Mickey Arthur questions Haris Sohail’s body language after he fails at the Gabba
As per the former Pakistan head coach, Sohail needs to work on countering short-pitched bowling.
Updated - Nov 21, 2019 6:14 pm
Haris Sohail’s poor tour of Australia continued on Thursday as he failed to deliver once again in the ongoing first Test at the Gabba. The left-handed batsman, who impressed in this year’s World Cup, has looked all over the place in the testing conditions. He failed miserably in the preceding T20I series, registering scores of 4, 6 and 8.
His fortunes did not change with the change in format either as he failed to do well against Australia A in the warm-up game. The southpaw managed to score only 18 and 4 in the two innings. And he could not recover his form on day one of the Brisbane Test either as he departed after scoring just 1, making former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur question his body language.
Arthur said that Haris didn’t have the right type of body language when he walked out to bat. While Arthur was all praise for the left-hander, he said that the batsman has been struggling with a similar problem on the tour which is getting out to short ball.
“When Haris Sohail walked out his body language said it wasn’t going to happen. In the A game he got out twice the same way. He’s an incredible player & when he’s playing well there’s nobody better to watch. But he’s getting caught on the crease to the short ball,” Arthur was quoted as saying in Pak Passion.
Pakistan crumble after solid start:
Pakistan, meanwhile, threw away a great start to be folded up for 240 in the first innings after their skipper Azhar Ali won the toss and decided to bat first. Azhar Ali (39) and Shan Masood (27) gave the visitors a fine start by adding 75 runs from the first wicket before Australia started taking wickets. Pakistan lost wickets in heap to find themselves reeling at 95 for 5.
Asad Shafiq then provided some much-needed resistance and finished as the top-scorer of his side with 76. He brought up his 24th Test half century in a partnership of 84 with Yasir Shah before Australia took the new ball and sent the remaining batsmen packing.