Pak vs Aus 3rd Test – Shaun Tait’s agenda
“As far as being a fast-bowling coach for a team, this is as good as it gets, working with some great talent”
“Pakistan is known for some very good things and one of them is producing fast bowlers,” Tait said in a press interaction ahead of the Lahore Test against Australia. “As far as being a fast-bowling coach for a team, this is as good as it gets, working with some great talent. Obviously, they have had quite a bit of experience, but they’re also very young. So just getting to know them the last week or so and finding out how they tick going forward now is going to be exciting and, hopefully, I can help them out there.
“If you watch closely, there wasn’t a cluster of wickets from reverse swing, there was a couple of wickets from reverse swing. But I don’t think anyone sits back after the Test match and goes, well, reverse swing played a huge role, because it just didn’t”
Shaun Tait looks back at the Karachi Test
Looking at the pool of fast bowlers at his disposal, Tait said, “There’s nothing [shortcomings] and there’s no issue that stands out. It is a very good bowling group and bumping into people since I got the job, chatting to people, whether it’s back in Australia or here in Pakistan, that just talks about how good this bowling is.
“I suppose part of my job is going to be to show everybody how good they can actually be. All the talent is there and a lot of these guys have played enough now and are doing well in international cricket, and some guys that sort of just started out their journey. In 12 months’ time, if you guys sit back and see some results and, hopefully, I can be a part of showing you, that how good they can actually become.”
“This 12-month calendar, possibly as busy as it’s ever been,” Tait said. “I think with all three formats being played quite heavily over the next 12 months, it’s a great time to come in. I’ve had a bit of experience, obviously, with all three forms, and then been around enough to know that there are pressures that come with playing international cricket. So, if I can help take the pressure off the fast bowlers by being there for them and helping them through the next 12 months, that’s probably a big part of my job.”
Speaking specifically about the Pakistan bowlers’ inability to run through Australia – in Karachi, the visitors declared at nine- and two-down respectively – Tait said, “They didn’t struggle. I don’t think that’s a problem at all. I thought they bowled quite well. Obviously the wickets… it’s been tough going for the fast bowlers. It’s been a real grind for both teams, as we’ve seen from the results.
“That sometimes is what happens in Test cricket in tough fast-bowling conditions. We don’t know what the next Test is going to bring, so I’m just working through that with the players and moving forward to the next match.”
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent