Rizwan can play as ‘specialist’ batsman: Flower

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  1. Del
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    "Rizwan's been playing well, but he looked more in charge of his own mind this time. Less frenetic and paced his innings better,” said Flower. “He's good enough to bat in the top-four, but I also think he's versatile enough to play lower down. He doesn't have the power-hitting, but he can still find the boundaries and the odd six and do a job. His running between the wickets is among the best of our players.”

    "Haris is a class player and he showed that. His knee's getting stronger now, and he's working a lot harder at his fitness. He'll be the first to admit he didn't put in the hard yards quite as much earlier in his career, but he's seeing the benefits of the work he's putting in now,” said that former Zimbabwe cricketer while praising Sohail’s work ethic.

    Another positive from the series against Australia was the century on debut from opener Abid Ali, during the fourth ODI, although Flower was not expecting this kind of performance from the 31-year-old opener.

    "Abid's century was of course brilliant to see. I wasn't expecting it, since we hadn't done much work with him before the series. I'd been told how good he was, but to see him timing the ball as beautifully as he did was very encouraging. Front foot, back foot, offside, legside, you name it,” he said.

    "There was a fitness test done at Sharjah cricket ground where everyone was tested. Some of the guys didn't pass that test; Abid was one of them. But that was simply a wake-up call as to what was required,” he said. “Everyone was told they would have to measure up to the minimum 17:4 in the yo-yo test if they are to go to the World Cup. Because we were trying our bench players and some guys who hadn't ever played with the national team, it wasn't a barrier to taking part in the Australia series, but it will be for the World Cup."

    Speaking about his tenure with the Men in Green, Flower said: "I really enjoy the players. I think they enjoy working with me; they know I'm honest. When I speak with them, I'm not going behind their backs, I tell them how it is. I see them improving, and you'll see the averages bear that out. But the World Cup's the priority for now. It's a very open tournament, so we'll see how that goes for now. I've been here five years and it's been a good ride."

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    So when Rizwan has played in SA this year, he looked utterly dud and all of sudden he can play as specialist player, wow.

    I realize he made run against AUS, full credit to him for his runs but our players usually performs better on UAE pitches, which doesn't offer pace and bounce, therefore, once they go to ENG, SA, NZ and AUS they struggle big time - have you figured it out yet Mr. batting coach? Million dollar question is what have you done to improve it?
     
  3. Energy
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    If Rizwan and Haris are playing the middle order then we will need to leave out Malik and Hafeez. Will the selectors take this route?
     
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    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

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    Another accumulator
     
  5. KingOfDoosra
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    KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

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    Pretty much confirms that Rizwan will be in the WC squad
     
  6. Dare2Dream
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    Dare2Dream Talented

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    I'm not convinced yet, he has been mediocre so many times before. Ideally, instead of displacing a batsman, he'd be replacing Sarfraz as the wicket keeper with Malik or even Imad being the captain. Sadly, neither Malik or Imad are indispensable either.
     
  7. Passionate Pakistani
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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    Not sold on rizwan

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  8. Shahzad.Firdous
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    Harris Sohail will be there for sure. Rizwan should be part of the squad as reserve keeper to Sarfraz but at the moment I dont see Rizwan in playing 11 unless Sarfraz is injured!!
     
  9. Don Quixote
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    Don Quixote Whispering Death

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    He should replace Sarfraz after the WC.
     
  10. KingOfDoosra
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    KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

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    Better than Sarfraz
     
  11. Passionate Pakistani
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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    Sarfraz is andho main kana raja. But yeah we arw really doomed in this area.

    Still maintain kami is our best wicketkeeper batsman..

    Okay dont quote me anyone

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