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Pak players train hard for key game

india Updated: Mar 12, 2011 01:10 IST
Amol Karhadkar

The Pakistan team management has been stressing the need to not press the panic button after their all-round dismal performance that led to their 110-run annihilation by New Zealand. That hasn't stopped them, however, to train the socks of their players.

Thursday was about wearing the bowlers down by making them do multiple laps after their initial burst and then asking them to focus for another charge at the batsmen. Friday was about testing fitness and concentration of the whole squad.

With a blazing sun at the Asgiriya Stadium on Friday, all their batsmen barring Umar Akmal, batted for more than three and a half hours in a match-like situation. To an outsider, it looked like a Pakistan versus Pakistan game, with fielders all across the outfield. The Pakistan bowlers were asked to rush in one after another by coach Waqar Younis, who doubled up as an umpire.

The match simulation was followed by yet another jogging session. But before they did four to five laps each, all eight batsmen had batted for at least half an hour each. "We especially focused on the top order in today's practice because they got out early in the previous games," senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq said.