PAK vs AUS: Andrew McDonald Reacts To The Below Average Pitch During Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Renegades coach Andrew McDonald looks on during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder at Etihad Stadium on December 22, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Australian coach Andrew McDonald reacted to the pitch that was used during Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test. Andrew McDonald said that the pitch wasn’t an excuse for Australia not being able to get over the line. The pitch used at Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test has been criticized by many cricket experts.

The pitch was termed as below average by ICC. In the match, Australia set up a mammoth target of 506 for Pakistan in the final innings. However, they failed to win the match as they could not dismiss all the 10 wickets of the home side in the 2nd innings.

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We Play On The Pitches That We Turn Up And See: Andrew McDonald

While speaking to Times of India, Australian coach Andrew McDonald reacted to the pitch used in the match. He said that the pitch wasn’t an excuse for Australia not being able to pull up a victory.

“We play on the pitches that we turn up and see. Our job is to be able to navigate through, try to find 20 wickets, and score enough runs on those surfaces. This is as simple as we keep it. In the last game, it gave us an opportunity to win the game. If we had taken those opportunities, then it would have given a result. Unfortunately, we didn’t. But the positive thing is that the style of cricket we are playing and creating those opportunities. That’s all we can do”.

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“In terms of criticizing the pitch, that’s up to them. But it’s the first thing from our mind that we have to prepare ourselves for whatever the circumstances may be within the games. And yes, the pitch certainly wasn’t an excuse for us not being able to get over the line. In the last match, the guys did an incredible job. They created enough opportunities to put ourselves in that winning position”, Andrew McDonald said.

PAK vs AUS: Andrew McDonald Reacts To The Below Average Pitch During Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test

 

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In Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test, Australia posted 556-9 batting first and later bowled out Pakistan for just 148. In the 2nd innings, Australia declared at 97-2 and set up a target of 506 for Pakistan.

However, with a century by Babar Azam (196) and Mohammad Rizwan (104), Pakistan managed to evade a defeat. At the stumps on the final day, Pakistan finished with 443-7 on the scoreboard and the match ended in a tie. Both the Tests have ended in a draw so far.

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