Patience the key for Pakistan pace attack

Murray Wenzel
Teenage quick bowler Naseem Shah is in contention for a Test debut for Pakistan against Australia

A Test debut for 16-year-old Pakistan speedster Naseem Shah is firming after coach Misbah-ul-Haq backed the prodigy to get the Kookaburra ball talking at the Gabba.

Naseem is one of five Pakistan quicks in contention to play Australia from Thursday, pushing his case with a lightning-fast spell in Perth against Australia A.

That effort incredibly came just days after the death of his mother and brought with it comparisons to Australian fast-bowling great Dennis Lillee from countryman Waqar Younis.

Accurate seamer Mohammad Abbas is expected to play after tormenting Australia in the United Arab Emirates a year ago, while 19-year-old Shaheen Afridi, in-form Imran Khan and uncapped Musa Khan could all argue their case for inclusion.

Legspinner Yasir Shah has dismissed Steve Smith six times in Test cricket and should get good purchase from the bouncy Gabba track, giving Misbah plenty of options.

The former batsman-turned coach and selector didn't confirm his final side on Tuesday, but hinted the 16-year-old had shown he could operate well in Australian conditions.

"Naseem is a fine bowler, a young bowler ... I think they can (get the Kookaburra ball to move)," he said.

"The way Naseem is bowling at the moment, Shaheen (Afridi) too is very important with the new ball.

"We hope they can do it. But we need to be very, very disciplined."

Australian are unbeaten in Tests at the Gabba since 1988 and Pakistan bowling greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis both toured twice without winning a Test.

But, preaching patience, Misbah can see a way through this Australian team and, more pertinently, Steve Smith.

"Any batsman in the world, there is an area where you have to defend the ball and that is the top of off stump," he said.

"If it's happening (swinging, seaming), that creates a great chance.

"Top players in the world, if you miss those areas, then they are good enough to cash in. You have to be very, very disciplined."