Mickey Arthur is not perturbed about Australia, who are oozing with confidence on the back of a resounding 3-2 ODI series win against India. @ AFP

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has outlined the series against Australia as one to test his side’s bench strength ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Arthur is not perturbed about Australia, who are oozing with confidence on the back of a resounding 3-2 ODI series win against India. “We designed this series for our players for the simple fact that we want to test our best bench players,” said Arthur. (ALSO READ: Pakistan brace for resurgent Australia in Sharjah)

“We know our major players for the World Cup. After this series, we go to England and we go there with a very settled squad and the roles will be defined.

“We want to know where the squad stands. We feel that we have done everything possible to be the best possible prepared team for the World Cup.

“For us, it isn’t so much about Australia. This is about those positions for the World Cup and the opportunity created for a lot of players because for us, we need to find who our players are for every position. If we could do that out of this series, then it would be good for us.” (ALSO READ: Coulter-Nile determined to push vertigo issue behind for a spot in the World Cup squad)

Pakistan enter the five-match ODI series which begins on Friday at Sharjah after losing a hard-fought ODI series against South Africa in January. Arthur explained that there are four positions in the 15-member World Cup squad were still up for grabs. Regular captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam are set to be rested.

“It’s a new squad. This is a series of opportunities. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a few positions are available for the World Cup,” he said.

“There are probably four available. Inzamam-ul-Haq [selector] and I have discussed that. So, these young players need to raise their hands up and try make those places their own. It’s an exciting time going into the World Cup.”

The South Africa maintained that Pakistan will not take Australia lightly. “Australia are a fantastic side and they have bubbled away, they have gone through much publicised crises and they seem to be playing some very good cricket at the moment,” said Arthur.

“To win the series [against India] from 0-2 down was a fantastic achievement. They have got some fine players, Usman Khawaja is in good nick, Pat Cummins is in good nick. They have some good young guys. I am sure they will rotate their players through the series as they also need their major players firing.”