Tuesday 19 November 2013 

Video - Whatmore Wants More Batsmen

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore says his side desperately need to improve their batting, from the top order to the lower order ahead of the series against South Africa.

Although Pakistan tied the Test series 1-1 against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates, that came after they were bowled out for 99 in the second match and their batting floundered again during the One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 matches.

South Africa won those series 4-1 and 2-0 with Pakistan failing to score more than 238 in the ODIs and crawling to 98 for nine in the opening Twenty20 game.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's first Twenty20 International in Johannesburg, Whatmore said:

"We would like more batsmen obviously. We would like a few more bowlers who can bat pretty well, and we are trying to address that.

"But in this series we may bring in a couple of new boys to bolster that area. But certainly any side would like to bat right down and successful teams do."

Whatmore has decided not to renew his contract with Pakistan and will leave his job as head coach in February, and he reiterated that time away from his family has motivated his decision to stand down.

"The reason for going to Pakistan was, I honestly thought I could make a difference, I've done my best, but there are other reasons also you know," he said.

"There was a huge amount of frequency of competitions both domestically and internationally that prevented having access to family, that is pretty important, more so than other years. And the cricket board right now and I have come to a very amicable agreement to part ways in a very happy way, and that been also very good."

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