ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): In a charged prelude to the upcoming Test series, Pakistan’s fiery fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has set his sights on challenging Australian batting icon David Warner, vowing to make Warner’s farewell Test series a memorable contest.
Afridi shared his bold ambitions with the media in Canberra on Sunday, just before Pakistan’s first practice session, igniting anticipation for an electrifying cricket showdown.
Afridi began by acknowledging the Australian opener’s “great career,” saying he had consistently delivered stellar performances across all three formats.
“We would wish him good luck but not hoping for a good end for David Warner in his last Test series against us,” he said with a hint of competitive spirit.
Warner made a triple century against Pakistan at Adelaide in 2019, though his recent performance in Test matches has remained mixed.
He plans to say goodbye to the format during the Pakistan series but will continue to play for Australia in white ball cricket.
“This is an important series for Pakistan as we are leading the World Test Championship’s point table at the moment,” the left-arm fast bowler said.
Having faced the majority of the recently announced Australian squad, Afridi expressed the team’s preparedness for the challenge that lies ahead.
“We have played against the recently announced Australia’s 14-member squad, and we are all up for this challenge,” he said.
“We don’t have much experience of Canberra, but I am sure this four-day match against PM XI [from Dec. 6 to 9] will help us prepare well for the series against the home team starting from Perth,” he added.
Pakistan will play the first test against Australia at Perth from Dec. 14-19.