England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Waqar wary of workload for fast men

Nagraj Gollapudi at Trent Bridge

July 31, 2010

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Danish Kaneria picked up his first wicket of the innings when an lbw decision against Graeme Swann was referred, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day, July 31, 2010
Danish Kaneria (right) has been disappointing, with only one wicket for the game © AFP
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For a brief moment this morning it felt like Pakistan seemed to have gained a foothold in this exciting Test. After Umar Gul's defiant burst with the bat, which relieved them of the burden of following on, Pakistan fought back admirably with their three fast men trampling the England batting order with authority. At 98 for 6, and the lead at 270, Pakistan held their heads high.

But as the full house at Trent Bridge welcomed the sun finally breaking through the clouds for the first time in two days about an hour after lunch, the visitors' body language steadily grew weary. With the pitch offering hardly any true bounce or movement and the ball losing its shine, Salman Butt duly rested his pace trio comprising the two Mohammads - Asif and Aamer - and Gul.

Subsequently Danish Kaneria, who was introduced for the first time in the day one over before tea, continued to operate from one end while the part-timers Shoaib Malik and Umar Amin bowled innocuous overs for Matt Prior to build to his century and wilt the Pakistan spirits with every additional run.

Just like Australia had escaped twice at Lord's after Pakistan's quicks had worked assiduously to demolish the specialist batsmen, Prior led England to recovery and then built further momentum in the company of the tail. What worked in the hosts' favour was there was nothing much for the fast bowler on a dry and slow pitch. Also keeping in mind a long summer ahead, Pakistan did not want to exhaust and risk injury to their match-winning pace trio.

"The [fast] bowlers were really tired," Waqar Younis, Pakistan coach, said after the day's play. "These [fast] bowlers have been bowling too many overs from the Australia series. We don't want anyone injured and those three our key bowlers."

If there was somebody he wasn't impressed with it was his main spinner Kaneria, who Waqar felt was a big letdown. The coach had a blunt appraisal of the legspinner in this match: "We struggled with Danish Kaneria. He was lacking confidence and he really struggled getting his rhythm going, which was tough for us."

Astonishingly, Kaneria failed to bowl any maidens and had only one wicket to his credit with his match figures reading: 33-0-171-1. Waqar pointed out that Kaneria's best opportunity to bounce back after an abysmal first-innings performance with the ball came early in the second session today.

With Stuart Broad hunting for runs this year and Jimmy Anderson on a king pair and Steven Finn playing only his third Test, Kaneria needed to dominate Prior, England's last specialist batsman. "At a stage when they were six down we just needed somebody to get up and take a wicket but that didn't happen," Waqar said.

For most of the afternoon Pakistan allowed things to happen and the early morning promise that Gul had injected into the team with his maiden half-century suddenly seemed distant. For the second time this summer Pakistan were chasing a 400-plus score for victory in the fourth innings - Australia had set them 440 at Lord's - and both times they knew it could've been a much easier, and achievable target.

Asked if he was disappointed at his top order failing to survive with about three quarters of an hour before the close of play, Waqar conceded that losing three wickets was too many. "In a way it is always disappointing when you lose wickets when you don't want to especially at the end of the day," Waqar said. "I wasn't expecting three wickets - maybe one, but they were right on target."

But the Pakistan coach said he couldn't blame the batsmen entirely, as they had endured a long and taxing day in the field. "It is always tough when you are in the field for 70 overs and then you have to go and bat and it is even tougher for the youngsters," Waqar said.

So, is it over for Pakistan in this Test? Waqar nearly admitted defeat. "It seems very, very hard form here on," he said nodding his head. That does not mean he is giving up on the series, because he reckons Pakistan have the ability to fight back just like they caught Ricky Ponting's men by surprise at Headingley.

"We won against Australia [so] we are a very fine side and I've got no doubt that they can make a comeback. It is a four-match Test series. I haven't given up on this Test yet, but it is not going to be very easy tomorrow."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

i really don't understand that y ABDUL RAZZAK is been kept out of the test matches he has been one of the best all rounder in all # formats, i agree we are missing 2 y in out team but PCB should not take chances just near world cup coming bring 2 Y back and give Abdul razzak a chance back in test then i see how any team can fool us.

Posted by khan864 on (August 1, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

salman butt will not bring yousef and younis back bec he cant score runns like them he is bad fielder he have score only few hunderds they have scored lot people will not talk abt him it was all plane before to make salman captain 2007 he was voice captain bec of his prfomance they changed him he played 1 are 2 innings in t20 worldcup suddnly all media talk abt him ,but there who score it was akmal brothers they use afridi as tool he is gone who left now we pakistani people forget how big players are 2 y one player score in t20 are oneday we put him in test match to play test match need time i hope ASIF Zardari change his man .in pakistan people have only 1 thing to enjoy thats cricket ´but its full of politics wrong people is incharge

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 13:43 GMT)

because of one man Ijaz Bhatt pakistan cricket is consistently on sabotage and rite now if we dont remove him from the chairmanship he ll continue to do so i really dont understand with lots of conteroversies against him y he is still there GO GO IJAZ BHATT, THE BAFOON

Posted by S.N.Singh on (August 1, 2010, 13:43 GMT)

WHAT WAQAR AND YOUNIS FAILED TO REALIZED IS THAT THE CONDITION IN ENGLAND SUIT "SEAMERS" ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING SECCIONS. THIS HAPPENED TO ALL THE TEAMS. WHAT THEY HAVE TO THINK OF IS THAT THEIR BATTING FAILLED MISERABLY. ANDERSON GOT 11 WICKETS IN THE MATCH WHICH IS UNUASUAL. SO THE CONDITION SUIT SEAMERS. WINNING THAT MATCH AGAINST AUSTRALIA WAS ALL DUE THE MORNING CONDITION BY BOWLING OUT AUSTRALIA FOR 82. THE SAME THING HAPPENNED PAKISTAN GOT BOWLLED OUT FOR 80 IN THE MORNING SESSION. TO SAY THAT THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR BOWLERS TO GET INJURIED IS NONSENSE. THEY ARE GOOD BOWLERS, THEY SHOULD DO THE JOB. ALSO SHOULS BE ABLE TO TAKE THE TAIL OUT . S.N,SINGH USA.

Posted by rohit657655678776 on (August 1, 2010, 13:32 GMT)

bringing younus and yousuf is not the sollution for pakistan, as they can serve pakistan for most 2 yrs, they should give their young players more chance , umar akmal and mohd.amir are the two of most talented new comers of this decade,but other players are looking less than ordinary,specialy the guy umar amin looks anything but talented, and how can a player like salman but with an average of 32 become captain of a world class team like pakistan? hopefully god will help our selectors to find some quality fast bowlers for india and some good batsmen fr pakistan.

Posted by Sadozai on (August 1, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

yousaf and younis will b back other wise pakiistani side is lost by 4/0 and then they make the foolish appoligies.............

Posted by rahul_d1973 on (August 1, 2010, 13:20 GMT)

@SamAsh07 Why was saeed ajmal needed here???? Didnt you have the ""world's best"" bowlers till a couple of days back??? What happened to them? Or was shahid afridi missing to chew the ball and to scrape the pitch with his spikes?

Posted by Sadozai on (August 1, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

the pakistan selectors are very very very very vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv poor and they make the foolish the decision's........ejaz butt is joker i agree with the australians he is joker of the circus go to circus and do the job that is well suited you joker ejaz butt

Posted by sanjay_khan01 on (August 1, 2010, 13:16 GMT)

Wake-up Pakistan Coaches and Selectors, the water is overthe head now and if we still don't fix the problem that would be a damn shame on us. Keep in mind there are 3 more test to go. Where are Younis and Yousef? Pakistani team needs them else we can sit and watch Pak Titanic . Our over all team morale is low due to rubbish batting side. Why we kept testing Umar Amin/ Azhar Ali while they could be replaced by two " Y ". Also, Fawad Alam is a better test cricketer than Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal is not a test cricketer but he performs much better in ODI and T20 matches. Also, Saeed Ajmal must be replaced by Danish Kaneria.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 13:00 GMT)

I dont know what Akamal brothers,umar amin are doing at least in test match and Kaneria should be immediately replaced with saeed ajmal or Abdur rehman.

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