Pak ODI team more balanced: Woolmer

Updated on Apr 02, 2005 09:40 AM IST

Coach Bob Woolmer says Pakistan's squad for the limited-over series against India is more equipped for success.

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PTI | ByAssociated Press, Hyderabad

Coach Bob Woolmer says Pakistan's squad for the limited-over series against India is more equipped for success thanks to a well balanced composition.

Pakistan ended the three-test series 1-1 after a taking the final match at Bangalore.

Woolmer said Pakistan's performance in the Test series boosted self-belief among his players, several of whom produced impressive performances — first to salvage a draw from a tight spot in the opening Test and then clinch a 168-run victory Monday in the third match.

India won the second Test by 195 runs.

Before the tour, Pakistan's Test squad was slammed by critics as the weakest to visit India in five decades, but Woolmer said the young team produced an outstanding show.

"I've been very impressed with the way the team fought right through the Test matches," said Woolmer.

"The way they have continued fighting, they have been wonderful," he said. "And our one-day side is better than our Test team."

Woolmer said that with seven or eight batsmen, plus six bowlers, the limited-overs squad had a good balance.

"We have a good fielding side and some top-quality batsmen in the team," he said.

The six-match, limited-over series begins on Saturday in Kochi.

Woolmer said the one-day matches were "a bit of a lottery, where victory goes to the team that plays better on a specific day."

"Form and balance are crucial ingredients, but one-day cricket has its own dynamics," he said.

Woolmer, a former England Test cricketer who went on to become South Africa's celebrated coach in mid-90s, took charge of Pakistan's national squad last summer.

"I've only been around for eight months or so, but I feel the Pakistan team has improved quickly in this period," he said. "I can see a positive change in the players' outlook, I hope we can take it forward."

He said Monday's victory in Bangalore was the high point of the Test series, but equally significant was the tremendous fight-back by Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq on the last day of the first match.

"I think a very significant point in Pakistan's recent cricket history was saving the game in Mohali," he said. "That gave the boys tremendous belief."

"The covenant within the team is about trying hard and never giving up, that comes from within the side," Woolmer said.

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