2010: Summer of Pakistan July 7, 2010

Gul lasers Aussies

Geoff Boycott described T20 as a game of luck - and it might be the luckiest of cricket's formats - but Pakistan, Australia, and England would beg to differ
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2 Umar Gul is difference between this Pakistan and the one that relinquished its T20 crown in the Caribbean © Getty Images

Geoff Boycott described T20 as a game of luck - and it might be the luckiest of cricket's formats - but Pakistan, Australia, and England would beg to differ. Australia and England have both applied a new approach to their T20 thinking that has delivered success in recent months.

Australia have opted for a pace blitz, turning a batsman's thrash into a test of reflexes, while England have added aggression and top-order blasters to their cricket. Pakistan, meanwhile, have enjoyed continuous success by relying on their wicket-taking bowlers to pull them out of any situation. These are not strokes of fortune, they are deliberate strategies.

Pakistan's escape from Australian dominance is a welcome start to a crucial summer. Ecstatic, packed crowds at Edgbaston demonstrated the potential of England as a temporary home venue for Pakistan cricket. Even pindrop silence at every Aussie triumph--though Pakistan fans might learn some generosity from their English hosts--and a couple of dodgy umpiring decisions were a reminder of home comforts.

Australia had both matches within their grasp but the difference between this Pakistan and the one that relinquished its T20 crown in the Caribbean was simply one man. Umar Gul has become the supreme T20 bowler, his effectiveness enhanced the shorter the cricket contest.

What is it that elevates Gul in T20 cricket? Yes he has pace, though less than Shaun Tait and several others. Yes he can reverse swing the ball late, though he isn't alone in mastering this once mysterious art. The difference between Gul and other pacemen is his unerring discipline and accuracy in a four-over spell. Yorker after laser-guided yorker, Gul loads the percentages in his favour crippling any run chase. This isn't luck, it is pure skill.

The conundrum for Pakistan is that outside T20 cricket he struggles to find the right game plan or the discipline to stick to it, confused by choice. And perhaps that is the secret of Gul in T20 cricket? Simplicity is king. He knows exactly what to do every ball. Introduce uncertainty and Gul becomes mortal. Interestingly, he now has a captain, the manic enthusiast Shahid Afridi, who will also keep it simple.

Gul's laser finished Australia in the T20 series, but the real Test of Gul's development will be at Lord's next week. For now, Pakistan fans will savour a rare whitewash of Australia. It might only be two T20 matches but after the last year of hell for Pakistan cricket, believe me, we'll take it.

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  • AMIR on July 13, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    YES, GUL IS MAIN DIFFERENCE b/w this team and the team in the st.lucia. if Gul was there in carribian hussy would has not such a ability to snatch pakistan win.

  • jani on July 12, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Pakistan is playing like a well lead unit under Afridi and that probably is the biggest threat Aussies will face. Sure Yousef and Younis arn't there and thats a big disadvantage but if Pakistan beat Aussies that would be a big bonus for us.

  • Irfan on July 11, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    There have been some comments made by some posters about Pakistan team not having enough talent to win against Aus in tests..I would like to remind that test cricket is not just a test of talent, its also a test of temperament and skill..Any Pakistani cricketer who makes it to international cricket is, unlike Aussie, raw talent with limited skills. He polishes his skills by playing in different conditions and oppositions and since we don't play too many tests our players don't have good temperament. On top of that we are the worst fielding side in the world. Combine all these negatives together and you still see Pak competing well against Aus in tests then you have to admit that its the amazing talent that we have which can still compete even after having so many problems.

    My argument is also strengthened by the fact that Pak has the best T20 record and we all know T20 is not the test of temperament. Its the special talent that makes Pak win consistently in T20.

  • Haroon on July 11, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Kamran, you are doing a great job and are probably one of the very few Pakistani editors who give our team the support they need, please keep up with your wonderful work!

    Now,I have seldom seen anyone put their own team down and become "neutral", its just perplexing. No one will ever mention decisions going in favour for their team, but I see Pakistani's questioning that as well. Its very unfortunate but majority of the Pakistani's lack diplomacy, sometimes you see fans criticizing and on the other hand we have certain journalists who write articles that have nothing to do with the current situation. I have never witnessed anyone questioning their athletes just because they weren't given an IPL contract and labeling them as "easy targets" for bookies, TOTALLY ridiculous!! Sometimes "Pakistani" journalists don't even post my comments because I tell them like it is, and instead pass those remarks onto their blog who tell them they are "great".

    I hope Pakistani's become one in cricket!

  • Faizan on July 10, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Yup absolutely agree with "Mr.Moody", Pakistan have been facing many challenges in recent years n have recieaved hardly any support frm others, n yet they tend to gel together n perform like tigers. Its just abt the matter of time ALL THE BEST TO TEAM PAKISTAN, AND I M SURE THEY WILL PULL IT OFF THIS TIME INSHALLAH!!!!!

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on July 10, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Many fans are rightly sceptic&Pak will go in the tests as under dogs against the best test side in the world. The Aussies have proven record, while Pak has no test match wins in almost a decade. But times can change. A single big innings from the new comers:Umer Akmal, Umer Amin or Azher Ali can definitely put the Aussies on the back foot. It sounds like a far cry, but the youngsters can prove us pessimists to be wrong. Besides they are the future of Pak cricket & will have everything to gain, if they play some winning knocks. Afridi has not played tests for many years. It will be awesome if he can quickly adapt to test cricket, stay at the crease & score some decent runs in the middle of the innings. This tour will be a learning curve for our young & upcoming test debutantes like Umer Amin, Azher Ali, etc. It will also be a real test for Afridi's leadership qualities & individual performance. Test cricket demands performance in every session, & is not so much about passion.

  • Moody on July 10, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    kindly dont say that pakistan is not a good test and ODI team. although pakistan has been facing many problems yet they managed their team somehow[unlike west indies]. even in sri lanka, new zealand and australia, pakistan dominated most part of the tests but it was the last moments where pakistan were unable to convert their good performance into victory. they are fighters so one has to appreciate GREEN SHIRTS for their fight. i hope they start converting their good starts into victory!

  • Moody on July 10, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    oh come on! people must remember that in the recent concluded series, australia is only team who were bowled out twice within 20 overs!!!!. it is A strong statement for those who keep questioning pakistani players ability to play for 5 days. look aussies even didn't last for 20 overs in both matches so how will they stay for 5 days infront of GREEN QUICKIES????? i enjoy ponting's shivering legs against amir bouncers

  • Alay on July 9, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Yes I aggreed with adnan @ Mr. sajjad_logic..Pakistan has got telant specially there pacemen..they have produced astonishing swing and pace bowlers..just throw of the spactacle of Critisism and think positively..critique is good to some certain extent..as we are playing well so just appreciate the boys rather kneel them down man.. thanks.. Alay

  • amer on July 9, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Just to reinforce the observation made here about the Pakistani supporters. I agree, it would be nice if they had the grace to appreciate the opposition too with applause. That is in the spirit of the game. I believe though that Pak fans at home do show appropriate appreciation for the guests.

  • AMIR on July 13, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    YES, GUL IS MAIN DIFFERENCE b/w this team and the team in the st.lucia. if Gul was there in carribian hussy would has not such a ability to snatch pakistan win.

  • jani on July 12, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Pakistan is playing like a well lead unit under Afridi and that probably is the biggest threat Aussies will face. Sure Yousef and Younis arn't there and thats a big disadvantage but if Pakistan beat Aussies that would be a big bonus for us.

  • Irfan on July 11, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    There have been some comments made by some posters about Pakistan team not having enough talent to win against Aus in tests..I would like to remind that test cricket is not just a test of talent, its also a test of temperament and skill..Any Pakistani cricketer who makes it to international cricket is, unlike Aussie, raw talent with limited skills. He polishes his skills by playing in different conditions and oppositions and since we don't play too many tests our players don't have good temperament. On top of that we are the worst fielding side in the world. Combine all these negatives together and you still see Pak competing well against Aus in tests then you have to admit that its the amazing talent that we have which can still compete even after having so many problems.

    My argument is also strengthened by the fact that Pak has the best T20 record and we all know T20 is not the test of temperament. Its the special talent that makes Pak win consistently in T20.

  • Haroon on July 11, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Kamran, you are doing a great job and are probably one of the very few Pakistani editors who give our team the support they need, please keep up with your wonderful work!

    Now,I have seldom seen anyone put their own team down and become "neutral", its just perplexing. No one will ever mention decisions going in favour for their team, but I see Pakistani's questioning that as well. Its very unfortunate but majority of the Pakistani's lack diplomacy, sometimes you see fans criticizing and on the other hand we have certain journalists who write articles that have nothing to do with the current situation. I have never witnessed anyone questioning their athletes just because they weren't given an IPL contract and labeling them as "easy targets" for bookies, TOTALLY ridiculous!! Sometimes "Pakistani" journalists don't even post my comments because I tell them like it is, and instead pass those remarks onto their blog who tell them they are "great".

    I hope Pakistani's become one in cricket!

  • Faizan on July 10, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Yup absolutely agree with "Mr.Moody", Pakistan have been facing many challenges in recent years n have recieaved hardly any support frm others, n yet they tend to gel together n perform like tigers. Its just abt the matter of time ALL THE BEST TO TEAM PAKISTAN, AND I M SURE THEY WILL PULL IT OFF THIS TIME INSHALLAH!!!!!

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on July 10, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Many fans are rightly sceptic&Pak will go in the tests as under dogs against the best test side in the world. The Aussies have proven record, while Pak has no test match wins in almost a decade. But times can change. A single big innings from the new comers:Umer Akmal, Umer Amin or Azher Ali can definitely put the Aussies on the back foot. It sounds like a far cry, but the youngsters can prove us pessimists to be wrong. Besides they are the future of Pak cricket & will have everything to gain, if they play some winning knocks. Afridi has not played tests for many years. It will be awesome if he can quickly adapt to test cricket, stay at the crease & score some decent runs in the middle of the innings. This tour will be a learning curve for our young & upcoming test debutantes like Umer Amin, Azher Ali, etc. It will also be a real test for Afridi's leadership qualities & individual performance. Test cricket demands performance in every session, & is not so much about passion.

  • Moody on July 10, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    kindly dont say that pakistan is not a good test and ODI team. although pakistan has been facing many problems yet they managed their team somehow[unlike west indies]. even in sri lanka, new zealand and australia, pakistan dominated most part of the tests but it was the last moments where pakistan were unable to convert their good performance into victory. they are fighters so one has to appreciate GREEN SHIRTS for their fight. i hope they start converting their good starts into victory!

  • Moody on July 10, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    oh come on! people must remember that in the recent concluded series, australia is only team who were bowled out twice within 20 overs!!!!. it is A strong statement for those who keep questioning pakistani players ability to play for 5 days. look aussies even didn't last for 20 overs in both matches so how will they stay for 5 days infront of GREEN QUICKIES????? i enjoy ponting's shivering legs against amir bouncers

  • Alay on July 9, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Yes I aggreed with adnan @ Mr. sajjad_logic..Pakistan has got telant specially there pacemen..they have produced astonishing swing and pace bowlers..just throw of the spactacle of Critisism and think positively..critique is good to some certain extent..as we are playing well so just appreciate the boys rather kneel them down man.. thanks.. Alay

  • amer on July 9, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Just to reinforce the observation made here about the Pakistani supporters. I agree, it would be nice if they had the grace to appreciate the opposition too with applause. That is in the spirit of the game. I believe though that Pak fans at home do show appropriate appreciation for the guests.

  • Pakistani on July 9, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I think mostly people who play technically correct cricket do very well against Pakistan and those who try to play fancy stuff fail i.e. don't try to be Dilshan if you are not and don't try to pull a Wasim if you are not. Play proper strokes and you will get 20 of an Ather over easy , keep to the off stump line and you will get a snick soon. Teams tend to get excited in T20 and try to do "amazing" things that don't come natural to them to Pakistan "amazing" things (some ppl like to call it luck .. but its talent) are natural that is why they turn a game from no where (in either direction ;) )

  • Razzu on July 9, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I dont see pakistan winning test series but i am sure afridi's men will not go down without a fight and who knows any brilliance from gul, asif or amir wins us a test. Good luck Pakistan. Go get them tigers :)

  • Adnan on July 9, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    @Sajjad_logic. t20 also have skills involved, if gul didnt bowled yorkers pak would have loose both games.bowling yorkers is not a easy thing. And same thing Kamran is saying tht gul was the difference between Worldcup and recent T20s..

  • Srinivasan on July 9, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Pakistan is great in T20. Give it to them. Yes their showing needs improvement in other formats; They lose matches they should win, like the test match against Aus in Sydney and close encouters in Asia Cups. But their cricket itself has had its fair share of injuries of late and haven't played as many games as they would have wanted. Hope to see them play more tests and ODIs before commenting. Flashy as the players are, they are always deemed to do good in T20s. But it is not an easy thing to be consistently good in that format as well. But they are there. So kudosssss!!!

  • Gulab on July 9, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    To all my country loving people: I have heard good news that I.BUTTTTTT is finaly going to be removed. Now it seems that best time is coming to our team. All pray for some good and honest person to Pakistan. We have a lot of talent but we just need honest peoples. I always support our new lot like Gul, Aamir and Akmal with Ajmal they are realy brilliant the rest are based on nepotism which I feel will now be reduced InshaUlla´h. With best wishes for my country and team.

  • joe on July 9, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    @Saradial...I guess you have forgotten what Trevor chappell did in the game against New Zealand...Need I say more? Have you forgotten about the umpiring in the last home series against India...esp catches by Clark and Ponting.

  • Saradial on July 9, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Biswash, do you want me to write in Hindi or Urudu ? there are none so blind as those who will not see, Joe South sang this sometime back and it was probably with people like you in mind.

  • waleed on July 9, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    yes GUL MAKED THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE IN BOTH MATCHES HE HAD MIKE HUSSEY (THE STAR PLAYER IN THE SEMI FINAL)AND IF HAD BEEN IN CARRIBEAN THE RESULTS WOULD TOTALLY BE DIFFERENT

  • Biswash on July 9, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    I being a neutral fan, hope to see some pretty close matches....Not like the ones played down under.........Hoping to see Shoaib Akhtar bowl Ricky Ponting out. Never under stood the comments of people like Saradial.....may be he was looking a whole new different ball game.......

  • Luqman Khushi on July 9, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    It is hard to imagine any batting lineup recovering after two bad umpiring decisions in a T20. When Hussey(a left-hander) was given out LBW, hawkeye showed ball landing outside the line right of the wicket and clearly going down the legside when hitting the batsman, and the umpire was Asad Rauf, more experienced than the other umpire; appearing stone-eyed from stone-age. After watching Pakistan play cricket over decades, it has not been easy to learn and accept that the game is not all about winning at all costs. I stopped watching the T20 after Hussey was given out.

  • Fibre Optic on July 9, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    How can you say this 'Pakistan is undoubtedly the # 1 T-20 team in the world and would have won the 2010 T-20 World championship hadn't it been for a freak innings from Mike Hussey' ,absolute rubbish the England team beat you on the way to the final and would of done so again in the final,they were easily the best team during the WC t20. I suppose if Pakistan were good at just Test matches that would be the only one worth watching or if you were the best at 50 over that would be the only one that would matter.You want to start acting like you've won a match before,I know it's been a long time but come on with all this rubbish about T20 is the only thing that matters and they should do away with the other formats,you don't even sound like cricket fans.

  • Marcio on July 9, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    I don't think you can say Pakistan is the no. 1 T20 team after two wins, Tara. They got beaten several times during the T20 world cup. (I seem to recall they lost two of the preliminary games, correct me if I'm wrong). You need consistency over time to be no. 1, and let's be honest, consistency is absolutely the most notable ABSENT feature of Pakistan cricket teams in recent years.

    Sorry, but Pakistan will really struggle in the tests. You have to play well for 5 days to win test matches, not go out and have a bash for five overs, and retreat to the dressing room to watch a Bollywood movie with a cool drink. If Pak. get on top early, they have a chance of taking the first test. But as soon as things go sour, they will lose self-belief. That is their problem; but the precise strength of Australia. Even if they are getting whipped, AUS will hang in there, thinking they can pull off a miracle win. Dare I mention the T20 World Cup semi-final (just to put Pak. fans into a mild depression!

  • Saradial on July 9, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Luck, bad decisions, Paki Umpires - things cannot get better for the Pakistanis and Afridi, they lost the advantage of playing at home and they will lose the advantage of having countrymen as umpires very soon. Ahmad the bad decision in the second game was right up in front when Warner was given a shocking LBW, I think the Pakis should make a big monument in Lahore saying LBW becos from time immemorial guys like Miandad, Inzi got favourable decisions whilst the opponents were killed also by LBW's from paki umpires.

  • Wahaj Hashmi on July 8, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    "Hussey was not out?"?! Woah woah, lets go over it again. Hussey was NOT out? Right, good on ya mate, you've got some good sarcasm skills. Hussey was clean bowled in the first match, no chance of unfairness here, and in the second one he was PLUMB lbw. What was he? P-L-U-M-B. This is not just me saying so, replays and slow motions in the match clearly showed so, what were you watching? You might as well re-watch the delivery, the highlights should be up on Youtube, and Ten Sports often re-shows the highlights.

  • a tired cornered tiger on July 8, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Just because the pakistan team doesn't do well in tests but does well in t20s doesn't mean that they lack "true" skill.

    They perform poorly in tests because they lack descipline and the stamina to perform for this long. In short bursts, like t20s they are at their highest potential. In marathons, the indescipline and laziness outweighs the skill.

  • 007 on July 8, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    @ Saradial ...stop crying like a baby aussie loose because pak played an excellent cricket.those umpires give better decisions than what we see in australia

  • Saradial on July 8, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    The Pakis won only becos of their umpiring skills, Warner was given a shocker and so was Johnson & Hussey. Afridi was running around like a kid at a ice cream party, a couple of losses and he will be serving ice cream to kids on a beach..................... Maybe he will try biting the ball in the test matches tooo.

  • ishtiaque on July 8, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Believe me, the formula for Pakistan to excel against Aus or for that matter against any team in any format is: Take most of the catches, Field well and Run aggressively between wickets. It will do the trick for them. I saw so-called patient PAK batsmen stuck into the crease only waiting for 4s and 6s,not taking any attempt to rotate strikes and as a result when they got out some times had been eaten-up but hardly any runs scored. PAK waited for a little cameo coming from no. 6 and 7 and few lusty blows from 10, 11 that eventually would take the score to 267, not enough to win test matches.

  • tara on July 8, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Come on guys, let's stop bickering like children. Pakistan is undoubtedly the # 1 T-20 team in the world and would have won the 2010 T-20 World championship hadn't it been for a freak innings from Mike Hussey. Pakistan can also be an excellent Test team if the batting backs up the superb bowling attack. India, on the other hand, is going to go through a very difficult period with Sachin, Dravid and VVS all bound to leave in the near future, and a very weak bowling attack. TIndia may be statistically ranked # 1 in Tests but most true fans of Indian cricket know that this is a statistical anomaly which will soon be set right, most likely by the end of the year if not earlier. How can you be # 1 when you haven't won an away series in Australian and South Africa.

  • Zed on July 8, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    T20 suits Pakistani mentality. Patience is not a virtue in our team which is why Pakistan are poor in the test format of the game.

  • Naz on July 8, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Agree with a lot of the comments concerning the skill involved for T20, though by definition Test matches over 5 days is the ultimate test in maintaining the skill and discipline more importantly.

    Pak will always win inspite of their comic board, poor infrastructure and lack of decent leadership. Also the players lack professionalism of the other countries' - i always felt Pak only prospered when ruled by the 'carrot and stick' approach by Imran and now Afridi (though early days).

    Afridi's biggest task is to keep players like Shoaib A, and Razzaq engaged when they're not performing....so they contribute in the team effort rather than get lost in the field. Pak teams often go to sleep if not playing off the seat of their pants, this is why the carrot and stick approach is required...Younis was too much of a gentleman to get the best of the team as a collective. The team's lack of professionalism let him down...I'm happy if we remain competitive and play our brand of cricket ;)

  • Ahmad on July 8, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @ Luqman Khushi: actually the two decisions you've mentioned were good LBW decisions...Hussey was out, as grudgingly admitted by the TV commentators as well. The ball hit in line with the stumps and the ball was crashing into leg stump, the inside part of the stump for that matter. Similarly, Watson's decision was a good one too...the ball hit his bat AFTER hitting the pad. Check the cricket rules book. Thats out.

    The bad decisions both came in the second game. One was Johnsons's LBW and I don't remember the other one as vividly but it was Aamer's wicket as well. It would have been great had the umpiring been better but that doesn't take away the win....I distinctly remember Aussies, along with other teams such as India, West Indies, Srilanka and South Africa benefiting from the same. Thats not limited to Pakistan...or the subcontinent, or Asia even.

  • H.Malik on July 8, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    If Pak winning 2 out of 2 it is just luck then in last WC Afghanistan and Bangladesh could have been playing final. But they were beaten by many teams. That’s enough proof it is not luck. He should admit Gul is best T20 bowler is that also a luck?. He should admit Pakistan is Supreme leader in this part of game yea because of bad luck they were not in final but they were always in T20 final previously. Some luck and bad luck is involved in every game so it is no argument. Sometimes some people do not admit Pak is much superior team I don’t know why they think that way. Pakistanis are Master race in T20 where quick brains are needed. There could be a reason for that it may be dodging the Talibans bullets every day and cricket ball is not a bullet.

  • Umair on July 8, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    1. The Hussey LBW was plumb: you can see that in slow motion/Hawk-eye on Youtube. Watson was pad-then-bat not bat-pad. The only howler was the Mitchell Johnson LBW. Warner was marginal: not a good decision but not a howler

    2. As to "Home Crowds", I agree with Farooq Tirmazi, these are Prius-green Brit paki crowds whose patriotsm was heart warming but ungracious. I have been to home games in Karachi and the crowds there are appreciative of visiting teams. I remember crowds cheering for Freddie F. everytime he fielded etc. And the India tours circa 2004 - 2007 are also case in point

    3. Good to see Shoaib strike form and Gul bounce back from a horrible NZ/Aus trip but hope they play Asif: he is without doubt our No. 1 wicket taker. Asif/Aamer/Shoaib/Gul/Ajmal/Kaneria, no wonder our Indian Brothers like Saber-toothed-Koala are black/blue/purple with envy. Good to see teh sense and grace of our Sri Lankan friends like Ranjan

  • Ray on July 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Marcio - I agree with you about crowd behaviour. English and Aussie crowds are exemplary. I have watched India and Pak play at Khi, where India got a lot of appreciation for good cricket and a win. Maybe the Pak/English crowd need to learn from the Khi crowds. The two formats are different, there is no question about that. Pak has a decent bowling, average batting and a horrible fielding side. But if this horrible can turn average, Pak still causes a few problems to decent sides. We have to remember this side has played the least amount of test cricket amongst all cricket nations, and the rust shows. All the best to Pak cricket, and hopefully we have a good contest.

  • Rashid on July 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Pakistan first time played like a unit and got the result. If they continue with that no team either England or Australia can beat them. In the past Pakistan did not lose matched due to their performance or talent but it was politics. Good luck Pak go ahead.

  • mislam on July 8, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    The two T20 win is good but not good enough to beat australia in test cricket. You need a solid team to win test match and I do not think like many others, that the current pakistan's batting line up is not good enough to capitalize the advantage the bowlers will create. They will surely miss the experience of Yousuf and Younus in England, the two world class batsmen they have.

  • Rashid on July 8, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Pakistan first time played like a unit and got the result. If they continue with that no team either England or Australia can beat them. In the past Pakistan did not lose matched due to their performance or talent but it was politics. Good luck Pak go ahead.

  • venkat on July 8, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Common Pakistan!! Easily the best 20-20 team in world cricket. If Pakistan gets its top order right they are in with a chance against both England and Pakistan. As an Indian, nothing would give me more joy than Pakistan beating these two teams. The bowling unit is top class, has the ability to pick 20 wickets. The batting needs to step up. Go Pakistan!!

  • khalil on July 8, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Geoff is right . T20 game can not be predicted. Its a game of 1 man,who can take the game in his team,s favour like Umar Akmal did in 1st t20. Otherwise there was no difference between the 2 teams. It was Akmal who stole the show by a breathstaking inning. The way he is doing it consistently speaks of his immense talent at such a young age. An other difference was Aamer,an other extremely talented,fast learner. He reminded us of Wasim Akram at the start of his carrier. But the biggest contributing factor is the aggressive attitude of their capt Afridi. We are pleased to see him succeeding in uniting the team. There are some parasites in the team. We can not carry them for long. Their hollow performances should be put under the scan. It has been proved that induction of young blood is the future of our cricket.We shouldnot compromise on it. All non performers be sidelined & way given to young blood.

  • Syed Muhammad Hussain on July 8, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Watching the recent Football World Cup made me realize one thing, the most famous and "best" game in the world is more "Luck" oriented than the most "Lucky" form of cricket i.e. T20 shall ever be. In football the best team does not always win however in T20 the best team always always wins.

    Test Cricket is a blast from the past. I think the english would have done well to invent T20 directly instead of inventing the Test version of Cricket; because it would saved everyone a lot of time and by now cricket would have been a truly international game.

  • Malhar on July 8, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    This is the time which Pakistan will gain momentum. They have had enough losses and now they want to win. For those who are saying T20 is luck, well its not. Pakistan batsmen have some good ability to hit and bowlers to take wickets. Now isn`t that a skill? And for those who are feeling pity on Australian batsmen getting out of wrong LBW decisions, well those were not bad decisions actually. They looked simply out. It`s just people can`t take in when Pakistan is doing good. What about those times when bad decisions were made against Pakistan? But for those who don`t believe Pakistan will do good in tests. Well just keep your fingers crossed. Pakistan is about to surprise everyone and that`s how new records are made. Pakistan is totally capable of being a good team. All the best.

  • Ashok Sridharan on July 8, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    What will happen in the tests that follow is an altogther different story. For now, Pakistani supporters have reason to rejoice. That their team is able to compete with strong sides in spite of the shambles that's the PCB and the lack of comparable cricketing infrastructure back home is itself a tribute to the Pakistani players who manage to rise above such inadequacies.

  • Asim Iqtidar on July 8, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    The main thing a test team have to win is to have quality bowlers. It is fortunate that Pakistan have great fast bowlers but unfortunately most of them missing due to injuries. The fact is that the three best fast bowlers Umer Gul, Muhammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar are yet to play in a single match simultaniously. and thats why the remaining bowler have a great work load and fatigue. While if you see Australia, most of the time they played with MC grath, Glespy, Brett Lee, Shane warne at the same time in a test match. So thats the biggest problem that we never have a test match that have all the best bowlers playing at the same time. Now its time to see Gul, Aamir, Asif and Kaneria with Afridi, all have to play in a single match. This will be a good content, I bet.

  • ibru on July 8, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    i expected to pak beat austrelia and importent thinkh is pak batting lineof, mey opener's are fire to ausise pace it is no 1 team in world.and pak batted well, and specialy fielding, and catching, importent thinkh is pak should improve well. bowling hope very good pace pak side..

  • Wajahat on July 8, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Yes, Gul is the best when bowling yorkers. He struggled in Aus/ NZL because he has become only a yorker machine, you can't bowl yorkers for 10 overs in ODI or for 15-20 overs a day in Test Matches. He needs to find his outswinger again.

  • Nas on July 8, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, well played.

    Umar Gul is a fantastic bowler, but he needs to find consistency.

    I wouldnt get too carried away however. Remmember that this wasnt the full strength Aussie lineup, and there were a few umpiring decisions which were favourable to Pakistan.

    I'm sure Pakistan will put up a better show in the tests also, but then again... So will the Aussies!

    Should be a good series.... cant wait!

    Go the Aussies! Nas

  • Bhai Pheroo on July 8, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    PCB should consider requesting ICC to convert their two Tests matches against Aussies into 10 T20 games.

    We will surely miss Y & Y.

  • Raheel on July 8, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    If luck involved in T20 then y bangladesh/ireland/afghanistan disqualified from first round of world cup. Its about tectics, discipline, handling pressure at the time its required. Pakistan was best in handling pressure in last two games and had a proper game plan to beat the best of cricket.

  • Imtiaz Hussain on July 8, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    T20 is not the original cricket guys...it is a fun game...Real cricket is test cricket and ODIs to some extent...Great players like Ponting, Tendulkar dont even participate in this format...Pakistan is able to do well in T20 because team is without any classy batsman and u hv only sloggers right from start to end....If Pakistan is able to beat Australia or England in the current series then we can say they hv improved...No matter how many T20's they win they cannt be called a good team on that basis alone...

  • ajay on July 8, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Pakistan know that they r garbage in other formats i.e., test and ODI this is the reason they r over hyped abt t20. they r going to lose 5-0 or 6-0 this summer.

  • Raza on July 8, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Pakistan team has improved; that is the bottom line. Granted that Aussies have a superior team than Pakistan, but not by too far which Pakistan has proven recently. I totally disagree that test is about real talent; it is just a different game like sprinting vs marathon. Maybe we are confusing it with temperament. I am proud of the team; they outclassed Aussies. Saber_toothed_koala seems quite bitter. I hope life gives him back what it has taken and hope he gains a positive outlook on things.

  • Marcio on July 8, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    And as for the crowd's inability to appreciate their opponent's skills and successes, it is rather sad, and just a little scary. I have noted the same thing in some developing countries. I was in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, and you'd swear no other nation was competing. The TV channels just rotated Chinese performances and gold medal ceremonies from dusk till dawn. I watched a fantastic game of women's volleyball between the USA and China. The game went right down to the wire in the fifth set. The crowd was silent every time the American's got a point. In the end, the American's won. I'll never forget the complete silence of the crowd at the end. Not a single hand clap for the Americans, nor for their own team. Such blind nationalistic egotism is really ugly to witness, and definitely a little frightening. The English are actually pretty good at appreciating the performances of opponents, as are most Australian crowds (the odd idiot aside). Why can't other countries do the same?

  • Marcio on July 8, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Well, Australia does have a pretty strong team, despite recent setbacks, so I have no doubt they will be back. It is true that they have had a lot of rotten luck in terms of crucial decisions, going back over quite a few tours of England now. They could easily have won the ashes, and the recent one day series against England. But what comes around goes around. Their turn will come. Congratulations to Pakistan, they played well and deserved the wins. They also could have won a few of those games against Oz, when they went 12 games without a win.

    As for luck and T20s, Boycott was probably just referring to the fact that it is easier for a T20 game to be won on the odd piece of good fortune, and chancing your arm can more easily pay off. A Test match is about ten times longer than a T20 game, so luck will more readily even out.

  • Asif Noor on July 8, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Salaam,

    Gr8 wins for Team Pakistan.

    A good environment in dressing room is more important than skills for Team Pakistan.

    No doubt they have talent but they need to play as one team to be successful in any format of the game.

    Good luck to Team Pakistan

  • joe on July 8, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    To all the people who criticize Pakistan's performance or mindset in the longer format fail to understand the true cause of defeat in New Zealand and Australia. Pakistan lost all the matches only due to POOR FIELDING. Infact Warne and Mark Waugh clearly said that fielding was the difference between the two teams and hence the only reason for Pakistan's defeat. Australia played their share of irresponsible shots but got away with them as Pakistan did not hold on to the catches (majority were regulation catches). Hussey scored 134 not because he dominated the bowling, only coz Pakistan dropped 3 catches and missed a run-out. Ponting scored 209 but was dropped the first ball he faced from Asif. So get your facts right before you guys start blaming the team based on lack of understanding and affluence of misguided emotions

  • Ranjan angumalaya on July 8, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    I am Srilankan and after watching two t20 matches between Pak and Aus I would say that pak team were very positive and aggressive and they were hungry to win. Now on the other hand Aussie's were in complete confusion and their body language did not show any drive to win. The pakistani's deserved these wins and they were better team in the field on both days. @Saber-toothed Koala: I do not know what side of the bed you woke up this morning-- fYI one win can be fluke not TWO. You could not digest pak win, Can You? Do not under estimate the opponent because it might come back and bite your A..... whether you like it or not there will be a close fight and Will NOT END IN THREE DAYS as you described in colours(Black, Blue and purple). I hope you stick around during and after the series so that i can see you with those colours. Wishing Pakistan GOOD LUCK in TESTS from a fan from Sri lanka

  • Ranjan angumalaya on July 8, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    I am Srilankan and after watching two t20 matches between Pak and Aus I would say that pak team were very positive and aggressive and they were hungry to win. Now on the other hand Aussie's were in complete confusion and their body language did not show any drive to win. The pakistani's deserved these wins and they were better team in the field on both days. @Saber-toothed Koala: I do not know what side of the bed you woke up this morning-- fYI one win can be fluke not TWO. You could not digest pak win, Can You? Do not under estimate the opponent because it might come back and bite your A..... whether you like it or not there will be a close fight and Will NOT END IN THREE DAYS as you described in colours(Black, Blue and purple). I hope you stick around during and after the series so that i can see you with those colours. Wishing Pakistan GOOD LUCK in TESTS from a fan from Sri lanka

  • Scud on July 8, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Bowling plays a very important role in T20. Just looks at two of the best teams in this format in Pakistan and Australia and the number of wickets their bowlers take in T20 games. Gul's near-perfect yorkers have given him the unofficial title of the best bowler in T20.

  • syed waqas on July 8, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    sajjad you must watch cricket 4 another 10,20 in order to know what cricket is. about boycot the best analyst ian chappel said that he himself is dumb. sheer luck, hell. ajmal's dosra, gul yorkers, afridi drift, shoaib pace, aamir's accuracy akmal brothers hitting and butt change is not luck.

  • Junaid on July 8, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Pakistan main problem is batting in the top order, in shorter format two to three good batsman can take the game away but in 50/50 and test we need more than that especially openers if you analyse Akmal bros. and Afridi is key performers in batting. the day pakistan has reliable openers they will also be successful in longer format. Pakistan bowlers are the best in any format.

  • Hassan on July 8, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on the white wash. The first win carried more weight however a victory is a victory just as a loss was a loss in the series against aus last year no matter how close we were. With due respect I beg to differ with whoever thinks ALL IS WELL with the BOYZ in the green caps now. There is still dust in the air and on the hearts which needs to be cleared and cleared quickly . Younis's matter also needs to be settled. All in all , boyz need to act as mature sports men and thinks professionally like adults . Childish behaviors will not take team or individuals anywwhere. Hats off to Akmal brothers and Umer Gul .... Malik come out of the terrible twenties now.. PLZZZZ.... RazaaK ... consitancy please remember ICL??????

    thanks Hassan

  • Salman on July 8, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    well, if Pakistan wins by luck, then why is it that only Pakistan win by luck?? it is a ridiculous assertion. It has been a classic display of cricket by our young and senior players, and whenever we unite, we are on top!!!! some may say its luck, some say, its fate, but whatever it is, it is destined to happen!!! Congratulations to our team and our players and to our nation!!!!

  • Irfan on July 8, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Re: Sidrah I agree that luck favours you for only certain amount of time period. Yet, Pakistan have shown their calibre in T20 in various tournaments so that all cannot be luck or maybe Boycotts jealous that England do not possess the same talent and players that Pakistan have. Even though i love T20 cricket and Pakistan (by the way Afridi is a great captain seems to gel pakistan together quite well) but i still feel Test cricket is the pinnacle of all skills I just feel Pakistan just lacks the mentality of playing 5 days solid cricket and their batsmen not having enough skills to cope bar the likes of m Yousuf y Khan s BUTT. Malik is not a test player man should take responsibilty but he does not want to bat at 3 where Pakistan need him to bat. Umar AKMAL pure talent not scared of the Australian he will be the core of batting! Next tuesday i shall be at Lords and hope that the team does well.

  • desihungama on July 7, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    My Indian friends here are naively under the presumption of Test cricket being the true face of modern cricket. Knock knock neighbors. The World heart collectively beats at the sight of a Twenty20 game down to wire. Who gives a rat's about Test and ODI. This is the dawn of Twenty20 and we are the Champions!!!

  • Shahid on July 7, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    WHAT EVER mr. Boycott says but T20 is the most popular version of cricket at this moment and if a ranking system was established, Pakistan would have been at the top of it. I think there is more talent involved in T20 than in ODi or tests as one has to have special talent to be able to hit every ball where as in tests you have a choice to play and leave but surely need a lot of patience. If one Umars batting and other Umars bowling isn't pure talent for Boycott than only him can be in lack of talent for making judgements.

  • safwan on July 7, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    test cricket is a different cup of tea, our batting looks particularly brittle, and against hilfenhaus, tait, johnson etc, we'll be lucky to bat out 90 overs! sad to see us being so out of depth at the top level of cricket, no replacements for the likes of yousuf and yousis.....azhar ali, yasir hameed and shoaib malik, u gotto to be kidding me.

  • Abid on July 7, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    I still membered until togday the PAK lost the test match to Aussi. The players were playing was; Akmal brothers, Faisal, Gul, Mailk, and Misba. "the augry MAN to burn his equiptment" that day all player had change to become a STAR but None off them show their heat to play for PAK beacuse they didn't like coach nor Cap. SO, Hope they all play for Pak and do good this time.

  • Badar on July 7, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    I agree that Gul's praise should be limited to T20s only as he hasn't proved himself in the Tests despite being on the scene for many years. Injuries aside, he has been off color and even dumped in tests in favor of other bowlers. Our fears for the upcoming tests aren't without logic; we simply dont have 11 competitive test class cricketers who can compete on par with the Aussies for 5 days. We're so corrupted in the glory of T20s that we have forgotten the class of test cricket where true batsmen like Minadad, Inzi or Yousuf can occupy the crease for several hours and defy their opposition. Then we have that insane board chairman holding on to his seat simply because of political backing. How could he critisize Shoaib Akhter after just one game and that too during an ongoing tour? Who else points fingers at his own players during a tour? Why didn't he critisize Shazaib for two ducks in two games? Mr. Butt has proven that he is good at destroying careers of true legends. G'luck Pak!

  • Saiful Ansari on July 7, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Gul bowled superbly at the death & was outstanding. His presence was the difference which tilted the two T20 games in favor of Pak.Test Match cricket is a different animal. Every session counts. The coaches should tutor the batsmen to prepare to play long innings, be patient, keep rotating the strikes & play their shots on the merit of each delivery. Aussies will definitely go in as favorites. To win test matches runs are needed for the best bowlers to defend. On paper, for test matches, the Aussies have a clear superiority both with the bat&the ball. However, one can never discount Pakistan. Most of us like to forget Sydney, though Pakistan had the Aussies on the rope & gave the test away as they relaxed their foot on the accelerator. Another lesson learnt is to be vigilant till the end. Good teams are never beaten, the opposition must go at full speed to snatch victory. The key for Pakistan will be Salman Butt, S.Malik & Umar Akmal. Some heroics from the youngsters can change a game.

  • aftab on July 7, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Gul has aptly shown why he's at the top of world - not by mere luck! This team has finally learnt the meaning of 'it's not over until it's over'. Keep pressing the pedal boys!

  • talib on July 7, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Gull has been the difference and the writer's comments about Gull's approach is right as in TESTS and ODI Gull lacks consistency and sprays the ball arround ... Pakistan Chances in the two tests and long summer ahead looks shining under Afridi. The team composition for tests should be; Salman butt, Yasir Hameed, Umer amin, Umer Akmal, Malik, Afridi, kamran akmal, Amir, ajmal , asif, gull or tanvir teams win with passion and commitment and I can see this in this side ... fighting spirit and alot of agression .. like the spell that was bowled by shoaib akhtar in last T20 that shaked the aussies ... waiting for the tests to begin and see pakistan thrash Australia on a territory where they failed to triumph since 2001.

  • Rayan Khan on July 7, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    I don't understand why you guys are calling it "REAL TEST", t20 is cricket and it is international cricket and it is your test when you are playing it. Why is Pakistan team winning most of the games? is it because they are the luckiest team in the world? Common...They have the right skills and the right attitude for this format of the game (which by the way is the future of the game). Yes in tests you need a different strategy and skill set but that is not to say that t20 is nothing. I guess if thats the true measure of a team or a player then let them play till death to see who has more techniques and patience. I mean common, it is a game and should be played just like other sports, a start and a finish with results and not a game played for 5 days (per set) and have dinners, lunches, tea breaks a vacation day(a decade ago) sick leaves and stuff in just a single set of a game and mostly the result is a draw & million daily records. That really is a true TEST of patience of viewers.

  • Dr Athar Abbas on July 7, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    I can only appreciate the point of view of this writer. The students of statistics must understand it better and layman must understand is as well, if not so clearly. There is a thing called "statistically sufficient number of events" LUCK can favor one side on one occasion or two. But once statistically sufficient number of matches are played, LUCK is out of the equation. One team which is consistently winning, for 5 years is Pakistan. WHY NOT ACCEPT THEIR SUPERIOR SKILLS. See it as comparison. Pakistan is playing all away games so I pick year since 2000 (statsguru), the away games for Australia: they have played 45 test matches with a result: They have won 32 lost 15. Win/loss ratio of 2.46. Pakistan has played 37 Won 26 Lost 11 Win/loss ratio of 2.37. With very similar win/loss ratios, Australia is GREAT team and Pakistan is LUCKY winner. Shame on who discredit T20s. One much have some ethical courage to accept better team as BETTER! Mr sajjad_logic, can you have some logic?

  • docOD on July 7, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    'a couple of dodgy umpiring decisions were a reminder of home comforts??!'....that was quite an unnecessary statement to make Kamran, and just a little bit cynical. Pakistan were better than Australia..period. Just be happy and grateful..and resist the urge to have a dig at your own team unnecessarily...there's plenty of people around who'll do that anyways.

  • Woody on July 7, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    There is no doubting Gul's effectiveness in the shortest form of the game, and I agree with Mr Abassi in that perhaps his thinking does become cloudied in the longer versions. His plans lack genuine clarity, and as a consequence he becomes inconsistent. You need a clear plan in order to execute as concisely as you'd want, or more pertinently, as you have to at the top level.

    I aslo wonder about his pentration in Test cricket, he does not have the batsmen coming at home so positively and offering opportunities, instead they can bide their time and wait for Gul to make the first mistake.

    At 26, he is still relatively young, and he may grow into his role with the Test side with age. Will be interesting to see how Afridi uses him, as a strike bowler, a go to bowler when the situation dictates, or as a more holding bowler.

    Roll on next Tuesday!

  • Sidrah on July 7, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    I disagree with people who are referencing Boycott's stupid argument over being lucky in T20. Pakistan has relied on its bowlers through every format of the game. The only difference is, they have found the right combination in the T20 format and the captain has learned to use these bowlers at the right time - it can't be mere luck favoring them through every T20 competition. So let's boycott Boycott's comments!

  • Hashir on July 7, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Congrats to pakistan team not only for winning two matchez but for playing as a single unit.they seemed to be on aa mission come what may we will defeat aussies and that is what they did..hats of the captaincy of Shahid afridi who made it a unit.these wins will give pak team alot of confidence as they go into the two match test series on a winning note...aamir,ajmal and afridi will be key bowlers for pak....most of the aussie batsmen failed to pick up the doosra that ajmal bowled.all i am worried about is their batting which looks a little bit fragile.i hope our batsmen give our bowlers something above par score to bowl to....rest aussies arent invinsible as they were couple of years ago....Inshallah we can do it.Best Of Luck Pak Team

  • imran on July 7, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    well pakistan have proved dat they are even better in longer format of the game if we see in asia cup they done well. the only problum they did have in there was how to finish the game which they ll know under afridi captaincy

  • flanker on July 7, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    I disagree that TESTS are the ONLY real TEST of cricketing talent. Both forms require talent -- the emphasis on type of talent and skill is different in each format. Imagine how talented Kallis, M. Yousaf, or other Test specialists are but how well would they do in T20? they lack aggression, innovation and mental fortitude that is the hallmark of the T20 cricket. Yes Tests require a lot of skill but so do T20. And Yes T20 luck plays are larger roll because there is less time to recover from mistakes and for law of averages to take hold.

  • Farooq Tirmizi on July 7, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    These fans are, by and large, British Pakistanis. Fans within Pakistan tend to be more gracious in applauding the efforts of the opposing team. For reference, see India-Pakistan series of 2004.

  • Abid on July 7, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Ali and Arif you are right. Gul, Akmal brothers very good on short format but realy test will begin in next week. What I see in the team is that PAK team is playing with their heart, as one unit and they like the leadership of younis. I belive couches will explain & work with player and let them know how used their brian. Afridi need to top of Auss also keep attecking with bowl and bat.

  • Nasir Ayub on July 7, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    well, to those who doubt Pakistan's talents in the longer format should compare all 3 departments of the game i.e. batting, bowling and fielding. In tests their batting is average and the opposition score a lot of runs which make the Pakistan bowling seem a bit weaker but the fact, in my openion, is the fielding. Pakistan bowling is often top class and even in matches where the opposition scores is mostly due to poor keeping. Lets take the example of Kamran. good and mostly reliable batsman but how much he conceeds while keeping? a single dropped catch makes a difference and with Kamran a single dropped catch is "great performance". At times he's very sharp & accurate like in the recent T20s but when he make a mess, its the "messiest" mess. I think Kamran should be played in tests as batsman and let someone else keep stumps. I'd prefer a keeper who is accurate behind the stumps instead of a wicketkeeper batsman who drop 2 or 3 key catches and score a 50 & conceeds over 100(drop chance)

  • kashif zia on July 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    pak has been more successful in t20,and we love to see dat....jzt because dey hav de natural intent of aggresion....now f u hav de ability to keep dis aggresion for small period,u can b gud t2o side f for long period of time u can do it n oder formats aswell wich i think pak lacks..shortly i dont agree with repected sir statement

  • Umair on July 7, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Hope, we don't murder Afridi with our comments, if Pak team is not able to do go in Tests.

  • Rizwan on July 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Well derserved victory for Pakistan.Much of the credit goes to Afridi by bringing in the spark ,energy and unity in the team afterwards comes each individual's performences and he led from the front setting examples in the field.

    Afterall Pakistan really nedded thaese victories to forget about last tour of Austrailia and the T20 semi final which hopefully they have now.But its still early days to judge pakistan consistency and consistency in afridi's leadership but i am sensing something really special from afridi believe me.

    Now comes the realy test of the test " TEST CRICKET " i am very desperate to watch Test matches ahead and the whole so called Home England summer.On paper Pakistan is certainly weaker but not phsycologicaly anymore i would expect.If pakistan goes in the field with the same passion which they shown in these two matches and a bit more improvement in all the fields they certainly will win Test matches also if not win they will give much tougher time to Aussies.

  • Luqman B on July 7, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    You are spot on Kamran with Gul being THE difference between the Pakistan that lost to Australia in the world cup and the Pakistan that won the last two T20s.

    Gut needs to work on his consistency in longer forms of the game. Experience of a former fast bowler Waqar Younus as coach might help given he was also of a similar kind of bowler as Gul.

    Expecting good matches from Pakistan. Hope deserving test players (Yousuf, Younus Khan) come back during the stay of Pakistan in England even if requires removal of incompetent PCB administration.

  • Faisal Masaud on July 7, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    strange comments from few users that T20 is not cricket , pakistan is below average team. why T20 is not cricket i guess they are playing cricket with bat and ball not football there , this blog was about T20 not about test match. Pakistan has played well these 2 T20 so i think this will be more good to accept and say yes they have played well

  • Shabi on July 7, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    All the best Team Pakistan for this summer,plss play with such kind of consistancy in ue each match n inshallah more big victories will follow us specially inshallah in dis summer.Keeping in mind the english conditions our record here is good in all formats n for this time i do believe even with a young team being selected we do have a great chance to succeed even in tests as well bcaz Pak got a real strong bowling attack the only problem is their fielding n batting if we can click in these 2 departmens consistantly in dis summer along with keeping our good bowling form going, Inshallah then Team Pakistan will b unstoppable. All the best AFRIDI'S X1

  • Abdullah on July 7, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Sajjid_logic..u r totally illogical in ur post...T20 is all about skill and test is testing not only skill but also temperament and unfortunately pak lacks the temperament..how can u say T20 is just luck????look pak do well in T20s only when they have bowlers who can do well at end by putting yorkers..and they didnt do well at all in recent worldcup because they didnt have the right team..so if its just luck pak could have won the trophy...Bowling yorkers,taking wickets by spin,wkts with new ball...man its skill and not luck..

  • desihungama on July 7, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    The hardest thing to do for any good pace bowler is to ocassionally throw in an unplayable ball or a foot crushing yorker. A slight change in yorker variation and you might as well expect a six. Gul does it ball after ball after ball. Pure Skill and sheer confidence.

  • wanderer on July 7, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    @Sajjad: You would also care to remember that never in history has a Test team been successful without building a fortress at home, and prospering on home conditions. West Indies, Australia etc, even modern day India have most of their victories at home, their away record is still poor. This is one of the main determinants as to why Pakistan will find it hard to prosper in Test matches. That and the fact that Pakistan has played the least amount of Tests over the past few years than any other nation including Bangladesh, and that says something. How can a team prosper in a format they hardly play (mostly due to external factors) and when they do play have to do so away from home the majority of the time. This isn't an excuse it's a factual look at what is happening.

  • Kiran Farooqi on July 7, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Shoaib Akhter should be part of the Test Team. He should be used in short bursts of 3-4 overs at a time, his pace will always trouble the opposition and his aggression and his wicket taking ability is second to none.

    A bowling attack of Akhter, Aamir, with either Asif or Gul would be mouth watering...with either Ajmal or Kaneria as the lone spinner.

    Hope Mohsin Khan gets it right. My Test 11 would be Salman Butt, Umar Amin, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Shoaib Akhter, Danish Kaneria, Mohammad Asif.

    Gul is great in T-20 but not in test cricket. Asif is made for test cricket...this in my book would be an excellent team.

  • Luqman Khushi on July 7, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Let's be fair to Australians. Watson was given out LBW in the first T20 when he had played the ball. In 2nd T20, our umpires again showed they had wooden fingers, as three LBW decisions went against the Australians. Decision against Hussey was horrible as he alone would have taken the match from Pakistan.

  • brin on July 7, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Test cricket definitely needs skill and patience.. But who cares about the skill. Entertainment (T20) - is the king.. Its about time - that Test cricket and one day fade away(as grudingly admitted by Muralitharan) Of course Australia will beat Pak in test match.(no contest without Yousuf and Younis)

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on July 7, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Luck. Wow , only boycot can say that. He is from that Generation where cricket was a gentlemen game. Now cricket not only plays in ground, it also plays in dressing roams. There are specialist to do some thing. Prime example, Mr.Cricket, the best finisher in the world. He is professional. Ist a luck. No its talent. Prime example, Umer Gul, the best death bowler in 2020, he is professional too, is it a luck, no, its real hard work and talent. Only Malinga and Gul can do that in 2020.

    Boycot dont understand todays cricket, where every ball and every wicket is important. Hussey can end the match in two overs and gul can destroy whole team in two overs (against NZ in last worldcup).

    Sorry mr. boycot, its today cricket, which is run by motivation, talent and professionalizm not like old days where you need temprament to stay for 5 days. Its highly skilled cricket now.

  • Adeel Sheikh on July 7, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    let see Kamran , I can't forget what ever happened in Sydney test match. I went for shopping and people asked me what Pakistan is doing because around 2-3 million people were supporting Pakistan in Australia. Even my old school teachers.....!

  • sharhan on July 7, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    acutally they are playing as a unit and shaid afridi is having command on his team right now he know ho to tackle each player and how to take work form each player right now that i have seen and in longer formats they can beat in ODI any team i have seen talent in Akmal bro's and in new youngesters hopefully they will show they performances in longer format

  • fayyaz on July 7, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Yeah, Your aabslotly right to say so,but as we know test cricket is differnat ball game and Afridi man"s need to prove in that formate as well,best idea is to pack the team with speaicalist in that format batting is the man concern open with salman,farhat and then Malik and Umer followed by another Umer is ideal then akmal,Afridi and then the bowler another issue is spiner please write about team composition

  • Saber_toothed_koala on July 7, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    An attitude correction awaits this Pakistani side. Everytime there is a fluke win, there is this incessant rant about some 'God gifted talent'. I bet that we will finish the test matches in 3 days. It will be very intriguing to see where this 'God gifted talent' disappears when this extremely over-rated Pakistani side gets wacked in all shades of black, blue and purple. Test cricket is the real cricket. The utter lack of skill, ability and talent in your side will be in full show during the test series.

  • Ahmad on July 7, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Interesting comment about Gul there, the one about keeping it simple and about his bemusement when he has to change up. I do agree with you but that comment just paralleled Gul's skills with Glen McGrath for me...McGrath was a master of his art, the back of a length ball, seaming it allowed him to master batsmen in all formats of the game. But he too was proven only mortal once the batsmen forced him to change his game plan. When someone charged or hit Glen McGrath with an unorthodox approach he would start shaking his head, the cursing began and from then on in the game was in the batsman's hands.

    He has a long way to go, but if Gul can take the crown from McGrath, as he threatened to do even earlier in his career then it would go Pakistan cricket a world of good. The amount of patience and discipline required is hard to come by in 99.99% of Pakistanis, Gul is an exception and he really should make good use of it. Keep at it!

  • Mudassar @ CricketVibe on July 7, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    And yes we took it to our heart, it was more of a greenwash than whitewash. Neon Green in the middle hurried from everywhere on Aussies and all other shades of green outside the ground in crowds took them with a nosiest matches of England summer.

    They also threw some bottles and generosity wasn't that good which should be learned by Pakistan enthusiast fans. But you can't blame them much what they suffer against Australia some months ago.

  • Akbar on July 7, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Nice article, but test cricket and T20 is completely different. you cant compare apple with organes. Gul need to learn the tricts of Test by making them play every plan outside the offstump line like mcgrath used to do it for auusies. More important he needs to be patients for wickets and bowl longer spells. only way pakistan can win the test series if they outplay auusie in every department and win aleast 4-5 session. Best of luck and hoping for close content....(wink!!!)

  • ali b on July 7, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Forgot to mention the team effort, akmal bruv's are also masters in T20, in their own line of course. Afridi is getting better in each game he plays after taking over. And to top it all, this is the first time im seeing Pak players being all cuddly before, middle and after the games; so a bit of gay love is required to be at the top when the teams are involved :p

  • Arif on July 7, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I wonder what happened to Gulli in NZ and Australia last year. The ball he bowled to Hussey in the first game was a MOM moment.

    I'd keep the celebrations a bit guarded, Aussies are better equipped in the longer formats of the game. Afridi's success needs to be seen in tests. I hope he keeps his attacking style in place. The Aussies will be hoping that he gets defensive against them...

  • sajjad_logic@yahoo.com on July 7, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Like Boycott said “The shorter the format of any game, there is less skill and more luck involved. The longer the format, the more skill comes in, because you have to to use that skill with temperament and cricketing brains come into picture” TESTS are the real TEST of cricketing Talent .Obviously he referenced Pakistan who suddenly think only T20 cricket is real cricket because that’s the only format they win often now days most of times due to sheer luck. Pakistan have proved that in longer version of game they are below average team because more time on pitch exposes the so called talent and separates boys from the men. The longest version …tests …will just expose the weakness more and more this summer.

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  • sajjad_logic@yahoo.com on July 7, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Like Boycott said “The shorter the format of any game, there is less skill and more luck involved. The longer the format, the more skill comes in, because you have to to use that skill with temperament and cricketing brains come into picture” TESTS are the real TEST of cricketing Talent .Obviously he referenced Pakistan who suddenly think only T20 cricket is real cricket because that’s the only format they win often now days most of times due to sheer luck. Pakistan have proved that in longer version of game they are below average team because more time on pitch exposes the so called talent and separates boys from the men. The longest version …tests …will just expose the weakness more and more this summer.

  • Arif on July 7, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I wonder what happened to Gulli in NZ and Australia last year. The ball he bowled to Hussey in the first game was a MOM moment.

    I'd keep the celebrations a bit guarded, Aussies are better equipped in the longer formats of the game. Afridi's success needs to be seen in tests. I hope he keeps his attacking style in place. The Aussies will be hoping that he gets defensive against them...

  • ali b on July 7, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Forgot to mention the team effort, akmal bruv's are also masters in T20, in their own line of course. Afridi is getting better in each game he plays after taking over. And to top it all, this is the first time im seeing Pak players being all cuddly before, middle and after the games; so a bit of gay love is required to be at the top when the teams are involved :p

  • Akbar on July 7, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Nice article, but test cricket and T20 is completely different. you cant compare apple with organes. Gul need to learn the tricts of Test by making them play every plan outside the offstump line like mcgrath used to do it for auusies. More important he needs to be patients for wickets and bowl longer spells. only way pakistan can win the test series if they outplay auusie in every department and win aleast 4-5 session. Best of luck and hoping for close content....(wink!!!)

  • Mudassar @ CricketVibe on July 7, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    And yes we took it to our heart, it was more of a greenwash than whitewash. Neon Green in the middle hurried from everywhere on Aussies and all other shades of green outside the ground in crowds took them with a nosiest matches of England summer.

    They also threw some bottles and generosity wasn't that good which should be learned by Pakistan enthusiast fans. But you can't blame them much what they suffer against Australia some months ago.

  • Ahmad on July 7, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Interesting comment about Gul there, the one about keeping it simple and about his bemusement when he has to change up. I do agree with you but that comment just paralleled Gul's skills with Glen McGrath for me...McGrath was a master of his art, the back of a length ball, seaming it allowed him to master batsmen in all formats of the game. But he too was proven only mortal once the batsmen forced him to change his game plan. When someone charged or hit Glen McGrath with an unorthodox approach he would start shaking his head, the cursing began and from then on in the game was in the batsman's hands.

    He has a long way to go, but if Gul can take the crown from McGrath, as he threatened to do even earlier in his career then it would go Pakistan cricket a world of good. The amount of patience and discipline required is hard to come by in 99.99% of Pakistanis, Gul is an exception and he really should make good use of it. Keep at it!

  • Saber_toothed_koala on July 7, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    An attitude correction awaits this Pakistani side. Everytime there is a fluke win, there is this incessant rant about some 'God gifted talent'. I bet that we will finish the test matches in 3 days. It will be very intriguing to see where this 'God gifted talent' disappears when this extremely over-rated Pakistani side gets wacked in all shades of black, blue and purple. Test cricket is the real cricket. The utter lack of skill, ability and talent in your side will be in full show during the test series.

  • fayyaz on July 7, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Yeah, Your aabslotly right to say so,but as we know test cricket is differnat ball game and Afridi man"s need to prove in that formate as well,best idea is to pack the team with speaicalist in that format batting is the man concern open with salman,farhat and then Malik and Umer followed by another Umer is ideal then akmal,Afridi and then the bowler another issue is spiner please write about team composition

  • sharhan on July 7, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    acutally they are playing as a unit and shaid afridi is having command on his team right now he know ho to tackle each player and how to take work form each player right now that i have seen and in longer formats they can beat in ODI any team i have seen talent in Akmal bro's and in new youngesters hopefully they will show they performances in longer format

  • Adeel Sheikh on July 7, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    let see Kamran , I can't forget what ever happened in Sydney test match. I went for shopping and people asked me what Pakistan is doing because around 2-3 million people were supporting Pakistan in Australia. Even my old school teachers.....!