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With the Sydney curator hinting towards a spin friendly pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Pakistan might just opt to deploy 2-spinner strategy against Australia starting January 3. Along with Yasir Shah, one could see Mohammad Asghar as the left-arm spinner is expected to receive his Test cap. Both teams are to play out a dead rubber affair after the hosts secured a 2-0 unassailable lead after win at Melbourne. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has so far been impressed with whatever he has seen of the 17 year-old. Asghar had been called-up as a back up for Yasir, who before the tour complained of back stiffness.

As reported by ESPNCricinfo, Misbah said, “I’m really impressed by his bowling. I’ve seen his temperament [at the Pakistan Super League] that was massive for him, big tournament. The way he handled pressure there. They used him in the circle against some of the most destructive batsman in the world. Misbah further added that Asghar had been tremendous with the ball in the nets. “He bowled with a lot of control and courage. The way he’s bowling in the nets, he’s been tremendous. Even some of the best players of spin, they really rate him up. He’s the one you can trust anytime, he added.

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“It can be an option. We’ll definitely go for it if we think that this pitch is going to do a little bit for the spinners on the last day, Misbah concluded. If Asghar is picked he will become the first player from Balochistan to play for Pakistan in Tests.

Asghar rose to fame in the Pakistan Super League playing for Peshawar Zalmi, where is ended up with 11 wickets. If Pakistan does go for the 2-spinner play it will be the first time after 1995 that play to spinners in a Test in Australia.

Australia, on the other hand, have already announced their playing XI for third and final Test that included two spinners in Nathan Lyon and Steven O Keefe.