Akhtar bowled well despite injury on first day: Lawson

Bangalore, Dec 11 (UNI) Pakistan Coach Geoff Lawson today defended Shoaib Akthar's utility in the team, saying that the tearaway speedster had done well in the limited chance he got to bowl in the third and final Test here.

Talking to newspersons after the fourth day's play, Lawson said Akthar would have done better had he not got injured on the opening day while trying to run out Yuvraj Singh.

''Still he managed to take a wicket today,'' the coach said.

Lawson was all praise for Misbah-ul-Haq who scored back-to-back centuries during the last two Tests and said he deserved promotion in the batting order.

''Misbah is playing great. He deserves to be promoted from his number five spot and to number three. Akmal has also done well in the company of Misbah. The two batsmen have played match-saving partnerships both in Kokata and here,'' he said.

The former Australian pace bowler said India will get hard tracks when they tour Down Under later this month.

''The wickets are always bouncy in Australia. It will be a challenge to play on Australian wickets. Indians will have to work hard,'' he said.

Asked whether Pakistan would take up the challenge if Indians offered a target of 300 plus and 60 overs of play tomorrow, Lawson said, ''Let's see if India is going to do that. That will be interesting.'' UNI

Story first published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 19:40 [IST]
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