Pak greats advise batsmen to deliver against WI

Updated: May 19, 2011, 14:25 PM IST

Karachi: Former Pakistan batting greats have called on the national team to stand up and show more maturity in the batting department in the second Test against the West Indies at St Kitts, if the visitors wish to level the two-match series.

Pakistan failed to put up a encouraging batting display in the low-scoring first Test at Guyana, which they lost by 40 runs against the West Indies.

"I think our batsmen struggle when the ball is doing a little bit and swinging around," former captain Hanif Mohammad said.

Chasing 219 to win the first Test, Pakistan were bowled out for 178 in the second innings midway into the fourth day with the West Indies captain Darren Sammy claiming five wickets for 29 at the Providence Stadium.

Hanif said the Pakistani batsmen need to realise that Test cricket was all about patience and application.

"Our batsmen need to know when to play on the back foot and when to go on the front foot.

"I think many of the batsmen nowadays have this problem of adjusting between limited overs cricket and Test matches. But our batsmen have always struggled against swing bowling," he said.

Pakistan`s highest run-scorer in Tests, Javed Miandad felt the batsmen needed to adjust their game according to the situation.

"It is all about personal application and the will to do well. You can`t bat with the same approach that you have in limited overs cricket and that is the mistake our batsmen are making these days," he opined.

Miandad was offered the position of batting coach with the team before the start of the West Indies tour after Pakistan lost in the semi-final of the World Cup.

But he refused to take up the assignment on fulltime basis because of personal commitments.

The former great also insisted that there is no need for coaching a batsman at the international level.

Miandad, a former captain, noted that to play consistently well at the highest level, a batsman need to work on his technical weaknesses.

"All the greats have had one thing in common, they have spent hours in the net," he said.

PTI