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Pakistan's Wahab Riaz Puts Steve Smith, David Warner in Crosshairs

AFP |December 13, 2016, 4:57 PM IST
Pakistan's Wahab Riaz Puts Steve Smith, David Warner in Crosshairs

Brisbane: Pakistan pace firebrand Wahab Riaz said Tuesday he will target Australia's key batting pair Steve Smith and David Warner in this week's opening day-night Test in Brisbane.

Wahab earned a gunslinger reputation for his hostile fast bowling during last year's World Cup in Australia, when he peppered the hosts with a short-pitched barrage during the quarter-final in Adelaide.

The 31-year-old left-armer vowed to maintain the rage against the Australians in Thursday's first of three Tests, with skipper Smith and opener Warner firmly in his sights.

"Obviously I have to do what I do really well, I am going to bowl aggressively, I will bowl short as well," said Wahab, who has taken 65 wickets in his 21 Tests since debuting in 2010.

"You have to attack David Warner and Steve Smith. You cannot look for them to give you their wicket. You have to buy their wickets."

Pakistan have not won a series in 11 trips to Australia, where they have lost their last nine Tests, but Wahab was undaunted.

"We have to take the challenge. We know Australia is good in their home conditions, it's one of the best teams," he said.

"To compete with them we have to counter-attack them, we have to have that confidence. We've got the skills and everyone is prepared for these Test matches."

Australia have not lost a Test at their Gabba fortress since 1988, but Wahab said Pakistan were looking to defy the odds.

"Records are meant to be broken and this might be the chance for Pakistan to break that record," he said.

"We have to take 20 wickets, and obviously we are looking for that -– we know even no Asian country has won a series here in Australia.

"So we are looking for that and that should really give us a good boost and give us something to go for."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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