Pakistan Test captain Shan Masood shared his thoughts after his team’s tough defeat in the Aus vs Pak Perth Test.
Masood, disappointed by their performance, pointed out some areas for improvement. He mentioned that Pakistan could’ve batted faster during their first innings after Australia put up a score of 487.
“When we play here, we aim for progress. If we had known at the beginning that Australia would play 110 overs and we would play 100, I would consider that as a positive for our batting,” Shan expressed in the post-match ceremony.
“Even though we faced one of the best bowling attacks, we could’ve been more aggressive. We missed out on scoring about 60-70 runs, which could’ve reduced the lead,” he added.
Regarding the bowling, Shan admitted there was room for better discipline. He acknowledged that the Australian attack taught them a lesson in discipline.
“We did a lot of good things with the ball. However, we weren’t as disciplined as we aimed to be, and that’s something we’ve learned from facing the Australian team,” Shan highlighted.
Despite the loss, Shan highlighted positives, especially praising the performance of two debutants. He felt they showed maturity and bowled impressively, suggesting they could have taken more wickets on another day.
Pakistan’s chase for a 450-run target ended with their dismissal for just 89 runs. This defeat dashed their hopes of securing their first Test win in Australia since 1995, as Nathan Lyon and Australia’s pace attack proved too strong, wrapping up the game in four days.
Australia declared their innings at 233-5 after Pakistan responded to their 487 with 271 runs in their first innings. The challenging defeat prompts Pakistan to reassess their strategy and strive for a better performance in the upcoming matches.