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Hazlewood hits out at ‘scared’ Pakistan

Australia pacer criticises hosts decision of not fielding a spinner during the practice match

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Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood has criticised Pakistan’s decision to not field a specialist spinner during the practice game at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

The practice game between Pakistan A and Australia ended in a draw but it did not stop Hazlewood from sharing strong remarks about selection decisions made by the host board.

“Maybe they’re a little bit on the shy, timid side by not playing a spinner and they’re trying to hide them obviously from us and go down that road,” said Hazlewood while talking on the Unplayable Podcast. “If you were them, you’d play nearly your best spinners and try to bowl us out twice and create some doubt in our batsmen’s minds that way.”

Hazlewood added that he feels Pakistan are scared ahead of the two-match Test series against the Kangaroos.

“They’re maybe a little bit scared, not trying to show us any spin but we’re going to face a lot of (spinners) in the nets,” he said.

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia will start on Sunday October 7 at the Dubai International Stadium.