Waqar: We can bounce back from first Test

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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is confident that his side can bounce back after almost throwing away the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.

The Test was heading for a draw after both teams made posted totals in excess of 500 in their first innings but the Asian side collapsed to 173 all out on the final day, leaving England a target of 99 runs to win the last hour.

The tourists were 74 for four when bad light forced the umpires to call time and force the match into a draw. It was to close for comfort for Waqar.

The Pakistan mentor is looking for an improved perfromance in the second Test, which starts in Dubai on Thursday.

Waqar said: "I am confident that my side can bounce back but we have to realise that it is all about playing all sessions equally well and if you don't in one session the opponents come down hard on you as England did.

"It's unacceptable to bat like we did in the second innings. It should have been a straightforward draw but we allowed them to threaten us and beat us.

"We allowed them to come that close, we allowed them to threaten us and run away with the game. We should realise that we are a very good Test side but we committed some silly mistakes, especially in the batting which could have cost us the game.

"The way they played, we have to really pull our socks in the second Test. What happened was not on and we have to really improve on that if we want to win the series.

"We have experience in our batting, we know our batting and know it should have lasted the final day, or the final session but we didn't and that we have to consider."

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