Latif advises variation in pace bowling

Agencies May 04, 2010

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif disagreed with the current opinion that the Carribean pitches are suited to spinners saying that only experienced spinners can really exploit them.

“Pace bowlers can also get success if they bowl intelligently with varying pace and bowling in the right areas but Sami came under pressure because he did not vary his pace and bowled short that allowed Australian batsmen to punish him,” said Latif who went on to praise Muhammad Aamir for at least keeping the Australian run-rate under check.

Pakistan played well against Bangladesh and a 142- run opening stand between Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt led Pakistan to victory in their opening match, only to be followed by a 34-run defeat against Australia when Shane Watson and Michael Hussey thrashed Pakistan’s bowlers in all directions at will. Gul hits out at fielding Meanwhile, Umar Gul, who failed to recover in time from a shoulder injury and was omitted from the squad, said that the fielders dropped too many catches and were responsible for the defeat.

“You simply cannot drop players like Shane Watson and David Hussey. The catches that Misbah and Salman dropped hit Pakistan very hard,” said Gul. Hussey was dropped by Salman Butt near long-off on five and went on to smash 53 off 29 deliveries, hitting Muhammad Sami for four sixes in one over. Misbah dropped Watson at mid-wicket.

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