Mickey Arthur slams Pakistan’s ”old-style” ODI approach

Mickey Arthur

Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur has described his team’s display at the Gabba as “old-style cricket” that “doesn’t really have a future” in the one-day game.

A fighting maiden ODI century from Mathew Wade and some superb fast bowling display by the pace bowlers hand Australia 1-0 lead in the VB ODI series as Pakistan fell 92 runs short of their target of 269 at the Gabba.

The visitors failed to provide any momentum to their chase, with not one batsman finishing their innings with a strike rate of 85 or higher.

Arthur said his side would continue to lag behind the rest of the world if they continue to play as slowly as they did in first ODI. 

“I thought from the fifth ODI in England (in September) we had devised a brand that worked for us and a brand that would be sustainable for us at international level,” Mickey Arthur said.

“But we went back to the old-style cricket tonight, which doesn’t really have a future and it means that we don’t get the scores of 300 that we need.

“One-day cricket has moved on. We saw Chris Lynn tonight come in and it looked like he was playing Twenty20 cricket again. That’s where the game’s going.

“Scores of 300 are the norm. Three-hundred used to be incredibly good and teams used to win more times than not, but on wickets like this teams aren’t going to win. Three-hundred is a 50-50 score.

“Our strike rates aren’t where they need to be to get 300.

“The players have got the ability, there’s no doubt. This is an unbelievable group of players and they work so hard.

“It’s just about backing themselves. It’s all about getting confidence in those situations to play the cut or hit one over extra cover and try and put some pressure back on the bowler. That’s a confidence thing.”

He further added that he is still unsure who will captain the side in Melbourne on Sunday if Azhar Ali fails to recover from what looked like a hamstring injury.

“Very good question,” Arthur said.

“I don’t know. That’s something we’ll have to work out tomorrow. I’ll have a chat to the convener of selectors and we’ll work something out.

“We’ll have to wait on all the scans tomorrow.

“(Losing Sarfraz, Irfan and Malik) was all a bit of a calamity. But we’ll pick up the pieces and see who’s available for Sunday.”

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