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Shah set to be fit for first Test: Arthur

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Laine Clark

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur believes champion leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be fit to play in this week's day-night first Test against Australia in Brisbane.

The world's premier leggie is set to return from a back injury that forced him out of Pakistan's sole warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Cairns.

"I saw him at the team hotel before I came and he seemed fine," Arthur said.

"Which is good because you don't want to deprive the Australian public the chance to see an unbelievable leg-spinner go about his business.

"And obviously he is integral to our plans as well."

The news will be music to the ears of a Pakistan side hoping to claim a maiden Test series win on Australian soil against the rebuilding hosts.

Shah tore apart Australia on Test debut the last time the two teams met in the UAE in October 2014.

Shah took 12 wickets at 17.25 to inspire Pakistan's crushing 2-0 series win two years ago.

Shah missed Pakistan's last Test against New Zealand at Hamilton when the visitors opted for four quicks on a grassy deck.

But Shah is expected to finally be unleashed on a bouncy Gabba deck under lights in this week's pink ball Test.

Shah's return would also help solve Pakistan's biggest concern - over rates.

Stand-in skipper Azhar Ali was fined 100 per cent of his match fee and his teammates 50 per cent after they were ruled to be five overs short of their target at their last Test in Hamilton.

Regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq was suspended for the Hamilton Test after also being found guilty of maintain a slow over rate in their previous clash.

"Over rates is a priority for us," Arthur said.

"The players are giving away their cash, we've had a captain suspended - we've just got to be better than that.

"There is a constant reminder all the time that we have to get through out overs."

Arthur admitted their batting needed to improve after losing their last seven wickets for 31 in their 138 run second Test loss to New Zealand in Hamilton.

The Kiwis sealed their first series win over Pakistan since 1985.

Pakistan's 2-0 series loss in New Zealand dropped them from second to fourth in the Test nation rankings.

"It's no secret we need to get some runs," Arthur said.

"Adapting outside our conditions is difficult. It is like Australia playing on the sub-continent but we are working hard on that."

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