Former Pakistan Player Savages Misbah-ul-Haq’s Men After Dismal Batting Show In Brisbane Test
Former Pakistan batsman and coach Mohsin Khan has absolutely destroyed the Pakistan team after their dismal show in the ongoing first Test against Australia in Brisbane. The retired opener said the visitors were scared of the Aussies even before the start of the Test.
Coming from a 2-0 drubbing at the hands of New Zealand in their last Test series, Misbah-ul-Haq’s men showed little improvement as they are now in danger of losing the day-nighter at the Gabba. After letting the Australian batsmen score 429, the Pakistan batsmen capitulated in front of the Australian pacers. Taking advantage of the Pakistan team’s tentativeness on the bouncy pitch, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood wreaked havoc on the visitors and reduced them to 67 for 8 before Sarfaraz Ahmed (59*) and Mohammad Amir (21) added 54 runs for the ninth wicket to restore some pride. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 142.
“The team’s performance on the first two days has been very poor,” Mohsin told The Express Tribune. “Pakistan entered the match fearing the opposition. You just cannot adopt a defensive strategy against Australia who loves to play aggressive cricket. If you do that they will eat you up and this is what we have witnessed in Brisbane.”
Mohsin, who played 48 Tests and 75 one-day internationals for Pakistan, said he saw nothing special from the Aussie quicks and cited lack of concentration and fear as the reasons behind Pakistan’s collapse.
“It was just the lack of confidence and fear of losing the wicket that caused our batsmen to collapse in the first innings,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has said he will back out-of-form batsman Younis Khan for the time being. The veteran batsman has been going through a lean phase and has scored only 16 runs in his last six innings including a duck in the first innings of the ongoing Test. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is also under pressure after yet another failure with the bat. The 42-year-old scored only four runs in the match which has raised speculations about his future.
And when Arthur was asked about both the players on ABC Radio, he said:“I’ve seen Misbah do it time and time again. And Younis Khan is just a complete professional.I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a little doubt in my mind. But I had that doubt in England and I saw Younis come out and play exceptionally well, albeit against a different attack. So I’m backing him in for the time being.”
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