Pakistan tour of Australia turned out like everyone had expected. As has been the case of many past tours (0-3 in 1999, 0-3 in 2004, 0-3 in 2009, 0-3 in 2016-17), where more celebrated Pakistan sides’ turned up on Australian shores and by the time the series ended, they had their tail firmly between their legs.
One of the major issues for Pakistan has been their opening combination. While Shan Masood has- at times- displayed grit and character, he has had little support from the other end. The mystery was further compounded with the failure of Imam-Ul-Haq. The left-handed opener, who was drafted in the playing 11 ahead of Abid Ali managed just 2 & 0 across the two innings and looked all at sea against Mitchell Starc and company.
Imam has been facing a lot of backlash from fans as well as former cricketers for his lack of performances. And, it was further accentuated when the southpaw was captured sharing a laugh with Australian coach Justin Langer in the post-match presentation party.
Naturally, it wasn’t going to go well with the dejected fans and former cricketers, still reeling from the defeat. And, former cricketer Faisal Iqbal did take to Twitter to express his angst regarding the same. Iqbal quoted Imam’s photo with a caption, “Shameful pic of imam after failing as a batsman plus losing the Test Series 2-0..”
Shameful pic of imam after failing as a batsman plus losing the Test Series 2-0… https://t.co/YXaj9KmTbw
— Faisal Iqbal🇵🇰🏏 فیصل اقبال (@FaisalIqbalCric) December 2, 2019
Yasir Shah ended as Pakistan’s second-highest run-scorer against Australia
Pakistan’s misery can be compounded by the fact that spinner Yasir Shah ended as the sides’ second-highest run-getter and Mitchell Starc (14 wickets) took more wickets than the entire Pakistani bowling unit (13; 10 in Brisbane and 3 in Adelaide), putting the gulf between the two sides firmly into perspective.
The much talked about pace attack was grounded into the dust by the likes of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne while their batting unit couldn’t cope with the hostility of the Australian pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Courtsey the two defeats, Pakistan are now the record holders for most Test losses in a single country. The Men in Green have lost 14 games on the bounce on Australian soil; no side has lost more than nine in a particular country.
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