Babar Azam admits bad hitter, bowling cost Pakistan ODI series

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam.
Pakistani skipper Babar Azam.

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistani skipper Babar Azam on Tuesday accepted the team’s failure to perform in the ODI series against England.

Azam was speaking at the post-match conference following the humiliating third ODI loss to England.

“Our bowling alley and pitch were not up to par,” he said after the playmaker failed to defend a massive target of over 300 people, sparking protests from Pakistani fans as he anger that came to the stadium.

He said they didn’t play well as a team.

ODI’s top batsman said bowlers were sloppy as defensive players dropped their catches.

“There is no room for mistakes in international cricket.”

Azam lamented that the hitters in the opener were disappointed when they lost today to bowling and fielding.

“Good days and bad days are coming, as captain I fully support my team,” said Babar Azam.

Clean slate

Pakistani captain Babar Azam returned to form with a record 158 but once again found himself on the losing side as England finished the One-Day International Series 3-0 at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

His highest score at this level saw Azam become the fastest player with 14 cents in the men’s ODI as the 26-year-old reached the benchmark in 81 innings – three short of the South. African Hashim Amla.

With Mohammad Rizwan, he shared a position of 179, a Pakistani partnership record against England in an ODI.

Yet despite a 331-9 total, Pakistan still suffered a three-wicket loss after England’s James Vince posted his first international cent.

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