Pat Cummins has come under fire for not declaring Australia’s innings on Day 2 of the second Test match in Karachi.
Fans and commentators were left unimpressed by the visitors’ lack of acceleration as they amassed 8-505.
The innings was finally declared on Day 3, with Australia accumulating 556/9.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey tried his best to better the run rate, and many cricket experts felt that Cummins should have declared when Carey was dismissed for a well compiled 93. But instead, the captain came out to bat.
For the first time, Australia faced more than 1000 balls in a first innings since the Kangaroos’ last tour of Pakistan in 1998.
“I don’t understand the tactics of the Australians because their run-rate was still under three,” Pakistan great Waqar Younis said during commentary.
Aussie player Simon Katich said: “I was surprised as they didn’t try to take the game forward.”
Cricket analyst Rick Eyre wrote on Twitter: “Baffling tactics from Pat Cummins.
Sports reporter Russell Bennett commented: “It doesn’t make sense.”
Meanwhile, Carey is backing Australia to win the Test match as he feels Australia have a bowling unit that can take 20 Pakistani wickets.