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Pakistan lack self belief, match winners: Waqar

cricket Updated: Jan 25, 2010 13:12 IST

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In a scathing criticism of the Pakistan cricket team, former captain and current bowling coach Waqar Younis said its poor show in the ongoing series against Australia is hardly surprising as the side lacks self belief and match winners.

"Keep in mind that you are playing against the world's best team in their own backyard. We can only beat a team like Australia at its home by playing top quality cricket with the help of some match winning players. Unfortunately we don't have many match winners in this squad," he said.

"Our lack of self belief has been a big problem. The boys played good cricket at times but it seemed that they never really believed that they could beat Australia," he added.

Waqar, who is based in Sydney, said Pakistan cricket has been surviving on individual brilliance for too long now.

"I am actually surprised that after so many years we have done pretty well in international cricket on the basis of talent alone," he said.

"I mean we never had a proper system in place that could produce world class cricketers. We were just lucky that we always got some gifted cricketers, who would help us do well," he stated.

Pakistan were whitewashed 0-3 in the Test series and are trailing the five-matches ODI rubber 0-2 against the Aussies.