2010: Summer of Pakistan July 24, 2010

Bowling legacy lives on

As Pakistan registered their first win in over a decade against Australia it was fitting that two bowlers were at the crease
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As Pakistan registered their first win in over a decade against Australia it was fitting that two bowlers were at the crease. Without a doubt it is the bowlers who have won the match and settled the nerves of Pakistan’s supporters.

In Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, and the exhilarating Mohammad Aamer, Pakistan have a world-beating bowling attack—one that can provide the backbone for Pakistan’s recovery in international cricket. If Pakistan had batsmen to match, the world might truly be fearful. But that would be too much to ask and atypical of the Pakistan cricket we know, love, and pull our hair out over.

These young bowlers are fortunate to be supported by the wisdom of Waqar Younis, whose passion for his team has been evident on this tour. All the signals from the camp have been that the mood is good and the team upbeat despite a perpetual whirlwind that swirls around Pakistan cricket. The quick recovery from Shahid Afridi’s dramatic departure vindicates their claims.

Yet these solitary swallows of summer must multiply and fill the sky. Can Pakistan cricket make a habit out of winning? At least, for now, this season has taken a satisfying turn. And with fantastic Mr Aamer to lead the attack, the England series might not be quite the calamity that was expected.

In truth, Pakistan do need to strengthen their batting line-up even though the youngsters have done well and offered promise. The bowlers did just enough here to cover for the inexperience of the batsmen. Pakistan cricket is strongest when it has a formidable pace attack. Now that Aamer, Asif, and Gul are rising to the challenge, Pakistan supporters can begin to rest assured that they have a bowling line-up that does justice to the legacy of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar.

A welcome victory, then, for Pakistan. But a more important outcome is the influential role that Mohammad Aamer, the jewel in the bowling crown, played in this enthralling series.

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  • Muhammad Zubair, Rawalpindi on July 29, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Congratulations on a victory which was much awaited by the fans supporting Pakistan. There were several lessons to be learnt from the victory. 1. I saw that Shoaib Malik was without any kind of confidence. He got out in a terrible manner in first innings.What a loose shot by "established" Test Player!!. in second innings with 36 runs to get, his catch was dropped by thrid slip. But he could hang on and North caught him after mere 10 runs (lucky to get those 10) 2. Pakistan should call back Muhammmad Yousuf and Younis Khan to make middle order ttrust worthy. 3. Umar Gul should avoid bowling short. Kaneria did not get wickets with his guile but by batsmen's mistake. Ajmal is far better than him.

    Best of luck for England series

  • PCB JOKERS DIS AINT A JOKE on July 28, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    PLZZZZZ some1 tell me how to convince pcb jokers to bring back MOYO,today sachin 2 years older then MOYO scored a century n watch d performance of MOYO in d disasterous series of N.W n aussy,almost every paki fan here wants MOYO BACK, younis khan too if he is in form, MOYO is not only a MUST for test but also for one dayers,pakis couldnt bat full 50 overs in all games of recent ASIA CUP,this problem of no reliable middle order is cuz d jokers never tried to create or support any in last 10 yrs,PAKI NEEDS miandads/inzies/MOYO present paki squad has no players who has "will" to perform better during test, look at ozzies 4 them test is more important then the match fixed world cups ameer n asif n best in england n gul n kaneria should b dropped, afridi has better test bowling ave then kaneria, kaneria has lost form since last 2 yrs, batsmen today fear saeed ajmal,i n in place of gul any fast bowler, MOYO marry katrina kaif may b then pcb jokers will include him,lol

  • Arif Khambaty on July 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    A lot of comments indicate that we are fond of moving in circles. To me it hardly makes any sense to fall back on the fallen heroes, The two Ys to be exact. We should be brave and move forward with a new team. Azhar Ali and even Umar Amin have both shown that they have the talent and technique to become mainstay of our batting. They are young and agile in the field too. And then Umar can also be handy as a bowler. Fawad or yasir may be considered in place of Shoaib Malik too. And don't forget my earlier proposition of playing both spinners Danish & Saeed aongwith the three quickies. Remember, India once played four spinners in their 70's side and non could bat! And they were a very feared team, in terms of bowling as well as batting.

  • Tariq on July 28, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I beleive that Pak team needs some changes if they really want to continue winning. Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal do not justify there presence in the team. Similarly, i do not understand why PCB is so much persistant with Danish Kaneria, who is able to take wickets of tail enders at much heavy costs. He has been playing from the side for so many years but still he is not effective to turn the game. Salaman Butt should be retained captain for all three formats when he is quite good in every version.

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on July 28, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    We should come out from victory euphoria over Aussies. It is better to concentrate on our team weaknesses during this match. The major weakness is our poor batting. We have not scored more than 300 in an inning from quite some time. Our batsmen loose their wicket after reaching 25 to 30 runs. Hardly any one scored half century and scoring a century is a forgotten story for long long time. When we are defending we don't take singles at all. We should make a habit of taking first single with a speed putting pressure on the fielder and if he fumble, then take second run too. Calling clear and loud is necessary to avoid run outs.

  • Arif faizan on July 28, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    The solitary pakistani win over Australia is getting much hype.It appears pakistan has won the world and Australia world has collapsed.Remembers guys the problem plaguing pakistani cricket for over a decade was in full show at headingly.The batsmen still could not cope up with decent bowling and Australia nearly won the match inspite of nonexixstent 1st inning score.So dont be over enthusiastic as i see no redemption of this team in near future and be prepeared for more heartache in England.

  • Shahid on July 28, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    With this btting line they can never win a match unless it happens by luck as in 2nd test against Australia. Yousef and Younis should have been included instead of Shoaib and Amin

  • Rashid Abbas on July 28, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan !!! I Think it,s the time now we should forget about Younis and Yousuf And Give chance 2 the youngsters we have talent in batting department as well provided the chance i.c Umar Akmal N Azhar Ali !!! in past 15 years we had talented bowling and bating line and we couldn,t even beat aussies in pakistan !!! So the credit goes out young team !!! and now we must stick 2 this

  • Gulab on July 28, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Dear Pakistanis: This is our habit as a nation that we forget all our defiencies once we have a win due to other team mistakes. We have no comfortable batting line up and no one is now talking how to improve it. If we left it as it is then I am sure be ready for white wash against England. This will not happen that all the times our bowlers will dismiss opposition below 100. Be ready for white wash if Yawar saeed and Ijaz Butt stick to country damaging agenda. We need Yousuf and Younas instead of Shoaib and Umar Amin (Imran Farhat) if we dream to have a good series otherwise ready for another series defeat.

  • ather on July 28, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    I just heard the news that Misbah wants to retire end next year and looking to get a place in next years world cup. He should be told retire now instead of trying an emotional blackmailing (THAT I WANT TO RETIRE ON A HIGH NOTE BY PLAYING WC) I thought he was educated and might respect the upcoming youngsters to leave room for them willingly instead of getting kicked out. same goes for abdur razzq,he should reire from international cricket paving ways for up coming younsters like Hammad Azam or Anwar Ali etc. APOLOGIZE FOR GIVING AN UNRELATED COMMENT

  • Muhammad Zubair, Rawalpindi on July 29, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Congratulations on a victory which was much awaited by the fans supporting Pakistan. There were several lessons to be learnt from the victory. 1. I saw that Shoaib Malik was without any kind of confidence. He got out in a terrible manner in first innings.What a loose shot by "established" Test Player!!. in second innings with 36 runs to get, his catch was dropped by thrid slip. But he could hang on and North caught him after mere 10 runs (lucky to get those 10) 2. Pakistan should call back Muhammmad Yousuf and Younis Khan to make middle order ttrust worthy. 3. Umar Gul should avoid bowling short. Kaneria did not get wickets with his guile but by batsmen's mistake. Ajmal is far better than him.

    Best of luck for England series

  • PCB JOKERS DIS AINT A JOKE on July 28, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    PLZZZZZ some1 tell me how to convince pcb jokers to bring back MOYO,today sachin 2 years older then MOYO scored a century n watch d performance of MOYO in d disasterous series of N.W n aussy,almost every paki fan here wants MOYO BACK, younis khan too if he is in form, MOYO is not only a MUST for test but also for one dayers,pakis couldnt bat full 50 overs in all games of recent ASIA CUP,this problem of no reliable middle order is cuz d jokers never tried to create or support any in last 10 yrs,PAKI NEEDS miandads/inzies/MOYO present paki squad has no players who has "will" to perform better during test, look at ozzies 4 them test is more important then the match fixed world cups ameer n asif n best in england n gul n kaneria should b dropped, afridi has better test bowling ave then kaneria, kaneria has lost form since last 2 yrs, batsmen today fear saeed ajmal,i n in place of gul any fast bowler, MOYO marry katrina kaif may b then pcb jokers will include him,lol

  • Arif Khambaty on July 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    A lot of comments indicate that we are fond of moving in circles. To me it hardly makes any sense to fall back on the fallen heroes, The two Ys to be exact. We should be brave and move forward with a new team. Azhar Ali and even Umar Amin have both shown that they have the talent and technique to become mainstay of our batting. They are young and agile in the field too. And then Umar can also be handy as a bowler. Fawad or yasir may be considered in place of Shoaib Malik too. And don't forget my earlier proposition of playing both spinners Danish & Saeed aongwith the three quickies. Remember, India once played four spinners in their 70's side and non could bat! And they were a very feared team, in terms of bowling as well as batting.

  • Tariq on July 28, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I beleive that Pak team needs some changes if they really want to continue winning. Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal do not justify there presence in the team. Similarly, i do not understand why PCB is so much persistant with Danish Kaneria, who is able to take wickets of tail enders at much heavy costs. He has been playing from the side for so many years but still he is not effective to turn the game. Salaman Butt should be retained captain for all three formats when he is quite good in every version.

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on July 28, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    We should come out from victory euphoria over Aussies. It is better to concentrate on our team weaknesses during this match. The major weakness is our poor batting. We have not scored more than 300 in an inning from quite some time. Our batsmen loose their wicket after reaching 25 to 30 runs. Hardly any one scored half century and scoring a century is a forgotten story for long long time. When we are defending we don't take singles at all. We should make a habit of taking first single with a speed putting pressure on the fielder and if he fumble, then take second run too. Calling clear and loud is necessary to avoid run outs.

  • Arif faizan on July 28, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    The solitary pakistani win over Australia is getting much hype.It appears pakistan has won the world and Australia world has collapsed.Remembers guys the problem plaguing pakistani cricket for over a decade was in full show at headingly.The batsmen still could not cope up with decent bowling and Australia nearly won the match inspite of nonexixstent 1st inning score.So dont be over enthusiastic as i see no redemption of this team in near future and be prepeared for more heartache in England.

  • Shahid on July 28, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    With this btting line they can never win a match unless it happens by luck as in 2nd test against Australia. Yousef and Younis should have been included instead of Shoaib and Amin

  • Rashid Abbas on July 28, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan !!! I Think it,s the time now we should forget about Younis and Yousuf And Give chance 2 the youngsters we have talent in batting department as well provided the chance i.c Umar Akmal N Azhar Ali !!! in past 15 years we had talented bowling and bating line and we couldn,t even beat aussies in pakistan !!! So the credit goes out young team !!! and now we must stick 2 this

  • Gulab on July 28, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Dear Pakistanis: This is our habit as a nation that we forget all our defiencies once we have a win due to other team mistakes. We have no comfortable batting line up and no one is now talking how to improve it. If we left it as it is then I am sure be ready for white wash against England. This will not happen that all the times our bowlers will dismiss opposition below 100. Be ready for white wash if Yawar saeed and Ijaz Butt stick to country damaging agenda. We need Yousuf and Younas instead of Shoaib and Umar Amin (Imran Farhat) if we dream to have a good series otherwise ready for another series defeat.

  • ather on July 28, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    I just heard the news that Misbah wants to retire end next year and looking to get a place in next years world cup. He should be told retire now instead of trying an emotional blackmailing (THAT I WANT TO RETIRE ON A HIGH NOTE BY PLAYING WC) I thought he was educated and might respect the upcoming youngsters to leave room for them willingly instead of getting kicked out. same goes for abdur razzq,he should reire from international cricket paving ways for up coming younsters like Hammad Azam or Anwar Ali etc. APOLOGIZE FOR GIVING AN UNRELATED COMMENT

  • pranesh_csk_india on July 28, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    First time Im jealous of Pakistan......what a bowling attack....If only the batting was a bit more mature...

  • noor on July 27, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Just when I thought Salman Butt was a wise and sensible captain he goes and blows his own trumpet. Aamir and Asif are indeed very fine bowlers but for Butt to say they the world's best is little premature. I would have liked Butt to remain humble and praise the opposition more than his team. Psychological it works, that put your pressue on your opponent rather than on your bowlers.

    I just hope Butt is not another fool that has captained Pakistan, boy! we have enough jokers that represented Pakistan to last a life time.

  • zeeshan bukhari on July 27, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    it was due to the bowlers that we even had the chance of winning at the last moment . we also do have a pretty good batting line up with players like salman butt umar akmal and also shoaib malik .with youngie like azhar ali also to back him up. so due to my analysis pak have a pretty good chance winning the test series 3-1 against england easily

  • A.Ali on July 27, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    England is a far better team than Australia. Pakistan will get in trouble against England, Pakistan's batting will fail badly.

  • A.Ali on July 27, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis in place of Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik will make Pakistan's batting very strong. Farhat is a weak link in openning.

  • dmqi from Maryland, USA on July 27, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Here is readers choice for the 1st test: Salman Butt, Azhar Ali,Yasir Hamid, Mohammad Yusuf( badly needed for experience), Fuad Alam, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Mohamad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Syed Ajmal/Danish Kaneria. If you need Umar amin's bowling, include him in place of Umar Akmal, who needs a break for 1 test at least. He is definitely a gold mine for the future.

    THIS TEAM, although not that strong in batting, CAN BEAT ENGLAND, Mr. Selectors and Captain. I am a chemist in USA who never played cricket but have followed that for 40 years. With the team that played Australia, your chance of wining is 33.3%.

  • Arif Khambaty on July 27, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    I have a very bold proposition to make for selecting the playing eleven for the nottingham test. Here goes...well, this is based on the premise that no matter how many batsmen we play in the side, they always leave much to be desired. So, why not play an extra bowler? Saeed Ajmal to be precise! I believe the two spinners will give the england side a tough time and the seaming trio short and effective spells to keep the opposition on their tenterhooks. Only assured low scores by the opposition can assure a pakistan win.

  • Arshad on July 27, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Dude my point is we are missing a bowler who is capable of bowling more than 150kmph.If we had a fast bowler it will be great.And Danish Kaneria is proving useless in England tracks.I think saeed ajmal should get a chance. And we should utilize our part time bowlers too.

  • bebarg on July 27, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    salman butt has the habit of performing on one or two tours and then sleeping for 12-15 innings. Lets see when he sleeps again. I forcast it would be long. The see how he communicates while a sleep.

  • medrar on July 27, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    For any ignorant who watch test cricket but does not understand it. Last match of Pakistan at LEEDs. Younis Khan 214 and Muhammand Yousaf 200 (run out)in the match. Butt, Toufeeq, Faisal Iqbal and Inzi still mangad to find a way for pakistans defeat. Amazing

  • medrar on July 27, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Younis Khan is a test superstar but an average ODI player. We have failed and droped him becasue of his ODI performance and the selfish group of players and managment (lead by yawar saeed and shoaib malik). Without considering the five big 100s he scored in the last 9 test he played. He however could get only 7 test innings in the last three years. Give him more test. He will do u wonders in test and mircales like 308 and 321 chase in ODI against india in karrachi and mohali 2008.

  • medrar on July 27, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Younis Khan is a test superstar but an average ODI player. We have failed and droped him becasue of his ODI performance and the selfish group of players and managment (lead by yawar saeed and shoaib malik). Without considering the five big 100s he scored in the last 9 test he played. He however could get only 7 test innings in the last three years. Give him more test. He will do u wonders in test and mircales like 308 and 321 chase against india in karrachi and mohali 2008.

  • medrar on July 27, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Younis Khan is a test superstar but an average ODI player. We have failed and droped him becasue of his ODI performance and the selfish group of players and managment (lead by yawar saeed and shoaib malik). Without considering the five big 100s he scored in the last 9 test he played. He however could get only 7 test innings in the last three years. Give him more test. He will do u wonders in test and mircales like 308 and 321 chase against india in karrachi and mohali 2008.

  • owais khan on July 27, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    pakistan bowling attack is awsome they are second to none. its only the batting that keeps them on back foot. thank god that after such a long time they were able to win against aussies. in my opinion umer amin shoul be replaced by yasir hameed who is a very fine cricketer and experienced also. best of luck for pakistan team against england.

  • Changaiz on July 26, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    If BCCI would agree to play Pakistan in England as offered by them we cricket fans would be watching some good cricket and also will know if India r number 1 actually . Plus we will sell more tickets than ashes.

  • Aizad on July 26, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    The strong bowling attack cannot gloss over the inept batting strength. Most of the wickets prepared in the series against England will be batting friendly. We need good batters.

  • sameer on July 26, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    hello, well as comment to vishwa tht pakistani team is much stronger then u think beataa u ppl wil burn like always in past also n kapil dev was a big ball tempered person if u go n research history n each n every team is low profile n lowest against pakistan talent n never challenge pakistani becz we r destorer becareful form us.

  • harsy on July 26, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Lets not get carried away.Yes our bwoling attack is world class, but our batting has big gaps. Younis' falling out with the team is a worry, but if Yousuf is ok playing with these guys,i suggest we bring him back right away.He provides assurance and security to the lineup, not to mention he is a world class batsman. I think both Amin and Azhar have impressed, persist with them.Shaib malik can be replaced by Yasir or yusuf.Kaneria is just too inconsistent, he bowls 4 good deliveries and then 2 rubbish ones, its a pity he hasnt become lethal after soo mnay matches.

    Looking ahead, Fawad alam should deveop a straight on ball or doosra and can give batting depth to our attack.For odis as well, we need him and if sohail tanvir regains form, we will have batting depth.We seriouslylacked that in the first 2 test, aside from our already iffy batting.

  • Imran M on July 26, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    We win one match,just about and nothing needs fixing in most people's eyes.How about fairness and discipline. What about the rebels who were throwing matches under previous two captains,its funny now that the Butt,Akmal,Malik clan are in charge and have ousted Younis/Yousuf that they are playing better.Lets reward people who play for themselves and not the country. Why did it take captaincy/vice captaincy for Butt to raise his game. Mediocre Malik,K Akmal will never get dropped. Farhat has saved himself for another 10 matches,before he gets lucky again,still not int'l class, a test batsman should scare the opposition and make them think he'll get a massive score if they don't get him out.Not just make a nice 30-60 runs,its not ODI cricket. In Tests you need to put up scores of 400/500 plus not struggle to under 300. How about the bowlers learning to bat and getting a bowler who can finish the tail off.Oh & don't bring stupid Abdul Razzaq in,he's finished and wasn't that great before.

  • Shahid on July 26, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    This great bowling attack has provided us a chance to improve our performance IF the batting may be approved. The short sighted board is satisfied with the win that has partially hidden our greatest weakness. this promising batting line up may be raised to a superb out-fit by the addition of MoYo and Younis. Simple equation, immediatley drop Malik to create a position for MoYo and then check how to bring Younis back. Younis may be asked to show his form in country/domestic for some time.

  • shahid on July 26, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Australia is not the best team so beating them is no big feat, but the fact that they had mentally stressed Pakistan for last 15 years leaves them as the toughest opponents to beat.The fifteen years period includes the period when no body in the world was able to beat the Australia team. Pakistan need to strenghten their batting line up. and shahid afridi was mentioning shoiab malik when he said their are others who should concentrate on one day cricket ..... now shoaib malik should make way for yousaf and umar ameen (though good prospect) should give way to younis.. and that could be a good team to challenge england as i consider they are the best test team at the moment..

  • Sam on July 26, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Congratulations at least the victory will rasie the moral of the team. Bowling was exceptional and that was the reason Pakistan won. Captaincy from Salman But was very pathetic...

  • Ali kazmi on July 26, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Pak Vs Brits

    Umar Ammin Out - yusuf in Kaneria Out for good - Ajmal or rehman In can consider throwing away malik out - and beat yasir Hameed's ass in!

    wat do you say crickesters!

  • AMAN SINGH on July 26, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Bowlers can't bowl opposite teams for under 100 all the time. When luckily Australia was out for 88, their main bowlers, Johnsen and Bolingger had off days and Australians dropped many catches, even then Pakistan needed so much luck on last day to win this match. SO DON'T BE OPTIMIST. Until you find batsmen who can build long innings and exclude non-players like Shoaib Malik you won't win again. Your Ijaz Butt has to bring in the only two batsmen pakistan curruntly has, Yousef & Younis. NOW this unexpected win will give Ijaz Butt a licence to destroy ur cricket more than before

  • umar rashid on July 26, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    No mention of the captain, Pakistan need tyo get Mo Yo out the system i have to say its got to get worse before it gete better, also guys Amir has had two stress fractures, the third one is round the corner if he plays every game

  • Qasim on July 26, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Its obvious we need to get our batting house in order, we should not be too comfortable with the bowlers too. Theres not much to fall back on should (God forbid) one of the two A's get injured. Umar Gul and Danesh Kaneria were well below par. We have heard so much about Muhammad Irfan. Would've been a good idea to have taken him along and tried him atleast in the side matches. From that height surely he should be able to cause some problems.

    Imran Farhat was once a great prospect and it was his temparament more than his technique which was suspect. It does look like he has realized it and for the moment the opening combination should not be tampered with.

    All in all, I think the coaching team has had a positive impact. These three are heroes to the players. Intikhab Alam (with all due respect) I always felt was more a mascot than a coach. The PCB had a liking for him because he was there when Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 but we all know who was calling the shots then.

  • ASIF JAVAID on July 26, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Well done Pakistan Team CONGRATULATION TO U WE WILL BE VERY HAPPY WHEN U WILL FIGHT U LOSE OR WIN NO MATTER BUT U HAVE TO FIGHT WE WILL BE MORE HAPPY WHEN U WILL INCLUDE M YOUSAF IN TIME HE IS A BEST CRICKTER AND AMBESSIDER OF ISLAM ALLAH APP KO BHE TOUFIQ DAY AMEEN

  • aj on July 26, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Salam,

    We have to let these guys play for a little while now ande not jump on their backs the next time they fail. Lay off the akmals and farhat as farhat especially has delivered the goods recently and nobody was complaining about umars batting in NZ and Aus . Umar Amin can not be dropped as he is the fifth bowler ahead of malik. Malik is the biggest single waste of space and I think should be replaced (with anyone). After all it was only a week ago where he was pissing around in training. Also I felt afridi would keep an eye on Malik but now that Afridi has left it could lead Malik to restart his dirty work.

    Obviously the bowling is good but Kaneria needs to pull his finger out vs England otherwise ajmal should be given an extended run.

    All the best boys,

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on July 26, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Pls do a favour to Pakistani Cricetk, do not even think of getting YK & MY into the current Pakistani team. I know they have done wonders but their time is over now. So say NO to them. Get rid of S Malik who does not deserve a place in the team. Include two more raw talented young fast bolewers so that they can benefit from the exp of W Younis. They dont have to play matches but include them in touring parties so that they can be ready when required. Fawad Alam deserves a chance, he has the skill, temperament & the technique. So pls replace Malik with him and play the entire series against England without changing any team combination. Just think, these new batsman like Azhar & Amin if they can show patainnce in these testing conditions, then on batting friendly tracks they will do wonders. U Akmal needs to get in his head that a few good performances dont make him a star. We will do wonders with the current team if common sense prevails and Mr. I Butt does stops interfearing

  • medrar on July 26, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    TWO THINGS WERE THE MAIN CONTRIBUTERS TO PAKISTAN WIN.1ST DECISION OF PONTING TO BAT FIRST AFTER WINING TOSS, WHICH TOTALY BACK FIRED.2ND WATSON DROPED FARHAT IN START OF 2ND INNING. AND THEN IT WAS THE MOST OUT OF FORM AUSSE BATTING AND BALLING UNDER ENGLISH CONITIONS WHICH GAVE PAKISTAN A LUCKY WIN. FURTHER AZHAR ALI TO ME IS A COPY OF IJAZ AHMED. YET TO SEE HOW HE PLAYS IN THE AIR. IJAZ WAS NOT LESS THEN A WOOD CHOPPER. HOPE HE DOES NOT FOLLOW IJAZ FOOT STEPS.

  • OnlyKhan on July 26, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Congrats to all of cricker lovers...i hink Yasir Hameed should come in and Abdul Razzaq as a alround als Danish Kaniria should replace with Saeed Jmal or Abdul Rahman. Shoiab should out & Umar Akmal should play one down.

  • Maaz on July 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    We should be gratful to Afridi for being honest and walking out on a job that was forced upon him and that he himself knew he was ill-suited for.

    We do NOT need the tempremental old war horses like Yousuf and Younis. History has shown that they have a tendency to put their personal ambitions and egos before the interest of the national side. Good riddance to both them! While they might be great players they have, like we witnessed in Australia, a bad habit of damaging the team spirit which results in sporting disasters.

    We do not need selfish individuals but a enthusiastic and united team united . In the 25 year old Butt we have the makings of a captain who places the interest of the team ahead of himself. Finally after years of self-centred players squabbling amongst each other I see a ray of hope for Pakistan's national side.

  • Afeef on July 26, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Ah Bowling yes i do agree that we have good bowlers but we cannot say them world class bowlers they have the ability to trouble a batting line up but not the ability get a batting line up chocked, the living example is the recent test match in which a tail ender streched the lead to 150 runs. Another worry is our trembling batting line up a batting line which losses 7 wickets in pursuit of 150 runs and further to our dismay loses 4 midlle order wickets in chase of mere 40 runs, the situation is alarming not a mattere for celebrating, we need experience in our batting line up.

  • Jaber Malik on July 26, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    It is just too emotional by some people calling back Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousaf. Yousaf is an excellent player but resigns too often and really Pakistan should move on. Younis is a waste of time. I really feel he only was there as nobody else was available. He just laughs when he gets out and has never been successful under pressure. He should not be even considered. Pakistan really dont need them and should move on. We DEFINITELY need to forget Shoaib Malik The man has no class, has not got a clue regarding pacing the innings or protecting the tail enders. If we are not careful and keep on giving him a chance he may start his politics again and destroy the team's morale. He just do not have ant talent or brains. Azhar Ali is good and I feel Umar Amin with a bit of coaching can come around. The team is good we need some perseverance and patience with the present team BUT DEFINITELY MINUS SHOAIB MALIK.

  • JC Moola on July 26, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Need to know the new tampering techniques... The last one was chewing the leather by Afridi

  • omer sheikh on July 26, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Surely this is the most potent and lethal bowling attack after that era of wasim and waqar, but credit must be given to waqar younis as well to get these new guns straightaway on the track !

  • Alam Khan on July 26, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Dear pakis congrats to all, Pakistan always create a Drama and hope will be continue for the next month too, we definately need someone (Younis / Yousaf)Younis will be good to empower our middle order and our bowlers are the real stars and they have the capability to beat any team as our strength is always bowling but guys just think if include both Younis and Yousaf to this squad and they all agree to play for Pakistan only just think who can beat us only our bad luck.

  • Vishwa on July 26, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I wonder where is Cricket Australia is heading to. They can’t manage to defeat Pakistan, how will they fair against more professional teams?

  • qislam on July 26, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Here are couple of comments from above. "We need Fuad Alam along with Yous khan to strength the middle order-wasim". How did Kamran Akmal become a much better wicket keeper under this captain? Because he did not want to see australian out in the sydney test. One match performance out of last 10, should not give Imran Farhat a position as opener. There are much better opener available. No one knew Azahr Ali will play so well in his first test, but his name came many times before. "What is Malik doing there?". He helped Butt to place field as the new captain did not know the best field placing like ponting. My prediction, Malik may not be dropped although 90% of the commentators want him out. Fuad Alam could be in but Yunus will not, as both Ejaj Butt and captain Butt will not welcome him. If Pak wants to win against England, they will need a much better team than the one they had for Australia. You need 5 dependable batsmen. How many you have now, one or two?

  • googly on July 26, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    I think that Yasir Hameed deserved a place over Azhar Ali, Umar Amin has good technique but may not be ready for the concentration levels test cricket requires. Has any one heard of the SUI player Zaffar Khokhar, he averages 51 over two seasons with them! get him in anyone?

  • TARIQ K SAMI on July 26, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    SHAHID AFRIDI MUST BE IN THE TEAM; REMEMBER THOSE 40 RUNS THAT LOOKED LIKE A MOUNTAIN WILL BE DEMOLISED LIKE A MOLEHILL. KANARIA : HE HAS THE BEST BOWLING STRIKE RATE (THE WORST IS INTIKHAB ALAM AND NOT ABDUL QADIR AS SOME MENTIONED). MOHAMMAD SAMI: HE CONSISTENTLY BOWLS AT 140KM/HR. DONT BLAME THE BOWLERS IF SOME LAZY FIELDER DROP HIS CATCHES. HAS ANY ONE CALCULATED HOW MANY OF HIS CATCHES WERE DROPPED IN EVERY GAME. ENGLISH CONDITIONS WILL HELP HIM. WE MUST PLAY 4 PACEMEN.

  • salma on July 25, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Pakistan bowlers bowled very well in these two matches, but to call them the best bowling attack in the world, they need to be among the top 10 bowlers on ICC rankings. UMAR GUL, you need to work hard and be among the top ten consistently. INDIA, which is said to have top batting line up in the world, does at all times have at least 3 batsmen in top 10 list of rankings by ICC. OUR MOST SENIOR BATSMAN SHOAIB IS AT NO. 50 IN TEST BATSMEN RANKINGS. I LOVE THIS GUY BECAUSE HIS INCLUSION IN THE TEAM REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF OUR CULTURE

  • aqeel on July 25, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Younus being victimised, he is a real team player and still 32.. Shoib Malik still playing the most accused player during the whole episode..... Amir came into the team during Younus captaincy and he is really stating rebuilding process....

  • Wasim on July 25, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Good post Kamran. Our bowlers won us this test and batsmen almost gave it away. We need Fawad Alam along with Yunis Khan to strenghten the middle order. And I refuse to belive that in the whole of Pakistan we do not have a better openner than Imran Farhat. Yes, he accidenatly made a decent contribution against an un-aussie like bowling attack(surprisingly) which by the way not gonna happen again but he is definitly not the answar for Pakistan's opening issues. PLease keep Imran Farhat fater-law out of selection commitee for the sake of Pakistan cricket.

  • Imran M on July 25, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Younis Khan is out of the team becoz he challenged his ban and unfair treatment by Ijaz Butt and not due to lack of ability.All the experts and top players know that he should be a permanent fixture in the Test side. Those who talk about persisting with youth forget Fawad Alams situation,he did well but why wasn't he persisted with.I think he's probably gonna be a better Test player than all the youngsters once he gets a fair run,if only his name was Farhat or Malik,he would always get reselected.This is the Pakistan team & not the Punjabi club so lets pick players fairly. The batting still stinks & lets see how Farhat performs rest of the tour, luck boy Farhat with the dropped catch. Its funny how these same guys Malik,Butt,Afridi,Akmals didn't show the same passion under the previous captains. Dirty politics should never be rewarded,its perpetual and these same guys will round on Butt too. Check out Younis's batting average in last Aus/Eng away series if you question his ability.

  • BE AFRAIDI,B VERY AFRAIDI on July 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT DEFEATING OZZIES?= 1st of all pakis were lucky to win last match, when actually pakistan should haf crushed aussies by an innings defeat when they got "em all out for 88, n also in d 1st test,when 200 was required to win d match and 5 wickets were left afridi and kamran akmal with tailenders should hafe tried to win or atleast they should lost with little different but, for that u should haf NEVER SAY DIE attitude of aussies so many stupid paki fans r happy by winning this test,if u wanna b world num 1 team u have to play like 1, AND LOOSE THE HABIT OF BECOMING "DHILLA" WHENEVA D MATCH IS IN UR GRIP B4 PAKISTAN WAS UNPREDICTABLE BECAUSE THEY WON MATCHES FROM D JAWS OF DEFEAT,BUT SINCE INZY LEFT PAKISTAN HAS BECOME MORE UNPREDICTABLE FROM LOOSING D MATCH 4M D JAWS OF DEFEAT credit should also b gien to waqar n ejaz to bringing in confidence this inexperienced side bowlers performed cuz there wasnt afridi @ every ball to eat brain of bowlers

  • DesiHungama on July 25, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    We need to bring Yousaf/Younis back. Have Yousaf bat with Azhar to teach the art of run scoring and use of wrist and let Azhar learn it first hand the class and style goes in making those shots. Let Younis guide young Amin on how to counter read match situations and exhibit the patience requires to play long innings. When Butt (Captain) sees enough progress with the lads, let other Butthead (The Chief) hold one last Test match series in the honor of these Greats to retire the 2 legends of Pak Cricket as that will be the first also.

  • fhs on July 25, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Agreed with Badr --100%. Congrats on the team win though!!!

  • Asad on July 25, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Much has been said and written about the wonders of Pakistan’s pace bowling prowess. This team has a lot of promise but lets be realistic and don’t look too far ahead. The elephant in the room still is Pakistan’s frail and inexperienced batting lineup in the tour. We must not forget that in the absence of the two Ys we will always struggle to score 300 on any track. Azhar Ali looks to have a good temperament but we desperately need Younis. Yousuf also wants to comeback but he is too political and will destroy the team spirit. Fawwad Alam is another player who has the temperament to play long innings. You do not need stroke-players in Test cricket. Dravid, Katich, Chanderpaul all slowly build their innings. The young batting line-up should be built around Younis just like it was Miandad and Inzi in the past 2 or 3 decades. This bowling attack is lethal in seamer-friendly conditions like in Headingley but most pitches around the world are flat tracks where these 3 will not be as effectiv

  • Ali on July 25, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Afridi must be kicking himself for quitting as I think the team would have won even with (despite?) him. I am sure we will win 4-0 against Eng with this kind of bowling!

  • Changaiz on July 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I think we really need the 2Ys back for the four coming test matches and you can easily exclude Malik and Amin (only because he needs time) .About this thinking I have always been confused that bring new players in, but what about winning you go in a game to play and win not plan to win games after 5 yes watt if after 5yrs other team gets some1 like Aamir or Akram and your batting still can't win. Please play to win today and not after 5yrs.

  • saggs on July 25, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I am Indian fan who is also a fan of pakistani fast bowlers right from the days of Akram,Waqar to Asif and Aamer,yet it is too early to comment on this pakistani batting side they don't have the temprament of Younis and Yousuf they struggled to chase a modest total of 180 in second innings against a not so good bowling lineup of current Aussie team,giving away wickets to partime bowlers like watson and north shows how vulnerable they are.Also let the guys play don't make a big deal out of this game and make them heroes typical subcontinent style.A India Pakistan series would be good but if they play in England it might favour pakistan due to their bowling :-)

  • Changaiz on July 25, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    I think we really need the 2Ys back for the four coming test matches and you can easily exclude Malik and Amin (only because he needs time) .About this thinking I have always been confused that bring new players in, but what about winning you go in a game to play and win not plan to win games after 5 yes watt if after 5yrs other team gets some1 like Aamir or Akram and your batting still can't win. Please play to win today and not after 5yrs.

  • Waleed..x on July 25, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Can anyone tell me what is Shoaib malik, Imran Farhat and Danish Kaneria doing in the squad. I would say Malik's role isn't defined yet. He's a senior batsman in the team he should have batted at number 3, or 4 rather than scared of facing the new cherry. Malik doesn't deserve a test cap anymore.. In ODI's make sense but not that much. In place of shoaib malik we can bring in Asim kamal, who has tremendous tempratment and technique. In first class cricket Azhar Ali likes to bat as an opener. I would rather give him the chance to open with salman Butt, and Yasir Hameed and number 3, because he's experienced and playes well at this spot. Salman Butt Azhar Ali Yasir Hameed Umar Amin Umar Akmal Asim Kamal Kamran Akmal Mohammad Amir Saeed Ajmal Umar Gul Mohammad Asif.

    As far as ODI's goes i would like to see this team in the gound: Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Yasir Hameed Umar Umin Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq Saeed Ajmal Mohammad Amir Umar Gul Mohd Asif

  • kasim on July 25, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Typical - we won a low scoring match!

    If we cant bat and make 400+ in each innings England will destroy us.

    Ijaz Butt - please retire for the sake of the country!

  • umair on July 25, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    dont be too optimitic the real test begins now,it was pakistani bowling that won the match for pakistan, all the bowlers played their part including kaneria,especially mohammad aamir,pakistani batting is stil the biggest worry, england has a better bowling attack at the moment than australia,salman is merely lucky to win this match thank to his bowlers.

  • tawqeer on July 25, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Afridi, Razak,Malik,Akhter and Ajaml for shorter formate and azhar,Yousf,Younis, Asif and Kaneria for longer formate. Rest will remain the same.Back up players have to be Yasir,Sami,Fawad and Shazad and i dnt know what happened to Yasir Arfat, Rao Iftikar and Nasir Jasmheed. These three should also be in the back up.

  • Nabeel Khalid on July 25, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    well I don't agree with the mates above that Pakistan team requires younis or yousef any more, as they had being given enough in the past and both proved themselves to be power/dominance maniacs rather then anything else, except for very few inning both had played out of character most of their scoring innings came against weaker opponents or good batting conditions. So I guess Pakistan should bury the past and carry on with these youngsters as Pakistan has plenty of talent all over the country all we need is merit and system to applaud our young lads like azhar and amin, for heaven sake fifty on your debut tour in england against Australia? The young guns surely deserve a chance... best of luck to the team to the team for the upcoming series against England

  • jagdish on July 25, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Congrats to pakistan,this is the best bowling attack in the world right now which can penetrate through any batting line up but the only major problem with pakistan is their batting which doesnot posses any menace and talented players like umar akmal keeping thier wits at home and coming to bat,if pakistanis get their batting line up right they would beat any team without a doubt.

  • Azhar on July 25, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Pakistan,s bowling is good as always.Batsmen tried hard to loose this match again but Australia,s bowling is not as good as we have seen in the past.Bollinger was awful and out of touch.English bowling attack is very good.Bowlers can not win the matches every time.Batting is still a problem for Pakistan.What is Malik,s role in Pakistani team.Why is he still in the team.If they don't want Younis, the why is he in the team.he was also part of the problem.Is Younis being punished because he is not from Lahore or Punjab

  • Farhan on July 25, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Nice dawn. Still there are much to improve. One win is nothing but a start. The batting line up is still very fragile. We need somebody like Younis & Yousuf. With a line up like : 1. Butt 2. Farhat 3. Azhar 4. Younis 5. Yousuf 6. Younger Akmal 7. Bigger Akmal 8. Aamer 9. Gul 10. Danish 11. Asif, they'll be difficult to be beaten anywhere in the world. But politics should be out from the dressing room. Nothing can be more desired than unity in the team. However, Boom Boom should take care of the shorter version games with the likes of Razzaq, Malik and Akhter. Nobody but Boom Boom can handle the conflicts among them.

  • Imran M on July 25, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Congratulations to the bowlers and Salman Butt. We won because we bowled first in good conditions and the bowlers were fantastic.What about when we bat first,this team doesn't look like it can score more than 300 runs (250 or thereabouts really). The tailenders can't bat at all, i think they better improve their batting,look at how committed M Amir is in his batting,its an area we have to improve in. Why are Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal batting below the debutants,if they are both so good why come in late,esp Malik,what makes him so special to be in the team and come in at number 6, that is usually the allrounders position,he can't bat or bowl. The Younis Khan haters must be stupid, he's the only one who played for the team,and scored a triple century last year but he's kicked out while rubbish like Farhat,Malik are still playing.Bring back Fawad Alam too. The new boys are ok, but they don't look able to score runs,Azhar Ali has very limited strokeplay, not a century maker.

  • M. Aslam on July 25, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Good win, however let's not get carried away... we have problems to think about. I am still worried about Farhat as an opener... shoaib malik as much as i Like him or did like him before his political side came in to the side, has to be dropped... guys this is test match cricket nt ODI, u need skill and temperament.... to play long innings with fielders in ur face all the time, shoaib malik is nt gud enough.

    I am still unsure if we should bring back the 2 Y's... but they will certainly improve us as a unit bt on the other hand might mess up the good spirit... bt against England we do need to beef up the middle order, even at expense of umar amin, who looks a gifted player.... persist with azhar, hopefully the 30's n .40's will become 60's n 80's n so on...

    guys stop slating umar Akmal.... young guy, potential world beater & we r on his case already, Hw many test have we player oj the last 3 years n his gt a gud average in tests... his a young guy who will deliver

    Kamran Akmar

  • Badar on July 25, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Congrats to Pak on the win but honestly it was more of a loss for the Aussies than a win for Pak. The team won only because they shot out the Aussies for 88 in the 1st innings which they hadn't done in over 50 years otherwise it would be a repeat of the last 13 tests. Imagine if the Aussies had gotten a lead of say another 20 odd runs, the batsmen had done their level best to lose this game as well and wasted all the hard work done by their bowlers. In all honesty, Pak should have scored over 400 in their first innings and shut the door on Australia right then and there. Any other team would do just that but Pakistan. Look at the way how SL beat India at Galle, that's called a comprehensive beating. Unfortunately in the current team we don't have a single batsman who can occupy the crease and play a long innings. We don't want batsmen who score 20s, 30s and an odd 50 here n there. Don't dance on a single win and bring back our backbones, the 2 Ys and kick out Mailk, and the 2 Umars.

  • Girsha on July 25, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Congrats to pak team,,, but a special mention abt Shahid Afridi who realised his credentials and left the test squad. but in the mean time he has gelled the team and thats showing off...

  • xishan on July 25, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I think Yousuf and Yousuf are the need of time. We should not sacrifice both Y's for political or personal favourism. for God Sake say goodbye to Shoaib Malik(the most underperforming player at crucial times). Further we shoul give enough chances to emerging youngsters and should show our patience to them.

  • Rija Zaidi on July 25, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Not many people realize that Pakistan won three out of four matches played aganist the just concluded series against Australia. They won T20 series 2-0 and then tied test series 1-1. Truly fantastic turn around !!!!

  • Wazirabadi on July 25, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Enjoyed the 2nd Test match, as usual Pak were close to making a hash of it. Hats off to Australia for putting up a great fight. What a fight back, you have to admire them and learn from them. Imran Khan alway ranked their domastic circuit as one of the best. To me they are still #1. They play their circket on real pitches unlike India who crank up score playing on batsman friendly pitches.

  • Indian fan on July 25, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Absolutely current pakistan pace attack is best in the world.young amir is very good with experience of gul is very handy.i hav doubt of asif not of his bowling but his off the field activities bcz his past is against him.but todays pak attack is very best.

  • Umair on July 25, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan for such a big victory. Overcoming Australia after 15 years in test is indeed an occasion to rejoice. And very rightly said "Pakistan bowling legacy lives on...". I would like to ask those who are in favor of Younis and Yousuf's return - how many matches did these "experienced" and "star" batsman win for us against Australia? We can never forget how badly we suffered against Australia during their time. I think we should concentrate more on youngsters. At least they try!

  • Waqar on July 25, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    I think we are being just too exuberant here and glossing over the innate frailties that lie in the team, including bowling department. Australia lost match only because Ponting decided to bat in the first innings. Had he decided to bowl, the story would have been totally different. The series against England will lay to rest any fancy notion of new era of Pakistan cricket that everyone from Pakistan is trumpeting.

  • Manish on July 25, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    A fantastic win for this young Pakistan team. Hats off the them for fielding such a young team against mighty Australia I think this team will bring back the golden era of cricket back to Asian Sub continent. Indeed bowlers played the lead in this game but all n all it was a fantastic team effort lead by a selfless - down to earth captain. I am sure more success lies in future for this team. Cheers

  • Qaiser on July 25, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Congratulations to all the Pakistan cricket supporters and nation on brilliant victory over Australia.We should learn some lessons from Australian cricket team that they dont give it up till the last run.Our bowlers done excellent work in this series and made it up for oue batsmen as well.I think Mr Kaneria is a burden on the team and i request to selectors replace him with Saeed Ajmal/Abdur Rehman who are quality world class off spinners. He is a world class batsman.We do need to strenthen our middle order for Test cricket.

    Test team One Day / T20

    1- Salman Butt 1- Salman Butt 2- I.Nazir 2- Imran Farhat 3- U.akmal 3- Azhar Ali 4- M.yousaf 4- Younas Khan 5- U.amin 5- M.Yousaf 6- S.Afridi 6- U.akmal 7- K.akmal 7- K.akmal 8- M.amer 8- M.Amar 9- U.Gull 9- U.Gull 10- S.Ajmal 10- Ajmal/Rehman 11- M.Asif 11- M.Asif

  • Zafar Ahmed on July 25, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Well done our young guns in beating the Australian in 2nd test,thanks to our bowling strength which is at par with any world class bowlers, however the weakest link is our fragile batting and one must seriuosly look to strength it. The meager performance given by the Akmal brothers is pathetic and looks to be that they have some other plans with Shoib Malik for the captainship.... I may be wrong but we have to fasten our seat belts for any intrigue & politics in the team & PCB.Salman Butt is the only dependable batsman and with the present form Shoib Malik doesn't deserve to in the team .

  • Abdul Hafeez Khan on July 25, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Well done Pakistan but the fact remains we are still struggling with brittle and unrelaible batting line-up. I see no harm in bringing back Mohammad Yousaf and Younis Khan in the interim as it were until we have found and groomed some talented young batters.

  • Jamal Khan on July 25, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Umar Gul is a great bowler, i think the best bowler in T20 but a big liability in Test Cricket. He should not be a part of the test squad. It was so simple, please put the ball full and he was unable to do that. He tried after pitching short ball after short ball and when he tried to ball full length, he bowled over pitch balls. This is not the first time i have seen him again and again bowling short. It makes no sense because playing short ball is the easiest ball for even tail enders because first they have long time to negotiate it and hit it to boundry, the ball is harmless and most of the time, it is either on leg or middle leg which is not attacking the wicket, so batsman can attack the ball. It is shame how well Mohammad Sami bowled in Sydney, much faster and better but we lost that match and never brought Sami back. He should be a part of test squad, not Umar Gul. Gul is best in T20 and lets keep him where his strength is. AFter all Tait is the fastest bowler and he plays T20.

  • Jibran T. Siddqui on July 25, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Pakistani bowling attack is undoubtedly a nightmare for any team. Besides the pacers, the deadly Danesh Kaneria also strengthens the team with his spin varieties. Now, the batting needs to be improved, we need legendary batsmen now, I see the spark in Umer Akmal. I would repeat what Usman said above, that it wasnt a professional win but a talented win.

  • Whitemonk on July 25, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. Trust me, many test cricket lovers from India were eagerly supporting Pakistan! Oh the nightmares of Sydney... India too has gone through that. Well done once again and I hope Aamer's star keep rising.

  • Waseem on July 25, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Young Akmal n Malik should be droped and Yousaf or Younis who ever comes in should take responsibility to bat at number 3 and send Azhar Ali at 4,5.

  • khansahab on legslip on July 25, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    This victory opens a new chapter in Pakistan cricket. A new captain, relatively new team management and some exciting new players are the stars of this new chapter. Shahid Afridi has left the stage and has also indirectly suggested to Shoaib Malik to retire from Tests. Afridi’s decision has resulted in diverse reactions, but his leadership has fuelled a unique spirit in these players.

  • tawqeer on July 25, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Yes definitely this was a historical win to break the shackles. Pak has finally found a good test captain. Bowling has never been a problem but this time around it was too good to even cover for the week batting. Having said that the 6o+ by Imran Frahat and 50 by Azhar in the second innings under really testing conditions gives lot of hope. I hope Farhat shows the same temperament in the games to come. Yes Malik should follow the path of Afridi and play only limited overs cricket. We need two Ys back and Amin is still very yound and needs to be given sometime to play at highest level. 1. Salman Butt(C) 2. Imran Farhat 3. Azhar Ali 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5 Younis Khan 6. Umar Akmal 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammed Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal/Kaneria(depends) 11. Mohammed Asif About Umar Akam, he is a gifted players someone who can become next Javed or Inzi but he need some guidance from seniors. Yasir Hameed has to be the first option on the bench.

  • tariq saeed on July 25, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    well done, pakistan!! yet again, pakistan have shown that they are the most talented and exciting team in the world. all they need now is the return of younis and yousaf to fortify the batting and make it a formidable side. God bless pakistan cricket!

  • Abid on July 25, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    This win does not mean Pakistan should forgive senior players. There is no match of experience, It can be seen very clearly that Pakistan Batting failed in both tests. So forgetting Yousaf and Younis means more collapse in batting. There will be no ponting to win the toss and choose to bat first on seeming pitch.

    This win is just came by extremely good balling and luck. Not more than that.

  • Anas on July 25, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    I just hope they don't call up Mohammed Yousuf and Younis Khan, they are dirty players and had done enough to damage pakistan'sposition in the history. Their fighting within the team members had let the nation down. I hope PCB never bring those traitors in the current squad, ever.

  • M KHAN FROM LONDON on July 25, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE KNOCKING KANERIA

    There are only 3 pakistanis that have taken more wickets than him.

    He has a similar strike rate to Harbhajan and Kumble and Saqlain (and better than Qadir.

    He can get through a million overs a day which saves our fast bowlers on tough pitches.

  • Holmes on July 25, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Don't ever bring back Younis and Yousuf. I can guarantee that if they had played this second test, Pak would have lost. They probably would have been all out for 125 or so.. Just keep in mind that if Younis and Yousuf were that great, how come Pak has been losing to Aussies since 1995. Were'nt those two playing in most of those games?

    Don't forget the contribution of 67 from Imran Farhat out of the 180 runs needed and of course the 51 from Azhar Ali who came out of nowhere. Those 67 runs were equal to about 5 century innings because they were made under an intense pressure chasing fourth innings.

    I think the Pak team needs youth and their courage rather than experience and rust.

    As for the Aussies, i think Ponting must go soon as well. He scores once out of 10 times and thats not good enough.

    Good luck to Pakistan and i'm glad they have overcome their inferiority complex against Australia.

  • Mustafa on July 25, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    I dont't agree that umar akmal does not have the temperament to play test innings, he must be allowed a free hand to play his natural game rather than concentrating on changing his natural ability, look at the way sehwag plays - no one teaches him to change his natural game, same goes for Gilchrist and so on.

  • khizar hayat on July 25, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Qadir played his last match at the age of 38 Sarfraz played his last match at the age of 36

    yet they are opposed to the inclusion of Younis Khan who's 32 on the pretext that he's too old!!! what nonsense????????

  • khalid kalyar on July 25, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    awesome performance by bowlers they need to learn how to bowl out the tail enders quickly and i m sure waqar will tell them yorker bowling hope they will at least win 2 tests of the 4 against england or at least lose by 2-1 instead of 4-0 all the best pakistan team jeo pakistanis

  • Burhan on July 25, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Isn't it fitting that the bowlers score the winning runs!

  • M KHAN FROM LONDON on July 25, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    SEE ABOVE FOR TEST TEAM I HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR, FOR MONTHS!

    NOW THAT AFRIDI HAS RETIRED (I AM GUTTED!!!!)THE ONLY CHANGE I WOULD MAKE IS BRING IN AZHAR ALI TO REPLACE AFRIDI!

  • M KHAN FROM LONDON on July 25, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    S BUTT- Of all the useless players he's the best, has centuries against Australia. FARHAT/MALIK/ALAM - Farhat, useless, but is there anyone better? -Malik, if he wants this spot, but he shouldn’t open his mouth - Alam, allegedly the second best young batsman in Pakistan, if in, give him a clear run of 10 matches)!) Y KHAN -Should have remained captain - now ignore captaincy M YOUSUF - Leader off the field, definitely not on the field U AKMAL - The future S AFRIDI - Captain on the pitch (should remain humble off the pitch) excellent cricketing brain, excellent spinner, has aggression, extra bowler, can change game with bat, Kaneria will bowl better K AKMAL - What idiot dropped him, he just needs some help to work out why he was making drops - loss of concentration - too much pressure? U GUL - Reverse swing M AAMER - It’s about time a new Wasim came along, improve your batting M ASIF -You’re good but not that good to be arrogant D KANERIA - Under rated, needs to be used better

  • A Humayun on July 25, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    There is no doubt that our bowlers alone have done it finally. In contrast our batsmen have tried their best to lose again from a winning position. Will ur batsmen ever learn to bat sensibly, barring odd ones, or they will remain our stars without any credible crickrting performance in tests.

  • Avais on July 25, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    This was indeed a welcome victory for the Pakistan side and even more so for the fans... indeed its the bowlers again that have made this win possible by their superb bowling in the first innings.. but I thought that Australia should not have been allowed to get away they did in the 2nd innings with Smith and Co disptaching the bowlers for a hundred odd runs... had it not been for these runs, Pakistan would have been home the previous evening... Pakistan bowlers tried everything except the yorker, the slower ball or even Umar Amin.. in such situations the Captain just needs to take a step back, slow down the tempo of the game and try something different... in the end 40 runs almost proved to be too much.... with 7 wickets in hand the likes of India and Srilanka would have gone on the offensive and there were plenty of balls on the last morning which the likes of Malik and Akmal would, against any other side or on any other day, dispatch to boundary...

  • Bhutoo on July 25, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Kamran...your writing is as annoying as listening to Rameez Raja talk.

  • usman on July 25, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    I really appreciate this talented win however, this wasn't a professional win. Our Pakistani culture is absolute non processional. Civil society, military or cricket players, we will always succeed if we showed unity, faith & discipline. If we didn't then we will always be praying for a miracle.

  • dan on July 25, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Well congrat to pak for win but considering victory was very much reward of appointing Waqar as a coach, it was a relief. Let the guy work his magic arround to reverse the fortunes of pakistan team. Fast bowling looks good, Batting for test matches is a BIG worry (every player in Pak team is stroke player and can not switch to test match temparament). Biggest score they can chase and make is 250. Anything above is an issue with pak team. Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik needs to understand their positions in the team. Umar Akmal has so much talent but no patience. Shoaib Malik seems to intentionally throw away his wicket to make team lose so he can achieve something (his loyality is very much questionable). Younis and Yosuf both are good players but getting too old and out of practice. They need to understand their responsibility and help Pakistan build a strong team instead of fighting and bringing in their personal issues. Slow bowling from Kaneria is not impressive.

  • H.Malik on July 25, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Well said , when the batsmen felled like ten pins and when even a single run scoring was a nightmarish dream of Akmals , it was the fantastic cover drive by a Bowler having a non striker end a Bowler too , that sealed the victory , So YES a True Legacy of Waqar but most likely of WASIM and IMRAN swinging and scoring fours , was the hall mark of this Victory . A New Captin Like wining his first match against Kangroos where the mighty Australians fell for not for a single Fat Lady ( 80 in first innings then ) but not for two Fat Ladies (88 in the first innings ) The young YOYOS are on this up and English Men must take cover of English weather now , only that can save them from these YOYOS in the up swing .....

  • BaadaL on July 25, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    No negative comments from our Indian fellas today. I wonder why lol

  • ali on July 25, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    atlast we won a game and we deserve to win that game.i want to raise a point here that there would have been better umpiring pakistan could have won the match too early and perhaps with a big margin.very bad umpiring.ricky ponting was plumb lbw of aamer first ball.i dont think so we need younis and yousaf back,we can call back zaheer abbas,asif iqbal,javed miandad or even haneef mohammed.we need to support our young team and we will.some how they will get experience with the time..

  • Mazhar Nasim Abbasi on July 25, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan, great start for Butt, good effort from such a young and inexperienced lot, if i was to ponder return of MY or YK for future i would not bother, our greens have never been short of talent, what we always lacked is descipline, learn from the best team in the world and their system, let all your MYs and MYs and even Shoaibs toil on domestic level and prove they deserve another chance, my slogan is BOOM BOOM in T20s, BUTT BUTT in tests and both in ODIs

  • ali on July 25, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Pakistan need to get rid off Fahrat & Shoaib Malik, they have done nothing for a long time.

  • Farhan on July 25, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    While Younis seems to have lost touch, Yousuf must be brought back. Also Yasir Hameed deserves a chance. Sifarshi Malik and Farhat should be kicked out.

  • nasser imran chowdhury on July 25, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    kamran thanks for your nice article.keep writing such articles.

  • Lateef on July 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    A great victory, specially after Afridi's shocker. Salman did very well in his first test as a captain. He looked mature on and off the field. He sounded confident and seemed like he knew what is required from him and his team to become successful again. We need to be patient with youngsters and keep them playing. Don't need to go back to the same road which we have already travelled. Younis and yousaf are great but it's time to move on. We do have experience in the middle only if they decide to utilize it. Kamran and Shoaib need to bat before Azhar Ali and Umar Amin and that is the only change we need.

    Congrats guys! keep up the good work.

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on July 25, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Good job by Pakistan. But we should make sure that these bowlers stay fit. If we rely too much on these bowlers and expect them to get other team out under 100 every time then they will get injured and we will lose them.

    Important thing is balance which comes with strengthing the batsmen temprament and technique how to leave good balls.

    I do hope that our senior batsmen dont come back and we play with young players with no politics and give spirited match to england and in future.

  • Hasan Siftain Cheema on July 25, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Congratulationzz to whole pakistan on this win.. i think this is the best moment of pak cricket after June 21 2009.

    Wish you all the best in future..

    i think we need a solid batsman with good technich on no. 6.. shoaib is not a test player...

  • Yousuf Zaman on July 25, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Sorry I do not agree, in last few years this is the only second time that We have taken all 20 wickets in a match. When playing on sporting wickets in Australia,New Zealand and England,a good bowling team must bowled out the batting side in maximum 90 overs.while playing in Subcontinent and Caribbean ,the target should be 125 overs. This is a just above average bowling side ,who has done well in this week. To become better or world beater bowling side ,We must have one tearaway express fast bowler and a world class spinner like Kumble,Vettori ,Saqlain,Murli.

    Kaneria and Ajmal does not belong to that league .

  • Asif Hafeez on July 25, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    I think we seriously need to re-think our batting line up. I think Umer Akmal should be dropped. He has had enough chances for now. He is quickly turning into a second Afridi. One who can't control himself. Fawad Alam should be given a chance in his place. He is a better test batsman. Umer Amin is a solid batsman and if you ask me his batting Technique is much better than Azhar and Farhat. But Azhar Ali has got very good temperament. No Rash shots.Don't like Shoaib malik's presence. Sooner or later he'll start what he is famous for 'internal politics'. We can give yasir Hameed a chance in his place.

    Bowling seems quite good. We might wanna try Saeed Ajmal if kineria doesn't perform in future.

    Butt Captaincy seemed shaky at certain points. There were many times in the game when we were all yelling "why oh why doesn't he have a third slip for the new batsman". But overall he seems a reasonable and now confidant man. Plus it's nice to hear your captain talk and make sense for once :).

  • waterbuffalo on July 25, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    when we were robbed at Hobart, 126-5, then they chased down 376, and after Sydney in January, I thought Pakistan would never beat Australia. That they did it with so many young players is astounding, that being said, get rid of shoaib malik and bring back Yousuf and Younis, let Salman Butt remain as captain, anyone who beats Australia in his first test as captain deserves to be captain for ten years, and well done to umar amin, a partnership breaker, the man with the golden arm, also, we should rest aamer for the ODI's, the last thing we want is a stress fracture, but I have faith in Waqar Younis, he will know how to protect his bowlers.

  • hammad on July 25, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    i will indeed add nothing but my proposal for muhammad yousaf in place of malik and injection of saeed ajmal instead of kaneria . kaneria has become too lethargic in the field and he seems out of ideas as soon as he is clubbed over for runs. i know every bowler does that but he is ever too negative bodied and lethargic. we can smell a fresh air with ajmal.

  • amin74 on July 25, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I agree with @Nadia... Salman Butt seems to be a lot more thoughtful, cerebral and has better communication skills then his recent predecessors, i.e. Afridi, MoYo, Younis and Malik. He definately has my vote as the test captain. Also, I am not sure if there is a need to bring back MoYo or Younis to the test team against england -- while possibly stregthening the middle order, will they bring more harm to the morale and the current team chemistry? Waqar, Butt and selectors need to very careful here, to not harm the good that has come out of this team! Also, I think Malik is really not a viable selection for Tests, so we need to find his replacement. Perhaps we can give just Younis a chance, since he is already playing county cricket in England... We probably need to bring another seamer along to fill in for the one of the trio just in case one needs some resting... peace

  • sri on July 25, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Winning against Australia - whether at its best or not is no mean achievement. Keep your feet on the ground and keep working. I think the team and management needs to look at what they have rather than what they dont ("Y" duo). Move on and keep working hard, the results will take care of themselves. Openers were good, they gave good starts consistently. Azhar did a good job on debut, he will come good of age. Umar Akmal should go in after Azhar and then Amin followed by Malik and Kamran Akmal. If there is a replacement for Malik, should be done, maybe Abdul Razzaq coming in for Malik might do some good, as he is a decent allrounder. Phew. Anyway, good luck Pakistan. Grit it out.

  • RASHID HAKIM on July 25, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    CONGRATS ON A GREAT VICTORY. BIT MORE PATIENCE IS NEEDED.WE SHOULD STAY WITH THIS YOUNG GROUP AND BUILD TO WIN THE NEXT WORLD CUP, ISA. NO NEED TO RECALL YOUSEF,YOUNIS AND OTHERS.THESE IRRESPONSIBLE AND SELFFISH GUYS LET US DOWN IN AUSTRALIA AND WILL DO IT AGAIN. THE SENIORS HAVE NO CLASS. LETS PUT AN END TO THEIR OLD CURRUPT WAYS. WE THE FANS HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH

  • Faizan on July 25, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    There is no need of Sohaib Malik in the team because of a player he is not capable and secondly he is a political figure in the team. If we remove this and include Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, Pakistan can became No.1 Test team. Yasir Hameed was on bench for both the tests, he should have been given chance in place of Sohaib Malik or Umer Amin. Future can be good if we use these players with intelligence under the guidence of Javed Maindad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

  • KI on July 25, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    PAK win because Kamran didn't drop a catch. No place in PAK team for Shoaib Actor in any form of cricket.

    KI, Kuwait

  • Nomaan Baig (Los Angeles) on July 25, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Being a passionate follower of Pakistan Cricket, this day was indeed historical for me. Could you believe it, a 15 year drought against the Aussies? MAN!! I couldnt stop mentioning today's victory to family and freinds wherever i went. As they say, "winning is contageous indeed". The winning spirit of our bowling attack should and will soon rub off on our young batsmen in due time. They should be considered and be given the oppurtunity for the next 4 Tests against England. This might actually turn out to be the "Summer to Remember" for Pakistan Cricket!

    Also, great 1st win for Salman Butt but a greater achievement for Waqar Younis. As I've previously said on this board "In with the young, and out with the old".

  • Aamer on July 25, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    No doubt this was great achivement,was too hard for ricky pointing to appreciate. There is no dount about talent, But only thing create problem for Pakistan cricket is referential management with lack of cricket knowledge. Present times media made sport e.g cricket like a profession where its expects lots of research that include education , developing strong character with talent to be a true ambassader for the country and i think Pakistan need to do lots of work to make it happen. Its just the beginning.

  • Akram Paswal on July 25, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    With all due respect may I ask Kamran Abbasi not to forget that Pakistan's pace legacy did not start with Imran Khan but rather with the great Fazal Mahmood who left certain stardom in India and chose Pakistan where his future was unclear at best. RIP Fazal Mahmood sahab.

  • Usman on July 25, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Pak team could become unbeatable by the return of Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan. A line-up like this will kill every team. 1. Salman Butt(C) 2. Imran Farhat 3. Azhar Ali 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5 Younis Khan 6. Umar Akmal/Yasir Hameed 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammed Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammed Asif If U.Akmal shows irresponsible batting against England too then replace him with Yasir Hameed who has a great temparement and retain akmal for odis and t20s. Saeed Ajmal is a much better bowler than Kaneria who gives 150 runs to take 5 wickets. So who disagrees with my team ?

  • Abdul Sami on July 25, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Spot on Kamran Bhai. Umar Akmal & Shoaib Malik should come ahead of Azhar Ali & Umar Amin. There is no usage of Umar Akmal batting so low in the order and getting out without disturbing the score board. It is unwise to expose Azhar Ali & Umar Amin to the new ball despite their talents.

  • zain on July 25, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Well no doupt pakistan countinues to produce world best fast & spin bowlers, They're the inventer of reverse swing and gugooly, We love to see them in action. Well done Pak!

  • Zameer on July 25, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Butt is indeed an articulate man, he even talks to himself wihilst batting, he must remain as captain and the bad eggs like boom boom sent to the dustbin. Hail a new Pakistan under a young captain and team.

  • adnana on July 25, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    shades of Waqar and Wasim... its not the time to criti too mush but to enjoy .. lts like 20/20 win and 1992 cup win ... very emotional ... Prouid

  • Javed Zarif From Canada on July 25, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Brilliant victory for a young side. There should be no looking back. Pakistan must persist with Azhar and Amin as they offer enough promise. Salaman Butt, a bit nervy captain at the moment but will learn over time. Someone should tell the batting line to make as much as possible runs in the first innings as they have and will be nervous during the second innings. Pakistan have won matches with the help of bowling attacks and will win many more.

  • Naveed on July 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Good victory. However, I like to point out Salman's calculated responses to the media. He is good at it. Education converts a player into a good cricketer. We can bring excellent talented players from Pakistan but they won't be good cricketers. That is exactly what PCB want, groom this talent. They should learn the logic, self discipline, psychology and read the cricket literature. I agree with Majid Khan when he pointed out that PCB needs to provide some education to these youngsters. Imran Khan once said, the literature of cricket outnumbers the combined literature of all sports.

  • Shahzad Quraishi on July 25, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    haan ok i agree with u about the bowling and it will prob b much easier against England as they will not b as stubborn as Australia espicially the tail lol but still Umar Akmal and co need to at least b making enough so that we can post 350+ scores Azhar Ali looks gd and so is Amin but if i had 2 play one or the other it would b Ali but i guess this is good experience for the young squad to play in these conditions it will improve their overall game as for the WC shd b a gd test still think we can blood a few more players and bring back YK at least to strenghten middle order and so that Amin and Ali can learn a few things from them

  • Shahzad Quraishi on July 25, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    all we need 2 do now is add Mohammad Irfan to the squad then our bowling unit is complete as for the batting Azhar Ali looks good the rest im not sure Umar Akmal needs 2 the play his natural game and the im sure this performance will boost the team but against England we need 2 make bigger scores

  • Tahir Rashid on July 25, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Our bowling has always been our main strength but it is the batting that needs urgent improvement and batsmen need to turn up the ante big time. The current team is unable to post 300+ score in an innings. For sure this young team will blossom, I hope PCB won't chop and change too much as consistency is required in terms of playing eleven. Younis and Yousuf can play for another 2-3 years to bolster the batting providing no upheaval is caused with their presence.

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on July 25, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    As the wickets tumbled this morning, the game was in balance & less than 40 runs seemed like 400. Sydney and other close heart breaking losses were fresh in the mind of the players. As Kamran Akmal got out, with him went back to the pavillion hopes of a nation. As was befitting it was the bowlers, who scored the winning run to bring back victory to a side that had not won against the Aussies for over a decade. We broke down & our eyes were filled with tears of joy. The young team was jubiliant and deserved the celebration for ultimately rediscovering the technic to close the game. The next challenge is ahead against England, but the BOYZ are MEN now and with or without Younis & Yousuf they can carry the momentum of this historic victory to the next game. CONGRAGULATIONS PAKISTAN ON A WELL DESERVED WIN. BOYZ you did it & we are proud of you.

  • HellDiver on July 25, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Its great to see Pakistan win after such a long time. Unfortunately, the win papers over the cracks which might be exposed against England, namely the non-existent middle-order. At least Yousuf, if not both Younus and Yousuf should be in the team. Without them, there is little chance for Pakistan against England.

  • Imran on July 25, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    All righty boys....hold on to the drums, for God's sake, it is one match. I need to see more, before I can honestly feel good about this, I have been hurt toom many times, cried too offten. We have found ways to loose winning matches (Austrailia, T20). So, as exhilarating as this win was, we should wait till the England tour is over.... better yet, wait till we play India. I am sacred that somebody is going to put voodoo on this team.

  • Tahir Almas on July 25, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Though Salman Butt has won his first test match as captin but I am not sure he is suitable for this post, he become nervous under pressure and can not understand the situation and act accordingly , look shuffling of bowlers in 2nd innings and his nervy batting in 2nd innings

  • Majid Jehangir Khan on July 25, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    This is a good performance. But whom are we fooling here? The team will disintegrate in 6 months. It has always happened and will continue to happen. A team is after all a reflection of one's country. If the country is in dumps, how can the team be better? Look at India, booming economy = booming team. I know they don't have a good bowling, but they still beat Aus in Aus and SA in SA. One swallow does not a summer make.

  • Smiggy on July 25, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Let's not get carried away here. Yes, Pakistan have no doubt an attack which will strike some concern into the opposite dressing room but it was the same attack which couldn't even muster up a single victory. In these conditions which favoured them they rocked.

    So before we judge them being the best bowling line up in the world let's see how they fair in all conditions. They were hopeless in Australia which the Aussies murdered Pakistan left, right and centre, However they prospered in England. Let's see if they can replicate such a performance against England who also have bowlers who will genuinely swing the bowl unlike the Aussies with the exception of Hilfy. So, Pakistan's batsman will truly be tested this time.

  • naqash on July 25, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    lets face paki are pathetic when it comes to batting bringing in yousuf/younis doesnt change a thing cause the bottom line is they are just pure s**t when it comes to batting.. paki is simply a bowling team and thats all they can rely on.

  • Shahiq Ahmed on July 25, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    And yeah, even Mohammad Asif deserves a special mention just like Amir .. To be Asif have been the better of the two, as he has shown the tempermant to bowl consistently at the right spots, Amir has bowled superbly too but Asif has been terrific ... Nevertheless, both are the jewels of PAk team, none better than the other ...

  • Shahiq Ahmed on July 25, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Great Bowling attack I must say .... I just loved watching both Amir and Asif bowling in tandem .... Am a big fan of Wasim & Waqar , and though it might be too early to say too, but I am so hopeful of these two that I believe they will surpass the the two W's as the best bowling combo ever ... Hmm, have been tempted to say such a big thing ...

    But the batting remains a concern, need Yousuf & Younis to come in place of Malik & probably either of Amin of Akmal ... swap Kaneria with Ajmal , Kaneria didnt look like taking many wickets ever even after being a leggie who are considered attacking ... Didn't impressed me much ...

  • drcardio on July 25, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    It is a sweat victory after Afridi's betrayal.Yousaf & Younas can be accomodated in the team barring their politics to strengthen the batting.Hope for the best.

  • haroon on July 25, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Butt's captaincy has been the best for a long time. Butt spoke good English and said the right things at the closing ceremony. Mohd Yousuf, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi looked like clowns in front of media with their broken English and constant use of their hands. Thanks god we have a captain who doesn't make a fool of himself.

  • aamir on July 25, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Pakistan just needed a win against Australia to break the jinx and even if the victory had been by one wicket , it would have helped in turning the tables , mentally. in my opinion loss at Sydney was all psychological and our team seemed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. now i am sure next time Pakistan plays Australia things won't be that straight forward for Australians. congratulations to team Pakistan and all the Pakistanis and hope they will perform the same way against England

  • abu ahmad on July 25, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Yasir Hameed does deserve a chance in playing eleven.Khurram Manzoor overlooked for selection has plenty of concentration and patience. His stay at the wicket was the longest in the disastrous tour of Australia earlier this year.Let a nucleas of batting be built from the young guns.At last we have a captain capable of confronting media confidently.

  • Jonathan on July 25, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    While Pak team is blessed with pace bowling department in every decade they should have resolved their inept batting by now, given the talent it should be unacceptable especially if they could emulate someone like Javed or Inzimam.

    It was really pathetic display of defensive game by Umar & Malik that was never needed. Umar looked so out of sort playing against his instinctive natural-self, restricting himself beyond the requirement of the situation. He could be pardoned due to his lack of experience but Malik with all the International exposure he has should be able to balance between the attacking & defending mode. After all there should not be a reason for their bowlers to look better then their batsmen while batting & scoring the final runs.

    I wish PCB doesn't waste a genuine fast bowling talent Mohammad Amir.

    Finally it is really exciting to see a balance between a ball & a bat at least in Test format instead of all the gung-ho style formats tailored for batting display.

  • MJ on July 25, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Can anyone tell me what is role of Kamran Akmal and Sohaib Malik in this team?

  • Gul M Laghari on July 25, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Another important aspect to be mentioned is relative stablity of Pakistani openers. Over the last few years, many opening pairs have been tried without great success. Now pakistan can rely on Salman Butt who has matured and improved his technique and temprament and ably supported by Imran Farhat. However, without any doubt, we still need Yousuf of Yunus at one down position.

  • Javed on July 25, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Sahil Dutta very aptly wrote in his end of the day comments yesterday "As things stand they are within touching distance of levelling the series but if any two teams could turn the match around from this position, it's these two." The comment says a lot for both teams. Pakistan is rich in talent, we are witnessing that for the past several decades, it's lack of believing in the importance of planning a game and keeping the nerves to play it out. We are wasting young talent and their chances. Point and case the Akmal brother's style is not suited for Test, asking them to change their batting temperament may work in Test cricket but when comes the time for a T20 or one day they may perform as they are performing in the tests. We need to groom and nurture talent for future with continuity. by no means I am trying to belittle the importance of this win, but it's history now, what next?

  • Nadeem on July 25, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    I know we are Pakistani people, we love and loath in our way. For a change lets give these young batsmen couple of tests more, before asking for Yousaf or Younas. Look at their track record against quality fast bowlers any way? When did they scored consistently in seaming pitches. at least these young players won a test match against Australia, they will obviously get better with more experience experience. Otherwise why keep Umar Akmal in test team? He is playing more of a twenty twenty player at this moment, but he will learn from these failures and will perform, because now his ego is hurt as other youngsters are performing better than him.

  • malla on July 25, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    I still question Gul's ability as a Test bowler. Too many inconsistent spells. He is a very good limited overs bowler, far better than Asif in those arenas, but I still think Pakistan are short one fast bowler.

    Test - Aamer, Asif, Kaneria ODI and T20 - Aamer, Gul and Ajmal

    Both formats need one express pace fast bowler to come in and lead them.

  • Faisal on July 24, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Need the two Y's immediately! No more monkeying around by the 80 yr old management...

  • Raziullah Qureshi on July 24, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan Cricket Team... But as a saying "One good job, will not cover all your bad jobs". This win should be well convinced but I am afraid to say this was not...

    Pakistan Cricket Team should have to look closely that IS THIS TEAM WELL BALANCED? I am not worrying about experience. Actually I am worrying about technique.

    If Mohammad yousuf, Younus Khan and even Shoaib Malik can not give 100% to team than get rid of them. In this team Umar Akmal would not fit; admit it. For middle order stability we have Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Hafeez. They are talented middle order batsman, Please don't waste time on Umer Akmal like Shahid Afridi.

    Kamran improved his wicket keeping skills a lot since Australia's tour. But we defiantly need another wicket keeper who can keep the wicket 100% and can bat like Moin Khan, Rashid Latif.

    Shahid Afridi left team in the middle of the road, what happen if he loose two or three continuous one day internationals?

  • Hussain Abbas on July 24, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    well Aamir and Asif make the whole nation proud. Gul also bowled well on occasion but he need to be consistent with his line and length as Asif and Amir were. Batting is always been the problem for Pakistan. In this series we saw some good opening partnership but unfortunately with the loss of Yousuf and Younis we lose our middle order strength. Azhar and Amin batted well but only 30s and 40s are not enough in Tests. Batsmen at this order need to play long innings and should stay at crease for longer period. U. Akmal is capable of playing long innings but he lacks temporament. K.Akmal did really well behind stumps. Overall it was a good series and a fighting one which we saw after a long time. Hope they learn from their mistakes and do better against england.

    Many many congratulation to Pakistan team for winning a Test against the tough Aussies after 15 long years All the best wishes for their upcoming series against England.

  • bohurupi on July 24, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    This match should have been won by Pakistan by an innings. An innings defeat would have been the most ideal way by which the Pak team could have paid their tribute to the performance of their awesome bowlers. But thanks to their batsmen who did their best not to allow it to happen in that way! Some may argue that the pitch was so much bowlers friendly that Pak batsmen had very little to offer. If that would be true,how come Aussie batsmen scored some 349 runs in their 2nd innings? Batting problems seems persistent. At the time when the Pak top order is somewhat improving, the middle order has now started to freak out. Come on! Give us a break..You guys would just like to show one way or the other, as long as scoring runs is concerned, you are totally incapable of!

  • YASEEN SIDDIQUE on July 24, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Great Win for Pakistanis, Pakistan always a good cricket team butt always lose temperament because of Pakistani cricket board poicies and internal politics.i think pakistan still need Muhammed Yousaf & Younus khan I hope Pakistan will continues winning habit. Well done Salman butt hope you are lucky captain for Pakistan. Well done Pakistani team. Good luck Yaseen/ Dubai

  • shan on July 24, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Phenomenal victory for pakistan.Too much had been said about Aamir ,asif ability to rock any world class batsman.NO DOUBT.But i would specially like to mention salman butt.Pakistan could'nt ask for better leader after afridi departure.He hold the young team pretty well together and always provide great start as an opener to set an example.I would still like azhar ali and umar amin in the team.Very talented ,looks edgy at times but playing against Aus in just second match is something. Controversies have always surrounded pakistan cricket when younus and yousuf are in the team.though they are great player.Pakistan should look into future and may be after few series azhar and umar will prove solid middle order for pakistan.Good luck Pakistan ,Hoping for bright future.

  • Sami on July 24, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Had Pointing put Pakistan in to bat first, would you still be praising Pakistan?? do you think with this batting line up Pakistan would be celebrating a victory??? think about it.. Pakistan batting has not gone pass 300 in any inning of the last two tests. Even 180 runs seemed more than enough at one time. Had pointing put in a third slip, it could've been more interesting. don't write an article just for the sake of writing it. do a fair analysis. this team can not be a "world beater" as salman butt called it with bunch of perchees with averages of 20s and 30s, not even a single one of them i mean a single one of them has a first class average of 50+.. Something for the nation to ponder.

  • Aurangzeb Rao on July 24, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    please get rid of Danish Kaneria, he is not a match winner

  • Asad on July 24, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    i think why we all thinking the two yoyos should come back now its time 4 young boys they shows alot of promis in batting line up still needs to be changing but not to replace with yousf and younis i think playing against aussie is harder then england if young guys show promis against aussie the will diffnatly come with goods against england so best of luck new boys and great start for butt....

  • Ali on July 24, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Bowlers really did perform well and really glad that we won. Still there is a weak link in our bowling! Umer gul has been patchy, bowled well in the first innings but not so well in the second. Also the conditions here were really suitable for them, I think Asif will also be exposed on a little better batting conditions and with that pace. I think the new batters have shown promise and they should be stuck to but we need a genuine all rounder, someone like a Flintoff and a back up quickie and may be a better spinner than Kaneria too...

  • Muhammad Munsif on July 24, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Absolutey kami bhai, aamir is perhaps the most beautiful jewel in pakistan pace attack ...hats off for an excellent article Sir.

  • Abdul Aziz on July 24, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    This is the first line bowling attack for Pakistan but what if any one or two of the three pacemen is injured, then the cupboard is very bare indeed. Who are the backup bowlers?, there does not seem to be anyone of any high degree of quality.

  • Muneeb on July 24, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Talking bout Yousf nd Younis,yes dey r gr8 players,both averaging abov 50 in tests bt da thing is dat dere is unity in da team ryt now!!!If dese 2 players or even if 1 of dem cums back in da team,will salman butt b able 2 deal with dem,given dat both yousuf nd younis r much senior 2 salman butt nd also dat they r former captains!!!I don't think so!!!Moreover,i feel dat both of dem r selfish nd think bout themselves 1st!!!Yousuf went 2 ICL when he wanted 2 nd did not think bout his country nd his team den!!!But now when ICL is finished he came back 2 da Pakistani team!!!On the other hand,where was Younis Khan when v needed him for da test series against Australia in Australia???He was away 4m cricket having rest nd fishing!!!How can a player ignore such an important series???Nd now when da selectors hav ignored both of dem,dey want 2 cum back in da team!!!Sorry,but v r ready 2 play with a young nd inxperienced side but v don't want both of them back!!!

  • Bosco Martyres on July 24, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    A good start but still some glaring errors. Sample: Field placing Kamran Akmal and the slip cordon standing too far back. Persisting with Umar Amin and letting Ponting and Clarke get set ( i.e. lack of killer instinct). Unimaginative captaincy let the Aussies get the upper hand in the second innings. Pakistan won because of good bowling. I have rarely seen Pakistan win because of good captaincy. Come on guys, use your brains. Even school boys know how to pressure the opponent when you have him on the ropes. The team still needs Yousuf and Younis

  • Ali on July 24, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I just watched few glimpses of Umer Amin. Although he didnt score much but it seems he has so much time when playing the fast bowlers. Reminds me somewhat of Inzi. I think Amin can be a future Inzi for Pakistan (minus the runouts)

  • Aamir Zia on July 24, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Salman Butt did well as a captain, butI still think he needs to be more aggressive. Yousif and Younis will help thr fragile middle order, also Mohd. Sami & Ajmal would be a better replacement for Gul and Kaneria.

  • ablue on July 24, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Good though Pakistan's pace attack is, it lacks a true pace merchant,someone who could blow away the tail. Without that it may yet be found wanting when conditions aren't favourable. Still desperately in need of at least one good all-rounder and non in sight and some reliability in the middle-order. In some ways the weakest Pakistan team for a generation but maybe they will gain togetherness and that may be more important than raw talent.

  • Noor on July 24, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Now Pakistan have broken the Jinx of losing winning games they now should not make the mistake of bringing back ex-players (Younis, Afridi and Yousuf ). I have said all along that Pak cricket best hope lies on young players. The Younis, Afridi and Yousaf can only bring back instability and discord. Salman Butt should be given a chance to work with the young new players. Bringing back old failed players can only undermine Butt's captaincy.

    Good luck to Pakistan and lets hope the good work is continued against England.

  • Muneeb on July 24, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Congrats every 1 on dis historic win!!!Undoubtedly,our bowling attack is da best in da world,MASHA ALLAH se nd will trouble da eng batsman as well,INSHA ALLAH!!! True dat our batting line up is inxperienced bt xperience can only cum if dese guys r given more chances 2 play!!!Salman butt has now improved his technique nd has grown in2 a very solid player nd 1 out of 2 openers who r going 2 stay in da team 4 long!!!Imran farhat looked really gud in da 2nd innings nd he played really well!!!Above all,i like da determination,confidence nd self-belief on farhat's face!!!Umar Amin nd Azhar Ali,both r luking promising nd 4 sure if given sum more chances they will score big runs nd show their capabilities as both of dem hav good techniques!!!Wat these 2 youngsters need is a little more time!!!Having confidence in ur own abilities is a very gud thing,bt being over confident is bad nd can bring ur own downfall nd Umar Akmal is not confident bout his abilities bt he is over confident bout it!!!

  • Asian on July 24, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Read Geff Lawson's interview in PAKPassion, and other comments elsewhere. So started feeling a good future for PAK Cricket. So against England, they need to field Younis, Yousuf with Azhar and Amin. So the 15 members can be on the squad-choose 11 based on the situation, 1. Butt 2. Farhat (you escaped/convined) 3. Younis 4. Azhar 5. Yousuf 6. Umar Akmal 7. Kamran (Brothers can discuss and plan easily than others in they play together) 8. Amin 9. Malik 10. Yasir (these 3 are reserves) 10. Amer 11. Asif 12. Gul 13. Danish 14. Ajmal 15. One Bowling All Rounder (who can fit?)

    Its time for the other teams to face touch PAKISTAN.

  • Imran on July 24, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    No place for pathetic Shoaib Malik in the test team

  • Fran on July 24, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Pakistan should get back the younis and yousef only to have the same nonsense happen??? no they need to sit these two down and tell them to grow up and settle or bury any differences they have before they can be involved in the Pakistan team!

  • Kashif Aziz on July 24, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    The bowling is good but they can not always bowl out opposition for 88 so we do need some batting. MY and YK should be back, atleast for the test matches and ODIs. Without proper batsmen we can not always win.

  • Ali Usman on July 24, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    AAG (Aamir, Asif, Gul) Rocks! just need to get Yousaf back into the side, a pakistani cricket fan, won,t ask for any further change in the side.

  • Zohaib on July 24, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    congrats to the "guyz in green",and to all pakistani fans , hope they continue their up-hill climb get yasir hameed in for umer amin,, he deserves a place

  • K2K on July 24, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Boy! what a game. Pakistan does know how to always tense and enthrall every one. I simply can't understand why Malik is there in the test team. He has been given enough chances and he simply doesnt have the talent or temperament. Younis khan should be brought immediatly in the squad and as far as Yousuf is concerned I think he should retire as the two new batsman have taken up the mantle.

  • Ali Usman on July 24, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    AAG (Aamir, Asif, Gul) Rocks! just need to get Yousaf back into the side, a pakistani cricket fan, won,t ask for any further change in the side.

  • Aamir Akhund on July 24, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR AN INDIA PAKISTAN TEST SERIES................Ijaz Butt was getting photographed with the time.....bastard.....

  • Usman Sadiq on July 24, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan is on right track, Azhar Ali is nice addition on top order, and youngsters looks prmosing. It's time not to look back at seniors and PCB rather look at young guns and give them sometime to settle down.

  • dynsh ahmed on July 24, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    All you need is one I literally mean only one senior player younis khan in the lineup to groom the young legs one senior can take these guys where they can reach for themselves thats for sure. I dont know why imran farhat is getting to many chance despite te fact he made 40+ in each inning he has to much technical faults to be a test opener Yasir hamid should have been the first choice. Malik has no place in the team younis must take his place and there you go a world class 11 is ready to beat anyone in the world. i mean it.

  • ZAHID on July 24, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    @ABDUL GHAFFAR. WHAT MAKE YOU EVEN THINK THAT SHOAIB MALIK DESERVE A PLACE IN NATIONAL TEAM? HE IS BELOW AVERAGE AND IN THE TEAM BECAUSE HE BLONGS TO PUNJAB. IF HE WAS FROM ANOTHER STATE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOWN THE DOOR LONG AGO.. LONG BEFORE HE CONSPIRE AGAINST YOUSAF AND YOUNUS. LETS HOPE THAT HE FAILURE MAKE TEAM SELECTORS IGNORE HIM COMPLETELY AGAINST ENGLAND SO THAT A DESERVING PLAYER HE HIS DUE. SHOAIB MALIKK HIS NOTHING TO OFFER TO PAKISTAN TEAM THE SOONER WE REALIZE THEN THE BETTER WE OFF FOR FUTURE.

  • shahnawaz on July 24, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Bowlers win the match for Pakistan and now its time to work on batting line up.

  • naeem on July 24, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    very good performance by the team.However i think our batting need muhammed yousaf experience and i think board will call him.

  • Amir Cheema on July 24, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Congrats to every Paki,This win will bost the teem up if they they take it to right direction.Luckly they have got W I A as a coach who are fair with the cricket.If I have the power to add some one in the teem that would be the only Yousef and have Malik or U-Akmel sit out side.

  • ammad on July 24, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    1st of all congrats to all the pakistanis around the globe 4 this historic victory. now 4 the england series i think tht their should b few changes in the batting lineup. mohummad yousuf and younus khan should come back at the expence of shoib malik and umar amin. coz umar amin is a good promising young talaent but he still need to be trained 4 the highest level and shoib malik shouldn,t b in the test team any more. rest of the batting lineup is ok. in the presence of two senior batsmen it'll b easier 4 umar akmal and azhar ali 2 settle down. but salman should remain the captain 4 the team.

  • sharpdesigner on July 24, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    @Umair Asad Sir,the problem with us is that we have very short memories. Just ONE win[and again we forgot that we just escaped another dreadful LOSS!], we have become "contended" with the current lineup. That's the same philosophy in our selectors too. I don't think there is any reason to stick with current lineup. Imran Farhat must be said "Good Bye!", Umar Akmal must be informed he is not "A MUST HAVE" for the team if he can't stay for "40 runs!!!" and Shoaib Malik should be given a "FAREWELL". Moreover, the tail-enders should be informed they must fight if team needs them to score some runs. We must be concerned with the decline in batting performance of Amer. Kaneria is a lost cause. What if we had lost today? The same persons who are contented with the batting lineup would have been thrashing each and every single player out there in the current squad. Sigh! We judge our "actions" by their "immediate" results and always overlook their "side effects"

  • Cyrus on July 24, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Pakistan needs batsmen. India needs bowlers. Alas 1947... What a tragedy!

  • owais on July 24, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Without a decent batting line up Pakistan cannot expect to have a "winning habbit" because every now and then we will have to play on a flat featherbed and on that kind of surface, you need batsmen to match the 400+ scores from the opponents. Although current batting line up has shown promise, there is a massive concern that none of them, yes none of them, even the recently magnificent Salman Butt is capable of playing truly long innings, i.e, 150+ score. The two who could do that are curiously on the sidelines. I believe Younis is a great team man and he should be charted back into the team. Yousuf should also be brought back. Salman Butt can be kept as a captain for the long run (for a change). And get rid of Shoaib Malik in the test lineup. His bits and peices brand of cricket suites ODI and T20s only. Afridi, Malik and Razzaq all belong to limited overs game. But we need to bring Younis and Yousuf back.

  • sharpdesigner on July 24, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Well! It's very sorry that Umar Akmal has turned himself in to another Afridi. If he can't "learn" how to bat in Test matches, it's better to leave him out of it rather than to rot his confidence and batting average. I think he is "only" best in T20 and on par in ODIs[Yes, he is not that gr8 in ODIs as of late too!]

  • Jawad Ahmed on July 24, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Congrats to all the Pakistan cricket fans. A historic win. Iwould agree that our bowling attack was awsome, but still they have to learn the art of getting the trail out. Wasim and Waqr use to get rid of tail very quickly but in the recent series we have noticed above 100 runs were scored by the Australian trail. Waqar has to teach them , specially asif and amir how to bowl Yorkers.

    Coming to batting. Umar amin is a disappointment. Azhar ali has shown some nerves out there. He was solid bit ulucky but he has potential if he plays with greats like Yousaf and Younis. Youngsters needs senior players to teach them how to calm their nerves how to stay on the wicket.

    Good luck for the England Series. Hopes are up.

  • badsubby on July 24, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    I'll rather have the board nourish these youngsters than bringing in the two YY's who are not really that impressive and have only few years of cricket left in them. What would happen once they retire which seem to do every other month. Youngsters like Azhar Ali should be given more chances and also Umar Amin who did fairly good in the 1st inn, of 2nd test and got 2 major wickets as well lol. Akmal brothers need to calm down. Besides that all is good. I could see Butt getting out due to the rush in the 2nd innings of the 2nd test but he needs to control himself and not get carried away. Bowling was awesome as usual except Kaneria. Saeed Ajmal is a better spinner in my opinion with lower economy. Overall the team looks good and the moral is high :)

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Dr.Iyer on July 24, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan for vanquishing the Aussies atlast. Their pace bowling attack is best in world right now with South Africas'. But problem as said lies in batting. Though both Azar and Amin did well, they need the two Ys who when added with Akmal brothers and Shoaib Malik can make a good line up. They need Butt and Farhat to play consistently. Though good, they can't come near established openers like Viru-Gauti, Strauss-Cook or even the now respected Watson-Katitch unless they increase their consistency level in every match. They won and yeah mind you it was Aussies but this is due to their bowling. They need to strengthen the batting for sure coz you don't get a Leeds everywhere. Plz plz let Mr.BUTT at PCB get some sanity and bring back the Ys. Else it might get difficult if one of the 3 pacers break down. One good thing in their absence is it gives chances for others to perform. We India are suffering coz long term we had Zak and now his absence is hurting. It ld be nice to see if at any point against england if Farhath fails who ll replace him. Also feel Malik must abt at 3 followed by Azar, Umar Akmal and Amin. In this way the new guys can be guided.

  • PakFan on July 24, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    I agree the win is truly reflective of the bowling talent that this young team represents. However, in excitement we should not forget that Pakistan will be facing a very motivated England team in few days - PCB must bring their best batsmen i.e. the two Ys back if they truly want to vindicate themselves from all the mismanagements of the past.

  • PakiFan on July 24, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    There is a tendency in good Pakistani batsmen to shy away from the crucial top-order positions, like numbers 3 and 4. Umar Akmal is another example; every other team's got their best batsman at 3, and I believe we think of Umar Akmal as our best, why, why then be so scared? If you are great, seize the opportunity! You'll end up making more hundreds at 3 than you ever will at 5! Just common sense.

  • Khan on July 24, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Great victory. As batting is the main issue for Pakistan, ill only talk about that. Umar amin maybe did not perform very well but he still should be given time to settle down... although shoaib malik should be kicked out and either younis or yousuf should be braught in!!

  • Sriram on July 24, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Congratulations from India. Its truly a magnificent effort. The void left by Younis and Yosuf can be filled hopefully by Azhar Ali, Umar Amin etc..what will be interesting is whether Salman Butt would like to have them back in the line up.

  • Adeel Akhlaque on July 24, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    I would rather see these young kids go down fighting!!

    good win non the less

    congratulations

  • Yahya Habib on July 24, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    No doubt! that these three are the best bowling trio Pakistan had found in the recent years but I must say that Gul must improve himself as a test bowler, his bowling is not up to that mark yet. He bowled well in the series but had to improve a lot, must learn from Amir and Asif to bowl with patience, He gets exhaust and starts bowling bouncers which are of not such use in test cricket. Keep it up Pakistan in the rest of the tour, May God help you...

  • muhammad Wasim Usmani on July 24, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Dear all it was poor display from Aussies,as you saw when wheater cleard Pakies unable to pick smith wicket,it's mean come out from dream this win is purely happend due to bad descesion from aussie captain and poor display of batting from them...........

  • nak on July 24, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    be patient with umar akmal

  • Adeel Akhlaque on July 24, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    In my humble opinion we should rather not call back neither Yousuf nor Younus and if it is possible get rid of Shoaib Malik as well. We as a nation have suffered enough because of their infighting and stupidity. Waqar Younus and Ejaz Ahmed are there if these young kids need a senior advise.

    Further we need to knock some sense into that self-destructing brain of younger Akmal as well.

    Get some young kid, maybe Azeem Ghumman or Hammad Azam, in there to replace Malik, he's got a good head over his shoulders and is a really taleneted kid.

  • engrabdulmaalik on July 24, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Pakistan need atleast one solid batsman in the middle order.Umar Amin,Umar Akmal,Shoaib Malik are not in that cadre.Imran Farhat has been severely criticized by the writers but what about shoaib Malik? He plays as specialist batsman but does not look like a specialist batsman.He does not have technique to play in English conditions.Scoring centuries in one-day or T20 is altogether different thing than succeeding at test level.I think that some of the players in Pakistan team should follow Afridi's advice and should play only T20 and/or One-day games.

  • Kamran Akhtar on July 24, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    2nd test is all belongs to Aamir bowling, nothing special for captaincy change. The real challenge for Butt captaincy is future England series! I hope PCB still retain Afridi captain in T20 and ODI'S because he is aggressive captain like legendary Imran Khan.Younis Khan as a captain in test is still best option.

  • Name on July 24, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Umar akmal need to come out of the dream that hes a world class batsman !! hes still a young player and need to perform; if he play some technical cricket i think umar amin and azhar ali can join him with a very strong batting line up

  • Yasir on July 24, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Besides thin middle order the worry part is that we don't have a quality Leg Spinner. Danish Kaneris is ok but never really a threat to any team. Besides he ended up giving too many runs. I think Pakistan should seriously look for a good spin bowler as well who can support them from the other end.

  • Tariq Razi on July 24, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Way to go Salman Butt and team. Youth prevails and blossoms into victory as the looming shadows of insecure experienced players recedes from our Cricket team. Congratulations on a long awaited victory over Australia. Hopefully, the PCB Chairman will NOT re-instate Yousuf or Younas in the team. Bring in another Under 19 player and get rid of Shoaib Malik as well.

  • Hassan Farooqi on July 24, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Great bowling and lousy batting makes the case of return of the Ys. The remaining two politicians Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik needs to go. Their batting is not worth their politics.

  • feroz alam on July 24, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    yes as pakis we are all on the cloud # 9, although there were a number of nail biting moments. however i agree that the game is won by bowlers. only 41 needed to win in two days and seven wickets in hand still our batsman's body language was showing fear and nervousness!! any way one thing is clear UMAR AKMAL , although agreat limited over batsman is not a test player. dont spoil his confidence and reputation and keep him for that and get an other one for test team

  • MShah on July 24, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Congrates team Pakistan and whole nation. Its a begining on a good note, however hard work is required to be followed. Batting needs important changes like younger akmal needs some time to think about his future with the test cricket; must be replaced by batsman like Yasir Hameed. So as we need to incorporate solid batsman instead of Shoaib Malik; folks we are not playing one days or 20 20. Kamran should be given another chance to rethink his test cricket strategy; if persisted with the same then must be removed from the test side. Its a joke that he is vice captain of the test side.

    Bowling, we are extremly lucky to have natural talent the likes of Muhammad Amir, Asif and Gul.

    I would urge and recommend to incorporate these changes in the upcoming English series..

  • aamir aslam on July 24, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Great bowling aamir and co.. wish them all the best for this england series hope we see more thrilling matches this summer, batting will learn good things in this tour let them learn and appreciate them if they are doing good and support them if they are not playing good, umerakmal, umer amin and azhar ali three good batsmens let them live there dream and pray for them to do well and hope pakistan cricket board make england there home away from home not dubai because batsmen will elarn to play good cricket here not in dubai.... hope mr butt(chairman) camn learn something and do wise decision.

  • Ejaz on July 24, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    We must Yousaf and Younis in the team. It is not only good for now but for future as well. Otherwise this will not be good for these youngsters as they will not get a proper test batsman as mentor who can guide them in the middle.

    Due to this lack of guidance you may here from young players like Umar Akmal that I am not fit for this format of the game which will heart Pakistan team for long time.

  • qaysy on July 24, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    yes its a legacy thankfully we never run short of. this attack really is an attack to be reckoned but there is still a room of improvement when it comes to old ball. in the era of W's, they were always more keen and always on their best with the old ball simply unplayable but these lads still need to learn that trick and i am pretty confident that till the end of this tour waqar would successfully pass on this specialist paki weapon to these bowlers.

  • Saber Shaikh on July 24, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    It was very good tournament for Pakistan,They should give chance to Haseer Hameed and Ajmal instead of Umar Amin and Danish Kaneria for their upcoming tour against England.

  • Rafay on July 24, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    I think Umar Amin is still very young. Just give him a break for a while. I also suggest replacing Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. Our batting line-up will be fantastic then. Salman Butt should remain captain. Perfect line-up:- Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria/Saeed Ajmal. This squad will be able to beat anyone in the world!

  • Gopalakrishna on July 24, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Why Pakistan cricket fans and well wishers are trying to bring back two big Looser YK and YA. They have brought nothing but losing stint to Pak Cricket team and current team with one or more New talent in the middle of the batting order will make the team the world fearing team Pakistan was in late 80s under Imran K. Please for the sake of cricket and more for the sake of Pakistan cricket don't even think of going to the old guns who were rusty and useless. I'm a Indian cricket fan who is a well wisher of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Suresh on July 24, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Well! Agreed the trio did well in the series. But, I would be very cautious comparing with the Imran,Akram & Waqar. Those were different breed altogether and consistently played tough cricket throughout.

  • nls on July 24, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Pakistan supporters badly needed this victory by their team after long drought. Good victory! But it appears that everybody is getting is carried away by this victory. On less helpful bowling conditions, this attack will not be as effective and that will blunt the only edge this team has. Lot more work is still due - batting needs to improve significantly to be called a test batting line up. Cheers.

  • Shuaib on July 24, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    i think umaar amin should be replaces by fawad alam for test and call back yousaf then pakistan team will inshaAllah won the series against england

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on July 24, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Pakistan finally managed to escape the Australian charge! This victory will prove to be vital for the young guns. I think the squad should be retained for the English tour with Umar Amin and Azhar Ali featuring in all four test matches. They should be given a fair share of opportunities. Some how I am not satisfied with Imran Farhat in the team. He has a feeble technique which is easily exposed by poor judgement of the off-stump ball. I think Yasir Hameed is a way way better choice. On paper our batting looks thin. The next tour will test our mettle and character. Its time for the boys to become men!

  • Kamran on July 24, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.

  • shabbzz on July 24, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    After a long time heard a Pakistani Captain who knows how to talk and what to ans at the closing ceremony..... Kudos to young Salman Butt for being so rational, optimist, determined and showing maturity. Its a long a way to go for him and this young team who now have to learn to have confidence in themselves that they can chase too like any other cricketing nation... !!!!!! I hope and pray that our own PCB don make mess of things and go for some more experimentation which has harmed the Pakistan Cricket than anything else. Mr. Ijaz Butt if you can jus have faith in this young side for a year and stick to same combination - (minus) Shoaib Malik, i can assure we can make a pretty decent formidable side as we have all ingredients, all we need is little patience and belief in these chaps....

  • Agha Raza on July 24, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I could not sleep last night thinking again and again how Pakistan will make 40 runs to win the match. The moment Azher Ali fell I started reciting Quran continuously until Umar Gul scored the winning run. Thanks to God unlike Sydney test my heart did not break this time. Please pray for Pakistan Cricket to regain its glory again. Agha Raza.

  • Nasiruddin on July 24, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Pakistan must call back Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan in middle over and throw away Shoaib Malik from the team. For the opening slot Yasir hameed must be tried. Imran Farhat only has the quality that his father in law is selector with big mouth.

  • Zarak Khan on July 24, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I think there is no need to get in back the already tested ones... We should be patient and give these guys fair enough chance to gel in well together and get exposure to international environment. They are young, enthusiastic and have a zeal to move ahead, whereas the old guns are literally old, with their peak already over and they are now on their way downwards. My time for England will be same as the one who won test against Australia. If we can make one change, then that should be replacing Shoaib Malik with either Yasir Hameed or Fawad Alam.

  • aizaz on July 24, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    I have seen today's nervous chase to victory by Pakistani Batsmen. Chasing only 40 runs and losing wickets regularly. In this regard I have an advice for the captain and coach of the team. In such situations, try to send a bowler before the recognized batsmen, giving him instruction to throw the bat on every ball with full power and not to be afraid of losing his wicket. Maybe a few strokes can change the situation and demoralize the opposition's bowling.

  • Ahmed on July 24, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    This win is good for pakistan but we need experience in middle order if we eliminate umer amin and shoaib malik from playing eleven en and include yousuf and younis it will be great for pakistan cricket also we need backup bowlers as we can't paly Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, and Mohammad Aamer all the time they also need rest

  • Naz on July 24, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I would think of removing Malik and Kaneria, replacing them with Younis and Abdur Rehman.

    The team has done well, but like stated above...the batting will also need to rescue the situation and without experienced heads i fear the youngsters will make a lot mistakes without some experience in the middle-order. What is the point of having Shoaib Malik, particularly when he is batting lower than Umar Amin?? We should have a clear vision of why we are playing shoaib m and keeping out both of the two Y's....

    Salman Butt must not cut his nose to spite his face and be honest about why he keeps the two Y's out of the playing XI, for me Malik was just as big or worse culprit for the debacle down under for his back-chatting, etc.

  • Kashif Qazi on July 24, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    A good news for our nation always come from cricket. Which increases the confidence and trust in ourselves and in efforts to achieve something we all desire for. I'd been waiting for this moment for a long long time. long live pakistan, long live pakistan

  • Sikander on July 24, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    My line up is a bit controversial and would not include Umar Akmal and Shoab Malik. They are not test players, atleast not yet. With the inclusion of the two Ys, we'll be ready for England.

  • SOLER on July 24, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    I think people are not saying due words for Asif's magic. In this his stats are totally similer to Aamers. But the way he makes batsmen to dance, no one else does. Taken as a whole, his performances on tour to Australia, and now in England, he is the best bowler in the world at the moment. Slow killer Asif is a magician. PAKISTAN NEEDS YOUSEF BADLY

  • riazu on July 24, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    i mentioned that shoib malik does not fit in to this team. we must strenghten the batting with a secialist batsman rather than Mr shoib who with all his experience is still cannot deliver.

  • saif alam on July 24, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    i feel pakistan selectors hav to think their batting line up...thy need yousuf n younus..thy r soo gud...as youngerstar thy hav to use like fawad alam..but there is gud balling lineup..i feel pakistan has a world class balling lineup n pace attack..like ameer,asif,gul and thy hav to giv chance shoaib akter n mohammmad sami..thy r so gud...razzak as well...nw thy need configure their batting line up for next world cup...

  • MARLO on July 24, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    UMAR AKMAL, learn to leave the balls which are out side off otherwise you will disappear from the test scene much faster than you think. AZHAR ALI, well done but you tend to lose concentration when you reach 40s and 50s. You lost concentration after reaching 50. To be a great player, you need to look beyond 50s. UMAR GUL, You are a great bowler but in this match you bowled too many no balls and short stuff but over all not a bad performance. You must stay at the standards where we can't differenciate between you, Asif and Aamer while chosing the best one. Use your swinging yorkers more, they will start falling right as the time passes in this series. KAMRAN AKMAL: great keeping, but its a long time since you scored something considerable. SHOAIB MALIK: you are the choosen one so no sense in commenting your contribution. UMAR AMIN: It will come, don't worry be patient. Aamer & Asif: you are great.

  • Shahzad on July 24, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    If Australia had just 20 runs more, Pakistan would not be able to win. Outstanding performance of Bowlers. These miracles do not happen every day. PCB, please be realistic and bring back Ys or at least Yousuf. These guys were much less problematic than Malik. Playing young with overload on their shoulders is like destroying their careers. If Y can join the team and Y.Hameed is preferred over Malik or Harhat only then I hope for win against England otherwise these celebrations only for this week in this year

  • Saif on July 24, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    i dont want to sound pessimistic, bt cud u hardly take heart from our bowlin effort that v saw in sri lanka n sydney test afta those tests?? no1 remembers the fact dat this almost same inexperienced bowlin attack had skittled 2 very gud battin line-ups on their hometurf. bt in the end it was our battin that let not us down, bt they let themselves down. BATTING, BATTING HAS TO DO SUMTHIN FOR US.. otherwise no use of jewels, crowns n 88 all outs. i mean seriously, how hard did v make even those 40runs for ourselves! i must add, i loved the bowlin, brilliant, outstandin n gave a bit of nostalgic feelin.. bt there was nthin nostalgic abt the battin coz the batting has neva been this weak.. i aint talkin abt now, this has been for more than one yr now, with the likes of Younis's, Yousuf's, Akmal's n Malik's in the line up. Trust me, England will be a more sterner test!!

  • Atif on July 24, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Waqar seems to be doing a great job with current bowling attack. I think Pakistan team must persist with him as coach. He has the passion to transform them into world beaters and he know all the skills that can help our fast bowlers. Amir, Asif, and Gul were much more effective under Waqar. Keep it up Waqar!

  • Akhtar Hassan on July 24, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Congratulations to the whole Pakistan team and the coaches. A wonderful start for Salman Butt as captain. Pakistan bowling attack is perhaps the best in the world but it can also be said that the batting is perhaps the worst. If Pakistan team wants to win test matches regularly then they should make their batting at least dependable if not the best. I have a fear now that the PCB bosses and some other opportunist will try to cash this victory for their personal gains as it was done in the past. They should put their egos and personal likes and dislikes aside and work to make this team the world-beaters. To strenghten the batting Yunus and Yousuf should be called back. Let the youngsters learn some tricks of the trade from them. These youngsters have lots of talent and the time is on their side. Pakistan should avoid to make them one, two or three test wonders like many other before them.

  • Ahsan on July 24, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Abdul Ghaffar brings up an interesting point. Why is it that our so called "senior" batsmen don't bat ahead of the younger players who are just breaking through? Why must they be such cowards as to hide in the shadows of those who barely have any experience. Grow a pair and lead by example.

  • Shahid on July 24, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Congrates every one and I have a few points regarding Pakistan team (1) Umar Gul has been brillient in patches but still he needs to be consistent with his line. He tends to bowl short at times. (2) Kaneria does take a few wickets now and then, but the wickets he takes are more like presented by the batsmen and not because his bowling making them dance. I feel that Said Ajmal will be better suited in this attack. Our spin department is not of a wold class standard. (3) Why don't AKMAL BROTHERS, specially the younger one, learn to leave the balls out side off. (4) Yaser Hamid must come in to the fold instead of Umar Amin or Shoaib Malik (4) Inclusion of yousef will make it a much balanced team to face England (5) Our batsmen need to convert their 20s and 30s to big scores. Pakistan needs to start scoring 300+ in each innings. (6) Pakistan has, in two matches lost 17 wickets to Watson and North. Their concentration is lost when a so called easy bowler comes on to bowl.

  • Kashif Khan on July 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Yes the Pakistan bowling is very strong when it comes to the seamers, swing/fast. However unlike in the past (90's and 80's) we lack a quality match winning spin bowler. The top two are Ajmal and Kaneria - neither are in the class of Mushtaq or Saqlain or close to Qadir. A true class bowling team would have that sort of spinner too. We certainly have the fast bowling attack but I'm skeptical of the Test level spinners. We really could use a youngster who could bowl some leg spin.

  • Imran on July 24, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Great victory for Pakistan. Pakistan's batting will improve if they play Younis Khan and Fuwaad Alam. Fuwaad Alam is a very talented batsman and deserves a spot.He scored 168 on debut and played well in Australia.

    Pakistan must drop Shoaib Malik for he is simply crap and a waste of space.

  • cricketplayer12 on July 24, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I think Waqar younis deserves alot off credit, ever since he became coach the bowling has been exceptional ewven when they lost to australia before it was never the bowling, theres been a big improvement to umar guls bowling and i think some credit should go to the coach, also pakistan cricket needs more straight decent people like waqar younis around but theres not many off them around in pakistan im just glad they let a decent guy come into coach for once, i respect him alot as the bowler he was, as a coach and also as a person, well done waqar younis you are apreciated

  • Bilal on July 24, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Undoubtedly Pakistan currently has the best bowling attack in the world! there is no other bowling attack ,right now, in my opinion that could have bowled out Australia on 88 even though the conditions suited the bowlers! Having said that I think we definitely need one of Yousuf/Younis to strengthen the batting line up! I say one of them because Azhar Ali has shown the temperament required to be a good batsmen! Having an experienced player on the other end of the pitch will definitely help him! Plus I dont see anyone in our batting line up capable of going past the 100 mark (except for maybe Salman Butt) so we need atleast one batsman who can do that! All our batsmen get good starts but I guess the lack of test cricket is to blame for them not being capable of playing a big innings!

  • Ali on July 24, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Younis comback is a must for Pakistan. Azhar Ali looks solid but we'll have to wait and see how he does against England. Umar Amin is good too but a bit more nervous. They need a strong middle-order batsman who can guide them and Younis IMO is the man.

  • Raheel Hameed on July 24, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    I think it is premature jubilation. Do not forget the "consistently inconsistent" nature of Pakistan Cricket Team. Believe the upcoming series against England will bring everyone back to reality. At this moment England’s team is much better than Australia and will give Pakistan a beating in the test and the ODIs. T20 will be a close affair.

  • Fahad Jalil on July 24, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Pakistan are often found beating themselves in cricket. They were white-washed in Australia when they could've potentially drawn the series by all means. The young side and its commitment is a lesson for the seniors, they must be provided with moral support at all times with balance of power in the team to be maintained spiritually. Well done boys, you've made us proud. Lets hope some confidence is injected before the England series starts!

  • jilani on July 24, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Wow. What a display of seam and swing bowling from Pakistan. Gul, Ammer and Asif are probably the best trio in the world. I mean the line and length they maintained was flabbergasting.

    Regardless of India's first position in test rankings-built by playing at home, against Bangla and Sri lanka, Pakistan is one or two Inzimam or Javed Miandad type batsmen away from being a truly world class REAL test outfit.

    Pakistan's limited over performance is already at par with anyone.

    Go Pakistan!!

  • Ali on July 24, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    @ Nadia-- Salman Butt speaks rather fluent English as he has graduated from the renowned Beaconhouse School System, Lahore! It is definitely refreshing having the captain tactfully answer all questions during the post-match ceremony!

  • Anurag on July 24, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I have always been a fan of pak bowling for lat 20+ years, even though I an native of India. I agree that Aamer is sensational, and I will sing praises for Asif and Gul. On batting front, I have watched so many pak great batsman. I believe Pak has great batting talent but too much pressure put on them too soon. I am a big fan of Umar Akmal and Amin. Let's hope they are given a chance to fail, because even Ricky Ponting and Tendulkar failed at times.

  • Bilal Saeed on July 24, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Alhaumdulliah. yes i agree that we need M.yousuf and Y.Khan back in the team, given that farhat and butt become a sturdy couple up front followed by two of the best no3 and no4 in the world we will become a great prospect inshAllah as we know that after the two experienced players give way we have umar amin and azhar ali to look forward. Our pace attack is best in the world at the moment and i would like someone to try and counter this statement. Fielding should be worked on and we forgive and forget all the past mishaps within the team then Pakistan will be a force to reckon with inshAllah.

  • Gulab on July 24, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Thanks Allah that we have our victory after 15 years. But the victory came to us only through the performance of our Bowlers. Still our batting has to be improved. I still feel there are black sheeps in our team whose intentions are not for better Pakistan. They just want to play for themselves. These sheeps are enjoying full support of BCB (But Cricket Board). We hould not expect a lot from this team batting line up. We have a victory only through our bowlers. If the chase was may be 200 then we would have again a taste of a defeat. Thanks to our bowlers who restrict them at very low total in first innings but this will not happen all the times. We need good batting line up and we should throw away some selfish batsman from the team and which has bad intentions. Azhar Ali is really a symbol for our future.

  • SHAHID GULZAR on July 24, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Congratulations to the team and the country.Well lots of pundits are predicting the failure of the young unit exposed in front of mighty Australians.However,one should keep in mind that even the best team is vulnerable at times.Pakistan reformed team has the potential to beat any side on day if and only if they play with heartouts.Coach and players should feel the true responsibilities they hold.Butt should be given an ample chance to lead and make a unit at a stage where they become see themselves as team

  • Ali on July 24, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Weldone Paksitani team.We have to even continue with this young batsman's middle order.They will prove there selfs. Also Asif have to increase his Pace a little.He remind us the bowling of Mcgrath and pollock in the current era of Batting friendly cricket all around the world.

  • dr salman on July 24, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    ya must admire salman butt..though bowlers deserve most of the credit, all theree seamers spot on n a nightmare for ne team..he was the one who called the shots..right ones at the right time..needless to say how jubilant we r..i have 2 concerns:

    1. the tail gets stuck..in lords we gave 125 or so runs to the last 2 wickets..n here steven smith fires 77..this makes me miss waqar n waseem..when the other team wd b 6 wickets down we knew that they ll b booked within another 10 15 runs..we need to work on it..add some deadly yorkers to armory may b? the guru of this art is our coach !!

    2. n obviously our batting..esp the middle order was badly exposed..we desperately need a couple of rock solid guys to hang in there..like the 2 Y's?..n probably get in yasir hameed in place of malik..he s technically better n more correct i guess...

  • sunny on July 24, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    please continue to leave out Yusuf and possibly Younis....the current youngsters can forge a new culture and belief that the old timers may interfere with....I am an Indian....have been following this match very keenly & am thrilled that Pakistan has won...

  • Saam on July 24, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Congrads! to Pak and Pak fans. Pak seem to be doing really well in bowling department. However, Pak should continue to look for improvement as well as look for new bowling talent now to improve their bench strength.

    As far as batting goes, Pak should consider getting Yasir Hameed back in fold. I know Imran did well, but he does well (normally) when he is been given couple of chances. Also, simply removing Malik and adding Younis Khan would solidify Pakistan's batting.

  • Jawad Mir on July 24, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    To see Pakistan win over Australia and that in a Test has taken away scars from 1999 World Cup Final loss. That match has never been a distant memory for me. As that was an emotional day after seeing an unbeatable team crash to embarrassing defeat, today was much similar. The only difference was that we won a match in such a way that no one would have predicted. But that's Pakistan

    It's refreshing to see a smiling Pakistan, especially Salman Butt. A recently appointed captain said what he had to say in few words and said it right. It's a proud moment in Pakistan history ... not just cricket history.

    Being in Canada and away from home seeing this thrilling victory makes me want to be closer to home. Well Done Waqar Younis, Salman Butt, the team and all in all....Shahid Afridi. He is one of the main reasons the team fought until the end.

    Looking forward to many more fighting victories and losses.

  • Asif Ahmed on July 24, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    you mention the world class bowlers Amer Asif and Gul. the sad thing is, we DO have a batting lineup which CAn match this in Younis Yousuf and U Akmal- if they were all in there together the world would be fearful. for one reason or other the 2 you's arent in there- but if they were I PROMISE THEY WOULD ALSO MAKE AKMAL BETTER AND MORE PATIENT

  • USMAN MAQSOOD on July 24, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Way to go ... Pakistan. We should also keep in mind that Waqar and management of the team needs good words as well to keep team in good condition for the first part of tour.

  • Mudassar Rana on July 24, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan - it was a wonderful advert for test cricket - even if our unpredictability added to it. We are not a boring people so it is a difficult ask to be professional! But inshallah with the bowlers we have 20 wickets is not a problem. The batting is. Malik was anonymous throughout the match and perhaps is position needs to go to a razzaq who is a capable allrounder. Umar amin wasnt as assured as azhar ali and maybe needs more time so yasir hameed should take his position. farhat drew some credit with his second innings but should be kept on his toes.

  • pakistani-american on July 24, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    The tour is a success so far.

    Aamer is a revelation

    and Azhar Ali is a discovery. He was downright Dravidian there for a while.

    Farhat, Butt, Azhar Ali, Yousuf, U Akmal, Fawad Alam/Umar Amin/Younis Khan (any one of these three) should be the batsmen.

  • Azhar Awan on July 24, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    No need to call Yousaf and Younas. The most than can serve is 6 months or year but destroy the mood of dressing room and infighting will start again. They have never done wonders, had they we have had won atleast one test match against aussies in 15 odd years. Its time to back fresh blood, surley they have courage to carry on the momentum.

  • ali raza on July 24, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    articulate and super confident. I have always wanted Butt to take over the captaincy, i have always considered him to be an intellectual in this sport. That said...... i believe this win should give a lot of confidence to our budding team. I would also like to add that despite the lackluster performance of our batting side there is a big positive in the shape of Azhar Ali.Pakistan has had numerous captains in the past 15 years but no one could defeat the Kangaroos so i believe that a due share of credit should be given to Salman Butt.I Am actually more happy than i was after winning T20 World Cup. I hope this signals the beginning of a new era for Pakistan Cricket.

  • Moody on July 24, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Well done green caps. you have done a great job by beating OZ. i am very glad to watch young pakistani side played very well against far more experienced OZ side. kindly get plitician [shoaib malik] out of the team and bring yasir hameed. and my advice to mr.waqar that plz let umer akmal play his natural game, you cant change nature. let him thrive in his own natural style just like gilchrist and sehwag. infact let everyone play their own natural game, so what if you lose. it will definitely give pak players confidence that their approach is good. best of luck against BARMY ARMY!

  • Muhammed on July 24, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Yes indeed pakistan's strength has always been their bowling but its tym for their batting to click...their batting will only improve with the likes of mhd yousuf,younis khan,yasir hameed and also hasan raza...yes we have to indeed give the youngsters a chance but rather phase them in gradually as they will benefit from the senior pros...plzz write an article about mr ijazz butt

  • Muhammad Haseeb on July 24, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Yes you are right Mr. Abbasi that Pakistan have found good bowlers in the shape Aamer, Asif and Gul. I hope Gul will lift his game against the England series.

  • Omar Hussain on July 24, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    I am delighted like any other Pakistani all over the world about this victory over Australia.I cannot tell you how much this means to my national pride Kamran; day after day i heard the biased and pro-Australian commentary on Cricinfo all the commentators scoffing at Pakistan even though Australia were lucky even to get to 88.I wish there was a Pakistani amongst the commentators!After the Sydney debacle it was time our pace bowlers were rewarded.Allah has been kind.Spare a word for our new captain and a very sensible batsman Azhar Ali.Farahat surprised me with his resolution; i have to hand it to him that he has a chemistry with Butt.Umar Akmal played like a novice.I am doubting his temperment for Test matches.I would hate to change a winning team but think Ajmal should be given a chance also try Hameed in place of Malik.Mubarakbad to all Pakistanis!May Allah give our youngsters greater patience and resillence.Keep this team forget Younis and Yousaf there time is over.

  • tanmay on July 24, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Really with that bowling attack and some good young batters pakistan can certainly compete and win against the best in test cricket!! But in one dayers they need to find support in the middle for umar and salman!!

    Wish India had such bowling attack!!

  • Taimur Ali on July 24, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    What ever it was but it was surely herat stoping match.100 poits to both of the team and surely confidence is some thing which helps you in all aspects of your life but some time ""Over confidence""" hurts you alot and the same thing happens to ponting but welldone pakistan .and tankyou everyone involve in the victory i personally waited alot for a victory

  • Sakeen on July 24, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan, the winning has just begun and we must hail the young team and new captain. Shahid Afridi can now go and drown himself in a teacup. This is the spirit. Afridi should be banished and not allowed within a mile of this young team or he might contaminate them with his temperament nonsense.

  • Ihtisham Hassan on July 24, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Welcome victory indeed and it makes me proud, I had been a great fan of Pakistan cricket but in recent years i left following, I started following the cricket again when Shahid Afridi took over the Captaincy and it was delight to see Pakistan win today.....But to be honest it would be unfair if we don't promote Asif as much as we do Aamer, Although he was unlucky and didn't get as many wickets but he showed one of the best swing bowling

  • Adil on July 24, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Indeed it was bowling that won this match for Pakistan. Only if Kaneria can perform when it is required from him, this attack can be next to none. With all due respect to Kaneria, our spin department is very week at test level, he is not good enough to take quick wickets and wipe out the tail, he need 100 overs to take one or two wickets. We need to find a real spinner.

  • Zulfiqar on July 24, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I would like to bring attention to the way Australia lost. Most inspiring was the intensity up to the last moment. One run to win and Hussey grabs a wonderful catch. Losing with this attitude is praiseworthy and inspirational. This is what Pakistan needs to learn and foster. Well done Pakistan and love the pace attack.

  • chicoather on July 24, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I agree with Kamran and we are expecting too much from our bowlers.Azhar Ali comparatively played better than the other debutant Umar Amin who I think is in the team through connections rather than merit.(his firstclass record doesn't justify his inclusion over other better averaged young batsmen of karachi.Injustice with Karachi younsters has to stopped). Umar Amin inclusion needs to be reconsidered.As for Azhar Ali though stays on the crease longer but doesn't seem to posses a natural talent Pakistani youngters are known for likes of Umar Akmal etc.We might need to give him time.fawad alam has been wasted and gutted out without proper opportunity.

  • hassan on July 24, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    absolutely true we have now all guns firing in our attack. But its the batsmen who needs to be more responsible, hope that umar akmal regains his form and probably the addition of younis khan in the team will boost up the batting lineup. Because with Soaib Malik playing as a specialist batsman is not right.

  • Md.Tanzirul Islam on July 24, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Yeah, Pakistan have got worlds best bowling lineup no doubt about that But their middle order is too much fragile. After departure of legendary Inzi, this batting line up looks brittle. Pakistan really need Yousuf for ODI and Test and younis for only test

  • Jonathan on July 24, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    While Pak team is blessed with pace bowling department in every decade they should have resolved their inept batting by now, given the talent it sould be unacceptable especially if they could emulate someone like Javed or Inzimam.

    It was really pathetic display of defensive game by Umar & Malik that was never needed. Umar looked so out of sort playing against his instinctive natural-self, restricting himself beyond the requirement of the situation. He could be pardoned due to his lack of experience but Malik with all the International exposure he has should be able to balance between the attacking & defending mode. After all there should not be a reason for their bowlers to look better then their batsmen while batting & scoring the final runs.

    I wish PCB doesn't waste a genuine fast bowling talent Mohammad Amir.

    Finally it is really exciting to see a balance between a ball & a bat at least in Test format instead of all the gung-ho style formats tailored for batting display.

  • abdul ghaffar on July 24, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    brilliant victory for pakistan ,amir ,asif gul made pakistan bowling attack one of the best ,though azhar ali look solid but Pakistan still need a batmsman who can score century and player longer inning ,plus as senior batsmen shoaib malik and umer akmal should be come ahead of azhar ali and umer ameen ,

  • Nadia on July 24, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    You didn't comment on the new captain during this test. His comments after the match were very optimistic, clear and tactical; not to mention that he seems to be an articulate man.

  • amin74 on July 24, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Great article Kamran...Congrats to the Pakis around the world and to the amazing young talented Pak team for beating the aussies... the future is looking bright!!! Let's take the momentum into the series with England!

  • zaheer on July 24, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    pakistan has to call back moh yousef and younis, no question about that. that will be a psychological boster for team and batting will get stronger indeed. even a non-cricketer brain will tell u , no rocket science. how can we convince ijaz butt for this important decision though! why we always try to shot on our feet. only GOD knows.

  • Usman Bashir on July 24, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Congratulations to every one and spot on as usual, i just hope our batting lineup can learn from their mistakes and i still think one of the senior pro (younis/yousaf) in the middle could ease the nerves in the batting line up. Also Yasir Hameed deserve a spot instead of Umar Amin

  • Umair Asad on July 24, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Nobody would argue that the current bowling line-up is the best a team could ask for. Real pace with swing, away and inward movement.

    However batting is our major concern, if only someone can tell the younger Akmal to check his temperament and play controlled strokes rather than slogging everything he sees on the off stump. Still happy with the current line-up, dont think any change is required.

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  • Umair Asad on July 24, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Nobody would argue that the current bowling line-up is the best a team could ask for. Real pace with swing, away and inward movement.

    However batting is our major concern, if only someone can tell the younger Akmal to check his temperament and play controlled strokes rather than slogging everything he sees on the off stump. Still happy with the current line-up, dont think any change is required.

  • Usman Bashir on July 24, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Congratulations to every one and spot on as usual, i just hope our batting lineup can learn from their mistakes and i still think one of the senior pro (younis/yousaf) in the middle could ease the nerves in the batting line up. Also Yasir Hameed deserve a spot instead of Umar Amin

  • zaheer on July 24, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    pakistan has to call back moh yousef and younis, no question about that. that will be a psychological boster for team and batting will get stronger indeed. even a non-cricketer brain will tell u , no rocket science. how can we convince ijaz butt for this important decision though! why we always try to shot on our feet. only GOD knows.

  • amin74 on July 24, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Great article Kamran...Congrats to the Pakis around the world and to the amazing young talented Pak team for beating the aussies... the future is looking bright!!! Let's take the momentum into the series with England!

  • Nadia on July 24, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    You didn't comment on the new captain during this test. His comments after the match were very optimistic, clear and tactical; not to mention that he seems to be an articulate man.

  • abdul ghaffar on July 24, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    brilliant victory for pakistan ,amir ,asif gul made pakistan bowling attack one of the best ,though azhar ali look solid but Pakistan still need a batmsman who can score century and player longer inning ,plus as senior batsmen shoaib malik and umer akmal should be come ahead of azhar ali and umer ameen ,

  • Jonathan on July 24, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    While Pak team is blessed with pace bowling department in every decade they should have resolved their inept batting by now, given the talent it sould be unacceptable especially if they could emulate someone like Javed or Inzimam.

    It was really pathetic display of defensive game by Umar & Malik that was never needed. Umar looked so out of sort playing against his instinctive natural-self, restricting himself beyond the requirement of the situation. He could be pardoned due to his lack of experience but Malik with all the International exposure he has should be able to balance between the attacking & defending mode. After all there should not be a reason for their bowlers to look better then their batsmen while batting & scoring the final runs.

    I wish PCB doesn't waste a genuine fast bowling talent Mohammad Amir.

    Finally it is really exciting to see a balance between a ball & a bat at least in Test format instead of all the gung-ho style formats tailored for batting display.

  • Md.Tanzirul Islam on July 24, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Yeah, Pakistan have got worlds best bowling lineup no doubt about that But their middle order is too much fragile. After departure of legendary Inzi, this batting line up looks brittle. Pakistan really need Yousuf for ODI and Test and younis for only test

  • hassan on July 24, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    absolutely true we have now all guns firing in our attack. But its the batsmen who needs to be more responsible, hope that umar akmal regains his form and probably the addition of younis khan in the team will boost up the batting lineup. Because with Soaib Malik playing as a specialist batsman is not right.

  • chicoather on July 24, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I agree with Kamran and we are expecting too much from our bowlers.Azhar Ali comparatively played better than the other debutant Umar Amin who I think is in the team through connections rather than merit.(his firstclass record doesn't justify his inclusion over other better averaged young batsmen of karachi.Injustice with Karachi younsters has to stopped). Umar Amin inclusion needs to be reconsidered.As for Azhar Ali though stays on the crease longer but doesn't seem to posses a natural talent Pakistani youngters are known for likes of Umar Akmal etc.We might need to give him time.fawad alam has been wasted and gutted out without proper opportunity.