Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has stressed on improving his side’s performance in the ODIs ahead of the ICC World Cup in England next year.
Pakistan, who stand at the top of the rankings in T20I, have been clinical in their performances as they whitewashed New Zealand in the T20 series.
However, Pakistan have lost their last eleven ODIs in a row against New Zealand and Sarfraz was adamant on breaking this losing streak.
Pakistan lost the last two games in a 3-2 series defeat in United Arab Emirates in 2014, before losing 2-0 in 2015, 2-0 in 2016 and 5-0 in January 2018 – all in New Zealand.
"It's important to break that losing streak and we need to improve our performance in one-day internationals as the World Cup is around the corner.
“We have 18 games before the World Cup. We will try to take the momentum gathered from the T20 series,” said Sarfraz.
The reason for the losses, according to Pakistan captain, have mainly been due to the top-order collapses and Sarfraz feels it is important for openers to settle in and set a platform for other batsmen.
"If you look at our losses most of them were in New Zealand where conditions were different and we lost due to top order failure where we need to improve. It’s important for the top-order to get themselves in and set a good platform for the other batsmen.”
Pakistan face New Zealand in three match ODI series before heading to the Test series starting November 16.