Azhar Ali (right) of Pakistan misfields a ball hit by Steve Smith of Australia
Azhar Ali (right) of Pakistan misfields a ball hit by Steve Smith of Australia PAUL MILLER

Pakistan fielding "unacceptable”, says angry coach Arthur

CRICKET: , with an embarrassing eight catches dropped at the SCG.

The return of captain Azhar Ali did nothing to help the tourists in the field, in fact the skipper was one of the chief culprits, with a bombed catch and several misfields setting a terrifying example.

Pakistan's energy in the field was low from the first over and the tortured expression of coach Mickey Arthur said it all.

Arthur was filthy with his team's "woeful" effort in the field.

"It's incredibly frustrating. We can't compete with a side like Australia if we give their top five that many chances," Arthur said.

"It's unacceptable. Those standards we set as a cricket team those standards haven't been met.

"Is it skill level? Attitude? or is it fatigue? It's got to be one of those three things. I think fatigue has a massive role to play in that. One thing I don't want to see is just throw in the towel. And that won't happen in Adelaide."

David Warner and Usman Khawaja exploded out of the blocks, benefiting from constant misfields by the Pakistan fielders.


Azhar Ali of Pakistan lays on the pitch after misfielding a ball hit by Glen Maxwell of Australia during the fourth One Day International between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP
Azhar Ali of Pakistan lays on the pitch after misfielding a ball hit by Glen Maxwell PAUL MILLER

As brilliant as Warner's century was, greater intensity in the field might have stalled his strike rate and allowed Pakistan to apply some kind of fight.

Unfortunately it was groundhog day for a substandard Pakistan outfit that also squandered their promising start to the Test series with inexplicable errors.

Pakistan's fielding coach - former Australian keeper Steve Rixon - is a noted perfectionist, and the comedy of errors would be hitting him hardest of all.

Steve Smith was given a life on 10 when Sharjeel Kahn dropped an easy catch falling to his right and opted to go with one hand when he clearly could've gotten his other hand to the ball.

Smith punished Pakistan for this missed opportunity by putting on a further 39 runs before being dismissed one run shy of his 50.

Things went from bad to worse for Pakistan and Sharjeel when he dropped a regulation outfield catch off Travis Head who was on 23 at the time. Head going on to produce a fine 51 off just 36 deliveries.

The woes did not stop there either, with Hassan Ali making a meal of a catch and gifting Glenn Maxwell a life on just 8.

This blunder proved the most costly of all as Maxwell went on to compile a 44 ball 78 and boost Australia's total to a mammoth 353.

All up Pakistan's eight dropped catches cost them over 130 runs.

The final insult came in the very last over when Shoaib Malik did his best Sydney Harbour Bridge impression when he let the easiest of stops off a Maxwell drive go straight through his legs at mid-on for four.