Wasim Akram advised the Pakistani players to focus on their line and length.© X (Twitter)
Wasim Akram was critical of the Pakistan pacers’ approach during the first Test against Australia at the Optus Stadium in Perth. His reaction came after Australia piled up 487 in 113.2 overs against Pakistan and cruised on David Warner‘s 26th Test century. The former Pakistan captain pointed out how pacers from the subcontinent often get excited with the pace and bounce on the Australian pitches. Akram advised the Pakistani players to focus on their line and length to create breakthroughs.
“Australia is a different ball street. The Kookaburra ball after 15 overs, it doesn’t do anything. They want you to bowl short. They get control of the bounce. They can pull well. They can hook well. I think my advice for all the Pakistani bowlers is that length is the key,” Akram told Fox Sports.
“The minute you get the right length, that’s when you trouble the batsmen, not with the short balls. Don’t get excited by the bounce here at the Optus Cricket Ground,” he added.
Warner, who scored 164 in the first innings, also echoed Akram’s sentiments, saying the Pakistan pacers were “off their length” in the first innings.
“Sometimes opposition teams come to Australia and they bowl one or two up and get driven down the ground again, then they get off that length. Whereas if you look at our bowlers, they consistently try to hit that length and they’ll have you (it) just past them. I don’t think I scored a run down the ground today and that’s when you know you’ve got them off their length. I just don’t think they bowled enough balls in the right area to make us play,” he added.
Warner helped Australia to a 216-run lead in the first innings but was dismissed for a duck in the second innings.
Australia had dismissed Pakistan for 271 in the first innings as a veteran spinner Nathan Lyon moved within one wicket of the 500 mark. The off-spinner finally reached the milestone on Sunday as Australia registered a 360-run victory.
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