Mickey Arthur calls on beaten Pakistan to toughen up for Tests

ABU DHABI: Disgruntled coach Mickey Arthur demanded his gamers toughen up and seize key moments in Check matches after sloppy batting handed New Zealand an away collection win over Pakistan for the primary time in 49 years.

New Zealand pulled off a come-from-behind 123-run victory within the third and last Check in Abu Dhabi on Friday to finish their lengthy watch for a 2-1 collection win.

Pakistan had dismissed the Kiwis for 153 within the first innings of the primary Check in Abu Dhabi solely to lose by a slim four-run margin.

Pakistan bounced again by profitable the second Check in Dubai by an innings and 4 runs however once more didn’t construct a sizeable lead within the first innings of the third Check, a truth Arthur believes value them the collection.

“We missed alternatives and regardless of profitable a lot of the classes within the two losses we couldn’t seize the moments to pressure a win,” Pakistan coach Arthur informed AFP.

“It was our collection to win however we ended up because the shedding facet and that´s extremely disappointing.”

Arthur stated Pakistan not gaining huge leads within the first and third Exams was essential.

“We’ve got to take a look at our batting on the final day and that’s powerful within the UAE,” stated Arthur.

Pakistan misplaced all ten wickets on the ultimate day in each the defeats. They’ve now misplaced all ten wickets on the ultimate day six occasions since Arthur joined in Might 2016.

Other than the three events in Abu Dhabi — in opposition to Sri Lanka final 12 months and twice in opposition to New Zealand on this collection — in addition they collapsed at Birmingham, Hamilton and Melbourne — all in 2016.

Arthur stated he backs his gamers, particularly under-fire senior batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq.

“The standard is there as they’re one of the best gamers in Pakistan who’re working very very laborious and I again them to the hilt,” stated Arthur.

“However we have to be harder within the essential moments and that involves us grabbing moments and being powerful and we couldn’t do that on this collection which is disappointing.”

He added: “I’ll defend Asad and Azhar to the hilt. Asad is an excellent participant. I charge him very extremely and I nonetheless really feel his greatest days are forward of him.”

Arthur now hopes Pakistan can do effectively in South Africa, a rustic the place they’ve received solely two Exams and had been thrashed 3-Zero on their final tour in 2013.

“I reckon we are able to go to South Africa and do effectively,” stated Arthur.

“I consider and belief in these gamers, we’ve received some very proficient cricketers and a few good younger gamers.

“We have to nail down our good positions which we’re not doing and that’s the issue space.”

The primary of three Exams begins in Centurion from December 26.

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