Australia 2009-10 January 4, 2010

Discipline and attack work for Pakistan

I think Pakistan have shocked Australia in the first two days here - in truth, they've shocked even their most ardent supporters
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The man who holds the key to Pakistan's victory is Danish Kaneria © AFP
 

Pakistan should expect Australia to come back hard tomorrow. Ricky Ponting is an aggressive captain and he will believe his team can still win despite Pakistan's unexpected supremacy throughout this match. Mohammad Yousuf's team will need to be on their guard but must fight aggression with aggression, as taking wickets is the surest way to halt Australia's recovery.

I think Pakistan have shocked Australia in the first two days here - in truth, they've shocked even their most ardent supporters. First, a hastily flung together pace attack held an attacking but disciplined line and length. Discpline and attack were also on the agenda when the batsmen took their turn. Some of the shots might have been unnecessarily ambitious but the aggression of Pakistan's middle order was a refreshing sight.

The most accurate barometer of Pakistan's intent is usually their running betweenwickets. At Melbourne the batsmen were on their heels. Here they scampered and rushed through for quick singles. Yes, Pakistan could have secured a bigger lead but a more circumspect approach might well have surrendered as many wickets for fewer runs. The overall approach of the batsmen has been a sensible one: to unsettle Australia at every opportunity.

Now, Pakistan's bowlers and fielders face a stiffer challenge than in the first innings. The wicket is still helpful but less so than on the first day. Australia will have a much clearer target in mind and a determination not to lose to a humiliating innings defeat. The prospect of victory can be as tough to handle mentally as the danger of defeat.

Pakistan must hold their nerve and seek to bowl out Austalia on day three. Any sizeable fourth-innings run-chase has historically posed problems for Pakistan, and hence their target should be to dismiss Australia for under 300. That's certainly possible, provided the pace men revive the discipline and attack of the first day.

But the man who should hold the key to Pakistan's victory is Danish Kaneria. Nathan Hauritz produced a few viscously turning and bouncing deliveries that should have whet Kaneria's appetite. Like so many of his fellows, Kaneria has been short on match-winning performances against the strongest teams outside Asia. The stage has never been better set for Pakistan's late-blooming legspinner. Discpline and attack should be his watchwords too.

Pakistan cricket is in desperate need of this victory, against this opposition, and at this venue. Can Mohammad Yousuf's team pull off a momentous result?

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  • Qaisar Bajwa on January 23, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    i don't know whe Danish Keneria is iz pakistan team, whoever so many ex players also favering him , no body checked his record, is he a BOWLER f?nope bcoz if cricket board will try any other streer player as a leg spiner may be he can perform better the Kenaria.............yes if Pakistan playing against Bangaladesh u can try Kenaria.....and Fawad Alam he is Bolwer or Batsman?

  • Merit on January 6, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Shoaib Malik, Misba ul haq, Faisal Iqbal and Kamran Akmal must go. Deserving Asim Kamal, best find of 2007 Yasir Hameed, Khalid Latif, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) and Fawad Alam must in. We also need to warm up best batsman and highest wicket taker bowler from our domestic cricket. We should have seperate team from T20, One day and Test. Mohd Younis is good only for the Tests. Shahzeb hasan should be in as a opener for T20 and Oneday. He was a part of our winning team of T20 WC. He impress every one and scores 35 fast runs in his first appearence. Fielding should be the plus point. Our best fielder is Fawad Alam.

  • nasir raza dar on January 6, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    After 34 run opening stand out of 176 apart from Omer`s 49 where is the contribution of our so called senior & experienced middle order & it looks more pathetic if v saw it like this two openers 21 & 22 runs,Omer 49 & the middle order 47 out of 139, shame on so called senior middle order as well as the people at the helm of affairs.Moreover recently Aamir Sohail said in Australia bowling let us down not the bating in the past according to statistics but what can a bowler do than they did here if one need a bowler to score 176 runs then what is the fun of having batsman in the team.If fielders & KEEPERS drop catches, Captain went on defensive when the lead is only 80 runs & only one specialist batsman of opposition with two tail enders remaining what a bowler can do 4 u & still with there efforts batsmen had to score 176 to win,is bowlers had to blame & bowling or bating need to be strengthen.Where are those people who wants Younis should prove himself.I ask them WHO SHOULD PROVE?

  • Anu on January 6, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Its better to lose a match by a large margin without even giving a contest reather than losing a match that Pakistanis are very good at i.e throw away a match that they are about to win! It causes more disappointment and anger for the fans. I mean what is the psychology of the players? Why do they have to bat irresponsibly when its only a small score to chase and there are at least 100 overs to achieve the target?

    And well if it hadnt been for Kamran Akmal, Pakistan would have securely achieved victory. Whats wrong with the guy? Dropping 4 catches is no laughing matter. He's been that for countless number of times but has not been dropped even once. Why dont the selectors see this? They have dropped talented and promising cricketers without any reason such as Asim Kamal but why cant they see what Kamran Akmal is doing? And please Younis Khan is a whole lot better than the whole lot, what is the logic behind asking him to play in Pentangular when the team needs him badly? RIDICULOUS!

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on January 6, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I have never felt so low and gutted as today! How the hell did they manage to lose this match? I have a great respect for Yousaf and no doubt he is a great batsman, but his approach of negative field placement undid all the work. The rest of the top brass of experts, selectors & Inti, have to take the blame for this too, as this has as well! It was so obvious that they should have thrown the kitchen sink at the aussies in that situation, and containing runs defies all logic. However, I would request everyone not to call for the scalps of this or that player, but instead call for an institutional change, where a more robust system is in place for player selection. This loss is hurting, just as it hurts to see our country burning in a senseless war. Instability and corrupt government is negatively impacting everything in Pakistan. I have stopped listening to the news, and instead take succour in Pakistani cricket - what a sucker I've been!

    Expletives, upone expletives come to mind!

  • malik on January 6, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    It's useless to waste time on commenting on such a pathetic cricket display of Pak team.

  • Waqas on January 6, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    At least our record in losing in near 100% & our consistency as well.

    I am sure everyone who does not play professional cricket would like a chance to play for Pakistan as we could easily perform better than the current team (excl. Umer Akmal & Mohammed Ameer).

    Recommendations:

    Captain:Afridi Sack: Kamran Akmal, Faisal Iqbal & Misbah Introduce: New players ASAP (Anyone) Bring back Geoff Lawson as Coach as he still believes in Pakistan cricket.

  • Qaisar Wahr on January 6, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Pakistan what joke cant get 175 the u19 team could of got that

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:15 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.

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  • Qaisar Bajwa on January 23, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    i don't know whe Danish Keneria is iz pakistan team, whoever so many ex players also favering him , no body checked his record, is he a BOWLER f?nope bcoz if cricket board will try any other streer player as a leg spiner may be he can perform better the Kenaria.............yes if Pakistan playing against Bangaladesh u can try Kenaria.....and Fawad Alam he is Bolwer or Batsman?

  • Merit on January 6, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Shoaib Malik, Misba ul haq, Faisal Iqbal and Kamran Akmal must go. Deserving Asim Kamal, best find of 2007 Yasir Hameed, Khalid Latif, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) and Fawad Alam must in. We also need to warm up best batsman and highest wicket taker bowler from our domestic cricket. We should have seperate team from T20, One day and Test. Mohd Younis is good only for the Tests. Shahzeb hasan should be in as a opener for T20 and Oneday. He was a part of our winning team of T20 WC. He impress every one and scores 35 fast runs in his first appearence. Fielding should be the plus point. Our best fielder is Fawad Alam.

  • nasir raza dar on January 6, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    After 34 run opening stand out of 176 apart from Omer`s 49 where is the contribution of our so called senior & experienced middle order & it looks more pathetic if v saw it like this two openers 21 & 22 runs,Omer 49 & the middle order 47 out of 139, shame on so called senior middle order as well as the people at the helm of affairs.Moreover recently Aamir Sohail said in Australia bowling let us down not the bating in the past according to statistics but what can a bowler do than they did here if one need a bowler to score 176 runs then what is the fun of having batsman in the team.If fielders & KEEPERS drop catches, Captain went on defensive when the lead is only 80 runs & only one specialist batsman of opposition with two tail enders remaining what a bowler can do 4 u & still with there efforts batsmen had to score 176 to win,is bowlers had to blame & bowling or bating need to be strengthen.Where are those people who wants Younis should prove himself.I ask them WHO SHOULD PROVE?

  • Anu on January 6, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Its better to lose a match by a large margin without even giving a contest reather than losing a match that Pakistanis are very good at i.e throw away a match that they are about to win! It causes more disappointment and anger for the fans. I mean what is the psychology of the players? Why do they have to bat irresponsibly when its only a small score to chase and there are at least 100 overs to achieve the target?

    And well if it hadnt been for Kamran Akmal, Pakistan would have securely achieved victory. Whats wrong with the guy? Dropping 4 catches is no laughing matter. He's been that for countless number of times but has not been dropped even once. Why dont the selectors see this? They have dropped talented and promising cricketers without any reason such as Asim Kamal but why cant they see what Kamran Akmal is doing? And please Younis Khan is a whole lot better than the whole lot, what is the logic behind asking him to play in Pentangular when the team needs him badly? RIDICULOUS!

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on January 6, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I have never felt so low and gutted as today! How the hell did they manage to lose this match? I have a great respect for Yousaf and no doubt he is a great batsman, but his approach of negative field placement undid all the work. The rest of the top brass of experts, selectors & Inti, have to take the blame for this too, as this has as well! It was so obvious that they should have thrown the kitchen sink at the aussies in that situation, and containing runs defies all logic. However, I would request everyone not to call for the scalps of this or that player, but instead call for an institutional change, where a more robust system is in place for player selection. This loss is hurting, just as it hurts to see our country burning in a senseless war. Instability and corrupt government is negatively impacting everything in Pakistan. I have stopped listening to the news, and instead take succour in Pakistani cricket - what a sucker I've been!

    Expletives, upone expletives come to mind!

  • malik on January 6, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    It's useless to waste time on commenting on such a pathetic cricket display of Pak team.

  • Waqas on January 6, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    At least our record in losing in near 100% & our consistency as well.

    I am sure everyone who does not play professional cricket would like a chance to play for Pakistan as we could easily perform better than the current team (excl. Umer Akmal & Mohammed Ameer).

    Recommendations:

    Captain:Afridi Sack: Kamran Akmal, Faisal Iqbal & Misbah Introduce: New players ASAP (Anyone) Bring back Geoff Lawson as Coach as he still believes in Pakistan cricket.

  • Qaisar Wahr on January 6, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Pakistan what joke cant get 175 the u19 team could of got that

  • ITJOBSUCKS on January 6, 2010, 11:15 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.

  • Suhail Qureshi on January 6, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Today's Match was not actually Pak VS Aus rather Pak Vs Kamran Akmal. Our team management should think that how many matches will the sacrifice for allowing Akmal to improve his keeping to the required standards. What is fun if a dropped catch costs more than 100 runs and Akmal scores 50 afterwards. There is a long list of matches which were lost after crucial let offs behind the wicket (catches and stumps).

    Certain changes are must. Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Faisal Iqbal.

    There are many good batsmen such as Asim Kamal, Hassan Raza and Shahid Afridi should also come in the side. Instead of Kamran Akmal we have seen spark in Sarfaraz Ahmed. If he doesnt score atleast he will save score by not dropping catches.

    For Management of Pakistan you prepare a bowling captain instead of batting captain our experience of bowling captain is much better.

  • DavidT on January 6, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Smells very fishy. Pakistan could have thrown this Test. Think Salim Malik. There is precedence. Setting defensive fields this morning was quite staggering. To lose with a 200 run lead on the first innings looks extremely dodgy when it's Pakistan.

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Please make Afridi the test captain.

    At least then we'll have a brave, attacking player who always believes his team can win.

    He never gives up (much like the Australians).

  • dr muzaffar on January 6, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    shameless attitude/stinky/senseless/scandalous/needs biopsy of our brains of our 'hero' cricketers who are keen to go to IPL -

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

    Yousaf should be the one to blame. Not many fans have watched cricket in the morning due to the timing in Pak. But i woke up to watch it. It was the worst captaincy I have ever seen. All commentators were amazed. Yousaf treated Hussey as if he's Bradman and from the first over he was given license to score freely. Yousaf field placing discouraged the bowlers and it game immense confidence to both batsmen.

    What a bunch of idiots running Pak cricket with no cricketing brain. We deserve the defeat just coz of this defeatist attitude.

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    That was so depressing.

    What is wrong with MoYo? Why did he put everyone on the boundary when Hussey was batting? Why was he allowed to put on 123 runs with Siddle for the ninth wicket partnership? Besides the fact that Kamran put Hussey down multiple times yesterday.

    Thankyou Pakistan for prolonging Hussey's career. The Australian press were saying he should be dropped before this match.

    I agree with Asif, Pakistan choked big time, and MoYo must go as captain, and Kamran must be dropped as WK, I would also drop Misbah-ul-Haq. Who do you replace them with? I have no idea. Anybody would be better. Maybe we can convince Australia to give us Usman Tariq Khawaja back.

  • sharaf khan on January 6, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    kamran bahi dont trust pakistan bating ever till their is misbah.what a shame.even this totall could have easily chased by bangladesh.selector says we dont need younas khan for 3rd test.the team can be disturb.i cant abuse u here.if u come in to my hands i will choke u.pls kamran u r there in australia with the team.tell them what is malik and misbah doing there.plzzzzzzz tell them.why they droped fawad alam.what has misba done since he has come.unbelivable.now we cant trust our batsamns when there is only 100 runs.there was much difference the way sami and gul were bating rather than misba.now misba dont know how to score a runs.

  • arun on January 6, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Once again its the fielding and batting, with help of defensive and unimaginative captaincy that lost the test match for Pak. Just like there is Man of Match award, there should also be GOAT OF THE MATCH award. And for this tests its Kamran Akmal, hands down. 3 drop catches of Hussey, whi scores a hundred and what was he doing for the Watson run out? This test reminds me of Hobart '99, when Aus were chasing 350+ to win and were 5 down for 100 odd runs. Pak lost that test thanks to Messrs Aussie Umpire, Langer and Gilchrist. (The GOAT OF THE MATCH in that game should go to that Aussie umpire, who did not give at least 5 plumb LBWs and one huge caught behind).Pak was so devastated after that loss that they were completely humiliated in the 3rd Test. Now, that Pak has squandered their greatest opportunity beat Aus, they will be humiliated in 3rd Test. This should be the end of Misbah's international career. Bring Afridi and Younus for the 3rd test immediately.

  • rabbani on January 6, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    what a fight...what a bunch of lossers..I acn not show my face to those that boasted Pakistan would win..I am hiding from the shame and losing face. I do not know what would be going on in the minds of all losers( except Umar Akmal)maybe they would be OK as they used to losing now . I am really disappointed and lost all hope and trust on Pakistan team. I would support PNG, Kuwait, Iran and Nepal Cricket team but not of bunch of losers of the current pakistan team. I do not know why they are not still dropping out of taste Misbahulhaq, Farhat, Faisal. They should immediately send them home. They have sent Fawad Alam and youger hope but kept these bunch of losers. Even I would condemned th bowlers that they could withstand few minutes...I wish we have had Aamer at least he could have scored runs in both innings and saved pakistan from this situation.

    I am very angry with myself the way they lost to Aussies, I can not come into terms.

  • imran Khan on January 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    crucify Kamran Akmal for dropping catches, crucify Misbah for delibrately playing badly, crucify Inthikhab Alam for being so fat and lethaggic coach, crucify the selectors for selecting coward players.

  • DEREK D'CRUZ on January 6, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Kamran, your comments were spot on. The Aussies never give up and today they pulled off one of the greatest victories in this the greatest game of all. Pakistan is playing well, but they are playing a team of true professionals, who believe in themselves, no matter what the critics say and how many times they are written off and criticised for their superb style of play - hard and fair.

  • mardud on January 6, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    it is proven again..that pak cant produce fighting cricketer but terrorist only..thats y more youngsters are making their carrear in terror line.no body wants to become cricketer..really how great terrorists pak have..masallah..shubhanallah..

  • Ossama on January 6, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    on behalf of all pakistanis i would like to apologise for the performance of my team! i'm apologising because i know that the PCB or even the team wont! talent wise our team is ok, it's just the mentality! time and time again our batsmen have undone the brillian efforts of our bowlers! we seriously need shahid afridi. not only is he an unbelievable all rounder but he is also charismatic and will make an excellent captain! let's hope for the best. my team for the third test IDEALLY should be:

    farhat butt m.yousuf u.akmal k.akmal s.afridi r.naveed m.aamer m.sami m.asif d.kaneria

    not only will we have sufficient bowlers but we'll also have batsmen.. comments will be welcome

  • short legs on January 6, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    This is heart ache beyond any level of belief.... MoYo and Co. have shown a huge finger to each and every single pakistan fan biting their nails across the world.. Save for Umer Akmal who at least showed that he gave a toss the others were so inpet as to flee in abject terror upon the first sight of Nauritz's killer off breaks.. Kamran Akmal did not even have the decency to chip in with a face saving 40 odd to ensure that his disgraceful keeping does not cost us the match. Which it did. Kamran 'Stuff happens rumsfeld' Akmal is probably the man of the match as far as the aussies are concerned and he has single handedly saved Hussey's career. Thanks a lot!!!! and Misbah...where do you even begin with this lead footed tosser masquerading as a test batsman. MoYo is totally responsible for keeping him in the team at the expense of well....ME!!! Hell I could have gone and had a bash and probably come out better. Certainly not worse. in all thanks a lot Moyo and Co.

  • Zain on January 6, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Drop that *** kamran akmal for the next match. Pakistanis r so happy if a player like kamran performs against relatively weker team like NZ. Wake up people we need people in our team that r capable to beat the best.Get lost with your mediocre thinking.

  • khurram on January 6, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    its was on the cards..wasnt it..? no body was there to play for even 10,15 overs...we had 2 days to make 170 odd runs and we falter...nothing new ..when i was watching pak wickets tumbling..i wasnt surprised..nobody would definately..we should call the team back...there is no use in playing the game while knowing we wont make it, we cant win...from politics to arts..sports to administration..we dont have a real leader with character or any person to take the responsibility...last night watson was optimistic and yousuf wasnt convinsing...bollinger and hussey was eager and our chaps were down...so thats it...its ok till t20 but after that we dont have guts and able/wise people on the field..

  • Nasir Jamal on January 6, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Today i am so much dissappointed The Pakistani team really broke the hearts of 170 million Pakistanis. This team is nothing but a bunch of jokers and mediocre club level cricketers. They dont deserve to represent us in our beloved sport. Apart from Umar Akmal, Mohd. Asif, and Mohd. Aamer all the players and the entire board, the Chairman (Joker No 1),the selectors and the coach INTI should be immediatlely sacked because they will never leave by their own. They all had no moral courage or self respect to resign or retire from their posts.

    We the Pakistanis living abroad are being laughed at by other nationalities because of these players and officials. We know and its a realty that in our beloved PAKISTAN there is no shortage of raw talent in cricket (e.g. Aamer & Umar) then why are we sticking to these tested and failed cricketers. Yousaf, Younis, Butt, Farhat,Faisal, Kamran, Misbah, Sami,Umar Gul, Kaneria, Shoaib Etc. They all are disgrace to our nation for ALLAH's sake SACK them.

  • umair on January 6, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Asif..Pakistani team CHOKED under pressure..its batting and awfull fielding to blame for the complete mess.Fielding errors proved very costly but added a spice to the match..what a comical stuff provided by Kaneria..Watson scored 97 and Hussey 134..both were dropped..Frahat started it and then all followed as if they had a bus to catch..none of the players tried to setlle in and play ball on its merit..Faisal , Misbah & kamran should be dropped..Great Yosuf does not score when team needs he cant bat like Inzi performing under pressure..There is no dependable batsmen ..Afridi,Younis and even Asif Kamal should get a look in.. Totally disappointed by the way team lost from a winning position...only bright spot Umar akmal and bowlers..

  • uzair on January 6, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    i predicted the pakistan loss when we only got a lead of 200....there is no way we can do 150 in 4th innings ...let alone 176

  • SaiKiran Kumar on January 6, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    I am absolutely speechless. Dont know who to blame for this. This is the first time i have seen a team loose after being on top for 3 complete days. Well Pakistan definitely need to take some tough decisions now. Faisal Iqbal and Misbah should be dropped andYK be brought in immediately. Definitely need some experience in the middle order.Its really sad to see the Pakistan team to be depending on young Umar (a great batsman in the making) to save them in every match. What are the other seniors doing?

  • Syed Jaffey on January 6, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    I didn't watch the game until its 12.30 am in Houston when the game was about to finish. I had a poor feeling yesterday when pakistan were leaving the field after 3 drop catches by Akmal and 5 overall. They got a lottery on the first day when over confident Ponting decided to bat on Green top wicket in Cloudy condition. But they kept saying to Austallia that Comeon if you can't win than don't worry we can loose from any position. Their batting display after such a fine start in the first inning is the real turning point. They could have easily posted 400+ and put the match beyond Australlia's reach. I am sad for my team and fellow countrymen but I must say this is just a game. Don't take it to your heart and be easy on our team. They are human being and they must be feeling very sick themselves rightnow. We still gave a good fight to Austallia and dominated for three days.

  • Tilyar Khatmal on January 6, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Kamran Akmal drops a minimum of two catches and misses a few stumping each innings hwe keeps the wickets . Misbah has been a poor performer all through in 2009 and in Australia . Similarly , Younus Khan hads not performed as a batsman since 2008 . Mohammad Yousuf is a very poor fielder and a poor Captain . Mohammad Shoaib can nether bat nor can he bowl . can They should be sacked to create space for new talent to come in . Also , Ijaz Butt and Intikhab Alam should have the decency to retire . If not they shoul;d be sacked .

    We need to re build our team . Chalay huyay kartoos need to thrown away .

    Tilyar Khatmal

  • rext on January 6, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    I hope Pakistan's supporters will put their disappointment aside and acknowledge your players. Don't take your frustration out on them. They have played with honour and losing this game makes no difference to that. Both sides have played brilliantly and badly in this game and despite Ponting and Yousef's mediocre captaincy it has been a wonderful game. I wish we had some of Pakistan's young players and all Pakistani supporters can hold their heads high.

  • Rohit, India on January 6, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    what the hell is happening in Sydney, Aus pull the win from the jaws of defete against India, SA and now against Pakistan...It's sad to see Pakistan lost where they deserved the most...I think reason is same...very week top order...something needs to be done...Umer seems to be doing like role for Pak like Sachin used to do before 1996-97 for India...I think, it's difficult to win for any team in Australia without 400-500+ score because teams generally don'tg get the golden chance like Pakistan got after the Australia's 1st inning. Even India was able to win the tests in Australia just because of strong batting. However, there is positive for Pak cricket in the next decade. They can be very good side, if they sort out their top order. Top order batsman should be able to score big hundreds to win against good side. Pakistan bowlers deserve 100% appreciation.

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    WHY is Kamran Akmal still WK? And on what basis was Yousuf chosen as captain? Yousuf is only a good batsman, not a good captain. This is disgustingly shameful. Misbah and Faisal are just occupying space in the line-up. They're worthless. And by the way, Afridi anyone? He's not a test batsman, but he can bowl pretty well and not to mention hold on to catches, unlike our keeper. Plus, he's already THERE in Australia!

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 6, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Kamran, today is the saddest day of my cricket career. Should i see Pakistan team playing cricket or not? I m today behaving like Prince Hamlet on this issue. How did it happen? why a bunch of professional cricketers forgot to stick to wicket and presented the test match to Australia on a silver platter. Today is the bleakest day of Pakistan cricket. I have never seen any team losing in such a docile way. It all looked like a planned suicide attempt. Yes they all lost their heads like sitting ducks! Where was the captain? i could not find him anywhere. Ponting did lead his side so marvellously well. Hats off to him and his team! Pakistani team looked like a herd of sheep, directionless, causeless and without a leader. Yes, i insist there was no captain. Why can't we groom a skipper? Ponting was groomed into what he proved today when Steve Waugh decided to call it a day. There must be accountability for today's performance as these cricketers r paid from taxpayers money.

  • Kamal on January 6, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Finally, one australian players' claim that they are not out of the game came true. They were 204 runs behind and had that mental strength. Pakistan team lacked few things in the defeat:

    1. They do not have a wicket keeper

    2. That do not have any single dependable batsman. Yousuf failed hopelessly as a batsman.

    3. They do not have a captain who knows how to place field at what time.

    4. They do not have any good fielder. See how the australian took the catches and stopped runs

    5. They do not have any bowler who can claim wickets when needed most. 4 bowlers gave 2-1/2 hours time to bat a #8 australian batsman. Shame on them.

    6. Hussay and #9th palyer in ausis team is same as the 8 pakistani batsman. Why do you pakistanis deserve to win? ( I am not a paki but a supporter))

    YOUSUF, KAMRAN, MESBAH, FAISAL IQBAL and FARHAT must be out for the final test. Bring YK, AFRIDI, and 3 batsman if you guys want to win the last test which I am 80% sure that aus will win.

  • Iqbal on January 6, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Right now I'd like take Mohd Yousuf's beard and pull it out. What stupid shot for an experience player to play. I knew once MoYo was out it was over. Another thing I like to do is get MOYO bat and spank Kamran Akmal on his but, he is no WK not fit to plat for a girl's eleven.

  • CRICKET-POLITICS-MUST-END on January 6, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    o bhai please make afridi test captain this is our only option ..remove these parchi players,coach and chairman from PCB....

  • Asif on January 6, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I haven't watched a test cricket match since I move to the States when I was 7 years old.

    What a CHOKE!! The whole team should be ashamed. I don't know much about cricket so I will let others criticize. But MYousuf needs to be dropped as a captain and K Akmal as the WK.

    The only bright spot on the team is the the teen Umar Akmal.

  • Asif on January 6, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Even if pak wins the sydney test the team management should immediately call afridi for the 3rd test.Yousuf's statement that pak needs an allrounder is true but at the same time he did not mention afridi's name which is very surprising.Afridi is in great form with both bat & ball & has won two consecutive man of the match awards for redbacks.In the first match he took 4 wickets but i have to mention here that he bowled at 131 kph to get rid of the tail enders.Afridi is really good in breaking partnerships & finishing off the tail enders.With afridi in the team pak has nothing to loose as faisal & mizbah are not scoring runs & pak will not have to ask farhat to bowl.

  • Pallathz on January 6, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Pakistan have lost the plot completly once again.They dont seem to have the mindset or the skill to bat through an entire day.You wont find a much better opportunity against Australia.Looks like they will have to wait endlessly to beat Aussies.

    Pakistan posseses such bowling riches.Its time the board takes a serious look at the batting structure in place & rope in Zaheer Abbas or Miandad...If they get their batting sorted out ,the balance of the Team would be much better & they could win more matches which their bowlers set up.

  • mislam on January 6, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    See my comments above made at the end of day 2. I told if ausis take a lead of more than 150, Pakistan may loose the game. At tea of day 4, they are 3 down, still 99 to score. All depends on Yusuf and Akmal now. If they falter, Pakistan will loose the match. Kamran is the main culprit but the bowlers was not effective at the end of day 3 and at day 4 morning. But see in the same pitch, how the australians are bowling now. See the superb catch of the ausis keeper. He has certainly made a difference. Austalia looks better in every department, although they may marginally loose the game or win the game.

  • gully raja on January 6, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    why the fing cant pakistanis catch at least the keeper should be able to hold on to the ball this is so frustrating if we catch we win the match easy simple s !!!!!!!!!!

  • salman on January 6, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    Its funny whenever Intikhab is connected with Pakistan, these scew up happens to Pakistan's cricket. Intikhab Alam was the captain in Eng'71 and at Leeds chasing 200 to win with 10 wickets intact Pakistan went on to lose all ten wickets on the final day and the series. Another instant Aust V Pak Sidney '73, and Pak v WI World cup in Eng 75. Talk about a guy being jinx but under Inti Pak have lost too many games that should have been won by Pak. Maybe Inti is not a good motivator for the team. Its time for the Pak cricket to put these old fossil in the museum.

  • Nadeem Mirza on January 6, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Kamran Akmal dropped another easy catch off of Sami. If Pakistan loose this one Kamran Akmal should be hanged. Four easy catch dropped. What a nightmare. How often teams get to this position and get this kindda chance.

  • haroon on January 6, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Pak selectors dont take the role of a WK seriously, no wonder the hapless Kamran is the only WK in the party. Better for the the Pak is to sack Kamran and bring in Sarfraz Ahmed for the Eng tour.

  • Ghaus on January 6, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Bring Sarfaraz Ahmed as wicket keeper and let Kamran Akmal play as a speacialist batsman. Drop Misbah, he is worthless and does not deserve to be in the team. Also ASIM KAMAL should be included in the test team.

  • Noor on January 6, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Its not Kamran Akmal's fault its those dopey Pakistani selectors fault. The selectors needs to balls to replace a "Pub" WK wih a specialist WK. Shame on our selectors!

  • Alan on January 5, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    What we must understand now that the world is loving the pakistani cricketers. They have lucrative contracts all over the world playing leagues in every country and since are very talented with the ball are spreading wonders. Mostly oppositions to counter our supremacy in world cricket have said bye to green top, rolled over pitches to death, had our bowlers held up in detention, got them into chucking controversies, tried to isolate and ruin the countries cricket.

    But we are here to stay and have glory days to offer. Pakistan has a lot to show to the world of cricket. A 17 year old can bring in life into a dead pitch. 5 day games is too much for the new breed of pakistani cricketers. A few want to get out of it sooner rather than later. 4 drop catches can be a sign!

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 5, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    As passionate fans, we naturally have very high expectations of our (Pakistan) team. We have to admit the quality of fielding of our players is extremel poor and at best inconsistent. The players tend to get very nervous under pressure. Kamran needs to do better behind the stumps. Yesterday was a terrible day. A day to forget and learn from. Kamran has got to hold on to anything that Hussey & Co may offer today and in the remaining matches. I think even the best in the business have an off day at the office and Kamran is no exception. So lets not be too harsh on him. It will be an interesting contest between the thrice reprieved Hussey & Pak bowlers. If Hussey & Co are not dislodged soon, Australia will gain a bigger lead. Kamran can make amends by helping his side with the chase. For the moment Pakistan is still looks in control of this match.

  • saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA 20176 on January 5, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Pakistan came in this test series as underdogs to an Australian side, which lost some of its dominance, but is still a force to be reckoned with. Playing away from home is not easy for any side and repeating the disciplined bowling feat of the first innings was always going to be a struggle for Pakistan. Yusuf's mates in spite of poor fielding, dropped catches and over throws managed to limit Australia at the end the 3rd day to a lead of 80 runs with 2 wickets in hand. Kamran was nervous and sloppy. He dropped Hussey thrice. Unless Asif,Sami&Gul take out the tail early, Hussey & Co will stretch the lead. Even if the lead is 200+ runs, Pakistan should not be overwhelmed and be confident in their batting to give chase. In this series, we have seen Australian commentators naturally supportive of their side. They openly poked fun and belittled the contribution of Pak side. Now a convincing win will surely silence all the critics of the indisciplined but hugely talented Pakistan side.

  • Adil on January 5, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    @mansoor:As you said kamran must be replaced but i disagree with you on that yes he dropped easy catches but he took great catches too so you cant say the selectors must replace them but we can say that the coach must train kamran hard anh he[kamran]too work hard and dont forget in newzeland he [kamran] and his brother brought pakistan in a better position as the the whole batting line up collapsed exept those two so think about and removing kamran will effect his brother too who is a brilliant batsman

  • mk on January 5, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    It comes as no surprise as pak pacers bundle out aus for a meagre 127 on a lively green top but what of the fragile batting line up we have? The current pak team is like a 2edged sword...one end can slice through the toughest of opponents the other however is a butter knife at it's best. How do we sharpen the other end to be just as effective? A 4th inn aussie lead of 100 plus may just be too much to chase on a deteorating deck but maybe just maybe pak can pull this off despite all adversities facing them

  • anser azim on January 5, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Kamran brothers played their best in newzealand. they have performed well in Australia too. kamran should be given more chance. i will admit he was very poor yesterday... But this is what cricket is all about....... He has the power of dhoni and should not be neglected. If pakistan wins today all these catches are going to be forgotten.

    anser azim

  • nasir raza dar on January 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    I totally agree with comments of MERIT about kamran Akmal & co these non performers were behind the plot to ditch Younis.It seems that it was right to drop Misbah from the side, what is his contribution so far in the four tests he played on the tour.I will suggest to selectors & team management to get rid of these kind of selfish people, look for a good keeper as kamran was never a good keeper his records showed that he droped catches on crucial times particularly against spinners & if u need him in the team try him as a batsman,however Malik & Misbah should be axed until they prove like the selectors asking about Younis.Bring back Younis at #3, Afridi at #6 in tests as you will have an extra bowler in your ranks,I can`t understand Yousaf`s remarks that Pakistan need a good allrounder in test matches. What you need when you have Afridi,but what the poor man can do as nobody listen him,he send SOS 4 Younis but it fell on deaf ears as the people on helm asked Younis to prove himself

  • nasir raza dar on January 5, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    I do agree with u that discipline & attack work 4 PAK, in my opinion bowling never let us down right from Dubai to SSG the weak links are batting & fielding.Do u think after 109 opening stand 331 is a good score just 80 runs more when u get 50 plus opening stand that means ur middle order is doing nothing all the burden is on bowling & somewhat on openers.After getting 109 runs opening stand with ball old if ur #3 & middle order is not scoring then what is the excuse,fielding is pathetic & to add salt in the wounds keeper who is v.captain joined the bus.Where are selectors, team management & chairman who says there is burden on middle order due to poor opening stand, how much bowlers gave u chances when u drop three catches even when u have the facility of gloves.JAGO logo who are sitting at the helm of affairs send Younis for #3 spot & Afridi for #6 get rid of Malik,Misbah & start hunt 4 a good keeper.v could have win the match long ago had Mr keeper held the catches,SHAME AKMAL.

  • farrukh on January 5, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Yunus Khan wanted honesty and on merit selection.Malik and Kamran(the Lahore Mafia)along with newcomers in the team plotted against Yunus and basically rebelled against him.Corrupt PCB chief listened to them.Shoaib Malik is out of the team and Kamran Akmal is on his way out unless he cleverly manages to hold on to the Tablighi sathi(Yusuf).You dig a ditch for others and you know what happens.

  • Salman on January 5, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    RELAX PEOPLE!!! Australia are only 80 ahead with 2 wickets to spare. Why the paranoia? I doubt Siddle and Bollinger will survive the first hour. Pakistan will chase anything up to 150. Have more faith in our batsman! Butt and Farhat applied themselves admirably in the 1st innings despite their nature to play strokes. Lets have more faith in them and our top order. We are very harsh on our players. I see a lot of comments critisizing Kaneria's dropped catch but not as many appreciating his great bowling performance. Relax people! Get behind the boys.

  • Ray on January 5, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Superb performance from Pk so far. If Kamran had aught even one of the three chances, Pk would've easily won today. And the captaincy has also been good - although Yusuf looks defensive, but given his resources he has done a good job so far. Good cathing by Faisal Iqbal as well. And Kaneria and Gul bowled well - even Asif and Sami were good, although unlucky with wickets.

  • Ehtisham on January 5, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    I agree with those if Pak has held those catches of hussey today, we would have won by an innings.

    What a great bowling by Danish and Gul. Especially Umar Gul has silenced the critics today. Inshallah Pak will chase easily 125 or 150 runs if Austrailian tail enders survive new ball with Hussey otherwise we will be chasing under 100 runs, Inshallah.

  • desihungama on January 5, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    I repeat and DEMAND.

    Where is Aasim Kamaal?

    Can he not replace Misbah or Faisal for ONE darn match?

  • To Merit on January 5, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    For Mr. Meri, You have asked above

    "Does anyone knows, why???"

    Because of thier Background or race? Indians are getting out from this animal cluture but we still are in (not every one but still some of us).Only Merit system can erase this from our culture.

  • Javed Zarif Canada on January 5, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    I think it was splendid effort by pakistan bowlers to get the Australlians despite a good start. Imagine what would have happened if some of the chances were taken. I beleieve Pkaistan will win this match with ease. They have showed in the first innings that "if they want" they can stay at the wicket. Wicket is pretty docile now and lot of time left in the match. Will answer to Sree and Mr Bouchana once test is over

  • Mansoor on January 5, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Pakistan selectors should seriously look into replacing KAMRAN AKMAL behind the wickets. His three easy dropped catches are reason enough. Hussey is one of their main batsman. If Pakistan doesn't win this match the blame goes to the selection of Kamran Akmal as a wicket keeper. Enough is enough. In future his selection should be on the basis of batting only. If he is scoring 30 odd runs and dropping 3 - 4 cathes behind the wicket, his selection as wicket keeper is not justified, unless someone in PCB is behind his selction, no matter what.

  • Farooq on January 5, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Kamran please write for Misba & Malik role & performance in the recent time. Why are they in the team? We have many talented players who are doing well with thier bats and waiting to enter in the team. Why did they took out Asim kamal from the playing eleven?

    Farooq Butt USA

  • Muhammed Afzel on January 5, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I appreciate yesterdays' comments of Ian Chappel for the bowling of Asif,his line and length, I wish if Samishall also bowl within the three stumps and moving a bit high near the chest and chin,these are the areas wher batsmen are troubled,it becomes blind spot for them. Good luck to the team to win tomorrow am sure the will be planning for tomorrow but to stick to it in the groungt while batting.

  • Gulab Khan on January 5, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Send Kamran Akmal, Misba and Malik to Peshawer, they required performance tuning.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Merit on January 5, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    You are corrcet Dr. Islam. Kamaran Akmal does not deserve to be in a team as a wicket keeper. Once Inzi supported him & Malik regardless of thier poor performaces in past. Malik also protect kamran Akmal when he was captain. Now Kamran is the one who suggested management to keep Malik with the team regardless of his poor performance in last serveral matches. Same group blindly supporting Misba also. But other hand Younis has to proof in domestic his form fo rthe come back. Asim Kamal is out from the team without any reason. UNFAIR, UNFAIR, UNFAIR, Does anyone knows, why???

  • Muhammed Afzel on January 5, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    The match is wide open,Pakistan SHALL win but if we had Ausis for a small total they can also make our players dance for chasing a small total. Here I remember that our players are not mentally strong,Australian are very strong in this regard.If our openers apply themselves popsitively we shall win there is no doubt. My comments on our team,Our fast bowlers shall attack with bouncers on body lieie rib cage,the spot where most of the batsmen are looser,its pointless to bowl bouncers away from body on outsid off stump or away legside. Batsmen they show immaturity or greadiness to chase wide balls and offering catches,fielders and bowlers laugh after getting Pakistanis wickets as if they planned . this way we throw our wickets on the otherhand lowe batting order they most of the time save matces by applying themselves and showing their strength.Danish with the coaches shall apply on positive line and length,shall not work on many varieties but not on the spot,need to follow Shane Waugh

  • atta rehman on January 5, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    most of the blogger dont know about test cricket.this is the game of sensibility, experience,temprament and strong mindedness.look india they still go with dravid and laxman in test match because of experience.hussey didnt do good in domestic season but still selected.but we the great nation dropped younus and not showing any interest to bring him back.he is the only one in this era who made 300 and beside yousuf average 50. we know he was thrown out because of dirty politics.i still believe could win all tests in aus/nz or atleast the series if he were there.our batting is so brittle that i think we cant win here if aussies will cross 120.they have selfbelieve we dont have.it is shame on us that we are relying on umer.please dont forget the way pak barely win in port elizebeth because of younus class.i dont think anybody is here,wicket is deteriorating.i still believe ponting want his team great victory,that's why he batted first.from now they will easily win hobart.

  • Dawar on January 5, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Once again Akmal dropped many catches in a single ining. Akmal contained the world record of dropping cateches on this level.

    Akmal said 'sorry mate' three times (:-) this month) - Kaneria

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvpak09/content/current/story/442541.html Because of him, Danish and sami out from team. I think he sould be out and probably we could try him as a batsman. Desrving Sarfarz Ahmed should be in as a wicket keeper.

  • Atta rehman on January 5, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Pakistan,s bowler did there best.kamran did all his effort to play as 12th active man for aussies. today Huussey will go and make 150 for aussies and aussies will win the game.kamran should get mom for aussies for such a great keeping(for australia's point of view).he is the person who kept there hope alive otherwise they were finished here.if pakistan will loose here he should be dropped permanantly as wicket keeper.pakistan is the only country in the world kamran is still keeping.although from last 2-3yrs he has no clue how to keep for spinner specially kaneria.poor kaneria could have 250 victims if kamran was not behind the stumps.i will still say aussies is going to win.hussey is going to make big hundred and pak has no chance to win.i hope it doesnt happen.from this point aussies will be elevated.i couldnt forget 99 hobart test in which pak lost with such a great position.this victory would be turning point for australia to rule the world.this is the reason ponting bat first here.

  • jamshed on January 5, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    I'm praying.This Pakistan side is quite capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • Dr. Islam on January 5, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Has anyone seen in the recent past that a wicketkeeper has the ball in his hand and he does not try to remove the bail? Listen to TV commentator what he said.

    Has anyone seen that a wicketkeeper drops a batsman twice in spin bowling in a very crucial match? ( commentator said the match would have been over in day 3)

    In the last one year how many catches has been dropped by the Pakistan wicketkeeper? Any statistics by Kamran or Samiuddin?

    How many more catches need to be dropped to find a replacement?

    Will the administration and selectors respond?

    My opinion : Send Kamran to T20 as a batsman only.

    The worst fielding team in the world (comparable to PCB only) with a few talented players.

  • Danish Rizwan on January 5, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Its a great opportunity for the Pakistani team to beat Aussies after a span of 15 years. However the Aussie lead should not go beyond 150, other wise it can be creat difficulty for the unpredictible Pakistani team. I hope they play sensibily tomorrow and bowl Aussies as soon as possible.

  • Waqqas on January 5, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    I do agree with you there on a crucial day Kamran has given Hussey 3 chances, this isnt international cricket. Drop Misbah play Kamran as a batsmen and bring in a new keeper.

  • inthikab on January 5, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    insha allah we can win this match. we should take the balance two wickets within the first half n hour of play 2mor mor.

  • Khurram on January 5, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    How have the mighty fallen, it says much for the depths Pakistan cricket has fallen to that a single win against an opposition counts as a "Momentous" occasion. There is much work to be done, lets not turn into the England of the ninties.

  • MARLO on January 5, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    On evening of the 4th day at SCG, newspapers could sound like " HUSSY AND KAMRAN TOOK IT AWAY FROM PAKISTAN". But be easy on Kamran as he had a few clean matches before this mishap.

    There is no quick remedy for catch dropping but there is a lot man can do to improve ground fielding. You can for exmple, kick Kaneria's ass if he doesn't want to throw himself to stop a ball.

  • Shahid on January 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    We are finished with the 3rd day at SCG. After the days play Kaneria spoke to Osman Samiuddin about the catches dropped by Kamran of his bowling and how kamran said sorry to him. Surely it was a very bad performance by the wicketkeeper but Kaneria himself was even worst. He dropped a catch of Watson while he was in 20s, he could have caught watson again of his own bowling, had he gone a step backwards. kaneria bowled bad 20 overs to concede 87 runs of fulltosses and short deliveries before at last coming to senses. Kaneria's ground fielding was worst among the whole squad.

    SAMI is back to the real himself. He may have taken 3 qick wicket on the first morning in those exceptional conditions but that was all. Yesterday he bowled a lot of bad balls and non of the kind which could threaten the batsman. The problem with sami is, he doesn't get lift at 150km which others can get at 132km. And at the end I should not forget to admire samis ground fielding, a treat to watch him dive full l

  • Tahir Masood on January 5, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Pakistanis would have been rejoicing victory over aussies today had kamran akmal held onto some of those absolute dollies he missed. He must have dropped atleast 100 catches in international cricket, he definitely has a leak in hz hands n would surely hold record for most misses. He really sucks n its time to decide for PCB whether they need a genuine wicketkeeper or a man who keeps losing matches for us.

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on January 5, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Sallams Kamran bhai, I have a VERY IMPORTANT request to you! PLEASE, PLEASE - Knock some semblence of sanity and common sense into Pakistani selectors to have Afridi in the squad. He is a match winner, who potentially could chip in with a useful knock and definitely would be useful with the ball in his hands. Please use all your contacts and get Osman Samiuddin to speak to Uncle Inti, Uncle Butt and Yousaf bhai. Thanks & AH!

  • faizan on January 5, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    danish did a really nice job

  • EAMiran on January 5, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Unbelievablly poor fielding. I thought Kamran had improved his keeping; however he still sucks big time. The selctors should seriously look at relieving him off keeping duties and allow him to stay on conditionally as a specialist batsman. Kaneria was unlucky as a bowler but he himself is a 3rd rate fielder who allowed Watson to beef up Australias total by dropping a catch that went straight to him. There were also embarrasing ground fielding displays by him. What is going on?Why must we make heavy weather of everything? If we win it will be a shabby one. Massive improvement needed.

  • Mansoor hamza on January 5, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    well we played good cricket today except few catches, but still we should not relax because of our batting and come back tommorrow with a plan and play accordingly otherwise , they wont allow us to make a history in sydney.yousaf should come one down if wicket fell early instead of faisal iqbal.

  • Salman on January 5, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Great work...but we need Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir back...they are going to overhaul the weak Pakistan batting and we will be on top again

  • Baddar Abbas on January 5, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Pakistan need to dismiss Australia remaining 2 players below 130-140 lead other wise they can be in trouble. As we all know the history of Pakistan Chase outside Pakistan, lets cross the fingers and hope that Pakistani fielders will take the catch in first 5 overs All the best

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 5, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Pakistanis dropped Hussey thrice today through Kamran Akmal who missed a run out of Watson too. Is it not criminal act on the crucial 3rd day? I was very concerned that if Hussey helps Australia get 150 to 200 runs, it could be dangerous for Pakistan. With the second new ball, Pakistan must get rid of Hussey first thing in the morning so that series could be levelled. If Australia gets 200 runs on the board, Bolling, Johnson, Siddle and Horitz will try to win the test for Australia. History of Pakistan cricket is full of such incidents when Pakistan fell short of the target while chasing a small one. How can i forget Leeds 1971!

  • arun on January 5, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Pak should now seriously think of replacing Kamran Akmal as keeper and if he is in the team, it should be as specialist batsman only. Aussies are still in the game is because of his three drops. Any lead of more than 100 would be tricky. Remember Pak are not good chasers, when needing to win with their batting.

  • ahmad on January 5, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    how is Kamran Akmal on the team? Is this the best Pakistan can come up with. I can't believe he is dropping these simple catches at this level. Just drop his 3rd catch. IF they lose from here, he is the ONE to blame!!!

  • Syed Jaffery on January 5, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    I am disappointed the way Pakistan's batsman threw their wickets away after such a fine start. There is no venom in Australia's bowling nowadays and they could have easily stayed long enough to take the match out of Australia's reach but than they are Pakistani batsman. They had to collapse and make the match interesting. Now with 86/0 Australlia is sitting pretty and In my opinion a 350 score by Australlia is enough for Pakistan in the fourth inning. At this point I only hope for a miracle from our bowlers like the one in the first inning.

  • Suleman on January 5, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    In short answer is "NO", a big "NO". Pakistan team is full of timid and childlike players who don't have any passion,intent,self-respect or common-sense to pull of such a win.

  • Tamil on January 5, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    By seeing Aus 2nd innings, PAK made a big mistakes from Yousuf, Akmal, Misbah, Akmal's rash shots, I think PAK should have gotten 400 lead not 200, its going to be touch on PAK, Aus play well and putting pressure on PAK. Hell missing catches again.

  • Fayyaz on January 5, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Well, we batted like millionaires and the bill has now come due. Instead of making the Aussies get us out by having to bowl us out, we batted as if it was a T20 game after the openers got out (I cannot believe the shots Misbah and Kamran played). Instead of trying to get another 100-150 in the first innings, we will now have to score them in the second innings, when we know we fold under pressure (last day, First Test is an example)

  • krishna reddy on January 4, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I dont think it was credit of pakisthan bowlers. It was a self mistake of australian bowlers. Just see the the wickets of Huges, pointing, Hussey, Haddin, and north then we can know whether it is credit of bowlers or not

  • Uzair on January 4, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Ive got a sneaky feeling we ve let aus back into the game,if they score 350-400 which is not overly difficult,a 4th innings target of 200 will always be out of reach for us..we shoud have batted aus out of the game with a lead of atleast 350..now ponting and co. have enuf class about them to turn this around

  • Imran Alikhan on January 4, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Pakistan should go for an innings win from here on.... I wouldn't want to bat again if i were the captain.

  • ovais on January 4, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Pak will give a total lead of 210

    Inningns and 17 runs defeat for Australia by stumps day 3

    Gul and Kaneria wreckers in chief with Kaneria taking a 6 wicket haul

  • ovais on January 4, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Openers are doing fine if not great!!! since butt and farhat started opening in wellington Pakistan's opening partnerhsips have been: 60, 49, 14, 129, 14, 18, 105!! 2 fifty partneships and 2 century partnerships with an average of 55.57 I for one cant complain too much wiht that! they are only getting better and better.

    Faisal and Misbah need to go. Bring back Younis Khan and Afridi in their respective places. That way u get an extra spin bowler as well.

    Rotate fast the bowlers in the matches between Asif, Amer, Sami and Gul that way they all stay hungry and nobody gets burned out or injuried. Kaneria stay as main spin bowler.

  • kareem shah on January 4, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Can anyone please tell the commentators not to so biased against Pakistan(esp. Tony Greig)? It seems as if they r just praising Australia right and left and not giving Pakistan enough credit. When Pakistan takes wickets its all due to the green pitch and when the Aussies cant take wickets early enough, its because the pitch isn't helping them enough. I mean......seriously?

  • Ovais on January 4, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Sure there is still room for improvement and sure they could still have done better had a bigger lead played longer innings but looking at things from a borader perspective given our recent turmoil, lack of test cricket, lack of experience on these types of pitches they have exceeded anyones wildest dreams.

    Had any of us, any single one of us been told before even a ball had bowled that Pakistan will have a lead of slightly over 200 at the end of the first innings I think we would all have gladly taken that!! The problem with us is we are never happy. Look at the positive its very easy to criticize.

    Win loose or draw they can come out holdong their heads upo high.

  • Ovais on January 4, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I am more than a little disapppointed at some of the comments here.

    The way this Paki team has played is like the famous "cornered Tigers" they have shown the team spirit, the determination and most imprtantly they have shown NO FEAR to the once mighty Goliath of Australia. All that has been missing since I cannot remember when.

    This Paki team has stood up eyeball to eyeball and gone toe ot toe with the Aussies and given them pound of pound and measure for measure if not better.

  • Humayun Khan Afridi on January 4, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    I still believe Pakistan batting could have easily put on another 100. I dont know what happens to them . This talented boy Kamran Akmal had an opportunity to prove his batting to the world. As we all know Australia is the proving grounds of cricket. Once commentators like mark taylors, ian chappel and Richie benau compares you to Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara , you are up there with the greats of cricket. I think Kamran is the one of the best batter Pakistan has ever produced and if he plays with a bit more sense, he will be comapred to the likes of Sachin. I dont know i have a feeling if pakistan keeps playing a few tests every year, i see Kamran as the only challenge to Tendulkar's test runs. He has got it , he just needs to control his aggression in test .. He will soon be bringing the highest money home from IPL auctions , i bet.. Come on Kamran, you can do better than tat... hit the bad balls but use your solid defence, and make big innings... you can do it..

  • shahid` on January 4, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Ausis must be under pressure, yesterday the ausis body language was very poor, they didn't appeal for 2 definite out.The luck playing a huge factor in this test match

    1. Ponting Won the toss but stupid decision 2. Pakistan dropped only one catch 3. Pakistan batsmen got some lucky chances (some very close edges and poor appealing 4. Every batsmen least made double figure Insh'ALLAH Pakistan will win under MoYo's captain ship

  • A.Ali on January 4, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Pakistan should declare their innings, the last two can not add any significant number of runs - all they will do is let the wicket get dry. If Pakistan declares now, Sami and Asif can go after Aussies while there is still some help awailable to fast bowlers.

  • Asim Zuberi on January 4, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    The pressure to wipe out 200+ runs lead my go against Australian batsmen. Their batsmen likes to play shots. If we hold-on to catches and be persistant with bowling & fielding, the game would swing our way very quickly.

  • Faisal on January 4, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Pakistan were Pakistan on the second day. We can't expect them to bat with the utmost poise and concentration as sides like Australia and SA do. That for now is the difference between Pakistan (an utterly talented side) and those teams. Nevertheless, it's great to be sitting with an advantage in this game. If Pakistani bowlers bowl to their potential, Aussies will be left scampering. My prediction. Pakistan wins this one.

  • Khan on January 4, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Great Performance in but the last session by Pakistan. They went mental playing 20/20 style cricket in the last session. Did they not realise that there were 3 full days to play. I am sure that if they all kept their heads Pakistan would easily have a lead of 300+ by tommorows first sessions. Now, however they will have between 205-230 at most. I think a lot of people are under-estimating the bowling coaches and especially the strategic nous of Master Legend Waqar Younis. I expect some serious explosive stuff from the quicks when the Aussies bat. The first 15 overs will be key while the ball is new. Historically a team has only come back 5 times with a 200 run deficit.

    Prediction a win for Green.

  • Sam on January 4, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Pakistan will loose, if Australia manage 450 runs in the second innings. Ponting is arrogant and because of him Australia is now on a defensive mode. Otherwise the test will be finished on 3rd day.

  • Kamal on January 4, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Irresponsible batting by Vice Capptain, Akmal, senior batsman, Misbah and poor player Faisal Iqbal. Umar Akmal played 20/20 in test. Pak missed a sure chance to post 300 run lead and win the match with confidence. Now, it will depend on the bowlers and fielders. Interseting day 3, for sure. Ausis will bat good, I think, they are class players.

  • oops on January 4, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    dr. sahib, duly noted you haven't mentioned that crybaby younus once this time. now will you have the decency to eat your words on yousuf. he leads from the front, unlike that batting and social failure called yk.

  • Yousuf Zaman on January 4, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Yes , They can

  • Merit on January 4, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Two M should go home. Misba & Malik

    Misba shoule be replace by desrving Asim Kamal and Malik should be replace by Fawad Alam on permenant basis.

    Merit

  • Badar on January 4, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I believe Pakistan should have secured much bigger lead than they have right now. Almost all of the main batsmen got starts but none went on to make a 100+ score. I am baffled to see the madness they showed in the last session and recklessly threw their wickets. What was the rush when we still have full 3 days left? They should have planned to bat all day Monday and perhaps till tea on the 3rd day. That would have given them a lead in exess of 400 and most likely had shut the game on the Aussies. They should have planned to make enough runs so that they wouldn't have to bat last in this game and I totally agree with those who rightly say that it would be a huge task for Pakistan to chase anything over or around 200 in the 4th innings. Afridi must be drafted in immeditely for the last test. He'd have been a huge help had he played in Sydney; he'd score no less than Misbah and would be a killer bowler on this pitch alongwith Kaneria. If YK can't be flown in then Afridi is already there

  • Sree on January 4, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Pakistan can never defeat Australia!!! Take my word, Australia will score 500 in 2nd innings and declare by tea on day 4. Pakistan will be bundled out by 170-180 leaving aussies victors by a huge margin of 100 off runs! These 2 days was a freak performance! It will never happen again! Even Bangladesh defeated Australia in ODIs once, so there!!

    Pakistan lacks the talent and the all round firepower of India and South Africa to consistently trouble Australia!

  • Mubee on January 4, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    I dont think i'm surprised by Pakistan's performance, technically speaking i think that the heroes of this triumph is our bowlers, they completely bamboozled the opposition throught their innings, that being said credit is due where deserved and the openers did a great job!! umar akmal is a great batsment aswell but what i think (to some extent) is that he is playing test cricket with the wrong mindset i.e t20 mindset, either way it has worked for him thus far so you never know, people like sehwag have always scored quick runs be it test or odi's Overall i pray pakistan end the ten year run of austrailian domination of the tests we play and manage to win, we are in the strongest position we could hope for and would'nt it be great if we won by an innings!! but only time will tell who will come out on top, remember srilanka when we needed 100 runs and lost?!? lets just keep our fingers crossed and pray that we win insh.!!!

  • Sikandar Hayat on January 4, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Pakistan team played well and showed discipline in all the fields.We hope that the team will repeat same performance in second inning also.I believe that whole pakistan nation and cricket team need the victory in this test and in coming days. The victory against Australian team will boost the confidence of the team and it will work as a tonic for the future performances of the team.The most players in the team are young and energetic.They are trying to learn how to win.My best wishes are with the Pakistani team.Hope the team will be winner in this test match.

  • S Mir on January 4, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Pakistan can still win if they bowlers show discipline and patience. Faisal and Misbah have to go. They should bring in Shohaib Malik and Shahid Afridi for the last test.

  • Dawar on January 4, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Misba should be out. We should give chance to desrving Asim Kamal. He scored 76 runs yesterday again.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakdomestic-09/engine/current/match/440837.html

    He had played 12 test matches for Pakistan and scored nine fifties in just 12 test.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakdomestic-09/content/current/player/39041.html

    He should be in the team on his performance. I do not know how took him out from the playing without any justification. He scored 99 runs in his last test for Pakistan and he is out from the team.

  • Shaheed Faiz on January 4, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Australia doesn't have a choice but to go for a win. They can't bat out three days and that possibly can go to our advantage. Fighting aggressions with aggression will make Australia make some silly mistakes and it's upon our fielders to take what will be up for the grabs. If Sami and Asif bowl the way the did first day; Danish will not be needed to bowl. Good luck Team Pakistan.

  • Abu Bilal on January 4, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    It seems that we don't have any plan. At least they should go for a lead of 300+. Whats in hurry our batsman were in? They don't have appetite of staying in the crease and going for big runs. The openers proved, if we apply our self than we can score runs. Anyhow, what happened is past. Lets pray our bowlers repeat the same stuff but we need BIG support from our fielders. Think positive and go after the Aussies. Yes guys you can do it again. You have all the support and prayers behind you.

  • MG on January 4, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    If PAK has any session where they dont seem like taking any AUS wickets or just say take only 1 wicket and show lethargy-ness, That would be the end. They should not let any AUS make hundred. Period.

  • desihungama on January 4, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Wow. It's funny to read some comments that we could have gotten a lead well over 200. Last time I checked we are only 9 down and there is still a batsman to go. If our tail can do some nookie and grab 15-20 odd runs. We are in good shape.

  • desihungama on January 4, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    It was simply torture to watch Faisal bat. It is about time PCB sets one price for Miandad "Chakka" and let Faisal play one more game and then let him evade into memories permanently and not to be seen EVER. For how long the team is going to carry this parasite?

    Here is a proposal--

    Why not PCB let the likes of Faisal Iqbal, Imran Nazeer, Mohd Hafeez, Talha, Rauf play Test matches only against mediocres such as Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc. Best performer should be picked to play among the current squad to play top teams? This way we ensure that all "Purchi" players get to play Test series as well?

  • Rajesh on January 4, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    The most fundamental lesson from Pak's NZ and Aus series is that Pak cricket supporters (both commentators and commoners alike) need to have patience and take a long term view. There is no need to slag off or praise the cricketers and selectors on a daily basis based on the day-to-day performance of the team. This kind of neurotic behaviour will not help anyone.

    Go on, you guys, and knock the Aussies off their perch!!

    From an Indian

  • Abdul Basit satti on January 4, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    yes this is great writing,and i was also thinking that Pakistan will take lead of almost 300 runs but they loose quick wickets any way this is great come back by Pakistan if you compare the last match and as usual they fighting,i remember the lead of cricinfo before the series start" Unpredictable fight begins" so u can think that Pakistan can come back strongly

  • atta rehman on January 4, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran, it was surprised performance by Pakistan. but pakistan lost the opportunity here,only because we dont have the real test batsman like younas khan. yousuf lost the opportunity here. he should hang on and made a hundred here and pakistan should have lead above 300 hundred.Faisal&Misbah are nothing but disappointment.pak lost the great opportunity to win or draw the test.pitch is drawing up quickly and 4th day will be the warmest day 85degree.soon asif/sami/gul be ineffective on this pitch and thing leaves on kaneria,who never performed when expected(like napier when only rain saved pak).with extremely poor pak fielding if australia only give 150 target,this team will have breakdown because no genuine batsman beside yousuf who is out of touch. i am seeing pak either lost the match or draw if take the match last day.because there is a chance of showers on last day.please dont optimistic with this team,they always put us down.they have talent but dont know how to deleiver.

  • Azm on January 4, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    pakistan have a very good chance, more should be pushed in the media and by the country that pakistan is a world class side.. with matchwinners like yousuf,sami(nearly got his 3rd hatrick) asif and young talent like U.akmal n aamer. important year 4 pakistan. hope they unpredictability doesnt cause them 2 implode n weve seen that, otherwise a very good chance to gain the confidence which is needed for pakistan cricket. hopefully theyl pul it off, seems like a pretty busy yr for pakistan with tests againt australia in england and tests against england. come on pakistan show the world your greatness, because when u play like u have been doing it it makes thousands of fans in places like uk(when it comes on at 11 at night) glued to the screen.. 3/4 quick wickets on day 3 wil ensure pakistan in a very good position but never underestimate there unpredictability and there strong ability to make nothing out of wat cud be everything. dey can play intensly n brilliant i wudnt cal it a shock

  • Gulab on January 4, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    You are right that the things are going in Pakistan way. But still they need some disciplane in fielding and also in batting. Although we are in good position still our batting is not upto the mark. Not of a single batsman reach to three digits which give confidence to the batsman. I hope they will not become worse in second innings but will improve. I am sure our attack will restrict australia less than 300 hundreds but I can pray only for our batting to score the lead which will be less then 100 for the fourth innings. The match is 70% ours and let us pray that we get it.

  • kamran on January 4, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    they can't win from australia they are more profesional than pakistan you can see and watch another defeat

  • Shahid Akbar on January 4, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Catch the catches and apply possitive energy. Pakistan will win. Inshallah!

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 4, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    I prayed for a lead of 200 runs in my last day's blog and luckily Pakistan got a lead of 204 at the stumps. So six sessions in two days have gone to Pakistan and the best team in the world is showing signs of nerve. Can Pakistan win this test? Why not? they only need to give the same performance like in first two days on day no 3 too. Aussies have been nailed down but do't forget they r a very very tough team and can hit back. If they score 450 runs in the third innings, it will be a very tough ask for Pakistanis in the 4th innings on SCG where the wicket starts turning. Yousaf should plan the final kill through Sami, Asif and Gul and then Kaneria. Team MUST not drop catches. Improve ground fielding and try to get a few run outs by putting pressure on the batting side. Pakistan must get early breakthough and earn 6 to 7 wickets upto 200 runs. They should get Watson, Ponting, Hussey , Clarke and North out without giving chance to settle down. Good luck! You gotta chance here to level.

  • pakcricketrules on January 4, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    i have this feeling that we are gonna win by an innings...yeah yeah call me whatever.. the first hour in the field will set the tone. if we can get some wickets early i think australia will not be able to recover! come on boys! do us proud!

  • Usman Zia on January 4, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    It was such a great site to see the way Pakistan mixed aggression with discipline with the bat. Looked like Pakistan had measured the situation and players perfectly. Even though they might have got a bigger lead, but their aggression must have upset Aussies plans. Dont know where they got this agression in bowling and batting from, but it is certainly not rash either. They should not worry about win or loss. Just go out there stay positive and answer agression with agression. If Pakistan pull this one off, boy, it will be the most satisfying victory that i will feel in a long long long time. Yes 2020 championship was good but winning a Test against Australia with no hope, simply unbelievable. But also remember we have to continue this way even after this test infact the series. We have the bowling power to go to top 3 like in 2005 before Asif and Shoib destroyed thier own careers.

  • Adeel on January 4, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Thats true, Kaneria has to bowl well to get out Australia under 300 because if Australia scores around 480 to 500 then they will be in strong position to win the test. So Pakistan bowlers has to bowl really well again.

  • Bismillah Khan on January 4, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Only if they hold on to their catches, Pakistan can surely pull this off.

  • Rasheed Awan on January 4, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Look we know we needed more runs and 204 lead is just not enough. Though knowing Pakistan team, it could have been worst. Australia will post 450 plus on this wicket and we know how Pakistan chases. It's bad as it is that we need prayers to win. Does Australia need prayers to win? It's time that we Pakistani wake up.

  • Rashid ALi on January 4, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Well any thing is possible.....lets be positive and hope for a result that rejuvinate the interest in cricket. No one wants to support/follow a losing team!!!!

  • Kashan Saeed on January 4, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Pakistan will have to bowl out of their skins to keep Aussie lead no more than 150. Anything more than 150, it will be difficult for Pakistan batsmen. We have seen time and again the collapse of Pakistan batsmen in second innings. So once again it all depends on the Pakistan pace attack.

  • nawap on January 4, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    the key here..for pakistan is not to lose concentration..aussie will not make it easy for them ..they have to go to grab it....certainly kaneria holds the balance shift here...as the pitch is changing..however it must also be playing on the nerves of aussie batsman after getting hit hardly by such a fine bowling..the target of 200 and more is still playing in their mind....its good to have the attitude of winning thought by ponting but given the match situation its paks who are helding their head high at the moment...and aussie with two days before of nightmare bowling...its again to pakistan bowlers to not to let the opening combination of aussie to settle..then the match will take its course....first hour of play might be key here ....for aussie to win from this situation somebody has to play alltime best inning...for pak..keep the concentration...we are just there to win....history has to change...

  • nadeem on January 4, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    well, whenever we played to our pontial, we have the results in our favour. In the past, we always had seen a pro-aussi umpiring on aussie soil but now with the introduction of UDRS, we are puting them in a good test. We only need to be mentally stronger to be on top of test ranks. Every thing seems to setting in, careful openers, attacking n full of talent middle order, world's best bowling line up. Get a world class allrounder and get united. We will be on top again, Good luck pakistan

  • PakSupporter on January 4, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    One thing that is also going to be key is the fielding/catching. The insertion of Sami and Gul not only helped with bowling, but they are also much better fielders than the ones they replaced. Let's hope they maintain thier bowling and fielding standard from day 1.

  • Ehtisham on January 4, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Inshallah, the aggression Pak has shown up till now in this test match will bring the greatest vitory for Paksitan.

    Well done Asif and Sami and also our Batsman that shew lot of promise and aggression.

  • Rashid on January 4, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Great performance by Pakistan . Now only if they can put thier heads down and stay focused they would most certainly win this test in a big way.COME ON PAKISTAN WE NEED THIS WIN .

  • hari bhattarai on January 4, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    pakistan team is most serious team which return in game any time. But other hand Austreliya is most stornger team in this series if Austreliya raise their bad surely the Austreliya team will win the game. Now a days the game of pak. team is in falling stage so it is gold of Austreliya

  • rabbani on January 4, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    I think pakistan has never comes closer to victory against aussies than this time. I hope the last wicket stand would further extend the lead for 20-30 runs and then start the onslaught. I wish Umer gul also be lucky this time and surprised Aussies as the two other pacers did.

    I was disappointed with risky shots in the afternoon session by Yousuf, Kamran akmal and Misbah..They have enough time they could have played it safely and atleast the lead to more than 300 and then could have been more relaxed...but still there is huge opportunity not to be wasted this time and make history.

  • Khurram Siddiqui on January 4, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    It was really best show of Pakistan cricket and hopefully Pakistani team man will continue this positive and discipline approach. big credit goes to both openers who make plate form for the middle order but unfortunately Pakistan loose so many wickets in aggressive mode, although we got a valuable lead of 200 runs but it can be easily up to 300 runs that will seal Pakistan’s victory.

  • Asad on January 4, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I fully agree with you Kamran Bhai. Discipline bowling and discipline fielding is needed to book OZ under 300. It's a nice opportunity..Yousuf & Co. should not waste it....Good luck !!!!

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • Kals on January 4, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran, Pakistan have to bowl with sensibly and be patient as this wicket will be less responsive. However, the new ball is the key and they have to be agressive and need to get rough up the aussie batsmen early on.....so BOUNCERS have to be on the menu for Phil Hughes and Ricky Ponting. As you already suggested, Danish has to play a very important role as the aussies surely look vunerable to spin. However, the most important thing will be they have to hold on to their catches and i hope they don't have fast bowlers standing at point unless it's Sami.

    All the best Pakistan....keep it going, time we do against the aussies....

    Kals.

  • Umair on January 4, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    The next three days are massive for Pakistan. Success could give them the confidence to reach a level that they have seldom reached in noughties. Failure... well it is not worth contemplating.

    Pakistan must attack in a controlled way as the Aussies have the ability to make quick runs and reduce the deficit. Sami and Kaneria I feel are key. Sami must strike with the new ball and Kaneria bowl like never before.

  • Muzammil Saeed on January 4, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Whatever you say kamran, Pakistan should win this match from this stage (on stump day 2).

  • Ali Ansari from USA on January 4, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Kudos to the bowlers for the enormous performance. But our batsman still need to be more consolidating. Is this another unpredictable surge of team Pakistan, or shall we consider as a revival of a great team. For more consistent performances our batting lineup needs an overhaul. Now are we going to try Misbah and Faisal again in the third test?

  • Fawad on January 4, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Pakistan will need to maintain the momentum they have gained throughout the second test match. Inshallah I hope they can restrict Australia, the key is Danish Kaneria restricting Australia.

  • A. Khan on January 4, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Good Analysis, I agree that Danish holds the key to success as much as the pacers for Pakistan. The inexperience of some of the young players might not be a bad thing at this point because they have not been under the pressure of not being able to beat Australia as some of the senior players have experienced. The batting in second innings will require the same type of determination and attitude that has been shown thus far. We all know how even a very talented Pakistani team can collapse... lets hope this is not one of those times.

    On a side note (based on the comments on your earlier posts) I wonder how the numbnuts readers of a particular inclination will attribute this success of Pakistan to something that msdhoni did to Australia :-)

  • khalil on January 4, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Pak should not over shoot their target(victory)in sense of achievement. AUS is mentally a tough team. Much is still left. Hold your nerves.It will be nerve wrenching to beat AUS in their backyard, keeping our recent cricketing history in mind.

  • Shiraz Mahmood on January 4, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I am sure they will do so by the grace of Allah and a little hard work. Go Pakistan

  • S.khan on January 4, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Pakistan must be carefull now that we have a lead of 200 odd runs.Hopefully Austrlia should not make 450+ in 2nd innings because chasing 200 odd runs in the last innings will be difficult for weak batting of Pakistan. Misbah is total mis-fit and should be dropped.

  • Nauman on January 4, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I think what will matter tomorrow is whether we can focus and concentrate on the goal.There will be frustrating times with batsmen putting together partnerships as the pitch eases out.How our bowlers cope with it will be the true test of their abilities to do well in the long form of the game, how they adjust themselves when they (most probably) won't get the same support and success out of the pitch as on the first morning.Kaneria's role will be a very important one,and if it spins then I would be really keen to see if Yousuf puts Imran Farhat's legspin from the other end as well.Two leggies bowling in tandem (with Imran hopefully bowling a discplined line) may cause more discomfort to Aussies than a fast bowler bowling straight.Fielding will be crucial,catching in particular.If we hang on to the catches and my be pull off one or two of the half chances,we may be able to wrap this up by 4th day. GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN

  • mislam on January 4, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    A win should be the must as they are leading by more than 200 runs. But all depends on how many drop catch and how the bowlers maintain their pressure on ausis batsmen. Most likely Pakistan will win by a good margin.

    Australia is the best team in the world, better than India, and they will go for the killing. They have 8 dependable batsmen. If they post a total more than 150 runs of pakistan's lead, Pakistan may loose.

  • Saqib - Toronto on January 4, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    The way Faisal Iqbal, Akmal brothers and Misbah are throwing away their wickets I am afraid we could lose this test match if Australia make 400+ runs in second innings. These 4 players should know the value of their wickets but in each and every innings they are throwing away their wickets like there is no tomorrow.

  • Pier Wasif on January 4, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Pakistan attack has been the best in so many years the best bowling figure for asif and sami i have not seen such a lethal and accurate bowling the only weak link is Omar Gul he is not a test bowler he is good for T20, the second thing worries me is the batting we are missing a lot of good and confident batsmen, we have to find few beyond Younus khan he is at the moment not my choice hope PCB comes up with new talent soon.Misbah & Faisal are not going to deliver for Pakistan they have lost confidence, i hope Pakistan can win this Match it is a golden opportunity.

  • Paki_mental_torture on January 4, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    I think, they can! They had been positive in the first two days and only need a positive frame of mind for the rest....

  • zahid malik on January 4, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Today pakistan batters batted sesiblely in begining then aggessively in third sassion and two hundred runs lead is not small lead on this pitch.now once again bowlers have 2 bowl well and i think kaneria will play big role tomarrow and i am sure this bouncy pitch will suit him. asif and sami have 2 bowl well as australian will hit back hard and it will be test for our foelders also.lets see what will happen tomarrow

  • Dr Khuram Ahmad on January 4, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    It has been heartening to see Pakistan performed like the way they did in the five sessions of this vital test match. One thing, which Pakistan should ponder upon is that they have lost some initiative in the post-tea session. Pakistan could have batted Australia out of this match, had Kamran Akmal, Misbah, Sami and Umer Gul not gotten out in haste as they did today. I think Pakistan failed to capitalize on the platform given by the top order. Having said that, 204 is still a hefty toll to overcome by the Australians. Pakistan must ensure they dont let Australia settle with some good attacking bowling and catching. We have the attack to bowl Australia out again. Danesh Kaneria and Co have their work cutout. They need to ensure Pakistan arrive in Hobart with the series all square. Pakistan has got the best opportunity to defeat Australia in years and they should not spill it. Seriously backing Pakistan to bowl Australia out for the second time around. May Allah lead us to victory. Amen

  • Ehsan bhutta on January 4, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Yes i agree but most of pakistani batsmen threw away their wickets like faisal,kamran,Gul and sami.However i would like to appreciate displine shown by openers and positive attitude by Yousuf and Umar Akmal.Now wicket has eased and it would be Kaneria to use bounce to his advantage.Pakistan has to bowl Austrailai under 325 if they like to win.

  • Frank on January 4, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I'm surprised at the complexed and fearful tone of this article. The Pak teams's performance doesn't seem to warrant scary comments such as you find here. They seem to have done quite well here, as well as in NZ, South Africa (Champs Trophy) and England (T20) recently.

  • Mohammed Tariq Sardar on January 4, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    So true Kamran, Pakistan do have a habit of falling at the last hurdle and make mess of things. Saw it in Faislabad against SA, Pak failed to get target of 140+. This team is begining to play to it's potential. Yes, we may not be as efficient as Australia in the field but we do surprise teams from time to time.

  • FZ Pir on January 4, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Abbasi's blog appears excessively paranoid and needlessly gloomy in respect of the Pakistan team's chances and also of her past achievements. As far as I can remember, Pakistan has always been amongst the top cricketing nations in the world, with significantly better record against many other top teams. Their recent hiatus also does not appear to have made any difference to the danger that it poses to any teams in the world on its day. Cheer up Abbasi, there's no need to be so scared...the game in Sydney is all but wrapped up. I'd like to see the Pakistan press showing due faith and confidence in the undoubted ability and history of its team. I think that even after its return to international cricket and despite its sanitized condition at home, the team has displayed a remarkable run recently...they deserve to be thoroughly encouraged. There may still be a minor chance of losing the game at the SCG, but you don't need to pull your team's spirit down by playing doomsday scenarios now.

  • Shaukat Ali frm Dubai on January 4, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    well said kamran, u may be satisfied with performance of batter but still i m not impressed it seems like the same habit what they never go for longer partnerships. They may have thought that Lead is enough but still they should have concentrate on their bat and go for longer innings like, Imran,Salman,M.Yousuf & Umar A. They should have played for 100s which they didn't. I don't understand if someone reach on 50s/70s and still not hungry for runs. Hope our bowler will demolish the Ausie in the second innings and teach them a lesson where they stand actually. Wish them good luck by tomorrow. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Muhammed on January 4, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Ppl were all against the selection of sami..but the way he has bowled is absolutely superb..pak need someone with real pace to put the batsmen on the backfoot and that will compliment the line and length of asif.cant wait for aameer to be back inplace of gul then the bowling will be potent..pak need to play afridi as an allrounder..why is there a shortage of quality allrounders in pakistan

  • shafiq ashraf on January 4, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Considering Pakistan's continued lack of middle order options can I throw a left field choice into the hat; Usman Tariq Khawaja (http://www.cricinfo.com/ausdomestic-09/content/player/215155.html). I know nothing about this guy apart from the fact that he's playing for NSW in Australia and is having a really good season. I know he may want to Play for Aus but can Kamran and other bloggers spread the word so we can claim him! People in the know in Aus can you tell us about this guy?

  • feroz karim on January 4, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    i think anything above 125 will be difficult for Pakistan to chase down in the fourth inning.For me man who hold the key for pakistan success is mohd yusuf and his captaincy

  • Muhammed on January 4, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Dont agree with you at all mr kamran bhai.honestly when pakistan got the aussies on the backfoot they should have siezed the innitiative and bat the aussies out of the game..the way the middle order threw their wickets away was unacceptable..umar akmal got loads of talent but he needs to curb his instincts.this is test cricket not pro 20 cricket as was well documented by mhd yousuf...also we have to credit mhd yousuf for his captaincy..he is leading from the front with his batting unlike younis khan..still making dua that pak wins.

  • Shahid on January 4, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    I hope Pakistan wins this match as we badly need a win in Australia to earn some respect back and to keep us in touch with the big 4 cricket playing mastroes. Early wicket of Watson, the man in form, will be key to Australian innings and an agressive and discipline early approach from Sami and Asif will inshallah do it for us.

    I am a bit disappointed that so many of Pakistani batsmen reach 40+ scores but are not able to convert to big scores. Misbah is also a concern and is not doing it to what he is capable of. I disagree on one point and think that Asif is the key to a win and not Kaneria. I hope for Asif to take 4 more wickets to achieve 10 for in the match. If we win this match, then who knows what will happen in the next encounter, with paksitanis flying high in confience and Aamer coming in with more fire power.

    I must admire Butt for his contributions, as comparetively he is the soundest of the opners and didn't have to rely upon spilled catch chances.

  • gul khan on January 4, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    i'm sorry but i have to disagree with the pakistani approach late in the day and your support of it. any other team would have said lets bat all day today and all day tomorrow (only batting once in the match)and then leave ourselves two days to bowl them out. i'm not saying they would have managed it but they should have at least had a plan of attrition and not the gung-ho bat flashing we saw at the end of the day. they should have gone in for the kill telling the aussies that the best they can hope for is a tough fighting draw; but now they have opened up the possibility of the aussies scoring 400 in their 2nd innings and asking the frail pakistani batting line up to chase 200 in the 4th innings of a match

  • Raza Javed on January 4, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I doubt that Danish will be of any harm. I still believe that the main bowlers will be the pacers. Keep an eye on Umar Gul tomorrow, he is indeed due for a performance to cement his place for the next assignment.

  • shafiq ashraf on January 4, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    What a difference a test makes! Hopeless at the MCG with a body blow of losing their strike bowler; in comes a bowler with test average of over 50.00 for his first test in 2 years and proceed to blow the Aussies away on a memorable day's test cricket. The fact that we are not happy with a lead of 200 shows how well pakistan has played. This match is there for the taking and this team only needs a slight tweak to make us comeptitive again. Can we sustain it, I hope so, a victory against the Aussies would do wonders for aour confidence. The Aussies are there for the taking, show no mercy Pakistan!

  • Inty on January 4, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Yep.. It's all up to Kaneria now to show us what he's made of! To prove his worth on the international stage. If he can't then he can apply for a British passport and play for Essex knocking over mediocre cricketers!

  • omar cheema on January 4, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    expect australia to score 400+ in their second inning. and expect an all too familiar pakistan collapse on the last day as australia claim a famous victory by atleast a 30-50 run margin. while our bowling is outclass our batting leaves no margin for optimism

  • Taha on January 4, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I think patience will be key for pakistan tomorrow and probably for the 4th day as well. Pakistan need to consistently hit the good areas and Australia will feel the pressure (australia havent lost a test to pakistan in the last 10 minutes), I will pray inshallah for pakistan to win, as I dont think a better oppurtunity to defeat the australians in their own backyard will come again in the near future

  • Rizwan on January 4, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Great Article,

    Pakistan needs to fight aggression with aggression, that being said, ITS AUSTRALIA we are playing, they are confident, always shoot for a W then a mediocre draw, play without any fear and I fully expect them to go after our bowlers tomorrow. That being said, Pakistanis have always been complacent in their ways and they need to get to be in attack mode from over number 1.

  • Bilal Saeed on January 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    InshAllah, if we field right and bowl right then even 200 would be more than enough. Was watching the match today and some dismissals were unnecessary, M.Yousuf and the akmal brothers got themselves out. Australia will be looking to wrap the pakistani innings tomorrow in the first over but if we can have a tail wag and add another 20-30 runs that would be great. Make aussies work for an or hour so at least and then just blow them away with pace and hopefully with danish's spin.

  • Pallathz on January 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Good effort from Pakistan to get a decent lead. They could have demorolised Australia if they could have batted till tomorrow..Now Aussies have got an opportunity & plenty of time & there is a window of opportunity for them to come back.

    Seems the team is out to prove Yousuf comments that batting an entire day is indeed a difficult task for the team.

  • S.M Arsalan Arif Khan on January 4, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I'm sure they can.

  • Muddassir on January 4, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    I believe Sami holds the key for Pakistan here.. If he bowls anything like he did in the first innings, we should be pretty much home by end of the day tomorrow. HOWEVER, if he fails(like Sami of old) then we are in real trouble. Gul is not anywhere near bowling well and that will mean too much pressure on Asif and Kaneria. Hopefully it won't come to that and all bowlers will hold their nerves and Aussies will lose theirs.

  • zaheer on January 4, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    i think pak need shahid afridi play test cricket now.misbah go to retier now.

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  • zaheer on January 4, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    i think pak need shahid afridi play test cricket now.misbah go to retier now.

  • Muddassir on January 4, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    I believe Sami holds the key for Pakistan here.. If he bowls anything like he did in the first innings, we should be pretty much home by end of the day tomorrow. HOWEVER, if he fails(like Sami of old) then we are in real trouble. Gul is not anywhere near bowling well and that will mean too much pressure on Asif and Kaneria. Hopefully it won't come to that and all bowlers will hold their nerves and Aussies will lose theirs.

  • S.M Arsalan Arif Khan on January 4, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I'm sure they can.

  • Pallathz on January 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Good effort from Pakistan to get a decent lead. They could have demorolised Australia if they could have batted till tomorrow..Now Aussies have got an opportunity & plenty of time & there is a window of opportunity for them to come back.

    Seems the team is out to prove Yousuf comments that batting an entire day is indeed a difficult task for the team.

  • Bilal Saeed on January 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    InshAllah, if we field right and bowl right then even 200 would be more than enough. Was watching the match today and some dismissals were unnecessary, M.Yousuf and the akmal brothers got themselves out. Australia will be looking to wrap the pakistani innings tomorrow in the first over but if we can have a tail wag and add another 20-30 runs that would be great. Make aussies work for an or hour so at least and then just blow them away with pace and hopefully with danish's spin.

  • Rizwan on January 4, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Great Article,

    Pakistan needs to fight aggression with aggression, that being said, ITS AUSTRALIA we are playing, they are confident, always shoot for a W then a mediocre draw, play without any fear and I fully expect them to go after our bowlers tomorrow. That being said, Pakistanis have always been complacent in their ways and they need to get to be in attack mode from over number 1.

  • Taha on January 4, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I think patience will be key for pakistan tomorrow and probably for the 4th day as well. Pakistan need to consistently hit the good areas and Australia will feel the pressure (australia havent lost a test to pakistan in the last 10 minutes), I will pray inshallah for pakistan to win, as I dont think a better oppurtunity to defeat the australians in their own backyard will come again in the near future

  • omar cheema on January 4, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    expect australia to score 400+ in their second inning. and expect an all too familiar pakistan collapse on the last day as australia claim a famous victory by atleast a 30-50 run margin. while our bowling is outclass our batting leaves no margin for optimism

  • Inty on January 4, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Yep.. It's all up to Kaneria now to show us what he's made of! To prove his worth on the international stage. If he can't then he can apply for a British passport and play for Essex knocking over mediocre cricketers!

  • shafiq ashraf on January 4, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    What a difference a test makes! Hopeless at the MCG with a body blow of losing their strike bowler; in comes a bowler with test average of over 50.00 for his first test in 2 years and proceed to blow the Aussies away on a memorable day's test cricket. The fact that we are not happy with a lead of 200 shows how well pakistan has played. This match is there for the taking and this team only needs a slight tweak to make us comeptitive again. Can we sustain it, I hope so, a victory against the Aussies would do wonders for aour confidence. The Aussies are there for the taking, show no mercy Pakistan!