Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez has expressed his disappointment over Australia’s tactics ahead of their three-match Test series against Pakistan. The highly-anticipated series is scheduled to get underway on December 14 in Perth.
Pakistan will be desperate to improve their Test record in Australia after being whitewashed in their last five visits. They have also not won a Test match in Australia since 1999. With a new captain in charge, Pakistan will be hoping that their fortunes change in Australia. However, just ahead of the series opener, Mohammad Hafeez has expressed his disappointment over not being given a lively wicket for the warm-up game in Canberra.
Pakistan prepared for the three-match series with a four-day warm-up game against the Australian Prime Ministers’ XI in Canberra last week. Pakistan declared their innings on 391 for 9 with their captain scoring an unbeaten double century. In reply, the home side scored 367 for 4 as Pakistan’s bowlers struggled to make an impact.
Mohammad Hafeez disappointed with the pitch:
While Pakistan would have liked to play on a lively wicket to prepare for the Tests, they were given a pitch that did not have too much help for the bowlers. Expressing his disappointment over the same, Mohammad Hafeez called it the slowest pitch he has ever encountered in Australia.
“To be honest we tick most of the boxes as a team but obviously really surprised and disappointed with the pitch we received for practice match in Canberra. It was the slowest pitch on which we can ever play as a visiting team in Australia. But as a team we are very happy with the preparations we had, most of the boxes are ticked and we are absolutely ready for the exciting challenge coming ahead for us,” Mohammad Hafeez said.
When asked about whether he raised the issue with Cricket Australia, the former Pakistan captain said: “Everyone knew it. There is no point in repeating it over and over again. The disappointment was really high as we were not expecting these kind of arrangements but it may be their tactics but we are ready for that.
“We are here to beat Australia and not just compete,” he added.
Australia squad: (first Test only): Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Lance Morris, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc, David Warner
Pakistan squad: Shan Masood (c), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi