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Lack of aggression responsible for Pakistan’s defeat in Australia: Inzamam-Ul-Haq

By Rashmi Nanda -
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan chief selector hoped that the Pakistan team would perform better in the upcoming five-match ODI Series against Australia. He also blamed the team’s batsmen lacked aggression for losing three-Test series.

With the inclusion of many fresh and talented players in the squad, Inzamam hoped that the team would perform better in the five-match ODI series. He told the Dawn, “First of all we couldn’t play well under pressure and twice our batsmen failed to hold their nerve for even two sessions of the day which is quite unfortunate,” 

The chief of selectors stated, “Even when they were in strong position, our batsmen could not show aggression. In Brisbane, they scored with an average of 3.1 and were even slower in Melbourne. The Australians, on the other hand, were aggressive; scoring at times at almost eight runs an over. When you go on the defensive, it allows the opposition bowlers to dominate you and that’s what happened with our team,” 

The former Pakistan skipper emphasized about his side’s performance in the recently concluded test series against Australia, “As for Misbah, he failed to play even a single good innings…Now if that is the standard of our consistency; it is not good enough at the international level. Our bowlers might have been experiencing fatigue as no bowler could take five wickets in an innings which was sorry to see. Our main bowlers have been playing regularly in the last three series and the fatigue could have affected their performance.”

Inzy further pointed out about leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who had emerged as one of the best bowlers for Pakistan in the past few series but he failed sadly in Australia. Inzamam said, “But he failed miserably in Australia and generally all our bowlers conceded too many runs. I feel that the bowlers if they were not getting wickets, should have at least tried to control the flow of runs but that did not happen.”

However, Pakistan lost the series but the Pak skipper was seen mentally strong during the entire Test series against Australia. When asked why Misbah-ul-Haq looked out of sorts on the field despite? The chief selector responded, “Look, when your team is not performing and you are also struggling with the bat, the pressure is doubled and Misbah is also passing through the same situation,” 

Inzamam also hinted that the head coach Mickey Arthur could not continue with Pakistan for a longer period. During the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the head of the selectors would sit with the national head coach to pick out the best players from the endorsement pool and will hold a training camp for them in Lahore, says Inzamam.

He elaborated on this, “Yes, we can introduce new faces in the Pakistan team in the coming series, but only after polishing them in the training camp at Lahore which should enable them to face international pressure with more authority and composure,” 

Ahead of the five-match series against the Steve Smith led-side, Inzamam also said about the confidence of the ODI team , “But we have a good number of new and fresh player’s Down Under for the ODI series and it should be treated like a new challenge, though it will not be easy to shrug off the Test whitewash.”

Pakistan and Australia will play the five-match series, which will commence from January 13 at the Gabba and will end on January 26 at the Adelaide Oval.

After losing Australia test series, the Misbah-ul-Haq-led team lost five points to finish with 97 points, just one point ahead of New Zealand and Sri Lanka.