Saud Shakeel Optimistic Ahead of Pakistan’s 2nd Test Against Australia

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In a candid revelation, Pakistan’s middle-order batter, Saud Shakeel, sheds light on the team’s mindset ahead of the much-anticipated second test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Positive Vibes and Lessons Learned

Saud exudes optimism, stating that the Pakistani batters are in a positive frame of mind. Learning from their previous mistakes, the team is determined to rectify errors and deliver an improved performance in the upcoming match. The iconic Melbourne pitch, reminiscent of conditions in Pakistan, adds to their confidence.

Analysis of Previous Challenges

Reflecting on the challenges faced in the first test in Perth, Saud acknowledges shortcomings in the team’s bowling performance, leading to a loss. He attributes this to the adjustment period required by new bowlers. The team aims to address these issues and showcase a stronger bowling display in Melbourne.

Injury Setback and Opportunities

Saud reveals the setback of pacer Khurram Shahzad’s absence due to a stress fracture in his left 10th rib. This unfortunate event opens the door for Mir Hamza and Hasan Ali to step up and contribute to the team’s success in the upcoming test series.

Challenges for Babar Azam

The batter highlights the challenges faced by former skipper Babar Azam, who has been struggling with the bat. Despite the difficulties, Saud expresses hope, emphasizing that a player of Babar’s caliber only needs a single innings to spark a successful comeback.

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