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    "I am hoping that Misbah tours and plays for Pakistan for a while yet" : Mickey Arthur

    KARACHI: In the aftermath of Pakistan’s latest Test series drubbing Down Under, head coach Mickey Arthur has said that the resilience of his charges can’t be questioned, while insisting the experience of playing in Australia will hold them in good stead.

    In an exclusive interview with Dawn, Arthur expressed his anguish at the outcome of the series and admitted that it is becoming increasingly difficult for teams to dominate away from home.

    “Albeit we are all extremely disappointed with the way the series panned out, I really felt that we were competitive [at various stages] in this series and the players’ resilience can never be questioned,” Arthur said after arriving in Brisbane for the start of the five-match ODI series against Australia from Friday.

    “It has been very depressing for all of us losing these Test matches but I can tell you for certain that the work rate of the players and staff has been outstanding and no stone has been left unturned in terms of preparation.

    “The thing you have to take out of it is the fact that the players will have all grown from this experience and be far better for it. The young players will certainly bring these lessons back when they come and play here again,” Arthur, the former Free State, Griqualand West and South Africa ‘A’ batsman, added.

    He conceded in modern-day cricket, a majority of teams enjoy home advantage, something Pakistan have been missing since 2009 after the terror attack on Sri Lankan deprived them of hosting international fixtures.

    “I believe that it is now very evident that almost all [major] teams dominate at home and it’s getting harder to win away from home for every international team.

    “This is a challenge for us going forward and I believe the players will be better for the experience of playing out here in very trying conditions,” Arthur stressed.

    The former national coach of South Africa and Australia highlighted Pakistan’s bowling and fielding shortcomings as the key factors which allowed Steve Smith’s men to pile up huge totals at a fast pace.

    “I think key area that we were short in was just having the ability to get those 20 wickets [in a match]. Our bowling was exposed a little and we need to get better at being more patient and controlling the run-rate because when you control the rate you give yourself a very good chance of building enough pressure to take wickets.

    “We were never able to put the Australian batting order under any sort of pressure and therefore they dominated,” he said.

    “It was a tough tour for Yasir [Shah] but again he will have learnt from this. He was our strike bowler but no international spinner comes to Australia and dominates and this includes Indian spinners. The Australians had a plan to attack Yasir from the word go because they knew he was our danger weapon and never let him settle at all.

    “We rely heavily on Yasir to win games because he is both a defensive and attacking option for us. The pressure he was under was immense and he will go back and work very hard on his action and consistency and come back strong in our next series.

    “Moreover, our fielding under pressure is also a concern and even though we are spending hours on this we are still dropping chances that put us on the back foot time and again.”

    However, Arthur was satisfied the way Pakistan batsmen coped with the Australian conditions.

    “I was really pleased with the way we batted and to get back-to-back scores of over 400 and have a century in every Test means that we, as a batting unit, can stand up in all conditions and the players can trust their techniques in all conditions.”

    Now a naturalised Australian citizen settled in Perth, the 48-year-old Arthur admitted that he expected Smith’s side to rebound from five successive Test losses — against Sri Lanka (3-0) and South Africa — given the competitive nature of Sheffield Shield cricket.

    “The [Australia’s] turnaround does not surprise me at all because their system is very good over here and they are constantly producing players who are world-class,” he observed. “Australia is arguably the toughest place to tour and teams get mentally run down out here because of the relentless pressure you face both off and on the field.”

    Commenting on Misbah-ul-Haq’s uncertain future after the veteran skipper mustered just 76 runs in six innings, Arthur expected the 42-year-old to be still playing Test cricket regardless of what happened Down Under.

    “I am hoping that Misbah tours and plays for Pakistan for a while yet but that is a choice that only Misbah can make. He needs time to assess for himself and I am sure when the time comes he will make the correct decision for himself,” he pointed out.

    “His [Misbah’s] career is obviously a very good one and when he does decide to retire he will go down as one of Pakistan’s finest captains and batsmen.”

    Arthur revealed that the time has perhaps come for Pakistan to make tough decisions to make the team across all three formats.

    “I think we’ve got to be realistic in making the [tough] decisions. We will always access what are the right decisions for this team going forward and I certainly will not shy away from making tough calls if in my opinion they are in the best interest of Pakistan cricket,” he vowed.

    “I am dedicated to making Pakistan the best team in all cricket and nothing will stand in my way. We have implemented very tough standards and challenging the players all the time to get the best out of them.”

    On the upcoming ODI series, the coach acknowledges Pakistan must adopt an aggressive mindset to challenge the Australians. “Obviously the ODI series is going to be very tough for all concerned but we will play aggressive cricket and be trying our best to get some results. We are however under no illusions as to how tough this is going to be!”

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1307644/art...ing-down-under


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    One of the most feckless coaches I have ever seen.

    No positive contribution and by all accounts team environment was better under Waqar
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 11th January 2017 at 12:44.

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    Teams are having it tough "away" but not all major teams are really "dominating" at home.
    Aus lost to SA, Drew 3 tests with India
    SA lost to England, Aus and drew test with India
    England lost series to SA, drew series with Pakistan, lost test to India
    Pakistan has drawn series with NZ, SA, lost test to SL
    Id say most major teams are playing well at home but real domination is still not there for all. There is still scope of wins.
    Most vulnerable being England at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    One of the most feckless coaches I have ever seen.

    No positive contribution and by all accounts team environment was better under Waqar
    I like Waqar but Mickey is a much better coach no matter how you slice it. Under Waqar there were some awful decisions being made especially when it came to limited overs cricket. Mickey is doing the best he can with the team given to him. He has identified Babars ability and is giving him an extended run at 3 (you might say that Waqar made Babar open first but he gave him 1 match.) Same with Sharjeel. You think it was Inzis idea to bring Sharjeel into the test team? Mickey has much more foresight than Waqar
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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    I like Waqar but Mickey is a much better coach no matter how you slice it. Under Waqar there were some awful decisions being made especially when it came to limited overs cricket. Mickey is doing the best he can with the team given to him. He has identified Babars ability and is giving him an extended run at 3 (you might say that Waqar made Babar open first but he gave him 1 match.) Same with Sharjeel. You think it was Inzis idea to bring Sharjeel into the test team? Mickey has much more foresight than Waqar
    6-zip says otherwise

    I guarantee this wouldnt have happened under Waqar. Im not saying we would have won but im certain we would have snuck a few draws and most certainly wouldnt have lost to WI in UAE

    Lets see how Mickey does in ODIs. I like his attempts to change approach but nothing we can deduce from a series against a WI B side. Under waqar we won away in SL but in the larger context it didnt mean much and it was a much bigger achievement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    6-zip says otherwise

    I guarantee this wouldnt have happened under Waqar. Im not saying we would have won but im certain we would have snuck a few draws and most certainly wouldnt have lost to WI in UAE

    Lets see how Mickey does in ODIs. I like his attempts to change approach but nothing we can deduce from a series against a WI B side. Under waqar we won away in SL but in the larger context it didnt mean much and it was a much bigger achievement

    Under your precious Waqar, Babar debuted at 6. . He than kept him at 4 when it was obvious he is a player who should bat in the top 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Under your precious Waqar, Babar debuted at 6. . He than kept him at 4 when it was obvious he is a player who should bat in the top 3.
    His test series output suggests otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    His test series output suggests otherwise
    So you judge young players after one series? If Waqar was coach we would have Azhar still at 3 and Hafeez and Shan or Shehzad opening lol.

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    This guy shouldnot be coaching the Pakistani Team.He isnt good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercat View Post
    This guy shouldnot be coaching the Pakistani Team.He isnt good enough.
    Yeah, he is already brought Australia and South Africa to no. 1 during his tenure.And now he isn't a good coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliance View Post
    Yeah, he is already brought Australia and South Africa to no. 1 during his tenure.And now he isn't a good coach.
    Remind me,under what circumstances he left those teams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Under your precious Waqar, Babar debuted at 6. . He than kept him at 4 when it was obvious he is a player who should bat in the top 3.
    Think Babar would probably do better at 4. He doesn't bat at three because he's best for it, he bats there as there's no one better/capable to do the job there. Babar is just pretty well rounded batsman, that's all. It's not like Azhar where you can not imagine him batting at 3.


    Our best batsmen should be batting upfront, in ODIs you need to start strong. Feel like Babar, Sarfraz and Azhar (Azhar's a little slow but he does get runs) all should be batting top 4. Sarfraz can bat 5 if there's no space in top 4, but always feel like he's being wasted when someone not very good is batting above Sarfraz. They're the only ODI batsmen who are really performing atm, and likely to make next world cup. So the team has to be built around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliance View Post
    Yeah, he is already brought Australia and South Africa to no. 1 during his tenure.And now he isn't a good coach.
    he didnt take either to number 1

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    the warning signals are on for mickey, but its surely too early to have any conviction in an opinion on him one way or the other. the test team was always going to take a dive: because the old guard will at some point start to fade, the new talent will have to settle, and the chief selector is still new.

    you have to give them all a year or so with a new captain before you can start to believe i a conclusion, surely? bear in mind that for both these tours, we have had very little previous experience of conditions, and there was negligible opportunity for warm ups and acclimatisation. its not that unexpected, and not that reflective of reality.

    once inzi has had time to assess the talent available, misbah makes his farewells, an all rounder is trusted and the fast bowling rejigged, we can start to assess properly as fans. at least imho.

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    because the massive amounts of lack of thought and gullibility and the equally massive amounts of trolling here, we constantly get ridiculous expectations of our players.

    it was blatantly obvious to anyone with half a brain cell that amir was rushed into the side unprepared. five years off and theres an expectation he will be back to normal immediately?

    same goes for the youngsta booties in guys like babar. he isnt 'clearly top 3' material, in fact doesnt even clearly make the side. if he is so amazing, how is it that in the pakistani domestic circuit which is slated for being such poor quality, he averages a paltry 37 in FC? because the pitches are bad? then how come some players average as high as 57 if the pitches are so bad?

    not saying neither of them should be in the side, but expectations of both have been stupidly elevated without any justification - and the disappointing results they have produced relative to these elevated expectations have been entirely within the band of what anyone with any common sense might have predicted.

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    Mickey has been a let down so far. Yes, he might not be the most influential person in the dressing room in the presence of Misbah, but his assessment has been poor so far. Hyping up leg spinner before Australian spinner only to get mortified. He said our bowling is good enough, just need to get 270 on the board. Later blaming the same bowling unit for the defeat. Even a casual fan knows that 270-300 is not enough in Australia these days. Sohail or Imran might not be anything more than odds and ends but no coach spouts the weakness of his players in public. The bowlers particularly Yasir and Rahat are regressing each day and there is no improvement in batsman's mentality to handle last innings pressure despite them facing such situation as frequently as four times in last six months.

    His real test will start after Misbah's retirement but so far, he doesn't have many achievements to be proud of.

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    He is not serious with his job, enjoying the humiliation we have been through and wants to prolong it.

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    Only reason i can see him saying this is because he knows we have no one else.

    Still better than waqar
    Don't care what anyone says

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