all of them. That's the thing with Pakistan, they have a lot of different options, a lot of skill and by the looks of it a fair bit of pace," said Paine.

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"So we've made sure we've looked at as much footage as possible of their pace attack, and their batters.

"What we don't want is to go out there tomorrow at some stage and be surprised by something we see, whether that's their spinner, their quicks or their batsmen. So we've done our research."

Naseem, whose mother passed away last week, has played seven first-class games but rattled Australia A in his eight-over spell at Perth.

Paine said he had played alongside 16-year-olds in club cricket but never on such a big stage.

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"He looks like a really, really exciting talent," he said.

"Pakistan have got a knack of finding these young fast bowlers so it looks like they have another one to add to that rich history of fast bowlers that they seem to produce."

Alongside Naseem, Pakistan possess the likes of Muhammad Abbas and veteran Imran Khan backed up by ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

‘Paine expects more from his batsmen’

They will be hoping to run through Australia’s batting line-up which is now bolstered by the presence of David Warner and Steve Smith.

Smith single handedly dominated England in the Ashes as he scored 774 runs in the four Tests. However, Paine said he expects more from the other batsmen to support Smith in the upcoming series.

"Probably during the Ashes we relied too heavily on Steve, so the rest of top seven are really keen to score a lot of runs," he said.

"Traditionally we love batting in Australia, we have had some real success on this ground, it's a great ground to bat on if you can get in and spend a lot of time out there."

Head coach Justin Langer has also called upon his batters to step up and be more consistent in their performances.

"We're number five in the world in Test cricket at the moment, and there's reasons for that," Langer said.

"One of them is that we don't score 300-plus in the first innings enough. Our batters are very aware of that.

"We're not going to shy away from that. It's no secret. We know we've got to keep improving and I'm confident we will."