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Srinagar: Australian premier opener Usman Khawaja is looking at another round of rivalry between Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi vs Australian batter David Warner during upcoming Pakistan vs Australia Test sereis.

“The last series between Australia and Pakistan was an excellent series. It went very well on and off the field. Shaheen was bowling excellent in the Lahore test, and Warner was playing really well,” Usman Khawaja said in a recent interview.

“Even when Warner got out, he got pat on the shoulders with a smile on Shaheen’s face. It was the epitome of the spirit of cricket. That’s what Australians want; you play hard, and when the game is over, you are all good and mates off the field.”

Australia is known for favouring fast bowlers and Khawaja is aware of the threat Pakistani fast bowlers, Shaheen Afridi to be specifically mentioned, hold.

“I think Shaheen Shah and Mitchell Starc, both are very fast bowlers, and both can bowl up to 145. We know Starc can swing the new ball. Shaheen has a very good wrist. He definitely swings the ball. When it’s overcast in Australian conditions, if a fast bowler is swinging the ball, it makes our job as an opener a bit tough. This is what you rebel for, this is what you play for,” Khawaja concluded.


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