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Pakistan quicks take aggressive approach

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Pakistan's quicks have vowed to fight fire with fire in the upcoming Test series against Australia.

The visitors could go with a four-pronged pace attack for the first Test at the Gabba next week if star legspinner Yasir Shah fails to overcome a back injury, with part-timer Azhar Ali potentially left as the first-choice spinner.

Regardless of the side's make-up, Wahab Riaz - widely regarded as Pakistan's quickest bowler - said his team will take an aggressive approach to the Australians.

"We know how the Australians play," Riaz said.

"They love to attack but it's how you counter-attack them and how you really play.

"How your attitude and body language is - that matters a lot."

Renowned for their spinning prowess in recent years, Pakistan's current batch of Test quicks are the best the country has seen since the days of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in the late 1990s.

Riaz has regularly pushed 150km/h since being recalled to the Test team early last year.

"You do feel better when you bowl fast," he said.

"That's what everyone is expecting from me and that's why I am here.

"I take my time a bit. I try to just hit my lengths on the wicket when I come into bowl the first overs and as soon as I get used to it then I put more force into my body."

Meanwhile strike bowler Mohammad Amir is back from his five-year spot-fixing ban with a vengeance.

Renowned for tailing the ball back in late, he is one of the best exponents of reverse swing in the world and still bowls with raw pace.

He is complemented by Sohail Khan who takes the ball away from the right-handed batsman, while Imran Khan and Rahat Ali - who has taken wickets in the team's warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI - will fight it out for the final spot if coach Mickey Arthur goes for four pacemen.

"It's a good bunch of fast bowlers," Riaz said.

"All the fast bowlers in this squad have their own speciality.

"There's confidence between us and whoever will play will make a win for Pakistan."

The Pakistan pace brigade will also have the advantage of having bowled with a pink ball that has been swinging severely in Queensland conditions.

It could be a telling factor in the series opener, given Australia's recent struggles to play the moving ball, and a Pakistan pace attack relishing the opportunity to play on quicker wickets than they are used to in the UAE.

"It's always exciting to bowl in Australia," Riaz said.

"They have true bounce and true pace.

"We would like these kinds of tracks all over the world, where it's good for batting and bowling."

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