Australia to target Afridi in Lord`s Test: Ponting

London: 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.



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