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Azhar Ali wants positive approach from Pakistan

Azhar Ali wants positive approach from Pakistan
Azhar Ali has captained 15 out of the 29 ODIs he has played for Pakistan, all of which came in 2015.
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Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has urged his team to play positively in the upcoming third One-Day International against England in order to win the game.

After England put up a target of 284 runs in the second ODI, Pakistan succumbed to a 95-run defeat, scoring just 188 runs in 45.5 overs.

Identifying the reason for the loss as the lack of an aggressive approach, Ali highlighted the importance of playing positively in ODIs.

“You can't win if you play like that," Ali said, adding: “We weren't aggressive enough.

“You expect 280-plus on that wicket, and you back yourself to chase that, but we didn't put pressure on their bowlers and were 19 after 10 overs.

“That was the main cause of the defeat, so we want to play lot more positively here.

“That is what you need in ODI cricket, we need to push on.”

Since 2010, Pakistan have an excellent win record in the United Arab Emirates, winning 11 out of 21 Tests while losing just three games.

However, in the ODI format, Pakistan have played 38 games and lost 23 while managing to win just 15 games in the period.

Looking to improve Pakistan’s record in the UAE, Ali rued the issues Pakistan have been having with opening combination and the lack of a regular all-rounder.

"Our record in ODIs here in the UAE is not good and we want to change that.

"Ideally, we want to have a set opening pair but unfortunately, in the last year or so, we've had a lot of injuries.

"We also had problems with our all-rounders.

“First (Mohammad) Hafeez is not allowed to bowl (due to an action that has been ruled illegal), and then Imad Wasim has an injury.

"It's created problems in picking the right combination.

"Under the new rules, with five fielders inside the circle, you need five proper bowlers.

“If there is a weak link, you can struggle to control the flow of runs.”

Having won the three-match Test series against England 2-0, Pakistan ascended to second in the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

However, it is in the ODI format where Pakistan are struggling, currently placed in eighth, eight points behind seventh-placed Bangladesh.

Adding that they are a better team than the rankings suggest, Ali revealed that Pakistan are currently focussing on improving their position.

"We are a better team than our ranking suggests but for now we are focused on this series.

“We will take it series by series and in future try to improve our ranking as well."

The third ODI between Pakistan and England will be played on 17th of November in Sharjah, with the series level at 1-1.

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