Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin says that the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates is an important one for his side as players strive to prove themselves ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 and the Ashes in England.
“This Series is very important to Australia when you look the players who have been recalled to the side,” Haddin said.
“Andrew Symonds is coming back for his first game in a while, and Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Shaun Marsh will all be looking to impress with the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner.
“It is going to be a really exciting Series especially with Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar going head to head. Both have bowled at speeds of more than 160 kmph, so to watch them close-up will be quite a sight,” he added.
Haddin echoed the thoughts of Younus Khan yesterday, hoping that the fans come out and watch the two sides, who will meet in an ODI series for the first time since 2005.
“I really hope everyone comes out for the series. I know there will be a lot of Pakistan fans, but many Australians also live and work in the UAE, including my brother and his wife. I am really looking forward to meeting up with them,” he added.
The first of five matches takes place on 22nd April in Dubai with a Twenty20 International also scheduled for 7th May.
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