"I am excited that he is coming to Pakistan, it's thrilling. He can lift us to that level where we can become world beaters," Shoaib said to a cricket portal.
"I have always loved the Australian mentality. They only play to win and even if they lose they put up their best till the end. I am confident that Lawson will help us beat Australia because he will know their weaknesses and strong points," he added.
Pointing out that subcontinent teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have benefited from Australian coaches, Akhtar said Australian thinking is different from the subcontinent.
"They acquire knowledge about minor things and work on them while subcontinental people think differently," he said.
Expressing confidence in Lawson's ability, he said the former Australian cricketer is someone who believes fast bowlers can win matches, adding, "I will definitely be able to lift the level of my performance under him. Once the fast bowlers deliver the team will benefit."
"Even Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor benefited from Lawson's help when they played alongside him in New South Wales, so he must have something which worked," Akhtar added.