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Pakistan’s pacers do not have speed, surprisingly Australia’s pacers too

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From Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram to Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Amir or recently Haris Rauf – Pakistan cricket has never been short of pace stars. Pakistan is known as the fertile land of the subcontinent in producing pacers. But in the first test against Australia, Shaheen Shah Afridi could not create a storm of speed even on a pace-friendly wicket. Australian pacer Mitchell Starc is surprised to see such slow bowling of Pakistani pacers.

Earlier, the country’s legendary pacer Waqar Yunus had expressed concern about the pace of Pakistani pacers. He raised the question, where is the pace of Pakistani pacers? This time Stark also tuned in the same tune. Starc said on Sunday that he is not alone, everyone in the Australian team is surprised.

Pakistan and Australia face each other in the ‘Boxing Day Test’ tomorrow. Starc spoke to the media on Sunday before the second Test of the series in Melbourne. As soon as the Perth Test came up, Starc said, ‘Where you are used to seeing 150 km per hour speed, everyone is a bit surprised to see such speed of Pakistani bowlers.’

Although Pakistan lost the Perth Test after seeing the pace slow down, Starc is reluctant to accept, ‘Slow down doesn’t mean it’s all over. But it (speed) is definitely important and works.’

However, Pakistan is not getting all the pacers in the Australia series. Naseem Shah is absent due to injury. Another pacer Haris Rauf has withdrawn from the Test series and is playing in the Big Bash. Shaheen Afridi is the only known face in Pakistan’s pace attack. But after returning from a knee injury, Shaheen does not even have a glimpse of that previous speed.

Shaheen bowled at an average speed of around 130 kmph in the Perth Test. In the second innings it dropped below 130 kmph. Another pacer Khurram Shehzad bowled at medium pace throughout the Test. Occasional bowling of 140 kmph has been seen from the anointed Amir Jalal. On the other hand, Australia’s pace trio of Starc-Hazlewood-Cummins was the complete opposite. Australia’s pacers bowled at an average speed of around 145 kmph in the first Test.

The country’s legend Waqar Younis also recently expressed his disappointment on ESPN’s ‘Around the Show’, saying, ‘One thing is bothering me. Whenever we come to play in Australia, the fast bowlers spread the heat. But this time it is not visible. I see medium pacers, slow-medium pacers, all-rounders. But not seeing real speed. People used to watch Pakistan play to watch 150 km per hour bowling. But that is not visible now. That’s what I’m worried about.’

Not only in Test matches against Australia, but in Pakistan’s domestic cricket, pace stars are not emerging like before these days. Worried about this, Walker said, ‘Even in domestic cricket, I don’t see pacers bowling so hard. I understand that some people are injured at the moment. But as seen in the past, we have plenty of pacers at our disposal, they can be played at any time. Sadly, that is not the case these days. This is a matter of concern.’


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