Flower tells Pakistan batsmen to step up

2015 World Cup

Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has urged his batsmen to start delivering on their promise if they want to help the team progress to the latter stages of the World Cup.

With the batsmen failing to fire on all cylinders, Pakistan have had to rely on their bowlers to keep them in the global tournament. It was evident in their last match against South Africa when they had to defend a below-par score of 232.

Flower. who is a former Zimbabwe international cricketer , says they have been hard at work on the training ground and has told the players to be positive when they are out in the middle.

The 44 year-old Flower said: "I would like to believe our best is yet to come. If we don't, I don't think we will go much further in the tournament.

"I do expect the batsmen to deliver. That is what they are there for. They can bat a lot better than they have."

Pakistan play Ireland in a must-win encounter at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday and Flower is hoping that the flat nature of the pitch might just be what the batsmen need.

He said: "It's usually a flat wicket at the Adelaide Oval and the side boundaries are smaller than usual, so it does help to get some big shots going.

"I think for some batsmen the problem is mental, for others it is technical. I think they have done well in Test cricket, but in ODIs a lot of work needs to be done."