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Watch: Naseem Shah makes Australian batsmen dance to his tune in first match for Pakistan

Teenage pace sensation Naseem Shah lost his mother on Monday. He chose to not return home and instead to play his first match for Pakistan in the practice match against Australia A. On Wednesday, he had international batsmen double his age dancing to his tune.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 20, 2019 4:23:11 pm
Naseem Shah surprises Usman Khawaja with a short ball in the practice match between Pakistan and Australia A in Perth on Wednesday, November 13 (left); Shaheen Afridi pats Naseem Shah as Pakistan players walk off the field.

Sixteen-year-old pace sensation Naseem Shah lived up to promise on his first outing for the Pakistan national team against Australia A in a practice match. He is set to make his Test debut against Australia in Perth on Thursday.

Having chosen to not return home from Australia despite having lost his mother on Monday, Naseem Shah bowled his heart out on Wednesday, November 13.

According to Geo TV, Shah consulted his family before conveying his decision to stay on in Australia to the Pakistan team management. In solidarity with his bereavement, players from both teams wore black armbands on the first two days of the practice match.

On Wednesday, Shah’s first wicket was Marcus Harris, who was gone for 21 in the last session of the day. However, he had got the Australia batsmen dancing to his tune before that as well. He left Usman Khawaja dazed with a short ball which struck the batsman’s helmet. He also got an edge to travel to first slip before his wicket, but Haris Sohail dropped the catch.

He had figures of 1/21 in his first 8 overs.

Shah has a unique action and is able to generate pace. Despite just 6 FC matches since his debut for Lahore last September, he has taken 26 wickets at an average of 16.50.

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Shah, who was playing gully cricket till two years ago, has said he idolizes Shane Bond and Shoaib Akhtar. If he makes his debut in Australia, he will be the ninth youngest player in Test history and the youngest to feature in a Test on Australian soil.

Pakistan coach Misbah ul Haq said Naseem Shah could prove to be the surprise package in the tour of Australia.

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