According to the report, Waqar praised Pakistan ‘A’ team over their victory against Australian side in a four-day match on Saturday as he said that “It’s quite nice to see them lose.”
“It was good to see youngsters doing well there and, yes, it definitely has given us an edge or a boost, because we have seen some weaknesses which can be good for us in the Tests.” He said.
“They have just won a series here,” said Waqar of Australia’s 3-0 win in the preceding one-day series.
“They know how to bat here, have played here but we have our plans for the day after tomorrow and we will try to execute them.”
Waqar has said that Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson will be a key factor in the two-match Test series.
“There is no doubt that Johnson will be an X-factor,” said Waqar of the fiery left-arm paceman who took six wickets in the two one-day matches he played in the UAE.
“[Johnson] is the most improved bowler in the last two-three years so he definitely is a threat but we will try our best to tackle him.” Waqar admitted Australian skipper Michael Clarke was short on practice but still had the ability to come good in the Tests.
“I hope the Australians got what they wanted from that practice match but Clarke getting out and he hasn’t played for a while, I would say that’s an edge but we all know he is a classy player and he can come out and deliver for Australia,” said Waqar.