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Arthur promises strong comeback after West Indies drubbing
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Arthur promises strong comeback after West Indies drubbing

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has declared that his team will stage a strong comeback in the remainder of the World Cup after a 'shocking' start to their tournament campaign.

A woeful batting performance from Pakistan saw them collapse to their second-lowest total in World Cups as the West Indies pace trio took the honours, dismissing them for a paltry score of 105 in 21.4 overs at Trent Bridge.

The number 8 ranked West Indies then made little of the small chase, cruising to the target inside 13.4 overs courtesy a blazing cameo from opening batsman Chris Gayle, who brought up the 52nd half-century of his career.

Visibly flustered at being on the receiving end of a brutal thrashing, Arthur voiced his disappointment and hoped his team could recoup their lost pride in the forthcoming games.

"Yes, it was a shocking start -- the players did not take the preparations into the middle," Arthur told AFP. "But we will dust ourselves off and come back strong."

'Batsmen failed to follow plans'

A barrage of short-pitched bowling proved to be the obvious undoing of Pakistan's batting line-up as no player looked comfortable against the express pace and bounce of the West Indies bowlers.

Oshane Thomas was the standout bowler with splendid figures of four for 27. He was ably supported by captain Jason Holder and Andre Russell, who picked up three and two wickets respectively.

Only 4 batsmen from Pakistan's playing XI managed to reach double figures with no significant contribution coming in from them.

Arthur lamented the team's batting performance given the fact that the squad had been practising against short-pitched bowling in the nets and was frequently talked about during team meetings.

"We knew that we were going to get short-pitched bowling and had prepared very well for it, so was disappointing to see us play like that because we were prepared," he claimed.

'Short ball not a mental issue' – Wahab

Pakistan are currently in the midst of their worst ever losing spree in ODI cricket, having slumped to 11 consecutive losses stretching back to their defeat against South Africa in January this year.

Remarking on the inability of the team's batsmen to tackle short-pitched bowling, pacer Wahab Riaz stated that this was not symptomatic of a bigger crisis.

"We didn't play the short ball well but we've seen in past series that we can score runs against that sort of bowling," said Riaz. "If people want to bowl us bouncers, then we will have no problems with that.

"It's not a mental issue. We have been losing in the past, we need to find a way to get out of this pattern," he added.

Pakistan have a short time to gather themselves as they prepare to take on England at the same venue on Monday.

Tournament favourites England have been in fantastic form in the 50-over format for an extended duration of time and come into the game at the back of an emphatic 104-run win over South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.

England will have fond memories of their record total at Trent Bridge last year against Australia, where they smashed a stunning 481 for six in their allotted overs. They also recently swept Pakistan away 4-0, including a three-wicket triumph at Nottingham, indicating their dominance over the familiar foes.

However, Arthur believed that this would play out favourably for Pakistan.

"Yes, we know how good England are but we know them and are battle-hardened against them."