However, Afridi subtly injected a competitive edge, expressing the hope that Warner doesn’t enjoy a favourable conclusion to his red-ball career against the Pakistani team.
While Warner has showcased exceptional form in white-ball cricket, his Test performance has seen a dip, averaging 31.79 since the beginning of 2020.In the recent Ashes series, he managed only 285 runs at an average of 28.50 in five Tests. Despite his overall prowess, Warner’s average against Pakistan in Tests stands at an impressive 83.53.
Afridi began by acknowledging the Australian opener David Warner, stating him as a “great career” who has consistently delivered stellar performances across all three formats. “We would wish him good luck but not hoping for a good end for David Warner in his last Test series against us,” he said to reporters in Canberra.
The three-match Test series begins on December 14 in Perth, followed by games in Melbourne and Sydney. Pakistan are at the top of the World Test Championship standings after beating Sri Lanka 2-0 earlier this year. “This is an important series for Pakistan as we are leading the World Test Championship’s point table at the moment,” stated Afridi.
Having faced a majority of the recently announced Australia squad for the first Test at Perth previously in international cricket, Afridi felt his team is prepared for the challenge against the Pat Cummins-led side.
“We have played against the recently announced Australia’s 14-member squad, and we are all up for this challenge. We don’t have much experience of Canberra, but I am sure this four-day match against PM XI will help us prepare well for the series against the home team starting from Perth,” he concluded.
(With IANS Inputs)