Switching to Test mode against Australia would be difficult: Afridi

Karachi: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi believes that his squad would have a tough time getting into the Test mode after playing a lot of limited over cricket in the recent past.

Afridi expressed the hope that his team would take on the mighty Australians in the two-match Test series in England next month.

"It will certainly be difficult to switch to Test cricket after playing so many Twenty20 and One-day Internationals in the last few months," a newspaper quoted Afridi, as saying.

"But it`s a job we have to do. I`m sure that my boys are motivated enough and will give their best in the Test series against Australia," he added.

Afridi acknowledged that the series against the Kangaroos would be a tough one, particularly after Pakistan`s disastrous tour of Australia earlier this year.

"Nobody can deny that a Test series against Australia is the toughest challenge for any team in international cricket. They are still the best but that doesn`t mean we don`t have a chance against them. I`ve been telling my boys again and again that if we play to our potential we can beat any team in any format," he said.

Afridi also underlined the fact that the only way to counter the baggy greens was to defeat them in their own `aggressive` game.

"We have to be aggressive otherwise there is no hope for us against a team like Australia," he added.

The skipper also urged his teammates to stop spilling chances that come their way.

"We have to avail the opportunities that come our way. If you look at the recent past, you`ll see that we`ve played good cricket but still failed to win crunch games. That`s because we are spilling too many catches and throwing away our wickets unnecessarily," Afridi said.



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