Pakistan in England 2010 July 27, 2010

Amir and Asif are best in the world - Butt

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For the full interview with Salman Butt click here

Salman Butt, the Pakistan captain, has praised his new-ball pair, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, as the best opening duo the world ahead of the Test series against England following their performances which earned a 1-1 draw with Australia.

Although Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, South Africa's quick bowlers, can lay their own claim to be the leading strike force in the game, Pakistan's combination have certainly made a huge impression in recent weeks and will be a major threat when they take on England at Trent Bridge. Asif and Amir shared 22 wickets in the two-Test series against Australia and were both outstanding during Pakistan's three-wicket victory at Headingley, their first win against Australia for 15 years.

Amir has gained praise from former great fast bowlers including Wasim Akram, while Asif has shown tremendous skill in controlling the swing even though he has lost pace in recent years. They have enjoyed bowling in overcast conditions, but are also capable of extracting reverse swing which could play a part against England.

"The way Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul bowled was brilliant," Butt told Cricinfo. "Without any doubt I can say that Amir and Asif are the best pair in the world at the moment and Gul with the old ball is the most dangerous because he bowls the best reverse swing that I've played in recent times. I am a lucky person to have such an armoury and they are Pakistan's trump card in Pakistan's successes in the recent past and for a long time in the future."

However, one of the key challenges facing Pakistan is to ensure their pace bowlers remain fit during a demanding schedule which will extend to six Test in six weeks once the England series concludes at the end of August. Although they have reserves in the squad, if either Asif or Amir are unable to play a match it will have a severe impact on Pakistan's chances.

"We will be talking to the bowlers. We have to look after each other," Butt said. "But if somebody is feeling tired, disheartened, or if he feels there is any injury scare he can always come out and speak to me and the seniors. It is not only me, but the seniors and the team management who will sit and decide. It is not only this series but with the World Cup fast approaching we definitely have that, too, at the back of our minds so we will preserve key people but at the same time in the big games - Tests - we need to play our best team and plan accordingly."

Pakistan's bowlers are without doubt their most dangerous asset because the batting remains hugely inexperienced with much resting on Butt himself. Umar Akmal's performances against Australia suggested he has yet to realise the requirements of Test cricket, but Azhar Ali showed promise at No. 3 with a vital 51 during the tense run chase at Headingley.

"He is a wonderful prospect," Butt said. "He plays his cricket in his limits. He knows his shots, his scoring areas. In the four innings so far, three times he got out a very good ball which any good batsman might have found hard to negotiate as well. Azhar is a very good talent and if he can carry on this way he has the ability to stabilise the Pakistan batting. He proved that during the fourth innings at Headingley where he showed great temperament and resolve against the Aussies as well as a good technique in tough conditions.

"But you should not forget Imran Farhat's contribution," Butt added. "He kept the scoring rate high and kept hitting the boundaries at the other end, which helped Azhar to not take pressure. So, full credit to Imran, who built the crucial partnership with Azhar in the run chase."

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  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | August 2, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Salman Butt meant to say that Mo Amer is the BEST BATSMEN in this Pakistan side.The proof is 2nd innings against England where Amer was the only batsmen to face 44 balls.Check the scorecard if I am wrong.In his next interview Mr Butt is going honour Kamram Akmal as the best wicketkeeper in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    @ALL OF YOU wasim akram called him best than him so you pplz remarks have no vaues...........k..v just need yousaf and younis back..then ve vil....tell you...how dagerous is our side///////////

  • POSTED BY Daniel_Cartwright on | August 1, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    If one of the opposing comments were coming from someone not Indian, EVEN ONE!!...I would gladly reconsinder.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 1, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    aybe they are best but you can't deny the fact that Pakistani batting line-up are WORST in the world.

  • POSTED BY jazi.ne on | August 1, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    MOHAMMAD AAMER IS THE BEST

  • POSTED BY jazi.ne on | August 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Pakistan has the best bowlers ever

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    and you and all your other batsmen are the world's worst.......

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 1, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    i dont think indian bowling attack is best in world but the most brave one i mean after srilankan hit them all over the park in first test it is the indian bowling attack dared to play again in second test n result was same n hopefully will be same in 3rd test as well woow bravo

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Oh Salman Butt, I wish you wouldn't say that and would wait until your team got a good hiding.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Its nice if a captain says about its team ;) But they both are not the best yet proven. Pakistan bowling is admirable but what is the issue with the middle order batting :D team is not only of bowlers... there should be any sachin or kallis in middle order..

  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | August 2, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Salman Butt meant to say that Mo Amer is the BEST BATSMEN in this Pakistan side.The proof is 2nd innings against England where Amer was the only batsmen to face 44 balls.Check the scorecard if I am wrong.In his next interview Mr Butt is going honour Kamram Akmal as the best wicketkeeper in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    @ALL OF YOU wasim akram called him best than him so you pplz remarks have no vaues...........k..v just need yousaf and younis back..then ve vil....tell you...how dagerous is our side///////////

  • POSTED BY Daniel_Cartwright on | August 1, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    If one of the opposing comments were coming from someone not Indian, EVEN ONE!!...I would gladly reconsinder.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 1, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    aybe they are best but you can't deny the fact that Pakistani batting line-up are WORST in the world.

  • POSTED BY jazi.ne on | August 1, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    MOHAMMAD AAMER IS THE BEST

  • POSTED BY jazi.ne on | August 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Pakistan has the best bowlers ever

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    and you and all your other batsmen are the world's worst.......

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 1, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    i dont think indian bowling attack is best in world but the most brave one i mean after srilankan hit them all over the park in first test it is the indian bowling attack dared to play again in second test n result was same n hopefully will be same in 3rd test as well woow bravo

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Oh Salman Butt, I wish you wouldn't say that and would wait until your team got a good hiding.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Its nice if a captain says about its team ;) But they both are not the best yet proven. Pakistan bowling is admirable but what is the issue with the middle order batting :D team is not only of bowlers... there should be any sachin or kallis in middle order..

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 30, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Mr. Salman Butt, now after such a devastating spell from the English bowlers to shot Pakistan to 130 for 8, whom would you call the best bowlers? The Pakistani bowlers or the English bowlers. Or how would you rate your batsmen and wicket keeper? How would you rate your own batting? A long way to go gentleman. Best is not the easiest, it has to be hard earned. You have a C rated team with 2 top quality bowlers who need to get support from their fielders and batsmen. It is that simple. Innings defeat is on the horizon, forget 2nd test's gift from australia. We cautioned you all.

  • POSTED BY Gharo on | July 30, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    maybe Strauss Should call Underson an Finn the best in the world........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Funny remarks. Butt got too excited about the 1st win over the OZS and that too in the very first one as the leader but he forgot that the weather got merciful on him and OZS had to bat just wen the conditions were overcast. Not to take the credit away fromthe Aamer-Asif though but it's very premature comment.

  • POSTED BY ListenToMe on | July 30, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    It is too early to call them the best in the world. When Irfan and Ishant started their career everyone thought that they will be the best. Only time can tell who emerges to be the best. In bowler friendly conditions any fast bowler or seamer will look like the best. When in form any good bowler is dangerous. Only time will decide how these bowlers perform in future.

  • POSTED BY ww113 on | July 30, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    A long way to go before Amir and Asif become the world's best.At this point,Dale Steyn is the best.

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | July 30, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    India has the best bowling attack in the world

  • POSTED BY dreamerdx on | July 30, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    lmao, its funny how most of the Indians are backing up Styen and Morkel and thinking that Pakistani bowlers are nt better. Dnt be lame guys, firstly go and check da Indian vs Srilanks scorecard of both test matches and see how Indian bowlers are performing. I am willing to bet dat Pakistan weak batting and post a huge score against this Indian bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Butt must remember that one swallow does not make a summer!

  • POSTED BY neilithic on | July 30, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    To Sheikhasim: YOU obviously forgot that Morkel wasn't playing in that game, that it was a one day match not a test match, and it was on the batsman friendly pitches of India. YOU must not forget that Steyn and Morkel were the pair that bowled India out twice on home soil to see South Africa win by an innings, taking 12/231 in the test match between them for an average of only 19.25 runs per wicket.

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | July 30, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Has Butt also said that Kamran Akmal is the best wicketkeeper in the world, Maybe he is talking through his surname ???

  • POSTED BY Bilbo on | July 30, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Hello - reality check required here. Pakistan win one test (now 13 - 1 in Australia's favour over the last decade or so) and suddenly they have the best new ball attack in the world? I mean, lets see how Asif would have done right now in Sri Lanka on that wicket bowling with his "pace". Aamer is a genuine talent, to be sure, but what happened to players proving themselves over a period of YEARS (not weeks) before being lauded as world-beaters? Even 1 DAY after Butt's claims on these two, what does one make of England at 4 for 300+ in decent seaming conditions? Against "the world's best new ball attack"? I don't think so!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    this is for Fan84 only, you OZzies will never admit defeat, even you are defeated, take it with a grain of salt, your batsmen have no clue against the two As, period. If we had a couple of outstanding batsmen, like in the past, then it would not have been a walk in the park for you guys. Admit this, Pak attack has always been superior to your attack, its the batsmen that has let Pak down. Bring your bowlers, and we bring ours, we have so many skillful, awe inspiring, quicks, and spin magicians to boast from. We can make a XI out of the bowlers alone!!! your bowlers are just average bowlers, compare the two batting lineups and you should not talk about, Amer and Asif got the likes of Ponting and Clarke and Hussey, what did your bowlers got, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin LOL!!!!!

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | July 29, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    @Sheri1103...try telling that to Ian Bell and Trott, I distinctly remember Steyn bowling them with a ball moving in. Then ask the entire Ind batting line up, ask them whether or not the balll was reversing BOTH ways when he demolished them on his last tour to Ind. Morkel's strength isn't swing though.

  • POSTED BY lugujaga on | July 29, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    HERE WE GO AGAIAN... ANOTHER PSKISTANI PUTTING HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH. THEY WERE SO SHORT OF SUCCESS THAT AS SOON AS A LITTLE IS ACHEIVED THEY BEGIN TO TALK TOO SOON . BUTT SHOULD STAY QUIET AND TRY AND WIN SOME GAMES BEFORE HE START RUNNING HIS MOUTH.... REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO A MISTER AFRIDI..... YOU GUYS SHOULD STOP TALKING SO MUCH AND LET YOUR RESULTS SHOW WHAT YOU CAN DO.. I WANT TO SEE PAKISTAN BE GOOD AGAIN . ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS MR BUTT

  • POSTED BY klobania on | July 29, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    ha ha ha all of sudden no. of fans (mostly indian) of morkel n steyn have increased (who were hammered by tendulkar recently or may be that match was preplanned) here only because pakistani pace trio is appreciated by their captain ppl here are commenting on fast bowlers fail to produce any such bowler even a medium pacer like of abdul razzak n being hammered by sri lankan all over the park

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | July 29, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Salman Butt is right I think.

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | July 29, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Well although i think it is too premature to judge them, but pakistan do have a high quality bowling line up, trust me we Indians would be proud to have such bowlers combined with our batting,sigh, nevertheless they are still behind Dale Steyn , i still remember the spell in Nagpur earlier this year against our team. It was a demonstration of high class swing bowling and had us in shambles, its a must see for fast bowlers around the world

  • POSTED BY Sanjiyan on | July 29, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Pakstan are playing SA in November/December this year. The tracks they will be playing on are generally considered flat so then we'll see how the 2 pairs match up in flat conditions. As for the comments that Steyn and Morkel are hometrack bullies i'd like to ask those guys to get the sand out of their eyes. SA have played 2 matches at home this year and the rest were away. Btw, SA also have a left arm seamer in their ranks ;)

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    i dont blame him for saying that looking at the fast bowling attack of the so called "no.1 rank" test nation..

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    i dont blame him for saying that looking at the fast bowling attack of the so called "no.1 rank" test nation..

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | July 29, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Everything about Pakistan is a "JOKE". What they do or talk doesn't make sense at all.Look at Pakistan's record for the last 5 yrs, they have lost every test series they have played.Yet with one solitary win MR Butt went overboard and said that these 2 blokes are the best. I remember Imran saying the same thing about Mo.Sami, where is he now??? their dumb media said the same thing abt Sohail tanvir...where is he now??...We will see in next 3 yrs where will this amer will be. Nobody outside Pakistan knows this bloke called Amer.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    How can it be true when they only performed in england? Two criteria:

    1) Let them perform in almost all country equally good. 2) Let them perform over a period of time (atleast 1-2 years)

    Then they can called world's best bowlers. But that is not going to happen because soon they will be caught in some controversy (may be drugs).

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    lolz, amer n asif are replying these CI haters in a humble way, hatts off to the guys, they are producing unplayable deliveries on a dead-track

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Jealous guys

    Theya are the best,

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    There are enough statistics backing butts statement. Ppl shouldnt feel threatened by this, instead other teams should concentrate and work hard to come to the same level of Pakistani bowlers esp. India who have yet to produce any bowler worthy of praise. the comments im reading here, remind me of the 90s when entire teams used to be Waseemed and Waqared, and we saw all sorts of doubts, and false allegations level against by the English, Australians and some others. It was because they could never find an answer to their excellent bowling. Ppl its best for cricket in general that a country is still producing bowlers that take the world's breath away. Dont whine about it.. be happy and try to improve your own as well. Again esp. India.

  • POSTED BY sheikhasim on | July 29, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    my fellow kids, PLEASE do not forget, the two south african fast bowlers steyn and morkel were the ones who were hit left right and centre all around the ground by one old (in cricket terms old) 36 year old sachin tendulker for 200 just by himself in not too distant times. PLEASE do not forget.

  • POSTED BY Sheri1103 on | July 29, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I totally disagree with the comments of Cheetu,, Umar Gul, Muhammad Amir & Muhammad Asif are the world Best Bowler of the World. If u r comparing these guys with Styne, Morkal & Michal Jhonsan, this is unfair. You should confirm with more knowledgeable cricket brain around you then May be you can understand difference the Pace Bowlers and the Seamer. You are talking about the Pace Bowlers however Amir and Asif both are the seamer. Moreover, they are the only bowlers in the World who can " In Swing " and " Out Swing " the ball, however Styne and Jhonson can only Out Swing the bowl, if u have a chance to see the bowling of Styne and Jhonsan, you can clearly find this difference, So kindly, keep positive thinking.

  • POSTED BY pacemaker on | July 29, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Hello Mr. Cheetu! plz calm down i know how you feel when you see your bowlers performing in india

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | July 29, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    it was categorically right on the part of salman to encourage the youngster. what he said is that these 2 are the best at the moment. asif as we all know is a natural bowler ever since his career started. regarding amir, we will have to see. as a youngster at 18, he is a bright prospect. but its too early to put him into the shoes of the legendary wasim akram and dale steyn etc, only time has the authority to do so. salman butt seems to be a pro. he talks very sensible here. language so very different from the past captains. nice to have him here.

  • POSTED BY Wanton on | July 29, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    a lot of users here praising Morkel a lot, he is nothing special, just average bowler. No doubt about Styrn, he is the best fast bowler right now.

  • POSTED BY Milan31 on | July 29, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    There is no doubt Aamer and Asif are fantastic bowlers. But their success came in bowler friendly pitches so far. They are yet to show their real talent on the dead pitches of Colombo for example. The Ban on Pakistan is a blessing in disguise for these two otherwise Pakistan is known to make flatest of pitches in the world to make safety first to their batsmen. I doubt they have physical or mental strength to keep bowling hours and hours in the Sun without any success. Then we will know how best are they ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    You pakistani supporters are jokers, only reason your bowlers can reverse the ball like they do is because they are the best at tampering with the ball with out being caught. One good win in favourable bowling conditions and now they are the best in the world.....hahaha....jokers!

  • POSTED BY irfan0303 on | July 29, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Amir and Asif are best in Pakistan and world too, if you compare them with morne and styne then let Pakistan Play against them, then only we will decide..... but i pray for Pakistan be No.1 in every field, which is good for us...... Ameen..

  • POSTED BY dialc4cricket on | July 29, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Pakistan will lose the series by 0-2, England is in goods form as well..wait and watch

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    PAKISTAN WILL ROCK =) INSHALLAH

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Umm i am sorry for all those Pakistani and rest of the world fans caz wat i am to say might look an excuse bt the thng is whateva Pakistan do never go down the throat of our Nation an the world i bet of dhoni say Ishant is worlds best pace man the media will make us all agree and we all knw what hez capable of first five over hight thirties and then a mere medium pacer but the media rules but i agree with Butt yes they are the best pair for Pakistan and they will make thngs happen for us and a brother talkd of Mithchel johnon then have u seen his bowling this year it was last year that made him hero so try and accpt the truth Asif was called Mcgrah few years back and Amir is new Wasim so start beleivng dears

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 29, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Head to head Steyn - Asif (Steyn 9.5 points Asif 8.5 points) Morkel - Aamer (Aamer 8.5 points Morkel 7.5 points) At this time Steyn-Morkel are the best. But after some time we can really make the comparison. Steyn has taken wickets on deadly subcontinental pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    he said to encourage them , its not about stats and experience , its about performance when required and those who performs are the best , and asif and amir definitely =) , steyn and morne performs in home conditions only .

  • POSTED BY muabdulla on | July 29, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    :-) Dear Butt, It's true that Amir and Asif bowled well vs Aussies, but You must not say they are the best opening bowlers in the world. Why did you forgot Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes??? Did you ever think about that???

  • POSTED BY Sidath346 on | July 29, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    I seriously think Salman Butt needs to be more careful when making statements like this as this sounds really immature of him. Aamer is very new to cricket and Asif too has a long way to go and its way too early to call them the world's best. What about Zaheer, Malinga, Steyn, Morkel, Bollinger, Johnson? You can never be called the world's best bowlers unless you play enough cricket and have created an impact and reputation of being the world's best. I agree that both Asif and Aamer are excellent pacemen but come on Salman, they have a long way to go and also this statement can put them under pressure as well.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | July 29, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    One match and the hype begins. Anyone remember how Harbhajan, a tailender, smashed Aamer and Pak out of Asia Cup? It was a massive six too! Aamer is a good bowler. *Great* he is not.

  • POSTED BY Frank_Rizzo on | July 29, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Cheetu, and all the others doubting aamer and asif.. These two are clearly the best opening duet in test cricket. Malinga is a talented bowler, but he picked up those wickets against India, officially number 1, reality number 4 or 5. This pakistan team is extremely talented and I agree with Salman Butt, as he has more of a "cricketing brain" than idiots posting garbage on here. By the way, my starting team would be 1) Butt 2) Farhat 3) Khan 4) Ali 5) Yousuf 6) U.Akmal 7) K.Akmal 8) Aamer 9) Gul 10) Kaneria 11) Asif ... That 11 would no doubt beat any other 11 in world cricket today

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | July 29, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    How is it that Malinga is never mentioned as a great bowler. Didnt he take 4 in 4 in 2007 world cup and performed so well in all WCs and Wt20s. Hasnt he bowled well in the seamer unfriendly tracks in the sub continent much better.

  • POSTED BY Cheetu on | July 29, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Hello Mr Butt, I would really like to know if your perception of world is Pakistan. Honestly, I think Aamer and Asif are good and extremely talented but in NO WAY the best in the world. If you called them the best then you would have done great injustice to the likes of Steyn, Morkel, Mitchell Johnson etc. If winning one test match against Australia after 15 years makes you feel so then God bless Pakistan cricket coz I feel they are trying to make a future under an ignorant captain. And yes, Umar Gul certainly bowls good reverse swing but have u forgotten Malinga??? Please confirm with more knowledgeable cricket brains around you before making such an overstatement otherwise u would end up being a laughing stock. Anyway... Congratulations on ur first test win as a captain.

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | July 29, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    if you say your "PACE" attack is good, then what should we say for our"five men's fast and furious, JOHNSON,SIDDLE,HILFENHAUS,BOLLINGER,and many more to come for the oz team UR TEAM WON JUST BECAUSE OF THEIR FAILURE IN BATTING,, otherwise, it would have been 2-0 like ever before,, OZ rules,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY degroot on | July 29, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    I being a Pakistani have to agree that this comparison is being totally unfair at this point.. Mohammad Aamir will become a very special bowler in the future if the signs he has shown and the magic he can do at the age of 18 with the cricket ball right now stays with him.. Wasim Akram himself says Aamir is more talented then him at 18 so thats something but comparison against Dale Steyn at this time?? Give the guy the time to play, to prove his mettle and then yes we may be able to compare them both.. Yes I love seeing Dale Steyn bowl and theres no comparison right now.. For all the Asif haters he ranks 2nd in the Test ranking of bowlers though he hasnt bowled in the past 10-12 months so that itself speaks for his talent.. But watching him bowl I dont think he will be able to do anything in the subcontinent pitches again now.. As for Morne Morkel you bloody kidding me?? Comparing a guy who bowls at 80 miles barely and one who crosses 145 km/h regularly and has the height advantage??

  • POSTED BY SRKRISHNAN on | July 29, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    It is rather too early to describe the Pakistani duo fast bowlers - Asif and Aamer-are the best in the world. They have not been fully tested. We agree that they generate good speed and swing the ball both ways. It is true the Trent Bridge will help them. But one should not forgot Engaland team has got very good batsem who are well equipped to paly the fast bowlers. Moreover, they too have very good swing bowlers. And we know the how the Pakistani batsmen will be upto Finn, Broad and Anderson. Added to this, they will have tough time to negotiate Swain also. Strauss, Cook, Trot , KP and Prior can face any challenge.In my opinion, it will be a well contested seris. Let us wait and see.

  • POSTED BY Dr_Najeeb on | July 29, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    @ dmqi....Reading your comment i wish pakistan to bowl first n bowl really good tomorrow, The aussies were clueless and so will be england :)

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | July 28, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Hopefully they were not biting on the ball like Alfridi a few months back.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    they can be lethal especially asif having statistics of 94 wickets in just 19 test matches ,butt can trust and can afford talking like this .confident captain

  • POSTED BY muneeb_shaikh on | July 28, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    4 dose who r comparing Aamir nd Asif with Steyn nd Morkel!!!Aamir has played 4 test series till now!!!this was his best nd he was awsome here in england against Australia!!!his other 3 series were in Australia,Newzealand nd Srilanka nd those who say that he was average there,let me remind u that he was as goud as any other fast bowler in the world or infact better than all!!!his figures weren't really gud nd that wasn't his fault nd wasn't bcoz he bowled bad or sumthing but it was due to his team mates who kept on dropping catches of his bowling!!!else his figures would hav been excellent as well!!!Asif has been in nd out of da team due 2 different reasons nd came back in the team again just recently nd still he is no.2 in da world just behind Steyn who has been playing consistently!!!So even after being in nd out of da team,still holding on to da no.2 spot in da world shows how gud a bowler he is nd soon Asif or Aamir will take da no.1 spot from Steyn for sure,AMIN,SUMMA AMIN,INSHA!!!

  • POSTED BY Naveed-HN on | July 28, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    ArGhhhh y are people so jealous oF Pakistani Bowlers . No Bowler In world was that Good as Aamir at 18. and peoples saying styen and morkel are performing consistently Let aamir and asif play some games they will prove that they are World Best .

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    amir and asif are the best pair BUT in future like after 2 years when they will have stats and some experience as well , for now morne and steyn are the best pair and will remain for some years

  • POSTED BY Sanjiyan on | July 28, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    You lot can praise Asif and Aamer till you're blue in the face and ill still pick Morkel and Steyn over them anyday. Why? here's why: Morkel( like Aamer is still developing) has bounce and seam at high pace. Steyn has been number 1 for a few years now swinging it both ways. Steyn has taken wickets all over the place and Morks is finally showing his worth. You have one bowler with a skiddy action and one who bangs it in. They both destroyed WI( granted WI isnt much of a great team) on Flat track roads. If im not mistaken SA are playing pak later on this year or early next year. Then we'll see whos got the better opening pair ;)

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | July 28, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Perhaps Butt can explain why his World class bowler Asif is banned from entering the UAE?

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | July 28, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Who takes Butt seriously anyway?!

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Its too early to say if they are the best, one Amer is relatively new, second, they have to win more matches to lay claim on that trophy. But, apart from that, Amer is hugely promising and talented and very shrewd at such an early age, even Great Akram took some time to become a spearhead, under the watch of Great Imran Khan. Another bowler that comes to mind that hit the ground running was Waqar Younis, who shattered the stumps and toes in no time, after given the green cap. No one can doubt Asif's ability to seam the ball both ways and the control along with line and length, If they can remain on the scene much longer than they would be known as two As, like Two Ws, but, lets keep our fingers crossed. Their rela test would be on the dust bowls of the sub-continent, where the turf does not help you, and your skills come into play, the two Ws and Imran proved that. But, Amer seems to be the most talented bowler in the World today, no offense to others :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    hey anyone read the full interview? Butt never said 'best in the world' he said "one of the best in the world". Which even Indians will have to admit is true.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Asif is as effective as Steyn (although not as devastating) and he has the record to back it up, he has played Test cricket only against England, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in New Zealand, he has been successful against all of them, averages pretty much similar. As for Morkel vs Aamer, well to each his own but Aamer will atleast one day inevitably become one of the best, Morkel is good and only good. Right now there is no combination in Test Cricket with 2 great opening bowlers, like Waqar Wasim or McGrath Gillespie, so if Asif and Aamer aren't the best then they certainly are close.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Pakistan defeated australia after 15 years and already salman butt is calling his bowlers world beaters. he should be humble as these comments only put pressure on your bowling which is the only thing keeping pakistan alive in test matches.

  • POSTED BY Hummi on | July 28, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    What ever happens Muhammad Amir and Asif did quite well in the tests and I m sure they will perform well against England. Captain is praising his team mates on their glory so why are u worried ? Are u jealous?

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    for all those who are still insisting that steyn and morkel r betta dan amir and asif are in need of a shut up call. let us start from t 20 ...steyn da best bowler but still they have not qualified for the t 20 final even winning is just a day dream for dam :P Amir and asif have won 1 beating s.a in semi finals:P

    In test matches pakistan have not played a single test match in 2009 but still asif is at number 2 steyn number 1 i dunt think steyn can maintain dis position widout playing a single test in a calender year:)

    but as a pakistani i still have a respect for steyn please guyz all 4 need to be respected only there career will tell that who was the best:)

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Too many haters. They haven't done it on one, but have been doing it for the past year or so :S . The past two tests, the t20's, the Asia Cup and since 2007 Aamer has been doing excellent as the main pace attack bowler for Pakistan, Gul has been excellent despite no ball issues, and Asif can really make something out of nothing that is formidable. So yeah, i don't see any bowler that threat the opposition more than these guys do in the modern day, so yes, it would be correct to call them the world's best.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | July 28, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    No doubt that Aamer & Asif are very high quality bowlers. Also, some day they can become the best, if they maintain the consistency. Inconsistency is the major problem I see in Pakistanis....Agreed that they are true entertainers & hope that they can overcome the consistency problem as well...Cheers !

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | July 28, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Careful Pakistan. Don't let a test win get too far into your expectations. There's more work to be done before you can say the Pakistan squad will beat all-comers. Pakistan have a group of very talented players, with (at least with the ball) a stunning prospect. Whatever you do, don't let him follow the unfortunate path of anther bright prospect; Ishant Sharma. Aamir could well be a 350 wicket taker if taken care of properly.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | July 28, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Salman may have overhyped it, but there is no doubt that Pak attack is best in world at the moment. Steyn and Zaheer are better as individual bowlers but in whole this Pak attack is really something. Tribute to them is they have won a match from Aus with their batting even worse than an Indian Ranji team barring Salman and Azhar.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | July 28, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Both Asif and Amer are less than 140 KMPH bowlers, so speed is not on their side. Now, in 3 out of four innings Australia scored over 250 runs with two scores over 300. The only time Pak. bowling looked great was when Aus. got out for 88. If you drop the abbration score of 88 then Pak. balling does not look very impressive. Ameer averages over 35 runs /wicket. Pak. batting barely scores a 250/innings. Given historical and recent performance, I have to say that England is going to beat Pakistan and take the series. To claim that Pak. balling is the best in the world is to weigh heavily on the performance of Pak. bowling when Aus. scored 88 in first innings of 2nd test. Innings of less than 100 runs are rare in test cricket and, for statistical purposes, can be dropped out when finding actual bowing performance. As the saying goes every dog has his day, but it is the everyday performance that counts if you are determing the best bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    well....it has always been that Pakistan has given world best bowlers to the world....but what is needed is that a gud tight middle order stand up......they have the chance of using gud batsman...but they should not forgett thier opponents like india, australia,s.africa and srilanka....they should have malik and hammed on the side

  • POSTED BY A.D. on | July 28, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I was laughing at the other article of Misbah being upset and thinking of retiring. P)ak players are known for retiring and then backtracking. Misbah, Good riddance, At 36,better retire yourself,if Pakistan finds 2 average middle-order players they will ignore him for the rest of his life. Mohd. Yousuf's captaincy decision to recall Misbah-ul-Haq for Australian Tour[after having a good season in domestic cricket] came to bite him on the face. A renowned choker who never led his team to victory, blew it so many times ranging from T20 World Cup match in 2007 against India, then the T20 final till recently horrendous loss against Australia in Sydney. In First match on Aus tour, He dropped an easy catch of Shane Watson off Saeed Ajmal doosra, Watson went onto massacre them for the rest of the series and averaged worse than Mohammad Aamer who at least tried to bat some sessions to save his team from another loss.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 28, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    I am waiting to see what this 22 year old captain will say if England comes heavily on Pakistan in the 1st test. Why do you have to use the word, best? And by what comparison you level this young bowlers best? I hope Salman Butt become little better batsman and a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    The bowler cant be judged by one match..let the tow play all over the world and proof themselves they are genuine swing & fast bowlers..then we can say they are the world best bowlers ..time being not talk about there one match wonders ..is there any other fast bowling combination best apart from steyn & morki ?

  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | July 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Haha! This statement is certainly laughable after one impressive performance. So let's put this into perspective: Aamir Vs. Steyn - I've seen Aamir in 3 test series thus far...in Sri Lanka he was average (good at best); in Aus he was average (good at best) and in Eng he was awesome. I've seen Steyn for a while now, and look at this record: 10 wickets in a test match in SA (Wanderers), Aus (Melbourne), India (Nagpur), West Indies (Barbados), England (Headingly). Not such a bad away record for those suggesting he can't bowl away from home.

    Asif Vs. Morkel - different types of bowlers to be fair, with Morkel relying on bounce and seam assistance, and Asif relying and lateral movement through the air. These two for me are pretty even, although, Asif is a special bowler when he gets it right.

    As an opening bowling attack, I would then have to take Steyn and Morkel as they have a proven track record on all surfaces.

  • POSTED BY SaifQazi on | July 28, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    1st of all, i wud want to say i have the utmost respect for Dale Steyn, absolutely treat to watch him! Number 1 bowler for me. bt then Asif n Aamer arent too behind in terms of talent n skill. if it all cums down to consistency, then thats to be seen. Bt a new captain with the likes of Asif n Aamer under his wing, u cant tend to get a bit carried away n i dont blame him. in his defence, i shud say he neva compared the 2 to ne1 for that matter. Consistency is to be gauged, i agree with this. infact i dare say, for me 1. Dale Steyn 2. Mohammad Asif 3. Zaheer Khan 4. Morne Morkel 5. Mohammad Aamer. n all of them r brilliant in their respect, sum had chances to prove it for sum yrs now, like Zaheer n Steyn n sum hafta prove, like Aamer. Jus hope they all continue to b as good as they r for their teams n for the game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Language used by Salman Butt was, "I think Aamir and Asif are ONE of the BEST openning spell bowlers in the world", but cricinfo staff of course some junk indian made it look like Pakistani bowlers best in the world. They without doubt have talent but there is a lot of gap to improve but no matter what cricinfo will only give negetive publicity. Politics . . politics

  • POSTED BY benjer on | July 28, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    One victory can't say pakistan is a great team but it can says Ameer & Asif is one of the best bowler in the world cricket.Both have everything & they are the match winning palyer of their side.In our Asian team none of the other country have this kind of bowler at all

  • POSTED BY Anneeq on | July 28, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    All these haters, tell me which single bowler out there was able to reverse swing and swing a ball with such control as Mo Aamer has at the age of EIGHTEEN??? It aint just one series either, Asif has proved many a time that he is a world beater, he proved that against England, India and Australia. Asif was also the first bowler ever to bowl a maiden over in T20 cricket, thats right a team couldnt even edge the ball away for runs he was that good. Stuart Broad was hyped to be the best thing since sliced bread but he's proved to be pretty average in the international stage. Il admit domestically he's awesome but internationally hes been average.

    Il admit maybe the rhetoric is too much at this moment in time, but it certainly isnt un warranted!!! We should wait another year at least until cricket is back in Pk and see what these lot are like on lifeless pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    it true amir and asif are the best bowler in the world speacialy amir is more clover then the waseim

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | July 28, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    I'm tired of all the comments about how Amir and Asif are the best in the world. After just one victory against a cleary below-par Australia? Has everyone gone insane?. I certainly think that they can become world beaters, but the comparisons are really premature and unwarranted. Amir has just played a few tests, and as for Asif, you never know if he will play. On the other hand, Morkel and Steryn have featured and performed regularly. They have proved that they can turn the heat on, even on pitches as flat as the W. Indies. Steryn has a fantastic record in the subcontinent, and has certainly had a lot of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi batsman in trouble in their own (not so grassy) backyards. As for Morkel, he is aproaching his best years, so watch this space! The bottom line is, with this generation of fast bowlers emerging all over the world, we can look forward to the good old days when batsman succeeded because of good techniques and not because they had a good golf swing.

  • POSTED BY Rommel on | July 28, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Has world crickets fast bowling stocks ever been more disappointing, less intimidating and lacked as much penertration than it does right now?? Sure Aamer and Asif are good quality bowlers (yes good but not great, that tag is reserved for the legends of the game) but if they are in fact the worlds best opening strike unit as suggested by Butt than it surely doesn't say much for the standard of fast bowling at the moment. I'm surprised Ricky Ponting didn't come out after his sides victory at Lords claiming that Marcus North is now the premier spinner in the world after his first test effort of 6-55. Time for some prespective I think.

  • POSTED BY RealWI on | July 28, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Can we please stop this premature praising of two young bowlers that haven't done anything in cricket yet. I would like to see how these two young Pakistan's pace bowlers react now that every batsman is out to get them. Remember guys a career isn't made in one series.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel WON a test series in Australia.

  • POSTED BY Gharo on | July 28, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    the best in the world, u got to be kidding!! give them a year or two then maybe you can call them the best, they played in a favorable condition, they dont have pace like Morkel an Steyn which troubles any batsman in any conditions, i will be laughing at this comments after England thrash them....

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    ya you r right faisal pakistan players are such a talented player palistan zindabad

  • POSTED BY HabeebRaja786 on | July 28, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Could i ask only one question in favour of Asif and Aamir when was the last time Australia was bowled out for 88.This pace attack has consistently bowled Aussies top order very cheaply.In this series Australia scored 300 plus only twice and it was their tail enders who scored those runs.For Alex please do consider for Asif and Aamir conditions in England are favourable but new.Steyn is the best at present but Morkel is way behind both Aamir and asif in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | July 28, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Steyn and Morkel are better. Steyn swings it, gets good swing movement and bowls at 90mph even on a slow day. Morkel gets awkward bounce and movement at a similar pace. While Aamer is a quality swing and seam bowler and Asif seems to be able to control movement with his mind this lack of pace (Asif is barely above medium and although Aamer may develop into a full on quick he isn't currently) means that if the ball won't swing they have less back-up options for taking wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Great the way Pakisatani Bowlers Bowled against the Aussie and won the second Test after 15 Years looks like this is new beginning of Pakistan Team and now no one can stop us but on other hand we can not predict anything from our team as always Pakistani team is unpredictable. As far as comparing these bowlers (Aamir, Asif & Gul) to any bowlers in the world rite now its not rite first of all Steyn and Morkel both played more Test than these young guys and more experience so we have to wait and watch how they perform in next matches we can hope for the best also to comparing these Young Guns with two legendary bowlers 2 Ws (Waqar and Wasim) and giving them hype its not good for Pakistani Team they both were the world class you can't see those bowlers in Centuries but i can give them a unique name in URDU for our bowlers i use the word "AAG"means Fire(Aamir, Asif, Gul) and in the end i wish our team best of luck for the England Series hope we can see some good cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Pakistan has always had the one of the better pace attacks in cricket... it is only their internal troubles in the team that takes them down

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 28, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Salman Butt's post match comments were very impressive, good English and carefully chosen words. But this comment about the two bowlers are not good at all, because that is not true. Amer and Asif are among the top 10 bowlers for sure. You have to let them play 15/20 matches to see consistency. Do not forget how many runs Smith scored against them in the last test to take the match away(almost).

    I wish he would say "they are going to be the best pair soon hopefully" or they are one of the best pairs. Imran Khan said about Inzi,"he is the best player against pace" after 92 world cup. You had many better batsmen at that time. So, the word "best" should be carefully used. Did any other captain from other countries call their newcomer the best? I am glad the two W's or Imran Khan did not yet give that label yet. Good luck to the two excellent bowlers and also to Gul and the spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    The Way Pakistani Bowlers Performed against the Aussies it looks like this is now the beginning of Pakistan cricket but as far as comparing these bowlers to anyone at this stage is not rite because our team is always unpredictable also its too early to compare Aamir and Asif with the great legend 2ws (Wasim and Waqar) but i can call them a Urdu word "AAG" (Means "Fire") AAG = Aamir , Asif & Gul... Best wishes for Pakistan team against England.

  • POSTED BY JawadSyed on | July 28, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Salman Butt's statements show a lot of resolve. I am impressed. He has shown lot of maturity and his conversation at the end of Headingley test was not just good english but carried a deep thought process. Much like Ramiz Raja, who is not just speaking fluent english but has control over what he is saying. Not like those famous statements - 'First of all thanks to Allah, boys played well'.

  • POSTED BY swartshaun on | July 28, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    hahaha , really guys , Dale steyn has been and is the best fast bowler by quite some margin in world cricket. He has over 200 test wickets and is the only bowler mentioned here except for Morkel (sometimes) that bowls 150 km plus. Just to remind you guys that it was only a few months ago that he took 10 wickets in a test against India in India , so much for the argument that he can only bowl in S.A or Aus. As for Morkel I agree not the same class as Steyn but still as a pair they are really good. So after two tests the pakistani's suddenly have the best attack in the world ! Relax and talk again in a few seasons time , please !! At this stage Asif and Ameer has obvious talent , but only time will tell how good they really are and Steyn has done that for some years now ! Quick reminder Steyn has the 4th best strike rate of all time and the best of all time for a bowler with more than 200 wickets and also 4th fastest of all time to reach 200 wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Pkaistan team needs experince Gun in batting line up aginst england and i think Yousaf is best choice

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | July 28, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Butt have started getting feathers after just one test win!! These early-shining pakistani bowlers just get success in their head & gets vanished from international scene within no time.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    defiantly they are the best including umar gul

  • POSTED BY sachin150 on | July 28, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Pakistan always produces great fast bowlers, Asif and Ameer are definitely among the best in the world, wish India had a bowling line-up like Pak. India's batting line up and Pak's bowling line-up could have beaten any team any where

  • POSTED BY Thanesh_D_A on | July 28, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I am just wondering in which way this interview would have gone, if Pakistan had lost that match! No one even would have looked at the bowlers and all blames would have fallen on their batsmen.Pakistan batsmen are safe, thanks to that single hit by Umar Gul!

  • POSTED BY steyn_gunn on | July 28, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    well got to be out of yr head to compare these guys to steyn and morkel ..... just one match winning performance and that too on helpful conditions ..... cmon gimme a break ..... for yr kindest info steyn averages over 5 wkts per test which only murali has done before him in this generation ..... asif is a very avg bowler and all the hoopla abt ameer will be known when he bowls to some real aggressive batsmen ..... with all regards to his performance this aussie bating is pretty average .....

  • POSTED BY ziasahib on | July 28, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    @Arawana.. it is surprizing to know that ponting has weak captaincy. he is one of the best and AUS's batting side had most experience players. I dont think anyone was missing. They were defeated by brilliant bowling of AAMIR and ASIF. No doubt...

  • POSTED BY Masudkhan on | July 28, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    According to sha_06 Javed (Mianandad) is one of the best bowlers produced by Pakistan. I just could not stop laughing about it. If he meant Aaquib Javed then 2nd place in his list does not deserve any merit and how can he place him ahead of Wasim and Waqar?

  • POSTED BY Ali_J_01 on | July 28, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Pakistan is always been good in providing the best bowling attack, two Ws (wasim &waqar) and now Amir & Asif, and possibly many more to more. Still we are lagging behind in our batting, which seems like hard to overcome

  • POSTED BY gghdty on | July 28, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    We won luckily. What i cant understand is why is our board not capable of playing the best 11. Do their egos stand in their way? Or do they think they can harass people like yousuf and younis? Why are they playing with our national teams/peoples honor. This is not a joke anymore. If these people cannot play our best 11 they need to get out. Management is supposed to manage and these guys are doing miserably. Wasting our talents. This is enough . Action needs to be taken immediately.

  • POSTED BY UK-Arena on | July 28, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    They are among the best bowlers in the world but of course experience matters the most in the game of cricket especially Test cricket. I hope that they will become the best bowling pair in the years to come!

  • POSTED BY cricketphile on | July 28, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I've never seen such a load of overblown nonsense. Pakistan, who have been categorically dire for the last two years, have just DRAWN a series against an out of form Australia. Suddenly they are a world cricket force to be feared again. If they beat England in their own back yard (which of course they may do) then let's start talking about how awesome they are. Aamer in particular looks like he could have a very, very special career ahead of him, but this is just silly right now. A bit like calling Stephen Finn the next Glenn McGrath because he got two five-fors against Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    It's unbelievable how much people are over rating Steryn and Morkel and underrating Ameer and Asif. Aside from that can't wait for the series to being and maybe the English fans will realize that their fast bowlers are remotely close in quality.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    i think aamer is best right now

  • POSTED BY sAiyAnstAr on | July 28, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Pakistan still have a lot more cricket to play before they can start making big claims.

    Yes they have been playing well so far in England, but the last time they played tests in the sub-continent, Sri Lanka were mauling them.

    This bowling lineup has the potential to be the best in the world, given at least another 6 months where they can claim a greater spread of statistics. The only thing lacking is a decent spinner and they would have the best.

    Their batting on the other hand needs some focus and Akmal needs to set himself and start leaving balls. He is a good bat but is still in one day mode.

    Good luck to Pakistan and it is great to see them playing test cricket again.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 28, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    hahahahahahahaha is butt trying to start a comedy career?

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Well, coming up with those GUNS is Pakistan's second nature....Pakistan Zindabad!! Looking forward to crushing of some English dreams...

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | July 28, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    All I can say is that I feel sorry for Butt, it will not be long before he learns the lessons that his predecessors did. Weak Aussie captaincy and batting has lost them the match just as much as Aamer and Asif's bowling. We will soon know how the Englishmen handle them. I hope Asif can keep away from the 'stuff' that kept his out of Dubai too.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 28, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    They are great but their bowling against England will show either they are greater than Steyn and Morkel or not. Asif and Aamer are better than Morkel but not better than Steyn

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    they both are better m morkel. but steyn is better than them, however aamir might be better than steyn later on in his career

  • POSTED BY sha_06 on | July 28, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    Pakistan always produced better bowlers right from Imran Khan , Javed , Wasim Akram , Waqar , Akthar , Naved Rana , Amer , Asif , Umar Gul ., The nation has highly qualified fast bowlers like what west indies had in their 80's ., but they lack stability and often inconsistent . They need to win this series against England to prove their consistency. Its not about winning last match of the series but the series winning is important. They;ll win for sure - from you always loving indian friend

  • POSTED BY sha_06 on | July 28, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Pakistan always produced better bowlers right from Imran Khan , Javed , Wasim Akram , Waqar , Akthar , Naved Rana , Amer , Asif , Umar Gul ., The nation has highly qualified fast bowlers like what west indies had in their 80's ., but they lack stability and often inconsistent . They need to win this series against England to prove their consistency. Its not about winning last match of the series but the series winning is important. They;ll win for sure - from you always loving indian friend

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Cant say that Asif and AMir are better then the RSA pair, but I really really think they have the talent & would be considered as the best bowling pair within a few days (if they remain free from any injury). The way they troubled the Aussie batsmen, I have never seen anybody troubling them ike this for some days, maybe one spell of Ishant at Perth ... Terrific it was & I hope these two go down as the best bowling pair ever .... They certainly can do, if you have seen what Amir did at 18 & Asif despite having those injuries, bans, time offs ... Just hope nothing of those happens again !!!

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | July 28, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    no one can swing the ball like a pakistani, thats for sure =P

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    @Alec McCrindle: I think the Pakistanis havent played enough games recently to be compared to Steyn and Morkel.. but Im very sure of Aamer and Asif, backed by Gul.. they can be the number 1 pair in cricket if they keep on playing.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    @Alec can morkel take wickets at karachi or srilanka where there are absolutely batting wickets but asif has done it u can check da records.....and i guess there is a lot age difference between steyn and aamir..... nothing to compare the truth is that all four of dam r world class bowlers...

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | July 28, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Pakistan are getting carried away with one win against Australia, such an attitude will against them when they face England. Their bowling line up is not the best in the world they had very friendly conditions against Australia. How would they perform on harder tracks?

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    this is a very big statement to make. But I hope the trio is on right track and will follow the foot prints of two Ws

  • POSTED BY GreenCrazy on | July 28, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Yes.. This is true.. We have the best pair in the world. We can do anything insha allah.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    So good to see the captain showering praise on his bowlers, but why the comparisons. Just let them get on with what they're doing, and hope they keep fit and carry on the good work.

  • POSTED BY Fahii on | July 27, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Well said by butt.....at the moment there's no pollock, mcgrath, vass so you can say definitely Pak has the best bowling attack Aamer, Asif with the addition of Gul

  • POSTED BY RAVI_BOPARA on | July 27, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    BEST BOWLING ATTACK IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW IS ENGLANDS WITH ANDERSON & BROAD & BRESNAN!! PAKISTAN WILL LOSE THE TEST SERIES v ENGLAND!!

  • POSTED BY Big_Poppa on | July 27, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Steyn and Morkel cannot compare to Aamer and Asif. They can only bowl well in favorable conditions, without the sufficient talent to reverse swing or even swing in both directions. Aamer and Asif are a breed apart -- enough said.

  • POSTED BY maliz on | July 27, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Incredible performance by Asif, Ameer and Gul. Outstanding utlization of the ball to striker fear in the opponent batsmen.

    If only the corrupt match fixers [Shoaib Malik; Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal] for one would stop their betting against the team and for a change play for pakistan instead of their financial gains. Pakistan will no doubt charge their way to the top ranks.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    You need a good middle order batsman in the team too Mr. Butt. Regardless of how good the bowlers are, even the best of them cant do much on a flat pitch. Nothing like a 450+ total to put pressure on the opposition in such conditions.

  • POSTED BY SandyWhackers on | July 27, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    What a bowling performance that was by Pakistan !!!! Maybe I am a bit old-fashioned but after the craziness of T20, it was nice to see the bowlers dominating the batsmen. Swing bowling by Asif was a treat to watch.

    Also, it is nice to have someone like Salman Butt as captain of pakistan who can make articulate statements when someone interviews him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Alec yes they are better than Steyn and Morkel. Remeber Pakistani bowler dont play on these condition at home so not only they are good on UK pitch but also very good on pitches in Asia. Tell me how good are Steyn and Morkel outside home ground ?

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 27, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    I'd say Asif and Aamer probably are the best, under English conditions. Elsewhere in the world, where the ball doesn't move around so much, they'd be a lot easier to play. So I guess it's in Pakistan's best interests to play in England for as long as they can.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Definitey better than Steyn and Morkel. Why? Asif does not need explanation as the way he bowls he swings at will plus carries a wrist action that Steyn or Morkel dont possess. Amir is way better because he shows his abilities right away his came to international arena and he has long awaiting career and if he bowls like that he will be the best in the world and can be a legend. (Dont forget legendary Wasim Akrams comments that he is better than him at this age). Then when you add Gul. well well...I dont think any attack currently can even come closer to what Pakistan has!

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    I don't know where you've been looking Alec but judging from their record Amir and Asif have got to be the best opening pair going. Don't forget Morkel has only got one test wicket to his name and his strike rate of 57.5 in first class cricket isn't awe-inspiring either. Not to mention the reverse swing that would put Pakistani bowlers on top of any list in my opinion

  • POSTED BY mustufa on | July 27, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Not there yet, just starting out, wait and watch for now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    i believe in a way this statement is correct, although pakistans batting is getting better which is good to see but we have trouble playing under preassure!

  • POSTED BY IqyC on | July 27, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    To Alec McCrindle: (nothing personal) When Aamear and M. Asif walked in to the Pakistan side I really was not a big fan of these guys - but credits are due there is no question these 2 or 3 including Umar Gul are the best in the world TODAY... Each and everytime the ball is passed over to them in their hands it is like they will take a wicket the very next ball!!! As far as Morkel is concerned I can safely say Mohammed Aamer is a better baller today then Morkel will ever be in his entire career!! And Steyn is a exceptional in fact was the best fast bowler along with Shane Bond after McGrath retired. Aamer and Asif have less than 30 matches between them with experience the will get better and much better than anyone fast bowlers today! Is he a better bowler than Aamer and Asif? Maybe.. just Maybe..for now! :)

  • POSTED BY HabeebRaja786 on | July 27, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Its too early to say Aamir and Asif are the best.May be very close to Steyn and Morkel.It will be a very intriguing test series.I think Pakistan has a good chance to win the series although I rate England a more superior side than Australia.

  • POSTED BY Arthaurian on | July 27, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Morne and Dale haven't laid any claim.

  • POSTED BY sinxad on | July 27, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    dont get ahead of urself Salman only a fool will make such statements after 2 test and dont forget the conditions were in there favour.pls dont be like the english remember they called sidebottom the best fast bowler in the world after they beat New Zealand and 3mths later he cant make the starting lineup.Steyn took 10 wickets in a test in india, Salman every1 had 2 use statsguru 2 findout when was the last time that happened.And how many batsman would have dared try and pull Morkel on that wicket.all im sayin is that pakistan is a working progress lets not get ahead of ourselfs and end up looking like fools.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | July 27, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    They probably aren't better than Steyn and Morkel but soon, they will be. Certainly Aamer is better than Morkel and the difference between Steyn and Asif is not much.

  • POSTED BY khan_1234 on | July 27, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    I totally agree that Asif and Aamer are the best bowlers around. Just analyze the Steyn/Morkel and Aamer/Asif performences against Australia....You will have a clear picture.... As for as batting is concerned, What we need is a game plan, meaning U akmal should bat at 4 and let Umer Amin come at 5....We must bring in Yasir Hameed instaed of Malik...That will bring bit more satability ... I am not sure why everone is claiming that England is better side then Aus? Just because they have beaten Aus in ODIs? Just because they are 20/20 champions? Dont forget Bangla beat them in ODI too...in my opinion....there will be no draw ....they bith have 50/50 chances... If anyone does not agree, feel free to comments....thanks

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Better than Steyn Morkel are you kidding?? If they want to be better than them then they have make some consisting performances..

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Asif is as effective as Steyn, although not nearly as devastating, and Aamer is certainly even at this age better than Morkel and he is only going to get better.

  • POSTED BY tksami on | July 27, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Imran Farhat deserves due credit. Indeed he played a uncharacteristic knock that augurs well.

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | July 27, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    There is no question that these two are excellent bowlers. But It is hard to say that they are best. I also disagree with Alec McCrindle comment about the Steyn and Morkel. Steyn and Morkel are just good opening pair but not the best.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    England is ahead cause they have far stronger batting line up than Pakistanis...as for bowlers both have good attack and English fielding is far superior

  • POSTED BY a.s.r on | July 27, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    i still would suggest rotation policy for Pakistani fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | July 27, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    There is no chance for Pakistan against England. Pak will be steam rolled by England team. Pak's win is like a flash in the pan, they have forgotten to win, once they did this time everybody is saying WOW! Pak will not win, they will again start losing in a streak.

  • POSTED BY realredbaron on | July 27, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Pakistan's pace attack is better than all countries in the cricketing world, except South Africa's! South Africa have the best pace battery followed by Pakistan. Butt could have said their pace attack is better than Australia's and England's but saying it's the best in the world is exaggeration and is a result of the post-Aussie-beating emotion. Yet Pakistan can take some due pride from their pace bowler's performance. However, their batting remains one of the weakest in the test arena.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Probably not better than Steyn and Morkel YET, I agree. But damn is that little guy Aamer special. He's one bowler who makes me smile foolishly while watching the game. I mean seriously, he does stuff at this age that is just unbelievable. I'm not really an Asif fan but ahh well. If he bowls well, he bowls well. Heh.

    Salman Butt oh man. He's giving me this weird feeling that Pakistan might have their long-awaited 'comeback' in Cricket. The downfall that all of us have witnessed since 1999, it seems like it's finally time for redemption. Salman kind of reminds me of Imran Khan, the positivity and pre-event agressive comments and all! Best of luck!

  • POSTED BY The_other_side on | July 27, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    They are certainly a very good bowling unit. But they have to prove them selves on all surfaces like India , West Indies before they can be called World's best.

    Bowling well on helpful surfaces is easier, where as Dale Steyn and Mornie have been good on all conditions.

    Best example is Irfan Pathan who was Man of the match In India's test victory over Australia at Perth is no where in the selection for India.

  • POSTED BY ABKD on | July 27, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Morkel is not one of the best, but Steyn surely is..Salman Butt is right Aamer and Asif are one the Top opening bowling pairs around at the Moment and may Allah give them Huge Succeses in future AMIN....

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    watching Amir bowing this way one can feel that we got Wasim back once again, dont know how long is Asif's career, but as of now, these guys rock.

  • POSTED BY Vaaz on | July 27, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Yup they certainly are the best ask ponting and co . Steyn certainly is a wonderful bowler but not sure about Morkel though.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Well i doubt asif is better than steyn he IS 100 points behind steyn on the internationla rankings but asif is good hes SECOND after steyn and amir- who mantains his average of taking three to four wickets in all the matches hes played shud grow by the time hes steyns age to be better than him- hes played 7 tests and 32 wickets is good enuf- steyns played 35- with 190 wickets- it shows he is good- he is only btw

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    what??? these people must be going crazy! have you ever heard of james anderson and dale steyn?? england are just going to walk over them and now murali retired swann is the best in the world... id like to see aamer and asif run into pietersen

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    These two are indeed one of the best bowlers in the world. and every bowler needs the support of the captain.

    @Alec McCrindle Steyn is and exceptional bowler, but Morkel not so much.

  • POSTED BY vish1036 on | July 27, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    i think its pretty even...morkel is fairly weak compared to steyn but on the other hand aamer has only played a handful of tests...by the time aamer hits 21 they will be the best easily....i think asif is the best in the world tho...

  • POSTED BY mohsan123 on | July 27, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    pakistan bowelers always prove with ball that they r best but the batsman not upto the mark as the inzamam departed but they new guns in capitancy of butt may be change the worries of batting but one thing for sure they need a senior player it may be yousaf or younas because test cricket is something experience

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Alec McCrindle Sir, I totally believe that the young pacers both have better quality than Morkel. About Steyn may be time will tell.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    yesss amir asif best in business

  • POSTED BY fastballer138 on | July 27, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan still have to remember that they are not playing against inexperienced teams like Bangladesh or Ireland but they are playing against england but inshallah pakistan will do very well against the english team with their outstanding bowling attack and their morale will be extremely high from the test and T20 series against the aussies but i just hope that this isnt a repeat of the tour against australia in january in which pakistan lost all the matches. i still wish that we had younis khan and mohammad yousuf back into the pakistani side because there isnt much experience and this is test match cricket and you can't just be like umar akmal (my favorite player) who just goes bang bang at every delivery, and pakistan need more players like azhar ali and imran farhat, so inshallah pakistan will win this tour against england.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Nice that he's backing two excellent bowlers, but better than Steyn and Morkel? Probably not... Looking foward to the series against England now though...

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  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Nice that he's backing two excellent bowlers, but better than Steyn and Morkel? Probably not... Looking foward to the series against England now though...

  • POSTED BY fastballer138 on | July 27, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan still have to remember that they are not playing against inexperienced teams like Bangladesh or Ireland but they are playing against england but inshallah pakistan will do very well against the english team with their outstanding bowling attack and their morale will be extremely high from the test and T20 series against the aussies but i just hope that this isnt a repeat of the tour against australia in january in which pakistan lost all the matches. i still wish that we had younis khan and mohammad yousuf back into the pakistani side because there isnt much experience and this is test match cricket and you can't just be like umar akmal (my favorite player) who just goes bang bang at every delivery, and pakistan need more players like azhar ali and imran farhat, so inshallah pakistan will win this tour against england.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    yesss amir asif best in business

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Alec McCrindle Sir, I totally believe that the young pacers both have better quality than Morkel. About Steyn may be time will tell.

  • POSTED BY mohsan123 on | July 27, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    pakistan bowelers always prove with ball that they r best but the batsman not upto the mark as the inzamam departed but they new guns in capitancy of butt may be change the worries of batting but one thing for sure they need a senior player it may be yousaf or younas because test cricket is something experience

  • POSTED BY vish1036 on | July 27, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    i think its pretty even...morkel is fairly weak compared to steyn but on the other hand aamer has only played a handful of tests...by the time aamer hits 21 they will be the best easily....i think asif is the best in the world tho...

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    These two are indeed one of the best bowlers in the world. and every bowler needs the support of the captain.

    @Alec McCrindle Steyn is and exceptional bowler, but Morkel not so much.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    what??? these people must be going crazy! have you ever heard of james anderson and dale steyn?? england are just going to walk over them and now murali retired swann is the best in the world... id like to see aamer and asif run into pietersen

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Well i doubt asif is better than steyn he IS 100 points behind steyn on the internationla rankings but asif is good hes SECOND after steyn and amir- who mantains his average of taking three to four wickets in all the matches hes played shud grow by the time hes steyns age to be better than him- hes played 7 tests and 32 wickets is good enuf- steyns played 35- with 190 wickets- it shows he is good- he is only btw