Sadiq wants faltering Pakistan batsmen to improve their footwork

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Former Test opener Sadiq Mohammad has urged Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and batting coach Younis Khan to take serious note of the way the top six batsmen lost their wickets in the rain-disrupted second Test against England in Southampton.

The youngest of the famed Mohammad brothers — four of whom played for Pakistan — told Dawn on Saturday that the current top-order batting is fragile because they lacked footwork to combat the swinging deliveries from the England quartet of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.

At the Ageas Bowl, Pakistan in their first innings slumped from 102 for 2 to 223 for nine on the second day of the match. Only opener Abid Ali (60) and wicket-keeper/batsman Mohammad Rizwan (60 not out) could impress with the bat.