Windies de­feat a ‘wake-up call’ for Pak­istan

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

SHAR­JAH:

Pak­istan coach Mickey Arthur said his team had been given a wake-up call for their tours of New Zealand and Aus­tralia af­ter they be­came the West Indies’ first Test vic­tims in 18 months.

Pak­istan had al­ready clinched the se­ries by win­ning the first two Tests, but Kraigg Brath­waite’s hero­ics earned a much-needed con­so­la­tion vic­tory for the West Indies.

“It is a wake-up call,” Arthur told AFP. “Hope­fully that gives the shock to the play­ers they needed before our tough tours to New Zealand and Aus­tralia.” West Indies won the third and fi­nal Test by five wick­ets in Shar­jah on Thurs­day af­ter they dis­missed Pak­istan for be­low-par to­tals of 282 and 208. Brath­waite guided his team to their first vic­tory in 14 Tests as he be­came the first opener in Test his­tory to carry his bat in both in­nings, com­pil­ing un­beaten scores of 142 and 60.

Pak­istan will now play two Tests in New Zealand, the first in Christchurch start­ing from Novem­ber 17 and the sec­ond in Hamil­ton from Novem­ber 25. Pak­istan then move on to Aus­tralia for a three-Test se­ries, start­ing with a day-night match in Bris­bane from De­cem­ber 15. “It’s a good wake-up call and just says that if you’re off your dis­ci­pline in in­ter­na­tional cricket at any time you can be beaten,” said Arthur, who took over in May.

“We cer­tainly took the pedal off the ac­cel­er­a­tor in this game and were be­low in stan­dards and in­ten­sity,” he added.

Arthur also warned Pak­istan could ex­pect a tough tour, start­ing with New Zealand who will look to hit back hard af­ter be­ing routed 3-0 in In­dia last month.

“Any team in their con­di­tions is ex­tremely hard to play,” said Arthur. “If you look around the in­ter­na­tional cricket at the mo­ment there is no easy bait in their own con­di­tions so it’s go­ing to be five tough matches for us.” —AFP

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