Pak bowlers to trouble Aussie batsmen in Test series : Lawson

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Sydney, Dec. 20 (ANI) : Former Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson has backed the Pakistani bowling line up for the forthcoming three match Test series against the Aussies.

Lawson said Australian batsmen would have a tough time playing Pakistani bowlers, leg-spinner Danish Kaneria in particular.

"I expect them to play well. Their bowling attack is pretty good and they have a very good spinner in Kaneria and with the first two Tests in Sydney and in Melbourne where it turns, this could put some pressure on the Australian batsmen," The Daily Times quoted Lawson, as saying.

Commenting on Australian teams make-up, Lawson, who had a troublesome 18-month stint with the Pakistani squad, said the recent changes has baffled him.

"Australia have kept a lot of older players, brought in some youngsters like Phil Hughes and then got rid of him quickly. They have a makeshift opener who is probably better suited in the middle order and they are hanging onto Mike Hussey who hasn't played well for some time now. It's hard to say where Australia are at," he said.

Lawson also rejected claims that the current Australian team is going through a transition.

"It's one thing to be in transition and get players in to get experience but that is not happening. I don't think they are in a period of transition more a period of uncertainty," he said.

When asked about the two new faces of the team, Brett Geeves and Clint McKay, Lawson said he is unsure about their Test abilities, as both of them were quite similar bowlers.

"Clint McKay and Brett Geeves are pretty decent bowlers and very similar in style. But I have always thought McKay was more of a one-day bowler. He has a good slower ball and mixes it up well but personally I never considered him to be a Test bowler. He is a good first-class cricketer," he said.

Lawson also questioned the way the Australian selectors have been making decisions in the recent past.

"From the outside there seems to be a lot of confused thinking from the selectors they don't seem to have a solid policy they have stepped left then stepped right and then back again," he said. (ANI)

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