BENONI: Headcoach Mickey Arthur has expressed his desire to see Pakistan cricket team winon their tour of South Africa where captain Sarfraz Ahmed and his men haverecently arrived for a full series. Of the many things Arthur carries on his bucket list ascoach, one which tops his priority is to lead Pakistan to a series triumph over South Africa, the country where Arthur was born.
Upon Pakistan’s arrival in South Africa for the long tour that ends in the first week of February and includes three Tests, five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, Arthur is confident of Pakistan being able to register their maiden Test-series win on his own soil.
“I’ll make no secret of it, I’d love to come back here with a Pakistan team that is very talented, and win,” the Johannesburg-born Arthur said. “We’ve come here with a very exciting young team. It’s a team that’s starting to gel well together. We’ve played unbelievable white-ball cricket. Our 50-over team is on the up, our T20 team has been exceptional, but we sit trying to build up a Test team. It’s a young Test team at the moment, but a very exciting Test team. We really think we have a good chance out here.”
The first meeting between the two sides is the Boxing Day Test at Centurion, and despite losing the recent three-Test series 1-2 to New Zealand in the UAE, Arthur is not willing to let that result dent the team’s confidence. Pakistan may have been a bit dodgy with their batting, but their bowling front has always shown spark. Although Arthur feels the unit is capable of surprising South Africa if they perform to their potential, the bowlers will need support from the batsmen.
“They [South Africa] are a good batting line-up, they are, but we’re a very good bowling line-up. So we do feel we can make some inroads there, for sure. Our bowling attack is incredibly skilful in all conditions. The one thing we do know is that we’ve got a bowling attack that can take 20 wickets comfortably. Our challenge is getting ourselves to 350, 400. If we can get runs on the board, we know that we can get 20 wickets and we can bowl in all conditions,” the 50-year-old Arthur stated.