Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is hopeful that his players can draw on the lessons from their previous tour of Australia, in 2016-17, as they begin their ICC World Test Championship campaign with first of the two Tests, starting on November 21 in Brisbane.
Pakistan’s last Test win in Australia came during their 1995-96 tour, when they won the final Test in Sydney after having already lost the series with successive defeats in the previous two games. Since then, they’ve toured Australia four times, but have been whitewashed 3-0 on each of those occasions. Their most recent tour, in 2016-17, saw some significant contributions from the batsmen, but it was the bowling that hurt their chances, as they conceded 429, 624/9 and 538/8 in
Australia’s first innings of the respective Tests to hand the hosts early advantage.
“For Asian teams in Australia, it’s always difficult, but overall the best thing for us is that our batting line-up is experienced. Our boys who have toured previously scored runs here. Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood had a good time in the bouncy tracks in South Africa [in 2018-19], so looking forward, we have a good, mature team,” Misbah told reporters in Perth.
“It’s important for us to take 20 wickets because you can’t win without it. I feel our batting line-up is capable enough to put up 400-450 runs on the board, so it also helps our bowlers along the way.”
“Our young fast bowlers and spinner Yasir Shah are our biggest positives. We have got good, young fast bowlers, and Yasir was there with us last time [we toured here]. He [Yasir] is aware of Australian conditions and he also had better preparation, playing domestic cricket at home. He bowled lengthy spells there and he exactly knows what was missing during his previous tour here. So I am hoping that our preparations are better than before,” said the former captain.