Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq doesn’t need his crew to get complacent forward of this week’s second test match against South Africa.
The residence facet fought again from 27-4 in its first innings at Karachi to beat the Proteas by seven wickets and take a 1-0 lead the two-match sequence. The second test begins at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Yasir Shah and 34-year-old left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, taking part in in his first test match, shared 14 wickets between them against a struggling South Africa batting line-up.
“It was a much-needed victory,” Misbah mentioned. “The team came back from a difficult position, but we don’t want to be complacent. South Africa is a tough team and we know they will come back hard at us.”
Since taking on as head coach in 2019, Misbah has misplaced three away test sequence — against Australia, England and New Zealand — however his Pakistan facet has crushed much less formidable groups like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at residence.
Misbah and bowling coach Waqar Younis have been summoned by the Pakistan Cricket Board after the crew misplaced a test sequence 2-0 in New Zealand final month. Both coaches got one other likelihood, however their longer-term futures have been tied to the result of the present residence sequence against South Africa.
“My focus is on this series,” Misbah mentioned. “We will put all our energies in this test match and see how we can win. Other things are uncontrollable and there is no point in thinking about it.”
Middle-order batsman Fawad Alam’s dream return to test cricket performed a key function in Pakistan placing up a formidable whole of 378 in the primary innings after South Africa was bowled out for 220 inside two classes on the primary day.
Left-handed Alam, taking part in in solely his eighth test match in 11 years, made a gritty 109 and revived Pakistan after a top-order collapse with Faheem Ashraf and Azhar Ali additionally scoring helpful half centuries.
But the situations in Rawalpindi will likely be a lot cooler than they have been in Karachi and Misbah mentioned the crew could change its bowling lineup to incorporate 4 quick bowlers and just one spinner.
The dry pitch in Karachi gave the 2 Pakistan spinners loads of help, however Misbah was undecided if he may get an analogous kind of wicket and situations in Rawalpindi.
If Pakistan opts for a fourth quick bowler, Haris Rauf is a attainable choice to make his test debut in his hometown.
“Haris is bowling well with the old ball,” Misbah mentioned. “If the need arise we will see him.”