The Australian men’s interim head coach, Andrew McDonald, has admitted that despite the result of the second Test match, the Australian players are in a good mental state and committed to the same game plan in Lahore. McDonald said the visitors would stick to the same plan against Pakistan in the final Test match.
“As far as the mental state of the squad is concerned, we are doing well. It really reinforces the style of cricket that we play here, where we can hold our own and put ourselves in positions where we have the opportunity to win some points. games. And that’s the most exciting thing. Committing to that same game plan again is exactly what we’re trying to do,” McDonald said at Friday’s press conference. Australia’s head coach hailed Pakistani skipper Babar Azam’s brilliant 196-point shot in the fourth and final leg of the second Test held in Karachi.
“Amazing shot and I’m glad he lifted that. There were a lot of other things discussed rather than the great skill and temperament with what he did in that round. There was a spin on that wicket, he was able to navigate through that and that was pretty amazing. You have to take into account that it was a draw test, in terms of saving the test, that’s all I saw” , he said. “It was the best by a captain in the fourth inning. An incredible feat, denied us a win but all credit for the way he played,” he added.
Azam’s stupendous shot of 196 helped Pakistan secure an epic draw against Australia on the final day of the second Test in Karachi after batting 171.4 overs to ensure the series remains deadlocked. The action from the second Test came into the final of the match, where Pakistan managed to draw with Mohammad Rizwan batting until the end to see his side through. (ANI)
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