From Sadiq Muhammad (Former Test opener)
It was really sad to notice that there was no team work either by on-field players, nor think-tanks from the pavilion. It gave an impression that no body wanted to help the poor captain with different strategy even during tea time nor by sending messages through substitutes.
As soon as Pakistan captured two more wickets after lunch, Misbah should have sent the message to Azhar Ali to put pressure on Jos Buttler for four overs by surrounding him with five fielders in catching position (slip, gully, bat and pad and one short fine-leg which would have put pressure on Buttler to play cross bat shot. Those tactics could have put the visitors in better position.
Same mistake was done in first Test match at Old Trafford, Manchester. No pressure was put on match-winners Buttler and Chris Woakes when they were not yet settled down.
It gives an impression of no team work on field nor from the team management.
The head coach and selection panel made another mistake by not playing five specialist bowlers. We had to use Fawad Alam as fifth bowler.
Pakistan’s selection panel did not learn its mistake in second Test when used Azhar Ali and Shan Masood as fifth bowler.
Head coach must understand that Yasir Shah bowled 28 overs which tired his spinning finger. It took away the NIB and power from his spinning finger ball after ball.
Pakistan’s batsmen now have to perform and play a very sensible natural style batting especially from Shan Masood, who leaves too many balls to stumper.
Shan Masood, after facing 50 balls, must play scoring shots towards cover and off-side area. He should not bog down unnecessarily. Keep your own score ticking. Play natural game, I would suggest.
Pakistan’s batting line-up is very experienced. All they need is to use footwork by judging the length of the ball and not playing from their crease.