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Dav Whatmore on Pakistan's first Sri Lanka ODI, Hafeez and more

  |  December 19, 2013

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18: Mohammad Hafeez celebrates after reaching his century during the first One-Day International (ODI ) match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 18, 2013 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18: Mohammad Hafeez celebrates after reaching his century during the first One-Day International (ODI ) match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 18, 2013 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The first ODI against Sri Lanka was a success for Pakistan, albeit a narrow one.

Mohammad Hafeez was the star of the show, of course, knocking a hefty 122 in leading Pakistan to the victory.

Of the centurion, Whatmore said:

"Hafeez was really keen yesterday to get back in the runs column. He's been a very good contributor in some ways. He had a lean patch against South Africa and was very keen – you might have seen his celebration after the hundred, fair enough -  and he was really keen to get back in the runs which he did very, very well

"To me Hafeez is an automatic selection, because hes a multi-dimensional player, the sort of player we need in Pakistan."

For the full two-part interview between Dubai Sports City's Brian Murgatroyd and Whatmore, and to get a feel for where the coach sees his side heading into Friday's second ODI, take a listen below: