Pakistan chief Mickey Arthur says his side is desperate to respond after being held to an unlikely draw by Australia in the first Test. Australia clung on on the final day in Dubai last weekend when, chasing an improbable 462-run target, they ended on 362-8 with opener Usman Khawaja managing a huge 141, while debutant Travis Head (72) and skipper Tim Paine (61 not out) also helped them secure a draw.
Arthur admits not winning the first Test was a major disappointment considering the position Pakistan were in but he’s backed his players to come out fighting again when the second Test begins on Tuesday.
“Of course Australia will be dangerous after the fight they put up, no doubt about that,” said Arthur. “But I am confident that we are playing good enough cricket and we will come harder.”
“For me it was really disappointing that we did not cross the line. But the good thing for us is that it has hurt the players as if we have lost and that for me is a good sign.
“It shows that the boys are getting mentally tough and maturing and do not settle for second best any more, and that culture we want to create is getting through to our players and we will be raring to go in the second Test.”