Tuesday 11 December 2007 

Pakistan Coach Lawson Backs Sharma For Australia Tour

Pakistan's Australian coach Geoff Lawson has backed young Indian pace bowler Ishant Sharma to succeed when India tour Australia later this month.

Sharma took his maiden five-wicket haul in the ongoing third and final Test against Pakistan after coming in as a late replacement to cover injuries to Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.

"It's nice to see a bowler hit the deck hard and he could be handy in Australia," Lawson told a news conference.

"He has pace and bounce," he added.

Sharma said, "Everyone helped me, the new-ball partner and the bowling coach and when you bowl well then it's a great satisfaction.

"It is not an easy track to bowl on. After some time I changed my line and tried as hard as possible.

"I was hit for a few boundaries but I never get discouraged so you have to keep a big heart to bowl at this level. You need patience on such sort of pitches, which I kept," he said.


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