After being ruthlessly hammered by Kiwis, Pakistan is heading to Australia for three-match Test series.
Two crushed sides will battle to regain the lost glory with vibrant display in the field. Ostensibly, Kangaroos enjoy luxury of home advantage but Pakistan can overawe it with an aggressive mindset.
Let us ponder over Misbah’s arsenal with which he can grab first win in tests in Australia since 1995.
Remember Gilchrist, widely known as Gilly, the Australian wicket-keeper batsman? Gilly’s earlier assault with bat gave rest of the batting line-up a psychological edge over the opponent. With bowlers in defensive frame of mind, Aussies usually tore into opponent’s attack to seal victories.
Modern cricket, despite of format, is a game of aggression. Sharjeel Khan’s approach looks like that of Gilchrist. A quick fifty or a hundred from an opening batsman will help in countering Aussie attack which always seems eager to sabotage opponent’s bating with both ball and tongue. Once in going-mood, a carnage from Sharjeel will put Pakistan on top of Australian bowling attack.
Rest of the batting can reap fruits of Sharjeel’s likely-assault.
Passion of Wahab
Who can forget the furious spell of Wahab Riaz against Australia during quarter-final of the world cup? Shane Watson would still remember that verbal assault that resulted in utter humiliation in front of a packed stadium.
All Pakistan require is that someone from Australian side once again lean in and spit some words that will put Wahab on fire. Misbah should opt to open with Wahab.
Some evasive full-body spasms from Wahab can spell doom on Aussies. Australian pitches are conducive for fast bowlers and Wahab can be their worst nightmare on such turfs.
Say goodbye to defensive approach
Misbah is famous for his cool-temper captaincy which has not only earned him title of Mr Cool but has also made him most successful Test skipper in the history of Pakistan.
But Misbah has to bid farewell to this much celebrated approach if he wants to breach strongly fortified Australian castle.
Misbah should candidly review the approach of his South African counterpart. After doing this, Misbah must don shade of Du Plesis. Being experienced, Misbah is well aware of the fact that captaincy is not all about leading from front. Captain needs to come up with something new to flabbergast opposition with timely and clever moves.
It is not the bowling but batting that led them down against Kiwis. A sudden debacle is always anticipated when Pakistan is batting. Pakistani batting has a tendency to snatch victory from jaws of defeat and at the same time they can lose nine wickets in just one session, as we witnessed in the last session of the second test against New Zealand.
Vigorous and well-aimed training is required to avoid such debacles in upcoming series owing to the fact that a single bad session would cost Pakistan a match.
Good catches, win matches
Well, let us hope that green shirts might cram this phrase and apply it during fielding hours.
Despite recent humiliation at the hands of Proteas, Australia remain favourite in the upcoming contest. So my prediction is in favour of Aussies with a 60:40 ratio.