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Azam like a young Kohli, says Pakistan coach

AFP  |  Sydney 

coach Mickey Arthur compared "young gun" Babar Azam to Virat Kohli today, saying the 22-year-old reminded him of the skipper at the same age.

Batsman Azam has played only three Tests, narrowly missing out on a century in Pakistan's loss to in Hamilton this week when he was left unbeaten on 90 as the side was bowled out.

In his 18 one-dayers, he has scored three centuries, all of which came in consecutive matches against the earlier this year.

"He (Azam) is a young gun who will be an exceptional player," Arthur told Perth's 6PR radio ahead of Pakistan's sole warm-up match for their three-Test series against

"I'll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he's as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that's high praise but he's right up there."

have resisted the temptation to change and retained the same 16-man squad for that lost the recent series against 2-0.

For South African Arthur, it will be his first time facing since he coached them over a two-year tenure that ended in June 2013.

He said were ready to fire against an Australia Test team coming off a demoralising 2-1 series loss to and had learned a lot in

"Had that series gone another Test match, we would have been better for the conditions," he said of the New Zealand tour.

"Hopefully, this has put us in good stead for what we can experience in Australia."

Pakistan play a three-day pink-ball clash next week against a Cricket Australia XI in Cairns before the first Test -- a day-night affair in Brisbane -- from December 15.

The remaining two Tests are in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).

They will also play five one-day internationals in Australia.

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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 20:28 IST