News International – More excuses from Arthur as Pakistan face whitewash

KARACHI: Pakistan have lost the Test series against South Africa without putting up any worthwhile resistance but coach Mickey Arthur believes his players did manage to put up some fight on the third day in cape Town.

Summary

  • More excuses from Arthur as Pakistan face whitewash KARACHI: Pakistan have lost the Test series against South Africa without putting up any worthwhile resistance but coach Mickey Arthur believes his players did manage to put up some fight on the third day in cape Town.
  • In Cape Town, Pakistan lost their second consecutive Test inside three days.
  • In the wake of close inspection of Pakistan’s strategy to go into the first two Test matches against South Africa without a fifth-bowling option, Arthur said the injury to Shadab Khan had prevented the visitors from deploying that strategy.
  • But with runs already at a premium for Pakistan, Arthur conceded he had “cold feet” about the prospect of depleting the batting stocks further, and said the conditions in South Africa provided a unique challenge.
  • Arthur also revealed he had been massively encouraged by Pakistan’s display in the second innings, where fifties from Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam took the side to 294, and made South Africa bat again.


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