KARACHI: Pakistan vice-captain Azhar Ali is hopeful that his team will bounce back when they face New Zealand in the second Test in Hamilton, starting Nov 25.
“We will regroup in Hamilton. Tours away from home are a challenge. We have done it in the past and we have belief we can bounce back,” Azhar said in his post-match talk on Sunday.
“The lack of a warm-up game could have been a part of the reason for our loss, but as the No. 2 Test team we needed to do better. Things didn’t go according to the plan,” he said.
Azhar, who is set to lead Pakistan in the second Test after Misbah-ul-Haq had to return home because of a family illness, said his team has a lot to improve on.
“In the first innings it was helpful for the bowlers but we could have stayed out there a bit longer and made a few more runs as you’re always in the game on such a track,” the 31-year-old batsman said.
“The bowlers worked hard. The conditions were good for the pacers. Results were good for them when they hit the right areas. Some positives for us but we have a lot to improve on.”