The first #AUSvsPAK Test in Perth ended yesterday. Pakistan were bundled out for only 89 runs in the second innings. The Shan Masood led side lost the game by a massive margin of 360 runs and so, here is a look at 3 mistakes that the green shirts repeated again while playing a Test match.
#AUSvsPAK: Pakistan Select A Wrong Playing XI Again!
Even the new team management has ended up selecting a wrong playing XI. This has been evident for more or less a year now. All-rounders and medium pacers were preferred over Mohd. Wasim who can bowl around 140 kph and Hasan Ali who by now has substantial international experience behind him. The fact that Pakistan chose to select bowlers who weren’t suitable for the Perth track is something that is both mind-boggling and disappointing.
Far Too Defensive
Pakistan lost their home series against Australia and England last year by playing extremely defensive cricket. Surprisingly, the green shirts didn’t learn and particularly, in the batting department played with a very defensive mind set again.
For example, Australia consumed 113.2 overs in their first innings to score 487 runs. Pakistan on the other hand managed to stay alive for 101.5 overs but could only score 271 runs.
The green shirts need to raise their strike rate even in Test cricket otherwise it is highly unlikely that they’ll be able to compete with teams like Australia, England, India and New Zealand.
The Habit Of Dropping Catches
Australian batters hardly give you an opportunity and so, you have to avail even half chances that come your way. Shan Masood led side on the other hand dropped catches regularly as a result of which the bowlers weren’t able to really build pressure at any stage of the inaugural Test of the three-match series.