Mitchell Johnson Not in Wasim Akram's League Yet: Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis' comments come after a stellar run for Mitchell Johnson during which he has taken 59 wickets in the past 12 months to re-establish himself as one of the most lethal bowlers in international cricket.

updated: October 22, 2014 14:27 IST
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File photo: Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson bowls during the cricket One Day International match against South Africa in Harare Zimbabwe Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The two teams are in Zimbabwe for a triangular ODI series with Zimbabwe.

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Dubai: Australia's Mitchell Johnson may have threatened some of the best batting line-ups in world cricket with his lethal pace, but Pakistan coach Waqar Younis says that the left-arm fast bowler is yet to reach Wasim Akram's level.

For Waqar, who formed half of one of world cricket's most deadly pace duos in the 1990s, Akram remains the benchmark for all left-arm pacers.

"I wouldn't compare anyone to Wasim Akram, that's for sure, because he's a legend and has done wonders for Pakistan over the last decade or so," Waqar was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald about his former team-mate, who is ninth on the all-time wicket-takers list with 414.

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