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Decision to extend play was harsh on bowlers - David Saker

David Saker also worked with England team as bowling coach earlier
David Saker also worked with England team as bowling coach earlier
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Australia assistant coach David Saker said the decision of the umpires to extend play by an additional 30 minutes in an already extended play has not gone well with the bowlers.

Frequent rain interruption had already seen the final session extend by 30 minutes and when Pakistan lost Mohammad Amir, who shared a 92-run stand with Asad Shafiq, the umpires further extended the day play by another 30 minutes to give a chance for a result on the day.

This meant the final session lasted for three hours and nine minutes putting an additional load on the Australian bowlers.

Even though, Australian captain Steven Smith was consulted before the additional time was taken, Saker was not too happy with the decision from the umpires.

"Actually I don't know what happened," Saker said.

"It was a bit frustrating from where we were sitting.

"We were quite happy to come off, as a support staff, because I thought we'd done quite a bit of work and we'd probably rather our fast bowlers put their feet up. We weren't sure what was going on.

"I know the umpires and Steve were talking out there. I haven't had the chance to talk to Steve about what happened.

"Obviously they've just given them the half hour extra, which is allowable. I suppose with an "in" batter in, that probably wasn't the right decision.

"But a lot of people wanted the game to finish today, and the umpires are probably one of those."

The game had a good chance of finishing on day four but Smith dropped two straightforward chances - something the Australian captain is not known for.

Admitting it was frustrating to see the catches going down, Saker also acknowledged that it is part and parcel of the game.

"He's obviously a very good slips fielder and he has dropped two catches that he'd usually catch," Saker said.

"It was a bit frustrating in the dressing room as well. I think he wouldn't have wanted to have been in our rooms with Darren and I going off.

"But that's the way it is, and that's cricket. He's usually a very safe pair of hands and then he ended up taking a pretty good one at the end, which is a pretty important wicket in the context of the game."

At stumps, Pakistan were placed 382 for eight, needing another 108 runs to win the game with Shafiq batting on a unbeaten century.

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