Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has banked his trust on current opener Usman Khwaja and take the responsibility of man in charge in place of Steve Smith and David Warner.
Australia will have their first away Test after the infamous South Africa series which made the headlines for Cricket Australia for the wrong reason. Ponting believes that Khwaja has it in him to counter the subcontinent conditions in their star players absence.
"There's been lots of different discussions over the last couple of years about Khawaja and how to get the get the best out of him," Ponting expressed "(People wonder), 'is he an Australian Test match player only? Do we just not pick him on the subcontinent?'"
"I just think you've got to keep picking him – with Warner and those guys out, he's clearly our best batsman by a street.
"The more he can play in those conditions, the more he'll start to work it out.
The stylish left-hander has been a dominant force on home soil, averaging nearly 60 with the bat in Tests in Australia. But he hasn’t been able to shake the perception he's not as adept on turning surfaces having registered 117 runs at 14.62 in nine Test innings in Asia, although he did post a century in India earlier this month during the recent Australia A tour.
"It's difficult. I was a bit the same; the first few tours I had to India, I struggled. But the more I played, the more I learned about how I was going to survive and how I was going to cope. The last couple of tours I had there were some of the best I ever had,” added Ponting.
"Someone like Uzzie, he's been in and out, he's played the start of a series over there and got dropped but then been picked as soon as he's got back to Australia.
"I just think he's had a lot of uncertainty about where he's at. I was even a bit surprised that they didn't play him in this last game in India (during the Australia A series). He was over there in India, he'd done well and then they don't play him.
"He's a class player, no doubt about that. The more secure he can probably feel in his own mind, we'll see him get better and better."
The first Test of the two match series between Pakistan and Australia will take place in the UAE on the 7th of October.
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