LAHORE - Pakistan skipper Babar Azam backs pacer Hasan Ali saying he is having a bad time and hoped that he will soon overcome his bad patch as everyone is backing him up to regain lost touch.

“Hasan Ali is having a bad patch and needs our support and we will continue to do so to help him regain lost touch and confidence as he has won many matches for the country,” said Babar during an online press conference after his team lost the lone T20I against Australia here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday night.

Babar said there were ups and downs in the match and the home side was having good players who failed to rise to the occasion. “We will give them (players) opportunities as we come up with a balanced combination for the World Cup for which we have time and we will succeed in further strengthening the combination for the mega event,” he asserted.

The skipper said that he himself makes the decisions in order to bring the best playing XI to the field. “But I also consult everyone (concerned) and take the best advice and try to do what is good for the team to enhance its performance,” he said and added: “A low innings total was the key reason behind the home team’s defeat to Australia. “Our runs were a little low. We should have maintained the momentum and we should have performed better in fielding and also availed the chances which came our way in the match.”

Babar denied that his team was under pressure in the match or it lost the encounter because of due factor at night. “We could bowl better, our runs were less and we will try to do better in our future cricket assignments,” said the home captain. He expressed his gratitude to the Australian side for visiting Pakistan after a long time and said the touring side enjoyed playing cricket during their tour.

To a query, the captain said he wanted to a play a longer and better innings to help his side get a challenging total, which they could not achieve in the matc. “Spinner Usman Qadir got the opportunity and took advantage of it. I am confident that he will do better in future,” Babar said added: “Now we will give time to our families as the holy month of Ramazan is going on and we will also worship and then return to the game after the break.”