Australia's Paine prepared for Pakistan pace attack

By Sports Desk November 20, 2019

Tim Paine insists Australia have done their research in preparation for facing Pakistan's youthful pace attack in the first Test at the Gabba.

The tourists' line-up is set to include 16-year-old Test debutant Naseem Shah, as well as fellow teenagers Shaheen Afridi and Musa Khan.

Pakistan will need all three to be on their game as the visitors are huge underdogs, having not won a Test in Australia since 1995.

But captain Paine revealed a methodical approach which suggests the hosts will not be underestimating their opponents in Brisbane.

"We've prepared for all of them. That's the thing with Pakistan, they have a lot of different options, a lot of skill and, by the looks of it, a fair bit of pace," he said.

"So we've made sure we've looked at as much footage as possible of their pace attack, and their batters.

"What we don't want is to go out there at some stage and be surprised by something we see, whether that's their spinner, their quicks or their batsmen. So we've done our research."

On the subject of Naseem, who has having to deal with the recent loss of his mother, Paine was full of praise ahead of the match, which starts on Thursday. 

"He looks like a really, really exciting talent," he said.

"Pakistan have got a knack of finding these young fast bowlers so it looks like they have another one to add to that rich history of fast bowlers that they seem to produce."

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