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Thatscricket - News - Pybus hopes Pakistan can match Aussies

Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi: Pakistan cricket coach Richard Pybus on Tuesday said he hoped his team could match Australia's standards of consistency during the forthcoming Asian Test Championship and home series against New Zealand. "To be as skilful and consistent as the Aussies is the ambition for us, that's the goal," said the South Africa-based Englishman who signed up for his second short-term contract with Pakistan last week.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"I am back in the business and want to work on the next level but the thing we aspire is to be as consistent as the Australians are at the moment. It's all about continuity and that's why the Australians have been playing fantastic cricket because there has been no chopping or sacking there. "They have not changed their personnel for years and allow the players time to excel."Pybus said he had refused a long-term contract offered by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last month because he wanted time with his family. "This (10-week) contract allows me to come and work with the players and I can also go back and spend some quality time with my daughter in South Africa," said Pybus, 42."My responsibilities as father are very important."Pybus said he was not bothered by Pakistan's dismal home record ahead of the One-day series against New Zealand and the Asian Test Championship. "Our job is to go out there and give the best results and if you look at the past you can't focus on the job down the line," he said.Pakistan has lost four home series since 1998 and sacked nine coaches in the past four years.Pybus served as coach during Pakistan's 1999 runners-up finish in the World Cup and then on the tour of Australia in 1999-2000 - he was sacked mid-way through his contract after Pakistan was routed 3-0 by the world champions. He was brought back for short tour of England in May-June this year, when Pakistan drew the two Test series 1-1 and finished runners-up in the tri-series after being beaten again by Australia.The home season kicks off with Asian Test Championship matches against Bangladesh in Multan next week and archrivals India in Lahore from September 12 to 16, pending Indian government clearance.Pakistan will then tackle New Zealand in a three-match Test series and as many One-day games in September and October. "Obviously we have got some work to do. I will do the business before the Test against Bangladesh and, hopefully, the Test against India," he said.He said he would not take Test minnows Bangladesh lightly. "We will take this Test against Bangladesh as seriously as we were playing anybody else," he said.Pybus was reluctant to be dragged into the controversy over the exclusion of ace pace bowler Wasim Akram form the national squad, but he said the veteran all-rounder was still a world-class competitor. "I don't know anything about any controversy with Akram ... As far as I am concerned Akram is still the best left-arm fast bowler in the world," he said.

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