Waqar believes England defeat “huge eye opener”

SHARJAH: Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis described defeat in the Twenty20 series against England as a “huge eye opener” for his team whose “poor and ordinary” performance needed proper analysis.

Pakistan were blanked 3-0 by England who won the third and final game in Sharjah in a thrilling Super Over finish on Monday — leaving Waqar to ponder his side’s progress just four months before the World Twenty20 in India.

“I think it’s a big eye opener,” said Waqar. “We have seen a lot of things which were not obvious before and there was an obvious difference between the two teams.

“Our performance has been very ordinary and very poor and needs serious analysis.”

Pakistan were cruising along nicely in their chase of a 155-run target but faltered in the last over, leaving scores level at 154.

Chris Jordan conceded only three runs in the Super Over which England overhauled off four deliveries.

Waqar praised England.

“England were younger than us and fitter and I think that made the difference. Credit to them for bouncing back after losing the Test series,” said Waqar whose team won the preceding three-Test series 2-0 but lost the four-match one-day 3-1.

“Twenty20 is fast cricket and that’s why we couldn’t match them,” said Waqar of England who have now won six consecutive Twenty20 matches and displaced Pakistan to sixth from second in T20 rankings.

Waqar admitted some of his talented players including the indisciplined Umar Akaml were not learning.

“I don’t know, I dont have the answer why they are not performing,” said Waqar of Umar who was initially dropped from the team for a discipline violation.


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