Pakistan vs Australia: Azhar Mahmood says despite surrendering series to Aaron Finch and Co, plenty of positives for hosts

One-day international defeat against Australia has given Pakistan a great opportunity to test their bench strength ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s cricket World Cup 2019, said Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.

Asian News International, Mar 28, 2019 16:34:22 IST

Dubai: One-day international defeat against Australia has given Pakistan a great opportunity to test their bench strength ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s cricket World Cup 2019, said Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.

Pakistan vs Australia: Azhar Mahmood says despite surrendering series to Aaron Finch and Co, plenty of positives for hosts

File image of Azhar Mahmood. Reuters

"There are a lot of positives for us, like Shinwari is back, he has bowled really well and (so has) Junaid. We have got a young find in the form of Hasnain. We are trying to give bench strength more opportunities to try and play international games,” ICC quoted Mahmood as saying.

Speaking about the batsmen, he said, "Lot of positives in the batting department as well, we got a couple of hundreds — Haris (Sohail) got a hundred, (Mohammad) Rizwan got a hundred.

Unfortunately, today, ball was doing a bit so we were not good enough."

The likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed – the Pakistan skipper — are rested for the Australia series. Mahmood believes that this has helped them give chances to other players to test who fits in the World Cup squad.

“We are trying different combinations keeping the World Cup in mind. If we play only our main strength and then someone gets injured, we won’t have any options left. This series was our best chance to test bench strength,” he added.

Pakistan will face Australia for their fourth ODI in Dubai on 29 March.

Updated Date: Mar 28, 2019 16:34:22 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254