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Naseem Shah offers "no excuse" after disappointing performance on day three
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Naseem Shah offers "no excuse" after disappointing performance on day three

Naseem Shah did not hold back from giving a critical assessment of his mediocre bowling display in the second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval.

The teenage pace prodigy was at the receiving end of a barrage of boundaries towards the latter half of the third day's play as the hosts racked up a gargantuan total of 659/6 declared.

Following his record hat-trick against Bangladesh last year at home, Naseem has ceased to be incisively effective, failing to register wickets on a regular basis.

He conceded 141 runs at an exceedingly high economy rate of 5.42 as the likes of Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell feasted on his lacklustre bowling.

Looking back on the forgettable outing in Christchurch, Naseem regretted eschewing the basics of proper fast bowling in Test cricket.

"As a fast bowler, there is no excuse. The wicket was good as there was bounce and I was getting seam out of it for one or two deliveries every over," Naseem admitted in the press conference after stumps. "But there were certain mistakes from which I will try to and should learn from."

"Test cricket is not easy, you have to keep bowling in one area consistently and cannot err in your length. These are world-class players and you cannot afford any mistake against them," he added.

One aspect of Naseem's bowling that disturbed his rhythm was the sheer lack of discipline exemplified by the fact he bowled nine no-balls throughout the day's play.

Naseem's no-ball problem was a snapshot of Pakistan's overall deplorable day in the field as they gave away 64 runs in extras.

"If I talk about myself, I was bowling a lot of no-balls. As a fast bowler, when you are guilty of bowling no-balls, it hits your confidence and I am trying to correct myself," the 17-year-old said.

"I was putting in extra effort to bowl fast, which is why I was over-stepping. It is difficult to control your run-up during the match even though I was not bowling no-balls in the warm-up games."

"No-balls really hurt the team, as a couple of wickets fell off no-balls denying us a breakthrough," he further lamented.

To make matters worse for the youngster, Naseem had four catches dropped off his bowling rendering him wicketless in the innings. He brushed aside the sorrow felt from the slip-ups in the field, calling it a "part of the game".

"Dropped catches do disappoint you but then this is part and parcel of the game. You can't stop bowling if someone drops a catch so you come in hard and create more chances. This happens in cricket and is a lesson for us to work hard on our fielding," Naseem stated.