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Australia's issues not Pakistan's problems

AAP logoAAP 7/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq has no interest in the ongoing issues facing the Australian cricket team.

While captain Misbah-ul-Haq labelled the Australians as "not settled" last month, Shafiq said the team weren't paying any attention to the ongoing issues which has seen Australia win just one of their last six Tests.

"All I know is what we are going to do here," Shafiq told AAP on Wednesday in Cairns.

"What our strengths and what our weaknesses are. We have to stick to our gameplan.

"We are not concerned."

Australia's horrid run stretches back to their 3-0 loss at the hands of Sri Lanka on the sub-continent in August.

That series also marked nine consecutive losses in Asia, two of which were sustained to Pakistan at the end of 2014, as Australia's inability to handle the subcontinental conditions came to the fore.

However 30-year-old Shafiq said the tourists knew none of that would have any significance come next Thursday's first Test in Brisbane.

"The challenges here are different to the challenges over in the UAE," he said.

"The conditions over there you have to tackle spin ... Fast bowlers don't have anything much over there.

"Here fast bowling you have to tackle fast bowlers here. It's a totally different challenge."

Pakistan have never claimed a series victory in Australia, winning just four of 32 Tests since their first visit in 1964.

Shafiq, who averages 41.11 in 50 Tests has never played in Australia before, however after speaking with former Australia and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, he believes he and his prolific cut shot could be well suited to the conditions.

"He (Arthur) is giving advice to all of us because he played here," Shafiq said.

"He has gone through two or three points with me.

"You have to stick on your cut shot here because you will get good bounce to cut the ball here, so I'm focusing on that."

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