"Best bowlers are not fit"- Babar Azam highlights the reason after 3-0 whitewash vs ENG at home
Ben Stokes and his team have registered the first ever series whitewash by a visiting team in Pakistan in the history of Pakistan cricket. They successfully chased down the 167-run target to win the third test on Tuesday, winning by an 8-wicket margin.
Meanwhile, with this loss, Babar Azam has become the first ever Pakistani skipper to lose four consecutive test matches at home. Chasing the target, England finished Day 3 at 112/2 with another 55 runs to win. On Day 4, they added those runs quickly and made 170/2 in 28.1 overs.
Ben Duckett was not out on 82, and skipper Stokes was not out on 35 to complete the 3-0 victory. The Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam, showed his disappointment after the loss and admitted that Pakistan was not good enough to fight in the series.
In the post-match press conference, Babar congratulated the English team and said that Pakistan was far behind England in the series. However, he also pointed out that the bowlers also struggled because the main bowlers are not fit.
Babar said, "Disappointing series as a team. We weren't good enough to fight back but credit also goes to England. We were good in patches but not consistent overall. (Bowling) It has been a challenge when your best bowlers are not fit."
After losing the series, Pakistan has been eliminated from the race to qualify for the final of the ongoing World Test Championship. They have slipped to the 7th spot on the WTC table. Meanwhile, Pakistan has been a competitive side in the white-ball format, but their red-ball performance has been contrasting.
Whether it is about preparing test pitches, having an overly defensive mindset, or being dependent on one or two batters, it hasn't helped them at all. Then there were the injuries to their top pacers, which added salt to the wound.