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Haddin takes aim at Arthur's Pakistan

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Laine Clark

Rather than lob another personal barb at Mickey Arthur, Brad Haddin has taken aim at his Pakistan team's character ahead of this week's day-night first Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Former national vice-captain Haddin has made no secret of his rocky relationship with his former Australia coach Arthur, who has now taken over the Pakistan reins.

But Haddin was not interested in another slanging match before the Gabba's first pink ball Test starting on Thursday.

Instead he went gunning for the Pakistan team, saying they faced a test of character this summer.

Haddin baulked at Arthur's claim that a new look Australia "aren't as stable" as the touring Pakistani team.

Pakistan are still reeling from a 2-0 result in New Zealand - their first Test series loss to the Black Caps since 1985.

Haddin said he wondered what an Arthur-coached Pakistan team would do when the going got tough in Australia.

"It will be interesting to see how far Pakistan has come when we put them under pressure," he told AAP.

"We know they are good front runners.

"But it will be interesting to see how they go when they are put under pressure and the big moments present themselves.

"That's when we will see how far this team has come along."

However, Haddin bit his tongue when asked about South Africa-born Arthur returning to the Gabba as Pakistan coach after he was unceremoniously dumped by Australia weeks before the 2013 Ashes.

Arthur made his Test debut as Australia's first foreign coach five years ago at the same venue.

"I know where this is heading. Look, it's a great sideshow and makes for great theatre," Haddin said.

The former Test wicketkeeper believed the Australian team would share his tight-lipped approach to Arthur in the dressing room.

"I don't think it will even come up in conversation to be honest," he said of Arthur.

"(Australian captain) Steve Smith has put his own identity on the team - I don't think it will cross anyone's mind."

Haddin believed Australia had "moved forward" with their third Test win over South Africa in Adelaide, snapping a five-game losing run.

Haddin said it was great to see a new look Australia respond after Smith "drew a line in the sand" following their humiliating second Test loss in Hobart.

"They are playing attractive cricket and starting to win games," said Haddin.

"It looks a happy place. I have been impressed with them the last couple of weeks."

Pakistan have lost their last nine Tests in Australia.

They last savoured a Test victory in Australia way back in 1995.

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