Naseem backed to be teen star Down Un­der

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Pak­istan coach Mis­bah-ulHaq is ea­ger to see what school­boy fast bowler Naseem Shah can pro­duce on Aus­tralia’s bouncy pitches. Naseem, a six­teen-year-old who has played only five first­class matches, was named in Pak­istan’s squad for the two-Test se­ries against Tim Paine’s Aus­tralia which be­gins in Bris­bane next month. Mis­bah, also the side’s chief se­lec­tor, said his team were keen to throw him in the deep end against the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner.

“In all spells he’s bowl­ing quick and his con­trol with the ball is also good,” Mis­bah, who be­lieves the Aus­tralian wick­ets could suit his young bowler, said. “Ev­ery­body is ex­cited to just get him in the team. If he can just put the ball in the right ar­eas with that kind of pace, he could be a sur­prise pack­age.”

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