The first two Tests between Pakistan and Australia haven’t been able to produce results. The first game in Rawalpindi ended in a dull draw, with more than 1200 runs scored. In the second game, it looked like the same story will repeat when the Pat Cummins-led amassed 556/9 declared, after batting for a little more than two days in Karachi.
However, the twist in the tale was when the Babar Azam-led side was restricted 148 all-out. Notably, after leading by 408 runs, the visitors decided to bat, a decision that astonished the cricket experts. Meanwhile, after scoring 97/2, the visitors declared the innings and set a target of 506 for the number six Test side. However, Pakistan showed grit and determination to bat out 171.4 overs and amass 443/7 to salvage a memorable draw.
The hundreds from skipper Babar Azam (196*), Mohammad Rizwan (104*), and a half-century from Abdullah Shafique contributed to such a memorable draw for Pakistan. Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed was unhappy with the pitches produced for the first two games and urged the PCB to take a lead out of BCCI’s book and prepare pitches that aids the spinners. He added that Pakistan take help from the Indian curators.
â€œWhy go anywhere else? I would say find out from the curators in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai etc how they prepare the turners on which Indian spinners dominate. I am surprised until now Pakistan has not been able to produce pure turning tracks, which will help our spinners,” Aaqib said on a YouTube channel.
On the other hand, a PCB official has said that the board will take help from Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch curator, Toby Lumsden to prepare the pitch in Lahore. â€œHe wants to also change and improve the process of preparing pitches and Lumsden might also be given a longer assignment to help train the local curators,” the source said.