International Test Cricket

Arthur warns Pakistan of West Indies fightback

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur stressed his side to be aware of West Indies fight-backing skills ahead of the second Test between the two sides. After clean sweeping the Caribbean side by 3-0 in T20 and ODI series, Pakistan stayed on course for another whitewash in the longer format. In the second ever Day and Night Test played with a pink ball, Pakistan accumulated an enormous first innings total of 579 with help of Azhar Ali’s triple ton.

However, they were totaled at 123 in the second innings after West Indies bowler Bishoo jolted down figures of 8 for 49. Furthermore, Darren Bravo carried his rhythm and hammered a century, leading his side close to the target. The Men in Green were eventually able to overpower their opponents but recorded their slimmest ever victory margin of 56 in the United Arab Emirates. They have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series but Arthur insisted not to repeat their mistakes and carry their edge in the upcoming Test.

Arthur highlighted that the tourists will give their all in their must-win match on Friday. He was surprised with the fight-back of tourists and also hailed Bravo’s efforts in the match. The coach was quoted in an interview, “I think West Indies will come down hard on us considering their exceptional fight in Dubai. I am really impressed with their fight and Bravo was outstanding so we have to play well next Test.”

The former Australia and South Africa coach was not pleased with the way his side batted in the second innings. He accepted that his side lets their opponents back in the game. He further stated to media, “I am disappointed with the batting in the second innings. We allowed West Indies to come back into the game but sometimes it’s good that you learn and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

Overall, the South African was pleased with the team’s progress and insisted they will achieve a lot and gain confidence. Pakistan will lock horns with the Caribbean side at the Sheikh Zayed Sports Complex in Abu Dhabi for the second Test match of the series. The five-day match will begin on 21st October.

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