Kiwi coach Mike Hesson says if Pakistan can get the ball to swing in Australia then they may just have a shot at beating the Aussies in the upcoming three-Test series.
New Zealand are in town for the three-match Chappell-Hadlee ODI series that kicks off on Sunday, and head across the ditch after beating Pakistan in a Test series for the first time since 1985.
Despite beaten the tourists 2-0 Hesson saw enough quality in that side to potentially upset Australia, but he knows Pakistan must be at their absolute best if they're to cause a boil over.
“If (Pakistan) can get the ball swinging, from a seam attack I think they’ve got a good chance,” Hesson said.
“(Left-arm paceman Mohammad) Amir is a very good bowler but he’s exceptional if he swings it.
“That’ll be a challenge for them over here (in Australia).
“The rest of their seam attack will hold their own.
“(Pakistan possess) a very, very good spinner. We didn’t see a lot of him in New Zealand due to the conditions, but Yasir Shah is an exceptional bowler.
“If he gets on a surface that offers a bit of up and down (bounce) he can challenge the Australian batting line-up.”
It's not just with the ball that Hesson believes Pakistan can win, but given the expected conditions throughout the series, it will lend itself to some good batting.
If the tourists can stay at the crease for long periods of time and put a decent score on the board, Hesson believes it will go a long way for an unlikely victory.
“I think the key is just getting enough runs in these conditions,” Hesson said.
“If their top order is able to show the discipline they did in New Zealand that might allow their middle-order stroke-players to play a few shots.
“They’ve got some really nice players in the middle there. Babar (Azam) is an excellent player. (Asad) Shafiq and Sarfraz (Ahmed) can change a game quickly.
“There’s enough talent there to certainly put up a good show.”