After miserable condition of Pakistani cricket team against South Africa in second test continued in Newlands, Pakistani coach Mickey Arthur on Friday blamed the pitches, and said saying they were not good enough for Test cricket.
Arthur acknowledged that the South African total did not back up his argument about the quality of the pitches but said he did not believe the pitches made for a fair contest. “I am disappointed. I haven´t been back to South Africa in a cricketing capacity since 2010. The standard of the wickets at Centurion and here hasn´t been good enough for Test cricket,” he said. “I can understand it if it gets to day four or five because that´s what happens in Test cricket and so it should, but it shouldn´t make your first innings a lottery.”
Arthur said Du Plessis and Bavuma deserved credit for the way they had batted in the conditions and added that the extra pace of the South African bowlers had been a big factor in Pakistan being bowled out for 177 on the first day. “The difference is that South Africa bowled at 145 (kilometres an hour) plus and we were at 135 today. Those 10 kilometres on a wicket like this make a significant difference.”
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17 November, 2019