Australia 2009-10 December 27, 2009

Thrill of the new is short lived

 
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We need Pakistan's players to learn something from the youngest amongst them, Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images
 

The build up to this tour of Australia was an exciting one, unexpectedly so after Pakistan's struggles in the past few years. It was the thrill of the new, both sides fielding players with something to prove and unfamiliar with each other. Indeed, this has become one of the fascinations of following Pakistan and is a consequence of the recent dearth of international cricket.

Performances in New Zealand had sporadically promised some special moments in Australia. They might still come but Mohammad Yousuf's team have quickly replaced the thrill of the new with the familiar dull emotions of disappointment.

It's not so much that Pakistan have underperfomed dramatically.The bowlers generally bowled well, even Abdur Rauf, who despite looking anything but a destroyer of Australia, kept a disciplined length and forced Australia to score more slowly than they are used to. The batsmen toiled but unfortunately lost their wickets at important moments.

What's troubling me, however, is Pakistan's approach to this series. The early years of Pakistan's cricket history could be summarised as a worthy effort spoiled by a negative mindset, fragile temperament, and hopeless fielding.

We could be back in the 1960s because that is the nature of our current team: overawed and underwhelming.There are, of course, a couple of notable exceptions, namely Mohammad Aamer and Umar Akmal, the young bucks with free spirits.

It took the players of the 1970s and 1980s, with Imran Khan and Javed Miandad as chief catalysts of change, to create a team of aggression, self-belief and competence in all disciplines but genius in some. This is the tragedy as I see it, and the management and leadership of the current team need to do something about it.

We need Pakistan's players to learn something from the youngest among them. We need them to free their spirits and play with the grit, belief, desire, and passion to win. Some better fielding would help too. We don't need Pakistan to be crushed by fear of failure.

Australia started this Test series nervously. Pakistan have played them back into confident form. This isn't the great Australia of old and Pakistan need to play the reality not the memory, and that approach begins on the training ground and the selection policy. The captain then needs to embody that self-belief on the field.

Up to now, Pakistan are losing this series in their heads, hearts, and butter fingers. Mohammad Yousuf's team need to worry less about the 60,000 Aussies packed into the MCG and think about the millions of their own fans cringing in their homes around the world.

Many a failure has been forgiven for a brave effort. Have a heart boys, and play with yours.

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  • arun on December 30, 2009, 6:11 GMT

    This Pakistan side and captain brings back not so good memories of the Pak side of 83-84 when Zaheer Abbas was captain, when Imran got injured.Look at the following similarities: 1. Great Batsmen in their mid 30's as captain-Zaheer Abbas/Mo. Yousuf. Both very defensive. 2. Previously successful captains not playing tests - Imran (due to injury), Y Khan (built up to be the next gr8 Khan after T20 success) 3. one young exciting batsman - Qasim Umar/Umar Akmal 4. Young Left Arm Fast Bowler - Azeem Hafiz/Mo. Aamer 5. Defensive selections- Zaheer usually did not play Qadir. Yousuf leaving Kaneria, who is more attacking than Ajmal in 1st test in NZ, and Rauf instead of Gul.

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  • Usman on December 29, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    To Salman Riaz: David Dwyer is Pakistan's current (Australian) trainer.

  • Usman on December 29, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Everyone calling for Afridi to play in the last two tests should be aware he is already in Australia playing in the T20 for South Australia. Unfortunately he got out for a duck in tonight's match against Western Australia.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ausdomestic-09/engine/current/match/417702.html

  • Ehtisham on December 29, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    Game on Guys... Game on. Just wait for the thrilling final day's play and be optimisitic. Atleast Pak is fighting and we have seen very good aggressive stuff from our bowlers and batsmen as well in the 2nd innings.We are giving Austrailians tough time that everyone should agree positively.

  • Farhan AKhter on December 29, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    WHat is abdul Rauf doing in this match??? Where is other fast bowler like Talha, Shoaib Khan, Wahab??? Poor selection and not preparted on first day otherwise we will have nice competition. Pakistan will lose for 100+ runs

  • Dr Noman Palekar on December 29, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    Well, Pakistani's are showing positive/aggresive intent in the final inning, and I think this has resulted from the impressive effort from our young star. So,we can say that the players have learnt what they should have from this young lad. I think we are into a thrilling final day of test cricket, where if Pakistan doesn't lose a wkt in the first hr,the Australians will become under a lot of pressure. Yousuf and Umer are the best pair we could have on wkt in this situation. Yousuf has to use all his experience and class to devise a long inning and with that has to guide young Akmal (another shining star)to an aggresive knock. One thing I am pretty sure of is, this attitude of Pakistani batsmen has created a thrill which will entice us to wake up at 4:30 in the morning and open our television sets inspite of all the tragic events happening around us. I hope our team brings us pride. Signing out, Dr Noman.

  • Noor on December 29, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    Another unwise move by the PCA. Sending for Younis Khan. YK is past sell by date. Why do the PCA management team looking back ? They should have experimented with young batsmen who have done well in the Quid-e-Azam matches.

    Pakistan have missed an opportunity to look to the futher. Under Ijaz Butt it one step forward and two steps backward.

    Major overall needed at the top and the team selection. First boot out Ijaz Butt, Intikhab Alam, Mohd Yousuf, Saleem Malik,Abdul Rauf,Younis Khan,Saeed Ajmal and some of the players who have kept failing for Pakistan. Pakistan need new faces NOT the same old players who have failed again and again.

    Kamran Akmal should play as a batsman since the Pak batting is so weak its better to have Kamran Akmal play as a batsman and bring in a specailist WK even if he is not good batsman.

  • aftab on December 29, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    Besides Gul setback, this team is good and they are playing like a team - oh well we knoew about the catches. Well done Ausies in the first innings and well-done Pakistani bowlers in the second! Let's hope some of the so many ceturians shine at MCG - and why not, Ponting has have them cornered.

  • Monish from Canada on December 29, 2009, 3:02 GMT

    Someone commented that hire Shane warne as mentor. Good idea. Problems are shane warne wont accept . Reasons 1) Bob woolmer type of contract ending is not what he would desire 2) Can PCB give him even half of what IPL pays him..Naaah i dont think so......3)Shaen warne visitng pakistan ...naaaah george bush is more likely to visit pakistan but not shane warne.

  • desihungama on December 29, 2009, 0:15 GMT

    P.S

    Shame on umpiring as well. It's been dreadful and very much so against the fine attack by Pak bowlers.

    Kamran! Please enlighten us on your views on the umpiring.

  • Salman Riaz on December 28, 2009, 23:52 GMT

    I think this team has good enough talent with some changes in selection we will have a good enough group. We need a professional management. Intikhab is too old, he needs to go. Pakistan needs a batting coach or some body like Andy Flower or Dave Whatmore.Waqar Younis shd stay as they need somebody with experience to guide the budding group of Fast Bowlers. Pakistan need a Foreign Trained or a foreign Physio who could grill the boys in Training and it is better to have a foreign coach as well since they donot get influenced by the player power or petty Politics.

  • ahmed on December 28, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    Present approach is too defensive players too timid and afraid of loosing. Pakistan team needs fearless players like Javed Miandad & Imran Khan to free the team from their defensive mindset and play their natural aggressive game. Sack Intiqab and Waqar and hire Shane Warne as just mentor or as non-playing captain, Pakistan's performance will improve in leaps and bounds.

  • Tariq on December 28, 2009, 19:03 GMT

    Afridi would have been much better option than Faisal Iqbal.

  • desihungama on December 28, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    If not for Pakistan then atleast "PLAY" for the Australian fans who have turned out in the thousands?

    As another blogger said;

    Just Play Cricket Boys.

  • gaurav sethi on December 28, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    Just have someone like virendar sehwag,Dhoni at the top, take the aussies to the cleaners, They don't enjoy being insulted at their home.Everything will be alright then..

  • desihungama on December 28, 2009, 17:36 GMT

    Shame on Pakistan team and its captian Mohammed Yousaf for sending off Aamer to face the last ball. We should change the meaning of this word Night Watchmen. Misbah did not have the guts to come out and bat himself and completely put oour run chase in disarray. How? All Umer Akmal needed was somewhat guideance at the other end. had Misbah or kamran walked out instrad of Aamer they would have been able to calm him down to play a bigger innings. You need to ensure the development of a younger player like Umer or else he will throw away. There is no such thing night watchman. If you are the batsman you are you are, you come out and face. Either you have the guts or you dont. So far Aamer and Umer are the only contenders. What we need to do is get rid of ALL the seniors and build a young team around the core.

  • Wasim on December 28, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Over criticism by fans and the media is causing this lack of self belief and over cautious approach.

    After every match we propose a list of players who should be axed from the team this is not how you can instill confidence in players, you want them to play with flare then first we have to cut down on this over criticism.

  • kashif on December 28, 2009, 17:25 GMT

    If Paksian fans wish to see a dramatic change in the teams attitude, belief and wish them to be more aggressive like the other tops teams, then a dramatic change is required. I say change the entire managment and board with people who have a wining mentality which im sure will filter down to the players.

  • Bhat AYAZ Kashmir on December 28, 2009, 15:59 GMT

    Agreed.I think pakistani's have already lost this series by 3-0 in their minds.They belive that Australia is unbeatable,which isn't true.. Look at the way Dhoni is leading the Team. He belives in himself and his team. He palys with agression and that agression has got him great rewards.India no doubt has a great batting side and pakistan undoubtely is a great bowling side in the world, so this leaves both the teams in balance. Now the question is ,why india is so consistent and pakistan isnt.. the answer is the mind setup and leadership differebces. Pakistan too have some postive and agressive players like Akmal brothers and the the fast brigade but that is really not enough. The leader needs to be agressive and Yousuf isnt the one.. Guys sorry to say but if this is the way you play at international level you aren't aware as what international means.. please get your plans in place and make us proud..

  • Asad on December 28, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Why Pak batmans are so nervous. you guys have talent; prove it man. Play boldly...Offensive is the best defense...You dominate...don't let the bowler dominate you. What are doing Pak Media...Take lesson from Indian media.What's going on.. Pak media is also scared like Pak batsman. Selector & Media --both joke... We should try some young bloods I mean from U19 for the #3 position or middle order. Guys -- play with confidence..you guys have talent..to save this match. Go ahead--GOOD LUCK !!

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • Ovais on December 28, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    I am a firm believer that we need to deploy the best team we have for each test match and chose the team that can most likely put up a real fight if not win a test.

    Only in Pakistan can this drama take place that we appoint Younis Khan upto the World Cup in 2011 and then hide behind a lame excuse that he has not contacted the board...absolute rubbish! C'mon guys both Younis and the board should be taken to task after the wash up of this series. Right now, we need to inject some positive spirit in this side and pick some match-winers right away for the remaining 2 tests and one-dayers. Here is my eleven: 1. Salman Butt 2. Shoaib Malik 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Fawad Alam/Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammad Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Danish Kaneria I feel Faisal Iqbal & Abdul Rauf should be sent home..you need a few proactive minds in the shape of Younis and Afridi (because he can bowl, field & bat and lift the team.

  • DR MAK on December 28, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    great to hear such optimistic words by water buffalo and i agree that the glass is half full rather then half empty . i m sure pakistan team will settle thier nerves quickly and put on a much better show like v saw at the begining of the second aus inings. one of benefits that pakistan cricket got out of icl was that it took away sami from pak team but now that its over i fear they are going to drop abdur rauf and get sami in .,,,,,,,,n ill quit watching cricket after that as i did when sami was playing ...... and i think staticians should write "the nephew of javed miandad " in the batting average coloumn when faisal iqbal walks out to bat coz this is the only quality he has ,,,,,,,,

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on December 28, 2009, 11:07 GMT

    This the good example for all of us that our Bowlers and batsmen are doing well except our fielding need to be improved.Abdul rauf and Ajmal are doing well as Gul and Kaneria are injured.Otherwise that pair is for better than this pair.Yes of course we must have atleast 2 all rounders in the team for that Noved and Afraidi must be called instead of Sami and Younis.What Younis has done the Qaid-e-Azam trophy.He must be given more rest at present so that he can forget his Captaincy period which is depressing him day and night.Faisal must be sent back to pakistan and instead Kamran should be sent No.3 and F.Alam is not been given chance instead of Faisal.Faisal in in the team because of Miandad otherwise everyone knows his capacity.It is right time to call Afraidi and Razzak for rest of the series if you need some good result.Anyway GOOD LUCK for this match as well as rest of the series. PAKISTAN ZINDA BAD.

  • suliman melbourne on December 28, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    this is a bit off the topic but i dont know why rauf is playing,dropping gul for him is just a disgrace,if they were gonna drop gul atleast pick someone thats close to his quality like sami,i have gone to day 1,2 and 3 and pakistan players are so unprofessional,not all but a few,not walking in properly(asif,yousuf and rauf), they dont do the basics and expect to win matches...very disappointed with their poor effort and soft tactics.

  • waterbuffalo on December 28, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    Asif and Aamer reduced OZ to 40-3. Then when Rauf and Ajmal bowled the aussies regrouped and have scored 60, obviously Abdur Rauf and Ajmal are no where near as good as Kaneria and Gul, who between them have almost 350 Test wickets, I prefer to concentrate on the positive, Pakistan saved the follow on and the opening bowlers were brilliant- it is just too bad Gul and Kaneria couldn't be there to put more pressure on the aussies, especially Watson. Aamer was bowling at 151 K which was beautiful to watch and Asif was doing his best imitation of Glen McGrath. At least we won't lose by an innings like the windies did in their First Test inside 3 days.

  • Noor on December 28, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Abdul Rauf is 31 years old. What was logic in selecting him for the Austrailia tour. With all due respect to Rauf but he is NOT a Test match material. The Pak selection commitee needs changing, why not select players who have done well in local matches I'm sure there must be a young fast blower in Pakistan worth a try instead of a 31 years old no hoper.

  • Wajih on December 28, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    People are just carried away with some early success of Mohammed Aamer. And to be honest, his age and bowling speed have garnered more admiration than his actual performances with the bowl in test matches, which at best, have just been consistent than anything else. I don't think he should be playing in test cricket where you need a bit more than coming in and bowl an angular line with no seam and swing (another Sami?). Management needs to put his energy into learning traits of bowling rather than toiling in the field all they long.

  • Aatir Aftab on December 28, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    Unbelievable! these guys are not here to play cricket. I just dont understand the logic, they dont seem to have a plan. Everytime there is a screw up big smiles. We need to see some serious contest not fake smiles after every screw up. We need to see senior players back in the side playing for the country and be proud of the opportunity given to represent Pakistan.

  • Imran Ali on December 28, 2009, 3:40 GMT

    Well said. I am very frustrated with the team selection. It is hard to comprehend the fact that both Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat continue to be classified as test batsmen. There has to be better talent in the country. I had an observation - not sure if someone else had made it but this is the only time in recent memory that I can remember a test team where non of the top 6 batsmen can bowl and none of the 4 four bowlers (Mohammad Aamer is an exception) can bat. Look around all the current test teams in the world and no body has this problem. Not being able to bat for a tailender is a coaching problem as is our fielding. Talent got us through the 80's and 90's but that is the exception now rather than the norm. It is sad to watch the top 3 bat at test level.

  • Vaseem siddiqi on December 28, 2009, 1:59 GMT

    If Pakistan are to challenge Australia than we need four things. Firstly a strong and very positive captain and therefore Mohammed Yusuf needs to show some aggression so that other players can follow his example. Secondly, we need to bat positively and take the attack to the Australians. Thirdly, we need to improve our fielding which at the moment is extremely poor. Fourthly, we need Yunus Khan playing at number 3 for Pakistan.

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 28, 2009, 1:54 GMT

    Good to see Mr. Abbasi that you are done moaning over Younis Khan's episode. Not sure if you followed the Quaid-e-Azam trophy final. Younis pathetic form continues. However, seems like he is coming into senses and made himself available for selection. He is a great batsman. Hope he stays away from captancy crave. Because that messes up his mind and that shows in his bating. Afridi should be given a run to captaincy in all forms of cricket. I think he is mentally tough and can take the fight to the opponent.

  • Bilal on December 28, 2009, 1:03 GMT

    I think what pakistan are really missing is a pace bowler who can actually bowl at a really high pace!! Yes pakistan does have good fast bowlers, who can bowl tops 145kp, but they aren't going to trouble a batting line up such as the australian on unhelpful pitches. They need someone who can bowl at 150+ consistently and cause havoc just by sheer pace. However the biggest concern for Pakistan is the batting. There are just too maby soft spots :( I dont see anyone in the current batting line up thats going to still be there in the next 2 years other than the Akmal brothers.

  • Tirmizi on December 27, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    I totally agree Kamran. They need to change their approach to playing against Aussies. In recent times, only those teams have fared better against them who have played aggressively.WI is a great example and my fear is that we might be worse than them. Team selection in the first place is appalling. We need 5 bowlers or atleast 4 full time bowlers and atleast with someone who can reverse swing. Hence the case for an allrounder such as Afridi or Razzaq. I cant understand why Faisal Iqbal with so many failures in past is playing at the vital No 3 position and that just sums up this team. Leaving Gul and Kaneria out was also a shocking decision of team management. Yousuf's captaincy is least inspiring and his contribution with bat not enough. And finally as someone else said, it hs become a pain to watch them play.

  • Tahir Rashid on December 27, 2009, 23:23 GMT

    Pakistan team is only performing badly due to incompetent board and its selection policies. We will continue to be a laughing stock of the cricket world unless and until PCB is removed and replaced with genuine people who care for Pak cricket and not just their pockets! Our home pitches must also be conducive to good cricket and not graveyard for bowlers. I also propose docking of match fees when individual players drop dolly or sitter catches. To me this is a cardinal sin for which there should be no repentance. For those who think Mohammad Yousuf is a class batsman then I urge you to think again as I only classify him as a 'flat track bully.' Only Akmal bros batted with pride in NZ and perhaps they can save the day again for Pak in down under. Asif should do some weight training to gain upper body strength to increase his bowling speed to 140 KPH at least. And finally with great pain I predict 3-0 whitewash for Pak unless the gates of heaven open to rescue 11 pitiful players.

  • asadak on December 27, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    We should all give complements to ijaz butt, iqbal qasim and other selectors who are destroying Pakistan cricket. yousuf is inzi part 2, defensive and pathetic fielder. Since youuf is captain the fielding has been soo poor. same old players are back in the side who have been flop so many times.This is we will get when we dont respect players like YK. i wish Australia can sweep Pakistan cause this is not the right Pakistan team playing. i am sick and tired of watching this dull team with dummy captain.

  • DR MAK on December 27, 2009, 21:56 GMT

    how many more times pakistan fans have to go through the agony of seeing faisal iqbal bat n then throwing away his wicket like he was giving catching practise to the slip fielders i request respected chaudry iftikhar to take a somoto action regarding faisal iqbal s selection as well , since he is in the bussiness of correcting everything these days please consider this as well lolz

  • DR MAK on December 27, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    its not the batting,fielding or the bowling i think everything is good enough then whats the problem after i saw misbah smiling right after dropping the catch i said to my self there can only be two reasons y our team is not performing that typical shameless attitude that v show as nation on failure was quite evident or else it may b that they treat it as 9-5 job nothing much really , i dont know when v as a nation will stop showing aggression where its really needed instead of wasting it on streets n trivial matters of no importance sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Ghalib Imtiyaz on December 27, 2009, 21:25 GMT

    There are few fans calling for Fawad Alam and some event went as far as saying that current top 3 should be dropped. Butt has this problem with missing straight balls and thats nothing new but this is not the time for wholesale changes.

    Iqbal just doesnt belong at no 3. in a Test XI. If Younis Khan cant be persuaded to join the team now when its in disarray then we need Shoaib Malik's experience at no. 3.

    I still cant believe how Rauf and Ajmal were picked instead of Gul and Kaneria. Ajmal struggled in NZ and a finger spinner will always struggle in Australian pitches and we hardly saw any turn from him.

    Aamer just bowled with an angle but no swing .. but dropped catches meant that he will still be searching for his first wicket. Australian batting lineup looked mediocre against WI and yet they were allowed to excel here. We didnt have 1 bowler who could reverse swing the ball. We missed the services of Gul & Kaneria. 454 was a very generous declaration.

  • Irfan on December 27, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    I believe the team is desperately missing Afridi along with Younus. Afridi is aggressive, eaily the best fielder in the side, and has immensely improved his batting and bowling temperament in recent years. It is utterly ridiculous that Pak management could not convince them to play in this series. Include Afridi and Younus, and the team has a completely different look to it. Another batsman who I believe needs to be included back in Test matches is Taufeeq Umer. The guy has technique, temperament, and talent to succeed at the highest level in test cricket, and he needs to be given confidence. In test cricket, an opening combination of Taufeeq and Salman Butt looks much more compact than any of the other players tried so far by Pakistan management.

  • sunil reddy on December 27, 2009, 19:11 GMT

    I dont mind salman, and Misbah. They have the skillset, agression potnetial, and experience. I think Faisal Iqbal is a joke. Why is he even in there. I've seen great bats like Asim Kamal, or new ones like Fawad Alam, who really should have been in there. Farhat is ok too, ust because we cant seem to find anyone else, but please, Faisal Iqbal at one down inspires zero confidence. Atleast change the course for Syndey.

  • ali pirzada on December 27, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    i dont know what has happened with this team after showing gr8 display in CT n world T20, the problem of absolute inconsistency does nt seem to b solved, the team badly needs a leader younus will be better but afridi will be best, yousuf is gr8 player but not a good captain, i was amazed to see Saed Ajmal fielding in slips.. i listen in the news that yousuf will be captain for ODI series as well, its really redicolous cz if he had to be the skipper then y did u make Afridi as deputy of Younus?? i m sure that we cant win a series in AUS with yousuf as captain. Those running PCB look absolutly Lunatic by the decisions they make,,now we can only hope that younus returns in ODI series as not only a player but also as a skipper for the side..

  • khurram on December 27, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    no way you can win with negative attitude...we dont know where to bowl or how to bat. from captaincy to the batting run rate we are below par...we have seen generation of pak cricket team frightened like kitten in australia or against australia, now its not pleasent to say but we are again preparing one.

  • jamshed on December 27, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    Pakistan have been so bad that this game has become painful to watch.And it seems the tone for the rest of the series has already been set.

  • Imran Khan on December 27, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    why dont Pakistani media speak against the selectors, like the media does in India, Is the media also corrupt like pak selectors, how come they have chosen the same team for the one days as well, The players are pathetic, please get rid of Salman Bhat, Malik, Yousf and Faisal, bring in some under nineteen players, they will teach them how to bat and field. Pakistani Politicians and selectors are all bloody ass..

  • Ehtisham on December 27, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    Aggression is the key if Pakistan wants to do well in Australia. Look other teams like India, South Arica these days. I hope Pakistan will fight back strongly and will be able to draw this test at least. But the overall attitude and planning for this ongoing test match is defensive so far. I totally agree with you Kamran, the approach is drastically negative and a brave effort is required.

    Why do cricket fans and experts still remember times of Imran Khan and also to some extent of Younus Khan?

  • shahid shah on December 27, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    Mohammed wasim should have been selected as he got good record in australia.

  • kazim mohammed on December 27, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    It will be a miracle if Pakistan can save this test match,or even get away with a draw.Whoever is the batting and fielding coach of this team should be fired forthwith.The problem with Pakistan cricket has to do with those who run the board and by extension, pick the team.If one looks at the composition of the present team then my point would be emphasise.To recall Mohammed Sami with such an abysmal test record defies comprehension,the same also applies to Misbah ul Haq.Misbah has been a failure at test,his batting seems to have gone south,the same can be said about the present openers,they batted as though they were playing for a draw.You are not going to win test matches or fans for that matter with that approach.The PCB Needs to bite the bullet and make some drastic changes with the present team together with the coaching staff,they have been just as incompetent as the player

  • Waseem on December 27, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    For me, the four words that sum up Pakistan’s performance so far are: “Extreme negativity and fear”. What a shame to see a team with so much raw talent and potential play in this manner. From the captain down everyone seems to be in such low confidence, looks defeated and fearful of the Australians. It seems that the team is simply going through the motions and in their minds have already accepted a 3-0 drubbing. Pakistan must stop going back to tried, tested and failed cricketers of the past, the likes of Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Misbah, and Faisel should be all thrown into the dustbins of history - forever. We must look forward and bring in fresh blood. After all Akmal and Amir are surely a testimony to all of the undiscovered talent in Pakistan – they also deserve a chance.

  • sleepshrink on December 27, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Playing scared is not "toiling" or "fighting" as intikhab alam would have you believe. He has filled the heads of these players with utter nonsense, where they start thinking about drawing a test match from second day onwards. Yousuf's negative mindset also adds to that. As a result they make opposition bowling look better than it is(its good but not 4/100 good). Countless half volleys and balls on the pads were missed or blocked back because the Godfather told them to block everything. I am not saying hit everything out of the park but a run rate below 3 is unacceptable. Sooner or later you are going to get a good ball, and you haven't scored any runs. This is no way to save a test match. Just play the ball on its merit. Three advices for pakistan cricket team. 1. JUST PLAY! 2. JUST PLAY! 3. JUST PLAY!

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 27, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: Right on! Their confidence lack of that is and defensive approach could be because of the situation our nation is going through. We need a very aggressive captain/player to turn this distraction or depression into aggresion. Something similar to what great Afridi did to lift 20-20 championship. He with couple of compatriot brought back joys to common men. We need men like Miandad and Khan to take the bull by horn. Afridi has those traits. Yousuf and Younus though great batsmen lack this ability. One has attitude problem, and other is too humble.

    Other problem is the selection. Why they needed the third seamer on this dead wicket. Rauf was bowling at around 125kph, which Afridi could easily surpass between his googly and a flipper. Other option could have been Razzaq also.

    We don't need old horses like the Maliks, Farhats, Iqbals, Misbahs. They've been in-out-in-out for last few years. F. Alam should be given a long run. He is good middle order prospect.

  • Ehsan bhutta on December 27, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    It is score what matters in the end and not blocking over after over.The defensiveness enabled ordinary bowlers to climb on you.I didnot remember a match in which first boundary was hit in 32nd over.The natural aggressiveness of Farhat and Butt needs to be shown.Look what WestIndies did after first test loss.Their aggressive attitude nearly able them to draw series.self belief and aggressive approach is needed to overcome fear.Sadly Inthikhab Alam's approach is reminecent of 1960's not 2010.Comeon boys u have the talent.Please be positive.even if u lose after fight we dont mind.Yousuf should lead from front.Submissiveness is enemy of braveness.

  • uetian31 on December 27, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    Well summerize Kamran, The problum is in their mind not anywhr alse, this pitch is anything but a beltr of track with evn bounce and predictble swing, the only differnce is Auss'z wont give free runs and thier fielders will always help thier blowers with helding on catches, i was really pulling my hairs whn thy drop crucial catches at crucial monets, had we grab those chances the senerio would hav been total diff, well now i hope pak avoide follow on and reduce lead as much as thy can and try to draw this test, for sydney i will definatley include Sami instaed Amir and Gul for Rauf, Danish with Ajmal, and if Younus khan joins team Fiasal with him, YK should think for pak NOT FOR HIM SELF, PAK need him now, also plz plzz put spec. fielders on point and gully, i hv seen 10 diff feilders at same sopt, thses are small things needs to be adressed at school lavel and its heard breaking to see at this level tht we dont hv sepc. feliders for spec places....

  • papa india on December 27, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    its not only the pakistani players who are suffering from memory blues but the pakistani fans also seem to me pessimistic and from the crruent performance, i really doubt any come back, but who knows, its pakistan playin!

  • Awais Tanveer on December 27, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    one more dropped catch today.Pakistani fielders are like 5 feet stones placed on the field because of how much static they are. Coming to Pakistani batting: I think all of our batsmen play ok. I mean seldom they were troubled by Aussie bowlers (except Watson) but they gone into the shell to much. I mean at one point of time, Haurtiz was 10 overs for 16 runs who was supposed to be the weakest link in the bowling line up. What were they thinking? Were they waiting for Brad Haddin to do some bowling and then attack him? They allowed Hauritz to get settled and IMO that turned the fortunes of their day. Hauritz was made look better by some unimaginative batting. I mean as openers you have to bat cautious for 15 or 20 overs but once you are in, you have to go for runs. I was in disbelief that 1st boundary was scored when score was almost 60. What were Pakistani batters doing is beyond my thinking. Was there any plan?There were no daemons in the pitch nor Aussie bowling was venomous but still

  • waqas on December 27, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    yousuf is continuing from where inzi left...being too defensive...younis atleast tried to be positive

  • pkfever on December 27, 2009, 13:57 GMT

    very well said kamran bhye ..first thing i want to say that no doubt pak has good batting line up and a good boling attack but one thing pakistan is short of is a good allrounder.pak need to take abdul razzaq in the team instead of mohammad sami.we have all ready quality bowler sitting .the biggest problem is that is look like the pak opner and 1 down playing totally defensive which is not a good sign.look like they are trying to survive or to draw the test match.

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  • pkfever on December 27, 2009, 13:57 GMT

    very well said kamran bhye ..first thing i want to say that no doubt pak has good batting line up and a good boling attack but one thing pakistan is short of is a good allrounder.pak need to take abdul razzaq in the team instead of mohammad sami.we have all ready quality bowler sitting .the biggest problem is that is look like the pak opner and 1 down playing totally defensive which is not a good sign.look like they are trying to survive or to draw the test match.

  • waqas on December 27, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    yousuf is continuing from where inzi left...being too defensive...younis atleast tried to be positive

  • Awais Tanveer on December 27, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    one more dropped catch today.Pakistani fielders are like 5 feet stones placed on the field because of how much static they are. Coming to Pakistani batting: I think all of our batsmen play ok. I mean seldom they were troubled by Aussie bowlers (except Watson) but they gone into the shell to much. I mean at one point of time, Haurtiz was 10 overs for 16 runs who was supposed to be the weakest link in the bowling line up. What were they thinking? Were they waiting for Brad Haddin to do some bowling and then attack him? They allowed Hauritz to get settled and IMO that turned the fortunes of their day. Hauritz was made look better by some unimaginative batting. I mean as openers you have to bat cautious for 15 or 20 overs but once you are in, you have to go for runs. I was in disbelief that 1st boundary was scored when score was almost 60. What were Pakistani batters doing is beyond my thinking. Was there any plan?There were no daemons in the pitch nor Aussie bowling was venomous but still

  • papa india on December 27, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    its not only the pakistani players who are suffering from memory blues but the pakistani fans also seem to me pessimistic and from the crruent performance, i really doubt any come back, but who knows, its pakistan playin!

  • uetian31 on December 27, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    Well summerize Kamran, The problum is in their mind not anywhr alse, this pitch is anything but a beltr of track with evn bounce and predictble swing, the only differnce is Auss'z wont give free runs and thier fielders will always help thier blowers with helding on catches, i was really pulling my hairs whn thy drop crucial catches at crucial monets, had we grab those chances the senerio would hav been total diff, well now i hope pak avoide follow on and reduce lead as much as thy can and try to draw this test, for sydney i will definatley include Sami instaed Amir and Gul for Rauf, Danish with Ajmal, and if Younus khan joins team Fiasal with him, YK should think for pak NOT FOR HIM SELF, PAK need him now, also plz plzz put spec. fielders on point and gully, i hv seen 10 diff feilders at same sopt, thses are small things needs to be adressed at school lavel and its heard breaking to see at this level tht we dont hv sepc. feliders for spec places....

  • Ehsan bhutta on December 27, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    It is score what matters in the end and not blocking over after over.The defensiveness enabled ordinary bowlers to climb on you.I didnot remember a match in which first boundary was hit in 32nd over.The natural aggressiveness of Farhat and Butt needs to be shown.Look what WestIndies did after first test loss.Their aggressive attitude nearly able them to draw series.self belief and aggressive approach is needed to overcome fear.Sadly Inthikhab Alam's approach is reminecent of 1960's not 2010.Comeon boys u have the talent.Please be positive.even if u lose after fight we dont mind.Yousuf should lead from front.Submissiveness is enemy of braveness.

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 27, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: Right on! Their confidence lack of that is and defensive approach could be because of the situation our nation is going through. We need a very aggressive captain/player to turn this distraction or depression into aggresion. Something similar to what great Afridi did to lift 20-20 championship. He with couple of compatriot brought back joys to common men. We need men like Miandad and Khan to take the bull by horn. Afridi has those traits. Yousuf and Younus though great batsmen lack this ability. One has attitude problem, and other is too humble.

    Other problem is the selection. Why they needed the third seamer on this dead wicket. Rauf was bowling at around 125kph, which Afridi could easily surpass between his googly and a flipper. Other option could have been Razzaq also.

    We don't need old horses like the Maliks, Farhats, Iqbals, Misbahs. They've been in-out-in-out for last few years. F. Alam should be given a long run. He is good middle order prospect.

  • sleepshrink on December 27, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Playing scared is not "toiling" or "fighting" as intikhab alam would have you believe. He has filled the heads of these players with utter nonsense, where they start thinking about drawing a test match from second day onwards. Yousuf's negative mindset also adds to that. As a result they make opposition bowling look better than it is(its good but not 4/100 good). Countless half volleys and balls on the pads were missed or blocked back because the Godfather told them to block everything. I am not saying hit everything out of the park but a run rate below 3 is unacceptable. Sooner or later you are going to get a good ball, and you haven't scored any runs. This is no way to save a test match. Just play the ball on its merit. Three advices for pakistan cricket team. 1. JUST PLAY! 2. JUST PLAY! 3. JUST PLAY!

  • Waseem on December 27, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    For me, the four words that sum up Pakistan’s performance so far are: “Extreme negativity and fear”. What a shame to see a team with so much raw talent and potential play in this manner. From the captain down everyone seems to be in such low confidence, looks defeated and fearful of the Australians. It seems that the team is simply going through the motions and in their minds have already accepted a 3-0 drubbing. Pakistan must stop going back to tried, tested and failed cricketers of the past, the likes of Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Misbah, and Faisel should be all thrown into the dustbins of history - forever. We must look forward and bring in fresh blood. After all Akmal and Amir are surely a testimony to all of the undiscovered talent in Pakistan – they also deserve a chance.

  • kazim mohammed on December 27, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    It will be a miracle if Pakistan can save this test match,or even get away with a draw.Whoever is the batting and fielding coach of this team should be fired forthwith.The problem with Pakistan cricket has to do with those who run the board and by extension, pick the team.If one looks at the composition of the present team then my point would be emphasise.To recall Mohammed Sami with such an abysmal test record defies comprehension,the same also applies to Misbah ul Haq.Misbah has been a failure at test,his batting seems to have gone south,the same can be said about the present openers,they batted as though they were playing for a draw.You are not going to win test matches or fans for that matter with that approach.The PCB Needs to bite the bullet and make some drastic changes with the present team together with the coaching staff,they have been just as incompetent as the player