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Pakistan Coach Warns Against Complacency In 2nd Test Vs SA


Pakistan Coach Warns Against Complacency In 2nd Test Vs SA

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq doesnt want his team to get complacent ahead of this weeks second test match against South Africa.

The home side fought back from 27-4 in its first innings at Karachi to beat the Proteas by seven wickets and take a 1-0 lead the two-match series. The second test starts at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Misbah and bowling coach Waqar Younis were summoned by the Pakistan Cricket Board after the team lost a test series 2-0 in New Zealand last month. Both coaches were given another chance, but their longer-term futures were tied to the outcome of the current home series against South Africa.

My focus is on this series, Misbah said. We will put all our energies in this test match and see how we can win. Other things are uncontrollable and there is no point in thinking about it.

Middle-order batsman Fawad Alams dream return to test cricket played a key role in Pakistan putting up a formidable total of 378 in the first innings after South Africa was bowled out for 220 inside two sessions on the first day.

Left-handed Alam, playing in only his eighth test match in 11 years, made a gritty 109 and revived Pakistan after a top-order collapse with Faheem Ashraf and Azhar Ali also scoring useful half centuries.

But the conditions in Rawalpindi will be much cooler than they were in Karachi and Misbah said the team may change its bowling lineup to include four fast bowlers and only one spinner.

The dry pitch in Karachi gave the two Pakistan spinners plenty of assistance, but Misbah was not sure if he could get a similar type of wicket and conditions in Rawalpindi.

If Pakistan opts for a fourth fast bowler, Haris Rauf is a possible option to make his test debut in his hometown.

Haris is bowling well with the old ball, Misbah said. If the need arise we will see him.

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