Since the day he assumed the position of coach, Mickey Arthur has been eager to transform Pakistan from what was under Misbah-ul-Haq to something completely more aggressive. Let's be generous and call it an evolution instead of a transformation, something like the way England went from the desolation of Nasser Hussain to the colorful flowering of Michael Vaughan.
He came to that extreme including not only Shadab Khan but also Faheem Ashraf on the test side this summer in Ireland and England.
The third player in which he was desperately looking for a way to fit in was Fakhar Zaman, maybe not as a starter in England, but somewhere in that middle order. Another star of the PSL, another young player precisely in the mold he wants. The conditions and circumstances do not mean that Shadab or Faheem play tomorrow, but Arthur finally manages to throw Fakhar on the XI Test.
Regardless of whether you do it or not, you do not want to miss it. The first pair from Pakistan may not have an established identity, but in the UAE it has not meant that it does not succeed: the first wicket has an average of 47.35.
However, Fakhar brings another dimension, an element of urgency that the opening pairs of Pakistan have "T had had perhaps as long ago as Saeed Anwar (not counting the occasional periods of Shahid Afridi). what has been a successful formula for years: start in a stable manner, keep the windows in your hand, build on them, tighten the screws a little more and increase, we are late for day two and the game is starting to roll. he is naturally programmed to do a constant.
"One of the reasons is exactly this, to get someone who can play aggressively and score at a rapid pace," said Sarfraz Ahmed. "You need someone like that on a team. Teams from all over the world do that. "
Pakistan stayed around those three races for over-fee in both innings in Dubai, although the 2.93 in a first inning that lasted 164.2 attempts could have done it with a punch." If you're talking about the racing rate, "Sarfraz said," then, in the two sessions of the first test, we won 200 races. After that we lost two vile rapids and then had to concentrate on rebuilding the innings. "
" We expect the hitters to aim for at least three runs for each time they are ready. That's the requirement these days and if you do not play that, you're late in the Test for a day. "
The days since the Dubai Test have been full of conversations about a break between Sarfraz and Arthur, who was fired There was a divergence in plans on the final morning (when Sarfraz did not take Mohammad Abbas to 15 passes even though Abbas opened, since Yasir Shan was the pre-game plan) and there was an honest meeting between the couple in between the tests, but it is not a break, different wavelengths from time to time but not a break, at least not yet.
However, the pressure will start to grow very quickly, especially if Pakistan does not win this series. They have already passed four Tests without winning in the UAE, a real strength for so long Three Tests against New Zealand will not be easy, especially if the results in the previous limited limited games do not go well
Sarfraz is drawing hope from the fact that Pakistan dominated four days. of the first test and never looked in any danger of losing. An appeal here, a review there and they could have won it and things would not look the way they are now.
"There is no pressure after the draw, neither as a team nor as a captain, we played well and had the bad luck that the window did not fall and we did not win the Test.
" As a team and as a captain, I am Very sure of this Test. I'm happy with the way the team responded in the first test. For four and a half days everything was fine, but unfortunately we could not win the game. The credit goes to Australia, they fought very hard, but the way we fight in the first test, I'm proud of the team. "