Colombo, Mar 15: With the quarter-final berth comfortably sealed, Pakistan's coach Waqar Younis has now set his sights on a victory over defending champions Australia. Pakistan are set to take on the Aussies in their last league match on Mar 19 at Colombo. Younis, considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all-times believes that a victory over Australia would do the a world of good to the confidence of his wards.
In a rain curtailed match on Mar 14, Pakistan beat Zimbabwe and moved into the knock-out stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
About a possible victory over Australia, Younis was quoted by the AFP as saying, "They are such a big team, world champs, and haven't lost for ages..If you beat Australia, you leave a mark, you can look at the next matches and teams will think twice about playing against you."
Pakistani cricket fans must have heaved a sigh of relief after the team's qualification to the knock-out stages, especially after taking into thought that the team has never moved beyond the league stages in the last two World Cups. To this Waqar said, "It is pleasing, but the kind of team we had it was expected we would get to the quarters. To say that we have achieved a lot here because we didn?t qualify the last two times would be wrong."
With the game against Australia, still a few days away, the Pakistani coach has already chalked out his strategies. He was quoted by the AFP as saying, "The strategy will be very similar-try to play 50 overs first, pile up a big total first, that?s the key. And then, when you look at bowling sides around the world, I think we have a fairly good bowling side."