We surrendered at Leeds, says Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur Pakistan England

Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur Monday described the defeat in the second Test against England as “disappointing and a surrender” and reckoned a series win would have pushed the young team to a good position.

Pakistan went down by an innings and 55 runs inside three days to finish the two-match series at 1-1, failing to win their first series in England for 22 years.

Arthur said the lack of fight was concerning as Pakistan were bowled out for 134 in 48 overs with Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Usman Salahuddin (33) only ones who offered resistance.

“I think the lack of fight was concerning and I think we surrendered,” said Arthur in a media talk in Leeds. “That was the most disappointing aspect. I can honestly say that it was the most disappointing in terms of an opportunity lost for a young team.

“This could have pushed as far as to where we want his team to go to. For me its still be a caught up as we have won two of the three Tests, we had a great tour, its 1-1 all and the reality, we had an opportunity for us to win the series. That could have been incredible in terms of their development.”

Pakistan never recovered after being bowled out for 174 in their first innings, batting after winning the toss. England then compiled 363 runs on the back of Jos Butler’s 80 not out. Pakistan succumbed to the pressure of a big 189-run deficit.

“We did face pressure and I think we didn’t handle that pressure well particularly well. You have to give credit to the opposition as they bowled very well, they very clearly studied their plans and executed them well. You have got to get through the first session well it would have become well for batting.

“I am disappointed for the capitulation in the second innings. Our first innings total wasn’t good so we played a catch-up. You win and lose but its how you lose and we lost poorly yesterday. We should have fought before going down and this is a very young team so if they learn from this then it will be very good.

“I believe that we got the right kind of personnel and I think our style is right and I think that a lot of players have enhanced their reputations this tour. From that point of view, it was a successful tour. We could have gone home with a series win.

Arthur backed the decision to bat first.

“I enjoyed the debate around the toss and I think Joe Root was right with their team at Lord’s. We had also batted but we changed our minds after looking at the conditions and they got blown away there and we were blown away here. I hate us in going to a situation where we take defensive route. I certainly think it was the right decision.

“Its a new ball country so first 30-35 overs are crucial but unfortunately we did not do that. Its a mindset change and get on the front foot. We got the balance right at Lord’s. We didn’t have the balance right here but our intent needs to be good. I prefer seeing us bat with intent. “