Pakistan suffered a sting after losing 5-0 at home to Australia, but Batting coach Grant Flower has shown some positive results from a series in which the hosts beat their hosts for five centuries.
The three Centurions – Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan and Abid Ali – were selected by Flower for their punches and suggested that the two former men could fly to England for the upcoming World Cup.
“Rizwan played well, but this time he looked more to his mind. Less frenetic and better suited his innings, “Flower said while talking to ESPNcricinfo.
However, the two problems with Rizwan’s selection are his day as a “wicketkeeper batsman” who makes him obsessed with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, as well as his inability to clear the border. However, Flower believes that both should not be an obstacle.
“He’s good enough to finish in the top four, but I think he’s versatile enough to play deeper,” Flower insists. “He does not have the power, but he can still find the boundaries and the odd six and do a job. His running between the wickets is among the best of our players. “
Flower also believes that Rizwan is one of Pakistan’s top fielders, which means he can also play as a batsman specialist.
While asking questions about Rizwan, Haris is a player who promised a lot, but did not keep the promise because of injury. The left-hander, however, seemed to be back in good shape, and Flower believes that Haris is now fitter than before, suggesting he might have gotten over the knee problems that plagued him in the past.
While Haris has proved his fitness against Australia, some other players failed to meet the required level of fitness at international level, and Flower admitted that the existence of the famous yo-yo test for the Australia series was not a requirement. The Zimbabwean legend has shown that this will not be the case at the World Cup.
“In Sharjah, a fitness test was conducted on which everyone was tested. Some of the guys did not pass this test, “he said. “But that was just a wake up call, which was required. Everyone was told that he would have to score at least 17: 4 in the yo-yo test if he wanted to participate in the World Cup. “
The fifth-century series was rated by Abid Ali on the debut, and Flower admitted it was a pleasant surprise, even when working on Abid’s fitness level.
“Abid’s century was brilliant to see. I did not expect it because we did not work much with him before the show, “he said. “I was told how good he was, but it was very encouraging to hit the ball as nicely as he did. Forefoot, hindfoot, offside, leg side, you name it. The Australians were very impressed by him. His fitness showed up in the end, otherwise I’m sure he would have won the match for us. “