Old Trafford - Pakistan
Chief Selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq, doesn't believing the defeat
Misbah-ul-haq's men suffered at Old Trafford is any cause for alarm.
Pakistan's performance left a lot to be desired, with the batsman
failing to show any application, and the fielding a touch on the woeful
side but Inzamam believes they will learn from the experience.
Inzamam told PakPassion.net: "We may have struggled in Manchester,
but it is my firm belief that our batsmen will have picked up important
experience by the end of this tour which will benefit them in the
"There is no need to panic due to the recent performance. It is usual
for a team with many players who have never played in such conditions
before, to struggle a little, similar to when non-Asian teams find it
tough to play spin bowling in the sub-continent.
"Back home or in the UAE, we try and play every ball that we face,
but in English conditions you need to be selective about which balls to
play and which ones to leave.
"Our batsmen need to improve themselves technically. However, I do
not believe that there is any blame to be laid at their feet for the
defeat. We need to have patience."
The legendary batsman praised England batsman, Joe Root, whose double
ton took the game away from Pakistan: "Root has really impressed me… I
have watched his career closely; he is a fantastic player and seems to
be improving with every innings that he plays. I see a great future for
him if he continues to bat in the way he is batting at the moment.”
Inzamam lauded captain Misbah's leadership, and batting thus far, saying: "Misbah has shown the way for all batsmen to follow,
"He is the most experienced player in the team and our captain. We
also have Younus Khan, who we can rely on for experience. Performances
by both these players are key to our successes.
The third Test in the four match series will get underway at Edgbaston on Ausgust 3.