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Huge Crowd At The MCG Can Make Us Nervous, Admits Asad Shafiq Ahead of Boxing Day Test 

Huge Crowd At The MCG Can Make Us Nervous, Admits Asad Shafiq Ahead of Boxing Day Test
Asad Shafiq believes that playing in-front of such a massive crowd at MCG might make their side nervous.

Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq has said the massive crowd at the MCG might make the visitors a bit nervous in the second Test against Australia, starting December 26.

Scalping some memories for himself from the Brisbane Tests, Shafiq said Pakistan understands the value of Boxing Day Tests and admitted they all have grown-up watching the big Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground over the years.

“We know the importance of the game. It’s a big Test match, the Boxing Day one. We all grew up watching this match in Pakistan. We know the value of this Test.”

It’s been a while since Pakistan have stepped onto the field with a huge crowd in the backyard, and thus might go into a nervous state of mind when they will take the field at MCG on Monday, in-front 80,000 people to say the least. Asad Shafiq, who starred with the bat at the Gabba, said he is honored to be a part of history and will aim to repeat his heroics.

“We will feel it [pressure] a little because we probably haven’t played in front of such a big crowd. And this ground has a really prestigious history and playing here is a big honour for me, for everyone but especially for those playing here for the first time there is also a lot of excitement. But the way we played that first Test, we’re very united and are hopeful that we can get a good result in the next two Tests.”

Apart from Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan and Mohammad Amir, who were the part of Pakistan team that played a Test in Melbourne seven years back, everyone else would be experiencing it for the first time.

With the curator expressing his concern for batsmen ahead of the match, Shafiq said he is aware of the nature of the pitch, which is on slower side and believes this will benefit Pakistan in the end, taking their win record in consideration at the same venue. Pakistan, in total have won four Tests in Australia, out of which two came at Melbourne and as many in Sydney.

“Yes, I have heard about this [record] and seen it too that this wicket suits Pakistan a bit more. This is in everyone’s mind, that if we do get to bat first and put up a good total, we are capable of winning the match. But every day is a new day, every match is a new match. You have to work hard and play hard for every win,” Shafiq concluded.

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