Pakistan have endured a turbulent start to their World Cup campaign as they lost their World Cup opener to the West Indies by seven wickets. However, they bounced back in brilliant fashion as they beat England by 14 runs. They couldn’t build on that win, however, as their third match against Sri Lanka was washed out.
Ahead of their match against Australia, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed revealed his biggest concern in the World Cup.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is concerned about the green surface on the pitch in Taunton, where his side will take on Australia in the World Cup on Wednesday.
Pakistan has always complained they get pitches at ICC events which normally don’t suit their game. They were in the same mode again after having taken a long, hard look at Taunton County Ground’s green top.
According to Geo News Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed wasn’t pleased with the Taunton surface. His displeasure grew after watching old foes India hammering Australia on a batting wicket at the Oval in London.
“The captain has been wondering as to why the Indians always get wickets which are good for batting and also suitable for spinners. Such wickets suit Asian teams. However, the Pakistan team is almost always made to play on more challenging surfaces in ICC events like the one at Taunton,” reported Geo News.
However, the Pakistan team is almost always made to play on more challenging surfaces in ICC events like the one at Taunton. Players and team officials who took a close look at the surface were convinced that it will have sufficient bounce for fast bowlers.
It’s certainly worrying news for the Pakistanis, who were bounced out for a mere 105 by West Indies in an embarrassing seven-wicket defeat in their opening World Cup at Trent Bridge last week.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has revealed that his side will adopt the same “aggressive approach” they did against England when they take on Australia in the World Cup on Wednesday.
Sarfraz admitted that while Pakistan haven’t beaten Australia often, they faced the same situation when going up against England.
“We have not won many matches against Australia but we had not won too many against England either but we have finally beaten England and that has given us a lot of positives” said Sarfraz.
“We will go with the aggressive approach we showed against England.”
The Pakistan captain said that team’s clash against Australia will be crucial and Pakistani players are aware of the fact that Australia can comeback strongly.
“We know Australia will try to come back and with [Steve] Smith and [David] Warner back they are at their best again,” he said. “We respect all our opponents and are ready for them.”
He added that top three batsmen will be important for both the sides.
“It is important that top three batsmen score runs and provide the team a solid base. Similarly, it is also important to get opponents top order out quickly to restrict them,” he said.
“Toss will be crucial in tomorrow’s game as well,” Sarfaraz added.