Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 21, 2012

A visit to Saeed's supermarket of spin

Where England glug down bottles of Chateau Sour
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Thursday, 19th January As a fan of the three-day game, it was great to see England doing their bit to promote one of cricket’s classic formats. There were no wacky declarations in their homage to 1980s county cricket, but they did bring on Jonathan Trott for some joke bowling and they managed to wrap the whole thing up by the third evening. Well done, chaps.

Saeed Ajmal was their nemesis, a smiling purveyor of psychological cricket warfare and cunningly fashioned straightish ones that kind of do a little bit. On the face of it, there doesn’t appear to be much devil in the Ajmal style. If he sold his deliveries in a high street shop, the customers would soon be complaining about the lack of choice.

“Saeed, where are the teesras you said you were getting in? And these doosras here look very similar to your offbreaks over there.”

“Ah,” he would reply, with a grin, “But if you look very closely, you can see that one bends slightly this way, and one bends slightly that way.”

And it’s true. Of course, Ian Bell’s visit to Saeed’s Supermarket of Spin would end after a couple of minutes of confused browsing, with the wee fella running out, screaming, “I don’t know which one to choose! I don’t know which one to choose!”

Bell is, remember, England’s officially nominated “best player of spin”, which admittedly isn’t a great claim to fame, a bit like being the tallest of the seven dwarves or the least unpleasant Republican presidential hopeful, but still, if anyone could handle Saeed, it was going to be Ian.

That didn’t work out too well and now England’s only hope of leaving the Middle East with any semblance of dignity lies in their batsmen finding a way to identify the doosra, preferably before it hits their pad. At the moment, I doubt they’d spot it even if the ICC were to introduce a new rule requiring the umpire to hold up a card stating “Warning: Doosra!” at the appropriate moment.

They will though have some behind-the-scenes help. I don’t mean Merlin the magical bowling machine. I’m talking about the Sky commentators. We should never forget one of the fundamental principles of modern cricket, known as Murali’s Law, which states that the extent to which a spin bowler’s action is a problem is directly related to the number of opponents he has dismissed in the current series.

We have already heard Bob Willis talking ominously about long sleeves and crooked elbows and ahead of the second Test, Sky are working on a giant rubber protractor which Nasser Hussain will hold up in front of the camera every time Saeed bowls in order to give us regular readouts on his angle of arm-bend. Expect more public tastings of vintage Chateau Sour as the series goes on.

Pakistan fans, meanwhile, were having a fantastic time, watching a match in which their team started off well, carried on doing well and utterly refused to throw it away in the most painful way possible right at the end. And in between watching the clatter of English wickets, there was the added entertainment of goading Ian Botham via Twitter, a pastime which obviously I could not possibly endorse.

This metamorphosis from embarrassing shambles to casual success would be remarkable for most teams, but for Pakistan, it’s just another 12 months. With their opponents in disarray, the series is theirs for the taking. Providing they don’t do anything silly…

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • waterbuffalo on January 25, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Come on England! Play Panesar and Swanny, make it a spin fest! Panesar, Swann and Pieterson vs Hafeez Rehman and Ajmal, it'd be so much fun! silly points, forward short legs, attacking for days on end, 96 overs a day! This one spin 3 seam English thing ain't gonna work in the Middle East. They have camels there! Broad and Anderson are good enough for pace, and we'll have a terrific game, now if England wins the toss, with spin , you can put Pakistan in, or you can bat first if you want to risk facing spin after 8 overs..Spin for the Win!

  • Ghulam Panhwer on January 24, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    So, england played 3 three day marches in UAE, out of 3 they lost only one and won 2, not bad, good job England.

  • hammad aziz on January 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    well ian bell he is said to be the best of spin in english ranks.But he had his alarming/warning bells when he was bamboozled by brilliant doosra's.INSHAAllahPAKISTAN WILL WIN &SAEED AJMAL'S PEHLA(NORMAL),DOOSRA(OTHERONE )&TEESRA(JALEBI) ALL will be hard for england to pick.

  • asim on January 22, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Great Article. Couldnt stop laughing

  • Niroshan on January 22, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Marvellous article . Thanks for composing such an entertaining and true piece . . If a spinner goes without wickets then no one will say anything . But as soon as he starts to take wickets all of them start saying things about his action . All too familiar ...right . .

  • Ehsan on January 22, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    The planned holding of giant rubber protractor by Nasser Hussain in front of the camera everytime Ajmal bowls: why can't we come up with such innovative and distracting ideas for opponents - a food for thought for Pakistani TV channels.

  • Sal on January 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Although as a Pakistani I am delighted to see the team perform consistently, quite frankly this is NOT how I want to see them play.

    I mean what makes test cricket so wonderful is the sight of menacing fast bowlers (you know like Shoaib Akhtar, Flintoff, Akram types) intimidating and planning dismissals of top and middle order batsmen. And the batsmen reacting by hooking short pitched deliveries for 4s and 6s. That battle of the ball and the bat is what would make me watch test cricket.

    Obviously I am not saying they should ban spinners or anything like that, but to bring on spinners after the first couple of overs of fast bowling is a bit too much.

    Misbah may be doing what is required to win, but I never like watching Pakistan go into a 5-day game with just 2 fast bowlers. Both Gul and Cheema are medium pacers really. This guy Talha sitting on the bench is said to be fast...he and Gul should make for a good opening attack. Cheema and the spinners can come in a bit later.

  • yafis on January 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Can somebody please tell the British that subcontinent and middle east are geographically distinct.

  • saud on January 22, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Best I have read on cricinfo in a very long time.

  • sarfraz on January 22, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Waow this article is quite funny, if English batsmen are not able to play Doosra then ICC should abandon it. Where is "Teesra", its coming on the way, for a time being Doosra is enough to get 10 wickets. The writer of this article is English supporter...Don't worry writer English team will get another kick soon.

  • waterbuffalo on January 25, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Come on England! Play Panesar and Swanny, make it a spin fest! Panesar, Swann and Pieterson vs Hafeez Rehman and Ajmal, it'd be so much fun! silly points, forward short legs, attacking for days on end, 96 overs a day! This one spin 3 seam English thing ain't gonna work in the Middle East. They have camels there! Broad and Anderson are good enough for pace, and we'll have a terrific game, now if England wins the toss, with spin , you can put Pakistan in, or you can bat first if you want to risk facing spin after 8 overs..Spin for the Win!

  • Ghulam Panhwer on January 24, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    So, england played 3 three day marches in UAE, out of 3 they lost only one and won 2, not bad, good job England.

  • hammad aziz on January 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    well ian bell he is said to be the best of spin in english ranks.But he had his alarming/warning bells when he was bamboozled by brilliant doosra's.INSHAAllahPAKISTAN WILL WIN &SAEED AJMAL'S PEHLA(NORMAL),DOOSRA(OTHERONE )&TEESRA(JALEBI) ALL will be hard for england to pick.

  • asim on January 22, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Great Article. Couldnt stop laughing

  • Niroshan on January 22, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Marvellous article . Thanks for composing such an entertaining and true piece . . If a spinner goes without wickets then no one will say anything . But as soon as he starts to take wickets all of them start saying things about his action . All too familiar ...right . .

  • Ehsan on January 22, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    The planned holding of giant rubber protractor by Nasser Hussain in front of the camera everytime Ajmal bowls: why can't we come up with such innovative and distracting ideas for opponents - a food for thought for Pakistani TV channels.

  • Sal on January 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Although as a Pakistani I am delighted to see the team perform consistently, quite frankly this is NOT how I want to see them play.

    I mean what makes test cricket so wonderful is the sight of menacing fast bowlers (you know like Shoaib Akhtar, Flintoff, Akram types) intimidating and planning dismissals of top and middle order batsmen. And the batsmen reacting by hooking short pitched deliveries for 4s and 6s. That battle of the ball and the bat is what would make me watch test cricket.

    Obviously I am not saying they should ban spinners or anything like that, but to bring on spinners after the first couple of overs of fast bowling is a bit too much.

    Misbah may be doing what is required to win, but I never like watching Pakistan go into a 5-day game with just 2 fast bowlers. Both Gul and Cheema are medium pacers really. This guy Talha sitting on the bench is said to be fast...he and Gul should make for a good opening attack. Cheema and the spinners can come in a bit later.

  • yafis on January 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Can somebody please tell the British that subcontinent and middle east are geographically distinct.

  • saud on January 22, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Best I have read on cricinfo in a very long time.

  • sarfraz on January 22, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Waow this article is quite funny, if English batsmen are not able to play Doosra then ICC should abandon it. Where is "Teesra", its coming on the way, for a time being Doosra is enough to get 10 wickets. The writer of this article is English supporter...Don't worry writer English team will get another kick soon.

  • Junaid on January 22, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    i should also do some sort of my research work for UMER GUL long sleeves in 2nd inn, so that we can make GUL's Law of fast bowling. :P by the way, nicely composed and well dressed article covering all the issues during that match as an independent observer.

  • BabarZia on January 22, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    it was and hopefully will be for years to come, a pleasure to watch the glorious discipline of English batsmen and bowling in the last year which took them to the top. In this slam, bam, thankful ma'am day and age of 20 20, short boundaries, and incompetent, impatient batsmen, it was great to watch graceful cricket from Pakistan. After all the same formula was followed to the tee by Australia in the first three tests against India. England should be proud of bringing real cricket back and learn to be humble losers and give credit where it is due.

  • chat on January 22, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Brilliant stuff! I love reading these articles as opposed to the banal drivel written by the 'regular' cricinfo journos.

  • Khalid Khan on January 22, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Hi Andrew,

    I really enjoyed while reading your column. I just would like to know that whenever any asian bowler is becoming popular or becoming in form then always western media and columnist searching how to demorlise that particular bowler usually if they are spin bowlers. Why is that?

    Like Murali from srilanka. When he was in top form australian media was following him and was writing against his action. Now you guys doing same for Ajmal. Murali was clear and I hope Ajmal will be clear also but its my view that this approach is not good.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 22, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    "a bit like being the tallest of the seven dwarves or the least unpleasant Republican presidential hopeful". lolz on that one.

  • Ahmed Husnain Johar on January 22, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    lolx...... ECB should try to convince ICC at ""Sleeve less"" Law!!!!!!!!!!

    just a Minute, some Englishman is here who try to TEACH me that """"WHY ARE YOU SO????"""" much simple question that is! O English Brothers! some lesson more here's that will taught you by PAKISTANIs! very often you listen the Quote: "" it's not End, but beginning "" so it's time to cramming that quote again! Good bye

    O o o O o o, not from here, Dubaiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • Ahmad on January 22, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Its brilliant, I liked it being a Pakistani for the reason, as not many Englishmen are praising Saeed Ajmal and giving him the respect he deserved. Come on English Cricket fans and players, you are the father of this amazing game, so you should not act agaisnt the game. No doubt your cricket team is at his best in your recent cricketing history.

  • Fahad on January 22, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    The english love controversy, ill throw one in for them. Has any one investigated the match fixing angle to this game, how did the english manage to loose in 3 days, some of the dismissals were suspect.

  • Saeed on January 22, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    History repeated again. When the likes of Imran, Sarfraz and later The two 'Ws' were bowling reverse swing - it was cheating - main accusers the English cricketers. Now every one talks about reverse swing but they still can't do it as well as the Pakistanis. So now the English can only talk about long sleeves. Well done Saeed Ajmal - you have seen the reintroduction of Muralis Law

  • hahaha on January 22, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Murali's law is as a news as seed's teesra is. Bob & Bell are really on recieving end these days.

  • Fahad on January 22, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    great article, whinging isnt going to save the english, the series is still wide open though and england will have to prove their number 1 status, a no 1 side would bounce back from here.

  • Faisal on January 22, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Beautiful piece. Now this is what comedic journalism is all about.

  • Maz on January 21, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Excellent article imo!

    Good old Pakistan...literally the most compelling (substitute with infuriating, confusing, astonishing, bipolar- at appropriate moment) team in world sport : )

  • Mohsin Laliwala on January 21, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Superb article! Bob Willis is an artificial act! Tell him to stop shaking his legs when talking about Ajmal's bowling action. Bob's guilty looks were worse than Straussy! SOUR GRAPES! Could Billy Bowden show red card to Willi please!

  • mumtaz on January 21, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Really an excellent article.I could not stop laughing all the time while reading it.In fact you have invented some new theories.It is so refreshing article specially coming from an englishman at this disastrous time.....keep it up great writer....

  • Mohsin Laliwala on January 21, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Superb article! Bob Willis is an artificial act! Tell him to stop shaking his legs when talking about Ajmal's bowling action. Bob's guilty looks were worse than Staussy! SOUR GRAPES! Could Billy Bowden show red card to Willi please!

  • Zulfiqar on January 21, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    The "Teesra" means, finish the match in 3 days. hahaha

  • kamran on January 21, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Saeed is getting closer to achieve fastest 100 wickets for Pakistan i.e in in 19th test

  • Afaaq on January 21, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Excellent Article. Made me laugh all the way through. Loved the principle of Murali's law. All the best.

  • Musadiqkhan on January 21, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    A good and hilarious read specially 'Murali law' :D

  • Rehan on January 21, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Hahaha, hilarious! Very well written Sir!

  • jhon tamer on January 21, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Fricking awwsome man..... england always wanted a 12th man team...with 12th being the loosers and murli haters like willis. But luckily enough pakistanis are mentally enough to not to fall prey to this hypocrosy like they have in the past. Hopefully the days of pakistan shooting themselves in the foot are long gone and they will keep up the good work cuz noone adds more flavor to cricket than pakistan. Finaly i hope they get some home games......

  • BILAL on January 21, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Nice article.

  • Asif on January 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    If England Off spinner Bowl Doosra they can tell this is art of Bowling, n if other teams bowler do the same, they says this illegal delievery

  • Riaz on January 21, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Thanks Andrew for writing a very funny articles about Saeed Ajmal's magical spin and England's strong batting. I do not read many articles but this one I read from start to end. Being in USA I was up all night to watch this test between Number 1 and Number 5 teams and can not believe what happened to proud English team, claim to be number 1. Well done....yes more please.

  • Ashfaq on January 21, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    If the mystery of batsmen killer "doosra"and "teesra" was a matter of the sleeves, Agatha Christie would be famous for her comics...

  • Dr Shah on January 21, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Excellent piece. Very witty. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Request to Bob Willis: Dear Sir, Please let the teams play fair and square cricket and avoid making this exciting contest turn into another politically engineered media campaign against Pakistan Cricket. We would be most obliged. Thanks.

  • shak on January 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Typical really, England can't dominate Ajmal so he must surely be bowling an illegal delivery! Just trying to divert attention from the obvious which is England are RUBBISH at facing decent spinners.

  • usmaan on January 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    good one. especially 'murali law'. :)

  • Rizvi on January 21, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Bob Willis is a sad case.

  • Anonymous on January 21, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Great article Mr Hughes! As a long time cricket fan and follower of England I am used to disappointment. I think Pakistan will win the series, but I would be delighted to be proved wrong.

  • ajmal on January 21, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    wonderful Ajmal i am very happy that Pakistan beat England, because due them my favorite bowler Mohammad Amir is in Jail. try to beat again. best of luck.

  • Arsalan on January 21, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    gr8 article .... loved Pakistan's performance ... the reaction of old Englishmen is surely a case of sour grapes ... But you must admire Matt Prior's attitude towards the whole "arm bending thing" ... it shows that the current English team have the character to accept their mistakes and move on ...

  • Fasil on January 21, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    shame on England 1st they lost from pak and then blaming ajmal doosra illegial all the rubbish from british media my advise to u is learn how to play spin better bec u guys had the same problem with murali and warne.Eng is no 1 team in their on yard like india lol And I am very positive pak will cleansweep the series 3/0

  • Osama Siddique on January 21, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Hilarious article. Full of fantastic jibes and an inherent underlying fairness to appreciate merit and bin the whining.

  • Anwar on January 21, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Saeed Azmal can become another Spin Master like Abdul Qadir of Pakistan. I wish him success. He and Murali are the greatest spinners of modern time. I wish him more success in coming days. No law requires by ICC to bar him from bowling Doosras and Teesras. Let other bartsmens learn to bat Azmal Doosras and Teesras.

  • AsgharSHAH on January 21, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    One thing is very intresting, If Saqlain Mushtaq is bowling in county cricket with doosra and he is also guru of Saeed Ajmal. But these guys dont have any probelm with Saqlain Mustaq but Saeed Ajmal... I think they are already Frightened with Doosra and they believe Teesra would be nightmare for them.

  • Ali Shah on January 21, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    haha.....brilliant article.....the Murali law is hilarious...well written....a tad harsh on the English team though.....

  • Mr Hamilton Perkins on January 21, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Funny how Bob Willis didnt find anything odd about Saeed Ajmals action back in 2010 when he was a middling nobody....and only now when he takes 10 wickets suddenly he gets up Bobs nose. Bob is a classic muck raker/troublemaker when it comes to all things Pakistan cricket. he should really be ashamed of himself

  • mark on January 21, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Love the Murali's Law; So true.

  • Raheel Hussain on January 21, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Nice article. I wish I could write this imaginatively! Despite all the plaudits about Pakistan's excellent win, Pakistan will expect an Englnad fightback come the second test. For whatever measure a team is judged No1, England have been the most consistent team over the last 2 years. They have played solid cricket and have a team spirit that is hard to beat. I suspect Misbah et al will be aware of this but I think Pakistan should see the 'real' England in Abu Dhabi. That said, and for the time being, Pakistan can richly enjoy this success, if only because of the events that have taken place over the last few months. The nation also needed a boost as well and power to Misbah. He has done what many didnt want...a professional, solid Pakistan team playing to a strategy....who would have thought hey!!! Oh yes, isnt nice for fans to talk about the cricket rather than off field antics...expect for Bob Willis...who cant seem to keep his negative mouth shut, even for one minute....

  • cav davidson on January 21, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    The problem is that complaining about Ajmals's action now sounds like whining from a disappointed england supporter. I am a disappointed england supporter, of course England batted very poorly in Dubai, but my anguish at Ajmal's action has nothing to do with England's loss. The problem is not that Ajmal swings a bent elbow, it is that he distinctly straightens it at the peak of his action. That is a throw. Even loyal Pakistanis, if they are objective, will have to admit that. And don't trot out the fact that his action has been checked out and cleared by the ICC biomechanics people....if you were being tested don't you think you would make darn sure that you bowled legitimately? Now he can do what he likes during a game and nobody is allowed to even raise a question. This is a massive 'elephant in the room' for the world game and it is very depressing. Examples of similarly dodgy actions abound ...and they are not all from the sub-continent, eg. Johan Botha. ICC please fix....

  • Alan Harrison on January 21, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    'Bell is, remember, England’s officially nominated “best player of spin”, which admittedly isn’t a great claim to fame, a bit like being the tallest of the seven dwarves or the least unpleasant Republican presidential hopeful.' Hohoho very amusing. With Sky promoting "Murali's law" so much it won't be long before the Murdoch press start pressing for Murali's law to be placed on the statute book. I'm sure an unpleasant Republican presidential hopeful or UK coalition minister will be as ready to oblige KRM as usual.

  • Umran Bashir on January 21, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Fantastic piece I thoroughly enjoyed this article and the bit about the umpire holding up a board warning of a doosra was hilarious.

    After all pakistani fans have been through its extra annoying when Bob Willis has a whine, take it on the chin like men.

    Pakistani fans deserve a good time and the manner in which they won was amazing.

    p.s Bob Willis Swann also only bowls in long sleeve, but I dont see you having a heart attack about that.

    thank from an obvious

    a Pakistani fan.

    Umran

  • Morfi on January 21, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Bloody Brilliant Andrew! Sour grapes it is, most surely - and that Chateau Sour obviously doesnt go well with 'Beef'..;)

  • jawad on January 21, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    lolxx... but this series is far from ending u never kno what wil happen in the next game

  • Lee Partis on January 21, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Thanks Andrew; an amusing (extremely funny even) piece cutting through the usual bull**** available at times of England disaster. As an English cricket fan, or rather a cricket fan who happens to be English, I will be cheering on Pakistan, who have really pulled themselves out of the mire within a year. More please.

  • Observer on January 21, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The article is hilarious especially the following points:

    1)At the moment, I doubt they’d spot it even if the ICC were to introduce a new rule requiring the umpire to hold up a card stating “Warning: Doosra!” at the appropriate moment.

    2)I’m talking about the Sky commentators. We should never forget one of the fundamental principles of modern cricket, known as Murali’s Law, which states that the extent to which a spin bowler’s action is a problem is directly related to the number of opponents he has dismissed in the current series.

  • Faisal on January 21, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Hahaha. Man you're a genius with ths article. lol @ Murali's law

  • Syed J. Ahmed on January 21, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Excellent article, as a Pakistani i loved it. But I think you went to harsh on England, lets not forget they've been playing outstanding cricket and can easily bounce back. I know Pakistan is ready for the task and they're not going to give up without a fight.

  • iBilal on January 21, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    "Tallest of the seven dwarfs"... haha... very nice analogy

  • Dinith on January 21, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Oh brother! HAHAHA!

  • ahmed on January 21, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    MURALI's LAw WaS AweSoMe

  • abdul basit on January 21, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    well done Mr hughes. A remarkably refreshing piece coming from an Englishman haaving the guts to laugh in thhe face of just a cricketing defeat.... for some others though its the number one 1 team defeated by a number 5 team...

  • suporta on January 21, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    lol...superb article...trumps everything I have read so far on this topic...can so imagine it - Saeed the wily caravan trader from the east, shafting hapless tourists...

  • Pauline on January 21, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    An excellent article and full of truth! I endorse the Murali's Law which the likes of Bob Wills made it too much obvious. The irony is, the hue and cry is not working this time!!! The only way to come out from dust is to play better cricket and that seems a daunting task from the mentally lost World #1 team!

  • Owais on January 21, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Wow, AndRew Hughes!! Sir u hav nailed it in the Most funniest and epic way!! U have greatly sketched the whole scenario of Problems created by Ajmal for Eng and vise versa Probs Created by Eng(Former cricketers) against ajmal..!! The thing is that cricket iz a game of competiton b/w Bat n Bowl But Batsmens everywhere R Hugely enjoying luxuries in cricket rulings!! The bowlers R at an disadvantage ryt now coz pitches r prepared batting friendly..!! Test matches can be only made exciting and fruitful by making Bowler friendly tracks!! And Less stiff attitude iz required towards Potential Bowlers which makes the game more exciting!!

  • Saad on January 21, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Brilliant article. The part about Murli's law was the best! And true!

  • Shakil on January 21, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    long sleeves and crooked elbows.... haha cant believe these people talkin funny things so seriously.... great write hughes

  • Malik on January 21, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Bob Willis next demand...Umar Gul must wear sleeve less shirt because he got some extra bounce in the second innings of the 1st Test.

  • Khalid nazir. on January 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Ya it is wel that.from the early pakistan had both strong batting as wel as bowling.at this moment i am sure that if PCB give them good support,it wil remain no1 team forever

  • CricFan on January 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Excellent Piece, really well drafted to show England’s misery against spin. Every team is a bully at home but when they have to make foreign tours, the conditions seem alien to them. These are professional individuals and should stop making excuses such as hard conditions, bend in arm greater than 15 degress and blah blah…. One should accept defeat and should come out saying, ‘Yes we played badly and the better team won’. I think it’s the best gesture one could show to their defeat. As far as Pakistan team is concerned, they shouldn’t get complacent and keep the good work going. P.S. Bob Willis please find a better excuse to your team’s dismal outing.

  • sahee on January 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    i think English men should focus on doing basics well. they r a top team and they will bounce back. as far as Pakistan is concerned they r playing excellent cricket. i love the way they r fighting in ground regardless of what some stupid old English players are barking about saeed's action. the thing is that they should accept that England players are knocked out by some quality spin and fast bowling. and mind you Mr. bob swan also wears full sleeves :)

  • saif on January 21, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Haaa, very well said dear, the 'Doosra Warning Signal' and 'Murali 's Law of Bowler's Wrong action' is just fantastic to read. A true picture of English Men...Lol

  • Ammy on January 21, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Expect more public tastings of vintage Chateau Sour as the series goes on. Lovely piece of writing! :)

  • Dr Ali Khan on January 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Andrew,you have given some good advice to England here,do you think they will read your artilce?

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  • Dr Ali Khan on January 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Andrew,you have given some good advice to England here,do you think they will read your artilce?

  • Ammy on January 21, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Expect more public tastings of vintage Chateau Sour as the series goes on. Lovely piece of writing! :)

  • saif on January 21, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Haaa, very well said dear, the 'Doosra Warning Signal' and 'Murali 's Law of Bowler's Wrong action' is just fantastic to read. A true picture of English Men...Lol

  • sahee on January 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    i think English men should focus on doing basics well. they r a top team and they will bounce back. as far as Pakistan is concerned they r playing excellent cricket. i love the way they r fighting in ground regardless of what some stupid old English players are barking about saeed's action. the thing is that they should accept that England players are knocked out by some quality spin and fast bowling. and mind you Mr. bob swan also wears full sleeves :)

  • CricFan on January 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Excellent Piece, really well drafted to show England’s misery against spin. Every team is a bully at home but when they have to make foreign tours, the conditions seem alien to them. These are professional individuals and should stop making excuses such as hard conditions, bend in arm greater than 15 degress and blah blah…. One should accept defeat and should come out saying, ‘Yes we played badly and the better team won’. I think it’s the best gesture one could show to their defeat. As far as Pakistan team is concerned, they shouldn’t get complacent and keep the good work going. P.S. Bob Willis please find a better excuse to your team’s dismal outing.

  • Khalid nazir. on January 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Ya it is wel that.from the early pakistan had both strong batting as wel as bowling.at this moment i am sure that if PCB give them good support,it wil remain no1 team forever

  • Malik on January 21, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Bob Willis next demand...Umar Gul must wear sleeve less shirt because he got some extra bounce in the second innings of the 1st Test.

  • Shakil on January 21, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    long sleeves and crooked elbows.... haha cant believe these people talkin funny things so seriously.... great write hughes

  • Saad on January 21, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Brilliant article. The part about Murli's law was the best! And true!

  • Owais on January 21, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Wow, AndRew Hughes!! Sir u hav nailed it in the Most funniest and epic way!! U have greatly sketched the whole scenario of Problems created by Ajmal for Eng and vise versa Probs Created by Eng(Former cricketers) against ajmal..!! The thing is that cricket iz a game of competiton b/w Bat n Bowl But Batsmens everywhere R Hugely enjoying luxuries in cricket rulings!! The bowlers R at an disadvantage ryt now coz pitches r prepared batting friendly..!! Test matches can be only made exciting and fruitful by making Bowler friendly tracks!! And Less stiff attitude iz required towards Potential Bowlers which makes the game more exciting!!