Conditions for first ODI were similar to back home – Shamsi

“To be honest, I felt like it was a bit more of a South Africa type of wicket,” Shamsi said after the match. “There wasn’t much spin, especially because we bowled first. We bowl a lot on pitches like this back home so it was okay to adjust,” he added.

Shamsi said that he can adjust to different situations and bowl as per the team’s needs. The visitors have rested Imran Tahir for the five-match rubber with Keshav Maharaj and Shamsi taking over the mantle as the team’s lead spinners. “Every time I play, I try to do my best for the team.

I have been given freedom by the captain and the coach to try and express myself, I am glad I was able to produce today.

“Cricket is a funny game, you are not always going to have a good day, sometimes things might go wrong. I have been given the freedom to express myself and to try and take wickets, on another day my job might be to contain and hold the game. It depends on what is required of me,” he noted.

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