After Pakistan’s crushing defeat by Australia in the first Test match in Perth, captain Shan Masood remains optimistic and believes his young bowling attack can learn valuable lessons from the disciplined Australian bowlers.
Despite suffering a 360-run loss within four days, Masood praised the team’s efforts, emphasizing the importance of progress. He expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s batters competing against Australia’s batting in the first innings but suggested they could have scored a bit quicker.
Speaking about the discipline in bowling, Masood highlighted the need for his young bowlers to learn from the Australian attack: “Discipline is something we would take from the Australian attack.” He urged them to aim for taking all 20 wickets in a match, emphasizing the importance of maintaining consistency and control: “We took 15 wickets and need to aim for 20.”
Masood acknowledged the challenge of having two debutants, Aamer Jamal and Khurram Shahzad, in the four-seam attack: “It’s never easy when you have two debutants in a four-seam attack.” Despite the tough circumstances, he praised their performances, noting Aamer’s decent pace and Khurram’s accuracy: “Aamer’s pace was decent, and Khurram’s accuracy was good.” The skipper expressed the team’s intention to focus on the positives and learn from the outing in Perth: “We’ll take the positives, and they did decently well.”
The defeat in Perth marked Pakistan’s 15th consecutive Test loss on Australian soil, a streak dating back to 1995.