Saving follow-on a huge task, says Lawson

Published: Sunday, December 2, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Pakistan coach Jeff Lawson said it would take a huge effort from Pakistan to even save the follow-on, which was the priority of the side.

Talking to the media in the post match briefing, the former Aussie pacer said, ''The Indian team batted really well, though we had our chances too. This is a young Pakistan team and it is a learning curve for them." ''Our first priority on Sunday would be to save the follow-on. But batting under the pressure of such a huge total to negotiate will be a massive task by itself. At the same time it is a batting paradise,'' he said.

Asked if the team was feeling the pressure, he said, ''But that is a Test match. Its big challenge for us.'' He praised Danish Kaneria and Mohd Sami for their efforts.

''Danish bolwed long spell and it will be a great experience for him.'' He also backed Shoaib Akhtar stating,''Shoaib bowled in short spells, but he bowled well. He was always clocking 136-137 kmph.'' On the fact that he bowled slowly sometimes, he said, ''they were slow balls. He bowled them on purpose.'' Lawson praised the efforts of Wasim jaffer, V V S Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.

''Jaffer and Laxman played really well. They were a treat to watch. Sourav also played very well, but he could have been out yesterday the very first ball he faced.'' Asked about the team's overall performance, he said,''they gave their best. It's a young side and its evolving.''


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