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The days after Ian Chappell asked Cricket Australia to end inviting Pakistan for tournaments, former Pakistan speed bowler Shoaib Akhtar hit back at the former cricketer of the Australian team for his remark.

Criticizing Pakistan for their incapacity to play aggressive cricket in a newly concluded Test series on Australia mud, the 73-years-old former cricketer said that Cricket Australia should end inviting Pakistan for tournaments unless they get better their performance.

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Chappell, who feels Pakistan’s as weak in fielding at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, was a sign of things to come in the rest of the series. Chappell said to ESPN that “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia has got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites.”

Respond to his comment; Akhtar tweeted from his official account that “Pak lacked grit: Chappell. I agree but not comin 2 Australia no remedy. England never won World Cup but doesn’t mean dey shudn’t participate.”

The 41-years-old wrote again to Chappell that it was the similar team which drew a series 2-2 against Alastair Cook’s men in England last year. “Agree partially wid @ianchappelli dat Pakistan lacked grit but the same team drew 2-2 vs England less dan an year ago.”

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Chappell was very critical of Misbah’s captaincy after Pakistan lost a three-match series at 0-3 aginst Steve Smith-led Australia. “A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan.”

Australia defeated Pakistan by 220 runs in the third Test, giving them their 12th consecutive Test loss in Australia.

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Australia will have “no excuses” however to bat well, pick up 20 wickets and adjust to the conditions if they want to beat an in-form Indian team in their backyard in the upcoming Test series, says vice-captain, David Warner.

The Australians might be in high spirits having won last three Tests against Pakistan to win three-match series 3-0, however, will start to India next month having lost nine successive Test in Asia and with just one series win there since the late 1960s.

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The 30-years-old vice-captain said that “So far us as a team to take some positives out of that … the challenge is to try and bat longer periods. We’re going to have to take 20 wickets to win the game, simple as that, and we’re going to have to adapt straight away. No excuses.”

He excerpts as saying by cricket.com.au, “Whether it’s batting or bowling and taking catches in the field, we’ve got to be on from ball one and have a plan B if plan A doesn’t work.”

Although, it would be easier said than done as the Virat Kohli-led Indian team is victorious in their past 18 Tests at home and currently completed a 4-0 series win over England, including two victories by an innings.

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Warner, however, they can take heart from England, who was able to show some fight with the bat during their recent series by posting 400 or more in three of the five Tests.

Warner said “We just saw the recent series with England and to be brutally honest they played very well. They batted deep; they got big runs on the board. India just got bigger runs on the board.”

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