Pakistan can come back hard in second test against NZ

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood believes the green-shirts are good enough to come back hard in the Test series against New Zealand.

Pakistan will head into the second test in Hamilton, starting on Friday.

Test Skipper Misbah, who jetted home following the death of his father-in-law, had also been suspended by the ICC for one Test match and fined 40 per cent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test against New Zealand at Christchurch.

Therefore Azhar Ali will be leading the green-shirts into the second test.

Mahmood said he was having fun watching the bowlers on the seam-friendly wickets, he knew if the game could be prolonged as long as possible, Yasir could provide the winning or losing of the game for them, on a Hamilton track which also tends to give the spinners a bit.

“Definitely we want the game to go for the fourth and the fifth day so Yasir can come into it. He is one of the best bowlers in the world.”

“We have to be more disciplined in the batting, which we did in the second innings (in Christchurch),” he said.

“The new ball is crucial here, so if you don’t lose a wicket with the new ball you can bat long. There’s no excuse, so we have to play positive and good cricket,” Mahmood said.—APP