Hazlewood questions spin decision

03 October 2018 05:54:12 EST

Vice-captain Josh Hazlewood feels Pakistan could be caught out by their tactics of "hiding" their spinners from the warm-up game ahead of the two-Test series.

Pakistan A's team in the sole tour match before the first Test has no frontline spinner.

They left the slow bowling duties to part-timers Asad Shafiq and Iftikhar Ahmed in the match at the ICC Academy ground.

Maybe they're a little bit on the shy, timid side by not playing a spinner.

Josh Hazlewood

Hazlewood, who has just been appointed as one of Australia's two vice-captains along with Mitch Marsh, has questioned Pakistan's decision to have the middle-order batsmen as their spinners.

The Test series is expected to be dominated by spin, with Pakistan having named three spinners in their initial Test squad and then added a fourth option in the form of veteran allrounder Mohammad Hafeez.

Speaking of the make-up of the Pakistan A side, Hazlewood said: "Maybe they're a little bit on the shy, timid side by not playing a spinner and they're trying to hide them obviously from us and go down that road.

"But I think if you were them, you'd play nearly your best spinners and try to bowl us out twice and create some doubt in our batsmen's minds that way."

Hazlewood indicated it was a strange decision that suggested Pakistan wanted to deprive Australia of experience of facing spinners.

However, he said the tourists had three spinners of their own who would be testing their batsmen in the nets, and others were coming over from India with Australia's spin consultant Sridharan Sriram.

"The guys are going to get enough in the nets and around training," said Hazlewood.

Australia had success with spin in the tour match, with Jon Holland taking 5 for 79 on the final day.

Pakistan A, led by fifties from Asad Shafiq and Abid Ali, were 261 for 7 in 85 overs when the match ended in a draw.

Australia are 12/5 to win the first Test against Pakistan, who are 7/10 with the draw 5/1.

Australia are 1/1 to have a first innings lead.

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