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Miandad criticises Fleming's tactics

Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said he was surprised with the defensive tactics New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming used during the first Test.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2003 13:07 IST

Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said he was surprised with the defensive tactics New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming used during the first Test.

"In my opinion, when you are defending 563 you have to attack more," Miandad said after the match ended in a draw. "But he let our batsman settle down and we took the time and got past the follow-on mark (364).

"I feel the bowlers didn't attack the stumps enough and they bowled a line just waiting for our batsmen to make a mistake and that was to our advantage, because at one stage we were 285 for six. They didn't try to make our batsmen play.

"Had that been my team, I would have said we must attack and make sure the other team didn't make the follow on."

Moin Khan and Mohammad Sami put on a stand of 152 to take Pakistan beyond the follow-on mark of 364, with Moin scoring his fourth Test century (137) and his first in over seven years, while Sami scored his highest Test score of 25.