Have To Play Out Of Our Skins To Make It 2-1 Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis, Pakistan's head coach, said that his team would have to play out of their skins to take the decisive series lead when they take on England in the third game of the four-match One-Day International (ODI) series in Sharjah. England recorded a thumping 95-run win in Abu Dhabi in the second ODI after losing the opening fixture at the same venue.
"We need to play well to make it 2-1," Waqar said on Sunday (November 15). "England bounced back and bounced back well. We probably were not thinking that they are going to play that well and now we have to play out of our skins to make it 2-1."
Alex Hales scored his maiden ODI hundred to propel England to 283 on a sluggish Abu Dhabi wicket before Pakistan suffered a top-order collapse and folded for 188. While Waqar hailed Hales's innings, he was critical of his side's batting, stating that Pakistan were, at no time, in control of their chase of 284.
"The way Hales made that hundred was great and when someone scores a hundred at the top of the order your chance of putting a 300 total is improved," he said. "Obviously we were expecting a fightback from England but we also played poor cricket in that game. We were not up to the mark in batting and at no time we were in the game and we must make sure it doesn't happen next time."
The former fast bowler echoed sentiments of Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, and admitted that he was taken aback by senior batsman Younis Khan's sudden decision to retire from 50-over format. Younis, 37, who returned to the 50-over format on the back of a fine run in Tests, played the first one-dayer before calling time on his ODI career.
"Reality demanded that he should have completed the series. But that is the way he thinks and he is, I am very proud of the way he played the game," Waqar said. "He will continue to play Test cricket and I am hopeful that he will complete 10,000 Test runs but it was an unfortunate way (to retire) and the decision was sudden and that was a big shock for us."
The third ODI will be played in Sharjah on Tuesday (November 17) before the teams travel to Dubai for the final one-dayer on Friday (November 20).