Some missed opportunities but we gave ourselves really good and that’s what I’m proud of – McDonald

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Australian interim coach McDonald has denied the concerns of failure from a dominant position in the second Test against Pakistan

Australian coach Andrew McDonald has dismissed all the concerns regarding the team’s failure to win the second Test match against Pakistan at the National Stadium Karachi after Pat Cummins’s side was frustrated by Babar Azam-led Pakistan to pull out a draw.

Australia fell short of three wickets in the second Test at Karachi and a lead of 1-0 in the series despite setting a huge target of 506 and bowling more than 171 overs.

Australian coach Andrew McDonald has dismissed all the concerns regarding the team’s failure to win the second Test match against Pakistan at the National Stadium Karachi after Pat Cummins’s side was frustrated by Babar Azam-led Pakistan to pull out a draw.

They have now a total of five failures in their account to bowl out teams on day 5 for a victory in their last 19 Test matches.

The interim coach McDonald said that Australia may have failed to avail the chances but he is happy that they have at least created those opportunities.

“We’ve had good confirmation that the style of cricket we want to play is going to hold up,”

he told reporters.

“But if you put yourself in those (winning) situations continually, we’ll find a way through them.

“There were missed opportunities on that final day but we gave ourselves a real good look at it, and that’s what I’m really proud of.”

McDonald further said that the morale of the boys was high in the camp as the deadlocked series are now moving towards the final match in Qaddafi Stadium Lahore on 21st March, which will be its first hosting since 2009.

The left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc helped his side towards a push for the victory and McDonald said that the veteran would be given another chance if he gets fit for the decider.

“Reverse swing is pivotal in terms of opening that game up for us,”

he said.

McDonald also praised the efforts of debutant Mitchell Swepson and said that the selectors should look at the surface of Lahore before deciding the place of the legspinner whether he gets the chance to bowl with the regular spinner, Nathan Lyon.

Swepson picked up two wickets in the first innings but finished with unflattering match figures of 2-188 after several chances went begging off his bowling in the second innings.

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