Pakistan coach cautions against carelessness in 2nd Test against South Africa
Mishab-ul-Haq, head coach Pakistan does not want his team to get self-satisfied ahead of this week’s second Test match against South Africa. Pakistan fought back from 27-4 in its first innings at Karachi to beat Proteas by seven wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the two match series.
On Thursday, the 2nd Test will start at Pindi cricket stadium.
Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali playing in his first match, shared 14 wickets between them after struggling with South Africa batting line-up.
Mishab said, “It was a much-needed victory, the team came back from a difficult situation, but we don’t want to be complacent. South Africa is an intense group and we realize they will return hard us.”
In 2019, taking over as head coach, Mishab has lost three away Test series against Australia, England and New Zealand yet, his Pakistan side has beaten less impressive groups like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at home.
Last month after team lost a Test Series 2-0 in New Zealand, Mishab and bowling coach Waqar Younis were called by Pakistan Cricket Board.
The two coaches were given one more opportunity, however their more extended term prospects were attached to the result of the current home arrangement against South Africa.
Mishab said, “My attention is on the arrangement, we will place every one of our energies in this Test match and perceive how we can win. Other things are uncontrollable and there is no reason for considering the big picture.”
Left-handed Alam, playing in only his eight test match in 11 years made a rough 109 and revived Pakistan after a top-order collapse.
But the situations in Rawalpindi will be much better than they were in Karachi and also Mishab said that team may change its bowling lineup to include four fast bowlers and only one spinner.
And if Pakistan opted for fourth fast bowler, Harris Rauf is a possible option.
“Haris is bowling good with the old ball, if the need arise we will see him,” Mishab said.