Pakistan seeks to learn from Australia
MELBOURNE: Bringing two uncovered bowlers to Australia, a nation not conquered by Pakistan's biggest side, was never going to end well for Azhar Ali The team of
For the coach Misbah-ul-Haq , the selections of Naseem Shah, 16, and Muhammad Musa, 19, reflected the need for boldness in a team that has steadily declined in the world rankings in recent years.
2-0 laundering by Tim Paine The side, completed with another defeat at the entrances in Adelaide on Monday, exposed all that for bravery, and Pakistan returned home with more regrets than highlights.
Their bowlers only had two cracks in the Australian batters and could well have rejoiced because of that, having leaked almost 1,200 runs in two innings for the return of 13 wickets.
Naseem and Musa achieved a wicket between them, leg spinner Yasir Shah He conceded 100 runs for each of his four scalps and the team's most experienced fast, Mohammad Abbas, had a worryingly low pace when he was reminded of it at Adelaide Oval.
Of bowlers, just Shaheen Afridi leaving Australia with an improved reputation, the 19-year-old talent has produced some fire spells to beat the wicket bearers of his team with five victims.
While Pakistan rarely seemed less able to break the drought of its test series in Australia, a sad Azhar could at least see a brighter future as the squad's gross talent matures.
We do not meet expectations based on this young team, the captain told reporters.
But we felt that these guys were in the best way to deal with the conditions here, and that will be the case in the future.
We should not be too disappointed by this and keep in mind that young players like these will only play more cricket and improve. We need to show some patience.
Pakistan will be comforted that the future has already arrived in the form of Babar Azam , who came to Australia as the best T20 hitter in the world and left as a proven test player.
The 25-year-old has been a slow-burning talent in the longest format, but after forging 104 in Brisbane and 97 in Adelaide in home pitches of one of the world's most powerful attacks, he will head to the next series against Sri Lanka is full of confidence.
He has been tremendous in white ball cricket and in the recent past, he has also been gradually increasing his test statistics, Azhar said of Babar.
But this series will definitely be the breakthrough he wanted.
The disappointment by the Azhar team will soon become an unknown joy when Sri Lanka play in Rawalpindi and Karachi at the end of this month, the first tests in Pakistan since the militants attacked a bus convoy carrying the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.