Southampton: Pakistani skipper Azhar Ali believes that his men played good cricket throughout the series and looks forward to carrying all positives for the future.
Speaking to reporters after losing three matches Test series 1-0, Azhar said they tried their best to win the series but unfortunately they couldn’t achieve their target. However, he is satisfied with the overall performance of the team.
“We played good cricket throughout, this is what we heard from our team management and other people here. There are a lot of positives besides a few negatives but our focus is to go ahead with our strong points and learn from our mistakes,” said Azhar.
The skipper said England tour has always been tough for an Asian side and batsmen usually suffer here. “Conditions here are tough, nevertheless we played good cricket throughout. We outplayed England on first three days of the opening Test but lost our grip in last few sessions. We have learnt a lot from this tour and will try to overcome our weaknesses in upcoming tours,” he said.
Talking about his personal performance, Azhar said his focus was on his practice despite all the criticism after first Test loss and a century-knock boosted his confidence a lot. “I worked really hard to gain my form back. You face criticism when you don’t perform but a single performance gives you a lot of confidence. I changed my stance a little bit and it worked for me,” Azhar said.
Adding on, Azhar also talked about Asad Shafiq who managed to score just 67 runs in five innings at an average of 13.40. “He is just an inning away to gain his form back. I think people should not judge him for just a few bad innings as he has a strong track record. I hope he will bounce back potently,” he reiterated.
To query about overrating Babar Azam and Naseem Shah for the series, the skipper said both of them fought well and learned a lot from this tour. “Babar batted quite well considering tough batting conditions. He scored two fifties but couldn’t manage to convert it into big scores,” he said.
“As far as Naseem is concerned, he is young and still learning. However, he bowled well but didn’t get wickets. I hope he will learn from his mistakes and come up strongly,” he concluded.