Mickey Arthur’s stern words following Pakistan’s defeat
Pakistan's next assignment in the two-match T20I series versus Scotland.
Updated - Jun 4, 2018 5:56 pm
Pakistan commenced their tour of the United Kingdom (UK) with a win versus Ireland in Dublin. Albeit, they had their fair share of difficulties in the match, they managed to brush aside the hosts in the latter’s maiden Test match after bagging Test status last year. They carried forward their momentum against England in the opening Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s men romped past the hosts by nine wickets to take a much-important lead in the series. Their bowlers were exceptional, which paved the visitor’s way for the victory. In the second match, Joe Root’s men turned out to be clinical and thumped Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs at Headingley. Meanwhile, Sarfraz and Co crumbled and couldn’t hold on to their domination over the Englishmen.
“Poor display from us”- Mickey Arthur
Shadab Khan’s half-century helped the visiting team to put 174 on board. The English batsmen racked up a lead of 189 runs to take the match out of Pakistan’s grasp. The visitor’s batting lineup couldn’t stand tall to the task in the second innings and were bowled out for 134 runs.
Mickey Arthur, the team’s head coach, is definitely not satisfied with the performance. “It was a poor display from us coming off such a high at Lord’s as we are all about getting our consistency right and trying to play in the right style,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
He also pledged to learn from the mistakes and improve in their all-round show. “We’ll talk about it, we’ll have a hard discussion – we need to dish out a couple of hidings! But they are gutted and if they learn from this, hopefully, they can grow and grow quicker,” he added.
Pakistan will now play a couple of T20Is versus Scotland on June 12 and 13 respectively. Thereafter, they will play a triangular series involving Zimbabwe and Australia, which is scheduled to begin on July 4. The team will want to shed the disappointment of the final Test and put up decent shows next time around.