England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day August 1, 2010

Anderson swings England to 354-run win

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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England 354 (Morgan 130, Collingwood 82, Asif 5-77) and 262 for 9 dec (Prior 102*, Gul 3-41) beat Pakistan 182 (Gul 65*, Anderson 5-54) and 80 (Anderson 6-17) by 354 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England needed less than one session to complete a massive 354-run victory over Pakistan on day four of the first Test at Trent Bridge. James Anderson continued to profit in swinging conditions, knifing through Pakistan's line-up to take 6 for 17 and pick up his very first ten-wicket match haul after his 5 for 54 in the first innings.

Pakistan were in a tenuous position to start with at 15 for 3, and after a muted start by England's bowlers they quickly capitulated, crashing to 80 all out fifteen minutes before the scheduled lunch break. Imran Farhat and Mohammad Aamer resisted for more than seven overs before the breakthrough came, but after they were parted what little belief Pakistan may have held quickly dissipated.

With Anderson curving the ball both ways through the air, Farhat had been feeling at deliveries outside off stump all morning and eventually pushed at one away from his body to send a thick edge to Andrew Strauss at first slip.

In his next over Anderson trapped Umar Akmal with a hooping inswinger that thumped into his front pad and would have crashed into leg stump half way up, Umar using his team's final referral in a futile attempt to stay at the crease. Had he simply walked his brother, Kamran, might have been able to avoid bagging a pair as HawkEye suggested that the ball from Steven Finn that brought his dismissal would have missed leg stump.

A despondent Kamran could barely drag himself off the field, and with Aamer and Umar Gul also removed to catches behind the wicket in quick succession Pakistan were in freefall at 50 for 8 and in real danger of crashing to their lowest total in Test cricket. They managed to avoid that particular embarrassment, but still crumbled to their lowest Test score against England, failing to pass the 87 made in the country's third Test, at Lord's 56 years ago.

Anderson reached his personal milestone by snagging Shoaib Malik with a perfect outswinger that angled in and swerved away very late to take a healthy edge and give Paul Collingwood his third catch of the innings at third slip. Danish Kaneria went down swinging, putting a minor dent in Steven Finn's figures by hoisting him for a six and a four through square leg, but Anderson took very little time to get rid of Mohammad Asif.

Another probing, swinging delivery on off stump found the edge of the bat and flew to Graeme Swann at second slip, and Anderson's sixth wicket gave him match figures of 11 for 71 - the best match analysis by an England bowler since Matthew Hoggard collected 12 for 205 against South Africa at the Wanderers in January 2005.

Pakistan's young side will be mentally scarred by the scale of their defeat, and It is hard to see how they can pick themselves up for the second Test at Edgbaston. They won't have too long to dwell on things with the match starting on Friday. They could find some hope in the way they bounced back after a loss in their first Test of the summer against Australia, and had they held their catches in the first innings here they could have put England under more pressure.

The signs are much more positive for England, with two batsmen making hundreds to guide their team out of tricky situations and Anderson leading the bowling attack with aplomb in helpful conditions. An inconsistent and inexperienced Pakistan will have to make a dramatic change in their focus and approach if they are to mount a better challenge in the next game.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPN Cricinfo

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  • AllRoundView on August 4, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Nice to see Lancastrian running in swinging the ball. Jimmy Anderson one of the best English bowlers, continue on with your form surely England will regain the ashes. Ryan Sidebottom need to be considered too,should be selected it long summer before the big summer in Australia

  • smjr on August 3, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    If Yousaf, Younus , Yasir , Fawad not included in the last three test then I believe the scoreline will be England 4 Pakistan 0. Amin, Malik, and Kamran should be dropped. Azhar Ali seems to be good bat but must be rested for England tour. Pakistani team and management lacks proper attitude towards the game. Salman Butt in the closing ceremony of Nottingham test said that we lost this test but the next test will be a new test on new day, he want to forget Nottingham test ASAP, but Pakistani camp must have forgetten the leeds victory against Australia especially the way it occurred. The celebrations and relaxation should not lead upto the Nottingham Test. I highly regard Australian team for their attitude for every new test match they played whether they have won or lost their previous test. In test match they seldom relax for a single moment thats why they have better test record (win/lost) against all the opposing teams.

  • smjr on August 3, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    There is a lot of talk going on when a team lost a test match. I think test batsman are born players and have got grit, determination, patience, application. Talent alone cannot work in test matches. This today Pakistani team is the worst selected side ever due to favouritism & nepotism of Ijaz Butt, Yawar saeed and co. I fail to understand where players who has performed well like Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Taufiq Omer Asim Kamal are not selected for England tour. They have better test averages than the likes of Umar Amin, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, and Shoiab Malik. The notion of Waqar Younis is not understandable when he said that young players will be given chance then why bring a complete new crop of young players (amin and azhar) for England tour who have not yet played test cricket. The coach, manager & selection committee has a wishfull thinking. If you look at test cricket history then teams with experienced batsman will win you the test.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 3, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    they have to bring back amir sohail and saeed anwar too apart from inzy, wasim, waqar, imran khan and javed miandad.

  • hammadpakistan on August 3, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    hammadpakistan

    Ironically the Indian ans all the time express their enemity against our players. This is not so and it is ater all, a game, and ups and downs are part and parcel of it. They have been loosing pathetically against Pakistan and other teams, do not forget it. Anyway, the trouble lies with our stalwarts in the board. SElection of the team is a serious issue and dropping of Akmal brothers, Danish Kaneria and Shoaib Malik is imperative. Stick with Azhar and Umer Amin, they should be real prospects for the future. Play for the nation, play for the spirit and with total commitment

  • mikalhowell on August 3, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    The man of the match should be Mr. Morgan whose innings made the difference. Mr. Anderson merely sealed the victory in helpful conditions. The decision was made on the emotional recency of his performance.

  • Chaity on August 2, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    At first, obviously congrats england...played well n deserved it...whereas pakistan just bowling well won't help anything...they desperately need to think about their batting tactics...n i dnt knw y i hv a feeling wht goes around comes around...according ramiz raja's comment tht BD team plays "disgusting" i dnt knw wht he has 2 say abt this!!! At least evn though BD lost...they did bat better!!!

  • Avicenna on August 2, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    So, everything boils-down to the poor selection. I have serious misgivings that Pakistan is playing their best Eleven. Butt & Farhat after playing a couple of uncharacteristic innings again seem to be their usual former-selves. Kamran Akmal is probably the worst man with gloves in international cricket. Umar Akmal is a T20 or ODI but certainly not a test player. Performance of Umar Amin does not warrant his place as a regular batsman. Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik are ordinary at best. Even if PCB does not think that either of Yo /Yo deserve a chance (which I seriously doubt it should, given their performance in the past three series) Pak still has bucket full of batsmen superior in both talent and ability than the current pathetic bunch. Banishing Asim kamal, Fawad Alam and Taufeeq Umar from test cricket is unintelligible as they have far better technique and temperament for playing test matches than most of the batsmen in current team.

  • on August 2, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    @Saurav - Be mindful of making such general statements. Its a game and should not be judged on single performances. Don't you agree that pak's bowling is one of the best? Lets focus on how to make things better. Never ever let e bitter thought overtake us.

  • Harry0009 on August 2, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I think it's just those days when nothing can go wrong for England. Whatever they are touching is turning gold. When Pak levelled the series against Aus, evryone talked of a tough series for Eng. But the lady luck seems to be favouring Eng against any team they are playing. This is just the team to watch out for WC 2011. To put it, they are right now playing flawless cricket at best.

  • AllRoundView on August 4, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Nice to see Lancastrian running in swinging the ball. Jimmy Anderson one of the best English bowlers, continue on with your form surely England will regain the ashes. Ryan Sidebottom need to be considered too,should be selected it long summer before the big summer in Australia

  • smjr on August 3, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    If Yousaf, Younus , Yasir , Fawad not included in the last three test then I believe the scoreline will be England 4 Pakistan 0. Amin, Malik, and Kamran should be dropped. Azhar Ali seems to be good bat but must be rested for England tour. Pakistani team and management lacks proper attitude towards the game. Salman Butt in the closing ceremony of Nottingham test said that we lost this test but the next test will be a new test on new day, he want to forget Nottingham test ASAP, but Pakistani camp must have forgetten the leeds victory against Australia especially the way it occurred. The celebrations and relaxation should not lead upto the Nottingham Test. I highly regard Australian team for their attitude for every new test match they played whether they have won or lost their previous test. In test match they seldom relax for a single moment thats why they have better test record (win/lost) against all the opposing teams.

  • smjr on August 3, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    There is a lot of talk going on when a team lost a test match. I think test batsman are born players and have got grit, determination, patience, application. Talent alone cannot work in test matches. This today Pakistani team is the worst selected side ever due to favouritism & nepotism of Ijaz Butt, Yawar saeed and co. I fail to understand where players who has performed well like Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Taufiq Omer Asim Kamal are not selected for England tour. They have better test averages than the likes of Umar Amin, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, and Shoiab Malik. The notion of Waqar Younis is not understandable when he said that young players will be given chance then why bring a complete new crop of young players (amin and azhar) for England tour who have not yet played test cricket. The coach, manager & selection committee has a wishfull thinking. If you look at test cricket history then teams with experienced batsman will win you the test.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 3, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    they have to bring back amir sohail and saeed anwar too apart from inzy, wasim, waqar, imran khan and javed miandad.

  • hammadpakistan on August 3, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    hammadpakistan

    Ironically the Indian ans all the time express their enemity against our players. This is not so and it is ater all, a game, and ups and downs are part and parcel of it. They have been loosing pathetically against Pakistan and other teams, do not forget it. Anyway, the trouble lies with our stalwarts in the board. SElection of the team is a serious issue and dropping of Akmal brothers, Danish Kaneria and Shoaib Malik is imperative. Stick with Azhar and Umer Amin, they should be real prospects for the future. Play for the nation, play for the spirit and with total commitment

  • mikalhowell on August 3, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    The man of the match should be Mr. Morgan whose innings made the difference. Mr. Anderson merely sealed the victory in helpful conditions. The decision was made on the emotional recency of his performance.

  • Chaity on August 2, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    At first, obviously congrats england...played well n deserved it...whereas pakistan just bowling well won't help anything...they desperately need to think about their batting tactics...n i dnt knw y i hv a feeling wht goes around comes around...according ramiz raja's comment tht BD team plays "disgusting" i dnt knw wht he has 2 say abt this!!! At least evn though BD lost...they did bat better!!!

  • Avicenna on August 2, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    So, everything boils-down to the poor selection. I have serious misgivings that Pakistan is playing their best Eleven. Butt & Farhat after playing a couple of uncharacteristic innings again seem to be their usual former-selves. Kamran Akmal is probably the worst man with gloves in international cricket. Umar Akmal is a T20 or ODI but certainly not a test player. Performance of Umar Amin does not warrant his place as a regular batsman. Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik are ordinary at best. Even if PCB does not think that either of Yo /Yo deserve a chance (which I seriously doubt it should, given their performance in the past three series) Pak still has bucket full of batsmen superior in both talent and ability than the current pathetic bunch. Banishing Asim kamal, Fawad Alam and Taufeeq Umar from test cricket is unintelligible as they have far better technique and temperament for playing test matches than most of the batsmen in current team.

  • on August 2, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    @Saurav - Be mindful of making such general statements. Its a game and should not be judged on single performances. Don't you agree that pak's bowling is one of the best? Lets focus on how to make things better. Never ever let e bitter thought overtake us.

  • Harry0009 on August 2, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I think it's just those days when nothing can go wrong for England. Whatever they are touching is turning gold. When Pak levelled the series against Aus, evryone talked of a tough series for Eng. But the lady luck seems to be favouring Eng against any team they are playing. This is just the team to watch out for WC 2011. To put it, they are right now playing flawless cricket at best.

  • LoeKevin on August 2, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Hi, I am an Indian, one thing I dont know why everyone r discussing abt India and Pakistan, rather to discuss abt the prob of Pakistan Team, everyone r interested in India and Pakistan. Talking abt the batting line up of Pakistan is really weak when compare to other good teams. Everyone in the team are very new to Test Matches, so they need some time to pickup and do well in other matches.Pakistan player r very new in their Test Shoes, give them a chance and they do their best.

  • Scotslogger on August 2, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Ben pullan you are having a laugh. We are well short of an attack that can cope outside england. How often do you see the ball going through normal swing in Australia? Anderson is no use the other side of the channel let alone the other side of the world

  • HostileJ on August 2, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    See this is what happens when you have a proper side like England against a one hit wonder side like pakistan. I said it after Pakistan beat the Aussies, and I'll say it again - you cannot consistently beat top teams by just bowling well (for which I'll subsequently commend Pakistan - they bowled brilliantly the whole game), you have to bat and field well. Bringing Yusuf back will be a huge boost. It'll take some pressure off Butt, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik.Also,pleeease get rid of Kamran akmal - he is by far the worst keeper in the world.It might be an idea to play him just as a batsman...but how many catches will be dropped then I'm not sure. Umar Gul also needs to wake up - he is a professional cricketer and the amount of no-balls he bowls is unacceptable.And now the Indian supporters are also getting in on the act...instead of concerning themselves with their own useless bowling outfit.To Pakistan: Get Younis back as well if you can - you will have a formiddable, balanced side...

  • on August 2, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    offcourse we lost !!! what really can u expect from a team that is bent stupidly on playing T20 players in Test matches.........what a bloody shame....we have to face these kind of emabarassing moments just cuz of few bloody idiots running the PCB.........even a child knows the players playing in present test matches for pakistan actually belong to T20 format only.......if they keep playing these sameT20 players in Test format then Im sorry to say that Pakistan is going to lose massively in every test.......shoaib malik, kamran akmal, umar akmal, umar amin, imran farhat are all purely T20 format players who can play ODIs also but on Test level they are a NO NO NO and only NOOOOO...... Only God have mercy on Pakistan cricket........for Test level players like Yasir hameed, Asim kamal, younis khan, muhammad yousuf, faisal iqbal should be played as soon as possible.....otherwise Pakistan is going to be massacared by every team in the world...........Damn to Mr. Ijaz Butt and Mohsin Khan.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 2, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    This is non sense. Salman Butt is very lucky to be in the team.He averages in mid 30's and surely he has been in good form but he is best batsman of Pakistan is all over hyped stuff. Salman Butt is a poor choice as a captain.Pakistan needs Yousaf and Younis. Muhammad Yousaf has made mistakes such as joining ICL etc but man has a class and has proven himself.Younis Khan is best available captain for Pakistan while Umar Gul should ne vice captain. Both Akmal brothers should be dropped.Umar AKmal is over hyped. He has won nothing for Pakistan. Who is Umar Amin? He has not scored more than 30 in last 3 test matches.Good to see Kaneria being dumped. Why is Yasir Hameed not there? Asim Kamal should be recalled. He is a fighter with 8 fifties in 12 test matches along with Khurram Maznoor who did so well in Australia.Top Six for Pakistan: Khurram, Yasir, Younis, Yousaf,Azhar Ali and Asim Kamal.!Zulqarnain as keeper although Sarfraz is better.! Butt can be 12th Man!These pretenders need to go.!

  • Scotslogger on August 2, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Wazzi I dont think anyone here is making fun of the losing side. If anything I think its desperately sad that Pakistan cricket is having do many troubles. In fact the combination of former players talking trash, a young talented but demoralised team and old hands ready to come into the team complete with egos and attitude is all to recognisable to any follower of england in the lean years of the 80's and 90s.

    No world cricket needs Pak (and the windies) at their best as soon as possible and the only way to do that is to keep the faith with this team, tell the Ys to shove off and lay the foundations for success in the next 5 years. England were not great but they bullied Pak through experience and the cracks in the Pak camp. We (england) still need a reverse swing bowler (hopefully Shazad) an opener and a kick up the rear end to KP

  • FaisalAsghar on August 2, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    @ Sourav Chakrabarty....get a life!!!! i think by your rationale India needs its status stripped before anyone else....India's bowling is perhaps slightly better than Canada.....hammered for 900 runs in the first test and 800 in the second...id suggest being a bit more sensible while posting!!!

  • duvva on August 2, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    i am an indian and pakistan bowling was the best attack in this world at this moment their batting is pathetic and fielding is worse i guess indians should look at pakistanis and learn bowling.pakistanis should bring mohammed yousuf back and strenghten their batting. their fielding is the worst i have seen

  • on August 2, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    i am indian i dont understand why pak board not allows 2 y's if u see the average more than 50 like great sachin and hussy and more exp like other young guns, they are talented but not like y's one more thigs that india is playing srilanka soul if india play in england like this conditions they also not perform except sachin and dravid , now days england is good but not better than aussie wait and watch what will happen in ashes, what happen in 2007 ashes 5---0 now also see what happen atleast 3--1, i beleive that india is going to loose number 1 position if india loose 3rd test lets see

    i pray for my county insha allah they are number one til next awards

  • YorkshirePudding on August 2, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Being objective Pakistan can take a lot from this test, Aamir and Asif did very well with the new ball and had england on the ropes in both innings, at 108-4 and 98-5. Mailk looked hand with the bat really should be coming in higher up the order at 4 or 5. Unfortuantely the downside is that Kaneria is not the spinner he was and gave away too many runs, 200-1 is really not that good, Kamran Akmal was abismal in the first innings and average in the second, Pakistan really need to find a new keeper. With the return of Yousuf that will bolster the middle order and hopefully give it some strength with an experienced head. I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish all pakistan the best for the next test at Edgbaston.

  • gandhala on August 2, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    its really sad to some great sides go down. I pitty west indies cricket and pakistan cricket. Pakistan players always had the talent and great fighter in their team who will never give up till the last bal is bowled. Now i can see pakistan players have lost that character in them. Now they just want to show their individual brilliance. Bowling is great no doubt abt that but i think their management is pathetic.Need more players like Salman butt in their batting and i want to see Kamran akmal opening the innings. High time individuals know their role in the team.

  • waseemsarwar on August 2, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    hahahahaha, Put great Indian batting against DB in those condition and they may not score even 100. Aussie team was blown away by an 2nd div team. and GREAT GREAT GREAT indian team was fantastic in GALLE against a mighty Lankans. WOW, world is soo strange, Our Neighbors are crying without even have knowledge of their record agains a 2nd div team overall. GO GREAT India GO, World is yours but only at home.

  • ben.pullan13 on August 2, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Hang on guys lets not be too hard on Pakistan! It is a young and very inexperienced batting order with two youngsters at 3 and 4 who have never played in England before and are having to face the best bowling attack in the world on their home wickets- therefore we must give them time! I believe now that Mohamed Yousuf should provide a steadying presence in the middle order and this will feed positively on Umar Amin and Azhar Ali. Having said this, being a big England fan, I am allowed to gloat a bit! Currently England boast an attack for all places: Anderson is exceptional when the ball swings, Finn will be essential on the bouncy wickets in Australia this Winter and Broad's pace, bounce and swing will take wickets anywhere! Not to mention Swann who is the best off-spinner in the world!

  • Wazzi on August 2, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    @:Sal_CricFan: Would like to remind you that so many english/Australians and even Indian bowlers have also been accused of ball tempering in the past. It's not only Pakistani bowlers who've been accused of this. I think you watch cricket with closed eyes you didn't watch the two test against Australia and this against england. there wasn't anything found like that but still Pak bowlers swung the ball better than Ausi bowlers. Pak only requires some experience in the batting lineup and then things will settle down for them.

  • Wazzi on August 2, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    All those Indian and Ausies who are saying that we got excited after beating Australia and praised the team so much, just keep in mind we never praised our batsmen we only appreciated our bowlers and why shouldn't we. our bowlers have always done a great job against all the best sides even on flat tracks none of the english & indian bowlers are able to do that and for those who say Pak bowlers do ball tempering and without it they cannot do the damage with the ball aswell, they are just simply jealous, you must have watched the test match against Australia and this test against england there wasn't anything like that. pak bowlers have talent and know the art of swing some thing Indian & Ausi bowlers just don't know. Amir & Asif don't need luck and for those who say that both A's have been successful just beco they bowled under good conditions, so what would you say about the english bowlers, they too bowled in similar conditions.

  • waseemsarwar on August 2, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    hahahaha, i feel happy for my neighbors Indians ,So Pakistan should be dropped to 2nd div, they deserve. lets assume Raina in England, have he scored even a single score, he scored 100 on pitch on which G.B's grand mother can score 100+. Compare Umar Akmal's debut with Raina,difference is there. Pitches where Aussie can crumble to 88, people are blaming Pakistan. They were poor but they were not excellent either is their recent past, last time they were in England, they lost 3-0 so facing England in this mood is too much for any team, they are now the world beaters, that's for sure, Ashes not going anywhere.

  • Wazzi on August 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    For all my brothers in England, congrats for such a big win, but that doesn't mean you start making fun of the loosing side you should realize that in these tough conditions even your batsmen (english batsmen) struggled against the new ball eventhough yr players are used to of these conditions and have got enough experience than this young Pak side. You should remember the days when england was also beaten by good sides quite easily including Pak. but we really appreciate the hard work they have done and now they have become the worls'd strongest side but that doesn't mean you get over joyed or over confident and start making fun of loosing side. yes there are so many thing going wrong with Pakistan cricket but things will get settled down and this tean will do better soon.

  • Wazzi on August 2, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    For all my Indian brothers who are laughing at Pak team today just because Indian team has done a good job on dead pitches in Srilanka WITHOUT! Murli and Malinga. you should remember the Galle test when Murli and Malinga made it almost impossible for your great batsmen like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ghambir etc. who've got plenty of experience could even save the follow-on and Srilanka win by 10 wickets. but in 2nd test on dead track almost 1500 runs scored and you people got over joyed that yr players are getting runs. that was a PATHETIC test match. but still we Paki's really appreciate Indian batsmen but their real test will be done when they'll play in such conditions like in England. Today Pak team is strugling and world is making fun of them but soon the time will come & all of those fun makers will be crying for their teams & players.

  • on August 2, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    TEST STATUS SHOULD BE STRIPPED FROM PAKISTAN!!!THEIR BATTING LINE UP IS WORSE THAN BANGLADESH.I REMEMBER TAMIM & CO SCORING HEAVILY AGAINST THE SAME ENGLISH ATTACK IN SIMILAR CONDITIONS.....UNLESS THEY CALL BACK 2 Ys ,THE SCORE LINE IS CLEAR 4-0 IN FAVOUR OF ENG.

  • Sal_CricFan on August 2, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Take away ball tempering and the pakistani team suddenly looks so ordinary. There were superstars in your team who made their career by scratching ball on one side, but those are now retired and ICC became aware of that. Now the team can't do that anymore. Akmal borthers and Amin need to go. Kaneria must be captain.

  • GreenCap on August 2, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Interesting to see the Indians so excited when they themselves were thrashed by 10 wickets by SL and their team suffers to get more than 3-4 batsmen out in an innings.

  • on August 2, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    While Mr. Rajiv comments on Pakistan, it would not be out of place to remind him of India's sate of bowling. A nation of billion plus and one bowler (Kapil Dev) to show for in 65 years of history. The way your highly over rated batting was made to look like by school boys by petty Sri Lankan bowling speaks volume of their batting. India is only good at home where they can score runs on pitches which are as dead as river beds. Try playing for a change outside India and then see what happens to the # 1 test team status.

  • Cricfan27 on August 2, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    It is high time for Bangladesh to register a test win against Pakistan as they did against West Indies last year. Please ICC arrange a test series between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bangladesh cricket board should do their utmost before Pakistan regroup.

  • on August 2, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is going down and they need to learn a lesson or two from our Great Great Great India..Guys in pakistan seriously stop terrorism and start thinking out of the box on other issues. You guys are buying tanks and weapons, start providing more money to your cricketers..where is Rashid Latif now? I am waiting for him to come to any of the news chanel and declare this test match was fixed?? hahahahahaha LMAO..Pakistani crowd and politicians no matter how much jealous you guys are of us, we were, we are and we will be 100 times ahead than you folks..GOOD LUCK..Khuda haafis guys..

  • CricketFirstLove on August 2, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    With Pakistan having the talent of the people like M. Yousuf, Younis Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal and Shoaib Akhtar one wonders how they loose. Extreme talent needs extreme management skills. When giants are managed by minions this is what is going to happen.

    Bring in stalwarts and get rid of Ejaz Butt and all his cronies in the team and let the selection be purely on merit and then see results.

    These can never be left out: M.Yousuf, Younis Khan, Faisal Iqal and Asim Kamal to lend solidity in the middle, in bowling don't go in without Shoaib Akhtar, M. Asif and Amir. For God's sake find a keeper who won't miss the vital chances and who can be a consistent batter. We want a spinner of the likes of Saqlain and Mushtaq.

    Both are busy polishing their new found religion like Inzamam and Afridi a la Saeed Anwer. They must learn to eat, live and breathe cricket during the season and nothing else and not bring private matters of religion on the cricket field and the dressing rooms.

  • JB77 on August 2, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    Excellent. Anderson has had his usual one good game per 6 months (in helpful conditions of course). Now hopefully he'll remain in the side for the Ashes (and get 1 wicket for 195 runs at the Gabba like he did last series in Aus).

  • CricketFirstLove on August 2, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    The blighter s just dont know batting why are they playing test cricket when they dont know to stand up to test conditions. Kick them out of Test Cricket.

  • aalhasankh on August 2, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    None of the top order Pakistani batsmen is worth his place ,if not his salt.Salman Butt is the latest proof of the saying : MAKE HIM THE CAPTAIN AND DESTROY HIS GAME !!!

  • Clyde on August 2, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Can you explain, Liam, the difference between 'hit' and 'crash into' when it comes to the ball and the stumps? This expecially when the statement is hypothetical - 'would have' hit/crashed into. The laws of cricket, as I understand them, only require that the ball 'would have hit the wicket'.

  • on August 1, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Cricket will vanish from Pakistan if they play like this.What is wrong in Pakistani camp?Total mess.After such a humuliating and crushing defeat players must be punished on the ground there and then.100 lashes on their BUTTS!

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on August 1, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    We have destroyed many stroke player in the past by changing their natural ability to attack by teaching neagitive approach to batting. * Batting order: K.AKMAL, S.BUTT, S.MALIK, M Yousuf, U.AKMAL,I.FARHAT, A.Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer,Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Asif * Its time to Surrender EGOS for betterment of Pakistan cricket.Blaming Danish Kanaria for not performing well is direct correlation of incompetent and poor judgement by team coach and the managment.He sould have not been selected for these conditios over S.Ajmal. *This is the best oppurtunity for Pakistan team to show their mental strength and professionalism by springing up to the occasion.English conditions are bias to teams who are afraid to lose.

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on August 1, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    By no means i intend to reflect on incompetent display of Pakistan cricket board and team managment by suggessting the followings * Saeed Ajmal a better choice over Danish Kanaria for english wickets and conditions,would have saved TEN minutes to Mr.coach, Mr.Captain *Need to rescue Azhar Ali and Umar Amin .Unless this is their last series for Pakistan.*Abdul Razzaq best all-rounder in Pakistan cricket, better then,Shahid Afridi,sould be part of the team.*Misbah ul haq ,Mohammad Yusuf and Younus Khan should be part of pakistan batting lineup*English wickets and condisions are suitable to those who are not afraid of losing a match. *Need to stop cushioning yourself by statements,such as, young team,lack of experience in english conditions,you are empowered to change it by selecting the deserving players *Proper coaching,using bowling machines to emulate swing bowling,its all out there**Allowing Umar Akmal,Kamran Akmal,Imran Farhat to go out and paly their strokes **continued next**

  • Stark62 on August 1, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    What are pcb thinking?!?!

    I've seen much, much more talented batsmen then Malik, Amin, Ali and U. Akmal in terms of test cricket like Ghani, Ghumman and Sohail.

    Also, bring in M. Rizwan (16 or 17 years of age but very talented with the bat and much better then Akmal at keeping) to replace K. Akmal!!!!

  • on_the_level on August 1, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Pakistan's bowlers have been the only positive on this tour. They need to be backed up to put pressure on the opposition batsmen, and here they are being badly let down by the wicket keeper. Kamran Akmal needs to be dropped.

  • landl47 on August 1, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    It's no surprise that England won; there's a big difference in class and experience between these two teams. The surprise was that this Pakistan team beat Australia and that must be giving the Australian selectors sleepless nights. At this point, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif are the only two real world class players, and if Asif continues to bowl at under 80mph he won't be in that group for long. Gul is a decent third seamer, but Kaneria wasn't any threat at all. The batsmen and wicketkeeper are not good enough to play for an English county side, let alone test cricket. This truly is the weakest batting side in test cricket at the moment; having seen Bangladesh home and away this year, it's easy to make that comparison. England bowled and fielded well and their batting was good enough- by a little matter of 354 runs. If Pakistan can't lift its game, this is looking like a 4-0 whitewash.

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on August 1, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    By no means i intend to reflect on incompetent display of Pakistan cricket board and team managment by suggessting the followings * Saeed Ajmal a better choice over Danish Kanaria for english wickets and conditions,would have saved TEN minutes to Mr.coach, Mr.Captain *Need to rescue Azhar Ali and Umar Amin .Unless this is their last series for Pakistan.*Abdul Razzaq best all-rounder in Pakistan cricket, better then,Shahid Afridi,sould be part of the team.*Misbah ul haq ,Mohammad Yusuf and Younus Khan should be part of pakistan batting lineup *English wickets and condisions are suitable to those who are not afraid of losing a match.*Need to stop cushioning yourself by statements,such as, young team,lack of experience in english conditions,you are empowered to change it by selecting the deserving players *Propper coaching,using bowling machines to emulate swing bowling,its all out there *Allowing Umar Akmal,Kamran Akmal,Imran Farhat to go out and paly their stroke.SEE NEXT COMMENT

  • on August 1, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    How can anyone, be it Amin or Azhar or Umer, be called bright future for Pakistan even before any of them has played good cricket? Now Raza Hasan has been called into the side. I ask why and what basis. The guy has just played two first class matches and was part of Under 19 world cup team. Just because he's from Sialkot and Malik loves him doesn't make him a Test cricketer for god's sake. Where is Abdul Rehman? Where is that miserable Ajmal now? Yousuf is back and I am sure the whole team, except Aamir and Gul, will have a meeting in Butt's room where they will now swear on Koran to make Yousuf fail.

    However Younus Khan won't still be allowed to play. That man has more guts than both Butts together. Because Salman is against his inclusion since he believes both Ys didn't do well against England even in the past (check the record, you psycho), but he backs Akmal Sr., calls him a great player and says "Just a few mistakes cannot make you say he's a bad keeper. lol CRAP.

  • its_only_a_game on August 1, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    rajeevsingh, Pakistan bowling attack is much better than India

  • qlpk on August 1, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    I really don't understand, why many people even captian of pakistan team are saying to yousuf and younis out. The actual trouble makers are still in the team. These people are very powerful (as PCB removed any ban and punishment) and causing the damage to pak cricket. and everyone knows who these are. If not, they are: both Akmals and Malik. The youngsters, specially Umer amin have to learn a lot and test cricket is not a place for him at this moment.

  • stationmaster on August 1, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    SO where are all the people on here that were predicting a hge win for Pak with their 'World Class' bowling line up ? Learn to field properly, take your eyes of the dollars in 20/20 and then come play test cricket with a bit more skill and passion - otherwise it's no contest ! Yeee Haaa !

  • muhammaduzair on August 1, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    @ rajeevsingh I want to ask same question to Indians fans, where were they when SriLanka strangled them by a humiliating defeat in recent 1st Test match.So called #1 Test team collapse in such a pathetic way. Everyone knows about Muhammad Aamer, his talent and ability to swing the ball in both directions in any condition, which Indians bowlers can only think of.

  • Topstar on August 1, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Test and Oneday/T20 teams should be separate. Otherwise our T20 expert players will fail in Test and loose T20 form as well. Yousaf, Younis, Fawad Alam are not hard hitters and they have temparament to stay and figh on the crease. They should be back in Test Team .Alongwith wicket keeper Sarfaraz for test squad. Umer Amin should be given rest now for few matches, because he has been failing and other players deserve chance as well. Like Yasir Hameed, Fawad. Its clumsy take players with them and don't give them chance. Like not giving chance to Hammad Azam(in T20 and One days) the under 19 super star is very unfair and fishy. Kanaria should immediately be replaced by saeed ajmal and Abdul Rehman should also be given chance in few matches so we have backup. Imran Nazir should also be available for T20 and One days. I don't think hassan Raza has any ckass or worth a chance. Cricket fans know who is capable of what, but not the selectors and coaches. either they dumb or corrupt.

  • Topstar on August 1, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    In reply to : rajeevsingh's derogatory comments. Rajeevsingh you should be ashamed to make such coments as your team just got shit faced by Srilanka, and what a third class bowling performance in first test, you should be thankful that Sri Lanka spared you otherwise it would have been a world record. Sri Lanka declared on 600+ while they still had 6 wickets left. It was like they are playing against school boys. And so far India couldn;'t beat sri lanka in that series. If Kamran Akmal wouldn't have dropped 6 catches and a stump England would have been in the same situation. Pakistan is playing without their regular Test and senior players and still beaten Australia which the worl no 1. While your team is having their asses kicked badly by Sri Lanka.

  • Rohan4U3K_U on August 1, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    @ rajeevsingh..rightly said bro..!!! HA HA HA...

  • Rocky_Team on August 1, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Lesson for India - Don't replace all seniors in one shot!!!

    This is what would happen to Indian Middle order, if all seniors (Dravid, SRT & Lakshman) are replaced with yougsters at the same time!! - So, the transition has to be spread out. - Its time to replace Lakshman immeditaly with a new face (may be ROhit Sharma) and then Draivd (with sya Raina, assuming Yuvi hold #6 position) and SRT after about a year (with ???, can't think of a reliable name that can take SRT #4 position, Badrinath? Pujara?

  • salmankhan687 on August 1, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    this is not the best pakistani side. Ijaz Butt has ruined the national cricket team. we desperately need yousaf, younas and asim kamal back in our line up. kaneria was ordinary against the aussies so ajmal was the obvious choice for the first test against the england. umer amin hasnt performed well so its time for yasir hameed how. thanks God! they have called yousaf. just add yousaf, younis into the squad and then see the result.

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 1, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    England's victory by 354 runs, as their second best runs victory ever is real sweet!!! We should be on an upward spiral now and getting to where we need to be. Any side beaten by this margin is always going to be licking its wounds. But I do not think Pakistan need to think about leaving Test cricket-slight over reaction. In any case the bowling looks better than most other countries.

  • nzterrific on August 1, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Does anyone remember the last test match? While Pakistan may have a fragile batting order atleast they have a bowling attack that can take twenty wickets. If they can find a few solid batters they have the makings of a winning side.

  • pk_cric_rox on August 1, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    i totally agree with rajeevsingh. pakistan bowling attack is over rated.so wat if they take all 20 wickets in all their matches and atleast keeping the test cricket interesting by producing a result.wats so good about an 18 year old who is unplayable till now for world's top batsmen.no big deal. the big deal is indian bowling attack. the scary ishant sharma who gives away runs at more then 5 per over in tests. or their top offspinner bhaji, wow look at his long list of wickets taken in last two test matches.such a furious bowlng attack that the lowest score by a srilankan batsman in whole innings was a disgusting 54. one double hundred and 2 other hundreds and only 4 wickets taken after giving away 620 runs.... thats wat u call a BOWLING ATTACK. such a shame for 18 year old muhammad amir. right mr rajeev?

  • on August 1, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I would like to question the use of technology...... In Eng. first innings, Keven Peterson was clearly out but not given ,,, Pakistan had a double blow, one KP not given and two they lost a referral......... in Second innings, Azhar Ali was given out while the ball was going over the top of stumps, Eng. had double benefit, they not only got a wicket but saved a referral too which was clearly advantage given to home team .................

    Shame on umpires, Kamran Akmal given out wrong,,,,,,,,,, Shame Shame ICC and Shame Umpires,,,,,,,, if u wanted to give advantage, give to a young side,,, a country who is already on the verge of losing its cricket,,,,,, Shame ICC and Shame Umpires. Umpires means a neutral person who is an Honest person, a man of character,,,, when Umpires are dishonest (3rd Umpires) then home teams are gonna win but Cricket will lose... Can test cricket afford to lose a country who is regular test playing nation??? Hate you ICC and Hate you 3rd Umpire (M Erasmus).

  • wfaizi on August 1, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    couldn't agree more with nikhil,these guys gotta go....and Shoeib Malik as well i don't think he has done anything either......

  • on August 1, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    If a team like Pakistan who are playing test cricket for years, can display this sort of disastrous cricket in English conditions, why do people start hammering Bangladesh when they lose a test match in England...!!! Just have a look at Bangladesh's recent tour of England, they were way better than this Pakistani side....!!!

  • Rocky_Team on August 1, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Lesson for India - Don't replace all seniors in one shot!!! This is what would happen to Indian Middle order, if all seniors (Dravid, SRT & Lakshman) are replaced with yougsters at the same time!! - So, the transition has to be spread out. - Its time to replace Lakshman immeditaly with a new face (may be ROhit Sharma) and then Draivd (with sya Raina, assuming Yuvi hold #6 position) and SRT after about a year (with ???, can't think of a reliable name that can take SRT #4 position!!, Badrinath? Pujara?)

  • AhmadSaleem on August 1, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    @ People who are saying that bowlers did well only due to overcast conditions should consider the fact that Asif has got his best match figure 71/11 in SL against likes of Mahela, Sanga and Sanath. He also took 7 wickets in Karachi including the wickets of Sachin, VVS, Sehwag, Dravid. He has performed all around the world with 5 fors in Sydney, South Africa, Srilanka and England in a short career of 20 matches. Similarly Aamer played his first test in SL and his match figures were an impressing 112/6. Gul rattled Indian batting line in Lahore in 2004 to help Pakistan winning the match. He took a six for in Karachi on a surface where Younis scored triple century. They are not rubbish like some bowlers who are included in a team which is supposed to be number 1.

  • KHAN_169 on August 1, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    @Carlito Brigante WHT HAPPENED TO U]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

  • on August 1, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    I dont knw why our Pakistani public is so foolish... THey can only see the loss. You cant go like this.. If kamran and umar are not performing then dropping them is not good.. Are u in ur senses everyone??/ If this approach had been adopted by Australia Ricky ponting would have been out of the Australian team right now. HE BECAME THE FIRST CAPTIAN TO LOSE TWO ASHES and they stil didnt drop him.. You all are restless .. YOu have to trust the young guns.. ANd akmal brothers.. Wise men learn from their mistakes. And they will surely do get better.. You are just being idiots. and impatient!

  • AhmadSaleem on August 1, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    It was expected as Salman Butt already said that they`ll have some bad days in the field but they are needed to be own then. The`ll definitely improve. Never lose hope. Again some racist Indians have come out of their holes but some people across the border should also have some words of sympathy for this inexperienced batting.

  • Spartacus_Aardvark on August 1, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    It was only a couple of weeks ago that Pakistan were being lauded for beating the Aussies. Salman is right, they are a young and inexperienced team. They will have good days and bad days so give them a break. As long as they learn from the experience and don't completely fold, then they'll do ok. People need to remember that Pakistan have not played much test cricket in recent times and also have a bunch of clowns administrating them.

  • Ramisy2k on August 1, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    I agree with all those who say that this is a Pathetic team....for how many years we will keep on saying that Pakistan team is new they need time? we are saying this since last 10 years...I am sure in 2020 will we keep on saying this...cricket is finished in Pak as long people like Zardari and Ijhaaz Bhutt are there....I have simply no hope...Who is this umer amin.....he has got simply no stroke.....kaneria is good for nothing bowler......except for one stroke of brilliance ocasstionally, this side can only dream for great consistent side!!!

  • Manoj_R on August 1, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    A very poor performance; this is what the teams from the subcontinent are famous for - inconsistency. I hope we all can learn somethings from the Aussies and the South Africans.

    I wish Paki team will perform better next time.

  • Arthaurian on August 1, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    What a whooping my goodness. Its so bad I had to comment twice.

  • Bang_La on August 1, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    @rajeevsingh: this is the problem with indians! india has of the lowest scores both in test and onydayers and look how an indian is jumping. look at your own image in mirror and then come back to jeer at others! no, i am not paki supporter and i know cricket history.

  • akbars38 on August 1, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Its unfortunate that Anderson is being praised. it's the pakistan's batting line up which made Anderson praised.

    Please call any specialist test player in pakistan squad for next test.

    Younus,Yousuf,Misbah call them please....

    it is pakistan fans request.

  • STAR_BIHAR on August 1, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Another dismissal performance by this Pakistan Team. This Pakistani team lacks test match temperament and needs experience of Md Yousuf and Younis khan desperately. Great bowling (Aamer and Aasif) alone can't win matches, you need to put some runs on the board also.

  • ARSHADAWAN on August 1, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    this is unbelievable. what a bad batting performance by pakistan. Now, plz bring yousuf and younus back. that,s the only way pakistan can make a comeback. otherwise they will loose it 4-0.

  • angel on August 1, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    @rajeevsingh: I hope it was not 12 O' clock while you were writing this comment. You should have looked at indian bowling attack before posting comment like this.

  • Redbacks_Bite on August 1, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Did England play test against some club side? What a joke. England should have played their County champion, and that would have been more competitive. Even Holland or Scotland would have been better opposition..

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Pakistan are a worse team in test cricket than Bangladesh now.

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Has Salman Butt announced his retirement yet?

  • ahmednaveed on August 1, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Where is Asim Kamal , younus ,yousaf , the players who deserve to play in the test .

  • Rajajee on August 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    I cant understand why the indian fellows are so obsessed with Pakistan. When India sri lanka played no Pakistani commented but where ever Pakistan plays Indians stop watching their own game n watch Pakistan play..Then they post pathetic comments in shear jealousy...Come on indian grow up..its just a game..

  • Acton49 on August 1, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    What are people talking about. This is the way forward .... Who is kidding who. The batting is a joke.... they have no idea what is going on! 47 -6 in the first inning and 41- 7 in the second inning. Our tailenders are better than the top order. Why are we burying our head in the sands. We will never get another 4 match test series! Two match series are the max in this climate. The selectors should hold their head in shame. 1) Salman Butt - does not know where his off stumps is 2) Imran Farhat - does not know where his off stumps is as well 3) Azhar Ali - could be retained 4) Umar Amin - Found wanting need two season on A tour duty 5) Umar Akmal - the hype is over for him as the next Javed Miandad 6) Shoaib Malik - should be retained. 7) Kamran Akmal - Should the given the boot! He has been the culprit of Sydney Test and now Nottingham. he can'e keep and certainaly cannot bat. Then the tail-ender the real find for Pakistan capable of taking 20 wickets. Where are the Y's

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    This loss has forced the PCB to rethink its 'youngster policy'....credible local media reports state that...

    M. Yosuf has been recalled to fill the gap left by Afridi's departure... and more alarmingly a teenage left-arm off-spinner Raza Hasan is due to replace Danish Kaneria!!

    :-O

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    To rajeev singh honestly im thinking ur an indian by name nd ur comments correct me if i m wrong but i doubt ur indian side has an bowler better than Aamer at the age of what 19? better avg than hul up ishant sharma or randiv? or even irfan pathan who i highly respect and understand his bowlin abilities u dont need to hate on the young man and bout our battin rite now, yes test not this teams thing if we talk bout 20/20 i swear i remember seeing india in semi finals oh sorry i forgot they didnt make it and your team has a strong battin line respectively stop hattin on others appreciate and by the way if the real batsmen come out nd theres no politics or parchi process then ull see guys like asim kamal who score almost century first game they play internationally and bowlers like muhammad irfan who even pitch ful it comes as a bouncer so jus keep these hatin comments to ur self if u dont got nun good to say dont say it

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    i think pak needs yusuf and younis,,,,,,they r the real test player ......many of the pak team player is not fit for test format ......

  • Tracer_Bullet on August 1, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Ridiculous ,pathetic & poor performance from Pakistan. The same old story has started again as the bowlers do their job to perfection but the batsman with their ill-judicious strokeplay fail to capitalise on the advantage.Equally shameful are the comments of Salman Butt...England are miles ahead as far as their batting department is concerned.Umar Akmal in particular is "MORE HYPE & NO SUBSTANCE".Also Umar Amin & Azhar Ali aren't that stronger technically.Kamran Akmal should take a leaf out of Matt Prior's book on how to play test cricket.Salman Butt is yet to play a solid innings as skipper.Even the Bangladeshis who visited earlier played a whole lot better than Pakistan.Bringing Yousuf & Younis isn't a bad idea though otherwise........

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    In a Test Match, catch drop is very expensive as compare to ODI or T20, I don't know why Pakistan is insisting to play with Kamran Akmal. He is not a natural keeper. We need to add some good batsman in middle like Asim Kamal or Fawad Alam. Poor Fawad is out even after playing a good knock of 170 against Srilanka. Again Pakistan Bowlers did their job. @Rajeev Singh M Asif bowled well through out the world against all good teams like South Africa, Australia, England and Srilanka. I think you forgot Karachi test where he destroyed indian idols. He got 100 wickets in 20 tests. Indian bowlers can only dream this.

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    I think Pakistan now has to make some amendments in their batting line up by calling up their two important batsmen Mohammed Yusuf and Younis Khan, since both are very good players and have a worderful record in England and have a very good temperament during batting also they have got a lot of experience at international level with them which can motivate the youngster and make them learn more. Pakistan Cricket Board should atleast try and talk to Mohammad Yusuf since he is waiting for a call and can still be available to play international cricket for Pakistan.

  • on August 1, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    After the 88 all out against Australia I feared the worse against Pakistan, that's what happens when you're an England fan... I rememeber the tour in 2006 and how badly everyone else but Younis, Yousuf and Inzi batted and now they haven't got those three there's just no one. The bowling is taleted, Aamer or Amir as Sky call him (I'd love to know which one is actually correct) looks the real deal, especially in English conditions, but there's only so much that 18 year old can do. Everyone else just looks clueless, reminds me of Bangladesh in the same conditions earlier this year. Bangaldesh actually probably batted better really. I don't know what the problem is with Younis but they really need him now. Pakistan desperately need senior players to guide them. The two most expierenced players Kaneria and Akmal look short of confidence and down right useless respectively. I worry where this test series is going but Pakistan can bounce back but that batting is so brittle you wonder how.

  • nataraajds on August 1, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Another bad show by pak middle order. absence of Younis & Yusuf exposed again. Shoaib experience is waste, being senior in team, should have bat up in order with responsibility. only Amir,Asif & Gull bowling was good.

    Everything is going right for English cricket, no surprise if they win 4-0

  • Asif-RS on August 1, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    What a performance by Pak team .It is too difficult to understand that,if Pak or Aussies get all out scoring less than hundred then it does't even matter .If any underdog teams like Bangladesh scores less than 200 they don't deserve to play test cricket .How funny !!! Then all the classifications are introduced to deprive them from playing tests.Shame on those so called "Cricket Genius" !!!!!

  • theramproller on August 1, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    rajeevsingh i agree pakistan's batting is pathetic but you can't call mohd aamer bad he is a great prospect and can reach 90 mph unlike the indian pacemen barely 80 mph he performs consistently in a poor team and i agree calling them asif and aamer the best pacemen in the world is a step too far but they are the best pacemen in the subcontinent and unlike most teams they don't get to rest for day or two because the batting only lasts 50 ovs in tests

  • qasu on August 1, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Aamer and Asif still performed better that Ishant Sharma & company and what they are doing in SL.

  • plmx on August 1, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Pakistan cricket "expert" Ramiz Hasan Raja recently, on television, described Bangladesh cricket team's performance as "disgusting". I am assuming he is equally unimpressed with his own team's spineless performance, no?

  • balajik1968 on August 1, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    This Pakistan team is quite inexperienced. Nos. 3 4 and 5 have been in the international game for under a year. These guys look to be good. What Pakistan needs to do is back up the young talent, let them play for around 2 years. If they have it in them, they will shape up. But let us not dump them. But Pakistan have a few serious issues to solve in this team a) Kamran Akmal's keeping. I think it is time someone else is given a chance. b) The opening. They need a couple of stubborn guys who put a high price on their wickets. If they do this, a good team can emerge.

  • hammadpakistan on August 1, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    hammadpakistan

    This is indeed a perormace well below their talent. In fact, players are not believing themselves, mainly due to poor coaching by Waqar Younis and also Ejaz Ahmad. The Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, simply is making the mockery of all, and not forgetting the real clowns, Yawar Saeed and Shafqat Rana, seem to stick to the team, wherever they go, with faulty planning and selection. All know that Danish was a faliure against Australia. Why Saeed Ajmal was dropped. Knowingly, Kamran Akmal is made to worsen the bowling efforts, what not, and also, the Indian critics are making ruthless comments, forgetting their own team's dismal showing several times. The problem lies with us to make others point out their fingers. It is time to thi nk seriously, otherwise it can be a disaster.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 1, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Before i write down my opinion,let me tell that i am here to answer those indians whom are criticizing Pakistani team and his fans.Our bowlers did great job when they bowled out England 354.English player were playing in their home soil,they usually start their career in these conditions where ball swing and seem,But still they lost their 4 initial Batsmen on 118(Thanks to bad Fielding) and lost 6 for just 23 runs.while in second innings they lost their 7 wicket on 147.Pakistani batsmen provided the chance to win the Match.I am proud of my bowlers and we must support them in these circumstances.Some changes are due,specially replace ,Kamran akmal and umer Amin with Haider and yasir hameed. Shoaib Malik must bat at no 4 because he is more experience than Azhar and akmal.

  • BilalKhan3 on August 1, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Not happy with this performance, specially with batting performance. Please salman now stop giving the excuse of young team. If they can't perform then please call younis Khan and Mohammed Yusuf back. Or else give chance to Yasir hameed, Wahab riaz, and Zulkarnain haider. If you are using Umar amin as a part time bowler, then what is wrong in Abdul razzaq. Umar amin and kaneria should be rested and give a chance to Ajmal and Razzaq.The bowlers can take 20 wickets but with this batting performance you can't score 200+.

  • nlambda on August 1, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Umar Akmal was being touted as the new Sachin Tendulkar... what a joke! Shows how childishly excited Pak fans get. Avg of 35.66 and one century in 9 tests should give people a reality check.

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Well , I am really disappointed by the batting performance , 80 all out :(

    As far as the excuse of young team is concerned , I believe its rubbish. Trust me our problem is not in technique , batting bowling or coaching. Its all about perceptio . We being a Pakistani are doing NOTHING < overall all departments are in wrongly headed by someone who have no or very less work related experience

    This is the same case for PCB ...so I know accept this that our cricketers have a right to get detrail and become work shirk since everybody else in Pak is doing the same so why we curse our team !!!

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    yes it is a big loss. but this may happen to any team. and pak have three more tests to reply. and to all indian biased commentators, how early u have forgotten the humiliation of suffering a follow-on on a Sri Lankan pitch. what were your GREAT batsmen doing there!

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    i dont think one of our friend said above that Rashid Latif and Sarfaraz Nawaz is gonna said that Pakistani fixed this match, u know what i true, Pakistani Board they fixed the series or PCB needs to fixed, how can t20 players/ ODI plyers gonna play and won a test match for u....we beat Australia bcoz of bowling, we all r struggled in batting, this is something stupid the man who played for his dignity and one of the most commited cricketer Pakistan have Younus khan is sitting back home, Mohammad yousuf send him in the team and Yasir Hamed ...we need these 3 players in the team for Azhar, Umar and Umar Amin....this really sucks i dont know wat team management is thinking by saying we r learning, learn ur new players by playing them side matches..imran farhat hasnt learned in years how to play in these conditions, he might be better in conditions in pakistan or india but here in australia..wat he did CRAP...we need change in team and as well in PCB...

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    I dont know what is worse.. India's bowling line up or Pakistan's batting line up. should make for fascinating viewing..

  • BigTex_1 on August 1, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    So much for being the world beaters-after the fluke AUS win--Time to start dropping these "superstars", with the Akmal bros. first and then go after the "future stars", i.e., Umar Amin and Azhar Ali. Why arent they considering Yasir Hameed? What's with Fawad Alam not even being in the squad. PCB are too stubborn to bring back the 2 Ys (although I have my doubts about them also). Where does it leaves us. How about Khurram? might as well. And please dont use the talent and Pak in the same sentence. Not the way they bat. Bowling yes-hats off to all 4 (Yes Danish also). One last thought: Do not even think of playing Bangladesh or gulp Afghanistan. The way those 2 teams play they might just beat the "star studded over paid- catch droppers-misfielders". Still love my Pak Cricket.

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    pakistan will come back...like a phoenix...from the ashes! taek my word for it

  • AMowlana on August 1, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I am not a pakistani but their problem seems to be that, traditionally they only have talent, and when it flashes they win matches. They lack professionalism; mental strength, good planning and hard work. Then they will win more matches.

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on August 1, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    As an England supporter, I find it very sad when (I assume) India (SL?) fans are consistently knocking the Pakistan team. Yes, on paper, this was a very one sided contest, but I doubt India or Sri Lanka would have done any better. On his day, and with conditions in his favour, Anderson is amongst the three most destructive bowlers in the world, and the catching was amongst the best you will ever see.

    Pakistan has three excellent seam bowlers, but the back up bowlers (including Kaneria) were very poor. The fielding (and wicket keeping) also gifted quite a few runs.

    Despite this, England would probably still have won, because Pakistan (a) have been starved of Test cricket and (b) have put their faith in youth, but I still see them as a top 5 team in a few years, provided destructive interference by the PCB is limited.

  • Lahori_Munde on August 1, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Time for reality check for all those Pakistani supporters, who declared their team as the world best after that fluke win against Australia. 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..

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Congratulations England ! You deserved the win.

    Pakistan - bowling attack is good, but like Collingwood said - a little over rated. They don't have the killer instinct. England 1st - from 118 for 4 - scored 354. England 2nd - 98 for 6 scored 262 for 9. Aamer, Asif and Umar Gul have done a great job, but they are missing the 4th bowler (Kaneria has not done well) and no Shoaib and Umar Amin are not bowlers.

    Pakistan Batting is really terrible. Out of the squad available - why is Yasir Hameed not playing. He is a pure batsman and may be the best they have. I am hoping PCB has heard the following quote "TO ERR IS HUMAN; TO FORGIVE IS DEVINE". If PCB wants Pakistan to score over 250 runs, they need either Yousuf or Younis. We cannot kid ourselves that we came from 1-0 down to beat Australia, but we should remember if Australia would have asked Pakistan to bat first, we would have been out for 50, so I know conditions is important, but we need to send our best team forward.

  • Badarfarooq on August 1, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Everybody before commenting on the issue plz have a close look on this passage? It is not a big issue that Pakistan Lost. Just think abt the positives they would be taking from here. we all know that umar amin and azhar ali are bright futures of pakistan. Now take it easy and why shouldnt we call back younis khan so that there should be some experience and plz get umar akmal rested for a test match. In the bowling department i think beside having a good bowling line up we should keep danish kaneria away and have saeed ajmal or wahab riaz in. we should consider four pacers because pacers are doing the job in england and spinners are not having a great deal of success.

    Pakistan youth is still new in international arena and let them settle for atleast england and then the series of south africa.

  • ZQ77 on August 1, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Pakistan's highest scorers in the match..Gul and kaneria...pretty much sums up the abysmal state of pakistan's game. and Salman, please stop giving the excuse of being a young team ad nauseam..you guys are representing pakistan and in the test team,the higest level. You are there because the selectors thought you could deliver. Test level is not the platform to learn the basics of the game. In the post match comments, salman said that there was not much difference in the batting of the two sides..that was very unfair to England's batsmen, two of whom got centuries in each innings. The least the pakistani batsmen could do was to give some respectibility to the loss. But i guess that's too much to ask of them let alone winning matches.

  • on August 1, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    ENGLAND WILL WIN THIS SERIES BEACAUSE IF PAKISTAN CAN B0WL ENGLAND OUT CHEAPLY PAKISTANS FRAGILE BATTING WELL BE A SUBJECT TO THE SAME THING BY ENGLAND

  • on August 1, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    thats simply reluctancy of playing cricket throw the akmals out of the test team

  • on August 1, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Australia will be feeling ashamed of the lost match against Pakistan after seeing this Pakistan's performance against this England team. 354 run margin loose against England is one of the worst performance of Pakistan. Joke of the match is 262 run of England's 2nd innings is the total score of the Pakistan's both innings.

  • rajeevsingh on August 1, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    HA HA HA HA HA Where are all the Pakistani writers now?When they win 1 or 2 matches they come in swarms and now when they lose which they usually do, they are nowhere to be seen.This is what is called 'Come back to Earth with a Big Thud'.Next, they will say that this is only one Test match and they will be back.Or Mr. Sarfraz Nawaz and Rashid Latif will come on News Channels and announce that the Pakistanis fixed this match as well.Whenever Pakistan loses they fix and if they win then they say that Pakistan is so talented etc.The simple fact is that Pakistan is an ordinary team.Their batting is downright Pathetic.I think that everyone is making a big issue of Mohd.Amer's bowling.He has been lucky so far that he has been getting such good conditions to bowl and most of his wickets have come in England and Australia.He bowls only at 80+ and swings the ball only in swinging conditions.Salman Butt had said Asif and Amer are the best.Yes, the best available only in Pakistan.

  • AvmanM on August 1, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Pakistani cricket has gone to the dogs. So much for all the hoopla about beating Australia. This team is worse than West Indies or Zimbabwe and not much better than Bangladesh. It's a race to the bottom among these teams in Test cricket.

  • on August 1, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    I'm not happy with this performance. But I still believe the PCB were right to cut out the cancer of Primadonna players. Within 5 years these young fresh players will be experienced and a unit.

    I think Shoaib Malik, apart from being one of these Old Guard Primadonnas is not actually good enough to be a Test Player. Thats 2 reasons he should no longer be considered for the team.

    England were fantastic and professional and well done to them. Conditions were very favourable at the right times for them and the right decision was made by Andrew Strauss to bat first. A first innings total like that diminishes the chance of a defeat and the opposing team can only hope for a draw. A good toss to have won, although I doubt if we had won it we would have made such a high first innings score.

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on August 1, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    So another 15 years of pakistan losing streak has begun? Another whitewash? Deja vu anyone? Ban pakistan from test matches please. Seniors can't play if their life depended on it. wicket keeper is as dum as an ox. cant take simple catches. Youth of the team will not bloom when you got other senior members who cannot make an impression.Mohammad ammer is a great bowler but the poor guy is emerging in a time when everything is in turmoil for pakistan. They are consistant with their horrible display with the bat and of course last but not least the kamran akmal who is such a ... i dont know what to say.

  • nikhildevdesai on August 1, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Akmal brother, amin needs to go, they have not performed for quite a while now. Sarfraz AHmed deserves a chance. Bring back Yousuf and Younis, good use of conditions by England bowlers.

  • sanjay_khan01 on August 1, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Wake-up Pakistan Coaches and Selectors, the water is over the 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 Pakistani Titanic . Our over all team morale is low due to rubbish batting side. Why kept testing Umar Amin/ Azhar Ali while they could be replaced by two " Y's ". 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.

  • Arthaurian on August 1, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    This is not even a lose. Its a landslide victory. Even an innings and 13 runs sounds better.

  • on August 1, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Well done England, u deserved this win and Anderson bowled brilliantly, as for Pakistan seriously need to rethink their approach to the way they batted and their shot selection. Credit to England though, i am impressed.

  • ClaudiusWalter on August 1, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Is the PCB announcing another prize money for such a quick finish......it was absurd to announce cash rewards to the team for beating Australia, was it such a big deal? after losing 13 tests on the trot....?

  • vinmon143 on August 1, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    So..Danish is the highest scorer..Gul was in 1st..so Y pak need batsmen..they should bring sami,shoaib,rana,rao and whoever dumped to replace these BSs..I know how much Kamran brothers ate..but i will not tell..feed me also to tell..best of luck to pak for 2025..this year they will beat England..oh ho dont yu guys remember it takes 15 year for them to beat a top team..meanwhile i m comparing pak seamers stats in this tour with indian tour of 2007..gradually yu will know how much AAs have been boasted by themselves..hmmm..OVERCAST conditions..can aamir spell it out?..

  • on August 1, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    This is one of the worst test played by Pakistan.. The hard work of the bowlers was first let down by Kamran Akmal and later on what the batsmen has done in both the innings was just not acceptable in an international format.. gully cricket might be much aggressive than what happenned in this test..

  • IMIM on August 1, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Congrats England.. Well bowled by Anderson and well batted by Morgan.. Well Bowling by Aamir & Asif but very bad batting by Pakistan batsman.. They are lacking in experience they require Younis and Yousuf back in the team or at least Misbah and Younis back...

  • amit1807kuwait on August 1, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Its a WOW performance by England, and while taking nothing away from them, one has to wonder why Pakistan remain so mercurial. Last week they had blown the Aussies away for 88, and this week, they get blown away for 80! Mind continues to boggle!!

  • KHAN_169 on August 1, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN TALENT IN THE CURRENT PAKISTANI TEAM ACCEPT THE BOWLERS.THE TALENT IS IN INDIAN BATMAN THAT SECURED HUNDRED IN THEIR DEBUT AND CAN EASILY REMOVE THE PRESSURE FROM THEIR HEADS.THERE ARE A LOT TO DO WITH THIS TEAM TO REMOVE THESE ROTTEN EGGS AND BRING BACK YOUNAS, YOUSAF AND ASIM KAMAL THAT HAVE THE PATIENT AND THE EXPERIENCE. ONE ADVICE TO SALMAN BUTT" ALWAYS SPEAK THE TRUTH"

  • on August 1, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    well done by England. don't play with that type team. Bangladesh is obviously better then Pakistan at now.

  • orlurmsana on August 1, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    The best chance that pak has now is to bring back younus and yousuf in place of umar amin and malik. I think azhar ali should be retained. Zulqarnain haider should come in place of umar akmal and yasir hameed should replace farhat. And yeah lets see how akmal Jr feigns injury this time around when hopefully the elder akmal is dropped. I am sure he wont be able to becoz his position is in jeopardy itself. What a great game cricket is, akmal jr who tought of himself as zeus is brought back to earth.

  • on August 1, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    As Expected! No problem these young lads will learn from these defeats.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan should be put up against Ireland, Kenya and Afganishtan in a test match to judge their test status.

  • Himayun on August 1, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    After Pakistan's world best attack was pounded by two centuries by England, their mediocre batting has been cut down to size. Here are some facts: Not a single Pakistani batsman has a batting average of even 40. Salman Butt their best bat never had an average of more than low 30's and he is their best in-form batsman! I feel for the team members, they are playing to the best of their abilities. However, you cannot expect ordinary horses to perform like Arabian race horses. Another fact is no matter what Shoaib Malik would always be in the team even though each player and staff has determined that he has been the reason for politics in the team. Taking a wicket or two of tail enders does not absolve him from his role as the most experienced player in the team. It is a shame when tail enders like Umar Gul and Danish become the highest scorer in the two innings! It is about time Salman Butt eats a crow and demand the inclusion of Yusuf and Younus in the team. Himayun Mirza, USA

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Pathetic thats all i could say. really miserable .. but well they have just started playing we can't expect too much. We have to be patient. Still such a performance is not affordable. Young guns cannot fire so early but the seniors have to be good enough. Let's hope to see them good again. God bless our team! :)

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    If Pakistan continues in this 'blow hot blow cold' form, it may find itself in the 'second division' very soon. Salman Butt's captaincy especially in the England second innings was weird. He must decide for himself whether he is ready, just yet, for the role of captain.It was reminiscent of Yousuf's unbelievably listless captaincy in Australia.

    Pakistan would do well to bring back some of the middle order stalwarts and make the transition to youth a wee bit more considered than they have done so far.

  • usman_nile1994 on August 1, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Pak needs a huge change in batting. Not only two Ys are needed but also some other experienced guys. New batsmen should be given chance along experienced batsmen and should bat no.5 or 6. My best line-up would be 1 Salman Butt 2. Taufeeq Umar 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Yasir Hameed 6. Umar Akmal/Azhar Ali 7. Kamran Akmal/Haider 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Mohammed Aamer 10. Umar Gul 11. Mohammad Asif

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    what shame! pakistani batting line neeeds massive cleansing.they have no technique and no will and determination.baighairat team.

  • kdcricket on August 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    This team doesnt look like winning a series for next 5-6 years. The batting is a big joke...dunno what sort of a domestic structure produces such listless batsmen. Everyone plays across the line or flashes at the slightest hint of a width, without being good enough to put bat to ball. Bowling is good, but the kind of workload being put on the 3 wonderful medium pacers, they are prone to breakdown anytime soon. The team is woefully short of international class and talent. Wicketkeeping is abhorrent to say the least. I do not see much improvement even if two Y's are rushed back. Something drastic needs to happen at the domestic level if things are to change...period

  • rahul_d1973 on August 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Finally the boasting will stop. Just once by fluke they beat australia... and who.. every sleeping pakistani is out there posting comments abt how good the team is etc etc... now all can go back to their holes and be there for a looong time

  • vichan on August 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Can't say I'm too surprised - England are arguably the best Test side in the world on current form. If they go on to win this series, as they should do comfortably, then their results in the build-up to this Ashes series Down Under are a world away from the poor ones before the last one. That is: win vs WI, win vs Australia, draw vs SA, 2 wins vs Bangladesh and win vs Pakistan.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Fantastic job by England...even though Jimmy Anderson took 11 wickets, I was particularly impressed with Matt Prior's ton in very challenging circumstances; I guess it can safely be said that he 'has come of age'. He has lost his limited overs place; I did not want to see the same happening in tests. I'm happy we have played England(i.e. South Africa) already so we do not have to meet them in this kind of form that they are in. "Carry on England" ;-)

  • oman20101982 on August 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Pakistan have a 7 foot Monster fast bowler Muhammad Irfan , And Another quick , Gafar who is more like Wasim Akram , Initially Muhammad Irfan was selected by Mohsin Khan ( Waqar Younis too backed the young lad ) but then he was dropped due to unknown reasons as we all know ( anyone knows why younis khan especially and Muhammad yousaf are out exactly when others who were punished were back ) Wheres the guy named Taufeeq Umar ? Wheres Yasir Hameed ? Anyone who scores is not in the team . All youongsters are good but you shouldnt kick Respected seniors like that , They made runs and got to this position in world cricket to be called great batsmen , Let youngsters play along with them ... Get new fast bowlers like 7 foot irfan and other like Gaffar ... Get justice done in the Citys and the Country and the World in all matters , sports or political ....

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    i think the time has come to say good bye to akmal brothers & umar amin, i don't know why the pcb is defending umar amin.his performance was poor allthrough these matches.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Another shamefull defeat and lot more to come.

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  • on August 1, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Another shamefull defeat and lot more to come.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    i think the time has come to say good bye to akmal brothers & umar amin, i don't know why the pcb is defending umar amin.his performance was poor allthrough these matches.

  • oman20101982 on August 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Pakistan have a 7 foot Monster fast bowler Muhammad Irfan , And Another quick , Gafar who is more like Wasim Akram , Initially Muhammad Irfan was selected by Mohsin Khan ( Waqar Younis too backed the young lad ) but then he was dropped due to unknown reasons as we all know ( anyone knows why younis khan especially and Muhammad yousaf are out exactly when others who were punished were back ) Wheres the guy named Taufeeq Umar ? Wheres Yasir Hameed ? Anyone who scores is not in the team . All youongsters are good but you shouldnt kick Respected seniors like that , They made runs and got to this position in world cricket to be called great batsmen , Let youngsters play along with them ... Get new fast bowlers like 7 foot irfan and other like Gaffar ... Get justice done in the Citys and the Country and the World in all matters , sports or political ....

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Fantastic job by England...even though Jimmy Anderson took 11 wickets, I was particularly impressed with Matt Prior's ton in very challenging circumstances; I guess it can safely be said that he 'has come of age'. He has lost his limited overs place; I did not want to see the same happening in tests. I'm happy we have played England(i.e. South Africa) already so we do not have to meet them in this kind of form that they are in. "Carry on England" ;-)

  • vichan on August 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Can't say I'm too surprised - England are arguably the best Test side in the world on current form. If they go on to win this series, as they should do comfortably, then their results in the build-up to this Ashes series Down Under are a world away from the poor ones before the last one. That is: win vs WI, win vs Australia, draw vs SA, 2 wins vs Bangladesh and win vs Pakistan.

  • rahul_d1973 on August 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Finally the boasting will stop. Just once by fluke they beat australia... and who.. every sleeping pakistani is out there posting comments abt how good the team is etc etc... now all can go back to their holes and be there for a looong time

  • kdcricket on August 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    This team doesnt look like winning a series for next 5-6 years. The batting is a big joke...dunno what sort of a domestic structure produces such listless batsmen. Everyone plays across the line or flashes at the slightest hint of a width, without being good enough to put bat to ball. Bowling is good, but the kind of workload being put on the 3 wonderful medium pacers, they are prone to breakdown anytime soon. The team is woefully short of international class and talent. Wicketkeeping is abhorrent to say the least. I do not see much improvement even if two Y's are rushed back. Something drastic needs to happen at the domestic level if things are to change...period

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    what shame! pakistani batting line neeeds massive cleansing.they have no technique and no will and determination.baighairat team.

  • usman_nile1994 on August 1, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Pak needs a huge change in batting. Not only two Ys are needed but also some other experienced guys. New batsmen should be given chance along experienced batsmen and should bat no.5 or 6. My best line-up would be 1 Salman Butt 2. Taufeeq Umar 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Yasir Hameed 6. Umar Akmal/Azhar Ali 7. Kamran Akmal/Haider 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Mohammed Aamer 10. Umar Gul 11. Mohammad Asif

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    If Pakistan continues in this 'blow hot blow cold' form, it may find itself in the 'second division' very soon. Salman Butt's captaincy especially in the England second innings was weird. He must decide for himself whether he is ready, just yet, for the role of captain.It was reminiscent of Yousuf's unbelievably listless captaincy in Australia.

    Pakistan would do well to bring back some of the middle order stalwarts and make the transition to youth a wee bit more considered than they have done so far.