Pakistan play "slightly old-fashioned" cricket, says Rob Key

The English cricket commentator believes that Pakistan had enough quality to chase down the 313-run target set by Australia in the first ODI


Former England cricketer turned commentator Rob Keys has claimed that Pakistan still plays "slightly old-fashioned" cricket and are lacking courage against Australia.

After a Test series defeat, Australia thumped Pakistan by 88 runs in the first ODI despite having only 12 fit players to choose from and having key names miss out on the series altogether.

Pakistan's ship steadied when Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq paired together and consistently rotated strike with odd boundaries here and there. However, the collapse started after Babar's wicket.

Imam-ul-Haq eventually reached another personal milestone which was in vain as Pakistan had seemingly already lost the match by then.

Speaking about Pakistan's performance, Rob Key said that Pakistan batters are also lacking courage.

 "The score Pakistan were chasing was gettable with the class of players like Babar Azam. They just need to have a little more courage and a little less fear of failure. They still play slightly old-fashioned cricket. You have to make more of the Powerplay," he stated.

Pakistan will face Australia in the second ODI today and will look to bounce back and bounce back hard.