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‘Wahab Riaz No. 1 weapon in Australia’

HAMILTON: Pakistan head coach Mickey has on Wednesday stated that premier fast bowler Wahab Riaz will be the number one weapon in Australia.

In an exclusive interview with ESPNcricinfo, Arthur stated “you know, we’re very lucky with our bowling unit that we can pick a horses-for-courses team. If the ball’s going to reverse and the wicket has pace and bounce, Wahab is our No. 1 choice. We’ll pick our attack and put our options together as to what will get us 20 wickets.”

Responding to the question regarding Wahab’s inclusion for Hamilton Test, Arthur said “It’s more likely that the ball’s going to reverse-swing here. The pitch was green today, which we don’t really mind, because we do have an attack that can really exploit that. Wahab is an option for us.”

“The dilemma we had in the last Test – and this could go a long way to stopping all the questions I’m getting from Pakistan – was that we preferred Rahat Ali in the Test because of the pitch conditions. We wanted seam bowlers and swingers of the ball, rather than a guy who can bowl really quick. We thought that’s what the wicket determined, and were proved right in that regard.”