PCB appoints a new batting coach after CWC 2023: A transformation ahead of the Australian Test series

After a flop show in CWC 2023, PCB appoints a new batting coach for the upcoming 3-match Test series against the World Cup defending champions on the Australian home ground.

Adam Hollioake, the former England cricketer, is assigned the responsibility of the Pakistan cricket team’s batting coach for the forthcoming test series starting from 14th December 2023.

Hollioake during his cricketing days has played only 35 ODIs and 4 Tests for England.

However, the former cricketer wasn’t able to play to his full potential due to severe injuries, inconsistent form, heavy competition, and lack of confidence. With 606 runs in ODIs– including 3 half-centuries and the highest score of 83 runs, the former batsman has played only a few matches for his team. Moreover, the retired England cricketer has scored an overall 65 runs, which includes his highest score of 45 runs in an innings. 

Post the 2023 World Cup tournament, the entire Pakistan cricket team along with the coaching staff has been changed completely.

Babar Azam and his men failed to qualify for the knockouts of CWC 2023. Pakistan lost 5 out of 9 matches matches including a severe loss against their arch-rivals India on their home ground.

Also, Babar Azam voluntarily stepped down from the captaincy across all formats after facing severe criticism. As a result, Shan Masood and  Shaheen Shah Afridi were appointed as the new skippers in Tests, and T20Is.

Adam Hollioake along with other coaching staff for the 3-match test series against the Defending Champions

The 52-year-old former batsman, Adam Hollioake, as Pakistan’s new batting coach will join the other coaching staff for the 3-match test series against the Aussies:

  1. Mohammed Hafeez: Head coach and Team Director
  2. Umar Gul (Pace) and Saeed Ajmal (Spin):  Bowling coach
  3. Abdul Majeed: Fielding coach
  4. Simon Helmot: High-Performance coach
  5. Naveed Akram Cheema:Team Manager
  6. Mansoor Rana: Assistant Team manager

Post the elimination of Pakistan from the 2023 World Cup, the head coach Grant Bradburn, and Team director Mickey Arthur were replaced by Naveed Akram Cheema and Mohammed Hafeez.

Likewise, the resignation of former South African bowler- Morne Morkel has split up the bowling coach department into a spin and fast. As a result, bowlers with different bowling styles get unique guidance and learn advanced techniques.

Reasons PCB appoints a new batting coach for the upcoming test series

 Here are the crucial reasons, PCB appoints a new batting coach:

1. Hollioake’s periodical coaching experience:

The collaboration with Hong Kong, Boost Defenders, and England Lions marks Adam Hollioake’s periodical coaching experience. Previously, Hollioake assured to join the England cricket team for the Ashes series against the Aussies in 2021 -2022.

Unfortunately, after testing positive for COVID-19, the former England captain wasn’t able to participate in that series.

The short-term coaching of Hollioake in various locations can help players adapt themselves according to different playing conditions.

2. Restructuring the coaching staff:

After a disappointing show in the 2023 World Cup, the PCB has taken the initiative by restructuring the coaching staff of the Pakistan cricket team.

3. Expert in Australian pitch conditions:

The Australian pitch conditions have always favored their batsmen to post a high total against the opposition. Adam Hollioake is regarded as a batting expert on Australian soil. 

Appointing the former England batsman helps the Pakistan cricketers gain knowledge about the diverse playing conditions on Australian grounds.

4. Concluding Pakistan’s longest losing streak in Tests:

Mohammed Hafeez targets to conclude Pakistan’s longest losing streak in tests against the Aussies.

The head coach and Pakistan cricket team director aim for his team to play modern and aggressive cricket.

5. Notable moments as a seasonal coach:

Adam Hollioake has excellent mentoring skills with the England Lions team, which mark the notable moments as a seasonal coach in his career.

Also, his contribution as a coach for the England cricket team in the final two test series of the Ashes deserves special appreciation. His ability to support the team in highly pressurized situations of the match highlights his value and decision-making skills.

6. A tough challenge for Pakistan:

The forthcoming 3-match test series against the Aussies on their home ground poses a tough challenge for Pakistan.

Pakistan always had a history of fumbling on Australian soil. However, Mohammed Hafeez along with the new team management wants to break this jinx and mark a new beginning for their team.

Cricket Fans’ Reaction to Adam Hollioake as Pakistan’s New Batting Coach after the 2023 World Cup: Concluding Facts

Adam Hollioke as Pakistan’s new batting coach after the 2023 World Cup gathers varied reactions from many cricket fans. 

There were certain suggestions about appointing an experienced former cricketer as a coach with the best batting record.

Ultimately, a new captain and energized coaching staff gear up Pakistan to face the World Cup defending champions.

PCB appoints a new batting coach for Pakistan after the CWC 2023 tournament to revitalize the cricketing skills of every player ahead of the test series against Australia.

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