Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz has slammed his bowler for the poor performance in first two test against South Africa. In the press conference after the 2nd test Sarfraz said he expected from his bowler on away tours.
“If you talk about our bowling and their bowling, I think there’s a big difference in the two,” he said. “The way our bowlers are bowling is not up to the mark in this Test match. If you see our bowlers, they’re bowling 128-129, and the average speed is 130, while their bowlers are bowling at 145. If you are going to bowl with that lack of pace here you won’t get wickets.
“I don’t know what’s going on there. Previously it happened, too, when I came here in 2013, the same problem occurred. At the time we had [Mohammad] Irfan, Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed. Their pace was down too. I don’t know what’s happening here in Cape Town.”
“Credit goes to their bowlers, they bowled really well and did not give us any bad balls,” he said. “If you look at our batsmen, our batsmen played some quality shots. When they batted, they played good shots too, but we gave them so many loose balls.
“We are very disappointed, but as a team we are not playing well in Test cricket. We’re playing worse in Tests than all other forms. The way we bowled in Centurion was far better so we were hopeful we would get wickets here. But if we took wickets here in this Test that would have helped because we didn’t have enough runs on the board; we had just over 170 runs [in the first innings]. If we had taken wickets we would have restricted them to 250, 300 or something like that. I think that would have been a different story but we didn’t capitalise in those moments.”
But Sarfraz has some good words for his batsmen. “For the third Test match, we need to bat like we batted in the second innings,” he said. “I think we have nothing to lose. If you want to win Test matches, you have to take 20 wickets. If you don’t take 20 wickets, you’re not going to win. All Asian teams who win away, like India did in Johannesburg last year, take 20 wickets.”
“Fakhar likes to play shots. He’s facing problems with the new ball and Shan Masood is playing really well, so that’s why we changed the order to see if Fakhar played better at number six.”