Pakistan’s top-order batsman, Azhar Ali said on Sunday that the players in the camp are not disheartened, but they are disappointed with the outcome of the first Test of the series against Australia.
Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and skipper Tim Paine’s brave innings earned Australia a draw on the final day of the first Test.
“We are not dishearted, but we are disappointed with the result,” said Azhar Ali. “We dominated the whole Test match.”
“It is how Test matches progress in the UAE with first three days being slow and the last two days get exciting,” he added.
Ali accredited Australians for the fight they put in to save the Test match with their stubborn batting.
“We should give credit to Australians for showing resilience and for fighting till the end,” he said. “It was an exciting game, unfortunately, we could not get the last two wickets, but it is a part of the game.”
Pakistan’s young left-handed opening batsman, Imam Ul Haq is out of the second Test against Australia due to a fractured finger. Azhar Ali is ready to fill the opening spot.
Ali, who had a brilliant 2017 with the bat, is struggling to convert his starts into significant innings.
“I am working on my fitness every day,” he said. “It is just the matter of one inning.”
“Batsman always wants to have runs under his belt, when he does not score, he does not feel good, similarly I am not feeling good, but it is a part of the game, there are times when you do not score, so I am trying to stay focused and believe on my abilities, it is just the matter of time before I get my form back,” he said.
The 33-year old believes that there is pressure in every game, but players will have to keep nerves in the final Test between Australia and Pakistan.
“We have to win this Test match, we will start the game with this attitude,” he said. “We are the home side, people expect us to win, so there is pressure for that, moreover these conditions are favouring us so we should utilize them,” he added.
The second Test of the series will be played from October 16th at Abu Dhabi.