Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has called for the ‘Traditionally aggressive’ Australian team to keep their cool and be calm ahead of the two-match Test series against Pakistan in the UAE starting October 7.
Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has called for the ‘Traditionally aggressive’ Australian team to keep their cool and be calm ahead of the two-match Test series against Pakistan in the UAE starting October 7.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has called for the ‘Traditionally aggressive’ Australian team to keep their cool and be calm ahead of the two-match Test series against Pakistan in the UAE starting October 7.

“We’ve just spoken about little ways we can change,” said Paine. “Traditionally Australian teams have been aggressive and tried to take the game to the opposition. Over here in particular, you’ve got to be really patient and try to stay in the game for as long as you can.”

Playing without experienced players David Warner and Steve Smith, Australia’s new look team have a daunting task in the UAE, a country where Pakistan have lost just six of their 21 Tests played in their adopted home.

“It’s about us being really patient, really disciplined. Langer (Australian coach) spoke about leaving our egos at home, particularly as a batting group and being prepared to bat for a long, long time. If we can do that we can have some success.”

The biggest threat for Australia will the Pakistan spinners. Australia have won only one out of 17 Tests in Asia since 2007 as they struggled against spin in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They lost 2-0 to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar shared 26 wickets between them in two Tests.

But to counter Pakistan’s spin trap they have rehired former India bowler Sridharan Sriram as a consultant, who has brought leg-spinner Pardeep Sahu and left-arm wrist spinner Karapak Jiyas from India for practice.

“We’ve faced a hell of a lot spin, there’s no doubt about that and Australian touring sides always do. We get heaps of net bowlers,” said Paine.

“We can train as long as we like – that’s another thing we’ve touched, we can be great trainers, but at the end of the day it’s about how we play in a game,” he added.

(AFP inputs)