Pakistan chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq, has called on the Test team to show a lot more consistency in order to move into the game’s elite.
Despite consistently producing top individual performers, Pakistan have struggled to string together results for a sustained period of time.
Speaking after the first day of the second Test in Manchester, Inzamam said: “We have done well in Test cricket but we have a chance of even securing top position in the Test rankings. But we need to work hard to improve our rankings in ODI and T20 cricket which have gone down since last year,
“And that can only happen when we start showing more consistency and continuity in our performances. The remaining three Tests against England are a litmus test for Pakistan to show they can be consistent.”
The former batsman believes the second Test will be crucial in deciding the outcome of the series: “England is always a tough side to beat at home. Our team played superbly to surprise them at Lord’s. But with James Anderson and Ben Stokes back they can come back. The second Test will be important in deciding victory of the series,”
Pakistan don’t have a lot of experience playing in England, but Inzamam believes if his team show consistency they can achieve great results: “Most of our players don’t have much experience of playing in English conditions and this could benefit the host team,
“But if the weather is warm it is good for our team. If we show the same consistency we showed at Lord’s this can be a good match for us.”