Pakistan should drop Mohammad Hafeez from the side for the final Test match
Karachi: Pakistan suffered another defeat at the hands of England in the third Test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham to go down 2-1 in the four match series.
Pakistan were ruling the roost during the first couple of days of the Test match and had taken a lead of over a hundred in the first innings failed to capitalize when it mattered most. England kept on fighting and finally succeeded in overhauling the Pakistani side after some competitive cricket over the next three days.
England had set Pakistan a target of 343 runs on the final day and gave themselves 84 overs to bowl out Pakistan which they did convincingly in the end as the Pakistan batting lineup faded away amid a major collapse in which they lost 4 wickets for just one run.
Pakistan have got to rethink their strategy for the next Test match and perhaps they would be better off dropping opener Mohammad Hafeez who has failed miserably during the series with bit bat and in the catching department where he spilled few crucial catches. He has failed to counter the moving ball and at times played some pretty mediocre shots which were clearly not the need of time. Pakistan can go with Azhar Ali at the top of the order and push Asad Shafiq to number three. Middle order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed can be brought in place of Mohammad Hafeez in the side.
The only positive from the second Test match for Pakistan was Sami Aslam’s resilient batting display as he bagged a half century in both innings. His batting at the top was one of the reasons Pakistan stayed competitive during the entire match. It is a good sign for Pakistan they have found a player who has nice calm head on his shoulders at the top of the order and this might go a long way in resolving Pakistan’s opening woes.
Fourth Test match of the series is scheduled to take place at the Oval from the 11th of August and Pakistan will have all to do in that match as they look to level the series.