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Yasir Shah likely to be fit for Brisbane Test against Australia

Yasir Shah is the top ranked Test bowler for Pakistan
Yasir Shah is the top ranked Test bowler for Pakistan

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur confirmed that leg-spinner Yasir Shah is on course to play the first Test against Australia in Brisbane despite concerns of back problem.

The 30-year-old missed the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI due to discomfort in his back which he sustained during the training session in Cairns.

The selectors have drafted uncapped 18-year-old left-arm-spinner Mohammad Asghar as the 17th member of the squad to provide cover to Shah but Arthur is confident that their number one spinner will be fit in time for the game.

"I saw him at the team hotel before I came and he seemed fine," said Arthur.

"Which is good, because you don't want to deprive the Australian public of the chance to see an unbelievable leg-spinner go about his business.

"And, obviously, he is integral to our plans as well."

In their recent tour of New Zealand, Pakistan lost both the Tests and they have never beaten Australia in a Test series down under before.

Arthur, who had coached Australia before insisted that the batsmen need to contribute in a better manner for the results to come their way.

"It's no secret we need to get some runs.

"Adapting outside our conditions is difficult. It is like Australia playing on the sub-continent, but we are working hard on that."

The first game of the series in Brisbane will also be the third time Australia have hosted a day-night Test match in the country.

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