Hamilton - Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq believes attack is the best
form of defence at least when it comes to batting on green tops in New Zealand.
The tourists found conditions in Christchurch challenging
and only managed 304 runs in their two innings on the Hagley Oval pitch.
Shafiq believes that the key to better results in Hamilton
will be a positive approach to batting to put the bowlers under pressure.
Speaking ahead of the Test Shafiq said: "As batsmen we
have to play positive and aggressive on this wicket.
"That was missing in the last match. We have to go for
some runs, because on a wicket like this it's very difficult to stop the ball
all the time because this kind of wicket seams and swings a bit. It's just a
matter of time until you get a good delivery. Before that you have to take it
Sohail Khan top scored for Pakistan in Christchurch and did
so in an aggressive manner scoring 40 off 39 balls.
Shafiq spoke of the need to make hay while the sun shines so
to speak: "It's a lesson that we had learned in the last game - that on these
types of wickets we have to spend time, but as soon as we are spending time, we
have to score some runs. If we're not scoring runs, we are standing at the same
place - we are not going forward."
Much will be expected of Younus Khan with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq
suspended as a result of Pakistan's slow over rate in the first Test.
Shafiq lauded the influence of the veteran batsman:
"Younus is one of the great batsmen Pakistan has ever produced, and he's
gone through a lot of times in his career like this - when he hasn't scored
runs in the first match, but he always bounces back.
"He has that ability. I'm sure he will score runs in
Shafiq has fond memories of Seddon Park having cracked 83
against New Zealand at the venue in 2011.
He said: " I remember that innings well - I played
good, positive cricket. It feels really good to be back at the same ground. It
really helps a lot as a batsman."