Lack of test cricket behind defeat says Younis

Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 13:57 [IST]
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'Lack of test cricket behind defeat'

Galle: Pakistan captain Younis Khan today said that team"s lack of Test cricket -- just three Tests in the last 18 months -- had proved costly, as they slumped to a 50-run defeat by Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle.

“I never thought we would lose this game because we needed only 97 runs today with eight wickets in hand. But Herath bowled so well and ensured we did not have any partnerships," he said.

“I am not making excuses, but many of our boys have not played Test cricket for a long time, some not at all. It takes time to get used to it. I can"t go out and play for them. They must learn to handle the pressure themselves," Younis said.

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Younis promised an improved showing in the remaining two Tests.

“Pakistan is a slow starter. No one gave us a chance in the World Twenty20 and we won the title. I am certain we will come back strongly in the series.

Wish we had won this one because then we would have needed to win only one more to take the series. Now we must win both games. It will be tough, but not impossible. We have done it before, we can do it again," Younis said.


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