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'They will be a force to reckon with in the future' - Warner assesses Pakistan's pacers
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'They will be a force to reckon with in the future' - Warner assesses Pakistan's pacers

David Warner toyed with Pakistan's bowling all throughout the second day of the opening Test but had words of solace to offer to the luckless tourists following his unbeaten marathon knock.

Pakistan's inexperienced attack, boasting the presence of two teenage quicks, failed to make inroads into the Australian top-order and could manage to grab only a single wicket across three sessions.

Warner made the most of the Pakistan pacers' inability to pitch the ball regularly in the good-length area by mercilessly pouncing on any opportunity to caress the ball through the covers.

Despite having accumulated 151 not out by stumps, Warner felt Pakistan's fast bowlers had the potential to become a group of world-beaters.

He analysed 16-year-old Naseem Shah in depth and praised the youngster for having the stamina to continuously steam in and crank up the pace.

“He [Naseem] is quite skiddy, he’s got a nice fluent action. But he won’t get a harder Test debut than bowling at the Gabba, to back up the overs in the heat. Ask any fast bowler who has played at the Gabba and he’ll tell you it’s quite challenging to keep coming back and our job as batsmen is to make them keep coming back," Warner told reporters after cementing Australia's stronghold in the match.

"I think he kept his speed up quite a lot throughout the whole day. In the end, his pace dropped a little bit but that is obviously going to happen."

The aggressive left-handed opener compared Naseem's youthful exuberance with that of a young Mohammad Amir and admitted Pakistan could develop a lethal lineup provided bowling coach Waqar Younis hones their budding talent.

"He's charged in, and there’s a superstar there. Just like when Mohammad Amir came on the scene the first time," Warner said.

"He was rapid and had us all in a pickle. He was a world-class bowler and if you add him in the Test lineup as well, then their depth is ridiculous and having these other young guys like Musa and Hasnain who I faced in the T20Is.

"If Waqar Younis can get a hold of them and get their lines and lengths and engines going, then they will be a force to reckon with in the future."

'I didn't have any luck in England'

Warner had benefitted from a reprieve while batting on 56 when Naseem had him caught-behind but replays suggested the teenager had overstepped the front crease.

He conceded he was a bit lucky this time around in contrast to a dismal Ashes summer where he scored a paltry sum of 95 runs in 10 innings.

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"Today, I had a little bit of luck and that is what you need in the game. In England, I didn’t have much luck at all," he claimed.

Warner was dismissed by England spearhead Stuart Broad a total of seven times in the five-match series and focused on the amount of effort he put in to return to form.

"I worked my backside off by scoring runs in the T20Is and applied that discipline here by working hard in the nets against the fast bowlers.

"I was just basically working on watching the ball out of the hand and making sure I was playing the ball underneath my eye-line.”