Pakistan’s Twenty20 International (T20I) captain Babar Azam is wary of Australia’s in-form opening batsman, David Warner, ahead of the three-match series Down Under.
According to details, Babar revealed that his side has a plan in place to counter the threat posed by Warner — who scored three consecutive half-centuries during the recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka.
“We’ve got a plan ready for David Warner,” said Babar during a pre-match press conference in Sydney. “He’s one of Australia’s really good batsmen. We have our frontline bowlers; we have a strategy ready for David. Obviously, once he gets going, he gets going but we have a strategy in place for all facets.”
Pakistan’s newly-appointed T20I captain cut a confident figure ahead of his first assignment in the new role, after wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as the Men in Green skipper in all formats.
“Initial plan is to give performance as a captain and player. When I’ll be batting I’ll try to score and when I’ll be fielding I’ll try to make good moves as a captain. Hence there is no pressure of captaincy on me. We’ve been in Australia so know conditions,” he said.
“We will definitely miss Sarfaraz on the field because he played a key role in making Pakistan the number one ranked T20I side in the world,” he added.
The right-handed batsman also brushed aside the notion that the team’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq will be the non-playing captain of the side.
“I don’t think that is true because I will be the one leading the side in the field,” he said. “I captained Pakistan Under-19 side in 12 and have been playing regularly for the national side since 2015. I have learned a lot during this time and will try to use my experience to good effect as captain.”
Pakistan will take on Australia in a three-match T20I series, starting on Sunday, November 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.