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'I am still learning from my mistakes' - Babar Azam
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'I am still learning from my mistakes' - Babar Azam

Babar Azam is eager to rectify his mistakes and stage a strong comeback in the upcoming Test series after suffering a 0-2 loss in his maiden stint in charge of Pakistan's T20I outfit.

Far from being a competitive battle, Pakistan were demolished by the rampant Australian side in all three games and were lucky to escape with a no-result in the series opener.

Speaking in the aftermath of the bitter reality check, the tourists' T20I skipper Babar admitted he was still adjusting to his new role as the leader of the side and was developing the tactical acumen to restore his team's hegemony in the format.

"I am still learning from my mistakes and aim to not repeat those errors. A bad patch is part of the game and we are backing the players with full confidence so they can perform more consistently," he told reporters in Perth.

Babar was elevated to the captaincy post amidst an abrupt overhaul that saw his predecessor Sarfaraz Ahmed lose his spot in the squad following the 0-3 whitewash to Sri Lanka in Lahore.

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"I am very disappointed [with the results]. This tour was a fresh experience for me as the skipper of the side and I have learnt a lot from this series."

Pakistan's fourth T20I series defeat on the trot has seen them lose their firm grip on the No. 1 position in the ICC rankings as a single rating point separates them from second-placed Australia.

While sharing the concern regarding the woeful form of Pakistan's T20I unit of late, Babar cautioned against reading too much into the string of losses.

“Losing one series doesn’t mean we are not the No. 1 team anymore. We are giving 100% in the field but are unable to get the desired results.

"We have a good combination of young players and veteran members in the squad, however, they have not been able to excel according to our expectations," he said.

Pakistan's batting was routinely exposed for its excessive dependance on Babar's contribution at the top against Australia's pace barrage.

After scoring two half-centuries in the last two games, he was dismissed for six off Mitchell Starc in the third T20I and Pakistan failed to recover managing a paltry 106-8 in their 20 overs.

“I got out early today which could not help us put up a reasonable total. Iftikhar played really well in the middle overs but the frequent loss of wickets increased pressure on the coming batsmen," he said.

'I plan to continue my good form in the Test matches'

The focus of Pakistan's tour now shifts to the two-Test series, which includes a day-night game at the Adelaide Oval.

A new leader in Azhar Ali will be at the helm of the proceedings for Pakistan as they begin their first assignment under the inaugural World Test Championship.

The visitors will get plenty of red-ball practice ahead of the series with a three-day tour game followed by a two-day match and Babar hoped this would pave the way for his team's success.

“We aim to gain confidence from a strong performance in the practice matches heading into the Test series. Some new and experienced players have arrived to join the Test unit.”

Babar, who averages 35.28 in Tests, intends to effectively switch from the T20 mindset to the gruelling requirements of the conventional five-day format.

“I am quite confident [given my decent run with the bat] in the T20Is and plan to continue my good form in the red-ball matches. Test and T20 cricket are completely different formats," he added.

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