Australian starter David Warner said he hopes for an improved pitch for a second test in Karachi after visitors were able to claim just four Pakistani wickets in the series opening draw against Rawalpindi’s docile wicket.
“I want a game where you can actually make 20 chances,” Warner said on Thursday. “It will be exciting and fun for the audience.”
Pakistan Cricket Committee Chairman Ramiz Raja has acknowledged that the draw is not a good advertisement for test cricket, and the wickets at Pindi Cricket Stadium have been described as “dead wickets” by Australian batter and vice-captain Steve Smith.
Pakistan went 476-4, 252-0 in two innings against Australia’s three front-line fastballers, and veteran offspinner Nathan Lyon didn’t achieve any success on the lifeless track either.
Australia also responded strongly with 449 all-outs, but most of left-handed spinner Nauman Ali’s six wickets came from bad strokes by Australian hitters.
“When he (Lyon) roughed it up like that, it didn’t do anything, it was just slowly and slowly exiting the ticket gates,” Warner said.
“There was no variable bounce that you would normally see on worn turnstiles.”
Raja said Pakistan has planned a low resilience track for Australia’s first Pakistani tour since 1998, with Pakistan’s strength in mind against a strong opponent.
Pakistani test fastball pitcher Hassan Ali and all-around pitcher Fahim Ashraf were excluded from the Pakistan Super League due to injuries.
Fastballer Haris Rauf tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of his first test, and Pakistan had to play only two players, Shaheen Afridi and Nasem Shah.
Ashraf recovered from a hamstring injury but was excluded from a second test from Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday shortly after the team arrived from Rawalpindi to Karachi and tested.