Younis regrets CA decision to rest senior Aussie players

April 8th, 2009 - 10:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar Karachi, Apr 8 (ANI): Pakistan captain Younis Khan on Wednesday regretted Cricket Australia’s decision to rest some of its best players for the up coming limited-overs series to be played later this month in Dubai.

Younis said he was “not expecting much” from his own side in the forthcoming tournament, but they would miss the valuable experience of playing against the likes of Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Mitchell Johnston.

Australia has rested skipper Ponting, star batsman Hussey and spearhead Johnston for the five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match starting in the United Arab Emirates on April 22, The News reported.

“When you play against the top players like Ponting, you learn different and good things,” The News quoted Younis, as saying.

“Ponting is a brilliant captain and when you play against such a leader you tend to learn. Hussey is a stubborn batsman and Johnston has developed into a world-class bowler whose every delivery is near 140 kmph, so we will miss them.”

Despite resting the top trio, Australia has still named a formidable 14-man squad for the series, bringing in all-rounders Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson, and fast bowler Brett Lee.

Michael Clarke has been named captain of the touring party, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin replacing him as vice-captain.

“It is a great opportunity for this young team. When you play against a top team like Australia there are a lot of opportunities to learn and I hope my team gain in experience,” said Younis.

Younis singled out Australia’s attitude as the best trait to follow.

“If my team play a little bit above their potential then I am sure we can achieve better results. I am not expecting much from this team but my main expectation is that they play with full throttle and potential,” he said.

Referring to paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who was included in the 15-man squad on Monday after recovering from a knee injury, Younis said he would not put extra pressure on the bowler. (ANI)

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