Pakistan team will bounce back in Headingley Test

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 14:20 PM IST

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is confident that his team will bounce in the second Test match against Australia, starting at Headingley from Wednesday.

Waqar said that a couple of solid innings at Lord’s could have changed the course of the series.

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“There is a very thin line between win and loss and I still believe that with a bit of better luck and grabbing opportunities we could have nullified 150 runs deficit,” The News quoted Waqar, as saying.

“We have got players who can seriously challenge Australia and those who have failed to make their mark in the first Test will hopefully give their best at Headingley,” he added.

Waqar further praised the outgoing skipper Shahid Afridi, saying that he took over the captaincy when there was no other suitable option.

“I think he has done his job and filled that gap. He successfully played his role as a captain,” he added.

He also has high hopes from the new captain Salman Butt, and said: “He is the coolest of the players in the team and knows well what to do and what not to. I think he would be a successful captain as he has all the qualities to do justice with his position.”