Pakistan trying to change approach to Test cricket – Babar

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has said the Asian side will look to change the way they play their Test cricket, especially when it comes to batting. Babar’s men will travel to Sri Lanka for a 2-Test series, starting 16 July and it will be crucial for the visitors in the World Test Championships cycle.

Pakistan have been winless in Test cricket in 2022 after they were beaten 1-0 by Australia in a historic series at home earlier this year. Pakistan were criticized for their approach as they were not able to score at more than 3 runs per over on a consistent basis at home against Australia.

However, Babar Azam said Pakistan will try and strike a balance between being proactive and respecting the conditions and the quality of the opposition attack.

“We are trying to change the way we play Test cricket. Not easy for batters when the other team is dominating you,” Babar said, as quoted by PTI. “We want to play positively irrespective of the situation, but it is only on a given day that we can decide how to win the match and our strategy,” Babar added.

“But you must remember that the beauty of Test cricket is about adapting according to the situation. You can’t go for quick runs if the opposition is on top.”

Babar Azam said Pakistan have been following the ongoing Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia. The islanders were hammered inside 3 days by Pat Cummins’ men in the first of a 2-match series in Galle.

“We have been following their recent tests also against Australia and you can see spinners are dominating. But we have also prepared as per their conditions and we have capable spinners in Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali and Nawaz to counter the conditions.”

CAN’T TAKE SRI LANKA LIGHTLY

Babar backed his fast bowlers to do well in Sri Lankan conditions, but said he is not willing to take the islanders lightly, especially in their home conditions.

“I also have confidence in my fast bowlers. Our batters have played there before and can adapt well. Every team is dangerous on their home turf. Sri Lanka are a young team and know their conditions well and cannot be taken lightly,” the skipper said.

The Pakistan squad leaves for the island nation on Wednesday.

(Agencies)