Pakistan coach, Waqar Younis, is hopeful that his team can shed the 'unpredictable' tag ahead of this week's final two one-day internationals against New Zealand. Pakistan routed New Zealand by 147 runs in the third ODI in Sharjah, two days after losing by four wickets in what was an unimpressive show in the second match. Pakistan posted 364/7 - their highest total against New Zealand in ODIs - before dismissing their rivals for 217 in the third game.
With Pakistan leading the five-match series 2-1, Waqar wants consistency in the final two matches in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday. "We have to remove that (unpredictable) tag. The effort is to develop a good team which can do well abroad," he said.
The Pakistan coach said skipper, Misbah-ul Haq's hamstring injury which ruled him out of the last three games, was 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," said Waqar.
All-rounder Shahid Afridi replaced Misbah as skipper for the remaining games and celebrated 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.
Waqar said the team management was trying to overcome the loss of Mohammad Hafeez as a bowler after his suspension for an illegal action. Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail has filled in as left-arm spinner, taking three wickets in the past two matches.
"We are trying to develop players who can bowl as well as bat so we will also work on (Ahmed) Shehzad and try to get the best out of him as a bowler. We are trying to get Hafeez cleared before the World Cup so we have all our resources in the mega event," said Waqar.
Although he scored 35 in the previous match, Younis Khan is due for a big knock and Waqar is hopeful that he comes to the party soon. "I think Younis did well in the last match. We are looking for someone around whom others can bat. He has an amazing record in Tests and technique but I feel he needs runs to get his confidence back in one-day (games) and I am sure it's just round the corner."