Australia to target Afridi in Lord’s Test: Ponting

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has said his side will target Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi in next week’s Lords Test, as he will be playing his first Test match in four years.

“He hasn’t played much Test cricket of late, has he? If you read between the lines he’s almost in there as that leader and captain, not necessarily one of their best Test players. So, we’ll test him out,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ponting, as saying.

“Even in the one-dayers in Australia last season with our quicks bowling the way they did to him, I think we can sort him out in Test cricket for sure,” he added.

Afridi has been preparing casually for the series. He decided to sit out of Pakistan’s final two-day tour game against Leicester, a move certainly aimed at keeping all the workload issues at bay.

The 30-year-old had some concerns over a minor side strain last month before recovering in time to play a full part in Pakistan’s 2-0 Twenty20 series win over Australia. (ANI)

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