Australian wicket-keeper batter Alex Carey revealed that the team has a lot of time left to assess things and prepare ahead of their Pakistan tour. Talking about preparations ahead of the tour, Carey asserted that spin-friendly conditions are something they will have to adjust to.
However, he insisted that they currently have no expectations regarding the type of pitch that will be prepared. Generally, Pakistan surfaces offer lots of turn but there will also be something in it for the pacers. They have a strong pace attack and it only makes sense for the curators to leave something in it for the speedy bowlers.
“Preparing for the most difficult scenario from our perspective would mean preparing for spin-friendly conditions.
“If you prepare for that, but then come up against something different – if they’re quick-friendly pitches that are a bit harder and bouncy – then we’ve all experienced more of those conditions here in Australia than the spinner-friendly ones,” Carey was quoted as saying to cricket.com.au.
Expectations aside, Carey expressed excitement over playing in the country – an experience that is new to most of the players. It will also be the first time in a while that the Australian team will be touring Pakistan.
“But we’ll probably get a taste of all of those at some stage, and I have no expectations. It’s more just the excitement to get over there and have a week or so lead-in to that first Test – catch balls, hit balls, face spinners, face quicks, face the reversing ball. We’ve got a bit of time to assess and prepare together,” Carey added.
Australia’s squad for the Test series:
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.
On standby: Brendan Doggett, Sean Abbott.