Pakistan’s one of the most reliable batsmen at the current, Azhar Ali believes that his team will improve upon their batting performance. They didn’t actually get the time to adapt to these foreign conditions because of the washout practice match.
In the second innings, same story repeated but this time only Azhar Ali from the top order batsmen remained on the crease for a long period of time. Everyone else went in the hut in quick successions. So, obviously he will be their biggest hope going forward in the batting department for the next test.
“You usually don’t see in Australia, New Zealand or England a pitch that supports the seamers so much. There was no pitch was like this in England. It swings around there, but not as much grass as that. But this is the pitch we got, and New Zealand played better than us,” Azhar said after his team’s loss in first test.
The interesting thing going to be in the second test is when Azhar will captain his national side. The full time captain of Pakistan, Misbah ul Haq will be absent for the next match and Azhar will be the stand in captain for that test match. So, it will be tremendous increase in responsibility on him going into the next match as a leader.
“Maybe this is the most seam-friendly pitch I’ve played on in my international career. It reminds of one or two pitches in Sri Lanka where the ball moves for a couple of hours on the first day or two but it starts to settle down. Here the movement is there for longer. It’s New Zealand’s home condition so we, as a professional team, just have to play on whatever we get, and that’s it,” he added.
This is only a two match short test series so Pakistan has got only one more opportunity in their hands to gain some pride and at least try to improve on their batting. The second and last test will start from 25th of this month.