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Mickey Arthur believes Pakistan could surprise Australia in next Test

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Del, Nov 27, 2019.

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  1. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes that Pakistan team “could surprise" Australia in the second Test in Adelaide.

    With the match in Adelaide being a day-night Test, Arthur feels that “it brings Pakistan's seamers a bit more into the game".

    “When the decision was being made about the day-night Test, some of the players were apprehensive about it.

    I thought it was a good opportunity for Pakistan to put Australia under pressure. It brings Pakistan's seamers a bit more into the game, there's more margin for error in the Pink ball Test.

    I think Pakistan could surprise them in the next Test match," Arthur said while talking to private sports channel.

    Arthur believes that batsmen Haris Sohail and Iftikhar Ahmed could be dropped for the second Test.

    Haris made scores of one and eight, Iftikhar, meanwhile, made seven and a duck. He also conceded 53 runs from the 12 overs he bowled.

    “Iftikhar got a really good ball, he hasn't done too much wrong. He hasn't gotten himself in, that could happen to anybody. Not sure that his place is secure. Two batsmen under pressure are Haris and Iftikhar," Arthur said.

    Arthur said that the national team should include opener Imam-ul-Haq in the playing XI for the second Test.

    Imam has featured in 10 Tests thus far, where he has scored 483 runs, which includes three half-centuries, at an average of 28.41.

    “I think you need to get Imam in the team, he's a very good player who has developed his game considerably. He's a confidence player, I'd get him back," Arthur said .

    Arthur further said that Babar Azam is “starting to believe that he can be the best".

    “Babar Azam wants to be the best. I think for the first time now, he's starting to believe that he can be the best. When he starts to believe that, he's going to be so powerful because he's such a good player,"

    “I don't think Babar will bat at number 3, I think he'll bat at 4 for Pakistan and that'll be his best position going forward. It's not too much of an issue right now whether he is at 4 or Shafiq, but in the long run Babar Azam will be at 4"

    “Babar Azam dominated, he's almost dominated the best bowling attack in world cricket in their home conditions, he never looked like he was struggling, he put the bowlers under pressure and punished the loose balls.

    It was the complete Test match innings. I'm hoping it kick-starts him. He got a 100 at Adelaide in an ODI in 2017 so he loves batting there. Hopefully Pakistan win the toss there and then Babar Azam and whoever else in the batting can dominate and give Pakistan that 1st innings score to put Australia under pressure," Arthur added .

    Arthur further said that he absolutely loved Babar Azam's celebration upon scoring his century.

    Arthur said that ex-captain Sarfaraz Ahmed could make a comeback into the national team at any time. “You can never count Sarfaraz out, he'll be working hard to get his place back. He'll have to do well in domestic cricket.

    Healthy competition is always good. It was Sarfaraz with Rizwan as number two pushing him, those roles are reversed a bit now. I wouldn't count Sarfaraz out, he'll keep pushing. They can both play in the same side, I think Rizwan is good enough to play as an out and out batsman," Arthur said .

  2. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    I am sorry but I dont think Sarfaz should be brought back into Test side immediately. We should give Rizwan at least 20 innings before we judge him and I like so far how he has batted in AUS.
  3. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So Smith gets out on a low score by Yasir.
    Smith decides to not take the bus back to the hotel but instead runs the distance after spending extra two hours in the batting nets and an extra hour in the gym.

    Will Smith get out again on a low score in the next game? Yes it’s a possibility - BUT - where the eff is this kinda fire in the belly in Pak players for poor batting show?

    What do Azhar Ali and Harris Sohail and Shan Masood etc do to vent out their anger and frustration, and take an extra mile towards improvement and put in an effort to get ready to come back strongly?

    It’s the commitment and attitude that is a major part lacking in our approach.

    Yes, cricket is a game of chance - and who knows if we win the 2nd test.
    So what? Are we going to thump our chest in pride? Yeah we could do that but the team quality and standard will still remain crap. A one off by chance victory is NOT the measure of improvement.

    Our broken and corrupt domestic cricket generally produces an army of third class batsmen with a couple of exceptions that may pop up once after every 3 to 5 years.
    The general lack of focus on improvement coupled by fear of losing your spot in the team, and then having a cowardly moron for batting coach has turned it into a circus.

    We used to have Wasim Waqar Saqlain and Saeed Ajmal to make up for this poor batting dilemma, with their bowling but now, that battery of bowling is gone too.

    Are we surprised to witness what we see?

    Don’t know why did we hire $20,000 a month batting coach who we thought would fix things overnight?

    With one or two stars in the team, this has ALWAYS been the picture of Pak batting - a poor, unqualified and coward batting coach won’t make much of a difference - it’s the pace bowling charisma that was our trump card. We lost that.

    The challenge now this - modern day cricketers have to play A LOT MORE cricket than in the older days - and pace bowler’s body just cannot take that much of a work load.
    So the challenge is even harder than we may think. We now need to find and prepare even more number of pace bowlers so that we can easily rotate them.

    If you want to improve our batting, then do an in-depth search in Pakistan and pick the top 100 kids under 16 who show talent NOT primarily by their statistics but also by the expert eyes of qualified, trust worthy and honest selectors.
    Ban these kids from playing with tape ball.
    Bring them to Lahore academy, provide lodging and boarding, admit them to local schools so that they continue with their education. Provide them with a monthly stipend, and then hire a level 3 batting coach accredited by a cricket school in England or Australia and let that coach train these kids - and in about five years, you are guaranteed to produce an international level batting stars.

    How do you finance this? Reduce the number of employees at PCB. Currently we have 900’+’hadd Haraams on PCB payrolls doing nothing. We don’t need this large of an army of suckers.

    Tactics like, “bring Sarfaraz back and kick out Imam and move Baber down and bring Shafiq up etc won’t do shit”
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019

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