Younis Khan, the Pakistan captain, expects Australia, the No. 2 team in the world, to hit back quickly, but also predicted his side would improve.
“Sometimes you miss that experience, especially in batting, because we are not playing one-day international games in the last couple of months,” he said. “So that’s why we struggled a little in the batting, but I think we will get better,” said Younis in a press conference after winning first ODI against Australia.
He praised the performance of Shahid Afridi and said he should continue this in next matches. Younis said we will try to win the series by wining next two matches.
Meanwhile, Australian captain Michael Clarke has defended Australia’s reputation against spin after Shahid Afridi’s career-best figures gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the five-game one-day series. Australia tumbled from 95 for 1 in the 19th over to 168 all out, a total Pakistan overhauled with four wickets in hand.
Afridi picked up 6 for 38 while the offspinner Saeed Ajmal captured 2 for 19 from his 10 overs. Clarke, who fell to Saeed for 4, called on his batsmen to be more disciplined in Friday’s second game in Dubai.
“I certainly don’t think we have a weakness against spin but we haven’t been performing as well as we would have liked against them,” Clarke said. “Whether we like it or not we are going to be facing a lot of it so we have to practice hard against it and probably have to be a little more disciplined, especially on a wicket that is spinning.”