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No technique revamp for Pakistan

By Adam Cooper 25/12/2004 12:06:31 PM Comments (0)

Pakistan's struggling batsmen have resisted revamping their techniques ahead of the second cricket Test against Australia at the MCG, starting Boxing Day.

Coach Bob Woolmer said his batsmen did not need to adjust their techniques against Australia's bowlers, but instead needed to show more care outside off stump than they did in the first Test in Perth, which Australia won by 491 runs.

Ten of the 13 Pakistanis out caught in the first Test were snapped up behind the wicket as Glenn McGrath and Michael Kasprowicz exploited the touring batsmen's inability to cope with the extra bounce and pace of the WACA Ground wicket.

But Woolmer expected his batsmen to cope better on the MCG's drop-in pitch, which should play much slower and lower.

"Nothing's changed, the game doesn't change, it was just on a particular situation in Perth we played loosely outside off stump and paid dearly for it and that was the difference," he said.

"So there's not massive technical changes, we're not changing people's techniques.

"There's a lot of 'We're doing this, this, this and that', but we're just trying to keep it very simple."

Amid a raft of offers for help from outside the team, Woolmer said the most constructive session the side had was an honest self-appraisal the day after the Perth capitulation.

"They're not down, they're very hurt," Woolmer said when asked if his players could bounce back.

"I've seen them rebound from situations like this.

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