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Arthur wants all-weather team ahead of Test championship
Pakistan in South Africa

Arthur wants all-weather team ahead of Test championship

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is determined to find a solution to his team’s problems against fast, short-pitched bowling after a horrible 3-0 series sweep in South Africa.

The Proteas completed a 3-0 whitewash by winning the third Test by 107 runs at the Wanderers. Arthur said he wanted to build a team able to play in all conditions by the start of World Test Championship later this year.

"We play Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates in September then we play Australia in Australia straight after that," he said.

"We have to have our skill sets perfect to manage the bouncing ball. I want to get our batsmen into Australia three or four weeks early, to have camps there to get them ready."

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Duanne Olivier, the player of the series, sparked another Pakistan collapse as the visitors lost their last seven wickets for 120 runs to be bowled out for 273 at lunch on the fourth day.

Arthur was happy with the way Babar Azam, Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq played during the series and threw his weight behind under pressure captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

"This question always arises at the end of a series," said Arthur. "Sarfraz goes from strength to strength. He wants to lead from the front. I thought his wicketkeeping has been outstanding. What we need is to get a good core of leaders around him. If we can do that he’ll go from strength to strength."