LEEDS: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insisted his aspect would profit from a 4-Zero one-day sequence defeat by World Cup hosts England when the showpiece event begins later this month.
England, the world’s top-ranked ODI aspect, triumphed by 54 runs in Sunday’s finale at Headingley as, not for the primary time this sequence, Pakistan’s bowling and particularly their fielding allow them to down.
But the match was the primary time in a accomplished innings this marketing campaign the place Pakistan, bowled out for 297, had didn’t publish a complete of 340 or extra.
However Sunday’s sport did see Babar Azam observe up his 115 at Trent Bridge on Friday with 80, whereas captain Sarfraz Ahmed made 97 earlier than being run out in uncommon vogue by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.
Arthur insisted he was in a a lot better temper now than he had been after Pakistan suffered a humiliating 124 run-opening defeat on the Duckworth/Lewis methodology by India in Birmingham on the 2017 Champions Trophy — an ODI event they bounced again to win by defeating their arch-rivals within the closing.
“We had been overwhelmed palms down at Edgbaston that day and I didn’t actually know the place to show as a result of there wasn’t a hell of a number of positives out of that day,” mentioned Arthur.
“We sit right here having taken an enormous quantity of positives out of this sequence.
“I assumed our batting has gone to a different degree.
“Individuals, coming to England, mentioned we had been a 280 crew. We’ve dispelled that, that’s given our batting unit a large quantity of confidence within the dressing room.”
‘We’ll be prepared’
Furthermore, Arthur was adamant the sequence in opposition to World Cup favourites England would assist Pakistan.
“The opposite factor is we’ve performed in opposition to a crew who’re primary on the earth in their very own situations.
“I do know there’s not too many groups who will arrive in England as ready as we’re by way of the competitors we’ve performed in opposition to and match-fitness,” defined Arthur, beforehand a coach of each his native South Africa and Australia.
“All I do know is the gamers are very decided to do nicely. Each time they go on the market they play for 210 million folks.
“We’ll be prepared — come the primary sport in opposition to the West Indies, we’ll be prepared.
“I’m as assured we’ll do nicely as I’ve ever been.”
Pakistan’s fielding enhancing once they had been in England final yr.
This newest sequence, nonetheless, noticed Pakistan drop routine catches and provides away runs with sloppy outfielding.
“It’s been very disappointing,” mentioned Arthur, who insisted the decline in requirements was not all the way down to former Australia wicket-keeper Steve Rixon quitting as Pakistan’s fielding coach in September over a pay dispute.
“That’s an actual fear for me as a result of we’re placing a hell of a number of effort into it and there’s not a large quantity of reward there in the meanwhile.
“We’ll simply hold knocking away at it although.
“Fielding is about perspective and desirous to get on the market and get it accomplished.
“They (the gamers) know they’ve been quick on this division and they don’t seem to be glad about it. They’re working rattling onerous at it.”