Australia v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Sydney, 4th day January 6, 2010

Pakistan played like they did not believe

Never at any point did Pakistan believe they could win this Test and for that alone they deserved the sorry fate that befell them at the SCG
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Pakistan's grip on this Test was going the minute they took a 206-run lead in the first innings. This morning, with Australia effectively 80 for 8 they knew they had lost it. Hollywood rehab clinics have fewer mental frailties than this side.

Like in Melbourne last week, never at any point did Pakistan believe they could win this Test and for that alone they deserved the sorry fate that befell them at the SCG. Publicly Australia spoke yesterday as if they could win this. Pakistan, publicly and privately, only wished they could win this.

The morning session was bizarre and instructive, possibly the worst session of leadership of a side in such a dominant position. Sides giving up 200-plus leads in Tests had only won five times ever after all. But Mohammad Yousuf thought Michael Hussey was Bradman and Peter Siddle that Bradman of tailenders, Jason Gillespie, and that Australia were 700 for 3. Effectively they were 80 for 8, Hussey had been dropped thrice and Pakistan began with eight men on the boundary. A more winning lost cause is difficult to conjure.

Yousuf has surprised people with his leadership here, but today was the worst of him; defensive, unimaginative, sluggish and unwilling to take risk. Inzamam-ul-Haq's beard is there and maybe the worst of his captaincy spirit was also floating around. From there, whatever the chase, the writing was being written on the wall.

And then nothing matters in these chases for Pakistan; people talk of flat pitches, overhead conditions, surviving the new ball and playing out the old. But the only thing that matters is that it's them. They could be chasing 90 on cement, with a tennis ball and in 45 degrees heat, but this batting line-up will find a way to get out for less. Who the opponent was didn't really matter. They were called Panickstan here once, long ago. A regurgitation is in order.

Three times this year they have done it - in Sri Lanka, in New Zealand and now. This will hurt the most because it isn't every day that you dominate Australia, any Australia side, for three days and lose on the last. Australia, any Australia side, still know how to win and more importantly they know how not to throw matches away. Their players are brought up doing it. Peter Siddle's innings is shining testament to that ethic. Pakistan's tail presents a sorry contrast. Pakistan know simply how to play well every now and again, not to win, or avoid losing. That might never come and if it does it will take time.

The Test was lost at many other stages and that is the wretchedness of Pakistan's cricket that they could've won it still. They should've shut out Australia with their first innings, instead batting like lemons and not posting an insurmountable lead. Yousuf keeps talking about how much Twenty20 cricket is destroying Pakistan's batsmen and with the kind of batting seen here - not least his own dismissals - it is a persuasive argument.

Kamran Akmal dropped the Test four times himself through the second innings. He has been better this last year but he should've been dropped a few years ago; if he keeps getting selected, there is every chance now and again this may happen. His batting was crucial in New Zealand, but it's been ill-judged here. Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal - should they really be in this line-up?

And yet still it boggles the mind. It will do for many days. Knowing all this, feeling all along that they may lose this, to see it play itself out as it did is deeply affecting. To watch such an implosion, from such a position, can break you. Who knows what living it can do. Still the question: how have they lost it? Everyone knows but nobody understands, least of all the side itself.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Govindrajan on January 8, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    I am an Indian who admired the never say die spirit of Pakistani test teams, particularly in the Eighties and Nineties - when THEY used to come back from behind and win matches. Against India, they have been 30 odd for 6 on two occasions in the first innings - and won both those matches. Given their past record, these reversals in New Zealand and now at Sydney are disappointing.

  • Ahmed_Chaudhry on January 8, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for finally being someone sggesting that Faisal Iqbal has no place in the team and had none ever. The guys has been included in the side time and again and played crucial of the matches, but, not a single match winning performance, not single inning where his contribution could even be said to have put it Pakistan in a winning position The only time he "plays" is when its not needed or when the team is not evn close to a pressure situation.

    My heart still pours out for Misbah though, but I do believe he needs to be out of the team now. Its sad how late he was included in the Pakistani team and wasted when he was at the peak of his career taking care of Pakistan A Team. Yet another example of timely talent being wasted by PCB and uncle Inzy.

  • Ahmed_Chaudhry on January 8, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for finally being someone sggesting that Faisal Iqbal has no place in the team and had none ever. The guys has been included in the side time and again and played crucial of the matches, but, not a single match winning performance, not single inning where his contribution could even be said to have put it Pakistan in a winning position The only time he "plays" is when its not needed or when the team is not evn close to a pressure situation.

    My heart still pours out for Misbah though, but I do believe he needs to be out of the team now. Its sad how late he was included in the Pakistani team and wasted when he was at the peak of his career taking care of Pakistan A Team. Yet another example of timely talent being wasted by PCB and Inzy.

  • rafehsheikh on January 8, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    This is totally disgraceful for Pakistan team. This is not the first time that they have flopped in the 2nd innings. They have already done it 3 times this years and it will continue for many more years if we don't change our system. We must have separate teams for T20, Test & ODIs. And Muhammad Yousaf again proved that he is not the right man for captaincy .Having 7 fielders on boundary when Australia were on 80-8 was totally ridiculous.

  • cric_fan1 on January 8, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    If any country in the world can lose a match from a winning position, its Pakistan. They were in the driving seat despite all the cock-ups in the field and they did perform well with the bat in the first innings. However, I just cannot understand the body language of the players on the morning of day four. They all looked like they were already beaten. Its beyond imagination how they have failed to chase down 3 low scores in the last 12 months despite all of the problems back home.

    It was really painful watching the team humiliate themselves and their supporters around the world. This side showed no self-belief, apart from Umar Akmal, who has been brilliant since the NZ tour. Pakistani fans around the world have seen such shameful displays in the past, remember the World Cup Final in 1999? Its not the first time and certainly will not be the last I am sorry to say. The batting needs a new array of talent.

  • lloydzima on January 8, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    I am a West Indian and was backing pakistan to win. I find this lost hard to swallow. Fist of all, I don't think it was soley Yousuf's decision to set what amounts to be such an' unimaginable lack of common sense' field placing on the fourth morning when Australia were effectively 80 for 8. It had to be sanctioned by those so called "management team' in the pavallion. Becuase I don't think for one moment that Yousuf can be so Stupid as to set 8 fielders around the boundry at the start of play.With regards to Ijaz Butt and company in Pakistan a prompt investigation should be conducted as to why Butt's failure to send the willing and the best current Pakistan batsman Younnis Khan to Australia beats me. As a Pakistan outsider, I think this is tantamount to treason and he should be subjected to interrogation to say the least.As a West Indian I feel for the Pakistanis at home and abroad and also to those cricket followers who were supporting Pakistan to win. What an opportunity. LloydB

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on January 7, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    what was the hurry to chase down 170+ score... the openers could have grinded australians .... and could have won easily taking there own time in world. lets see 50 overs on 4th day and 90 overs on 5th day... I DON'T feel SORRY for Pakistan players -- where is the will to win ??? PCB has to wake up before its too late...I give credit to Yousuf that he took the blame for the defeat..but cmon its a team game. What about SOS sent to bring in Younis khan??? what a shame...

  • JamJar on January 7, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Disgraeful; spineless, a complete sham. A fist in the guts of their supporters; no team can do it like Pakistan. Its takene me days to bear the courage and write these words. Pakistan's performance and the manner of their defeat is enough to make anyone take early retirement from being a Pak fan. Quite frankyl, there are better things to do than throw our weight behind this sorry lot.

    I actually thought Yousuf was doing surprisingly well as skipper but the final day of the test showed the timid nature of Pakistan. I'd still like to see him as skipper, but dropping Akmal as wicketkeeper is a must and surely now the PCB must see this? Or do they all need to be sectioned?

  • ihaq1 on January 7, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    his batting keeps saving kamran akmal from the axe apart from an era of troubling selections and politics..maybe they should play kamran akmal as a pure batter and bring in another keeper...at the moment pakistan has no great batsman in teh side and umar akmal is just a potential great...it is such matches that great players need to show their capability...possibilitybof palying kamaran akmal up the order as the openers and one down position is open...could try misbah as an opener...nobody thought that mohammed sami would eliver but he bowled well at teh start...umar gul seemed to bowl as if injured an danish kaneria's injury on the pemultimate day seemed a bit contrived even though he bowled well...captain might not be paying for good bowling methinks...cricket players many say are just as good as their history or even below that as in teh vcase of salman butt

  • ihaq1 on January 7, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    one must say mohd yusuf saved ricky pontings neck...he made a bad decision to bat first on a green surface...why pakistan batted like novices in teh second innings is difficult to imagine...the openers who were careful in teh first innings did not seem good enough in teh second...same goes for faisal iqbal..mohammed yusuf must realize that he is in teh team as teh star batsman apart from umar akmal who was looking to sell his wicket...teh akmals are now champions of dropped catches...umar akmal has dropped two sitters and kamran akmal dropped three off just Hussey...maybe they should ask a batsman to keep against spinners..akmal has dropped 15 catches over the last three years just against kaneria...we thought that kamram akmal would now not drop catches but he does it at the most crucial of times...pakistan needs to groom at least two top order batters...in matches when watson and hauritz and siddle can bat than so should the likes of our openers.

  • Govindrajan on January 8, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    I am an Indian who admired the never say die spirit of Pakistani test teams, particularly in the Eighties and Nineties - when THEY used to come back from behind and win matches. Against India, they have been 30 odd for 6 on two occasions in the first innings - and won both those matches. Given their past record, these reversals in New Zealand and now at Sydney are disappointing.

  • Ahmed_Chaudhry on January 8, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for finally being someone sggesting that Faisal Iqbal has no place in the team and had none ever. The guys has been included in the side time and again and played crucial of the matches, but, not a single match winning performance, not single inning where his contribution could even be said to have put it Pakistan in a winning position The only time he "plays" is when its not needed or when the team is not evn close to a pressure situation.

    My heart still pours out for Misbah though, but I do believe he needs to be out of the team now. Its sad how late he was included in the Pakistani team and wasted when he was at the peak of his career taking care of Pakistan A Team. Yet another example of timely talent being wasted by PCB and uncle Inzy.

  • Ahmed_Chaudhry on January 8, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for finally being someone sggesting that Faisal Iqbal has no place in the team and had none ever. The guys has been included in the side time and again and played crucial of the matches, but, not a single match winning performance, not single inning where his contribution could even be said to have put it Pakistan in a winning position The only time he "plays" is when its not needed or when the team is not evn close to a pressure situation.

    My heart still pours out for Misbah though, but I do believe he needs to be out of the team now. Its sad how late he was included in the Pakistani team and wasted when he was at the peak of his career taking care of Pakistan A Team. Yet another example of timely talent being wasted by PCB and Inzy.

  • rafehsheikh on January 8, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    This is totally disgraceful for Pakistan team. This is not the first time that they have flopped in the 2nd innings. They have already done it 3 times this years and it will continue for many more years if we don't change our system. We must have separate teams for T20, Test & ODIs. And Muhammad Yousaf again proved that he is not the right man for captaincy .Having 7 fielders on boundary when Australia were on 80-8 was totally ridiculous.

  • cric_fan1 on January 8, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    If any country in the world can lose a match from a winning position, its Pakistan. They were in the driving seat despite all the cock-ups in the field and they did perform well with the bat in the first innings. However, I just cannot understand the body language of the players on the morning of day four. They all looked like they were already beaten. Its beyond imagination how they have failed to chase down 3 low scores in the last 12 months despite all of the problems back home.

    It was really painful watching the team humiliate themselves and their supporters around the world. This side showed no self-belief, apart from Umar Akmal, who has been brilliant since the NZ tour. Pakistani fans around the world have seen such shameful displays in the past, remember the World Cup Final in 1999? Its not the first time and certainly will not be the last I am sorry to say. The batting needs a new array of talent.

  • lloydzima on January 8, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    I am a West Indian and was backing pakistan to win. I find this lost hard to swallow. Fist of all, I don't think it was soley Yousuf's decision to set what amounts to be such an' unimaginable lack of common sense' field placing on the fourth morning when Australia were effectively 80 for 8. It had to be sanctioned by those so called "management team' in the pavallion. Becuase I don't think for one moment that Yousuf can be so Stupid as to set 8 fielders around the boundry at the start of play.With regards to Ijaz Butt and company in Pakistan a prompt investigation should be conducted as to why Butt's failure to send the willing and the best current Pakistan batsman Younnis Khan to Australia beats me. As a Pakistan outsider, I think this is tantamount to treason and he should be subjected to interrogation to say the least.As a West Indian I feel for the Pakistanis at home and abroad and also to those cricket followers who were supporting Pakistan to win. What an opportunity. LloydB

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on January 7, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    what was the hurry to chase down 170+ score... the openers could have grinded australians .... and could have won easily taking there own time in world. lets see 50 overs on 4th day and 90 overs on 5th day... I DON'T feel SORRY for Pakistan players -- where is the will to win ??? PCB has to wake up before its too late...I give credit to Yousuf that he took the blame for the defeat..but cmon its a team game. What about SOS sent to bring in Younis khan??? what a shame...

  • JamJar on January 7, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Disgraeful; spineless, a complete sham. A fist in the guts of their supporters; no team can do it like Pakistan. Its takene me days to bear the courage and write these words. Pakistan's performance and the manner of their defeat is enough to make anyone take early retirement from being a Pak fan. Quite frankyl, there are better things to do than throw our weight behind this sorry lot.

    I actually thought Yousuf was doing surprisingly well as skipper but the final day of the test showed the timid nature of Pakistan. I'd still like to see him as skipper, but dropping Akmal as wicketkeeper is a must and surely now the PCB must see this? Or do they all need to be sectioned?

  • ihaq1 on January 7, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    his batting keeps saving kamran akmal from the axe apart from an era of troubling selections and politics..maybe they should play kamran akmal as a pure batter and bring in another keeper...at the moment pakistan has no great batsman in teh side and umar akmal is just a potential great...it is such matches that great players need to show their capability...possibilitybof palying kamaran akmal up the order as the openers and one down position is open...could try misbah as an opener...nobody thought that mohammed sami would eliver but he bowled well at teh start...umar gul seemed to bowl as if injured an danish kaneria's injury on the pemultimate day seemed a bit contrived even though he bowled well...captain might not be paying for good bowling methinks...cricket players many say are just as good as their history or even below that as in teh vcase of salman butt

  • ihaq1 on January 7, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    one must say mohd yusuf saved ricky pontings neck...he made a bad decision to bat first on a green surface...why pakistan batted like novices in teh second innings is difficult to imagine...the openers who were careful in teh first innings did not seem good enough in teh second...same goes for faisal iqbal..mohammed yusuf must realize that he is in teh team as teh star batsman apart from umar akmal who was looking to sell his wicket...teh akmals are now champions of dropped catches...umar akmal has dropped two sitters and kamran akmal dropped three off just Hussey...maybe they should ask a batsman to keep against spinners..akmal has dropped 15 catches over the last three years just against kaneria...we thought that kamram akmal would now not drop catches but he does it at the most crucial of times...pakistan needs to groom at least two top order batters...in matches when watson and hauritz and siddle can bat than so should the likes of our openers.

  • microsoftinternetexplorer on January 7, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    I still feel like crying and I am a West indian. I wonder how the Pakistani nation feels?

  • microsoftinternetexplorer on January 7, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    I stopped following their (Australia's) innings when they had a lead of 80, I thought that this was surely the undoing of Pontings Captaincy and the rise of Pakistan as the world beaters they have the potential to become. Instead I was once again let down by thier collective mediocrity. I feel let down as a West India fan, I can only imagine what or how the Pakistanis feel!

  • vicky786usa on January 7, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    I supported Australia right from the day 1 & they had really fought well to win the match. I really don't understand what's happening with Pakistan Team. Management is too poor. Pakistan real strength is bowling and Yousuf was too defensive which effected the Moral of the bowlers. Batting & Fielding was horrible. Time for changes and Big Names should be shown Door to get out.

  • sajohn on January 7, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    I'm an indian but long to see a pakistan team like the we got to see in the 80s and 90s. I too rooted for Pakistan all along to be disappointed. At least got to see one bright spot, that of some fiery bowling from the likes of Sami, Asif, Kaneria and Gul. Akmal does not deserve to be a test match wicket keeper nor does Yousuf to be the captain of a test side.

  • aamir007 on January 7, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Let's see from day one Pakistan selected team with failed players such as Misbah, Faisal, Salman Butt, Imran farhat, Shoib Mohammed and Kamran Akmal. Not sure why Amer was drop from last match as I saw his comments that he was OK. Umar is an OK bowler but losing his touch now. Kamran can only be use as a batsman as we don't have anyone else except Yousef & Umar in the team. Kamran can be used as an opener as he can be groom as specialist batsmen but not as a WK. If kamran is not keeping then he can concentrate on his batting not everyone one is Dhoni or Gilchrist. For Yousef when was the last time he captain another team? It makes no sense to make him a captain and set him up for failure. Afridi should be captain and needs to play as a all rounder but mostly for his bowling. This is the same old story from PCB after every lost series and they will only change a player or so and then bring him back later.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 7, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    DEAR OSMAN SAMIUDDIN, Would you be kind enough to write profile text in Naved Yasin's official profile and arrange for a picture of him to be placed there. I see this lad to be a superstar and most prolific batsman of our near futur.

    And secondly, I wish Shoaib Malik doesn't come in the team when Misbah is dropped. It wo'nt make a difference. Wish that they bring in Afridi.

  • chandau on January 7, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    It may be too late make changes in the tail end of a tour. PCB should look at the line up once they come back. Faisal is not good to play club cricket in Sri Lanka. Misbah is yet toshow his ability may be a little up the order to give more responsibility and then out you go. Where are the guys who played in Sri Lanka like Mansoor and Alam? Why are Rana and RAzzak discarded, with all their experience? Thanvir and Arafat were also good compared to these guys. Its the batting that crumbles like 9 pins, remember Galle test? Having talent is fine but if talent is nor used properly then no results will come your way. cheers

  • Zoomzoom on January 7, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Before going for batting coach, we should hire some mentor who works on the minds of our players to start them believing in themselves. Honestly we are stuck up in a jinx of not winning a match. They should come with mind frame of 'yes we can win and we will win'. The selectors should be strict on players - No performance no selection. Than see how our players will perform. I bet they'll stay on crease even for six without getting out. Presently, they know they'll be retained even if they don't perform and that's why they don't care.

  • SL4ever on January 7, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I must agree with Realhotshady on the captancy. Afridi is a better choice for Pakistan. But, as a Sri Lankan supporter... I hope PCB keep this Yusuf guy at the job for a looooooooooong time :)

  • India2world on January 7, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    I am totally surprise of the selection of Misbah over Shoiab Malik which is much better in batting,bowling & fielding then him. His experience can better assist Yousuf in the field. I think pakistan is really lacking top quality test batsman in opening and middle order. There is no good test batsman other than Yousuf, Umar and Shoiab Malik in current squad. I Think Sarfaz should take the gloves and include Kamran as specialist batsman because he is really danger batsman is any form of cricket. Call Younis Khan & Afridi and take the service of Legend Javed Miandad as Batting Coach.

  • aeeo1 on January 7, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    oh no,again.... it was more than a mere heart break!i wonder when will pakistan ever smell the taste of a victory!its even funny,the selectors pointing fingers at the players for not doing it proper.i fully agree with the other bloggers for having the wrong players,when pakistan have such armour.its high time,some one address this issue and make a prompt change,before we are axed!!pakistan seriously need a strong body language in order to handle which ever the opposition is.lets see what pak cricket has to give its supporters in the future.good luck pakistan! shafraz.

  • Ardekar on January 7, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I followed this Test Match from Day 2 in the belief that Pakistan would defeat Australia. Akmal's wicketkeeping was atrocious to say the least. The overall fielding of the Pakistani team was pathetic. They were very sluggish in the field. Finally they lacked the mental strength or resolve to win the match. In the second innings they played as if they wanted to finish the match as quickly as possible. Ricky Ponting is a very lucky man indeed to have encountered such opponents.

  • keralite on January 7, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    It seems Pakistan has forgot how to play test cricket. I am an Indian and I wanted them to win. But as soon as they let Australia set them a target over 150 I knew it was all over for Pakistan. Their recent performances have forced me to think that way. But Australians deserve praise for their never say die attitude. Though Hauritz got 5 for, I thought it was Bollinger who was the best bowler. I would like to ask the Pakistani brothers one thing..... Shoaib Akhtar was once banned for hitting some player with the bat... Does that kind of atmosphere still prevail in your team? I mean there is no Younis khan who is your best captain ( and better batter than many others in the team). Umar Akmal is talented. But I would like to see him play a 250 ball 100 rather than a 80 ball 60. You have the best bowlers in the world..... but with this kind of fielding, bowlers always have the luxury of punching air in disappointment over dropped catches!

  • Bangers on January 7, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    If Sarfaraz Ahmed is recalled, Pakistan should play him as a wicketkeeper and play kamran Akmal as a batsman. this should take some pressure off akmal and he should score runs then. I think there is no place for Faisal Iqbal in the team tehrefore akmal should bat at one down.

  • mahmood on January 7, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    If they recall Sarfaraz Ahmed as a replacement for kamran akmal, then they should play sarfara ahmed as a wicketkeeper and PLAY KAMRAN AKMAL purely as a batsman at No.3 and throw out Faisal Iqbal - he bats worse than my gran! shocking! Bring Hasan Raza in to replace Misbah!

  • Gopalakrishna on January 7, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    A good article, penned in a desperate mood, as does the most Pakistan writers do. It is not new, that Pakistan journalists call for heads if Pakistan loses a test match Let us not forget the simple basic thing - In a match of any form, the bat loses or ball loses. At Melbourne, bat was lost and Pakistan lost the game.

  • fk360 on January 7, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Yousuf really needs a long deep think about what he was doing on the fourth day. The body language was as if the team was losing the series 4-0 and on the verge of another innings defeat.

    There was no fight or character shown.

  • number-09 on January 7, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Yes Akmal was a disaster by dropping Hussey, Pakistan was in the driving seat with Austrailia being effectively 80 for 8. The match was lost on the foruth day when Yousuf decided to play defensive. I am sure that The senior fast bowlers did not agree to such tactics. Bad captaincy was to blame. As a West-Indian after an hour I switched channels, could not believe what was happening. 80 for 8, brand new morning, fairly new ball, what the heck was he thinking of. Hussey and Siddle should have been completely surrounded and ambushed.

  • Battle_of_Wills on January 7, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Why are we insisting on Kamran being a keeper. He is more unpredictable as a keeper than our batting on past record. Let him in the team squad on the basis of his batting alone. He is no Gilchrist and never will be even close. Ponting must be breathing a sigh of relief as one of his most poor match as captain and batsman is over on the right side. His captaincy was in serious jeopardy and still is MIND YOU. But given a breather after the outcome of this match. Lets just hope Yousaf stops beingo too much obliged as a guest and starts being a true competitor in the 3rd Test by making some sane decisions.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on January 7, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Kamran Akmal in the past has done the same of dropping crucial catches & due to that losing series, selectors are responsible for that as he was always selected and never given chance to learn from his past mistakes and work on them in the domestic competition, his growth was blocked by selectors and team management and by doing so they also become culprit of not polishing any wicket keeper behind him, Alas, again a sad news for Pakistan!!!

  • jibrannadeem on January 7, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Its not the fact that Pakistan lost, its how they lost it. Its not everyday you get the chance to dominate the Australians the way Pakistan did in the first three days. And to blow an oppurtunity to win a test match in the manner Pakistan did is simply disturbing.Pakistan's bowling was outstanding. Fielding and batting not so. How can a team lose hope when in a winning position? Did Australia lose hope? Thats the good thing about Australia. No matter how many runs or wickets are left, they fight till the last ball. Pakistan don't. And Yousaf can not blame 'youngsters' panicking in such situations. The only 'youngster' was really umar akmal and he was the highest scorer. Salman Butt,Farhat,Yousaf,Kamran are no longer youngsters.They have enough experience in all forms of the game to handle the situation and know what kind of performance is required of them in a particular situation.I just feel that Younis Khan should have stayed as Captain. Yousaf does not have the same energy and guile

  • Realhotshady on January 7, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Why there is no place for Shahid Afridi in Test squad? Why players like Faisal and Misbah are selected ahead of him despite his allround ability and the experience he has. He is a match winner no matter what form of game it is. He scores run fast and in his prime he could've get 170 within 20 overs. He has shown how he can motivate the team in T-20s and I think he should get his place back in the test as well. He is a good batsman, fantastic bowler and a brilliant fielder. He can be a Virendra Sehwag of Pakistan. So why not consider him to pick in a test squad and even give him capataincy rather than giving it to dull Yousuf..

  • taj85 on January 7, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    This pak team is a disgrace esp their senior players Yousuf, misbah and kamran, i cant understand why they would choose misbah over shaoib malik, im sure he would contribute more with bat and ball and esp in the field then misbah ever will . A international keeper missing 3 + opportunities at this level in a disgrace and a man whose batting batting reputation was so far hyped at the start of the series had failed to deliver, he had a golden opportunity to stand up and stamp his name on this test and failed. The windies had a far younger team and if they found themselves in this situation they would have romped as pakis should have done. I feel for the bowlers the set up a amazing platform and the batters threw it away!! Im not pakistani but for their sake i hope their shows some more pride in the next test because the way they folded was embaressing

  • farazahmed_81 on January 7, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    This will happen again and again unless the selection is done on merit and the whole selection procedure is clear and transparent. We won 2006 under 19 worldcup!!!! where are those guys??? no one could become part of the National team!! In the end hats off to Osman Samiuddin, for reproducing such an nice article. Reflecting our pain/agony throgh his writting.

  • Wypinkara on January 7, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    We In India, desperately wanted Pakistan to win this match. Pakistan had been full of talented players (Miandad, Imran,Wasim,Waqar,Inzi etc). Even now they have some very talented players like (Asif,Umar Akmal, Yousuf). Umar Akmal could even be the next Sachin Tendulkar. All they needed was application.

  • shahid_indiain on January 7, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    i am an Indian but i was rooting for pakistan all along..the loss was heart breaking..after pushing the austrlians to the walls how could a team like pakistan loose ?was very disapponted by a player od yousuf calibre playing such a shot at that crucial moment.Pakistan should should show the door to Misbah for ever ,he was always a very ordinary player.Kamran should be dropped till he rectifies his flawed keeping techniques.Faisal Iqbal is no good and should be dropped as well,believ khalid latif is a better batsmen.Bring back younis khan .

  • UmairTariq on January 7, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    I think its about time PCB take some strong decision if they want cricket in Pakistan to stay alive and proper at International Level. With no team willing to come to our country and us having a pathetic Int'l team. People will lose interest in the game. Please put an end to this favoritism of granting favors. and get the right and deserving people for the job starting from top with Ijaz Butt (the worst Chairman PCB has had till date).

  • sukuviju on January 7, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    This was an excelleny advertisement for Test cricket. I wish there are more test matches planned for each year and there is a reducxtion in the number of one day & T-20 matches. This match proves two things: 1. You need to play every session well to be able to win a test match 2. Don't mistake a players performance in limited over matches and play him in a test match. Test cricket requires more skill and temperament. The quality & class of a test player is miles ahead of the limited over sloggers. India's strength in test cricket is the presence of Dravid & Laxman in addition to Sachin and Sewagh. With BCCI ignoring test matches, I foresee India going the Pakistan way in the longer version of the game.

  • haxnain on January 7, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Why it is the same story over and over again? like why it has become so hard for pakistan team to chase small targets? and why the decisions are being criticized instead of the facts that akmal droped 4,5 catches to let aussies come back in the game. If yousuf was defensive on the field, so what, Ponting did not make the right decision to bat first. when a team loses everything seems at fault, even the right decisions come under scrutiny. Pakistan never won a test match in australia since 94-95 season. since then, the team has played wasim, waqar, shoaib, saqlain, inzi and many other great players but is unable to win against aussies. so why blaming this team? i was disappointed too when pakistan lost yesterday as i was watching them getting out regularly, i was tense but and had my fingers crossed at the same time .So, i think thats what team needs even though it has disappointed its fan and nation too often in recent times but we have give these players more time and support.

  • djdrastic on January 7, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Shucks was so dissapointed , was rooting for Pakistan all the way.

    If you guys took your catches I don't even think you would have had to bat in the 2nd innings.

    Batting in the second innings was poor as well but there were some magic balls and catches from the Aussies to clinch the match.

  • djdrastic on January 7, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Shucks was so dissapointed , was rooting for Pakistan all the way.

    If you guys took your catches I don't even think you would have had to bat in the 2nd innings.

    Batting in the second innings was poor as well but there were some magic balls and catches from the Aussies to clinch the match.

  • Phat2 on January 7, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Anderson, that is a ridiculous comment. Umar Akmal is :"just a slogger"? I wish I was a slogger who hit a hundred on debut with my team getting caned. I wish I could slog my way to a test average (whilst still short of my 20th birthday) of 55. And if Mohamed Asif is "just a trundler", what does that make Glenn McGrath who's average is almost identical. 6 five-wicket hauls in 16 tests is anything but "trundler" status. Just because you're barely heard of someone before doesn't make them rubbish.

  • Twenty20virgin on January 7, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    It's disappointing to see Pak squander a very winnable opportunity. You would like to see the batting talent come somewhere close to what Pak has in bowling. The only bright spot continues to be Umar Akmal. He is just 19, averaging over 55 in the limited chances. I think with time comes even more maturity in his shot selection. It's also time selectors decide whether they want a keeper who can bat a bit or a batsman who can keep a bit

  • Himayun on January 7, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    To start with, they should have two or three teams like India for each form of cricket. They should groom players and select accordingly. The lazy bad fielders cannot be changed into agile and great fielders. This process starts when they are very young and not a member of national team. The team needs people like Hanif, Mushtaq, Miandad, to give backbone to a batting lineup. It is the consistency & not the runs scored. Wicketkeeper be selected only on keeping ability alone & not even on his batting. Being a Pakistani American I have read and observed enough to see the difference between good and bad athletes. The dinner time is 5 to 7 PM and not 9 to mid night. The lazy unhealthy habits need to change. Blaming one player and replacing with the other who has the same characteristics is futile. Remember the times when most of the Pakistani test players were playing in the county cricket and were far better than the present batsmen?

  • AjayB on January 7, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    In spite of such a disappointing loss, Pakistan team needs to look at the positives. With all due respect, there were plenty. Look at the bigger picture, the wonderful bowling of Sami and Asif is something India could and probably would never get. I can understand Yousuf's captaincy is slammed, but remember he is still there for the team, minus the shenanigans of Younis Khan. Cricket is a team sport, and after all is said and done, Yousuf epitomises team spirit more than Younis. Also, remember that Pakistan has not played consistently either at international level or with a consistent core for a stretch of time. If you look at teams that have done well, always have a strong core and also have the luxury of having competent floating players to fulfill other roles. Stop beating them up, and give them credit for pushing Australia that hard. All this criticism does little good for them. Winning would have always been better, but this was not that bad. I would say keep your chin up

  • AleemLatif on January 7, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    I wanted such article from Osman Samiuddin. Good on you mate you have done well here. Now I also believe that somehow the point-of-views being conveyed here are also reaching to each member of Pak Team. And I like the word Panikstan for Pak team.

    Given that I have been living in Sydney since quite a long time and believe that I have a bit better understanding of the OZ culture - I can clearly see a lot of difference in the mindset of both teams. Australian team is true reflection of their nation and always give their 100% - irrespective of the outcome of their efforts. On the other hand Pakistani team is true reflection of Paki nation - do not miss a chance to get lackluster and lazy at any time.

    Where is the bloody fighting spirit in this team. I am extremely disappointed from Yousuf, I think he lost the match right there when he had 8 fielders on the boundary for Hussey during the whole morning session. Look what Ponting did when he had to defend a small total of 176.

  • AleemLatif on January 7, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    I wanted such article from Osman Samiuddin. Good on you mate you have done well here. Now I also believe that somehow the point-of-views being conveyed here are also reaching to each member of Pak Team. And I like the word Panikstan for Pak team.

    Given that I have been living in Sydney since quite a long time and believe that I have a bit better understanding of the OZ culture - I can clearly see a lot of difference in the mindset of both teams. Australian team is true reflection of their nation and always give their 100% - irrespective of the outcome of their efforts. On the other hand Pakistani team is true reflection of Paki nation - do not miss a chance to get lackluster and lazy at any time.

    Where is the bloody fighting spirit in this team. I am extremely disappointed from Yousuf, I think he lost the match right there when he had 8 fielders on the boundary for Hussey during the whole morning session. Look what Ponting did when he had to defend a small total of 176.

  • faforce on January 7, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    It looked to me like Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were playing for themselves. Umar felt the need to bring up his half century in Afridi style which was completely unnecessary. And for Kamran, I don't know how he survived so many balls, right from the beginning, one could tell he wouldn't hang around for long.

    What Pakistani selectors need to do is to IDENTIFY PLAYER WHO PLAY FOR THE TEAM, and those who play according to the situation their team stands in, not whether they should bring up their half century with a bang or not. I wouldn't care how well Umar Akmal can bat or what his average has been, if he isn't interested in getting the team across to the other end, he should not be picked, and for Kamran, I would wait. Pakistani players need to win for Pakistan. They need to be told that it's their only goal.

  • aitezazbajwa on January 7, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    It was a shocking defeat yesterday surely must have broken millions of hearts...very sad in pak cricket,lost a golden opportunity come back into series .... they dont know how to win as simple as tht no self belief in themselves... pak batsman find ways to fell short of chasable targets whatever the pitch conditions or opposotion they are always vulnerable in chasing... so no major surprises... guess they need a pyschologist to make them mentally strong which shud help both batsman and fielders... no one expects them to field like australian or SA but atleast they should pick simple catches... catches win matches... whatever yousaf or coach are saying they dont need fielding coach as it is a grass root problem is all rubbish ,,, this is really not an excuse for their butterfingered players and not clinging to straightforward catches as it is fundamental skills which cricketers are taught at junior levels... batting talent is non-exsistent as malik,misbah,faisal stillfind aplace

  • spidercon on January 7, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    If it is so difficult for the selectors to drop Kamran Akmal as a batsman then they should drop one of the other non-performers, keep a specialist wicketkeeper( wasn't there a 17 year old boy genius around a couple of year ago? ) and let Kamran play as a pure batsman. Without the pressures of keeping wickets he can push his test batting average up to 40 and more than justify his place in the side. I can remember the way this guy counter-attacked after Irfan Pathan took a hatrick in the first over and also batted out his skin to save an earlier test against us. You don't unearth talent like that every day. Don't forget that Sangakkara is a pure batsman in tests. Only specialists can win test matches.

  • Billz1130 on January 7, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    "Who says Test Cricket is dying....Pakistan Cricket Team will never let it happen" --- They made the most one-sided affair into an astonishing victory by the team all set to lose. MoYo does not have any leadership qualities. Not all great batsmen can be great leaders. 4th morning of the test match was THE MOST embarrassing moment of cricket. He was pathetic and so out of place that honestly if i was in the team, i would have gone back to the dressing room and not come again...atleast under Yousuf. Kamran Akmal should've been replaced a long time back....Sarfaraz is 10 times better keeper than the older Akmal. But i really admire him (Akmal) that he has the quality of dropping dollies at the most crucial time.Misbah should never be allowed in the dressing room EVER. I felt so sorry for the bowlers specially Asif. The is the most bizarre situation one can think of. YK should lead the side,no matter what.

  • ArmChairUmpire on January 7, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Pakistan is unlikely to ever get a chance like this against Australia. There are several reasons why Pakistan lost this match. Among them - Yousuf's ridiculous field placing after Australia were on the ropes. This allowed Australia to score runs. His inexperience as a tactician showed. I'd say this about Kamran Akmal. If he has to be the wicket keeper, the captain must demand that he stays 3 steps back - until his reflexes get back in shape. In the mean time, Pakistan need to look around for another wicket keeper who can bat. While they do that, they may need to find urgent replacements for Misbah and Faisal, and look around if they can find bowlers who can bat. Otherwise, they will have a totally useless tail. Please bring back Afridi as captain, batsman and bowler, and allow Yousuf to do what he does best i.e.bat. Younis, you are needed. Oh Yes, I hope that the manager and the Pak Board will tender their resignations.

  • jcalamur on January 7, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    It's sad because Pakistan produces by far the most talented cricketers in the world. And that's not a modern day phenomenon: it's always been the case. Umran Akmal looks like he has a great career ahead, but he might not be playing for his country in six months because of the way the board operates. And Pakistan needs someone like an Imran Khan or a Wasim Akram or a Javed Miandad to lead them.

  • begamir on January 7, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    I agreed with Muhammad Yousuf, we shouldn't blame Kamran Akmal as the single biggest factor. It was his bad day. Remember the days when Akmal alone with his batting and keeping won matches for Pakistan. Dont let him down Please. He can still can serve for Pakistan for long time. I hope the team and the fans will support him to build his confidence back.

  • wicketman on January 7, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    I am an Indian cricket fan but still follow the fortunes of other asian sides. The debacle that was is an insult to the legacies of those great Pakistan cricketers of the recent past: Imran, Akram, Younis, Miandad. The captaincy was incredulous, the wicket-keeping atrocious, the passion and pride of yesteryear sadly nowhere to be seen. The only two beacons of hope for the future; Aamer and Umar Akmal. The true measure of a cricketer is their performance in the test arena - how they perform over the long haul - Remember the great Pakistani sides that held the mighty West Indies sides of the eighties to two drawn series home and away - we are seeing the other extreme.

  • golgo_85 on January 7, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    This is what you get for befriending someone like Younis who would've been the only batsman other than Umar Akmal capable to get behind the rising ball efficiently.I don't know why the management wouldn't want to make any real effort to get him back, a stature averaging over 50.You are right, the match was lost in many stages during the 3rd day. Pakistan should've still been batting by the end of the 3rd day, I know, wishful thinking!Then there's the Kaneria factor. I said this somewhere else too, the guy gets wickets by the law of probability. If you bowl for 50 overs, of course you will get 4/5 wickets by the end but in Kaneria's case, in expense of 150 odd runs and only 3 maidens.All he did and all he ever does is leak easy runs. The best bowler in the team, Asif was clearly underused while Yousuf was persisting with Kaneria, the biggest joke in the team. I'm guessing the Aussies will take the last Test as a batting practice as I don't see Asif and a fresh Aamer to recover from this

  • rogers2258 on January 7, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I'm an Australian supporter and the best thing about this match wasn't the victory itself - it was watching the Aussies' celebrations in the knowledge that Peter English would be grinding his teeth and digging his fingernails into a corporate box window somewhere at the SCG in despair. Extremely satisfying to see him eat humble pie in today's articles (albeit still containing a few veiled digs about the Australians and their 'smug smiles' after the victory, among others) but still frustrating that he continues to take a subjective (negative) bent in the majority of pieces he pens on the Australian team. Well buddy, time to suck it up. The Australian team is certainly modest in comparison to its predecessors, and Ricky Ponting is out of touch, but they are far from the rabble so often portrayed in Mr English's work. I can smell that humble pie on the way ... bon appetit Pete!

  • Indian_Bond on January 7, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Yousuf made a comment at the end of the penultimate day defending Kamran Akmal that he is such a wonderful batsmen that there it is just impossible to drop him. He is absolutely wrong. Kamran is in the team as a wicket-keeper. His batting skills are a very welcome bonus. But his primary role is that to keep wickets, which he fails quite regularly. Pakistan will not be a good side if they continue to carry a baggage like Kamran. Either he has to improve his keeping skills or be replaced. His runs are no use if he continues to drop catches.

  • Rag-Aaron on January 6, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    If the definition of man-of-the-match is for the player who had the most impact on the game then surely it should have gone to Kamran Akmal. If not for his butter fingers Pakistan would probably not have had to bat again. If I was Hussey I'd be embarrassed to accept the award (and probably would be trying to give it to Siddle for showing more grit than the entire rest of his team).

    Pakistan's fielding was the number 1 factor in them drawing the series in New Zealand (number two was the rain in the last game) and is the sole reason that they have ANY centuries this summer at all. Australia is possibly in a far sorrier state than we think. They've failed to dominate a thrown-together WI side and now the homeless Pakistanis. Next up is NZ (in tests) and they'll be thanking their lucky stars that Shane Bond and Iain Obrien won't be playing.

    Heaven only knows what will happen next time they face SA, England, India or Sri Lanka

  • toqeer_me on January 6, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I can't believe that he is still defending Kamran Akmal. 4 easy catches.. are you out of your mind that drop catches are part of games yes but not 4 by same person who has Gloves on (safe hands). Pakistan dropped about 16 + runouts catches in three Test matches... PCB has to take action about all this situation and clean all the mess If they don't then absoloutily thats the big fish right there....

  • toqeer_me on January 6, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    I read his one of the interview few days ago about fielding coach and I was surprised how can u talk about it. truth is he is a lazzy person he knows when the fielding coach will be appointed then he will make us work hard, even no won in the current team like to work hard, look at Akmal brother 6 chances ( 5 catches, 1 runout). terrible fielding..... I was awake 3 nights for the match and the work during the day and finaaly when i saw the field placing for Siddle I turned off the TV right away and went to bed and promised myself that I'm not going to watch Pakistan game anymore unless they cleanup the whole mess. God Bless Pakistan.... Amen

  • ray42 on January 6, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    The comments here say it all. There is a question on why Faisal Iqbal is in the team and why at number three - the answer is that all the other batsmen say no to playing at number 3 - they literally refuse it and hence Faisal is given the chance. He got a 60 in NZ, then 40 odd in Melbourne, and a 27 in the first innings (so out of his 6 innings, 2 have been worthwhile, the others not so much). The basic question is Kamran kmal's keeping and Yusuf's captaincy - these were the main reasons for the loss - the rest (including Imran Farhat), are always part of the reason. Why weren't Waqar and Intikhab senidng messages to the captain, when the the whole world could see what was happening. Unbelievable.

  • SaleemHatoum on January 6, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Yousuf should have batted much more responsibly than charging on a third rate leg spinner & least said about his captaincy the better. Misbha & Faisal should be bygones now. These Australian TV commentators are the most biased commentators I have witnessed in recent history.Dropping catches is unacceptable in baseball and cricket.These players aka cricketers are professionals & they are not paid handsomely just because they can hit 6's & 4's,they are paid because they are the best in what they do.I remember Imran Khan giving Tahir Naqqash on field thrashing for dropping Alan Border's catch in Karachi.No patting on the back for dropping of catches.Waqar's coaching has proven the fact the bowling improved many folds.Pakistan cricket team needs coaching in all departments irrespective of players experience.The reason professional sportsmen keep excelling is just because of continual coaching they receive throughout their professional life.Coaching builds technique,confidence &maturity

  • Humanoids on January 6, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    The only man happy out of this performance in Pakistan will be Younis Khan! This happens when Yousaf used guys like Misbah,Akmals and couple of others to get the helms of the captaincy. Ok now u got it, got screwed in a match, give an SOS call to Younis only shows ur indetermination and lack of killer instincts. When Inzi dropped Shoaib he never called him until he came by his own virtue. The same happened with Shoiab Malik, the same with Younis and now Yousaf is bearing the results of his own doings. I felt bad being a Pakistan team fan but this was outrageous! 34 for one and 140 odd all out? 3 dropped catches in a session of the same man by the same guy of the same bowler? and the guy is Vice captain? God!!!

    All i am happy is that pakistan have the bowlers, they will one day get batsmen!

  • khanpathan001 on January 6, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    15 years wait to see a hope of victory.A leader who cant lead, a keeper who cant keep and a team who cant teamup, is what Pakistan team is all about. Yousuf is not a leader and dont deserveto be Pakistan's captin. Kamran Akmal is not just a wicket keeper from the losing team but an embaressment for the team and the whole nation. A part timer wicket keeper will do better than him. Bring Younis khan back, he may not be in form but still better than Misbah and Faisal. Atleast he will bring confidence and energy in the team. I dont wanna lose any more of my sleep over Pakistan loses....A die hard fan of Pakistan cricket.

  • EjazMahmood on January 6, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    I can probably do better with a fishing rod in a bath tub than what Kamran Akmal did with his gloves in Sydney!

  • proudpak on January 6, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    can i just remind all that even in the 80's, 90's and early 2000's when pakistan were a stong side they still lost won games because of brittle batting, panic sets in and they collapsed mostly against the mighty west indians and australia - however they demolished all the other sides easily especially against the dosile indians and under performing england - also the excuses that yousef and pakistan is coming out are lame, for example to blame 20/20, can i remind all that australia, sri lanka and new zealand play 20/20 too yet they beat pakistan !! one dayers have been played for over 3 decades and only losing teams blam too many one dayers - i think its down to the players psyche, pakistan have lost the aggression in their game and the belief they are the best and superior to all other teams, this is the feeling all pakistani fans used to have about their team given to them from the great Imran Khan and miandad etc through to the 2 W's and then with shoiab akhtar.

  • Ayaz-from-Toronto on January 6, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    I do not have words to describe my disappointment and anger. After this pathetic loss, first selectors better be terminated with immediate effect for their poor selection of team. They wanted Younis Khan to play a domestic game so that they could assess his form. Ha! What a joke, I know Younis is not the wonder boy but the people they had selected before were not Bradman either. It is time for intikhab alam to give up. We need an energetic coach who understands the needs of modern day cricket. Although the team now requires the most basic training but yes, I think we need a new coach. Guys like Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal should be permanently banned. Then comes the issue of captaincy and we all know that Mohammad Yousaf despite being a very nice guy hasn't even got the minimum required to be a captain. Kamran Akmal dropped very simple catches but he is not the only culprit. Every innings they dropped four to five catches including last series.They require an overhaul.

  • Sunny_cold on January 6, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    sarfraz's firest class averge is far better then akmal and most importantly he is best wicket keeper in pak domestic but still presence of akmal shows talent is the not requirment to select for pak but u need some other things ... sorry akmal u dont deserve place in team even u played some special knocks (like one in karachi against india) but ur knocks came very seldom

  • leggetinoz on January 6, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Feel sorry for Pakistan, they deserved to win this game however they let Australia into it and as shown in many an occasion if you allow Australia to come back into it and give them a chance to win it they will take it. It is the competitive attitude which goes all the way down to backyard cricket. Pakistan seemed to be in a hurry but with over a day and a half they should have just knocked the total over risk free, however they seemed to try and see how quickly they can get the total so maybe there is merit to the T20 references. They need to learn patience. Also Akmals keeping was terrible

  • AvidCricFan on January 6, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    It is sad to see Pak team snatch defeat out of victory. The problem with the Pak team are on multiple fronts, lack of leadership, lack of batting strength, fielding strength and even bowling that is not anywhere close to Imran, Sarfaraz, Akram days.

    Fielding has been a weak point for most subcontinent teams. The primary reason I believe is due to the lack of playing on large grounds in the early formative days. Playing in streets/gullies do not develop good fielding skills. By the time young boys play in large grounds, they have lost good part of early formative period. Kids in other countries start playing in large grounds at very early age and they end up developing good fielding skills.

  • Sunny_cold on January 6, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    if u droped 6 cathes because dont want to win by an innings and (watson droped in single fin\gure and hussey dropped 3 times they almost added more than 175 runs after they were dropped ) then atleast chase 170+ to win a test if u cant chase that too then u really dont deserve to win ... third time in last 8 tests pakistan lost a match from a winning position against sir lanka thay were unable to chase a small total same case against new zealand and now against australia and as a pakistani that is really disappointing for me ... one last thing pakistan really make opposition's ordinary player a big player , hauritz is a new example

  • cric_freak88 on January 6, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    for 4 days every morning i've been waking at 3:30 in the morning to see ths match

    i knew pak wud do something awful ... n yes they did so ...

    sometimes i used to think y muhammad yousuf isn't counted among great batsmen ... now i kno why ... he;'s no where near greatness ... this is where inzamam was great ... pure match winner and pressure absorber ...

    its so weird ... pakistan dominated 3 days and just played bad cricket for 1 day and they lost it ?

    just speaks volume of how poor a side this team is !!

    pathetic to say the least ... its about time .. this teams needs major make over in the batting department ...

    many of us would b saying " ohh bring back malik ...oh plz ...he might score something in hobart but we need genuine batsmen .. who hav the technique to survive test cricket ...

    utterly disappointed !!!

  • NIT2222 on January 6, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Congrats on AUSSIE for a thrilling win....they outplayed pakistan.....no one can blame any one now or neither the defeat was because of short form of games..check australia they also play a lot of short form of games.....it was because they didnt play according to condition and yousuf did a big mistake by setting the defensive fielding......pakistan need to add their big stars like younis khan, shoaib malik and afridi to their squad and remove faisal iqbal,kamran akmal........and add some new service of wicket keeper.........even exclusion of saeed ajmall was big mistake on such wickets.....wat ever happnd has happnd....nw no use of talking of abt it .....pakistan should add these players to the team it will boost the team perfomance.......Lastly once again Congrats to Ponting and his Boys they played well and hope to continue it...........

  • pg8873 on January 6, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    What a disaster! always wanted Paki's in this position against India. But for the first time I was hoping that they win this one - As someone already said, very often you are in commanding position for 3 consecutive days against Oz. With this win, I can say it for sure that Oz is going to close this series with 3-0 All the best for the 3rd game guys, dump whoever you want - try to at least make it a draw.

  • Ram_Kumar_Madhira on January 6, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    I was following all the pakistan matches right from Boxing Day and has been glued to my comp for this Test, right after AUS dismal 1st Innings. beleive me I am never a big supporter of Pakistan though I watch their performance, but wanted Pak to win this series. I was shellshocked with the way pak lost wickets in 4th innings though was not surprised by the fight back of Hussey. I was rooting for Umran to guide and counting each run as they were closing, only to see them loosing. I also got a dream later that Pak won the match with last wicket....and i was surprised at myself, all in the dream. and I am an Indian.....Think how Pak's should feel and how the players should rue this. On day 4, I could see resemblances of India's match at sydney, which India lost closely...and created a controversy...I think this match nobody can complain of bad blood or lack of spirit etc. However Sydney has managed to produce another humdinger for Australia and a Hearbreaker to their opposition. Ram Mad

  • khalid83 on January 6, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    I ont think that this pakistani is justified in getting paid the millions of rupees that Pakistan is giving them. Their attitude is unprofessional. Lets dock their their pay 20% for every catches they drop! Then we will see how many catches Kamran akmal drops and cavaliarly says sorry mate! lets reduce his pay nad then say sorry mat!

  • poderdubdubdub on January 6, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    All I can say Mohammad Yusuf is not the one to lead anything in this world.Osman you have expressed the sentiments of an entire Nation, the Nation which is still stunned about what has happened on the fourth day in Sydney. Ian Chappell kept reminding the tv viewers what happened to Intikhab's team when in a similar situation they folded up for 105 needing 156 to win against Australia, Chappell was convinced of a repeat on the 6th Jan 2010. I had watched that particular match, I thought all that was a distant memory now.The times of Imran Khan and co. started a new era for Pakistan cricket, alas the past is back. The sooner the PCB opens its eyes the better, they need to take their share of the blame too. Look at India, how they have transformed into a genuine worldpower in cricket and a worthy number 1. If India can do it so can Pakistan but a totally new thinking is a must.

  • mmoosa on January 6, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Winning a test in Australia requires the following 10 factors: The basics have to be in prime order-batting technique,bowling accuracy,great ground fielding and catching.Then you add flair,tactics(captaincy and calculated aggression),stamina,experience(including the ability to win),form and above all temperament(ability to handle pressure and man-management). Id say of the 10 factors Pakistan had 3-bowling accuracy,stamina(in the bowling) and flair(bowling). Most of the other factors can be worked on whilst some may require change in personell and others require time. The bowlings okay and lets hope the team can build on this,strenghten the weak areas with better players gradually where appropriate,get fitter,improve tactically and get a good collective spirit going. Then they will win on a consistent basis as long as they are willing to imrprove. The road ahead is long but not impossible at all. Graeme Smiths team in Australia was a prime example of what is possible.

  • jhardyrocks on January 6, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    What a shameful display by Pakistan! Kamran, Misbah, Faisal, why are they being given chances over and over again? Misbah and Faisal are worthless! Not to mention our openers rarely provide a solid base to the innings. Lastly, Yousuf is absolutely deplorable as captain. He doesn't look like a captain on the field, neither does he act like one. He's got to be the most lethargic captain in Pakistan. Umar Akmal is the only one who showed some sense of responsibility until he completely lost his mind and went for a 6 off Bollinger. And by the way, where is Afridi??? We all know how useful his bowling can be, and sometimes batting if it clicks. Not to mention he can also hold on to catches. PCB just chooses to ignore him for test even though he's had a decent record lately.

  • kriskini on January 6, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    2 days back I thought this series is squared. The way pakistan lost can only be forgotten if they can lift T20 worlcup again this Coming April. I beleive Pakistan can.

  • sachin3741 on January 6, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    it was a GREAT PONTING SENT opportunity for pak to win against aussies,if pak would hv been put in first,they surely wud hv lost by an innings,ponting is lucky he mde the mistake against weak pak side or else he would hv paid a heavy price against any other team for his stupidity

  • Score on January 6, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Be realistic ... Pakistan team needs some real changes including captain, wicket keeper and batting lineup and last but not least PCB management. Pakistan need a aggressive Chairman and Captain otherwise we will see these test replays again and again as we have seen 3 times already in last 6 months. We are rebuilding team since World Cup 2003 and we are in 2010.... I would request to Pakistan government to WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHINIG FOR CRICKET FANS...

  • svsingh on January 6, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    As we are taught in basic cricket catches win matches and for an international wicketkeeper to drop 4 catches in one innings is totally unacceptable. but its not only k. akmal how many catches have pakistan put down so far in this tour. Also one thing to think about what if younis khan was playing in this series, the series could have been 1-1 or even 2-0 in favour of pakistan.Pakistan need younis vack in the team immediatedly, aprt from yousuf and young akmal hes their only other world class batsman.

  • burneyj on January 6, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Please,someone,tell me that you believe in fate and it was never Pakistan's fate to win this match, tell me that we are all governed by our destiny and we were destined to lose this match. I want an excuse for the defeat. I want to console myself. I want to continue believing. There are believers and there are losers. Australians never believed they would lose it and Pakistanis never believed they could win it.Ponting's attitude when defending a small total, his field placements after every ball, his belief in his bowlers after being hit by a number of boundaries, his body language, his never-say-die attitude is a lesson for all. He made his presence felt in the field, he was in the batsman's face all the time. Was he born with these abilities or did he learn them? Are champions born or made? Was he destined to win this match or did he make his own luck? I am still searching for the answers, excuses.Pakistan players have lost faith in themselves and it is a bad omen for times to come

  • coffeemachine on January 6, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Kamran, Misbah, Faisal, Salman Butt, Imran Farhat not needed. Kamran dropped the catches, Yousuf's field placings were horrible, but our batsman could not even make 177, what a shame. replacing kamran is important but our batting needs a fresh new look. we have yasser hameed, we had taufiq Umer and Asim Kamal, we toiled with their careers. these were purely test players and we added them to our one squad. need seperate squads for different formats...wake up Pak Cricket...if non-cricketers like us can see the loopholes how cant the Pakistani cricket professionals cannot.

  • Riz_W on January 6, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Punjab X1 is a joke. Kamran Akmal should not be in the squad anymore. We lost because of Kamran Akman. If you remember we also lost first test with Newzealand because of Akmal brothers who do not take the responsiblilty. It was almost the same situation, we only needed few runs but these two brothers played like they are playing on Lahore streets. Kamran Akmal should be out of the team forever.

  • SettingSun on January 6, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is the worst wicketkeeper by far amongst the test playing nations. He is absolutely abysmal. When you compare him to the giant strides made by Matt Prior and Brendon McCullum, you have to wonder why his keeping is getting worse. As for Faisal Iqbal, how does he keep getting picked? His record is awful - and he plays most of his matches on subcontinental pitches! But really, was anyone surprised Pakistan lost today? They are an absolute joke of the highest order. They have no idea how to construct a test match innings between them - I'm not impressed by Umar Akmal's shot a ball approach, it will come unstuck very soon. Awful, awful team.

  • p2bpaki on January 6, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I wonder what the odds were for australia to win the test match after day 3!!!!! Australia innocent....but Pakistan, guilty! I was going to fly to Australia, but why should i. If the team does not respect the fans, why should the fans respect the team.

  • nomro on January 6, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    In the early 90s Pakistan always had a better killer instinct that India and that's one quality that helped them win most matches, good matches against tougher opposition. In the new millenia the team seems to have lost most of that zing.

    The team was extremely good at chasing down stiff totals and that one tihing one admired about the Pakistan team.

    Most of the players are young with not much experience of Test cricket. The inefficiences of more experienced players like Misbah & Fisal isn't helping the cause either. The shifted focus on the young players more towards slam bang formats have resulted in such dramatic downfall.

    I guess fielding more Test specialist would certainly help because they apporach the game with Test cricket mentality and it shows when they take the field.

    The Board will have to do something quickly to arrest this fall thus stopping it from spiralling into a free fall.

  • dibbu on January 6, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    it looked like a possible fairy tale for a team marred by limited cricket. then kamran akmal started the comedy of errors, followed by yohana's equally amusing captaincy, and eventually it turned into a Shakespearean tragedy with pak team committing collective harakiri. there are very few occasions when i root for pak team (my teams are India, Windies, SA and England), and it was quite a joke to see my bet go down the drain! only pak cricket could manage it! laugh cry laugh cry!

  • ayan.164 on January 6, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I agree with those comments completely.The fact of the matter is Pakistanis must support Indians just as we support them in the International Cricket arena. The standard of domestic cricket is extremely high in Australia but same cannot be said for that of the subcontinental teams. In Aus, domestic players are treated on par with International stars, paid the highest pay packets in the world and told to either fight it out or return home.The pitches and grounds cover all disciplines of cricket - Adelaide=Batting paradise,Perth=Fast bowler's dream,SCG=Spin friendly wicket. The quality of pitches are made in order to accustom Aussies with all kinds of wickets and all opposition.

  • Babajani898 on January 6, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    It is sad to read and hear all what is being said in the comments. Surely the outcome was bad but one should never abandoned the support. I am not sure how many of the readers are familiar with American football. Does any one know when was the last time that Red Skins (washington DC football team) had a successfull season(15 years ago)yet when there is a game the stadiums are packed and the people host dinner to watch the game. Who recalls when was the last time Green Bay packers won the supperball?? (1997). I urge the readers try to watch the Green Bay Packers game on coming Sunday at NFL.com. Rise and fall is part of the game, good and bad days will come but enjoy the game for what it is worth. Never loose hope. look at the cricket history, Teams have risen and fallen. England have lost more world cup finals than any other team but look at the support they get when they play, stadiums are packed. So dear reader the point I am trying to make is be a supporter forever not just for wins

  • CaptainChaos on January 6, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    A shambolic display by a timid captain who refused to follow in the spirit of great captains before him, primarily Imran Khan. To field with such negativity and allow batsmen to play themselves in was the worst display of tactical aforethought I have ever witnessed, considering the bowling attack we have.

    At that point, the morning session of the fourth day, not only was it clear that Pakistan were likely going to lose, but it was also clear that they deserved nothing but to lose. Yes Akmal should be dropped, Misbah, and Faisal too, in fact after this display perhaps even Yousuf should be asked to politely relinquish his captain's badge. The repercussions for them should be severe, and rightly so.

  • RAKakar on January 6, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Following Pak cricket for more than 3 decades,there is nothing new but still sad to lose like this.Losing after fight never is.Immediate measures after next test would be to change skipper;drop Kamran,Faisal,Misbah and go for some young guns.A- teams/u-19 visits down under be planned.A sports psychologist and batting coach be hired.Media for GOD sake stop campaign for players like Rauf.Performing good at first class never means you are world class.See Mansur Akhtar,Hasan Raza. Last of all PCB should behave mature.Never bend to players like Shoaib,but dont bend playres like Younus arm for cicket sake

  • stalefresh on January 6, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is the single biggest factor for Pakistan's loss. It is not about the inability to chase 176 (better batting sides have cripled in the past during the 4th innings) and it is also not about the captaincy. It is purely about taking your chances and completely knocking out the opposition. The catches Kamran dropped could have been taken by Boycott's grandmom - there is absolutely no explanation for an international wicketkeeper to drop them the way he did. It was shameful to be honest.

  • saeed_babar34 on January 6, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    OUR TEAM NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENT....THEY DON,Y HVE TO WIN JUST AN INNINGS THEY HVE TO WIN THE MATCH.....IT WAS A CHASEABLE TARGET....COME ON BOYS PLZ DO GOOD IN ONE DAYERS AND T2O MATCH......WE WANT U TO COME BACK WITH BOTH TROPHIES ONE DAY AND T20...OUR PRAYERS ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU.......SAEED ZAMAN BABAR

  • Hiteshdevilliers on January 6, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Forget the dropped catches, forget the defensive mindset going into day four, how the heck could this team not chase down 176 on an excellent day four Sydney pitch, one of the best for batting. Had Pakistan chased down that score, which they should have, the imminent cracks in the side wouldn't have come under such scrutiny. Even though I'm not a Pakistani fan, this performance really makes me feel angry as well. Pakistan have shown here that no matter how well they play against Australia, they are absolutely determined to keep their losing streak alive. In terms of shock defeats, shades of Hobart 1999 here as well. PAKISTAN ONLY KNOW HOW TO WIN AGAINST INDIA. Look at their batsmen and bowlers records since Pakistan began playing cricket ij the 50's. Heck, look at the current batting line-up record against India. Misbah and Faisal, three centuries between them, all against India.

  • safir17 on January 6, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I dont blame younis khan for leaving he never gained the authority and respect inzy had, with fringe players like misbah who is about 34 he could be replaced by afridi a prosperous batsmen and a epic spin king, afridi could inspire and guide the late middle order whereas misbah hasnt got an idea even though he is a senior! faisal iqbal probably in the team as his uncle javed miandad was a batsmen in his own class faisal needs to go to a batting class theres no point him using the nets. the openers a disgrace salman butt seems hes been around for ages yet he is not capable of exceeding the talent he once had. His counterpart farhat is more or less the same pathetic and untalented. and who included fawad alam in the squad what does he do brought in for fielding i say, kamran akmal was playing like a goalkeeper than a wicketkeeper, yousef is a disgrace hes turned his back on pakistan cricket once to often. ajmal just has his doosra and he cant even bowl that properly. saf uk 15 yrs old

  • Ali.R on January 6, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Totally agree with you Mr. Osman. I was totally amazed when I heard Yousuf's opinion at the end of the third day. He was like, when you are playing a side like Australia you could not be sure that you will win. For God's sake man, if the captain carries such a negative attitude, how can we expect the team to be motivated. Even at the after match ceremony, he goes like I hope we win the last match but you never know. Absolutely disappointing. If you can't think you can beat Australia then why in the world are you even playing. My opinion is that this team needs a good psychologist, some one who can work on the team's confidence. Doesn't matter how crazy Younis is but at least the guy believes in himself. Yousuf is just pathetic.

  • vakkaraju on January 6, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    They lost the match on the second day second session when the middle order threw everything away. Yousuf, Umar, et al got out after getting set to some rash strokes. They settled for lead of 200 when 300 was easily achievable. Did they not know it was only the 2nd. day ?? The nightmarish keeping of Kamran Akmal, did not help. The chase was much of the same. They had 5 sessions to score 176. Again misplaced machismo. Was it a case of more balls than brains.

  • rajsn on January 6, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    some people are wondering, how could pakistan lose this match and claiming they should be stripped of test matches. Let me clarify, I am a staunch Indian supporter, but I would like to remind all those guys who might have forgotten about our chases of Chennai, Zimababwe, Antigua and also SA test in 2008, Sydney 2008. In all these matches India failed to chase 258, 250+,120+ and in the SA test in India, our guys were bowled out for just 80+. Now, let me come to the point. This pakistan side isnt used to winning in Aus and they were so overcome by the feeling of winning, they threw the match. I think younus khan needs to be retained, Faisal thrown out. Kamran replaced, Misbaah two. Three out and only one in. Rest two, the pakistan cricket board and fans know who are their best players, some one suggested asim kamal, sarfaraz etc... Things would improve, there is always a tomorrow.

  • bsmith863 on January 6, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Although I agree with most comments about players like Iqbal, Kamran, etc. being dropped at least until they get back in form, there's one thing I absolutely disagree with. And that is that T20 (read IPL) is to blame for the present state of Pakistan Test cricket. Aren't great fielding and catching the hallmarks of T20 and even the 50-over formats? Pakistan's batters playing like they were playing the shorter formats of the game and losing their wickets is understandable. But dropping 1 catch every session??!!! Who or what do you blame for such disastrous performances in the field day in day out??!!

    Pak needs to get a decent coach... and they need to do it soon, before it is all a lost cause. Oh, and did I mention a major overhaul of the selection policy and selection board is due!

  • sugavp1 on January 6, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Well slammed! Pakistan Cricket is a thing of the past. Dead!

  • golmol on January 6, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan had already lost the match when kamran akmal dropped the first catch of mike hussey.First of all paki team should realize that they are playing against the all great ausies they are not kiwis who give chances again and again they give chances once in a blue moon and the only reason they go with kamran akmal is his batting but they dont have brains knowing that misbah is out of form they should have dropped him and instead of misbah they should have gone with sarfaraz ahmed who they already sent back to pakistan which was the most foolish decesion ever made by the team management. By playing Sarfaraz Kamran would only had to concentrate on his batting and sarfaraz is a great keeper who hardly miss a chance this would have made our batting strong and fielding would have been much more satisfactory

  • anderson2010 on January 6, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Well at least this result sorts out the men from the boys. Bravo, Australia. Well done guys. I wouldn't get too carried away though, Australia only won against hyped up but in reality very mediocre pakistan side. Pakistan has one batsman yousuf. Two akmals are just sloggers, Openers are non existant. Bowling it nothing to shout home about. Asif, gul, and rest of the company are just run of the mill trundlers. They weren't even able to dislodge australian tail easily this morning. Still nothing should be taken away from Australia. They have been the ferrari of cricket world for last 15 years and with attitude like this they will continue to boss around other teams for another 15 years.

  • Cricketencyclopedia on January 6, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Australia began day 4 on 286 for 8 with a lead of 80 runs. Pakistan had the match in their favour. I must admit that I am flabbergasted by Mohammed Yousuf's approach to the game on day four. He was neither aggressive nor positive, and looking at the body language of the players, they were not happy with the captain's tactics. I'm quite certain that Pakistan have lost the best opportunity of winning the test match, and keeping the series alive. Their defeat in the second test match will surely drain their confidence.

  • nurkhan on January 6, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Why selectors select Fiasal Iqbal??????? Because of Javed Miand or because of his continuous failures. I have never seen an innings that would justify his selection. Now its time for PCB to get rid of him.

  • Kentaro on January 6, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    It's amazing, comments like these were flowing for 3 days except replace Yousuf with Ponting. English,Roebuck and 95% of comments on this site were bashing Ponting. How do those words taste? You guys have been eating them for years.

  • fiveinn on January 6, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Like Osman Samiuddin concluded, If you don't believe you can win you will never win. And that was the case with Pakistan.

  • straightdrive123 on January 6, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I support India, but, I feel sorry for you Pakistani Fans, its only you guys to blame, you put the cricket players on a very high pedestal, you make them larger than life, you make them feel invincible, they start thinking no matter whether they perform on the field or not they will be national heros forever, they become incredibly arrogant ( Classic example one.... Shoiab Akhtar ) ,what do you expect ?. This happened some years ago in India, till the Board got tough and people got selected only on performance and younger players started getting a chance to prove, I am sure there are a lot of talented youngsters in Pakistan aswell, eager to prove themselves in the International Arena. Get rid of corruption in selection, rise above petty regional politics, this is the only way to improve in the long term, you will then be able to compete with quality international teams like INDIA. Good Luck !!!!

  • catchy_nick on January 6, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    !!! the only reason it ever performed well under imran was because he was an amazing captain.......a true leader who understood the game....developed people and their confidence......wasim....waqar.....inzi....all legends of the game.....only exist because of him.....you wouldve never seen him curl up in a fetal position and suck on his thumb like yousuf did......moyo isnt even leading from the front when it comes to his batting....at one time he was one of the top 5 batsmen in the word....now with the pressure of captaincy even that has gone down....afridi (i think he is already in aus right now) should be considered for hobart, and younis should be flown in.....i agree with giving malik a shot at opening.....drop misbah, farhat and iqbal......

  • catchy_nick on January 6, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    PART I....yesterday was exactly why i wanted afridi on that field. moyo looked gutless and nutless, drooping shoulders, bad body language, unagressive. he did not fire up his fielders and bowlers. everybody looked like they were just done smoking pot. afridi on the other hand is a more take charge guy. he ... See Morewouldve charged up his troops, he is like bravo in a way.....he can make things happen by creating energy onfield. just watch the way hes been carrying himself when he is fielding. hes a great fielder himself (one excellent fielder can make a huge difference to the others)......he hardly ever drops catches....after the first drop he wouldve gone to kamran and fired him up.....given him confidence....pep talk...something....yousuf seemed to looked the other way everytime akmal dropped hussey. this team needs a friggin leader!!!

  • Bhakkar786 on January 6, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    100% coward was they way i describe that dismall day 5. I was so angry and upset at the fact that we lost due to lack of heart, courage and most importantly beleif in ability. Losing a test match isn't the end of the world. But a team of pakistan's condition playing in australia, this was a opputunity to be taken without thought. Instead we decided to place each man on the boundary and watch Hussey and Siddle take the game from us. Not only was it stupid it was ignorant especially from Yousuf as his field placings were to the standard of a 5 year old. What ever happened to our leaders, i loved pakistan cricket becuase we had greats, we had warriors and we had heart. Today we have 11 sheeps in a field trying to play cricket. Major changes need to made for the future of our contries cricket; captaincy - afridi to be replace yousuf - he is a leader wicketkeeper - kamran needs to be put out of his misery fielding - in need of some basic training

  • cjscanada on January 6, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    I am very surprised at all these reactive comments. This is a Pakistani side post Imran Khan and if there is one thing in common about a neutral view, is that this side is very unpredictable. They have the ammunition to defeat the best of sides and loose to the worst team. Do not expect a win even in the most advantageous position. Finally cricket is about a team game and not a personal agenda. You need a mental motivator to instill self-belief more than coach as Pakistan lacks no dearth in talents. Play for your country not yourself. Take a bold move and make Ameer has a captain. I beleive this is one young tough and confident kid. Right Graeme Smith? Ponting is not a great captain he has Australian players. Finally Yousuf may be a good player but his personal agenda is bad for a team. If you want a good team get rid of the tried, even Yusuf and back your young players. They may loose some on the way but they will be a united lot. Best wishes from a fan.

    Charles

  • Nabeel on January 6, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    This was a bizarre performance by any Pakistan side I have witnessed since the defeat to the Irish in the world cup. The turning point of the test match was Kamran dropping the Test as well as the field placement by our ever-negative captain Yousuf! How could he have even thought about having a field pattern so spread while only 2 wickets remain? Truly he is a genius at masterminding a loss. Sad for cricket than Pakistan cricket today as the latter truly seems to be unrealistic in the cricketing world from selection to administration and other matters we shouldn't even talk about! Truly a sad state for Pakistan cricket.

  • kalyanghosh on January 6, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    I am still stunned. When Pakistan lost in Melbourne , I had commented that Pakistan would square up in Sydney. Last night(since I reside in W.Indies) when I was watching Australians bat, I was surprised to see Pakistani bowlers taking so much time to take last 2 wickets.Field placing was also bad.However, when I saw Pakistan score 14 without loss in their second innings, I thought they would win and went to sleep.Today morning when I saw they have lost inspite of having a strangle hold on the match, I do not know what to say.I realise that when such losses happen we generally tend to overreact.This needs to be avoided. Instead , PCB should seriously introspect what has happened to its team and take corrective measures. They need to find a captain of Imran's stature and I feel Younis Khan, in the present crop , should be tried out as a captain.

    Kalyan

  • swat1999 on January 6, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    It is time to think about Faisal Iqbal, Misbah and Kamran's fate, Lets young star opportunity to play for pakistan, I never believe that keeper drop 4 catch in a single innings!!, pakistani ground fielding and catching too poor as they play like ameture cricket, pak tail enders are too lazy to bat, they get panik to defend a bawler, most of the test playing nations bowlers can bat but pakistani bowlers can't, You have to pay for every catch you drop, if this is continue i'm sure you unable to drawn a single test mach in future

  • Sreerang on January 6, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    It hurts. I am an Indian and a neutral, but still it hurts. And a lot many Indians will understand the agony being felt by the Pakistani fans as we also have gone through similar circumstances.. Mental strength plays a huge role in any international sport and Pakistan team lost it in their minds. Belief is more important than talent or technique. I think the Pakistani team simply could not believe that they were in a winning position and so were just not prepared to win.

  • jothmg on January 6, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Time and again it was said/suggested to have a coach who can work on the strong mental toughness in players. There is no need (actually not the focus point on this) work on the technique, all of them have talent and potential. Only thing needed is the mental toughness and control in tough times. Remember these are the qualities which makes Australia the best team in the world. Display in second innings (batting, bowling and fielding) by Pakistan clearly shows the lackness of mental toughness and ability to perform under pressure. When a player like Yusuf cannot stand the pressure, then definitely there is something very important and vital lacking in Pakistan cricket which is hindering them to become world class team.

    I would not comment on Wicketkeeping of Kamran, his performance speaks for itself.

  • White_Mouse on January 6, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    I did really difficult to find a word to describe the pathetic loss. I must believe Pakistan can stop playing test matches before ICC pulled off the test match status against Pakistan. They need more discipline batting in order to win the test match. I never thought that they will have the kind of habit to win the test matches. It is not only the team's problem; if you dig the issue little further you may understand the root cause of the matter. County level initiation is the primary area where we need to concentrate more. Moreover PCB has the potential to do the sweeping alteration in the team. But they didn't do that, no idea what is happening behind the scene. It's really necessarily to do the alteration at least in the test level. We can give youngsters to rise rather than losing with the same king of old useless cricketers. I still strongly believe that the Pakistan team have the potential to beat any of the world team,but need to be tuned in the management level as well

  • AliOnline on January 6, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Before the start of the fourth day, team Australia MUST have been sure to lose this match. At 80/8, you would fancy less than 1% of your chance to win. Then came the 13 players on the field; and we saw Yousuf's terrible field placements. It seemed as if the Pakistan captain was a man who had just started playing cricket, one who doesn't know what kind of field to set at a certain stage of a game. I witnessed Asif, Gul & Sami all pleading Yousuf for close in fielders. Many times Yousuf got called up from mid off to the bowlers mark for a request for changing the field. Everytime he shook his head. When the bowlers were running up, Yousuf was biting his nails and spitting them out, or looking behind him. Kamran Akmal dropped Hussey 3 times, and Siddle once on day four. These were catches-as Shane Warne put it-even a five year old would take.

  • ShahidAfridiFan on January 6, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    GREAT NEWS, AFRIDI HAS MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE FOR THE 3RD TEST IN HOBART.

    ITS TIME FOR THE SELECTORS TO SEE SOME SENSE AND INCLUDE HIM IN THE SQUAD FOR THE 3RD TEST

    afridi is already in australia playing for T20 big bash tournament

    ^^this is according to pakpassion.net where AFRIDI gave an exclusive interview

  • Riz_W on January 6, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Shame on you selectors & Coach, shame on you PCB. If they have any respect for themselves (which I doubt) they should resign.

    Sorry Guys I don't understand why you are keep saying that Pakistan has lost with Australia. We should call it Punjab X1 lost to Australia. Yes, this is true. Sorry, I don't mean to create a wrong philosopy here but if you analyze it is true. It does not matter how you perform if you are from anywhere Punjab. Like Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik etc. Selectors will keep you selected regardless of their performances. We lost this match ONLY BECAUSE OF KAMRAN AKMAL. If he can drop Mike Hussey 3 times when he was on 22, 43 and 52 then what you expect. When he (Kamran) came to bat at a crucial time when team need him, how he was playing. Sorry, it does not matter, he is from Punjab so he will be in the team for next test and ODIs. Well done Australia, you showed a self-respect and a great fighting sprit to come back and win the match.

  • ArUNN118 on January 6, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    its correct!!! nyway hats off to UMAR.. his innings was inspirational.. his seniors should learn frm him :p

  • SantanuM on January 6, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    i kept following this match because i knew pakistan team will panic, and aus will grab that moment. Pak team was always inconsistent. But in the past, in a good way. but now it pathetic to watch their inconsistency.

  • jimjaanu on January 6, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Its terrible to have any emotional bond with such a pathetic team, but we can't resist it. A team that is full of grouping, where certain players, drop catches and get away with it. Imagine a goal keeper in football or hockey allowing three to four goals to the apposition team and still the captain of the team supports that player because according to captain he scores runs. The point is then why not try a "proper"wicket keeper a let him play as a batsman. As he can not be dropped under any circumstances, whether the team looses or wins.The there are likes of Misbah ul Haq in the team who should better do gardening a instead of trying to learn batting at this stage of life.In short captain if the captain can not set the fielding himself he should better hire an advisor or a coach for field placement. Best of luck to the rising sun of Pakistan Cricket.

  • burneyj on January 6, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    There are believers and there are losers. Australians never believed they would lose it and Pakistanis never believed they could win it. Please, someone, tell me that you believe in fate and it was never Pakistan's fate to win this match, tell me that brave men make their own luck; tell me that we are all governed by our destiny and we were destined to lose this match. I want an excuse for Pakistan's defeat. I want to console myself. I want to continue believing. Ponting's attitude when defending a small total, his field placements after every ball, his belief in his bowlers after being hit by a number of boundaries, his body language, his never-say-die attitude is lesson for all captains. He made his presence felt in the field, he was in the batsman's face all the time. Was he born with these abilities or did he learn them? Are champions born or made? Was he destined to win this match or did he make his own luck? I am still searching for the answers, excuses for the defeat.

  • mh.navuda on January 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I am disappointed with the loss to Pakistan. I looked at the result as Pakistan lost it rather than Australia won it. I don't think Australia a did terrific effort in pulling this one from no where.The only Test playing nation who can loose this from that position is Pakistan. Its known by the Australian. They didn't panic even though they are 8 down last day. I am thinking that why Pakistan selector not looking at the alternate keeper. Looks like the innings against India in Karachi saving him from axe. If i am the selector he was not even playing in the First class cricket now. Why Pakistan persisting with him. I never seen a keeper dropping the catch for same bowler for same batsmen 3 times in a single test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. God............... needs to save the pak cricket

  • zpyrm on January 6, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    This is very harsh.. Cricket is a funny game and Pakistan are obviously going to struggle badly with consistency as they only play half the test cricket as any other nation, they are playing a very formidible and spirited team, they are away from family during the christmas holidays. Albeit, even being Australian I nearly cried when Umar Akmal lollipopped Bollinger. However, this is not my major concern, on the Australian footage of the test commentator and former test captain Mark Taylor was talking to Yousuf as if he were a child, and Ponting was commenting on the Pakistan cricket team as if they were a under-11 team.. We all know that Pakistan has it's fair share of downs in tests but we should not be condescending towards them we should respect thier cricketing ability, for Pakistan did give Australia a real big wake-up call.

  • ahmed_syed on January 6, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    I never understood the concept of making Yousuf captain for both formats to begin with. Shahid Afridi was the VC for ODIs so technically he should have been given the captaincy for the ODIs in Younis Khan's absence. I hope PCB realizes that NOW and puts him in command for the ODIs in Australia... so we salvage some sort of pride. With the tests being played the way they are right now Afridi should reconsider playing in ALL 3 formats and when Younis Khan decides to come back the PCB can revisit the captaincy issue then.

  • TwitterJitter on January 6, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    The tendency when this sort of thing happens is naturally to overreact and do aggressive changes to the team, when what is needed is for calmer minds. They still have a good bowling going for them. Like Dhoni said, rather than blaming formats, individual players or something else, what Pakistan team needs now is a change in mindset. When they went bat chasing 176, they should have really had a mindset that they were chasing 400 or 500. That would helped them settle down and calmed their nerves. These sort of small totals are always tricky and they should have had a mindset that they were chasing a big total and needed an achor to settle down and direct the innings. Instead they had their minds fixated on176 and collapsed before they reached there. Experience teaches these things and experienced players should have taken a lead here.

  • Hashsham- on January 6, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Please do the following measures immediately in order to restore the cricket soul in Pakistan. 1) PCB administration and selection committee overhauling (in real). 2) Introduce Green top pitches in the first class set up especially in QEA Trophy. 2) Retire players who are consistent slackers (Misbah, Shoaib, Faisal, Kamran). 3) Recruit players with potential and give them chances ( eg Asim Kamal, Khalid Latif, Tanveer Khan, Sarfraz wicket keeper etc). 4) Bring Shahid Afridi as a Captain (as we need a Captain with courage) 5) Appoint a Psychologist (not a GORA though) for mental strength in every tour. 6) We need a real coach, not a couch potato. 7) Please get rid of 'Parchi' system culprits from top to bottom.

    To implement these reforms we need a stronger body on top of PCB to advice and watch PCB and selection Committee. Never lose hope as our beloved country and team will overcome this turmoil and will come back very strongly, InshaAllah.

  • savy123 on January 6, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    well! no surprises :) ... pakistan have always been like this ... wen was the last time they were a dominant force to be reckoned with for a lengthy interval <<scratches>> perhaps their maiden period of entry into this frame 1950s.Those Fazal Mahmoods, Hanif Mohammads --- took the intn'l business by its scruff and they WON consistently considering evrything!! Ian chappel once described them as "green chilllies" way back in 1990s hahaha they arent any better -- irresistable to savor ONLY AT TIMES. At other times they offer themselves with full spice .. lol Well my contemporaries would argue the 1980s .. I would bash them up by saying that India is Australia of subcontinent, Pak cud never transit beyond being SAF .. :P

  • maxymax on January 6, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    It was really a very sad day for Asian cricket. Though an Indian and fan, I'm an ardent fan Pakistan against other teams. It was so evident how dreadful and uninspiring a captain Yousuf is. They really need somebody with a fighting and do-or-die attitude at this juncture. No matter what, Kamarn should go. The best combination that wins most matches is that of wicketkeeper and spinner. If you want a batsman who can keep, you will find dim a dozen, but they don't win matches!

  • arunbhardwaj on January 6, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    i think dropping too many catches is responsible for pakistan's downfall in this match.As somebody has rightly said "catches win matches",pakistan need to work on the basics of fielding and running first of all then only the situation will improve. Kamran Akmal drop too many catches.Anybody can make a mistake but repeating same mistake again and again is not acceptable at international level. Although Akmal bats well but his primary task is to keep the stumps well and he has failed to do so.Pakistan must try an alternative for him.Let him go to the nets so that he can sort out his problem.

  • katochnr on January 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    i was firmly rooting for pakistan here (even though am an indian) but really with them it's totally bipolar .. the whole akmal and yousuf thingy was a comedy of errors and then they lost magnificently (a special applause for that) .. pakistan in tests the past year or two have been like the stock markets on the way down .. spectacular occasional bounce backs, but in back of the mind you know that the battle is already lost .. but oh well at least we had an interesting test match (tragic ending notwithstanding)

  • khalidnazim on January 6, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    This is how you loose a match. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The state of our cricket team just reflects the state our nation. We have become Mediocre as a nation so how can we expect our team to do any better? There are sparks of individual brilliance here and there and sometimes we click as a team only to become complete losers the next day. Like the country, our cricket team first needs a Captain with a sense of purpose. A purpose to win every game - mentally and physically. Someone who inspires team members and makes them shake in their pants if they waiver from the single purpose of winning a game. At the end its the state of mind that gets you a win not just your talent.

  • deardr on January 6, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I am totally disappointed over Pakistan loss,this is pathetic,Pakistan played really bad today and they missed a golden opportunity to beat Australia.I cant imagine they failed to chase only 176 having almost 2 days of remaining play,this is not only poor captaincy but an overall poor performance of batting line up and for last so many months our batting has been a complete let down and even bowling cant be described as extra ordinary cos they failed to put pressure and allowed to build a partnership at the end,thanks to extremely poor keeping by kamran akmal which added insult to injury.This particular match was under complete Pakistan's control for last 03 days and at the end they invited a humiliating defeat for themselves,which is due to poor concentration,fragility and lack of leadership.We really miss a strong captain like Imran Khan,there is no doubt about that,but my question is why whole Pakistani team doesnt learn from their mistakes and keep on showing poor performance???

  • OT12 on January 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Only 2 people to blame for Yousaf (Captain) Kamran (Vice Captain and Wicket Keeper or Goal Keeper) I'm not saying out by emotions but its a fact we forced Younis out of team by Politics of Shoaib Malik, Kamran and Misbah and now we don't have a No, 3 batsman and a great captain who knows how to dictate terms on and off field. selectors and looking at Younis form in domestic matches comon get a life Misbah scored 250 in domestic and he came back in Newzeland and he is not scoring runs and keep in mind form is temporary and class is permanent and Younis is class as far as the changes are required drop kamran bring sarfaraz, drop misbah bring back Younis Khan, drop Faisal and bring back Asim kamal. wake up PCB wakeup.

  • Cricketing-Genius on January 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Pakisthan is a PANICSTHAN. They don't have balls to play professional criket. All they do and criticise and blame others. They should learn from INDIA, How to beat Australia. India is a true No.1 Test side.

  • Ishtiak on January 6, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Pakistan cricket team, but I never even imagined that Pakistan would lose this match. It was horribly shocking. I was almost certain that Pakistan had this one in their bag. Alas! I was wrong, when I woke up in the morning and checked out the Live scoreboard, I literally had my eyes popping out in shock. The scoreboard displayed 134/8, and the rest is just history. I think some guys here mentioned about Afridi to be selected as Pakistan captain; I do not know about Afridi but Pakistan definitely needs an attacking captain and one who can motivate his team to recover from this shocking defeat mentally and technically.

  • smitha101 on January 6, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    pakistan's future to win matches seems bleak. all they know how to bat is in subcontinent only. with no more matches in home, i think their test team tag will be a quetion mark. Now In subcontinent they can only play in srilanka , ( with less money i dont think PCB will play their team in Bangaldh) srilanka is a tough team to beat in their own land for pakistan. just wonder why cant they think of avoid test.

  • shebbyk on January 6, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    It's been a pleasure reading these open and honest comments from supporters of Pakistan. I watched the match last night also almost in tears and the strangest thing was that even the commentators and the studio guest Mark Butcher didn't understand Yousuf's tactics. Pakistan have been involved in match fixing scandals previously and the last day of this match and the way Pakistan seemed to throw it away intentionally makes me wonder... God forgive them if this is what they did.

  • glorydays on January 6, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    I was so disgusted by Pakistan's performance. what makes this more appalling is that this Australian team is beyond mediocre. with the exception of Ponting they are a bits and pieces team that cannot hold a candle to Australian greats like Border, Boon, the Chappell brothers, Lillee and Thompson.......let's not forget that yesterday one author referred to their bowling as leaderless...today we have the decision to field "vindicated". Cricket like so much else is suffering from a lack of honesty. the likes of Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson wouldn't last an over against the likes of Miandad, Gavaskar, Richards or even Gooch and Gower. Let's just accept that with few exceptions we're watching third rate cricket all over the world.

  • cric_fan2010 on January 6, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Pakistan is a totally pathitc team. How in the world they cant' get 176. They should've have really wont thoese 2 test. I would say we need to get rid of oen of the openers, Mish, Iqbal and Akmal. Let's really bring some guys from domestic who are performing well since Pak is losing anyways.

  • straightdrive123 on January 6, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Having watched the pre lunch session of day 5 in the Second Australia-Pakistan Test match last night, I could not believe what I was seeing, the total lack of imagination in the captaincy, dismal standards of fielding ( dropped catches ) and above all poor body language and lack of enthusiasm in the fielding side, tempted me to think was there more than what met the eye, it was bizzare to say the least, How can a Pakistani Cricket side, always known to be fiercely competitive on any cricket field be so disinterested in winning a game, given to them by the Aussies on a platter. WHAT'S GOING ON ????? I thought the game was now clean ....

  • syedusman on January 6, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    My tv was stolen 15 years back, i got a tv on 2nd day of 2nd test. I put alarm of 5:45 am in morning but my joy woke me up at 4 am today, it was like 0 degrees in morning so i dint want to get out of bed. I put on my cricinfo through my mobile internet and started reading commentary. At 5 i said enuff and switched on tv. I was dejected :( in the end i just wanted to throw my new sony bravia out of the window. more over it was a working day. my head is spinning right now. the first thing i do at my office is go to cricinfo, as i'm a big lover of cricket but today i am here just to express my feeling how much i'm hurt today. I might not have been so hurt on the day we lost to india in quarter final 1996. Please for God sake tell me i saw a nightmare and when i wake pakistan has won it :((.. we just wanted a little joy for us in all the bomb explosions..alaaaassss

  • 741258Aa on January 6, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I can't really believe that they lost..... At day three the Aussies were 80-8 (mentally). Some might even get a shock hearing the score and another one when hearing its a Pakistani team bowling them out.... And I agree with "dandyscorpio" they really should convince Afridi to play Tests, he seems much more mature and good in front of Yousuf.... Its not that I disrespect him its just that I dont think he is a Captain type. In the first Test I even heard the commentators saying that " I think Yousuf is just captain for decoration". Like in the World T20; Afridi and Younis ran to the bowler after every delivery helping him out with the plan of the next ball, I just dont see Yousuf doing that kind of thing. But well at last I think we can only do one thing ; Wish Pakistan good luck with the last Test (Which they are gonna win InshaAllah).

  • shanii24 on January 6, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I think we should all put enough comments here to get some attention and then get some sense into pakistan cricket. IF not then just put test cricket for pakistan on hold cuz we are making too many shameful moments for years to come.

  • afridi102 on January 6, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    I didn't read all comments... but i am sure all pakistani fans are hurt.... Hrt beause of loosing to australia? NO , we always loose to australia... hurt for loosing? No, we are used of loosing recently... But husrt because the way we lost this match, it was looking like pakistani were playing agaisnt pakistanis... the were playing : who is the worst fielder? who can captain worst than me (yousuf)? Who will be the first to go back to the pavillion??? Really heartbreaking loose... 4 sleepless nights for this? We deserved better, Pak team, especially the batsmen, especially Yousuf let us down today.. I was a big fan of him, but today all changed for me...

    I will TRY to not watch the last match of this series if Afridi is not called back... He is a so smart cricketer, can be a so good captain but Pakistani are always doing their best to loos, not to win... Shoaib malik (NZ series), Misbah ul haq, faisal iqbal, imran farhat and salman butt should never be called agian in the squad...

  • afridi99 on January 6, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Shame a big shame. Its pathetic what's is really happening to pakistan they have got bunch of talents but they are unable to transform it to win mathes. First aginst sri lanka and then against new zealand and austrtalia. Pak today has just thrown away this match. They could have easily won this match. The first thing that pak has to do now is to bring back afrifi into the test sideand give him the responsibility of the captain. He is the man that can motivate pakistan out of this. Pak today has been much more defensive then it really had to be . They shouls be united and to something really special. Pakistan today lack the spirit that it used to be in the time of inzamam and imran khan. Now pakistan team needs a real man to do something really very special.

  • MattyHayden69 on January 6, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    I don't want to sound harsh but I'm Aussie and i cannot see how Faisal Iqbal can be in this team. Am I missing something? Could a Pakistani please tell me how he can be playing test cricket let alone at no. 3. Confusing

  • Azmat_Siddiqui on January 6, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    It is disgusting to see our cricketers to fail once again. We got a very old cricket coach in Intikhab Alam, a coward and thoughtless captian in Yousuf and a wicket keeper, Kamran Akmal who drops catches at crucial stages habitually. Kaneria dropped Watson twice. Out of these 5 even one catch was held Pakistan could have won. Our cricketers are too keen to join IPL. Please let them go on one way ticket. Yousuf, Misbah, Faisal, Kaneria and Kamran Akmal should be kicked out. Bring in new faces. We may loose. But younger players will learn and settle soon.

    Kaneria is too old to improve his fielding and should be dropped. Umar Akmal shouild be told to improve his fielding.

    Azmat Siddiqui, Cananada

  • shanii24 on January 6, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    The performance was so bad that i have no other option than to quit watching pakistan playing test matches. As a devoted fan of test cricket, its sad and heartbreaking to see bunch of so called professional playing worst than a club side. I quit!

  • apyboutit on January 6, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    God bless this Pak team!! Only they can loose like this! Even the Ozs must be feeling confused!! What a tragedy! One disaster of day for test cricket. An unnecessary record created due to absolutely spineless and beliefless play. This record will require some impossible lightning bolt of a poor quality play by another such team to break! Interesting to see how many will be willing to buy the tickets for the next match! Alas, I had already started thinking of a 2-1 win for Pak!. Curse me! What was I thinking?!

  • shiva_slogsout on January 6, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Pakistan have never ever had the Batting talent to equal 50% of their bowling at once. They have had some good talents in Anwar, Inzy, Yousuf, but not all at the same time with the likes of Akram, Younis, Akhtar, Asif and the rest. Even if they have had sometimes, their Batting had let them down consistently. I have been firm follower of Pakistan bowling over the years and also wondered many times how they could produce a Great Fast Bowler day in and day out, but at the same time have also wondered how could they lose matches like these. The Pakistan team of 1999-2000 was the Best (with Aamir, Anwar, Ijaz, Inzy, Yousuf, Razzaq, Moin, Azhar, Saqlain, Akram, Younis, and Akhtar) in my opinion for years or perhaps decades. (though they won in 1992). When they themselves squandered to bring home the World Cup, you can't expect much from this team. Yea, and one last thing, how come Hauritz is bowling so well? Brirng him to India or even Pakistan, and he will even struggle be a part-timer.

  • Menec on January 6, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    We should stop playing teams like Australia, England ect. For now we should be playing teams like West Indies, Bangladesh and New Zealand, we have a chance against them unlike all the other teams in test matches and when we get better at test matches THEn we should face the top teams.

  • ice6430 on January 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Pakistan are a disgrace,whenever i watch them they play crap.The aussies didnt play good it was the pakis who played crap.when they came into field their fielding was no good ,field placements was appalling.kamran akmal needs to be sacked for the catches he dropped.too much politics in the team.iam a pakistani,but i have to say from the leaders of the country ,to the sportsmen they are alll shite.only thing they think about is money.

  • pakistanicricketlover on January 6, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I really cant watch this humilation, i am about to give up watching pakistan cricket. how many times can we forgive dem. sri lanka den new zealnd and den austraillia. no excuses wot so ever. i have wasted to stay up all night for the past three days and today till yousef wicket i gave up and slept. wots the point in winning the last match. so close yet so far. a dream thrown away. your never gona get this close again

  • zak123kaif on January 6, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Sorry to all Pakistan fans but i couldn't stop laughing on the way pakistan surrendered this match.Really only pakistan could have lost from the situation and only australia could have thought for victory on the fourth morning of test.This was also one of the worst captaincy i saw by a captain of a team who had been dominant for all sessions of match and after display of such faulty captaincy Yousuf should immediately quit.It looks like he makes no plan to counter oppsition teams and just comes with the mind that any how he had to lead his team for batting and bowling.Congats to australia for their brilliant victory.

  • nikhilashri on January 6, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    I think most of the Indians, including me badly wanted to see Pakistan win this match. It was really heart wrenhing to see Pakistan lose like this. I was glued to cricinfo while I was awake and was regularly checking scores. I was shocked and utterly disappointed the way Pakistan let go this golden opportunity. I still dont know who is responsible, Kamran for his shabby wk, Yousuf for his placid captaincy or Australia for thier confidence in themselves. It was a great chance to floor aussies in their own backyard. Sadly, we will have to wait another day to see it happening.

  • SunnGazzer on January 6, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team, an insult to the Nation , to the nations honour. I appeal ALOUD to all Pakistan's supporters to stop watching Pakistan Cricket team matches at any cost, even if it is 20 / 20, test matches or one days. This cricket team and the cricket board(P.C.B) do not care about the PRIDE of a nation or its people. I humbly shouLd vote to SAC Pakistan cricket team for few years. PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM have lost one more ARDETN fan today..

  • Omario_Samba on January 6, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    For all the doom and gloom, and rightly so, as it was such a gut-wrenching defeat, I still think there's a need for some perspective. And before anyone jumps on my back about this, im not in any way defending what we have witnessed Pakistan do, cos it was a disgrace. But firstly, we need to realise and those that have followed Pakistan for years now will already have done so (hopefully), is that we will never become the consistent match-winning team like Aus or S.Africa and now even England. Its just not in our character and cricket ethos. We are spectacular in victory and defeat, and will always be inconsistent. But would be nice to have spells of good form, rather than litreally being a different team from day to day in a test match. The other thing is, that we're not actually far off in terms of personnel. 2 openers, Younis (needs to just be a batsman and not a dramaqueen), Yousuf, U.Akmal, Keeper, Afridi, Aamer, Asif, Gul, Kaneria\Ajmal depending on surface. We need 3 new players.

  • Mehraz13 on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Bring back Afridi for Misbah. Yasir Hameed for Iqbal. Sohail Tanvir for Gul.

  • smitha101 on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Pakistan must be stripped off from the test . even they cant get 176 and half of their batsman fail to a bowler who doent spins the bowl. Either PCB have to decide not to tour countries like aus , safrica, nwzland or play in subcontinent only . their batsman only knows to play in subcontinent. this gives australia hoping that there are BEST. but its not, only due to PAK is WORST. all players are eager to match in IPL . pak needs batsman to score 350 . how pity if they dont have good bowlers, they will be hammered by innings defeat by every test playing team

  • malghani on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    No T20 or one day destroying test cricket. Its only money that is destroying. its heartbreaking and very sad sitution.

  • SaumendraBaj on January 6, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I am from India so maybe a lone voice here. But all through the last day, I sat praying for Pakistan to pull it off !! It was just heartbreaking seeing your batsmen throw it away. It brought back memories of the 90's when we never really believed we could win and let many a golden moments turn into funereal ones. It is moments like these when a single-minded leadership attains special value. A chip here, a prod there should have been enough.. and yet, it wasn't !

    Australia, let me assure you.. are not half as good a team as they would appear now after this win. All I can tell them.. just start believing !!

  • Tears_in_heaven on January 6, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    For a country that has been catching at straws to find anything to take pride in, Yusuf and his men delivered a damning blow to the national psyche. Cricket is the refuge of the tens and thousands of us Pakistanis looking for an escape from the daily bombings and the pathetic state of existance that the country. Thanks Yusuf and team for delivering another deadly blow to an already moribund nation.

    How i wish for the days of the early 90s when in Imran Khan we actually had a leader who lead from the front, when we had fighters like Miandad who would never give up. Pakistan didn't deserve to win, plain and simple. Give me four chances and even i will make a creditable score. Whither now? Its very hard to support a team like Pakistan, I think i'll take a break from the third test.

  • HumbleOpinion on January 6, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Disappointing and exceptionally sad. Your article has done well to capture not just how tragic this defeat is, but more so, how it reflects the terrible and pitiful state of Pakistan cricket. The truth is painful: Pakistan is a yellow-bellied side, who have no stomach for the fight. It is now ingrained into the personality of the team. If their performance will simply bowl the opposition over, then great, we will accept the win. If they actually have to dig in and fight, then let's just go home. What a turn around from the days of the Cornered Tigers. Great players like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc would fight to the death. You could believe they could turn the game around, if the chips were down. I will never forget the look in Abdul Qadir's eyes when he batted Pakistan to victory in the very last over against the WI in the 1987 Gp match. This team has absolutely no self-belief, and you cant help but picture the knees shaking in the dressing-room when the wickets start falling. How sad

  • yasser211 on January 6, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    I would love to know who came up with the strategy of putting all the fielders on the boundary.Was it Yousuf's idea or did the management have a hand in this as well?This was simply the worst decision made since the team that Pakistan selected for the 2007 World cup and predictably got knocked out at the first hurdle.Faisal Iqbal, Misbah and Kamran Akmal need to go now.Can't believe Fawad Alam was sent back.Surely he would have done a better job than Misbah or Faisal.I am astonished that there has been no mention Razzaq at all.He needs to be drafted in and he is good enough to take either Faisal's or Misbah's position while sending down a few useful overs as well.This will ease the workload of our bowlers and prevent injuries.Further,he brings a better balance to the side.The openers look good for the first time in a long time.Farhat still has moments of madness but looks good when playing straight.Butt looks solid and I am sure big scores will follow.

  • owaisvirani on January 6, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    I don't have words to define this performance, pathetic, immature, wretched, dismal what and what not but these are all small for the act Pakistani team has done today. They have done an act of crime. We all know that cricket is a game but then these are professional cricketers and are heavily paid for it. When a person is hired by a company to perform a job he is expected to give his 110% an there is a possibility every now and then that one can fail but failing every time is not acceptable in any manner. Blaming T20, ODI anything, but 176 was a target which can be achieved in a T20 also without limitation of overs. There was nothing in the pitch but their lack of willingness and capability did the worst thing for the nation and specially for the ardent cricket followers by which Pakistan is filled. Once again blame game will be started and a scape goat will be found to levy all the blame and then the story will once again start. Lets hope that this story will end some day ...........

  • Hummingbird0 on January 6, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    its quiet true twenty20 is destroying pakistan. one has to look out that every pakistani player who knows how to bowl or bat wants a chance in IPL. recently cricinfo have published, 26 pak players have submitted their registration form to IPL, some of them are very young. this tells the story, clearly it is not a test match but money is the matter.

  • dandyscorpio on January 6, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Where the hell is Shahid Afridi? He seems like he a much more responsible player now.

  • pak-zindabaad on January 6, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    i am still struggling to understand how hauritz managed to get 5 wickets..again!!! for players who grew up playing against spin its shocking how time and time again they faulter against it..they struggled against daniel vettori and let allowed him to bowl and they struggled against hauritz because they have poor shot selection. pakistan are either too aggressive or too defensive.look how watson bats compared to butt and farhat..watson waits for the bad ball and puts it away.our boys leave the bad ball and try and attack the good 1!!! the akmal brothers for me play too aggressively.umar akmal is a great cricketer and i am a huge fan off him.i think he is too aggressive.when u have hit two or three boundaries in an over,why take a risk with another..regardless of kamran's shambolic keeping, i am a huge fan off his batting.and now i am struggling to understand why he is playing the way he is..pakistan need a foreign coach to sort them out.having a pakistani coach is getting us no where

  • usmanq4 on January 6, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    All i've got to say, get rid of those useless players (batter not bowlers(maybe gul)) and bring in new young players... its not like pakistan lacks it, they might be inexperience at test level, but tell me what are the experience players doing that so great... im ashamed and embarrassed, no integrity lefted in the PCB. I only wished my granddad, uncle, father was a former selector or player, so I could make the team without any real skill.

  • sirviv on January 6, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    this team is in shambles, disarray and just prone to implosion. i dont know who to blame anymore. i was shocked that they let this slip away with such carelessness. the windies put up more fight than these guys, its so dissapointng.

  • Zoomzoom on January 6, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Lets bring Shahid Afridi in the team and probably as captain too. We really need an attacking captain that we never had since Imran Khan. Afridi showed his capability in 20-20 matches and I am sure he will be much much better than Younis, Yousuf and Shoaib.Kamran and Misbah should be dropped. They are pathetic. Even a makeshift keeper would keep better than him. I don't know who had made the decision of sending Fawad home. He's much better than Misbah and he is actually a middle order batsman who was forcibly asked to play at top order and failed. Honestly,its sad to see such a talented side loosing like this. We never had a game plan in the first place when we bowled out Aussies so cheaply. Such a golden chance of winning a series is missed. Seem it will remain a dream forever.

  • king1985 on January 6, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    For the first time in the 20 years of me following Pak cricket, i had tears in my eyes last night. It was as if a beloved one (God forbid) had died....It really hurts. You feel like doing "Matam", the one Shias do in the month of Muharram. This will be my last Pakistan Test that i will watch....until something new happens. Looking forward to the T20's which Pak might win because of Afridi's captaincy.

    To put it simply....i can't...there are no words to write my feelings....no words...i guess...."I quit" would do it...

  • murti4ever on January 6, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    After today pakistan should take a indefinite leave of absence from test cricket. they dont deserve to rub shoulders with test palying nations.given this performance even bermuda and canada can trouble them with a target of 40 plus runs on any surface. the moment australia had a lead of 50 runs they won the match because this pakistan team cannot chase anything over 50 in any form of the game under pressure.

  • pak-zindabaad on January 6, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    i cant believe the way pakistan played last night..they have so many supporters yet they play for themselves.i am a huge pakistan supporter and have never witnessed pakistan beat australia.that opportunity does not come along everyday and they threw the match.its hard to believe that australia actually struggled against us because mohammad yousuf's captaincy is ridiculous.i cant believe he set such a field..shahid afridi needs to return.we need to get rid of faisal iqbal and misbah.misbah's an old man,the youngters need chances and iqbal is only in the team because he is miandad's nephew..what ever happened to fawad alam,the guy who got a test century against sri lanka whilst opening the batting..i stayed up all last night to watch the test and it was absolutely devastating to watch them play the way they did.the aussies would have knocked off 176 like it was 76.we made a mountain out of a molehill and changes are essential if we are to get anything out of this game.excuses must stop!!

  • TexanBlue on January 6, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Pakistan should quit playing test cricket altogether; they dont have enough test quality players to make up a team. They are better playing limited overs cricket because that's the only cricket they know. The PCB has no vision and its office bearers only know to collect their pay checks. The selectors are so confused that they themselves aren't sure how to pick the right team. It all began with the appointment of a sluggish captain MoYo. To tackle a team like Australia, you got to have a captain with the brain who isn't afraid of taking risks and doesn't shy away from taking bold steps. Someone like Younis or Afridi. Pak is the only team that knows well how to lose a winning game in an instant. It's high time we get rid of the likes of Faisal and Misbah and induct more courageous players like Umar Akmal. The way our batsmen got out is a shame; they literally threw away their wickets. They could have gotten enough lead in the 1st innings to shut Aus out but they all seemed in a mad rush

  • chiefy14 on January 6, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    (part 2) now its because of fans like you who cant understand nor appreciate the true value of a test match, where there is a possibility that an over will NOT contain a boundary. just look at all the pakistani batsmen today who got out playing rash strokes, and yes even Umar, and realise that had they kept their cool and not looked for a "DLF Maximum" (i cant even begin to intone enough sarcasm here) every ball, then maybe pakistan wouldnt have their heads in their hands. Some may say they have only themselves to blame, but surely this mindless craze of T20 is just as responsible

  • chiefy14 on January 6, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    To Anneeq, how can you say that the bashing of T20 is unfair? look at the clear evidence of what happened today and try telling the world that it would have happened anyway, whether or not T20 existed. You make it sound like the ultimate form of the game, with top notch fielding and bowling variety. It is far from it, and T20 is ruining tests, no doubt. Even Yousuf was saying that T20 is having a negative impact on his side. T20 is full of young players playing flashing strokes with this "i'm not afraid of anyone" attitude and it becomes quickly apparent that they cant hold a candle to genuine cricket players. Yousuf used to be one of the greatest batsmen, i enjoyed watching him make a hundred against Australia in 05 despite being australian myself, yet what was that shot he played today to get out? before this ridiculous short term minded introduction of T20, i would have never seen someone of his calibre play a shot like that. (part 1)

  • ummy on January 6, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    It's depressing seeing Pakistan constantly lose. Can we really blame Kamran Akmal for dropping those catches? While it is true that if he had held onto one of Hussey's chances, Pakistan would have been chasing around 80 runs. However, every team in the world all the way down to Bangladesh would be jumping at the chance to chase 175 to beat Australia. However, Pakistan do need to give some other players a chance because Kamran Akmal did drop too many chances and also need to find players who can actually score centuries and not 20-30 runs every test match or innings.

  • Ottoman1924 on January 6, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Based on this match iv'e decided not to watch any more live cricket involving Pakistan as it's just too painful. The ONLY problem the team has is their catching (wins matches). Bowling & Batting is fine.

  • alino1 on January 6, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    yousuf does not know how to be a captain, the way he set the feild 2day is a perfect example of that, even 10 year boy in pakistan do better feild adjustment. also when the team is in the lead of 204 and u have one wicket in hand, the day is about to finish, in this case you decare. So the bowlers get 20-30 more minutes the next day to bowl out the opponent.therefore my suggestion to PCB is bring younis back. i know he is not batting well at the moment but the is much better captain then yousuf.

  • srimacho on January 6, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    I was amused when the looked at the score line today. Siddle and Hussey batted out the first session and later Pakistan losing two many wickets in pursuit. Really , dis-heartening to see a side dominating the test for over 3 days to fall at knees at the winning point.

    May be, this is what is called as "Test".

  • sachsum2001 on January 6, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Being an indian and ardent cricket fan i desperately desperately wanted pak to win today. When yousuf and umar went at tea i was getting more bouyant!!

    But 5 mins after tea i switch on TV and see 5 down!!!!!!! It was all in the mind and aussies are very stron mentally. i can understand the furstration of all the readers here and feel bad for them. The only way from here is to start revamping the system and not hold invidviduals as responsible

  • Debopriyo on January 6, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    oh God!!!.... i am just loving this pakistan test side!!!

    how in this earth they can loose this test match?? they are really into a habit of this loosing!!!!!!!!!!!! really what was yousuf thinking in the morning?? thinking of letting australia get some runs otherwise the chase wont be that awesome!!!

    kamran (Mr. Butter Finger) was awful with his wicket keeping... and umar showed that how a 19 yr mad headed, impatient, nervous kid should play here!!

  • kaiser1 on January 6, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    I've never been so frustrated than this b4. Unimaginable, unbelievable and astounding display by this bunch of buffoons whom i thought are coming good after a long period of ill equipped and ill-administrative PCB's juggling and unforgivable Younis khan's follies and Shoaib Malik's impotent leadership. But the last nail was put in the coffin of this team when they returned extremely gifted Fawad Alam and retained Misbah ul haq and Shoiab malik. Instead Asim Kamal should have been sent to Australia along with Mohammad Talha another talented young man who could be modeled by Waqar Younis on his own famous style. He could be next toe crusher and a fantastic future. But this team is heading backwards instead of going forward. No other team in the world not even B-desh would have losr this test match from the point of dominance that they were in I bet. But they have contrived a method recently to seek defeat out of sure win. No God will not help them if they don't change their habbits.

  • MatrixRealoded on January 6, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    My team for test 1. yasir hameed 2. kamran akmal(wk) no option 4 anthr kep 3. muhammad yousaf 4. umar akmal 5. asim kamal 6. hasan raza / ahmad shehzad 7. shahid afridi (capt) mentally strong 8. anwar ali/sohail tanvir/ razzaq/ 9. muhammad amir 10. muhammad asif 11. danish kaneria we have two keeper option sarfraz ahmad and hamyuo farhat. shahzaib hasan is also a good opener like sehwag and he did wwell in quaid-e-azam trophy

  • mayurkashyap on January 6, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    mohd yosuf can never be a good captain.To learn the art of converting victory into defeat, we have to learn it from the present pakistani team. Misbah ul Haq is not worth a place in his side. he needs to be replaced with shoaib malik who is fairly experienced. with this captaincy of mohd yosuf there will be hammerings rather than victories wherever they go.I predict surely a 3-0 HAMMERING to the pakistan team!!!

  • coverdrive86 on January 6, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    teams like pakistan and west indies have alot of similarities and one of those is "great inconsistency." There is great talent in these teams, but they are not trained to win. Akmal should definitely be dropped and the rest of the team heavily fined.

  • Anneeq on January 6, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    T20, is getting a bashing for uncalled for reasons really! If we had T20 mindset wouldnt we be clinging onto catches? Wouldnt our fielding been top notch? Only twice in two tests have Aussies fielding let them down, North's drop and slip this test and Ponting in the 1st test. Iv lost count with Pk, must be about 15 over two tests?

    Also wouldnt our bowling have had more variety? Not once did i see a slower bowl bowled!! Or a slower bouncer. Not that the bowling was the problem, i think the bowling has been very good! Yusuf's awful captaincy and the defensive batting is what has cost us. When Nathan Hauritz gets a 5 for in two test matches in the 2nd innings, then you know theres serious frailties in the batting department. With all dew respect Hauritz really is an ordinary bowler, Kaneria is much better than Hauritz. I even think Imran Farhat is better than Hauritz. Im sure if Pk held onto their catches he would have had at least 7 wickets. Yusuf and Akmal have got a lot to answer for!

  • ahmed002 on January 6, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    There were several things that went wrong such as horrible wicket keeping, foolish captaincy, usual batting issues, lack of spirit etc But most of these IMHO are the result of playing too much T20. I have a theory. T20 world champs can never win a test series that or the subsiquent year.

    Send the following back home. Kamran Akmal: A keeper who cannot hold on to regulation catches is useless. He has actually dropped 15 off Danesh in total! Faisal Iqbal: No consistancy and bad technique and temprament. Misbah ul-Haq. No consistancy and bad temprament.

    Yes i know it will be and always be a challange to find good technically correct batsmen as long as we produce slow wickets in Pakistan. A simple solution is to mandate county cricket for each batsman.

    We will also loose the 3rd test in Hobart. With morales already low it would be an easy win for the Aussies. Test cricket is about attitude, temprament and professionalism. Maybe the team is again into betting???

  • iratewarlock on January 6, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    the lack of belief was visible right thru day 5. this bunch really has an issue batting. they will defend until the pressure is insurmountable and then slog. why dont u just back yourself and go for proper cricketing shots. bring in afridi , at least he is a slogger who can slog well, and has very good leg spin bowling

  • kaiser1 on January 6, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    I've never been so frustrated than this b4. Unimaginable, unbelievable and astounding display by this bunch of buffoons whom i thought are coming good after a long period of ill equipped and ill-administrative PCB's juggling and unforgivable Younis khan's follies and Shoaib Malik's impotent leadership. But the last nail was put in the coffin of this team when they returned extremely gifted Fawad Alam and retained Misbah ul haq and Shoiab malik. Instead Asim Kamal should have been sent to Australia along with Mohammad Talha another talented young man who could be modeled by Waqar Younis on his own famous style. He could be next toe crusher and a fantastic future. But this team is heading backwards instead of going forward. No other team in the world not even B-desh would have losr this test match from the point of dominance that they were in I bet. But they have contrived a method recently to seek defeat out of sure win. No God will not help them if they don't change their habbits.

  • iratewarlock on January 6, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    i really dont know when pakistan dominated india as u say in the past decade. keeping the focus on todays match. i was pretty amazed at the lack of belief in yousuf's comments last night.

  • Funplexhead on January 6, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    After watching Pakistan's performance today I felt as if I was about to burst into tears. I don't care what the sympathisers say, Pakistan should have one this test easily. The finger has to be firmly pointed towards Kamran Akmal for producing a performance more suited to a farcisal stage routine. GET HIM OUT OF THERE! Surely the board must realise that having a genuine, soft-gloved 'keeper is infinitely more preferable than the inconsistent calamity Pakistan currently have, bungling away match after match. Scoring a few runs now and then is no substitute for possessing sure hands, something every professional wicket-keeper should have down-pat. In conclusion, drop Iqbal and Misbah and of course Slippery Kamran and find a 'keeper whos only purpose in the team is to make his country proud and win matches!

  • X-Factor on January 6, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Pakistan is a mirror of the WI TEAM.Captaincy! When and how to attack! When and how to defend!Ponting has averaged 24 inhis past five test.But his captaincy stands out like a beacon.HE has little control as to how his team bats.What he has control of is the field he sets and his bowling changes and he does same remarkably well.HE has won four of his last five test matches. Until Pakistan and WI teams can find a captain with a cricketing brain they will always under perform.

  • Night.angel on January 6, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    wat a pathetic turn around . cant even chase 176. only because of pace attack .. i believe pakistan survives in cricket. even in newzeland if pakistn batsman showed their worth. entire team depends on yousuf ,and a boy. if it was flat pitch where there is no turn or bounce surely they would have won it. umar alone can lift pakistan in this difficult period ,as he showed in newzeland. right now disastrous.

  • Don_Leon on January 6, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Regardless of how well pakistani players can play individually, we still need a captain like Imran or even Waseem who can teach them how to fight as a unit. The way Yousuf showed his captaincy or rather lacking of this ability and the way Younus did lately, we seriously need a team of top psychiatrist (physician who specializes in treating mental disorders). I think we dont have anyone right now who can be taken as Pakistani Cricket team captain, but may be Afridi. For Kamran Akmal my advice just read 2 or 3 comments randomly and go for a long vocation in some distant island.

  • redmen on January 6, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Shameful,pathetic.What else can you say about the performance,i always thought that they would lose this match judging by the previous pathetic performances when chasing small totals.We could have been chasing 20 and still lost.We are led by Mohammed Yousaf,a person who turned his back on Pakistani cricket for a quick buck,yet what do we do,hand him the captaincy as a thank you.Salman Butt,how many chances does this pathetic batsman need for the selectors to realsie that he is not good enough.Misbah Ul Haq,called back into the team,for what,to let everyone know that he is useless again.Fazal Iqbal,Fazal who.Kamran Akmal,our wiketkeeper,it is a shame to call him our wiketkeeper,there is no chance that he will be dropped.Imran Farhat,what is he doing in the team,he wouldnt even get into the school team.The real shame is with the selectors who picked this team.They should be lined up in the street and be flogged.All credit to the bowlers who have been badly let down. Lat UK Paki Fan

  • natwest11 on January 6, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    SAD SAD DAY..This lose has not only hurt us but has made us angry very much...pakistan performed well to some extent but this lose was inevitable...Yousaf,s captaincy kept making me have fags...Australia win mainly because of their attitude and aggression and you can only win agaisnt them if you offer same attitude..india in recent years performed well against them cause of their aggersive attitude..! only pakistani,s whom got successes against australians offered aggresive approach..e.g danish, asif, and find of decaDE FOR PAKISTAN omer akmal...i personally would like to see omer akmal batting no 3..but for some reason pakistanis taking him as afridi and keeping him down the order..had he batted at no 3 and scored what he has in recent matches, results could have been different or may be not that disheartening...mailk should have been in instead of faisal at no 6..offering offspin as well.Management and captain shud be punished for applying defensive approach and dimoralising team.

  • VipulPatki on January 6, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    All said about Yousuf's captaincy, the target still remained perfectly fine and it was Pakistan's match to be won. I saw a bit of Pakistan batting and was horrified at the lack of application shown. I had missed the dismissals of Yousuf, Misbah and the other top order batsmen but I saw how Kaneria and Gul got out. They seemed to think that a target of 70-odd runs is a matter of thirteen sixes. I hope they win the last test atleast. Their new-ball attack is still the best in the world.

  • ILoveTestCricket on January 6, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    I am an Indian but badly wanted to see Pakistan make it this time but as Osman has pointed out, Pakistan side always gave impression that Australia can still turn tables on them even on 3rd day eve. It was as if they got Australia bowled out cheaply in first innings by fluke and even when they had lead of 200 never gave a feel of dominating team. They badly lacked in self belief. Their most of the batsmen were mediocre and doesn't deserve a place even in A sides.They were pathetic in their shot selections including Yusuf and Umar. They lacked in concentration over longer periods. It was very sad day for Pakistan cricket and I can imagine what Pakistan fans must have felt today. Only their bowlers are world class but no class in batting and fielding!! Come on Pakistan.

  • jnanesh on January 6, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Mr Osman What a golden chance missed by pakistan team & u wont get this type of opportunity again and my sincere question osman, is there no other wicket keeper available in pakistan ? this type of wicket keeping u wont see in anyother team in the world.then what is next ?

  • Anneeq on January 6, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    It really was heart breaking to watch. I just cant understand it, why were there 8 fielders on the boundaries when we had the Aussies on the ropes? Yusuf is a good player, hes played over 10 years for his country and has won and lost many high pressure matches. Hes a batsmen, he knows that if your team is effectively 60 for 8 you want to have the field as spread out as ever, you want to make steady ones and twos to get those runs without risks. There are many people who are thinking this is very fishy and calling this a fix, i for one am really tempted to believe them!! Not because im sore about losing, i am always reluctant to make that call btw!! Pk lost fair nd square in the first test, and i accept tht Pk r a poor fielding team. But Yusuf's tactics when Pk were well nd trully on top defies belief!! Not even the dressing room sent people to ask what on Earth was going on! Gul nd Sami were also pleading with him for some catching fielders, which Yusuf half obliged to!

  • SuperSaad on January 6, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    You are absolutely right Osman, "how have they lost it"? Well, no one can understand perhaps. It is sheer disappointment for all Paki fans all around the world. I definitely miss Younus and Inzamam today (Younis for his captaincy skills and Inzamam for his Batting Skills), especially when Umar Akmal was batting with the Tail-Enders, I was recalling that 1995 test match b/w Australia & Pakistan when Inzamam along with Mushtaq Ahmed chased down target of 315. The last wicket stand was of 57 runs.

  • D.M.Qureshi on January 6, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Mr.Samiuddin I have posted comments in your many posts previously and there I have pointed out a very vital reason behind the decline of pakistani team which everybody from pak cricket fans to experts, critics,journalist,pundits,analysts, PCB officials and of anybody else one can think of has overlooked is an incompetent,incapable, void of any ideas coach, Mr. Alam, that we have who has immensly failed in his task. Everybody will agree that we have never had such a fragile and spineless batting as it is now not even before period when Imran Khan took the captaincy and he made pakistani team to believe that they can win from anyone be it windies,aussie or saffies. Every time our team loses to any team hurts but I must anyone who believed or even thought that pakistan team could believed sydney test must be a very naive person. Because matches are not won by just accidently dominating a session or two but by having self-belief winning- attitude and mentality which none of pak outfit has.

  • thewinebum on January 6, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    what was going on was yousef's captaincy, he was playing like they were losing, completely incomprehensible, he can't have that poor a cricket brain - but i guess the only other explanation other than gross incompetence doesn't bear thinking about.

  • Roopy2 on January 6, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    You could not get a more spineless performance. I am so angry that we perform so without grit and passion. I hate it. Yousaf looks weak. Acts weak. He must go. Pakistan must stop indefinately recycling rejects. I am not looking forward to the next test.

  • h4haseeb on January 6, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    what the hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll... whats going on with pakistan team.. whats wrong with them... why they keep on making the same mistakes again and again!!! dont they know they are being watched by millions of Pakistani fans!!! are they sleeping!!! i mean after looking at such a poor performance one could easily quit watching test matches, after three days of dominance they lost so easily by 36 runs... this defeat z so embarassing

  • fightingstrive on January 6, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Guys! Black Day in our cricket history - I believe the low Moral grounds we are AT is incredible - Things happened worst than ever but see the Attitude of our Captain that he is saying how can i drop Kamran, well you can flip flop and change few things like...... Play kamran as batsman inplace of Misbah & you have sarfaraz In.

    As far as I am concern , hope is NEW Player Whom we all are discouraging for long time even You OSAMA.....Our Sports Journalists are doing nothing.Please shout so players like umar and amir can hit the cricketing turf.

    Letssssssssssssss HOPE>

  • abyrao on January 6, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    After Imran Khan was there a leader leading the Pak side. Yousuf went to ICL because Shoaib Malik was the captain, then he did his best to sideline Younis Khan. They need a leader like Imran and not a seat snacter and a politician like Yousuf. Passengers like Faisal Iqbal and misbah are a waste of time. Does Kamran even figure with names like Bari, moin or rashid latif, no way.

  • Peace_Lover on January 6, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Man thats really heart breaking ... we were thinking like we have a real chance to win the series .... WTH ! ... Well you cant win matches if you keep dropping catches ... If Pakistan keep dropping catches like this they cant even win from Bangladesh.. !!

  • Omario_Samba on January 6, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    What happened to that wicketkeeper we had, who was captin of the U-17's who won their World Cup, forgotton his name? I think he played a handful of times for the senior team, was very good at youth level from what I remember. Problem with Akmal, and the reason he's stayed in so long, is that PCB have short memories. All his drop catches and missed run-outs and general deterioration into an amatuer keeper are wiped away with his next sublime cover drive that the commentators and us all drool over!! We need to get rid of him now from Tests, no matter how good he looks when he plays his shots, cos even then its only a short stay at the crease. he's living off the handful of match-winning innings, eg century against India after Irfan Pathan's hat-trick.

  • The_Wog on January 6, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    I was there, and it was one of the great days of all time (not just cricket days either). Having said that, I do feel for PAK fans - I rate this the worst loss in Test history. Teams have fallen for less than 140 in small chases before but NEVER on what's effectively a 3rd day pitch that's playing perfectly. And never with so many outfield catches from slogs - full points to the skipper for identifying T20 as the problem, the team has made him look like a genius.

    Guys, all teams do this. AUS in Headingley, Sydney, Mumbai etc. It happens. It doesn't mean it's over forever for your team. They are too talented to be finished.

  • Shahidbg on January 6, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Mr.Sami, I wrote after the first test that you can not expect any thing from this team, just few moments of heroics. We have the worst keeper in the world (still playing), worst number six batsman with 35 years of age (still playing) and a coach of 70 yrs old with ordinary credentials still there. Nothing will change in Pakistan, we may win T20 game and will claim that the tour was very good like we did after Srilanka and NZ. The team reflects the country and its chaos. Nothing is on merit, Inti is a coach because he is known to the chairman, chairman is there because his relative is a minister. The list goes on and on and on. Pakistan sucks!!!

  • Cricket_Writer on January 6, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Extremely disappointed fan and once again Pakistan lived up to the expectations and that is to donate matches to the opponents after the hard work is done. For me the main reasons for that loss are: 1) In first Innings, few players got out with reckless shorts likes of Kamran, Misbah. They would have tried to kill the match right there by extending the lead to 300 as knowing the fact that Australians are very much capable of coming back in the match. But I wonder why they played such kind of strokes? For God's sake, The whole country's reputation is at stake. 2) Secondly, unattractive and lethargic captaincy. 3) Once again, drop catches (I wonder what was in the mind of kamran akmal) 4) Inability to chase even the small totals because they don't plan how to get it. 5) For God's sake, there is no place for Imran farhat, faisal iqbal and Misbah-ul-haq (they have got the same pattern of scoring like 10,5,13,50,0,10 , so get rid of them. Please pass on my message to PCB Osman bhai.

  • kashif11 on January 6, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Sir today PAkistani batting line disapointed not themself but to 170 million people who were praying for the success of national team.Our batting is vv poor.Except of 2-3 batsman our batsman dont have technique of playing test cricket.I Dont know why players like faisal,Misbah and shoaib malik are in the team?Misbah looks like brother in law of Chairman Pcb.he is almost 36 and he is still in the team.Why cant we try new talent.We cant find 7 talented batsman in 170 million population?We have one of the best talent in the world.I think we need to have other wicket keeper Sarfraz ahmad.Kamran Akmal needs some break from International Cricket.If we need to have bowling,Batting,Feilding coach then what is need of Mr Intihab Alam?He is above 60 we need to have aggresive coach and Captain.In my opinion Shahid afridi or Younis khan should take captaincy from Mohammad yusaf.Mohammad yusaf is back bone of our batting he is a good player but sorry to say he is very deffensive captain.

  • Taha_Farrukh on January 6, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Well i think Pakistan was overconfident in the dressingroom that they could win this Test match despite the fact that they are not willing even chasing 100 run to win with current batting line up which proofs already last year in Srilanka and Newzeland as well, Catches win the matches Paki player know that even then they drop catches and given opportunites to AUS players to extend reasonable lead of 176 and after Hussey 100's Australian was more confident then Pakistan that they can dominate and they did. Well done AUS , Hard Luck Pakistan team, they can now only provide relife to Pakistani people if the series ended 2-1.

  • W2NTED on January 6, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    I just can't believe what has happened, i am utterly shocked. Pakistan have forgotten how to bat, and all those dropped catches were like daggers into the heart. Please drop Kamran Akmal, pakistan should stop playing cricket for 2 years and get to the root of the problems and a whole board change. Farhat, Butt, Faisal iqbal, misbah, kamran, not good enough to hold a bat, send them back to domestic cricket

  • Farce-Follower on January 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I will not be surprised if really good talents like Umar Akmal and Mohd Aamer get disspirited and demotivated soon. What the hell is the back-up team doing? Alam, Waqar etc. They should have adviced the bird brained Mo Yo.

  • popcorn on January 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    The Sydney Test 2010 will go down in history as the greatest ever victory by ANY Team.Congratulations, Ricky Ponting, on your astute leadership.Congratulations, Aussies for the belief in yourselves. No side is safe playing Australia. They are a benchmark for ALL other Teams to emulate.Ricky Ponting will be a satisfied man when he retires - the one player who has featured in the highest number of Test match winnning teams - 94 and counting,the most successful captain in the132 year old history of Test cricket - 43 and counting,and the highest run-getter for Australia.He rates alongside Allan Border as the greatest Australian captain-both rebuilt the Australian side after retirements of the greats - Dennis Lillee,Greg Chappell, Rodney Marsh then,Damien Martyn,Shane Warne,Glenn McGrath,Justin Langer,Mathew Hayden,Adam Gilchrist now. Pommies, beware - you may get a 5 nil pasting AGAIN this year,and early next year!

  • haideryjat on January 6, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I wil say again whole PCB board members shld be dissolved N the current coaches shld be sacked immediately... We haven't seen fresh faces who r performing well in domestic matches & takin place in national side.. Its a musical chair for openers Imran Farhat, Butt, Khurram M, Faisal Iqbal they are selected & dropped Is Pak only dependent on these players Luk at Shoaib Malik N Misbah performance since Malik was removed frm captaincy nothin they aren't serious.. The team shld hav shame on such performances instead evry1 is eager to participate in IPL.. they R stuck on team for money N humility, rather playin for pride. An Aussie player takes pride to get in the team N play for his country.. Whereas Paki player u just need influence Selectors get inn team thts itt... We need more youngsters like AAmir & akmal last 5-7 yrs there aren't many fresh faces... I knew yesterday Pak wouldn't win this match bcoz of its past records..

  • LDuminda on January 6, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    When i was watching this match today morning i thought thanks god!Pakistan surely going to win this match.But they have squandered a wining chance yet again.It has become a habbit for this pakistan cricket team to collapse from a strong position.no matter they are 290 for 1 to 320 all out(like in Sri Lanka).Now whenever i hear the name "Pakistan" it feels like another collapse.Australia showed lot of character and showed how mentally strong they are.Hussey showed his class and Hauritz bowled well whenever Pakistani batsmen trying to take the better of him.Congratulations to Aussi team.Feel pity about pakistan team and Hope they do well in the future.

  • Percy_Fender on January 6, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Pakistan needed to win this Test match if only for the world to realise that there is more to that country than gun-toting militiamen excercising and clearing obstacles in a forest. All training to kill inocent unsuspecting people by the dozens all over the world. They needed this for people to know that they were made of people like any of us who loved a game. But they went and lost it. I wonder if Mohd Yousuf can be blamed for this entirely. He played his part in having led his pace bowling attack almost faultlkessly on the first day. Then he batted well in the first innings. Together they managed a decent enough lead. I feel that his defensive tactics on day 4 were the result of the apprehension about batting last. When India played at Sydney last in the match ( marred by the worst kind of ungentlemanly conduct by some) it was Michael Clark who had won the match for Australia after the great batting by the Indians..I have always felt that Sydney produces some strange results.

  • sheikhasim on January 6, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    brilliant article, agree 100% ... kamran akmal most impatient and immature batsmen for this form of the game, trying to score boundaries when he should have been a brick wall at the crease.

  • satheeshrsk on January 6, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    This is really so shocking to see the complete turnaround of the match. In spite of having bowled & fielded badly during the last phase of Australia's second innings & not to forget the poor defensive captain, still 176 is not a hell a lot of target to score in the fourth innings. After having contained the Australians quite for nearly the first 3 days, Pakistanis let their usual habit of losing close matches to rule them & allowed the second-rung side to beat them quite unbelievably. It is high time that the senior players realize their responsibilities & play to their potential. Either play well or leave!!!

  • bipulkumar on January 6, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Though I am an Indian fan, I was more disappointed to see Pakistan lose today than India losing to Sri Lanka yesterday. Australians deserved a thrashing, but Pakistan broke many hearts by just being absolutely unimaginative. I don't know what goes in Pakistani players head but just by the sheer fact of dominating australia in australia people should get motivated to perform at the very best. This fact should itself be inspiring enough for Kamran Akmal to keep like a champion and batters to bat like masters. It's being dumb.

  • shafa79 on January 6, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    my heart is bleeding because pakistani team is doing again and agian , last few months we lost 4 test because this batting non sense . we are seeing further detoriation of cricketing strcture in pakistan due to political interference . how can someone can be captian who doesnt have idea and authority . yousef is lamb duck and he doesnt know whats happening in the ground . i will say we are paying mr intikhab alam million of rupees with no reason , he is coach . what he has done . from today i decided not to support pakistan . what point wasting time and energy and getting upset with out any reasons . because pakistani cricket team look like club players playing with tennis ball . we are fed up with yousef reasoning after every test .

  • VivaVizag on January 6, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    We all knew this could be happening...didn't we?

  • poderdubdubdub on January 6, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Osman you have expressed the sentiments of an entire Nation, the Nation which is still stunned about what has happened on the fourth day in Sydney, despite knowing what has happened . What confused me was the body language of the entire team on the morning of wednesday, they all looked glum,downhearted, no clapping, no smiling, no enthusiasm, but why? on the contrary Australians were all smiles even when they were 8/80. Ian Chappell kept reminding the tv viewers what happened to Intikhab's team when in a similar situation they folded up for 105 needing 156 to win against Australia, Chappell was convinced of a repeat on the 6th Jan 2010. I had watched that particular match, but all that was a distant memory since the times of Imran Khan , alas the past is back.All I can say Mohammad Yusuf is not the one to lead anything in this world. This defeat brings home the reality about the role of the leadership, and it is not the cricket only that Pakistan suffers on that count.

  • zqkhan on January 6, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    yes osman u r so ryt... there is no way of explaining the grief i as a diehard pakistani fan gone through after this loss... they r slowly becoming predictable from 'unpredictable',sadly though, predictable to lose it rather than win it...

  • kentjones on January 6, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    It is difficult to imagine that any team could possibly lose from such a postion of seemingly strength and dominance. Whilst one kind find an immediate culprit in the captain's (Yousuf) tactics and the team's lack of self belief, the real reason is lurking in the blurry background. It is convenient to rack up Pakistan's feeble display as another example of their inconsistency at the highest level:brilliant one day and dismal the next. Yet even for Pakistian, this has to be one of their lowest moments. There is desperate need for serious introspection by those who administer the game in Pakistan. Please, do not crucify rhe players, else you would be treating the symptom rather than finding a cure for the illness! A strong vibrant Pakistan team is essential to the game of cricket itself . Pakistan has given us brilliant strokemakers and ferocious pace and swing bowlers over the years. We need the excitement and drama they bring to the game. Administrators,please act swiftly!

  • mayurkashyap on January 6, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    to learn the art of converting victory into a defeat, we should learn it from Pakistan.They are taking things very lighly and not playing seriously. Mohd yosuf can never be a good captain or a good leader.I predict a 3-0 HAMMERING for pakistan for sure!!!With this kind of captaincy Pakistan will get only hammerings wherever they go.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    I think this pakistan side doesn't know how to win test matches. This can be easily gauged from recent matches(SL,NZ,AUS). They are mentally very weak in closing out the matches. The main reason is their batting which is tootless. This pakistan side is one of the worst TEST team in the world along with WI & NZ. Even though they have got very good bowling attack, most of their batsman are pathetic when it comes playing outside sub-continent. Most of their batsman score runs only in sub-continent including Yousuf(AUS-31,SA-26) and surprisingly has got poor record against SL(26),Younis( AUS-31,SA-33) & Inzamam(AUS-30,SA-31).

  • khmayecha on January 6, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Its really beats me as to how these boys find ways to wriggle out of winning situations !!! They have actually lost this test thrice!! First when they ended up with a "pathetic" only 200 odd runs lead. They were slated for much more after the top order did their job. The second time was in the field. Yousuf should keep in mind that for a test match you need a keeper. Its a bonus if he can bat as well. Yousuf is quick to praise him for his batting - he avoids discussing his wicket keeping skills. However good a batsman kamran maybe, one would need a bradman in form to compensate for the wickets he spills. With Kamran behind the stumps, pakistan bowlers need to toil for 15 wickets instead of the customary 10. Yousuf is a nice gentlaman - he just neds to take tough decisions....he should immeiately opt for the bench strength - he may just be pleasantly surprised !!!!! And please lets not discuss Younis Khan....he should be allowed to hibernate for a long period...if not permanently.

  • sohi_05 on January 6, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Well, Pakistan lost it despite being in top for 3 days. I think as mention in the above article its their batting which is letting them down again and again. Their middle order looked pathetic in the whole series, i think that there are some dramatic changes which would be made by the team management in the third test. Lets hope Pakistan will put up a better fight in next game.

  • A.D. on January 6, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Being a Pakistan team fan is the worst thing in the world, Pakistani team takes its fans for granted, Pak team performance to say the least was again painful everytime whether today in Sydney or in Champions trophy semi-final vs. New Zealand or first test match in Sri Lanka they have again succeeded in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Kamran Akmal dropping 4 catches [3 of Hussey, one of Siddle] 1 run out of Watson and valuable contributions by Misbah and Faisal Iqbal in order to grab this defeat should also been mentioned with our captain's approach starting this morning. Aussies should have a special prize for Pakistanis as it is the only country which has given them new lease of life whether their beginning of domination after easy victory in 1999 world cup till now, for years players like Asim Kamal, Yasir Hameed wicketkeeper Sarfraz are being wasted in-waiting, whereas Faisal Iqbal Kamran Akmal and Misbah who have failed time and again are preferred over them.

  • UmairTariq on January 6, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Questions on PCB management?? How do you make such a pathetic team selection. Openers tested and failed over such a long period. Salman Butt doesn't have the confidence to become and opener, Imran Farhat is ideal for ICL not International level with his technique. Faisal Iqbal nobody knows him whether he is a cricketer at all. Yusuf out of form, Misbah totally at the end of his career. SO you only have one person as the backbone of your batting and that is Umar Akmal. (with and experience of 5 tests). Wow!!! I totally agree with Osman that if Pakistan were given a total of 90 odd runs they would have faltered in that. I think its about time to get the garbage out of the team and give way for fresh blood and selectors please look to try new players at domestic level... you can the evidence of talent in the form of Akmal and Aamer. Warna we would end up below Kenya in Test rankings if we keep on committing blunders of this level.

  • Iffi707 on January 6, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Wait for the ODI series. PCB has appointed yusuf captain for the ODI series as well. It was a pathetic decision in the first place , but now I think its high time that at least to save the ODI series or to at least give the team the best chance to beat aussies in the ODIs , appoint Afridi the Captain for ODIs immediately. and include him in the test side for future series as well so that we can have an attacking captain in tests as well in near future

  • Winsome on January 6, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I am an Oz fan but I don't think I have ever felt that sorry about the losing side. The Pakistan attack is worth so much more than the awful wicket-keeping, defensive captaincy and all round poor fielding display they usually get. They had this game by the balls and threw it away.

    The Oz bowling and fielding was very good on the last day, magnificent catch by Haddin and gutsy performance by Hauritz supported by good bowling from Johnson, Bolly and Sids.

  • SachinIsIndianCricket on January 6, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    There are lot of positive side too from Pakistan side despite of loosing the series. The bowling attack has been excellent so far. Its not bad idea to promote Umar Akmal to up the order as he has been agressive and he doesn't look throwing his wicket.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    This pakistan side is one of the worst TEST team in the world along with WI & NZ. Even though they have got very good bowling attack, most of their batsman are pathetic when it comes playing outside sub-continent. Most of their batsman score runs only in sub-continent including Yousuf(AUS-31,SA-26) and surprisingly has got poor record against SL(26),Younis( AUS-31,SA-33) & Inzamam(AUS-30,SA-31). I don't how these people are treated as great players even though their record is pathetic outside sub-continent except england. Inzimam regarded as best match-winner by pakistanis but rather Suprisingly has never won matches against AUS & SA either in pakistan or in their backyard. Just winning matches against teams like Ban,SL,WI&NZ, one can't be called match-winner. He has do it when it matters like Finals or key moments in a test match, which i don't think he has done that consistently oe even on few occasions in his entire career.

  • UmairTariq on January 6, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Poor poor display by the pakistani team once again. They really never fail to surprise you ...... on the bad side more. Yusuf as a player maybe one of the best but as a captain sucks. Its been pretty evident from the last two series. He just wants to wait and let the other team hand over a win to them. But he is mistaken to know that he plays for that only one team which does these sort of things in International cricket. This stupid seniority policy that if you have a good senior player he deserves to be captain. And i just dont believe where on earth did Faisal Iqbal come into selection for the team. He as absolute nobody who hardly knows how to play cricket. Openers have been tried and tested again and to show that they absolutely lack technique, temperament and mental strength to cope up there in the middle.

  • Idol on January 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    I was really hoping to see the Pakistanis win this one. They thoroughly deserved it. being from India, I am quite used to seeing the team castigated and effigies burnt publicly after especially outrageous defeats. I have a feeling that the public of Pakistan is worse on that count and it is not something I am supporter of. Still, certain aspects dont escape notice and I think you have covered most of them Osman. We love to see the Aussies beaten and now they have a side that is vulnerable. After having them on the mat for so long, it is perplexing to see them being given a rosy welcome to get back into the match. I have a feeling that under Younis Khan, the captaincy would have been at least a bit more meaningful. Not having played much cricket for a year surely contributes to this situation, but then - there is enough experience in this team - Yousuf, Asif, Akmal, Misbah, Gul to win from these situations. I think they need a guide like Imran - maybe Imran himself

  • GemsBond on January 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Three reasons for pak defeat: 1. Played carelessly after getting out Aus to 127 and having such a superb start.They were looking to take around 200 lead only instead they should have batted sensibly, as there was enough time,and get a lead of around 300+. 2. While chasing they should have sensibly attacked the Aus bowlers.May be even promote Umar.As for me he is the key not yusuf. 3. Poor leadership and planning for fourth day. If i would have been the captain i would have surely asked umar to come at no 3 or 4 in every match but at least chasing 177. He is in special form,young, talented and very aggressive.And even a 30/40 by him could have made the difference.He can destroy the bowling.But yusuf expects him to finish the match which he cant do. He should be allowed to play freely.he is a gem of a player.

  • Samdanh on January 6, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    After playing such competitive cricket and dominating for 3 days, it is sad to see Mohamed Yousuf's team losing. They were lucky to be bowling first in this Test. They bowled and batted much better than Aussies overall in this Test. Just that Aussies clinched some of the crucial moments with bowlers and batsmen pitching in at right times. Kudos to both teams for a wonderful Test match. Hats off to the curator too for a quality Test Pitch which is very rare to find these days, except perhaps in Australia.

  • UmairTariq on January 6, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Poor poor display by the pakistani team once again. They really never fail to surprise you ...... on the bad side more. Yusuf as a player maybe one of the best but as a captain sucks. Its been pretty evident from the last two series. He just wants to wait and let the other team hand over a win to them. But he is mistaken to know that he plays for that only one team which does these sort of things in International cricket. This stupid seniority policy that if you have a good senior player he deserves to be captain. And i just dont believe where on earth did Faisal Iqbal come into selection for the team. He as absolute nobody who hardly knows how to play cricket. Openers have been tried and tested again and to show that they absolutely lack technique, temperament and mental strength to cope up there in the middle.

  • Itchy on January 6, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Couldn't agree more about the captaincy this morning - had I been asked to bowl to that field, I would have thrown the ball back and said ""you bowl - I won't with these field positions"". Complete mystery as to who was advising from the dressing room as it seemed as though Panickstan (nice one!) did not want to win the match that was there for the taking. Poor, poor cricket after three days of domination - made Ponting look like the master tactician for batting first!

  • IPL_is_Thrash on January 6, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Wow! what a match for Aussies! Congratulations! for them. They should have won comfortably.

    Every facet of Pak Cricket must be criticized.

  • safoora15 on January 6, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    i think yousuf is to be blamed for this defeat,knowing pakistan batting very well and the experience he have,he should have been at the wicket let everyone bat around him

  • VivaVizag on January 6, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • la_syd on January 6, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    I was at the ground today and could not believe what a defensive field Pakistan set from the first over.. i was incredulous. At a time when they should have gone for the kill, they put most of the men on the fence. They were basically relying on Hussey to make a mistake and edge it to slip! Worse still, when they brought men in to stop Hussey taking a single, the fielders were placed too far back and Hussey stole plenty of easy singles and farmed the strike. They never looked like taking a wicket and evenually got one that shouldnt have been given not out. The funny thing is, despite all this, Pakistan still should have / could have won it. Another 50-100 runs in the first innings, not dropping 4 catches in the 2nd, attacking more on the 4th morning, or even scoring 40 more runs in the 2nd innings would have won them the match. Amazingly, Pakistan managed to do none of these things.. and I suppose if you cant do any of these simple tasks, you deserve to lose.

  • Graduated_Cheetah on January 6, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Very well written article. Seriously Pakistan are the World Champions in dissapointing their nation. The team can easily write a Book titled "How to lose the Match in Most Pathetic Way" or "101 Ways of Losing a Match".

    Kudos to Kamran for his excellent wicket-keeping. A wicket-keeper should be wicket-keeper first and then a batsman. Not what Yousuf said "He has shown excellent batting performance over the last year and can not be dropped".

  • rajpan on January 6, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Pak actually lost the match in the first innings itself when they managed only 333. Australia in place of Pak would have atleast estabished a lead of 300 by batting carefully and Husseylike and would have ensured that batting in the forth innings was not required or was minimum.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    This pakistan side is one of the worst TEST team in the world along with WI & NZ. Even though they have got very good bowling attack, most of their batsman are pathetic when it comes playing outside sub-continent. Most of their batsman score runs only in sub-continent including Yousuf(AUS-31,SA-26) and surprisingly has got poor record against SL(26),Younis( AUS-31,SA-33) & Inzamam(AUS-30,SA-31). I don't how these people are treated as great players even though their record is pathetic outside sub-continent except england. Inzimam regarded as best match-winner by pakistanis but rather Suprisingly has never won matches against AUS & SA either in pakistan or in their backyard. Just winning matches against teams like Ban,SL,WI&NZ, one can't be called match-winner. He has do it when it matters like Finals or key moments in a test match, which i don't think he has done that consistently oe even on few occasions in his entire career.

  • PeacefulWarrior on January 6, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Pakistan are along way, now, from Imran's tigers. I personally blame the unwholesome and unmanful influence of of the Indian 20/20 circus, sapping the vital energy and focus of the traditionally hard and uncompromsing Pakistani cricketer. Also, Yousuf Mohammed is not the man he once was - his mind is elsewhere, in the clouds.... it is sad to see.

  • Arbab-Gondal on January 6, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    You are spot on Osman. Whats the point of having Faisal in a test side when he averages 30 after playing over 24 tests. Same goes for the likes of Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Misbah Ul Haq and Shoaib Malik. Last three of them average in 30s after playing more than 20 tests each. I wonder how they got picked in the test side based on these credentials. Can someone ask Ijaz Butt and his selection committee? But first someone should ask how Ijaz Butt and co. got picked to run PCB!

  • Syedmali75 on January 6, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    It is very sad for the pakistani crciket fans the way this test is concluded. Three days of sheer domination and then a sudden collapse, failing to score 176 runs on a pitch where the other team scored 380+ in the previous innings. How can a team be so unpredictable that they loose a match after securing 200+ lead in the first innings. What is going on; continuous failure of the top order except for one or two in every innings accompanied by poorest fielding of international standard. We have almost three coaches with team, what are they doing, are they gone for australia yatra only. I request the team management that If they cannot perform, please stop playing tests in order to avoid any further disgrace and humiliation.

  • mozillas on January 6, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    I totally agree to what Usman has said. I think there should be an accountability for this and Yousuf should be held responsible for all this. How Kamran Akmal manages to drop sitters is beyond my imagination. I think time has come for him to say goodbye and guys like Sarfaraz Ahmed are too good to ignore for the next Wicketkeepr slot.

  • allrounder786 on January 6, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    As i cricketer myself , i have never seen such a planning by a leader in my whole life-- totally unbelievable. I was sitting , watching and saying-- what the hell is he thinking. His team was drifting towards losing a test and there were no emotions, no sign of anger if someone does a misfield or bowler bowl a bad ball, and worst of all , in whole session till lunch, i have nt seen team or group of team memebers coming to talk to each other AND Mr Yousaf fielding at boundary most of the time. Its a shameful situation as a leader, as a team or as a countryman. Pakistan need a leader who show aggression like Imran, Wasim or Waqar did in their times, and if you look deeply there were all allrounders-can think about the match both as a batsman and bowler. Pakistan at this moment of time need a person like Shahid Afridi to lead the side- guy is performing with bat and ball. He's got aggression, he's been in the cricket for long n got plenty of experience. I think he's best choice.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    This pakistan side is one of the worst TEST team in the world along with WI & NZ. Even though they have got very good bowling attack, most of their batsman are pathetic when it comes playing outside sub-continent. Most of their batsman score runs only in sub-continent including Yousuf(AUS-31,SA-26) and surprisingly has got poor record against SL(26),Younis( AUS-31,SA-33) & Inzamam(AUS-30,SA-31). I don't how these people are treated as great players even though their record is pathetic outside sub-continent except england. Inzimam regarded as best match-winner by pakistanis but rather Suprisingly has never won matches against AUS & SA either in pakistan or in their backyard. Just winning matches against teams like Ban,SL,WI&NZ, one can't be called match-winner. He has do it when it matters like Finals or key moments in a test match, which i don't think he has done that consistently oe even on few occasions in his entire career.

  • sachithsand on January 6, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Pakistan is a good side than this!

  • shak01 on January 6, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    younis khan is probably the smartest man in Pakistani cricket. He sees the issues and knows to stay well away.

    Faisal has never been test level and Misbah's time has come and gone. Still I'm sure it'll be an unchanged lineup and the selectors will somehow reason that the opening pair were the ones who failed.

  • maverick.10 on January 6, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Pakistan have self-destructed again. There was almost an air of inevitability about the result as Australia were inching loser and eventually took the lead in the second innings. It didnt matter if they were 6,7, or 8 wickets down. Even the betting odds favoured Australia once they resumed batting. Yousuf's captaincy and field placements were terrible, but surely the tactics would have been discussed with coach and all senior members of the team. Then again, this team really does not have any "senior" team members. The only [positive is that Umar Akmal is the brightest young Pakistani batsman since Inzamam. And for real this time, unlike Nazir,Yasir Hameed Hasan Raza, and many others. The way forward: 1. Drop Kamran Akmal - The difference in the match was Haddin's excellent catch of Salman Butt, and Akmal's infinite opportunities to Hussey 2. Get rid of Misbah his temperament does not lend itself to even gully cricket 3. Get more players from where Md Aamer and U Akmal came from

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    This pakistan side is one of the worst TEST team in the world along with WI & NZ. Even though they have got very good bowling attack, most of their batsman are pathetic when it comes playing outside sub-continent. Most of their batsman score runs only in sub-continent including Yousuf(AUS-31,SA-26) and surprisingly has got poor record against SL(26),Younis( AUS-31,SA-33) & Inzamam(AUS-30,SA-31). I don't how these people are treated as great players even though their record is pathetic outside sub-continent except england. Inzimam regarded as best match-winner by pakistanis but rather Suprisingly has never won matches against AUS & SA either in pakistan or in their backyard. Just winning matches against teams like Ban,SL,WI&NZ, one can't be called match-winner. He has do it when it matters like Finals or key moments in a test match, which i don't think he has done that consistently oe even on few occasions in his entire career.

  • DrMeister on January 6, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    How did they lose it? Easy ... in real world terms: unprofessional, incompetent and irresponsible. In order marks out of 10 : Kamran Akmal (1) - needs to be in T20 and ODI squad ONLY Misbah-Ul-Haq (3) - The "Ul-Haq" is the only desirable part of his cricket Faisal Iqbal (3) - Good slip fielder but batting ... an out-of-form Younis K is better Danish Kaneria (4) - Bowling ok but has a serious attitude problem, cannot bat to save his life & his fielding is pub-team - Afridi is probably a better bowler + fielding + batting a bonus Mohd Yousuf (5) - Needs to lose captaincy as he is clueless and it is affecting his batting which he is master class Mohd Sami (5) - Ok first day when it swung but can be dangerous and needs to be encouraged; at least kept his head cool while batting; Rest ok: Mohd Asif (9); Umar Gul (7); Imran Farhat (7); Salman Butt (8); Uamr Akmal (8)

  • JGuru on January 6, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    This Test win is true testimony to Australia's self belief if not anything else. In a way Pakistan had thrown away - once a decade chance to win Australia. They looked classy in first innings but only to be spinned out by Hauritz in a moderate chase in the second. The belief is an important factor, as the author rightly mentioned Aussies believed that they could pull of a win from the situation which stood at the end of Day 3. Also Pakistan fielding was quite dismal and perhaps that alone brought the down fall. Pakistan invents new ways to lose matches in every tour and this was no different either. On the other hand, Aussies stunned the world by rocking back into the match from no where. One of the best comeback wins in the history of test cricket. More than anything, it is just sheer determination and knowledge of winning matches from crunchy situations saw them through. Australia has stepped into the new decade with a miraculous win and has set up the tone for the rest to follow

  • Cricket_Writer on January 6, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Extremely disappointed fan and once again Pakistan lived up to the expectations and that is to donate matches to the opponents after the hard work is done. For me the main reasons for that loss are: 1) In first Innings, few players got out with reckless shorts likes of Kamran, Misbah. They would have tried to kill the match right there by extending the lead to 300 as knowing the fact that Australians are very much capable of coming back in the match. But I wonder why they played such kind of strokes? For God's sake, The whole country's reputation is at stake. 2) Secondly, unattractive and lethargic captaincy. 3) Once again, drop catches (I wonder what was in the mind of kamran akmal) 4) Inability to chase even the small totals because they don't plan how to get it. 5) For God's sake, there is no place for Imran farhat, faisal iqbal and Misbah-ul-haq (they have got the same pattern of scoring like 10,5,13,50,0,10 , so get rid of them. Please pass on my message to PCB Osman bhai.

  • AamirJadoon on January 6, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    and second thing Osman I never saw such a worst captaincy in my life ever like Mohammad Yousuf did in this match, he don't deserve to be a captain he is a good player a pure talent but not a cricket genius the target was not very stiff you just have to play the whole day i mean why yousuf Imran and misbah played such type of strokes, Pakistan must give the chance to some fresh players like Ahmed shazad, Khalid Latif, Sarfaraz Ahmad, I wonder that Pakistan has so many talented players but yet to waiting for there chances, Pakistan cricket board must need some serious changes in the team after this series. Afridi should be the captain of Pakistan in all the formates, he is fit for all kind of cricket, he is a fighter, he is an aggressive cricketer and if he is the captain with Aasif as a vise captain, this team will beat every teams because we have such an incredible bowling line up, Infect we have the best bowling line of the world.

  • shelu on January 6, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Wow, this article says exactly what has been going through my mind all morning!

  • U.A.E on January 6, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    "but today was the worst of him; defensive, unimaginative, sluggish and unwilling to <b><i>take risk</i></b>" beautiful selection of words :)

  • Ash31 on January 6, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    It was almost like watching India snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Still remember Barbados in 1997, Chennai in 1999. I remember Sydney in 2004 when Parthiv dropeed a copuple of chances and India failed to force a series victory. And the fact is that it isn't often that you get to beat Australia in Australia in a test match. Hard luck fellas. Í think Kamran posts a huge dilemma with is batting. But really Misbah andn Faisal have had enough chances to prove that they don't really belong at this level.

  • nawwabsahab on January 6, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    it was on the cards man...wasnt it..we dont have cricketers with desire to win...from head to toe of our cricket team...we were there to loose..remember last night what watsan said..what bollinger and hauritz were thinking and what our captain was saying...he knew he will throw it away. we dont have real guiders/leaders no matter in politics or in sports. no body will take the blame and everybody is a culpret. no point playing the third test..plz call them back and stick to t20 or t10 cricket. this is not about openers or middle or late order or tail enders...no body is mentally there to bowl or bat his heart out. the battle wasnt lost as from our side "it was never begun"..

  • U.A.E on January 6, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    i agree with this "The Test was lost at many other stages" if pakistan would have win this thats good :) but honestly they dont deserve to win after such a poor standards of fielding [Akmal] and batting including Umar Akmal [he is not test player at all] but i am glad pakistan ket their tradition very well of losing.If you have powr but you dont know how to control then its useless same case with pak team they have talent but dont know how and where to use it.

  • sameeullah on January 6, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    may be i shall not follow pakistan cricket in future.its realy heart breaking. i cann't understand their selctions methods and plans. if it is yousuf or younus they cann't select best team!always they leave some problems in team.i 20t wc i could see in start younus couldn't find the best team.after after razzaq arrive they elected shahzaid hassan question was why they didn't chose shahzaid after one or two loses. they need at least three bastmen.

  • Omario_Samba on January 6, 2010, 10:36 GMT

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  • luv2smile on January 6, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Osman your spot on! Too many passengers in this Pakistani team. Faisal Iqbal doesn't even deserve a place in the domestic team let alone the Test team! What pathetic display of shot selection and also the frailties of the mind as well. I will continue to support Pakistan, but a part of me really is very disappointed with this showing today and I pray that things change otherwise it will be a very one sided one day series as well.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    This pakistan side is the worst TEST team in the world along with WI & NZ. Even though they have got very good bowling attack, most of their batsman are pathetic when it comes playing outside sub-continent. Most of their batsman score runs only in sub-continent including Yousuf(AUS-31,SA-26) and surprisingly has got poor record against SL(26),Younis( AUS-31,SA-33) & Inzamam(AUS-30,SA-31). I don't how these people are treated as great players even though their record is pathetic outside sub-continent except england. Inzimam regarded as best match-winner by pakistanis but rather Suprisingly has never won matches against AUS & SA either in pakistan or in their backyard. Just winning matches against teams like Ban,SL,WI&NZ, one can't be called match-winner. He has do it when it matters like Finals or key moments in a test match, which i don't think he has done that consistently oe even on few occasions in his entire career.

  • tqhussain on January 6, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    good artical but i as a pakistani support have given up on pak as the whole system is ridiculous and recent preformance have reflected that, we gave srilanka the series, the we barely drawed against nz, and now we had a chance of a lifetime to resurect pak credibility, aussie did was aussies do, they fighted till the end, pcb is responsible for this team, and i think pak test cricket shud be put on halt as this team is re writting the record book in a vry negative way

  • Ramisy2k on January 6, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Osman, Your 2nd to 4th Paragraphs above are sooooper and very well written...They have made bradmans out of other teams tail-enders as well. Pat Symcox once score a 100 against us..........We are very much shattered today, defeats are nothing new to us but the way we have lost is inexpressible. Pakistan will lose by innings in Hobart or by big margin....what a pathetic team we have......we will have to wait for another 20 years for such another chance....better they should forfeit the next text and come back..becuae there is no chance of them winning the ODI's either....they will win the one-off T20 only becuase they can bat just 20 overs...

  • RA122 on January 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Today was the most insanely desperate day for a Pakistani cricket fan. Why the hell won't you o for the kill first right from the word go, is the least of the mystery. The mystery really is that street cricketers like us can understand but 11 players, a bowling coach and a manager cannot understand this, who make out a living from the sport. Or is their real job is to disappoint and dishearten the Pakistani fans miserably. Why didn't they drop Kamran Akmal years ago is another mystery as he is a very big reason for Danish Kaneria not to achieve the heights that his talent can take him to. Akmal has dropped so consistently on Kaneria's bowling that it always looks like the batting side has three players on the field. But what was done, Yes Kaneria was dropped repeatedly and Akmal kept playing. If we want some hope in the future we need to tackle those in the top positions namely the captain, coach, manager and the selectors and not the least Chairman PCB.

  • sameeullah on January 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    i am from pakistan and i supported pakistan.but since srilanka tour they and choosing shit again and again.i will say they are "losers". younus cann't change it niether any other captain . i never been fan of kamran becuase since he arrived in international cricket he dropped catches again n again.the horrible misbah every time find strange way of getting out.simple is that they need two three new batsmen.shoib malik,kamran(on his keeping),misbah,iqbal should go. one more point. yousuf and umar should take responsibilty.in melborne yousuf should have taken charge in second when rauf arrrived and umar akmal is losing his wicket after taking starts!.i don't want to see the tried faces in the batting.try some new strong tech: batsmen. if i was Chief i would say to kamran,mishbah and shoib malik and iqbal "thanks so much much for your services we don't need them any more".i believe opening problem still exits there!.and there should be at least on all rounder in test.Make afiridi skipp.

  • tqhussain on January 6, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Sad Sad day. This is beyond bad. Pakistan board should stop the team from playing test cricket for a year or so. Team selection was poor (misbah and fasial). Akmal should go and learn how to keep again. We lost the series in England because of his errors.Yousaf captaincy rubbish. Credit to Aus for their hard work and determination. As a pakistani fan, this match has totally put me off pakistan cricket. I hate them

  • whoismyfirstlove on January 6, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Calm down Osman! Nothing new has happened for Pakistan. We can blame Yousaf for his defensive captaincy on 4th day; we can blame Kamran for dropping simple catches (well if we remember Pakistan lost the test series in England after a long time and Karman Akmal' dropped chances was one of the major factors in that losing cause; But what we have got to replace him.... And about the batting, well if we drop Misbah or Faisal, who do we get in for them; Shoaib Malik?? another out of form player or Younis khan who had quit from this series willingly... Honestly, that is the best side we have got. They did well for 3 days in the test but could not finish it well. Even Waseem or Imran were never able to do well in Australia with much better players around them. I definitely feel sorry for this as a Pakistani but please do not bring back failed players into the side. And great great work Auses...very much like the Auses!!

  • PrakashES on January 6, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    I can understand how disappointing this loss is to all Pakistanis. But Pakistan has always struggled against western teams. They somehow manage to inflict heavy defeats on India but struggle against even weak teams like England and New Zealand, leave alone Australia and South Africa. These same players will pile up huge centuries against India and their bowlers will run thru' the Indian batting line-up. People like Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Yusuf, Kamran Akmal, Misbah, etc don't spare the Indians and notch up big hundreds left right and centre but struggle against western teams. And Asif and Gul will destroy Indian batting line-up more often than not. I find it surprising and inexplicable why they fare so well against India but fail against others.

  • azfarulislam on January 6, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    It's a heartbreaker this loss!!! Mark my words...Even this decade Pakistan will never win against Australia. The last nail went into the Pakistan Test Cricket coffin after the loss of this test.

  • ziggyXhohan on January 6, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    HMMM DAAMM !!!! what to say and what not......my heart is just pumping more rubbishly and m feeling much more hot in this cool weather also...what a captaincy...it was just like that to out hussay was unachieveable and they have give him a all space to bat free ...some rubbish captaincy ..what was yousuf thinking ...what they have planned...what the 3 all star coaches are doing ....was waqar himself a capable fielder ..i think he was ordinary...what abt akmal ..he has kept the keeping position for whole of his life ....what abt misbah and demanding other players even having 16 in bag ....foolish ..they should b sacked ..we need attacking captain ..just like ponting , dhoni , smith , sanga o even strauss...what a shame ...a international team not capable of chasing 176 on batting pitch....we need fresh blood like aamir , akmal ...what gain more from misbah , younis , akmal need rest he should have someone behind just like in rashid . moin era....plz do care of pak cricket.

  • kevinross on January 6, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Few words ; Like country Leaders... Likewise Cricket Leaders... We are stuck in 80's and we choose the same leaders over and over again wether it be cricket or politics. Unless we get a captain like Imran Khan and a PCB management totally free of veterans who can bring up a serious change in the system from the grass root level...We should say bye bye to Pakistan Cricket.. Just the way we did with Hockey and Squash.

    Jansheir Khan and Jhangir Khan were prime examples of destroying Squash after they were selected as coaches... these people like Javaid MiaAdad , Inthikhaab Alaam , Ijazz Butt and company are doing the same.

    I am in utter disbelief of the loss today and this will be my last day that I will ever see Pakistan playing a cricket game.

  • IndiaGoats on January 6, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    What can I say!? My Aussie boss was visiting us (in India) and this morning he came into work looking glum. By lunchtime, when I broke the news to him, his smirk said it all :-) Don't want to rub it in, but if it was India that lost, I would have no hesitation calling them LOSERS.

  • vatsap on January 6, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Painful and heart break for Pakistan. How can a Wkt Keeper drop 4 catches, what kind of field set was that. It is going to take a while for Pakistan to recover, with the precocious talent which they possess this is hurting to there fans also

  • Vallam on January 6, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    I am not a Pakistani r or an Australian supporter. The is loss of Pakistan is pathetic.

    Pakistan fielding never been good. But Kamran Akmal should go ,probably they lost this match because of him. The fear of losing his place in the team should be there.

    They are giving too many opprtunities to Misbah-ul-Haq,which he does not deserve.

    With kind of bowling attack Pakistan has, for which they should be proud of, with a decent batting line up- they can matches.

    All we can say " the whole team "guffed it up"

  • Dennie on January 6, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Congratulations to Ricky Ponting and his men. They have proved a lot in Cricket.

  • bkhan420 on January 6, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    I doubt this loss affects the players much. The majority of these blokes are playing for themselves and potential IPL riches, rather than the country or fans. You can see it in their shot selection, their fielding and their attitude. During times when their war-torn country needs it the most, they fall flat on their faces and embarrass the selectors who had faith in them. My tears go out to the supporters, many of whom only recently came back to the team after the '99 cup. I agree with everything you said, but here's a question. Why does Pak need a captain? Just make it a revolving door, open for those who show heart (like Sami, Asif) and closed to those who cannot contain themselves in critical periods (misbah, yousuf, younis). Yes it is disappointing when they lose, only this loss has the potential to finish this team for a VERY long time. It's said that good teams find ways to win and bad teams find ways to lose, and this was no better example.

  • bingobob on January 6, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    This may be a case of the winners writing the history books. As an Australian I am happy that we won, however there remains a lot to be desired. Had Hussey been caught any of those 3 times, cricinfo readers would be reading how wonderful Yousuf's captaincy was. Instead we are reading how great Ponting's decision at the toss ended up being (it was an idiotic decision). One gets the feeling that Australia would have won by an innings and 300 runs had they bowled first.

  • Notout_Naveen on January 6, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    At the end, this win was very sweet one for aus bitter for pak, thrilling one for aus, embarassing for pak. Pak players and captain must be kicking themself for the way they played.The tactics by pak was pretty poor standard to say the least.

    Brad hogg was pretty much better spin bowler than hauritz. when India toured down under for test he was taken for a task specialy by sachin after that he retired! but pak played hauritz so badly that he cemented his place in the team now!

  • umairmhd on January 6, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    MYusuf was a complete shocker..his captainship and batting was a complete sham. As rightly pointed 3 tests lost from wining positions..Kamran, misbah & faisal should be dropped..6 dropped catches and PANICtan paid heavy price for it...Team was unsure and they didnt had any cofidence..after putting Aussies on mAT they could not finish the match..Its a complete disgrace and team composition should be looked at..Bring in Afridi,Younis and new keeper who can catch..

  • A.S.K. on January 6, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Osman, you are being very harsh on your compatriots. Sure Pakistan lost the game rather than Australia winning it. Hussey shouldn't have been dropped once, let alone three times - that's where they lost it. Pakistan played well, and can play a lot better. I don't think it was Yousuf's captaincy that lost it.

    I must say that this test was marked by the good nature (except Watson's petty motions) and competitiveness shown between the two teams. Same occurred in Sydney last year between Aus and RSA. Unfortunately not the case in Sydney the year before. Maybe that has a lot to do with the team that Australia were playing against that day in 2008......

  • rainmaker86 on January 6, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    This is typical pakistan I shud say. Feeling sorry for them, but if they don't believe only that they can win, how can they even win. Pakistan play well in patches. Pakistan is a very talented team. Sometimes I wonder from where do so many talented youngsters come from. Ameer, Umar, Ajmal are latest in the list. Guess, Australia held their nerves better and hence emerged as winners from no where.

  • straight4ward on January 6, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    its really very sad and disappointing the way pakiston lose the match... u cant blame one guy, whole batting line has to be blamed for it... there was no sign of maturity from any one beside umar akmal's small inings...we can pray only!

  • nikhil_mandavkar on January 6, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    This is not the result that I was expecting , pakistan should have won the match even when they gave some extra rus in Aus second innings. Again a familiar batting collapse, I have said it before that the current pakistan team has got all the talent to beat any side in the world, the question remains same - do they believe in themseselves? at the moment, they are not. Please drop Misbah and faisal and include shoib malik and shahid afrdi.Also it is better if they can find some alternative for Kamran Akmal. Mishbah has been provided with enough chances and now he does not look like a player of same abilities with which he batted against us (india) in first T-20 world cup. Faisal still looks raw for this level and Kamran has dropped the whole match more than once. CRIMINAL ACT.I am disappointed as I had always supported pakistan cricket team, if they play against any team other than India. All I can say now --> All the best for next game.

  • ShivT on January 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes.. It is very unfortunate that pakistan has lost both the test matches.. I think they are badly missing younis khan and inzamam.. Misbah-ul-haq should have shown some character.Paksitan had 100% winning chance in this match and also in the first test match, they could have won it.. But the positives are they have umar akmal(lonely fighter) and a very good bowling attack. Yousuf is not giving justice to his stats and experince. He has to deliver his best.. Pakistan need to make some changes in their playing XI in the last test match. All the best Umar-Akmal.. He will deliver his best for pakistan.

  • 68704 on January 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes Pakistan are classic examples of the clliche "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory". It is a pity that sub continsental teams keep imploding. This Australian team is a shadow of its former self and efforts like the feeble one Pakistan put today can only strengthen the Australian belief that they are actually a good side. They are a team on the mend and with Ponting"s batting or elbow being suspect, the batting looks even more frail than it actually is. What an opportunity missed by Pakistan! But Hussey despite the million dropped chances batted well and probably has got another lease of life. I really cannot understand Pakistan , despite being such good players of spin, giving Hauritz five wickets again. In defence of Pakistan, one must accept that they are hardly playing any test cricket and that explains their poor field placings and definitely some of their shot selection. sridhar

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  • 68704 on January 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes Pakistan are classic examples of the clliche "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory". It is a pity that sub continsental teams keep imploding. This Australian team is a shadow of its former self and efforts like the feeble one Pakistan put today can only strengthen the Australian belief that they are actually a good side. They are a team on the mend and with Ponting"s batting or elbow being suspect, the batting looks even more frail than it actually is. What an opportunity missed by Pakistan! But Hussey despite the million dropped chances batted well and probably has got another lease of life. I really cannot understand Pakistan , despite being such good players of spin, giving Hauritz five wickets again. In defence of Pakistan, one must accept that they are hardly playing any test cricket and that explains their poor field placings and definitely some of their shot selection. sridhar

  • ShivT on January 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes.. It is very unfortunate that pakistan has lost both the test matches.. I think they are badly missing younis khan and inzamam.. Misbah-ul-haq should have shown some character.Paksitan had 100% winning chance in this match and also in the first test match, they could have won it.. But the positives are they have umar akmal(lonely fighter) and a very good bowling attack. Yousuf is not giving justice to his stats and experince. He has to deliver his best.. Pakistan need to make some changes in their playing XI in the last test match. All the best Umar-Akmal.. He will deliver his best for pakistan.

  • nikhil_mandavkar on January 6, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    This is not the result that I was expecting , pakistan should have won the match even when they gave some extra rus in Aus second innings. Again a familiar batting collapse, I have said it before that the current pakistan team has got all the talent to beat any side in the world, the question remains same - do they believe in themseselves? at the moment, they are not. Please drop Misbah and faisal and include shoib malik and shahid afrdi.Also it is better if they can find some alternative for Kamran Akmal. Mishbah has been provided with enough chances and now he does not look like a player of same abilities with which he batted against us (india) in first T-20 world cup. Faisal still looks raw for this level and Kamran has dropped the whole match more than once. CRIMINAL ACT.I am disappointed as I had always supported pakistan cricket team, if they play against any team other than India. All I can say now --> All the best for next game.

  • straight4ward on January 6, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    its really very sad and disappointing the way pakiston lose the match... u cant blame one guy, whole batting line has to be blamed for it... there was no sign of maturity from any one beside umar akmal's small inings...we can pray only!

  • rainmaker86 on January 6, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    This is typical pakistan I shud say. Feeling sorry for them, but if they don't believe only that they can win, how can they even win. Pakistan play well in patches. Pakistan is a very talented team. Sometimes I wonder from where do so many talented youngsters come from. Ameer, Umar, Ajmal are latest in the list. Guess, Australia held their nerves better and hence emerged as winners from no where.

  • A.S.K. on January 6, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Osman, you are being very harsh on your compatriots. Sure Pakistan lost the game rather than Australia winning it. Hussey shouldn't have been dropped once, let alone three times - that's where they lost it. Pakistan played well, and can play a lot better. I don't think it was Yousuf's captaincy that lost it.

    I must say that this test was marked by the good nature (except Watson's petty motions) and competitiveness shown between the two teams. Same occurred in Sydney last year between Aus and RSA. Unfortunately not the case in Sydney the year before. Maybe that has a lot to do with the team that Australia were playing against that day in 2008......

  • umairmhd on January 6, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    MYusuf was a complete shocker..his captainship and batting was a complete sham. As rightly pointed 3 tests lost from wining positions..Kamran, misbah & faisal should be dropped..6 dropped catches and PANICtan paid heavy price for it...Team was unsure and they didnt had any cofidence..after putting Aussies on mAT they could not finish the match..Its a complete disgrace and team composition should be looked at..Bring in Afridi,Younis and new keeper who can catch..

  • Notout_Naveen on January 6, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    At the end, this win was very sweet one for aus bitter for pak, thrilling one for aus, embarassing for pak. Pak players and captain must be kicking themself for the way they played.The tactics by pak was pretty poor standard to say the least.

    Brad hogg was pretty much better spin bowler than hauritz. when India toured down under for test he was taken for a task specialy by sachin after that he retired! but pak played hauritz so badly that he cemented his place in the team now!

  • bingobob on January 6, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    This may be a case of the winners writing the history books. As an Australian I am happy that we won, however there remains a lot to be desired. Had Hussey been caught any of those 3 times, cricinfo readers would be reading how wonderful Yousuf's captaincy was. Instead we are reading how great Ponting's decision at the toss ended up being (it was an idiotic decision). One gets the feeling that Australia would have won by an innings and 300 runs had they bowled first.

  • bkhan420 on January 6, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    I doubt this loss affects the players much. The majority of these blokes are playing for themselves and potential IPL riches, rather than the country or fans. You can see it in their shot selection, their fielding and their attitude. During times when their war-torn country needs it the most, they fall flat on their faces and embarrass the selectors who had faith in them. My tears go out to the supporters, many of whom only recently came back to the team after the '99 cup. I agree with everything you said, but here's a question. Why does Pak need a captain? Just make it a revolving door, open for those who show heart (like Sami, Asif) and closed to those who cannot contain themselves in critical periods (misbah, yousuf, younis). Yes it is disappointing when they lose, only this loss has the potential to finish this team for a VERY long time. It's said that good teams find ways to win and bad teams find ways to lose, and this was no better example.