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Pakistan needs to get its act together

Kingston: Pakistan needs to get together as a team in the second and final Test that begins at the Sabina Park on Friday. The side suffered an unexpected 276-run drubbing at the hands of a resurgent West Indies in Bridgetown.

The good news for Pakistan is that skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq will be back at the helm after serving a one-Test ban. Talented middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik, who missed a Test for not respecting the spirit of the game in a domestic match, should also find a place in the eleven.

Batting was a problem area for Pakistan during the first Test and Inzamam and Malik should add weight to the line-up. However, the side will continue to be without the experienced Yousuf Youhana, who is tending to his ailing father back home. Inzamam indicated that radiant all-rounder Shahid Afridi would bat in the middle-order.

Meanwhile, West Indies is eyeing a series victory on a pitch that is expected to aid the batsmen.

The side will be without its injured pace spearhead Fidel Edwards. It was Edwards who rocked the Pakistani line-up in the first innings in Bridgetown, opening the path to victory.

Tino Best, another West Indian bowler with an element of pace, is likely to take Edwards' place.

In the first Test, West Indies was overly dependent on the batting of Brian Lara and skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul, both of whom notched up hundreds. There is a need for the rest of the batsmen to build on starts.

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