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Rookie Hasnain could be a handful for Australian batsmen: Watson

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Australia's believes that rookie fast bowler could be a handful for the Australians in the upcoming five-match one-day series in the

Watson, who has come to after 15 years, is playing for the Quetta Gladiators franchise, which picked Hasnain as an emerging

"I have never seen a 18-year old bowl at such pace and I think even on the UAE pitches he will be a difficult proposition for the Australian team," Watson said.

"Hasnain's control over his length and swing is very impressive and he varies his pace very well," the Australian said.

The retired batsman, who has been a big force behind Quetta reaching the final, on Wednesday night at the said he was impressed by the young players seen in action in the PSL.

He said the quality of was very impressive and it was heartening to see so much pace talent in

Hasnain has been seen as a surprise selection for the series against and apparently his name was included at the last moment in the squad at the cost of the experienced

The youngster, who belongs to the city of in province, has represented at the under-19 level but has played in just two first-class matches last season.

"His pace is very impressive and he has the ability to surprise the batsmen on any surface," said.

The PSL has seen young pacers like Hasnain, Muhammad Illyas, Muhammad Musa, and left-arm spinner, impressively even against the foreign stars in pressure situations.

Umar, who plays for Kings franchise, is a left-arm spinner who is the only slow bowler to make the top charts in the PSL.

Watson also said he was happy to see Test batsman back in the Pakistan squad after a long time on the sidelines.

"He is a top bat and I am a bit surprised that fitness should be a hurdle in the way of a very Umar can run fast between wickets and he can get runs in difficult situations.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 18:30 IST
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