Steve Smith and Dave Warner cause Pakistan Twenty20 headaches


Smith has been similarly potent, compiling an unbeaten 80 off 51 balls in Sydney to hand Australia a 1-0 series lead over Pakistan.

Australia’s batting has been so dominant with the addition of Smith and Warner that Alex Carey, nominally batting at No.6, has yet to face a ball since their return.

With Glenn Maxwell absent from the team as he deals with a mental health issue, veteran Pakistan quick Wahab Riaz believes there is a level of vulnerability in Australia’s middle order of Ashton Turner, Ben McDermott and Carey.

“Warner and Smith, they are world-class batsmen and we know they are very destructive as well,” Wahab told reporters on Thursday.

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“Same goes with Finch as well.

“If we got three early wickets – if we get Finch, Warner and Smith out early – then I think we can easily go through the middle order and the tailenders against Australia.”

Pakistan’s hopes of levelling the series at Optus Stadium will also rest upon a more even batting contribution, with skipper Babar Azam – the world’s No.1-ranked T20 batsman – scoring half-centuries in both games but lacking support.

“He’s leading from the front,” Wahab said.

“You’ve seen him batting in the first two games – he’s been very confident, he’s scoring runs. And obviously it’s a new challenge for him and he will get more confidence and he will get more experience as he progresses in his career.”



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