England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge July 29, 2010

A nerveless six and nervy behind the sticks

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Innings of the day
With a sashay down the track and a full swing of the bat, Eoin Morgan deposited Shoaib Malik back over his head for six to power along to his maiden Test century, and dismiss any doubts about his aptitude for first-class cricket. The nervelessness of his performance belied the struggle in which it began, with three wickets tumbling either side of lunch to leave England awkwardly placed at 118 for 4. But with Paul Collingwood steadfast alongside him, Morgan set his team's sights on domination. Morgan may already be England's one-day finisher, but in Test cricket he is only just getting started.

Non-controversy of the day
England, Pakistan, umpiring. Over the years, that potent trio of ingredients have led to all manner of spectacular conflagrations, from Mike Gatting's finger-jabbing in Faisalabad to the Darrell Hair stand-off at The Oval. And with that in mind, the decision to incorporate UDRS into this series was taken with some trepidation, given all the teething problems that it has encountered in recent months. But contrary to all expectations, the first review went without a glitch. Jonathan Trott sought a second opinion after being adjudged lbw by Asoka de Silva, but it was immediately clear he had got an inside-edge. The replay was shown on the big screen as well, so the crowd and the players had no doubt about the reasons for the reversal, and everyone got on with the game.

Struggle of the day
Kevin Pietersen has effectively been on a mid-summer sabbatical, having been rested for the Bangladesh ODIs and snubbed by his soon-to-be-former county Hampshire. And his rustiness showed in a very sketchy return to the crease, which began with his habitual desperation to get off the mark (nine balls elapsed before a nudge to short midwicket), and continued through two unsuccessful attempts from Pakistan to have not-out decisions overturned. But eventually it was left to Mohammad Asif to do what he does best. A good-length delivery, a hint of nip off the seam, and Pietersen's tentative defence led to an inside-edge onto his stumps. Who needs referrals when you can rattle the timbers?

Pragmatism of the day
Trott's second encounter with the review system was less enjoyable than his first, as Mohammad Aamer persuaded him to play no stroke to a full-length outswinger, and umpire Tony Hill thought long and hard before eventually raising his finger. Trott was unimpressed, and called for the second opinion, but the ball was shown to be clipping the top of off. Whether he thought about the implications or not, Hill's choice of decision was intriguing. Had he turned down the appeal, which could have been justified, Pakistan would doubtless have felt aggrieved having already wasted their two reviews. Instead, the onus was placed on Trott to seek the referral if he felt it was justified, just as it was several hours later, when Eoin Morgan was reprieved against Danish Kaneria. It may skew the traditional thinking about the role of the umpire and the benefit of doubt going to the batsman. But on both occasions, justice was served in the end, while at the same time a controversy was neatly sidestepped.

Klutz of the day
He spilled an easy catch first thing in the morning, then claimed a catch shamelessly when replays clearly revealed the ball had bounced into his gloves, and finally he missed a regulation stumping an hour before the close. After an impressive Test at Headingley, Kamran Akmal resumed his bid to be recognised as the world's worst wicketkeeper. Each of his three moments involved one of England's key men of the day - Andrew Strauss, Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood - and but for the Akmal horror show, Pakistan could so easily have finished the day with a share of the spoils.

No-baller of the day
All through the summer Umar Gul has been missing his bowling stride. In two Tests against Australia, he bowled a whopping 18 no-balls, and given that tally, one would have expected him to do the adjustments and get the rhythm correct in the nets, before the England series. Sadly, there was no coherence once again in his run-up. He started off with a false start, and then delivered five no-balls during the course of the day.

Crowd of the day
After disappointing attendances for the Australia-Pakistan Tests, the general consensus was that normal service would be resumed as soon as England donned their whites and got back to playing the Nation's Favourite Form of Cricket ©. But the gaps in the stands were dispiriting in the extreme. Given that England had not played a Test since early June, and not taken on a major nation at home since the Ashes last August, a full house should have been taken for granted, especially given how exciting the Pakistanis have proven to be in recent weeks. But somehow it seemed appropriate in a season of muddled priorities. The ECB's fixture list is a shambles, and it's as if the punters have got bored of waiting for the show to begin.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo, Nagraj Gollapudi is assistant editor

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  • POSTED BY stationmaster on | July 30, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    worst keep in the World - but surely getting rich from his match fixing friends....sigh...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    How it is possible to retain such a wicket keeper (Kamran Akmal) after again & again failing to discharge his duties after the end of brilliants like Moin Khan & Rashid Latif. Kamran can not concentrate on both the bat & the wicket keeping. either one of those best output (Batting/Keeping) must bring out of him and/or Must go for a Keeper such as Sarfaraz Ahmed to keep the wickets & Akmal to blast in first session of the batting either in any formats OR GIVE KAMRAN A REST for sometime to build up his physical/mental strength.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | July 30, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Khanq, this is not a C++ program. You cannot use" if" and "else". This is cricket, and in this sports, any one of the best player can make stupid mistakes. Kamran had really bad day despite he is one of the best wicket-keepers in the world.

  • POSTED BY Falcon72 on | July 30, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I can assure you that Akman brothers will never be dropped. They were part of the famous 7 people who took oath against Younis Khan and now he has got his best pal from Lahore as captain. This is a fact that his keeping has technical faults & how can you fix it after even playing for 50 test matches!!!!!!!!!! Same applies for his brother, who might be good to watch but doesn't has the temperament for test match. Ricky Ponting has rightly said Akmal brothers are T20 players.

  • POSTED BY muhammad2008 on | July 30, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Get rid of kamran as soon as possible. please he is really not the material. Cant we have a better wicket keeper. What are coaches doing? Any backup plan? Why kaneria is in for saeed ajmal? any logic any reason? where is sohail tanveer? anybody's wisdom present in the pak cricket management?

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | July 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    No matter how bad Kamran performs he is still a permanent member of the team, and that goes for all selection committees, that's why he never learned how to be dropped and learn from your mistake and then come back.

  • POSTED BY RANAROYALS on | July 30, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I dont know why pietersen is still in the team. I strongly believe pietersen is a over rated player.he has not performed well after his debut year in cricket.he has not scored even a half century in the last 18 one days and not scored a century for the past one and half years in tests.with such bad form he doesn't even deserve to be in the team.i think he has to be dropped from the side and sent back to play at county level.there is some serious talent in the team right now with collingwood,morgan,trott,cook who are far better players when compared to pietersen

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Sadly Kamran akmal should be replace immediately in the middle of this match there is something very wrong with this man. I used to play neighborhood cricket but I never saw those mistake by ordinary wicketkeeper. Pakistan should forget to win any match and I guarantee it if they have this kind of wicket Keeper. I dont think he sleeps in the night, believe me thare is something wrong with the man. As long as Kamral Akmal is in the team I promise Pakistan can not win period.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Great comeback from England, they are strong team players and have been consistent with their performance. Pakistan has not played enough tests in the last 2 years. Their attitude and temperament is more geared up towards shorter formats of the game.. I am sure there would be some ineresting cricket to watch...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    I believe Kamran Akmal is probably the LUCKIEST CRICKETER in the world, as despite his BLUNDERS he still gets selected for matches. I think this would not have happened anywhere else in the world, except in Pakistan. Shame on the PCB for keep on selecting him. Salman Butt would do well to be brave enough to put his foot down and not back his selection again, for a considerable time so Kamran either improves his wicketkeeping or someone else is given a chance to show his mettle. I do not believe firing him would be a bad thing for Kamran, as it'll save him further embarrassment. So really deselecting him would be good for him. I cannot but think that he has someone higher-up in the PCB who gets him selected, whether he delivers the goods or not, by his wicketkeeping. In T20's or One Day Criciket he could be selected for his batting only, if there is no one better. I pray for the rest of the team and our nation, and wish them the best of luck to win their games. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN.

  • POSTED BY stationmaster on | July 30, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    worst keep in the World - but surely getting rich from his match fixing friends....sigh...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    How it is possible to retain such a wicket keeper (Kamran Akmal) after again & again failing to discharge his duties after the end of brilliants like Moin Khan & Rashid Latif. Kamran can not concentrate on both the bat & the wicket keeping. either one of those best output (Batting/Keeping) must bring out of him and/or Must go for a Keeper such as Sarfaraz Ahmed to keep the wickets & Akmal to blast in first session of the batting either in any formats OR GIVE KAMRAN A REST for sometime to build up his physical/mental strength.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | July 30, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Khanq, this is not a C++ program. You cannot use" if" and "else". This is cricket, and in this sports, any one of the best player can make stupid mistakes. Kamran had really bad day despite he is one of the best wicket-keepers in the world.

  • POSTED BY Falcon72 on | July 30, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I can assure you that Akman brothers will never be dropped. They were part of the famous 7 people who took oath against Younis Khan and now he has got his best pal from Lahore as captain. This is a fact that his keeping has technical faults & how can you fix it after even playing for 50 test matches!!!!!!!!!! Same applies for his brother, who might be good to watch but doesn't has the temperament for test match. Ricky Ponting has rightly said Akmal brothers are T20 players.

  • POSTED BY muhammad2008 on | July 30, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Get rid of kamran as soon as possible. please he is really not the material. Cant we have a better wicket keeper. What are coaches doing? Any backup plan? Why kaneria is in for saeed ajmal? any logic any reason? where is sohail tanveer? anybody's wisdom present in the pak cricket management?

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | July 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    No matter how bad Kamran performs he is still a permanent member of the team, and that goes for all selection committees, that's why he never learned how to be dropped and learn from your mistake and then come back.

  • POSTED BY RANAROYALS on | July 30, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I dont know why pietersen is still in the team. I strongly believe pietersen is a over rated player.he has not performed well after his debut year in cricket.he has not scored even a half century in the last 18 one days and not scored a century for the past one and half years in tests.with such bad form he doesn't even deserve to be in the team.i think he has to be dropped from the side and sent back to play at county level.there is some serious talent in the team right now with collingwood,morgan,trott,cook who are far better players when compared to pietersen

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Sadly Kamran akmal should be replace immediately in the middle of this match there is something very wrong with this man. I used to play neighborhood cricket but I never saw those mistake by ordinary wicketkeeper. Pakistan should forget to win any match and I guarantee it if they have this kind of wicket Keeper. I dont think he sleeps in the night, believe me thare is something wrong with the man. As long as Kamral Akmal is in the team I promise Pakistan can not win period.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Great comeback from England, they are strong team players and have been consistent with their performance. Pakistan has not played enough tests in the last 2 years. Their attitude and temperament is more geared up towards shorter formats of the game.. I am sure there would be some ineresting cricket to watch...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    I believe Kamran Akmal is probably the LUCKIEST CRICKETER in the world, as despite his BLUNDERS he still gets selected for matches. I think this would not have happened anywhere else in the world, except in Pakistan. Shame on the PCB for keep on selecting him. Salman Butt would do well to be brave enough to put his foot down and not back his selection again, for a considerable time so Kamran either improves his wicketkeeping or someone else is given a chance to show his mettle. I do not believe firing him would be a bad thing for Kamran, as it'll save him further embarrassment. So really deselecting him would be good for him. I cannot but think that he has someone higher-up in the PCB who gets him selected, whether he delivers the goods or not, by his wicketkeeping. In T20's or One Day Criciket he could be selected for his batting only, if there is no one better. I pray for the rest of the team and our nation, and wish them the best of luck to win their games. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    morgan...and colingwood played vry wel ...hope they sleep on the pitch .......n ...then u no wat eng can do......

  • POSTED BY 123234 on | July 30, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    guys im a pakistani supporter as well, but before making a statement we should all realise that ECB also has world class players, if pakistan could,nt get england out, it means England are the better side. PCB your doing a great job too, but all will come togather to our favour soon, Inshallah.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Please Please get rid of Kamran Akmal, He´s no good with bat, and he´s definitley no good with gloves. Give another Keeper a chance. He is costing Pakistan matches at regular basis!!

  • POSTED BY ak973 on | July 30, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    its interesting to note the choice of words .. "shamelessly" when Akmal claims a one bounce catch but a "genuine" mistake if any aussies do the same thing .. i also remember rashid latif being penalised for one match for appealing on a bump catch (perhaps the referee was Chris Broad) .. but the same yardstick didnt apply to aussie or england players appealing for a bump catch

  • POSTED BY wfaizi on | July 29, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I totally agree with the last comment.I believe they do have Z.haider there who should be given a chance or Sarfaraz Ahmad.I think Kamran Akmal should take a step back and re-evaluate himself.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Sorry, the part of the article titled "Pragmatism of the Day" is way off the mark, surely... irresponsible, IMHO. Are you suggesting that umpire Hill would not have given Trott out had Pakistan had a review left in the bank? Or are you suggesting it was a weak piece of umpiring, born of uncertainty and designed to leave the onus on the one team which had a review remaining to use that review? I've read it three times, sorry if I'm missing your nuance, but PLEASE could you give the umpire a break, and in fact a whole load of credit for his decision, in what must be very challenging times for umpires. You say Hill "thought long and hard before eventually raising his finger"... well shouldn't we be interpreting that as thinking long and hard about whether he was in doubt about the batsman being out, deciding he wasn't in any doubt and then raising the finger? An excellent decision where the margins were fine and where the bionic eye of technology was all-pervasive for the world to see.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 29, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    PCB should find a good wicket-keeper batsman. Sarfaraz Ahmed should be given chance in tests. Akmal should be retained for ODIS and t20s

  • POSTED BY 123234 on | July 29, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    ok fair game, mistakes made from both sides, early four wicket and some sloppy fielding. but it is safe to say that pakistan will either lose the game or if the weather gets worse they will draw the match. umar gul was not all that as the media tells nor is danish kaneria. good job Asif and Aamer. morgan and collingwood impressive as expected. conclusion: congratulations England (in advance) even though i pray for pakistan's victory.

  • POSTED BY Tansah on | July 29, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Pakistan have let this slip away from them through sheer stupidity. Umar Gul's no-balls were just ... I dunno... just bad. Kaneria knows that full tosses get whacked but he still... despite watching himself get hit many times for four when bowling such bad and poor deliveries... bowled those damn full tosses. And finally, Kamran Akmal is a complete nutter. He needs to CATCH the ball and NOT DROP IT... duh! He missed a stumping chance... a very easy one... off Kaneria's bowling... that's harsh on the leggie... after all his misery.

  • POSTED BY RANAROYALS on | July 29, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    I donno y kp is stil in d team wit such worst form.I strongly believe kp is a overrated player.he hasnt done well after his debut yr in cricket.he hasnt scored even a half century in d last 18 odis or so & not scored a century for d past one & half years in tests.with such bad form he doesnt even deserve 2 b in d team.i think he has 2 b droped from d side & sent back 2 play at county level.first of all team's performance is important not a single person's.there is no wonder y hampshire refused to play him in a 40 over match bcoz they dont want their team to be spoiled just to make this out of form person get some match practice.there is some serious talent in d team right now with collingwood,morgan,trott,cook who r far better players when compared to kp.after seeing morgan's today's innings he can be surely given a place in england test squad.with kp's departure collingwood can move to no.4 and morgan can come at no.5. That will do good for the future of england cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    i don't think kamran is as bad as people make him to be. he is a big confidence player. geoff lawson said taht when he has his confidence up, he's an excellent keeper (like in the previous 2 tests), but when he drops one, he feels like everyone in the world's eyes are starign at him, so he feels under immense pressure, and his confidence goes down. we need to show a little more patience, and faith, especially after the new and impreoved kamran we saw in the australia tests. hopefully this would've just be an off day today, and he'll get back on track

  • POSTED BY khanq on | July 29, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    its true...if Kamran had not missed those chances, England would have been 7 down for 200 odd... and the match couldhave been exciting....but still there are 4 days to see....

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    morgan is awesome...feel pity for ireland

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  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    morgan is awesome...feel pity for ireland

  • POSTED BY khanq on | July 29, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    its true...if Kamran had not missed those chances, England would have been 7 down for 200 odd... and the match couldhave been exciting....but still there are 4 days to see....

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    i don't think kamran is as bad as people make him to be. he is a big confidence player. geoff lawson said taht when he has his confidence up, he's an excellent keeper (like in the previous 2 tests), but when he drops one, he feels like everyone in the world's eyes are starign at him, so he feels under immense pressure, and his confidence goes down. we need to show a little more patience, and faith, especially after the new and impreoved kamran we saw in the australia tests. hopefully this would've just be an off day today, and he'll get back on track

  • POSTED BY RANAROYALS on | July 29, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    I donno y kp is stil in d team wit such worst form.I strongly believe kp is a overrated player.he hasnt done well after his debut yr in cricket.he hasnt scored even a half century in d last 18 odis or so & not scored a century for d past one & half years in tests.with such bad form he doesnt even deserve 2 b in d team.i think he has 2 b droped from d side & sent back 2 play at county level.first of all team's performance is important not a single person's.there is no wonder y hampshire refused to play him in a 40 over match bcoz they dont want their team to be spoiled just to make this out of form person get some match practice.there is some serious talent in d team right now with collingwood,morgan,trott,cook who r far better players when compared to kp.after seeing morgan's today's innings he can be surely given a place in england test squad.with kp's departure collingwood can move to no.4 and morgan can come at no.5. That will do good for the future of england cricket

  • POSTED BY Tansah on | July 29, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Pakistan have let this slip away from them through sheer stupidity. Umar Gul's no-balls were just ... I dunno... just bad. Kaneria knows that full tosses get whacked but he still... despite watching himself get hit many times for four when bowling such bad and poor deliveries... bowled those damn full tosses. And finally, Kamran Akmal is a complete nutter. He needs to CATCH the ball and NOT DROP IT... duh! He missed a stumping chance... a very easy one... off Kaneria's bowling... that's harsh on the leggie... after all his misery.

  • POSTED BY 123234 on | July 29, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    ok fair game, mistakes made from both sides, early four wicket and some sloppy fielding. but it is safe to say that pakistan will either lose the game or if the weather gets worse they will draw the match. umar gul was not all that as the media tells nor is danish kaneria. good job Asif and Aamer. morgan and collingwood impressive as expected. conclusion: congratulations England (in advance) even though i pray for pakistan's victory.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 29, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    PCB should find a good wicket-keeper batsman. Sarfaraz Ahmed should be given chance in tests. Akmal should be retained for ODIS and t20s

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Sorry, the part of the article titled "Pragmatism of the Day" is way off the mark, surely... irresponsible, IMHO. Are you suggesting that umpire Hill would not have given Trott out had Pakistan had a review left in the bank? Or are you suggesting it was a weak piece of umpiring, born of uncertainty and designed to leave the onus on the one team which had a review remaining to use that review? I've read it three times, sorry if I'm missing your nuance, but PLEASE could you give the umpire a break, and in fact a whole load of credit for his decision, in what must be very challenging times for umpires. You say Hill "thought long and hard before eventually raising his finger"... well shouldn't we be interpreting that as thinking long and hard about whether he was in doubt about the batsman being out, deciding he wasn't in any doubt and then raising the finger? An excellent decision where the margins were fine and where the bionic eye of technology was all-pervasive for the world to see.

  • POSTED BY wfaizi on | July 29, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I totally agree with the last comment.I believe they do have Z.haider there who should be given a chance or Sarfaraz Ahmad.I think Kamran Akmal should take a step back and re-evaluate himself.

  • POSTED BY ak973 on | July 30, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    its interesting to note the choice of words .. "shamelessly" when Akmal claims a one bounce catch but a "genuine" mistake if any aussies do the same thing .. i also remember rashid latif being penalised for one match for appealing on a bump catch (perhaps the referee was Chris Broad) .. but the same yardstick didnt apply to aussie or england players appealing for a bump catch