Updated: August 10, 2020 11:21:39 am
Former Pakistan sprint Shoaib Akhtar criticized the Pakistan Test team for their loss against England in the first Manchester Test on Sunday. Rejecting blame for their rapprochement, especially in the aftermath, Akhtar said reckless shooting and a lack of partnerships were the reasons for Pakistan’s loss.
“Pakistan had a chance to set a big target, but made the same mistake (that they have made) since the Partition. The herd came down to us. We had a lead of more than 100 runs and the poppies should have capitalized on it. “But the bats failed to form partnerships,” he said.
“Shan Masood was unlucky, but he had already played his role. Asad Shafiq is over, it ‘s his fault again. But Babar Azam has to come up with something good because you can not create a name like this. You can you are a good player, but you have to establish yourself as a winner of the match, “said Shoaib.
“If the bullet had not been there, then we would have rested for only 150-175. You have to think about what to do as an agile man, that’s really disappointing,” he concluded.
When it came to dedication games, Akhtari was critical of how young Naseem Shah was more focused on the length of the games.
“When Chris Woakes came out to dive why he didn’t catch him short and hit him in the head, it made him feel uncomfortable so the chances come. It’s a lack of aggression,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday, after Pakistani strikers failed to explode partnerships, England finished 277/7 for the 10th successful Test run. Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes led a brilliant comeback for England in a three-game winning streak. Buttler was out for 75 while Woakes scored the winning goal and was unbeaten in 84. Foot creator Yasir Shah (4/99) was the most successful ball for the visitors.
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