We have to come out of rock bottom: Pak coach Pybus

Published: Monday, February 24, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Paarl: Under pressure Pakistan World Cup coach Richard Pybus conceded on Monday his team was struggling in the deep end and only a do-or-die attitude could pull it out of trouble. Pakistan's 112-run defeat against England was its second in three matches, which leaves it the task of beating the Netherlands, India and Zimbabwe to keep its hopes alive of making the Super Six. "The players must realise we have hit rock bottom and need to come out of that," Pybus said ahead of the next match against the Dutch on Tuesday.

"After the defeat against England our backs are against the wall and in the next three games we need a do-or-die attitude to go forward in the tournament. There is only one way to go - the hard way." Pybus, an Englishman serving his third term as Pakistan coach, was also the coach for South African provincial side Boland. The knives will be out if Pakistan does not qualify for the Super Six, but that is the least of Pybus' worries.

"At the moment I am not thinking about my position, all I am thinking about is the next three games," he said. England's newest pace sensation James Anderson grabbed four wickets to rock Pakistan for a paltry 134 in reply to England's 246 for eight in Cape Town on Saturday. "I feel we gave 42 runs too many to England and when we batted our middle order did not come to the party," Pybus said. "Conditions did change as we had to bat under lights and England bowled exceptionally well while we let them off."

The coach said he was worried over the repeated batting failures. "In a way it is disappointing that we have batted so badly. The boys train exceptionally hard but it does not work out in the middle. "It's not complicated, we just need to put together a collective batting performance and that can make our days in the remaining games." Frontline batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq has been the biggest let-down for Pakistan with scores of six, four and zero in the three matches so far. Copyright AFP 2001

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