Inzamam says pressure is on Australia

Published: Monday, November 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting's world champion side will be under pressure during next month's Test series against a touring team loaded with young players.

"Pressure will not be on us, it will be on Australia who have to guard against their reputation," said Inzamam on Sunday.

"I know that young Pakistani players are dangerous and can achieve what no Pakistan team has achieved before."

Pakistan team will train in Perth for a week before opening the tour with a warm-up One-day game against Cricket Australia (CA) chairman's XI in Perth on December 7.

They then play a four-day side game against Western Australia from December 9-12 in Perth, before playing the first of three Tests from December 16, also in Perth.

"We have not won a series in Australia on eight tours but we don't care about the past, its a young team and if players play up to their potential we can beat Australia," said Inzamam, one of four survivors of Pakistan's last tour to Australia in 1999.

Inzamam's deputy Yousuf Youhana, express pacer Shoaib Akhtar, and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq also played in the last Test series Down Under in which Australia blanked Pakistan 3-0.

Pacer Mohammad Sami, all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, and batsman Younis Khan have played in One-day games in Australia before.

The Aussies also humiliated Pakistan 3-0 in the series played at neutral venues in Sri Lanka and Sharjah two years ago after Australia refused to tour Pakistan over security fears.

"We have a very good side which is showing signs of improvement under pressure," said Inzamam.

"We have the 1992 World Cup win in Australia and our 2-1 win over Australia in the One-day series just two years ago as inspirations and we know that with a combined effort we can do that again," he said.

Squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Yousuf Youhana (vice-capt), Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Asim Kamal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Rana Naveed-ul Hassan, Danish Kaneria, Mohammad Khalil, Mohammad Asif

Bob Woolmer (coach), Haroon Rasheed (Manager)

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