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Pakistan seeking reverse swing at MCG

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Michael Ramsey

Pakistan hope a return to the red ball and a hard MCG pitch will produce a more aggressive display from their bowlers in the Boxing Day Test.

The tourists have arrived in Melbourne full of confidence after threatening to pull off a remarkable come-from-behind victory in the pink ball day-night Test in Brisbane.

And batting coach Grant Flower believes the conditions will give his side a better chance of taking early wickets and seeking to expose Australia's middle-order with reverse swing.

"(The pitch) looks good. It looks hard. It's going to have good carry, I think," he said on Thursday.

"It's still got quite a bit of grass, and the groundsman said he's going to cut it a bit everyday so I'm sure it'll change in appearance quite a bit but it looks like it's going to be a good deck.

"It's going to be hard work for the bowlers but if we can get into them early and if the ball starts reversing then I'm sure we've got a good chance of making some things happen."

Flower also expects the MCG pitch to benefit legspinner Yasir Shah, who was criticised by Shane Warne for bowling too defensively in Brisbane.

"Hopefully towards the end of the match, Yasir can come into it a bit more," he said.

"I'm sure if the ball is turning a bit more, there will be more attacking lines bowled. Obviously there's a balance but I'll leave that to (bowling coach) Azhar Mahmood."

The more familiar conditions in Melbourne could tempt Pakistan to play more aggressively against Nathan Lyon, who is yet to overcome a recent form slump.

"We played him really well in the UAE," Flower said.

"He gets a bit more bounce here and also the ball is skidding on so the guys are a bit wary of covering the edge and running down the wicket, which they usually do a lot.

"But they're very good players of spin, some of the best in the world. I'm sure this one will turn a bit more. This Melbourne pitch and the conditions will be a bit more like what we're used to so I'm sure the guys will deal with Nathan alright."

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