Unfamiliar conditions will hurt Pakistan - Mitchell Starc
Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc believes that unfamiliar conditions will hurt Pakistan ahead of the Brisbane Test which would allow the hosts to take a 1-0 early lead in the three Test series starting December 15th.
The visitors although managed to win the day and night practice match against Cricket Australia XI in Cairns, the Pakistani batting struggled to score runs at a brisk pace under lights. The bowlers had to cover-up for the mediocre batting performance with exceptional efforts to bag a moral boosting win.
The 26-year-old New South Wales paceman believes the Pakistan side "struggles a little more away from home" which will play to Australia's advantage.
Pakistan were beaten 2-0 by New Zealand in the recently-concluded Test series.
"They've struggled in New Zealand and probably struggle a little more away from home – they're really comfortable in the UAE.
"So it's a good opportunity for us in this Test match to assert our dominance first up, make an impression in the first Test of the series, which we all know goes a long way to working out the final result.
"(But) they've got a good bowling attack as well, so (their batsmen) would've faced pace or swing for a long time in the nets ... they've played some really good cricket over the last year-and-a-half to fight to the top of the world rankings."
Starc also downplayed any discussion on Mohammad Aamir's return to international cricket after serving a ban for spot fixing allegations.
Aamir had an impressive outing at Cairns with the pink ball under the lights and Starc is hoping to do the same for his side at Gabba.
"He's playing Test cricket, he's another player in their team, and we'll address him in the team meeting," he said.
"That's all that needs to be said I think. "To be honest, (I haven't read about his story) at all. I've seen a few highlights of him swinging the ball around, and in Cairns he had a bit of fun swinging the pink ball.
"Hopefully that means I can swing it around a bit down at the Gabba this week."
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