Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar took 26 wickets between them to rout Australia 2-0 in 2014.
Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar took 26 wickets between them to rout Australia 2-0 in 2014.

A day after Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed named leg spinner Yasir Shah as his main weapon against the inexperienced batting line-up of Australia, Yasir on Saturday, on the eve of the 1st Test, has proclaimed that he is eying 20 wickets in the two-match series.

“I have a target of 20 wickets,” Yasir told AFP. “I know how important it will be to take wickets so that remains my target and for the team to win the series which is very important.”

He and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar took 26 wickets between them to rout Australia 2-0 in 2014. Yasir continued his good form taking 24 wickets in three Tests in a series win over Sri Lanka a year later.

In 2016, his took ten wickets at Lord’s and five at The Oval in Pakistan’s 1-1 series draw and in 2017, took 25 wickets in a 2-1 win in the West Indies  - Pakistan’s first series win in the Caribbean.

Yasir said Australia will miss the banned duo Steven Smith and David Warner.

“No doubt, Smith and Warner are two world-class players and Australia will miss them.  ”(They) know the art of staying at the wicket so that will be missed by Australia,” said Yasir.

However, the 32-year-old warned against taking this Australian side lightly.

“But we can’t take any team lightly. You can’t say they are weak, maybe inexperienced. They’re always a strong side. That series (in 2014) was my first and so I’m going to try to improve on that.”

Yasir, who played for Brisbane Heat last year, said he has improved his googly because it was “a bit weak”.

“I’ve been working on that. I think I’m 70-80 percent there with the googly and that’s going to come in handy here.”