Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur has criticised his team for playing ‘old-style’ cricket during the first ODI of the five-match series against Australia.
Pakistan had a great start with the ball when they dismissed half of Australian team at a score of just 78 runs. The hosts still managed a target of 269 runs, which was still gettable, but the visitors failed miserably in second inning. Pakistan scored just 176 runs in 42.4 overs at a run-rate of merely 4.12 and lost the contest by 92 runs.
Babar Azam top scored for Pakistan with just 33 runs and none of the Pakistani batsmen could manage a strike rate of even 85, which is below par in modern day 50-over cricket.
Mickey Arthur told that the kind of cricket Pakistan have played, they will lack behind any quality team if they continue play like this.
“I thought from the fifth ODI in England (in September) we had devised a brand that worked for us and a brand that would be sustainable for us at international level,” Cricket.com.au quoted Mickey Arthur.”
“But we went back to the old-style cricket tonight, which doesn’t really have a future and it means that we don’t get the scores of 300 that we need,” he added.
The South African mentioned Chris Lynn as an example that when he came out to bat, he batted like a T20 contest.
“One-day cricket has moved on. We saw Chris Lynn tonight come in and it looked like he was playing Twenty20 cricket again. That’s where the game’s going,” he stated.
“Scores of 300 are the norm. Three-hundred used to be incredibly good and teams used to win more times than not, but on wickets like this teams aren’t going to win. Three-hundred is a 50-50 score. Our strike rates aren’t where they need to be to get 300,” he went on to say.
The 48-year old still has faith on the ability of his players and he believes that it is all about self-belief.
“The players have got the ability, there’s no doubt. This is an unbelievable group of players and they work so hard.
“It’s just about backing themselves. It’s all about getting confidence in those situations to play the cut or hit one over extra cover and try and put some pressure back on the bowler. That’s a confidence thing.”
– Not capitalizing a good start –
The head coach also took bowlers in firing range and said that it was a great start where they got rid of David Warner and Steve Smith early, they will surely not get a similar chance again to restrict the Aussies to a cheap total.
“We’re not going to get Warner and Smith out for five runs again,” Arthur said.
“We’re not going to have that opportunity again. Wadey played exceptionally well, but I still felt like we could have got them about for 220 or 230. We let that slip just a little bit.”
– Azhar Ali’s replacement –
Pakistan’s ODI skipper, Azhar Ali suffered a hamstring injury while batting, the severity of his injury will be evaluated after the scans tomorrow. If Azhar’s injury is severe, then the head coach is not sure who will lead Pakistan in the upcoming ODIs.
“I don’t know (who will captain the side). That’s something we’ll have to work out tomorrow. I’ll have a chat to the convener of selectors and we’ll work something out.
“We’ll have to wait on all the scans tomorrow.
“(Losing Sarfraz, Irfan and Malik) was all a bit of a calamity. But we’ll pick up the pieces and see who’s available for Sunday.”