'Put the learning away and go back to what's worked for you', Mickey Arthur tells skipper Babar Azam

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Author 2019-11-09 11:01:22

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The humiliation continues for the Pakistan cricket team in T20 Internationals as they suffered a horrific 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in Perth on Friday. Chasing a paltry target of 107 runs, Australia produced an unbeaten first-wicket partnership to chase down the total. Babar Azam, the newly appointed skipper who had replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed ahead of the series, said that the team has 'learned a lot' from the series and would look to implement the same in the forthcoming assignments. Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, however, isn't quite in agreement with the skipper.

Arthur was removed as skipper by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the team's disappointing 2019 ICC World Cup performance. Misbah-ul-Haq replaced Arthur at the helm but has since lost two T20I series comprehensively – 3-0 against Sri Lanka and 2-0 against Australia (first being a washout) – with fans starting to raise more questions on the team's credibility.

Babar, speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, admitted being disappointed with the result spoke about taking positives from the series while lauding the pairing of Aaron Finch and David Warner who remained unbeaten and guided the hosts to a 10-wicket win.

“Quite disappointed that we lost to a team like this. But we have learnt a lot from this series and we'll take the positives and come back hard in the next series. I have learnt a lot, there is a lot to learn as well. Hopefully, I'll apply it in the future. Musa and Hasnain were bowling quick. But Finch and Warner played really well. We played them so that they can use this experience in the future. We have a three-day gap before the practice match; looking forward to the Test series,” said Babar.

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Arthur, however, urged his former side to not change things that saw them become the best T20I side in the world. Rather, focus on what has been working for them and revert to the same.

"Babar said that Pakistan are learning. A couple of months ago, they were the #1 ranked side and went 11 series unbeaten. I'm not sure that what got us to #1 was worth changing. There were some key players who played big roles for us, the likes of Sarfaraz, he's ahead of the game in T20 cricket. Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, bit of experience. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali, these are big shoes to fill. Those guys are there, apart from Hasan. Learning is not for me now, we're a year out from a T20 World Cup and Pakistan are still the #1 side. Put the learning away and go back to what's worked for you, because what worked got you to #1", the Australian was quoted as saying.

The next assignment for Pakistan is the two-match Test series in Australia which will begin on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

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