ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan opening batsman M Waseem has suggested that the green caps must forget about second Test and enter the third Test with all guns blazing.

Talking to The Nation, Waseem said: “Pakistan team management committed huge blunder by opting to go with three left-arm fast bowlers, who were well read by English batsmen in the first Test at the Lord’s, so they badly failed to get any assistance from the pitch as well.”

Waseem said after the second Test defeat, the team management must come out of that mind frame of not changing the winning combination. “The decisions must be made according to the situation, not seeing the previous results. In cricket, everyday is new one and every team prepares with different planning. The English team management has learnt very quickly from their flaws after the first Test defeat, while Pakistan team management failed to overcome mistakes, they had committed in the first Test.”

He said there was another physiological barrier, which Pakistan team management failed to understand. “M Aamir has not played Test cricket for almost six years and it will take some time before he gets back into rhythm. Wahab Riaz doesn’t getting any support from the pitches, as he doesn’t have much swing while he mainly relies on short pitch deliveries and extra pace. Rahat Ali was the only pacer, who managed to produce some magic deliveries and was quite successful.

“One thing is for sure, when opposition puts 500 plus runs on the board, the bowlers normally come under pressure. Yasir Shah was under tremendous pressure and was also not getting much help from other bowlers, so he was trying very hard, which hampered his performance. Yasir proved too costly because he had to bowl lengthy spells and was also well read by English batsmen,” he added.

Waseem said the most dangerous thing to note in the Pakistan first innings was that all the batsmen got out either caught at slips and not a single batsman was bowled or lbw, which clearly indicates that Pakistani batsmen were at fault and they need to quickly learn from their mistakes. The way Pakistani batsmen just gifted their wickets away was also a question of great discomfort for head coach Mickey Arthur, who had hardly spent any time with the national team. He should take some time before settling down.

“Cook also gave Pakistan a big favour by didn’t enforcing follow on, a decision, which was highly discussed at different forums, but in the end, he managed to win and shut all his critics mouths,” he added.

About Shan Masood, Waseem said: “Shan has a huge flaw in his technique as he was out 6 times by same bowler James Anderson. He needs to quickly adjust to his technique and try to use front foot, or else it will be very difficult for him to secure his place in the playing XI.”

He said he didn’t think Pakistan team management would make panic changes in the third Test. “I guess there will be only one change that will be Wahab Riaz who might be replaced by Imran Khan Senior.”

He said he didn’t think the management would take risk of having inexperienced Sami Aslam for the third Test. “It can signal end of his career without much hype, if he fails to deliver, but he should get a chance to showcase his talent at some stage, as it makes no sense of taking players as liabilities. I don’t think Iftikhar Ahmed will get chance of playing in the Test series, while Zulfiqar Babar will also find it really difficult to force his way into the squad. I don’t think Pakistan will opt to enter the Test with two specialist spin bowlers.”

“Now comes bigger test of nerves and now Pakistan has to put all this behind and start it all over again. After registering a big win, the morale of England team is sky high. But Pakistan is unpredictable team and you never know they might come in the third Test all cylinders blazing and completely outplay England,” Waseem said.