England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 30, 2010

Pakistan bat with eyes wide shut

What does a Pakistan batsman think when he takes guard? Does he think at all?
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What does a Pakistan batsman think when he takes guard? Does he fancy himself to score a fighting hundred in testing conditions? Does he think of battening down the hatches, and standing strong in the face of swing, seam, bouncers, spin and even boos from the partisan English crowd? Does he think at all?

Based on evidence from this English summer, the average Pakistani batsman retains the anxiety of a first-timer at the top of the Cresta Run, faced with the prospect of hurtling down an ice-tunnel face down and experiencing G-forces measuring up to five. The key is to keep the eyes open and not panic. As at Lord's, then Headingley, and now Trent Bridge, Pakistan's batsmen have played as if they were blindfolded.

It was clear in the morning that all the batsmen would to fight against the twin threats of the bowlers and the overcast conditions, with the latter helping the former gain incisive movement. Mohammad Asif clubbed the two together perfectly to hasten England's downfall in the morning, as six wickets fell for 23 runs in 75 minutes.

Only eight overs remained before lunch. Salman Butt should have known what to expect, which ball to leave alone, when to go on the offensive and push the opponent back. Still he allowed the new-ball pair of Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson to dominate him. Broad did not waste time in firing in a bouncer, barely seen in the England innings, which hit the Pakistan captain on the head and softened him up. At the Radcliffe Road End Anderson put doubts in the Pakistanis' mind by swerving the ball both ways.

The ball that eventually claimed Butt - it failed to straighten and shaped away that wee bit - was a delivery good openers never go chasing. Butt was overpowered, and like a robot opened up and nicked one. He was not the only one. His partner Imran Farhat, who hit some powerful shots including a bold hook, was set up nicely by Anderson, bowling from the round the stumps.

Farhat should have been aware of the angle. He would've known from facing his own fast men in the nets how they sell the dummy to left-handers: usually they would bowl wide off the bowling crease and angle it towards the pads. Inadvertently the batsman would play for the inswinger and open his shoulders but to his horror would find the ball moving out at the last instant before taking an edge most times. Farhat should have done what he eventually did after getting out: left the ball alone.

It was the same with the Akmal brothers - Umar and Kamar - and the newcomers Azhar Ali and Umar Amin. Each of these gents hung limp bats while the bowlers laughed their way to victory. Let us not point out their inexperience, as players new to Test cricket always dream of doing deeds their heroes did when they were young themselves. To point out a recent example, Steve Smith plucked Australia out of a dangerous position to help set a challenging target on the third day in Headingley when Pakistan's bowlers had dominated the specialist batsmen earlier in the morning. Suddenly from a winning position Pakistan had been keeping their fingers crossed by the end of the day. Smith set the hearts racing with his impulsive shotmaking, because he realised the only way to turn the screw was go aggressive.

Likewise Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Aamer realised, even for a brief period late in the afternoon, that with a little bit of patience and pluck they could score runs comfortably. Soon they understood Stuart Broad was not as potent as Anderson and Steven Finn, so they could actually take advantage of that. And even when they lost their wickets, their reactions showed something that the top-order had failed to grasp. Both men knew that those had been balls to leave alone.

Reading the bowler, anticipating something that is going to happen, waiting till the last moment before reacting, letting the ball go away rather than chase it - these are skills batsmen learn every day in the nets. Coaches stress the same during every throwdown. Ultimately it is for the batsmen to play according to the situation.

Bowlers understand it, and expect it as well. "It is very rare you roll through teams," Jimmy Anderson, England's player of the day said about Pakistan's downfall. "They played pretty well towards the end and ball got soft and the wicket's quite slow. If you stick in there you can hang around for a period of time."

Salman Butt had a different take on Pakistan's sorry state and thought Anderson & Co. took advantage of the conditions. "It is okay to say batsmen make mistakes but the runs were not coming as well," he said. "It shows how immaculate the line and lengths of the bowlers have been and the conditions have been very helpful to seam bowling. If they land the bowl in good areas then there is every kind of help for them."

It could have a very different story for Pakistan if their fielders had snatched the opportunities on the first day the way England did on Friday. Equally it could've have been another story for Pakistan if their batsmen had learnt from their past mistakes and put to use the basics they had honed for years before coming to international cricket.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on July 31, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    There's certainly no place for batsmen like azhar ali and umar amin at all in the pakistani team. Statistics and past performances suggest that fawad alam is a much better choice, and he can also bowl slow left arms, something that was needed in this test match to compensate for Danish Kaneria. Really I think, kaneria has lost his touch already. Saeed Ajmal is far more better. Moreover, I was surprised at the exclusion of Mohammad Yousuf for the 2nd test as he has made himself available now. It really has been a heart breaking performance for us, fans.

  • AmmarShafique on July 31, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    what was wrong with my comment ? :S there is no sense in not publishing it!!

  • israrraja on July 31, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I think Pakistan team should do their best in this Test and try to narrow the defeat gap as much as they can do. Remember against Australia, Pakistan lost by 150 runs in first test and won the second by 3 wickets. So this is a young and exciting team and can do any thing. As long Pakistan is playing, there is hope and same time Pakistan is producing best cricketer in the world.If you want to watch boring matches, please watch India and Sri Lanka.

  • anwaralam on July 31, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    The Pakistan cricket team seems to be carried away against England following their victory against the Aussies. Their body language described everything in the field against England. They are not playing for pride. Mohammad Yousuf's prescence could have given them strength as far as batting is concerned. Yasser Hameed should replace the unpredictable Umar Akmal and I am sure he will be handy. The coach should be doing daily homeworks with them otherwise a 4-0 whitewash seems inevitable. It is pity that whatever the bowlers do good are lost due to brainless batting display. Plus they should improve their pathetic fielding at all cost. No compromise. I once saw Imran asking Inzamam to stay around the boundary area and denied him drinks during the break.

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    that is the state of pakistan batting where umar gul is there best batsman.

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    I think we should be patient and stick with the young guns. Losing a few tests and even a series is not a big price to pay to develop a unit that will gel together under a young Captain.

  • Behroz on July 31, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Well i think we only need to blame PCB and the selecters for putting Younis And Yousuf out and everyone knows those two are out becouse pcb wants to distroy there career and PAk cricket. I hope we will see younis and yousuf soon inshallah by the way now it is proved that australia match was won by bowlers not by those kids

  • dmqi on July 31, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Here is my team to play the 2nd test:

    Ezaz Butt, Mohsin khan: opener

    Salman Butt,Imran Farhat, Shoeb Malik , kamran, Umar akmal : batsmen

    Wasim Bari-wicket keeper

    Waker yunus, the only fast bowler

    The other two from the management who can bowl. Can someone add the names. Ejaz Ahmed can not I know, so exclude him.

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Pakistan needs the service of Yousuf, I wont say Younis because he is not even performing in the County, he has lost his touch and is struggling to find his form. We need Yousuf, last time he toured England he got 2 centuries then, that makes one think, what the HeLL is PCB waiting for? come on Mr. Butt, call Yousuf back as soon as possible! Plus i am not blaming our batting attack, i would only blame the 3 seniors, Malik, Butt and Kamran Akmal, what are they doing? do they still need to learn how to leave the ball and how to play in conditions like these?

  • ZQ77 on July 31, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    The writer Nargraj is spot on with his analysis of pakistan batting. If you look at the English dismissals, theywere mostly LBWs and clean bowled indicating very good inswing bowling. There is very little a batsman can do if a ball inswings at the last moment and misses his bat and hits his pad or stumps. He has to play at it. As any experiend fast bowler would tell you, an inswinger is a higher percentage ball than an outswinger in terms of taking wickets. Now if you look at pakistan dismissals they all got out caught behind the stumps. You can always leave a ball outside the offstump unlike an inswinger which you have to play at. Specially in yesterday's conditions the pakistani batsmen should have known better. That was pure atrociuos and criminal batting yet again from these imbecile pakistani batsmen.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    There's certainly no place for batsmen like azhar ali and umar amin at all in the pakistani team. Statistics and past performances suggest that fawad alam is a much better choice, and he can also bowl slow left arms, something that was needed in this test match to compensate for Danish Kaneria. Really I think, kaneria has lost his touch already. Saeed Ajmal is far more better. Moreover, I was surprised at the exclusion of Mohammad Yousuf for the 2nd test as he has made himself available now. It really has been a heart breaking performance for us, fans.

  • AmmarShafique on July 31, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    what was wrong with my comment ? :S there is no sense in not publishing it!!

  • israrraja on July 31, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I think Pakistan team should do their best in this Test and try to narrow the defeat gap as much as they can do. Remember against Australia, Pakistan lost by 150 runs in first test and won the second by 3 wickets. So this is a young and exciting team and can do any thing. As long Pakistan is playing, there is hope and same time Pakistan is producing best cricketer in the world.If you want to watch boring matches, please watch India and Sri Lanka.

  • anwaralam on July 31, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    The Pakistan cricket team seems to be carried away against England following their victory against the Aussies. Their body language described everything in the field against England. They are not playing for pride. Mohammad Yousuf's prescence could have given them strength as far as batting is concerned. Yasser Hameed should replace the unpredictable Umar Akmal and I am sure he will be handy. The coach should be doing daily homeworks with them otherwise a 4-0 whitewash seems inevitable. It is pity that whatever the bowlers do good are lost due to brainless batting display. Plus they should improve their pathetic fielding at all cost. No compromise. I once saw Imran asking Inzamam to stay around the boundary area and denied him drinks during the break.

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    that is the state of pakistan batting where umar gul is there best batsman.

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    I think we should be patient and stick with the young guns. Losing a few tests and even a series is not a big price to pay to develop a unit that will gel together under a young Captain.

  • Behroz on July 31, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Well i think we only need to blame PCB and the selecters for putting Younis And Yousuf out and everyone knows those two are out becouse pcb wants to distroy there career and PAk cricket. I hope we will see younis and yousuf soon inshallah by the way now it is proved that australia match was won by bowlers not by those kids

  • dmqi on July 31, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Here is my team to play the 2nd test:

    Ezaz Butt, Mohsin khan: opener

    Salman Butt,Imran Farhat, Shoeb Malik , kamran, Umar akmal : batsmen

    Wasim Bari-wicket keeper

    Waker yunus, the only fast bowler

    The other two from the management who can bowl. Can someone add the names. Ejaz Ahmed can not I know, so exclude him.

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Pakistan needs the service of Yousuf, I wont say Younis because he is not even performing in the County, he has lost his touch and is struggling to find his form. We need Yousuf, last time he toured England he got 2 centuries then, that makes one think, what the HeLL is PCB waiting for? come on Mr. Butt, call Yousuf back as soon as possible! Plus i am not blaming our batting attack, i would only blame the 3 seniors, Malik, Butt and Kamran Akmal, what are they doing? do they still need to learn how to leave the ball and how to play in conditions like these?

  • ZQ77 on July 31, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    The writer Nargraj is spot on with his analysis of pakistan batting. If you look at the English dismissals, theywere mostly LBWs and clean bowled indicating very good inswing bowling. There is very little a batsman can do if a ball inswings at the last moment and misses his bat and hits his pad or stumps. He has to play at it. As any experiend fast bowler would tell you, an inswinger is a higher percentage ball than an outswinger in terms of taking wickets. Now if you look at pakistan dismissals they all got out caught behind the stumps. You can always leave a ball outside the offstump unlike an inswinger which you have to play at. Specially in yesterday's conditions the pakistani batsmen should have known better. That was pure atrociuos and criminal batting yet again from these imbecile pakistani batsmen.

  • on July 31, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I think lack of experiance is the case here for pakistan they should have younis khan in the line up i know he is also tentative out side the offstump but at least he knows the importance of stay at the wkt plus i would like to add that kamran akmals performance is quit pathatic i think its time seletors should give chance to some one else specially in test matches he is not worth while

  • KausarQ on July 31, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Above these all, Pakistan batting order were inappropriate, keeping experienced and good average players out of the game for personal reasons, specially I do not understand why Yasir Hamid with Test average 34.5 is out game where as Salman Butt his own Text Avg is 32.5 forget all other Players, dropping Fawad Alam Test Avg 44.1 does not make sense. Taking too many inexperience players is not the solution of building appropriate Pakistan Team for future, the new players adoption has to done by gradually rather in one go thus the incoming batman will learn from the senior and built their confidence before any other new debut hit. Good Bless Pakistan

  • KausarQ on July 31, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    At the first place Pakistan Cricket board has to be understand the today's required batman's game technical demand where as now it's totally ignored, the selection has done on personnel feeling and probably experience rather than any concrete parameter. Throughout all last 3 test matches Pakistani batman's were psychologically out of frame, complete shaky body language, depressed, no confidence, negative energy, etc. Still Pakistan Cricket board and coaches does not understand that only having a good game quality in a player is not enough to reach success, they need positive surrounded energy which develop confidence instead of having a fear to getting out at every ball. Let's take an example of yesterday game, All top order batman got fail, but Amin and Umar Gul where the only player were played with positive mind, they were knew inside them that they are bowlers and they had delivered their best in almost all game .

  • ShKhan on July 31, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    You are just pandering Nagraj. Please desist. Some of the 'commentors' have more accurate observations than the bashing you have so unceremoniously doled out. The collapse was not unexpected. The fight from the tail however was and therefore is as bright a silver lining as could be desired. You seem to forget that Asif annihilated the englishmene, including the centurion from one night ago without mush trouble and as per your own observation, the British line up is a much stronger one. So why so much venom for the pakis struggling on a bowlers pitch? Except for Akmal, none of the pakis has been disappointing and you would be well served to factor in the circumstances before shoving our your biases down our throats as facts. I have become used to a much more impartial and altogether superior form of journalism from cricinfo, as well as from you, i implore you to refrain from falling from the pedestal. This article of yours is a far bigger disaster than Pakistan's batting performance.

  • on July 31, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I think they should have Bring Yunish khan , Yosuf and Asif kamaal , cmon Pakistan selection compney cant be that damn as others not even sure what the hell umar Amin is doing in team , its not like they are playing against bangladesh or zimbave team , cmon players wake up and learn something from others as well

  • mkhalilz on July 31, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    For God sake, we want the class of Yousuf and Younus back, these kids most of them selected on personal influences, cant handle England bowlers in England. We miss classy shots of Yousuf and Younus very much. hope to see both of them in action again!!!! NO TO BUTTTS N AKMALSSS

  • khan104 on July 31, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I think Pakistani batsman should learn quickly before it gets too late. I can understand that the new comers are struggling in these conditions as they are not used to it but what about salman butt, imran farhat, shoaib malik & kamran akmal? aren't they experienced enough to cope with these challenges? please give bowlers a break they are putting all efforts to get the opposition out & then they have to come out early to bat & survive so that the team can avoid follow on...This is really harsh... it looks like only bowlers are playing in England at the moment for pakistan.

  • klobania on July 31, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    dear Mr. Nagraj wat a pathetic article this is i agree pakistani batsmen showed no strategy while batting but dont forget it is still young team n it requires time n patiency to do well n wat about english team it has big names like of strauss, kp, colly n morgan even their batting line up failed to deliver any good in second day i think the overcast conditions really helped out the bowlers n some lack of concentration let pak down but its still too early to say anything as match has yet to reach half way mark

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I cant help but feel sorry 4 the 18 yr-old young aamer who was born in 1992... He is alrdy the spearhead of the attack, and also has 2 play the all-rounders role after 6 wickets... he rarely gets rest after a days hard work of fielding since he has 2 come back on the field 2 rescue his team... This is too much :(

  • Bilal_Choudry on July 31, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Nagraj Gollapudi needs to understand that this is not a 700-9 pitch... the ball moves and these batsmen are new to these conditions and there is nothing wrong with them learning I agree that kamran with all his experience should have played better but otherwise this article is waste of time

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    One question, What is the point of including Umer Amin? do you think he is batsman NO right? yes that what I am thinking too. Selection committee just giving more and more time because they can't ignore him otherwise PCB Chairman will rule out the committee as he has done this practice so many times. Shame on them

  • Kunal-Talgeri on July 31, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Let's rewind to Durban 1996 when India played the hosts to understand what this Pakistan team is going through -- and what it can be. India were skittled out for 60-odd and 90-odd in that Test, though the line-up featured Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar. This Pakistan batting line-up is thankfully absolved of the schizoids who keep retiring and resigning at the drop of a hat. Let's watch a young team learn even if it is from scratch; even the current Indian team would have struggled yesterday at Trent Bridge. There is so much in this Eng-Pak series yet!

  • fisher2 on July 31, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    i mean 351 for 4 at the end of day one and all out for 357

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    This type of performance was expected from the Pakistani batsmen. They had struggled against the less threatening Aussie bowlers and found edges to the keeper and slips in the previous series too. They dont know when to leave the ball and when to play at it. A top order batsman playing in English condition must know where his off stump is and he should play inside the line of the ball as Eoin Morgan did. We cant totally blame the batsmen for it as they are not used to playing in such conditions. They grow up playing on the dry,dull and flat subcontinent pitches where the ball hardly moves around. Having said that they must realise if they survive first 15 or 20 overs, life becomes much easier afterwards as we saw that the lower order batsmen were able to play their strokes.

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    as far as i think before we could blame pakistani batters just take a look at conditions which were so bowler friendly... andd i think Pakistan scored 147/9 in those conditions where England scored 24/6 in same conditions...so i dnt think so that ws bad score or effort....As whole world was saing taht Pakistani won against Aussies due to perfect bowling conditions, what ws at trent bridge yesterday? every one is in praise of Anderson whereas no one is looking at the conditions there...i believe in that conditions even an Bangladeshi bowler could pose threat..so Anderson or Finn hasnt done anything special...

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    What a poor article. Why aren't the same things said of the English batsmen who collapsed from 331/4 to 354 all out? The conditions were just too good for most batsmen, and considering both the set batsmen Collingwood and Morgan had immense trouble in the morning session justifies that it was good bowling rather than poor batting.

  • AhmadSaleem on July 31, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    To be honest, it was not a very bad performance by Pakistani batsmen considering the fact that most of them haven`t played even a single match in such seaming conditions before their tour. They are new to cricket so they would take some time.

  • on July 31, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    kamiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii use glue on gloves plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • on July 31, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Very poorly written article. Even Sunil Gavaskar was writing from such a high pedestal pontificating on how each bastmen should have played a particular ball, it would have been a bit out of place...c'mon this Trent Bridge on an overcast day and not Galle!

  • dilvishal on July 31, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    i think pakistan should ask shoaib malik to bat at no 4. he is the most senior batsman in their line up and he should be given more responsibilty. they should aslo try out yaseer hameed at the next match. he has played some test and looked better than umar amin. and last, where is aseem kamal?? he was one of the finds for pakistan a few years ago,so bring him back and play him even if it means dropping umar akmal.. what say? ...

  • Turrab on July 31, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    (continuing from earlier comment). there is a saying "Perfect pratice makes you perfect", and if you make a first mistake your human, if you make the same mistake, you are careless, selfish, and if you make the same mistake knowing everything for 3rd time, ,then you are at point of no return. I was born decades after the famous 337 by Hanif Mohammed in 1958, he withstood the wrath of kaali andhi for over 3 days! nearly or over 1000+ minutes....now thats determination and what caused that? his captain asked him to do so. Its still rated one of the best test match innings ever in history of cricket. Now being realistic and looking at the current state of Pakistan cricket, its not going to happen anytime soon lol however we need that kind of unity in pakistan cricket team where batsment are willing to go out there, occupy the crease for hours or as long as possible and avoid short innings at all costs, even drawing some matches. God Help Pakistan cricket and especially Pakistani batsmen.

  • Turrab on July 31, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    The basic problem is not seam, or any oppenent bowlers of aussies/english or any test team for that matter, or lack cricket being played in pakistan. Yes I do believe in the past few years Kamran Akmal and pakistani fielding has been terrible most of the time, and yes weather conditions do affect even great batsmen sometimes HOWEVER the point i am trying to make is at the end of the day these are excuses and excuses are made to hide truth. Why do other test teams constantly get past 400+ score in test matches and why does Pakistan hasnt crossed 350 in over 12 or 13 innings or batted 100 overs in a test match in about the same length of innings, I am not some big stats guy but they do count. Why did Miandad, Inzi, Yosuaf and Younis are still remembered and loved by pakistani fans and fans worldwide. Because all of it goes back to the basics, never giving up, concetration and determination, never misunderestimating any bowler and playing for Pakistan, not individual stats, not for money

  • on July 31, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    After getting lucky with Aussie, Pakistan was certain that they have a team to beat any team in Test cricket. So, now there is no space for coming up with excuses like young and less experienced team, or UDRS or what so ever for that matter. Play the game as it is. The Gentlemen way. Accept the flaws and improve.

  • mandraian on July 31, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Lets be fair, England lost 6 wickets for 23 runs at a home ground, what would you call then? In comparison Pakistani batsmen are playing in condition alien to them, no experience, look at the ages of Amin, Umar as Azhar Ali looks much older then them. In English conditions batsmen from sub-continent have only scored, when there was a dry weather was around. Even experienced Australians struggled in seaming and swinging conditions coupled with quality bowling.

  • Woody111 on July 31, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Well, to be fair England have bowled better than Aus and we're seeing the results. To win tests you have to get 20 wickets; which Pakistan can do, but it makes little difference when you're 200 odd runs behind. England, even if they bat again (by choice or not) can pile on 200 more and set Pakistan the impossible. These Pakistan batsmen look out of their depth. Hats off to Amir for such a fighting spirit - this guy is something special. Shoaib Malik, too, deserves an apology from me as I had written him off as selfish but he showed grit last night.

  • Debanjanthecricketfanatic on July 31, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    I agree with what JonRiz has to say. To solve their batting problems Pakistan need to think out of box. As we all know lots of Pakistanis are residing and playing in places like UK and Australia , I believe it will be great to try out some of these young overseas Pakistanis as batsmen.

    There are two major reasons behind this :

    1. These young talent would have the opportunities to to be technically and mentally stronger since they would be coming from very strong cricketing structures.

    2. Another point is that none of these young Pakistanis have too much opportunity to play for countries like UK and Australia in the long run so they would happily get the opportunity to play for Pakistan.

    3. Pakistan should never try to play test cricket at home since Pakistani conditions are just too batting friendly.It will be better for Pakistan to use England as their home base for next decade or two.

  • Debanjanthecricketfanatic on July 31, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    I agree with what JonRiz has to say. To solve their batting problems Pakistan need to think out of box. As we all know lots of Pakistanis are residing and playing in places like UK and Australia , I believe it will be great to try out some of these young overseas Pakistanis as batsmen.

    There are two major reasons behind this :

    1. These young talent would have the opportunities to to be technically and mentally stronger since they would be coming from very strong cricketing structures.

    2. Another point is that none of these young Pakistanis have too much opportunity to play for countries like UK and Australia in the long run so they would happily get the opportunity to play for Pakistan.

    3. Pakistan should never try to play test cricket at home since Pakistani conditions are just too batting friendly.It will be better for Pakistan to use England as their home base for next decade or two.

  • champion1469 on July 31, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    you cant say that it is okay for pakistan to be skittled. everyone a few days ago was spelling the death of australias dominance because they got bowled out cheaply. just because its pakistan and we expect them to be up and down doesnt make it any more okay than when aussie have a bad day. having said that, asif was amzing and so was amir. the batsman need to value their wicket more and play with more patience. mohammad yousuf may have been right when he said 20/20 is killing pakistan cricket

  • on July 31, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    You have missed a few words.

  • jranjha on July 31, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen playing with eyes wide shut compared to what? Six English batsmen falling within a span of 23 runs with eyes wide open? The bottom line is that no one is immune to good seam/swing bowling. Australia obliterated for 88 in Headingly was just over a week ago. The only difference between the two sides in this game, so far, is one Kamran Akmal.

  • spin_king4 on July 31, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    "Farhat should have done what he eventually did after getting out: left the ball alone." - what kind of statment is this, leave the ball alone... he got bowled off stump... he should have played back down the line not across it as he did

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 31, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    So what else is new? "Does he think at all? " sums it up. All excuses aside, the motto for Pak team should be "No brains...No gains".

    Nuff said.

  • sabee66 on July 31, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    I just hope, butt and co will read this article, it is so simple, i dont knwo why these guys are playing like scotland ,ireland etc, their batting is like a club level cricket @ Kunal, how much time you said 2-3 years so what should a fan do till then, wait and see this circus happening??? Kamran Akmal must have taken money i bet you? why is he in the team id ont understand, sydney test wasn't enough to show his character and skills?? coach should hammer these batsman and go back to the basics, fielding, and long batting in the nets....but still i wish them good luck coz i am a big supporter of PAKISTAN(not the team)

  • on July 31, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Look at the positive side. Look at Pakistan bowling. batting will improve

  • Pakipower786 on July 30, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    if only yousef and younis were playing. This pitch is made for them two.

  • Usman12784 on July 30, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    i think akmal brothers lose their charm of being a match winner both of them are playing crazy cricket right know

  • Ayaz-from-Toronto on July 30, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Being a big cricket fan and also a Pakistani, it is highly disappointing to see Pakistani batsmen (I wonder if this term is applicable to any of them) repeating those silly mistakes over and over and over again. OK they are a young team and need some time... but comeon...what the hell is wrong with those so called senior players who have played 30 odd test matches and still know nothing about it. I don't know why they believe so much in Danish Keneria as a world class bowler. His performance was worst than a street bowler. Kamran akmal, that guy is useless. If he possesses no skills of keeping what so ever and can't score either then what's the point of having him in the team. After sydney why PCB did not look for a replacement. I know sarfraz was not good enough at all, but there must be somone else. If we are to play a young team then why not give a chance to Anop santosh (U-19 Wicket keeper). Kamran not only dropped catches but also couldn't give proper advice to go for UDRS or not.

  • on July 30, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    @ JonRiz: You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, Pakistani players play way more 4 day first class matches than English players, the 2 main reasons they are struggling in England is that most of em have never traveled to play first class in other countries, they are as much at sea here as England players are in Asia.The other one of course is the combination of our charming cricket board and our intelligent selectors, boldly they have selected a team utterly inexperienced at playing anywhere other than Pakistan, ignoring available players like Fawwad Alam, Khurram Mazoor, Misbah etc. The only thing that takes them through in short formats is talent.

  • sharprider on July 30, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    While there is some truth in the general assessment of the Pakistani batsmen's mindset, it is not something unexpected of them. Even with the preceding Test matched under their belts...one loss and one win.....they are still in their infancy as far as Test cricket is concerned. Moreover, English conditions and crowds are not easy to handle (none other than the much touted Australians know it better), and with a brand new captain and a (bowling legend) Coach, I think the critics are just jumping their guns. Give the poor guys a few more days of good conditions, match practice and all the moral support that they need and you will see a huge difference in the proceedings in the forthcoming matches, giving the fans across the globe their money's worth.

  • mlhgja on July 30, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Also - that keeper is a liability! After the Sydney test - there is no way he should be in the Pakistan team!

  • mlhgja on July 30, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    So where could you get two experienced middle order batsmen who average 50+ in test cricket to help you out of a tight spot? Pakistan do it to themselves - cricket selection is simple - pick the BEST players! But since they aren't getting picked - I wish they would move to NZ and play for the Black-caps!

  • FaisaLKarim on July 30, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Frankly, I have no clue why Kamran Akmal is still being allowed to ruin the hardwork of the rest of the team. If Kamran had spent just 10% of the energy he uses focusing on stupidly cheering every move of every fielder/bowler on the field, shut his mouth, and focused just a tad on his basic job of keeping clean behind the stumps, his output may be better. This lad has a big mouth and he needs to shut up in the field. I am tired of listening to his stupid stuff in the field.

    The funniest is when after dropping a catch or two, the very next moment he goes back to "Shaabaaash Asif", "Shaabaash Danish" ! What about himself though? What about having a talk with himself and saying, "You loser Akmal why did you dump the catch. Let me take a minute to go back, focus, and try understand exactly what I am doing and why and be a bit more serious and resolute about not allowing these let ups".

    Someone please give him this message. Tell Kamran Akmal to SHUT UP and focus on his basic job. a

  • on July 30, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    any reason why my comments aren't ever published? i don't use profanity, or a harsh tone... i simply suggested that the criticism was harsh and somewhat redundant based on the fact that england themselves, with two well set batsmen, got bundled out for 17/6 in the morning session. Am i not allowed to have a contrasting opinion? I feel moderation on this site is quite unprofessional if not biased towards the publishers altogether...

  • teacher3469 on July 30, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Another poor article that could have been summed up in three words- lack of footwork. Rather than stating the obvious and paraphrasing please enlighten your readers with purposeful observations!!

  • SaleemHatoum on July 30, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj Gollapud, you have just wasted at least one of your life writing about Pakistani batting and fielding. It is known fact since the days of Inzamam that fielding is at the very bottom of the priorities of Pakistani cricket players. And enough written about their present state of batting. I wrote when the selection of this team was announced that they will not be able to score more than 300 runs in an innings. So far in four (Vs Aus) and this innings my prediction (which is solely based on the capacity and character of the batsman) is coming to be true. I wrote that they lose the test 6-0 but I was wrong it will end up 4-1-1.

  • Lahori_Munde on July 30, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Really funny to read some of the messages here by Pakistani supporters over the last few days. Pakistan won the last test against Australia and they're already talking about how talented Pakistan is and that they're the best team in the world. Lets do reality check here for a change, Ponting had serious brain fart and elected to bat in gloomy cloudy weather and that costed Aussies that test. Had Ponting put Pakistan in to bat, imagine what the result could have been. Australia lost that test on their first innings batting, collapsed induced by weather mainly. Now in this test, Asif balled well this morning but weather was very suitable for swing bowler and he downed England. Lets see what England bowlers did to Pakistan afterward - Mayhem. They did lot better then Pakistani bowlers actually. The truth of the matter is Pakistan has long way to go yet and unfair to give them so much credit based on one fluke test win. Get real for a change..

  • kunal13 on July 30, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    to continue on my thoughts I am appalled by people whether it be a journalist or an ardent fan of cricket to criticize cricketers who have just stepped in after a long wait with a chance of their lifetime....cmon not everybody comes is sachin/ponting......give them a chance and if after certain chances if they dont perform then criticize them to bring them down to line

  • SaleemHatoum on July 30, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj Gollapud, you have just wasted at least one of your life writing about Pakistani batting and fielding. It is known fact since the days of Inzamam that fielding is at the very bottom of the priorities of Pakistani cricket players. And enough written about their present state of batting. I wrote when the selection of this team was announced that they will not be able to score more than 300 runs in an innings. So far in four (Vs Aus) and this innings my prediction (which is solely based on the capacity and character of the batsman) is coming to be true. I wrote that they lose the test 6-0 but I was wrong it will end up 4-1-1.

  • kunal13 on July 30, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    to be very open minded ...i think its okie for pakistan to skittle ...go through a phase where batsmen are struggling...and trying to find a foothold....its very easy to comment for anyone to even a single whether it be easy or a big mistake..but i think everything takes time...now you wud argue about there shud be at least a sign of improvement...cmon give these guys a BREAK....i think pakistan in years to come (2-3 yrs) will be a side to look for....

  • on July 30, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    There's a strong reason why England was looking so mighty..coz they were playing with 12 men.. England X! + KAMRAN AKMAL

  • JonRiz on July 30, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Pakistan, unfortunately, doesn't have an elaborate cricket structure where teams play longer version of the game. Most matches are limited-overs where batsmen are only suppossed to hit and run. On top of that, there has been no international cricket in Pakistan due to law and order situation. Batsmen who can be watchful, have loads of patience and occupy the crease for long have no place in Pakistani domestic cricket and that's why you do not get test-quality batsmen. Due to the nature of the quick fire cricket that is played, Pakistan might excel in the shorter version of the game but will be found lacking in test matches.

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  • JonRiz on July 30, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Pakistan, unfortunately, doesn't have an elaborate cricket structure where teams play longer version of the game. Most matches are limited-overs where batsmen are only suppossed to hit and run. On top of that, there has been no international cricket in Pakistan due to law and order situation. Batsmen who can be watchful, have loads of patience and occupy the crease for long have no place in Pakistani domestic cricket and that's why you do not get test-quality batsmen. Due to the nature of the quick fire cricket that is played, Pakistan might excel in the shorter version of the game but will be found lacking in test matches.

  • on July 30, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    There's a strong reason why England was looking so mighty..coz they were playing with 12 men.. England X! + KAMRAN AKMAL

  • kunal13 on July 30, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    to be very open minded ...i think its okie for pakistan to skittle ...go through a phase where batsmen are struggling...and trying to find a foothold....its very easy to comment for anyone to even a single whether it be easy or a big mistake..but i think everything takes time...now you wud argue about there shud be at least a sign of improvement...cmon give these guys a BREAK....i think pakistan in years to come (2-3 yrs) will be a side to look for....

  • SaleemHatoum on July 30, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj Gollapud, you have just wasted at least one of your life writing about Pakistani batting and fielding. It is known fact since the days of Inzamam that fielding is at the very bottom of the priorities of Pakistani cricket players. And enough written about their present state of batting. I wrote when the selection of this team was announced that they will not be able to score more than 300 runs in an innings. So far in four (Vs Aus) and this innings my prediction (which is solely based on the capacity and character of the batsman) is coming to be true. I wrote that they lose the test 6-0 but I was wrong it will end up 4-1-1.

  • kunal13 on July 30, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    to continue on my thoughts I am appalled by people whether it be a journalist or an ardent fan of cricket to criticize cricketers who have just stepped in after a long wait with a chance of their lifetime....cmon not everybody comes is sachin/ponting......give them a chance and if after certain chances if they dont perform then criticize them to bring them down to line

  • Lahori_Munde on July 30, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Really funny to read some of the messages here by Pakistani supporters over the last few days. Pakistan won the last test against Australia and they're already talking about how talented Pakistan is and that they're the best team in the world. Lets do reality check here for a change, Ponting had serious brain fart and elected to bat in gloomy cloudy weather and that costed Aussies that test. Had Ponting put Pakistan in to bat, imagine what the result could have been. Australia lost that test on their first innings batting, collapsed induced by weather mainly. Now in this test, Asif balled well this morning but weather was very suitable for swing bowler and he downed England. Lets see what England bowlers did to Pakistan afterward - Mayhem. They did lot better then Pakistani bowlers actually. The truth of the matter is Pakistan has long way to go yet and unfair to give them so much credit based on one fluke test win. Get real for a change..

  • SaleemHatoum on July 30, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj Gollapud, you have just wasted at least one of your life writing about Pakistani batting and fielding. It is known fact since the days of Inzamam that fielding is at the very bottom of the priorities of Pakistani cricket players. And enough written about their present state of batting. I wrote when the selection of this team was announced that they will not be able to score more than 300 runs in an innings. So far in four (Vs Aus) and this innings my prediction (which is solely based on the capacity and character of the batsman) is coming to be true. I wrote that they lose the test 6-0 but I was wrong it will end up 4-1-1.

  • teacher3469 on July 30, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Another poor article that could have been summed up in three words- lack of footwork. Rather than stating the obvious and paraphrasing please enlighten your readers with purposeful observations!!

  • on July 30, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    any reason why my comments aren't ever published? i don't use profanity, or a harsh tone... i simply suggested that the criticism was harsh and somewhat redundant based on the fact that england themselves, with two well set batsmen, got bundled out for 17/6 in the morning session. Am i not allowed to have a contrasting opinion? I feel moderation on this site is quite unprofessional if not biased towards the publishers altogether...

  • FaisaLKarim on July 30, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Frankly, I have no clue why Kamran Akmal is still being allowed to ruin the hardwork of the rest of the team. If Kamran had spent just 10% of the energy he uses focusing on stupidly cheering every move of every fielder/bowler on the field, shut his mouth, and focused just a tad on his basic job of keeping clean behind the stumps, his output may be better. This lad has a big mouth and he needs to shut up in the field. I am tired of listening to his stupid stuff in the field.

    The funniest is when after dropping a catch or two, the very next moment he goes back to "Shaabaaash Asif", "Shaabaash Danish" ! What about himself though? What about having a talk with himself and saying, "You loser Akmal why did you dump the catch. Let me take a minute to go back, focus, and try understand exactly what I am doing and why and be a bit more serious and resolute about not allowing these let ups".

    Someone please give him this message. Tell Kamran Akmal to SHUT UP and focus on his basic job. a