Micky Arthur has blamed fatigue responsible for batting collapse in third Test  against West Indies    Getty Images
Mickey Arthur has blamed fatigue responsible for batting collapse in third Test against West Indies Getty Images

Pakistan had a dismal batting in the third and the final Test against West Indies in both innings resulting in defeat by 5 wickets. Talking about the same, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has blamed the batting collapse on fatigue. Pakistan scored 281 and 298 in the first and the second innings respectively resulting in them just posting a puny target of 153 runs which West Indies surpassed keeping 5 wickets in hand. Hosts’ (Pakistan) have had a great run in the Test series against West Indies as they won the first two matches of the three-match series well before to win the series beforehand. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test at Sharjah

According to espncricinfo.com, Arthur was quoted saying as, “I think we should have been way more patient with the bat. West Indies’ tactics were good, they set us up and made us make mistakes but then we gave them an opportunity to do so. This got us in trouble in these conditions particularly, where we needed to score big in the first innings. We didn’t do that and ultimately that put us under pressure for the rest of the Test match.”

“Maybe a bit of fatigue has crept into our performance. We really wanted to win every Test match, every game we play, and this game is not over by any stretch of the imagination. We would like to be more clinical and it’s a pity that we got ourselves into this situation, but we still can get ourselves out of this.”

Also, they have a long Test series to be played away from the home which includes the likes of New Zealand and Australia. They successfully drew the four-match series against England at 2-2. But having such a good record in Test cricket, the batting collapse was something which came out of nowhere, which even resulted in allegations being made the squad had become complacent.