SHARJAH - Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis wanted to remove the 'unpredictable' tag linked to his side ahead of this week's final two one-day internationals against New Zealand.

Pakistan routed New Zealand by 147 runs -- their second biggest win over the rivals -- in the third day-night international in Sharjah on Sunday. That came two days after Pakistan went down by four wickets in an unimpressive show in the second match, also played in Sharjah. With Pakistan leading the five-match series 2-1, Waqar wanted consistency in the final two matches in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday. "We have to remove that tag," said Waqar on Monday.

"Saying that it's lack of consistency, no more a problem would be wrong but the effort is to develop a good team which can do well abroad." He stressed he wanted to develop a good team. "We have not become world beaters by winning the match big, there is plenty to work and if we win consistently, our performance should be so good so that even if we lose we are not hurt," added Waqar.

Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis was full of praise of Pakistan cricket team’s top order, which clicked at the right time to help green caps demolish Black Caps in the third One-day International. Waqar said: “Top order came into form made all the difference. All the batsmen batted superbly with only exception of Umar Akmal, who failed to score runs. Umar sacrificed his wicket on Afridi’s wrong call, which resulted in his run out.”

Waqar accepted Pakistan fielding was not up to the mark and there was still lot needed to improve it. He was very satisfied with the way Pakistani batsmen managed to cope with short pitch deliveries, as compared to previous match when six Pakistan batsmen got out while playing short pitch deliveries. “I would not say, we had completely overcome this problem but we had worked very hard on helping batsmen to concentrate more on playing short balls. We would work on further improvement, as we are fully aware of the fact, Australian wickets offer more pace, bounce and heaven for the fast bowlers.”

Waqar forgot that Kiwis bowler didn’t utilize short pitch deliveries like they way they did in the previous match, otherwise, situation could have been the same or even the worst.

The head coach described skipper Misbahul Haq's hamstring injury, which ruled him out of the last three games, as a setback. "We wanted him to be fit and play in this series but I hope he will be back in three weeks and we have started working on that," he added. All-rounder Shahid Afridi replaced Misbah as skipper for the remaining games and celebrated the occasion with a fiery 26-ball 55 besides taking three wickets on Sunday. "When you win, everything looks good and Afridi led the team well but saying it the win came because of change in captaincy would be unfair," said Waqar.

When asked about Haris Sohail and how well he had responded in the selectors’ confidence, Waqar replied: “We have worked hard on Haris, who was with the team for last two months or so, he was especially assigned the task of bowling in the nets as we had a close eye on the latest developments on Hafeez and also we were without magician Saeed Ajmal, so we are not only working on Haris, but also on Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shahzad and a few other options too. Ahmed bowled well and also managed to provide breakthrough. We are expecting more performances like these from part-timers, and we can’t afford to lose Hafeez for the world cup. We would love to have him clear before the mega event starts and it will be icing on the cake, if Ajmal services will also be available to Pakistan team.

Waqar said there were still lot of loopholes which needed to work on. He defended both Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq and termed them world class batsmen. “No we can’t afford to lose such an experienced batsman like Younus, as he is very much the part of our plans. He batted brilliantly in the match and he needs to rediscover his short format confidence. Once he strats to score runs in ODIs, he will be back to his best. He is top class Test batsman with tremendous technique. We will support him and help him regain his shattered confidence. And same is the case with Asad Shafiq who also needed our full backing to deliver for the team.”

To a query regarding all-rounder Hammad Azam, Waqar said: “It is the selector’s provocative only who are responsible to answer this question, but if you ask in my personal capacity, Hammad is playing domestic cricket and he has tremendous potential but needs to improve his bowling.”

When asked why Sarfraz was given preference over Kamran Akmal, who is better wicketkeeper, Waqar said: “Sarfraz is a tremendous fighter and he also keeps very well. Though Kamran is performing well at domestic level yet Sarfraz’ tremendous form and a series of good shows can’t be denied.”