Pakistan has failed to win a Test in Australia since the famous victory in the SCG in 1995-96 and head coach
Misbah Ul Haq believes that the team needs to acclimatize to the conditions to compete in the upcoming series against mighty Australia.
“The conditions are different than when you play in all other parts of the world,” Misbah Ul Haq told reporters in Sydney. “So you need to adjust to that pace and bounce especially in the batting unit and obviously when you’re bowling because in Asian conditions your biggest strength is your spinners.
“You have to bowl slightly differently here, the lengths are different, even the lines are different for the pacers here. So these are the challenges we are looking at ahead of this series. We want to address those and the kind of talent we have, if we can be disciplined in all departments, I think we can produce good results,” he added.
Azhar Ali has replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain in Tests while Babar Azam will lead the side in T20s following their recent dismal outing against an understrength Sri Lankan side. Misbah has acknowledged that the series against Australia will be a very challenging start for the new skippers. He also noted that experienced bowlers like Imad Wasim and Mohammad Irfan can help Babar to execute the plans.
“Sometimes it’s a challenge for the captains. Azhar has already captained in Australia. He’s a bit experienced, he knows, and he’s played a lot of Test cricket. Babar is new, and so it will be really important for me to pass on advice. The team also needs to support him and execute plans.
“Some of the bowlers who have experience can help him too. Imad Wasim is there, Wahab Riaz is there, Mohammad Irfan… they can help him, setting the fields, having their bowling plans executed properly. Obviously, it’s a new thing, a new experience for him but I think all these challenges will help him get stronger and be bigger in stature.”
Pakistan will play the first of the three T20Is at the SCG on November 3.