Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan skipper has backed his team to overcome the challenge against Australia which could have marked history while wrapping up the first-ever Test series victory.
However, the visitors lost the first Test but the Brisbane display has boosted the confidence of the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side, Afridi hailed his side’s spirited fightback in the first test and believes that the Pakistan have a great chance of winning test series against Australia on their home soil.
The Express Tribune quoted Afridi as saying, “We have a great chance of finally winning a series in Australia. Pakistan showed great fight in the first Test, particularly Shafiq who scored an outstanding century. The Brisbane performance will definitely lift spirits,”
The star all-rounder said that the Melbourne and Sydney track will help Pakistan's bowlers as well as batsmen, he said, “The tracks in Melbourne and Sydney suit the team. Both Pakistan’s batsmen and bowlers will get help from the conditions and I am backing the team to win both the matches,”
Mohammad Amir was injured in the first Test, and is currently recovering from a knee and thigh injury. He found huge support from Afridi, who hoped that the fast bowler will play a match-winning role in the ongoing series.
Former skipper stated, “I backed Amir’s selection [as a captain] for the World T20 since I felt he could be an asset for us. I have supported Amir because he showed remorse for his actions. I think he’s improving and did a fine job both with bat and ball in Brisbane. He can hopefully make an even bigger and match-winning contribution in the last two Tests,”
The famous Boxing Day Test will be played between Pakistan and Australia in Melbourne on 26 December before traveling to Sydney for the third and the final Test, which will be played on January 3.