Pakistan are in danger of setting an unwanted world record as they gear up to face Australia in the second and final Test, day-night affair in Adelaide, of the tw0-match Test series.
The visitors lost the first Test match in Brisbane by an innings and five runs to extent their consecutive losses streak to 13 in Australia, dating back to 1999. This equals the record for the most successive losses in one country in Test history, set by Bangladesh, from 2001-04, in Bangladesh.
Pakistan have won only four of the 36 Tests they’ve played in Australia, with the home side winning on 25 occasions.
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor was disappointed with the way Pakistan performed in the first Test and believes that the Azhar Ali-led unit needs to change their strategy in the field ahead of Adelaide’s pink-ball Test.
“I thought the interesting thing was the way they bowled and fielded on day two in Brisbane,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports. “I think the extra pace on the ball impacts their bowling and fielding more than their batting. They leak runs because they don’t bowl consistently enough, and they leak runs in the circle because they’re fielding isn’t attuned to Australian conditions.”
“The ball pings off the bat so they tend to stay back a bit, but then you’ve got David Warner and Joe Burns dropping the ball at their feet and taking a single. Even when they pushed the field back it didn’t stop the boundaries, so they’ve really got to come up with a better strategy with the ball and in the field to limit the runs,” he added.
According to Taylor, a negative mindset is also one of the reasons holding the tourists back.
“I think there’s a bit of a feeling that when they come to Australia straight away they’re thinking it will be tough and they’ll struggle to win, which is the wrong attitude and it’s hard to break. You need a strong side with a strong leader to overcome that,” he said.
The second Test between the two sides will start on November 29 in Adelaide.