Cape Town - Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur says he
was "incredibly disappointed" with the way his team folded against
England in the second Test at Headingley.
Pakistan lost the game by an innings and 55 runs inside three
days as they could not back up their performance from the first Test at
It was really the batsmen that let Pakistan down at Headingley with
totals of 174 and 134 as England bounced back to draw the two-match
Arthur told Sky Sports after the game: "I am incredibly disappointed
to be brutally honest. It was a poor display from us, coming off the
back of such a high at Lord's.
"It's all about trying to get this consistency right and trying to
get us playing in the right style and manner, so I'm incredibly
disappointed with what we've dished up here.
"We'll talk about it and have a hard discussion right now but as long
as that dressing room has learned from it, it's a young team and we can
grow, and grow quicker."
The former Proteas coach came to England with a very inexperienced
squad, especially in the batting department, with only four players
still remaining from the last time they toured the UK in 2016.
However, Arthur says his side can take valuable lesson from the big defeat and learn from it moving forward.
"The guys are feeling what it's like to play tough
Test cricket over an extended period, a lot of guys haven't done that
before," continued Arthur.
"But our expectation is more, it's better than that. They will take
it on the chin tonight, and they will hopefully grow and learn from it.
"Inconsistency is something that comes with a young team, however
hard that is to take at the moment for all of us," he said. "(At Lord's)
they were patient, they committed to defence, committed to attack and
showed good intent.
"We got the balance wrong here. We weren't as disciplined, we weren't as patient in this first innings especially."