Winning in Oz would be amazing


Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur feels that if his team were to win their series in Australia it would be an amazing achievement.

No team from the subcontinent have ever won a series in Australia but that won’t daunt Arthur who led South Africa to a historic series win back in 2008/09 snapping a 16 year home unbeaten run for the Aussies.

In between then and now Arthur coached Australia in a spell dogged by heavy media criticism and the coach would be sacked from the post by Cricket Australia.

His time in charge of Pakistan has had plenty of ups and downs and he will be hoping the team can get back to their best sooner rather than later.

According to Arthur said: “For these guys to come here and win would be amazing.

“But listen, we are under no illusions. Australia are a fantastic cricket team and, in these conditions, it’s going to be very tough for them.”

Arthur doesn’t believe his knowledge of Australian players will give his team that much of an edge.

He added: “There’s so much intelligence around in terms of data and in terms of video analysis that all teams know everybody anyway.”

Veteran Pakistan batsman Younus Khan is grateful for Arthur’s input on conditions though: “He has spent time with us and has given us some tips.

“It gives us motivation in how we are supposed to deal with these Australian pitches.

“It is very simple. If you play, according to the situation that can offer bowler and batsman, it will be easy for us.”