With the second test knocking on the door, Team Pakistan and Team South Africa have been preparing full-fledged for it. The second test is going to be held at Rawalpindi Stadium.
After the win at NSK, the men in green have not become complacent and are trying to adjust to the pitch conditions and weather of Pindi. It is said that the surface of the pitch at Pindi is more on the favourable side of spinners. In the first test match, spinners contributed heavily to Pakistan’s triumph. Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali together took 14 out of 20 wickets of Protease.
The real question arises whether Pakistan should go with the same bowling combination which made them win at National Stadium Karachi or observe the new conditions and modify their line up according to it.
The head coach of Pakistan, Misbah ul-Haq seems open to change and is keen to select players according to the new conditions.
He said after the first training session held at Rawalpindi.
“The weather and pitch are different from what we got in Karachi but we will take a call closer to the game,” We are open for change if needed and it’s not compulsory to play a spinner just because he did well in Karachi. If it’s quite evident that the surface isn’t suiting a spinner, we are ready to bring in a fast bowler.”
Misbah further stated that the team is eager to take advantage of home conditions and also touched upon the subject of the wicket at Pindi.
“We are trying to accrue maximum home advantage. Normally in first-class cricket here (in Rawalpindi), this pitch is much greener and in between games, there isn’t much time for them to dry as moisture stays in. But recently the pitch got enough time with sunlight which is good and I am hoping to have it on a drier side just according to what we asked for.”
Misbah also elaborated a little about the pressure faced by the Pakistan Cricket Board and how he is just focusing on the upcoming game.
“Whatever has been talked around me with what the PCB is thinking, I didn’t care about it as the focus was always about how important this series is. My energy was on how to produce good results and how we can do well. So thinking about uncontrollable things is a waste of time and energy and builds pressure without doing any good”
The former player and head coach concluded his talk by discussing the importance of the first test match win.
“It was a much-needed win in Karachi and the best part was the fightback from a difficult situation, which was outstanding. Now, we are guarding against complacency. The conditions are likely to be different but we have to carry on with all the good things we did in the first Test and look out for the areas where we can improve. We know South Africa is a tough team and they will come hard with full preparation to square the series but we have to be ready and go full throttle to win the series.”