England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston August 6, 2010

Sorry Pakistan crumble for new low

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England 112 for 2 (Trott 31*, Pietersen 36*) lead Pakistan 72 (Anderson 4-20, Broad 4-38) by 40 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan were poor in the first Test, but were even worse at Edgbaston as they crashed for 72 on the opening day - a new low against England five days after setting the previous record - with their threadbare batting skittled by the hosts' three quicks. Stuart Broad and James Anderson took four wickets apiece while Steven Finn collected two against some feeble resistance before England moved to 112 for 2 by the close, already a lead of 40, with Pakistan's woes compounded by another shoddy fielding display.

It was a desperate effort from the visitors and made Salman Butt's decision to bat first in ideal bowling conditions look foolish. Butt insisted he was making a positive move - and signs of uneven bounce suggested he wasn't entirely wrong - but he wasn't backed up by the mindset of the batsmen who, after twice collapsing at Trent Bridge, were purely focused on survival and showed virtually no intent. Nine runs came in the first hour - and four of those off one shot from Butt - and when wickets fell the scoreboard hadn't gone anywhere.

Better batting line-ups than Pakistan would have struggled, but Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali combined to face 56 balls between them without making a run and England were never forced to move away from Plan A. The highest partnership was 27 for the seventh wicket between Umar Amin and Mohammad Amir before Anderson made it 15 wickets in his last three Test innings to deny Broad a five-wicket haul after he'd made the top-order inroads.

England's progress in reply wasn't without problems as conditions remained helpful. Alastair Cook, who was reprieved by the UDRS after being given lbw to Mohammad Asif, continued his poor form when he managed to deflect a loopy bouncer to second slip off the back of the bat when he was far too early on a pull. Andrew Strauss then departed as the review system benefited Pakistan after umpire Steve Davis failed to spot an inside edge.

However, Pakistan had another dreadful time with dropped catches. Jonathan Trott was shelled at first slip by Farhat when he had 8 - a regulation chance - and Kevin Pietersen, on 9, was put down at mid-on by Umar Gul as he charged Saeed Ajmal. Gul had to stretch, but it wasn't much of an effort. Pietersen was then dropped a second time on 20 by Zulqarnain Haider, the debutant keeper who earlier collected a first-ball duck, when he couldn't hold an inside edge.

Pietersen also flashed an edge between keeper and slip off the luckless Ajmal but by the time bad light ended play he was beginning to look far more settled at the crease with a sign of a strut returning. Trott, as has been his style this season, moved along in unobtrusive but effective style, which was no mean feat in testing conditions.

It was immediately clear that England's bowlers would find plenty of help and the demise started in the eighth over when Farhat feathered an edge off Broad, who was back on the ground where he took 8 for 52 for Nottinghamshire a couple of weeks ago. Anderson, in his 50th Test, again made the ball do what he wanted with swing both ways as he left Butt playing at fresh air.

However, it was Finn who removed the Pakistan captain when an uncertain push outside off resulted in a regulation edge to Graeme Swann at second slip. The best grab of the morning, though, came from Matt Prior when he flung himself across in front of first slip to snaffle Shoaib Malik's outside edge and hand Anderson a deserved wicket. The nick would have carried to Strauss so Prior took a gamble, but committed himself fully to the dive and, like the slip cordon, is very safe these days.

Compared to what had come before, Umar Akmal launched his innings with a blaze of strokeplay with six runs off his first two balls before he whipped Broad over the deep square-leg boundary. It was a different story for Azhar, who couldn't even score off half volleys before being trapped lbw by one that nipped back from Broad. Azhar considered using a review but after some advice from Umar trudged off and replays confirmed the appeal would have been upheld - if only just - with the impact marginally inside the line of off stump.

Umar, who at least was playing a few shots, could have saved himself with a review but opted not to ask after Finn trapped him lbw with one that scooted through. Umar had moved so far across his stumps that he was struck outside the line and the third umpire would have been able to overturn the on-field decision.

Zulqarnain couldn't have made his debut in tougher conditions and received a lovely first delivery from Broad that grazed the outside edge. After lunch, Amin and Amir at least tried to show some aggression and Amin was given a life when Swann spilled a rare chance at second slip.

Amir, meanwhile, was reprieved by the UDRS when HotSpot showed an inside edge after he was given lbw to Anderson, although there was a suggestion the mark was made by bat hitting pad. However, it was only going to be a matter of time before England completed the job and Broad's fourth ended Amin's fighting effort and Broad was eyeing his fourth five-wicket haul until Anderson cut through the long tail.

It really was a sorry state of affairs for Pakistan as Mohammad Yousuf, who ruled himself out yesterday after his long-haul flight, watched their latest embarrassing demise from the dressing room.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    I wonder what form of lubrication Pakistan are using on their hands before taking the field - the ball just doesn't stick - from a marketing point may be one of the major oil companies can sponsor the Pakistan for their slippery efforts!

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 7, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    If Pakistani fielders can hold their catches, they can still give England better fight. Bowling is exceptionally good, but their fielders & batsmen are just pathetic.

  • POSTED BY pakistaniblood on | August 7, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    My question is why was Yasir Hameed sent in 16 if he was not to be played. Anyone else could be sent but why him who is not to be considered while Pakistan has collapsed miserably for 2nd time and will continue to do that again and again. I will say very much as expected because with averages of 30 you cannot expect better from them. And with continuously failing Imran Amin and Azhar and team still persisting with them, no one can understand why. What is so special with them and is there any reprimand. One reason is that Salman himself has alkways been a failed undeserving batsman/captain and will never improve for sure because he does not have the qualities and skills (he is not saeed anwar) and obviously a failed batsman will not like to have better players than him in side. This is very true although Salman will never be comfortable. Secondly which country has lowest test batting averages. It is Pakistan and Bangladesh. Now it is a tie between these two. This is all because of PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    wrong decision to drop kamran, he iis and forever be the greatest wicketkeeper batsman pakistan has ever produced...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    India should stop playing matches against newbie teams and should have the guts to play with teams like england ,aussie and south africa....or they are scared?

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    This is disspointing,I am an Indian and I am very happy that my team won today,fighting it out when everyone wrote them off in this series,the much lampooned bowling attack bowled there heart out and set up the game which then batsmen fought to win,but I am very sad to see Pakistan crumble like dis,I wanted all the Asian teams to play and dominate world cricket.Whatever is wrong with Pakistan cricket need to be adressed or its going to be determental for test cricket in general.I think Pakistan need dedicated and sincere players,the reason India is no1 in tests because you have players like Laxman,Dravid,Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni who have impeccable behaviour in the dressing room,that automatically rubs on the younger players.Unless u have role models to look uo to,how come youngsters going toget inspired and perform.

  • POSTED BY ashraja on | August 7, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    What a Disgrace! Since Ijaz Butt has been in charge, we have been a laughing stock in cricket. What was the whole point in rushing MoYo to the UK when he was not going to even play the 2nd Test!!! They should have said they will try to sort out his visa and send him to the UK but he will not be available until the 3rd Test.

    Imran Farhat is useless. He should not be selected to play Tests anymore. Yasir Hameed needs to be given a chance. He has a great temperament and is a great fielder.

    Pakistan cricket will not be successful until players start getting picked on merit. I have said it before. Azher Ali can be a good Test batsman and we should continue with it but exposing him like this will damage his cricketing career.

    What the hell was Butt thinking when he won the toss and decided to bat 1st?!? IT WAS CLOUDY AND PERFECT FOR SWING/SEAM BOWLING!!!

    Ijaz Butt, do us all a favour and jump off a cliff..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    I think Pakistan must relinquish its test status and stick with ODI's and Twenty20's. They can't play test cricket anymore. Ijaz Butt should be fired and Imran Khan should be the new man in-charge.

  • POSTED BY sawarsi on | August 7, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    they dont hav patience !!!!! where are all the karachiites??????? they are better fielders and better batsmen then these guyz!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY sha720 on | August 7, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    i thing only Pakistan team has debut players in test matches ,just see the Raina debut test after the 98 ODI matches than see his performance in test matches this is good decisions this want Pakistan team as well as pls getup PCB see want happen for the around the world and make decision quickly. don't practice WC this way preparation is surly Pakistan out for the first round on the WC.PLS ask Former Players idea And doing best pls.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    I wonder what form of lubrication Pakistan are using on their hands before taking the field - the ball just doesn't stick - from a marketing point may be one of the major oil companies can sponsor the Pakistan for their slippery efforts!

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 7, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    If Pakistani fielders can hold their catches, they can still give England better fight. Bowling is exceptionally good, but their fielders & batsmen are just pathetic.

  • POSTED BY pakistaniblood on | August 7, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    My question is why was Yasir Hameed sent in 16 if he was not to be played. Anyone else could be sent but why him who is not to be considered while Pakistan has collapsed miserably for 2nd time and will continue to do that again and again. I will say very much as expected because with averages of 30 you cannot expect better from them. And with continuously failing Imran Amin and Azhar and team still persisting with them, no one can understand why. What is so special with them and is there any reprimand. One reason is that Salman himself has alkways been a failed undeserving batsman/captain and will never improve for sure because he does not have the qualities and skills (he is not saeed anwar) and obviously a failed batsman will not like to have better players than him in side. This is very true although Salman will never be comfortable. Secondly which country has lowest test batting averages. It is Pakistan and Bangladesh. Now it is a tie between these two. This is all because of PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    wrong decision to drop kamran, he iis and forever be the greatest wicketkeeper batsman pakistan has ever produced...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    India should stop playing matches against newbie teams and should have the guts to play with teams like england ,aussie and south africa....or they are scared?

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    This is disspointing,I am an Indian and I am very happy that my team won today,fighting it out when everyone wrote them off in this series,the much lampooned bowling attack bowled there heart out and set up the game which then batsmen fought to win,but I am very sad to see Pakistan crumble like dis,I wanted all the Asian teams to play and dominate world cricket.Whatever is wrong with Pakistan cricket need to be adressed or its going to be determental for test cricket in general.I think Pakistan need dedicated and sincere players,the reason India is no1 in tests because you have players like Laxman,Dravid,Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni who have impeccable behaviour in the dressing room,that automatically rubs on the younger players.Unless u have role models to look uo to,how come youngsters going toget inspired and perform.

  • POSTED BY ashraja on | August 7, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    What a Disgrace! Since Ijaz Butt has been in charge, we have been a laughing stock in cricket. What was the whole point in rushing MoYo to the UK when he was not going to even play the 2nd Test!!! They should have said they will try to sort out his visa and send him to the UK but he will not be available until the 3rd Test.

    Imran Farhat is useless. He should not be selected to play Tests anymore. Yasir Hameed needs to be given a chance. He has a great temperament and is a great fielder.

    Pakistan cricket will not be successful until players start getting picked on merit. I have said it before. Azher Ali can be a good Test batsman and we should continue with it but exposing him like this will damage his cricketing career.

    What the hell was Butt thinking when he won the toss and decided to bat 1st?!? IT WAS CLOUDY AND PERFECT FOR SWING/SEAM BOWLING!!!

    Ijaz Butt, do us all a favour and jump off a cliff..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    I think Pakistan must relinquish its test status and stick with ODI's and Twenty20's. They can't play test cricket anymore. Ijaz Butt should be fired and Imran Khan should be the new man in-charge.

  • POSTED BY sawarsi on | August 7, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    they dont hav patience !!!!! where are all the karachiites??????? they are better fielders and better batsmen then these guyz!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY sha720 on | August 7, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    i thing only Pakistan team has debut players in test matches ,just see the Raina debut test after the 98 ODI matches than see his performance in test matches this is good decisions this want Pakistan team as well as pls getup PCB see want happen for the around the world and make decision quickly. don't practice WC this way preparation is surly Pakistan out for the first round on the WC.PLS ask Former Players idea And doing best pls.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Younis and yousaf. Average more then 5o,

    Why not include yasir hamid in teem in place of imran farhat, imran farhat nothing doing , and younis and yousaf is the answar for all our batting problem.

  • POSTED BY nick01902 on | August 7, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    WHAT IS TEAMS GOING TO DO FOR A ENCORE,THIS LOWEST POINT IN DARK HISTORY PAKISTAN CRICKET ,WHY IS THE NEW COUCH AND MIND BLOWING CAPTAIN PICK TO BAT ON DAY MADE FOR BOWLING WANDER THEY HAVE REMOVED THE MIRRORS FROM THERE ROOMS SO THEY DO NOT HAVE LOOK AT THEM SELF COME ON ,SEEN BETTER PLAYERS AT CLUB LEVEL,PLEASE DON'T THEY HAVE ANY PRIDE MAY BE NOT.

  • POSTED BY AbuMuawwiz on | August 7, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I dont know what records will Salman Butt Khan will make on his Captainship. Exclude The victory over Australia which just coincied with the captainship not because of the batsman nor captainship just becoz of Amer ASif Gull

  • POSTED BY ben.pullan13 on | August 7, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    What is the point in recalling Mohamed Yousuf and not playing him? So you have one the greatest batsmen sitting on the side-line whilst young Pakistani batsmen are being sent out to bat like lambs for the slaughter! Where is the sense in that? Yousuf should be out there and facing the music because no-one else in Pakistan can.

  • POSTED BY AbuMuawwiz on | August 7, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Sorry Again batting colapse , Salman was not at all happy on inclusion of Md Yousuf,and he was commenting praise for the victory over Australia. Let him know that the result oriented victory did not came due to his captainship nor batting , It was a batting flop show in the victory resulted test.Salute for Mohammed yousuf who backsided all his Ego and just for Pakistan he joined the team.He is the one who just bowed his head over the punishment and not even argued .

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    pathetic they are very low........ neeed to work hard on their mental status... first they have to regain thier confidence.... tehy should start beleiving them self

  • POSTED BY India2world on | August 7, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    88>80>72>50>25>0...................Holland, UAE, Afganistan, Cananda beat pakistan by inning and 100 runs in test match. ICC call urgent meeting to review Test Status of pakistan either to give permission to play test cricket. Same on PCB

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    I just cant know why the did not call back younas,, he is playing county in English conditions, i think it should have been lot more better choice, but dont know what is Mr. Yawwar saeed is doing? They are keep trusting Malik,,He is nt capable of our Under 19 3 days cricket,, he is not more than 20 over player,, You have yasir hamid in your squad, and still he is waiting for a chance.. oh c,mon Mr. Yawar.. he is technically sound than Malik.. What they r doing in PCB, i think they r enjoying trips, n living in 5 stars. Its time to talk with Mr. KHan.. Imran Khan.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    how can one make 4 new players(azhar,amin.u akmal,zulkarnain)at once.u want to make new players u should but not at once.look at india for instance they are playing raina at the moment as the new batsmen while experience is still there.soon when raina will cement his position then they will move to other youngsters.one cant pakistan do this...we should have played umar akmal only and soon when he would have gained a bit of experience then we should have moved on......i feel sorry for pakistan cricket....

  • POSTED BY hammadpakistan on | August 7, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    hammadpakistan

    It is sheer shambles. The players, considered to be the ambassadors of a country, have miserably failed to live up to their expectations, and defaming the nation, spending the foreign exchange, for nothing. It would be better to return as soon as possible, and donate the rest of the money to the flood affectees. An inquiry should also be held against the players and officials, including the President, Pakistan Cricket Board. It would be nice to take a break from the game or at least three years.

  • POSTED BY greatkhan on | August 7, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    First of all, we need to expect that this pakistan side will create more double figures batting records in the coming few tests if there are no drastic changes. Secondly, from where on earth did mr. Zulqarnain played instead of Kamran, i mean was he match fit????? question marks were raised about MD. YOUSUFS match fitness having not played since about 6 Months, i want to ask those ppl who questioned MD YOUSUFS match fitness, when did Zulqarnain played last for pakistan & how did they decide that he is match fit?????. Please i dont want to loose my time watchingg such a rubbish batting performance, we wnat quality cricket bring back Yousuf & younis, Umar amin still has time to be thrown at test level. Salman Butt please you look educated dont use your education in a wrong way by maintaining that the team is young & they will make mistake. PPl dont expect mistake, because you are representing Pakistan & you are not allowed to make mistake with a nation its not your personal issue.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 7, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Bangladesh played better than Pakistan in same conditions few months back.

  • POSTED BY Behroz on | August 7, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Very disappointed no more words remaining to take out our anger but plzzzz PCB bring Younis too we know u dont have cricket mind and Ijaz Butt plzz atleast read cricinfo articals to get some idea about cricket and bring the best back.

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | August 7, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Well, we have to give the selectors some credit. They have gotten rid of the 'wicketkeeper' 'batsman' Kamran Akmal, and replaced him with yet another player. Seriously, how many Test players have made their debut for Pakistan in the last, say...2 years? What happened to all the ones that made debuts and then got dropped...do they not get another opportunity, or is it just like one big revolving door?

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 7, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    @mayank_cool: Sri Lanka are giants only on their home turfs. On foreign soild, they look very lame. While India have good record abroad in Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand etc.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    It seems that Pakistan cricket team has gone for a joy ride to UK, on PCB expence.They are enjoying the perks (well Paid) and luxuries of 05 Star hotels.Unable to undersatand why Yousuf was not playing in 02 Test inspite of his urgent departure from Pakistan.Also why Yasir Hamid is not given an opportunaty to play inspite of his excellent past record. Imran Farhat has never been a good fielder and has never been a good Test Opener, but since he is a favourite of Manager Yawar Saeed and Umar Amin (A favourite of Waqar Younus), so they are being kept in the side at the cost of country's reputation. Please PCB wake up now and start selection on Merits and not on favours.I suggest that these players who drop catches,should be penalised with their contract payments,so that they should realise what it costs to drop a catch.I am sure second test will be another humiliation for Pakistan,but if the selection commitee acts sensibily for the third test they should drop Imran Farhat and Shoaib.

  • POSTED BY ScreenNaveedFazili on | August 7, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    To Play in English conditions is a different ball game altogether compared to what is in the subcontinent. To me the main problem with the pakistani batting line up is that most of them are inexperienced and are not accoustemed to the english conditions, so the need of the hour is that they should not only bring back yousuf but younis should be included as well . Moreover PCB should not take harsh decisions after each tour and let the team and players to settle if they want the best of pakistan cricket in future at the international level.

  • POSTED BY mayank_cool on | August 7, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    going this way it seems only India and Sri Lanka are the remaining asian giants............................

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 7, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    80 & 72, graph of total is downwards. Don't be surprised if Pakistan scores record low total yet again, we have 5 more innings of them to go.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Series like Endland,Australia,SA,Wi.PCB must learn from IND,SL they take their experienced players who have suited to their conditions and played long cricket,not fresh young blood.is PCB preparing for WC??is this the way to prepare for WC??.where is Misbah,Younis,Shoaib Akh ? play them for next test.... is there politics playing the game of cricket in PCB?

  • POSTED BY NaveedZ109 on | August 7, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    The team's performance reflects the dysfunctional nature of the nation. Farhat and Butt both have been proven failure over and over again; their talent is, a powerful father in law and English Speaking ability respectively. U. Akmal; in his mind he still is Bradman; maybe a new Afridi in making S. Malik; because of Sania Mirza, we all forgot how dirty he is in the eyes of all the seniors; also, when did he play a useful innings last time??? The fact is that the way they play, these players are not able to be part of any serious team. Lastly, did you see how half of these losers have fashion glasses? pathetic!

  • POSTED BY Cricfan27 on | August 7, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Pakistan is no more an unpredictable team. They have become too much a predictable team. Shame on me for being a diehard Pak-fan!

  • POSTED BY crazy_shamir on | August 7, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Good that they passed 71.

  • POSTED BY sameenkhan on | August 7, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    go home pakistan...ramadan is coming no use wasting time playing, better to fast, pray and beg miracles like catches to stick, balls to reach the boundaries and lose with some dignity...even a school team plays better than this! What shame. Pakistan was not made a laughing stock with Yousuf's inclusion. Pakistan has been a laughing stock at their very hard work in breaking their own record with each match for a lower score than before....

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN... I LOVE YOU.. I THINK ITS A WONDERFUL OPORTUNITY FOR KENYA,IRELAND ,USA,LIBYA,GERMANY,PAPUA NEW GINEA,THE NEW ATLANTIS,TEAMS FROM MARS AND JUPITER TO PALY PAKISTAN RIGHT NOW.....THEY WILL ALL GET TEST STATUS BY PLAYING THIS GREAT PAKISTAN TEAM OF TOP RATED PLAYERS..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY maqshiz on | August 7, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    i think they should play each session as if its a 20 20 game atleast they will score 100 :( sad sad sad

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    This is the worst period of pakistan cricketing history i feel so embarrased as their cricketing fan it can go more worse may Allah save our cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    The batsman could have done better but let's not overlook the English bowling and fielding which was excellent. Pakistan were able to roll Australia for a low score only a few weeks ago and the Pakistani attack has at points had the English in real trouble - which demonstrates that these conditions are tough for anyone.

  • POSTED BY clutch28 on | August 7, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    I don't think I've ever experienced watching such negative cricket in my life. Something is seriously wrong with Pakistan. That's now 2 innings in a row in which Pakistan have made their lowest ever scores against England

  • POSTED BY K_I_N_G_B on | August 7, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    if pakistan went in the mind of playing T20 in a test im pretty sure they will post 200+ without any doubt what so ever , its pressure which is on there minds because they know 1 thing for sure 2 / 3 bad performances will put them back on the bench and in comes a new player so i personaly suggest forget the test match go in as your playing a T20 for and if yr gona slash at the ball slash hard , my team for the next test match would be salman butt , yasir hamid , younis khan , mohammed yusaf , shoiab malik , umar akmal , kamran akmal , mohammed aamir , umar gul , saeed ajmal , mohammed asif this is the best combination pakistan can put in on a field every angle is covered openers, middle order, bowlers etc so therefor ijaz butt need to rethink and play hes cards right because the way hes goin on is like a drunken horse

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    polit, problem with M. yousuf is he is too old for sports cant run cant dive, Isn t any youngsters around in pak who can be more athletic than the current lot,Sham to see they way field,

    play marbel or somthing,

  • POSTED BY greastestlefthanderbowler on | August 6, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    its no1 fault expect da pcb they dont no who to take out and who to put in!! simple as that PCB R DA BIGGEST IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!! i hate them and untill they sort da team im not watching any matches of pk or going to them thats it im not wasting my money on something useless as them

  • POSTED BY BUTT_093 on | August 6, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    LOL ... i am a die-hard fan looking forward to dieing after this performance ... :)

  • POSTED BY FarhatAliZaidy on | August 6, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    "d made Salman Butt's decision to bat first in ideal bowling conditions look foolish. Butt insisted he was making a positive move " As it was said that whose own position was doubtful until a few months ago what else can you expect from this "BUGER BABY CAPTAIN" who is only a product of PCB's current MISMANAGEMENT.No one can expect in the presence of all other Test players S.B.has a ance to lead the side .But they will lose again within two three days and then they ill call younis khan.That is why he is insisting for so called YOUNG SIDE.It happens only in recent pakistan cricket history that village level club crickter came to the national side and after a seies or two disappear for ever.But the black spot pasted on the bright name of Pakistan cricket will not be vanishing easily.Its a real SHAME foryou Ijaz Butt SHAME SHAME on you JAJI Butt,and this will haunt you for ever.You are a real shameful person who only braught disrespect for the Noble name of Pakistan cricket .

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Pakistan has great potential for sure. We might be busy making Jokes on them and they suddenly might win the World Cup 2011. But the thing is, this team has the worst Stability I reckon. One day they win the world cup and the next they start eating Cricket Balls and creating peculiar records. Anyway, Pakistan cannot be forgotten easily. They are always on the News somehow or the other.

  • POSTED BY Pakipower786 on | August 6, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Salman in perfect bowling conditions chooses to bat when he is fully aware their strength is bowling!

  • POSTED BY TBT24 on | August 6, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    i think in test they should bat like they bat in 20/20 cricket , at least they can score 170 odd runs by playing aggressive ...

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 6, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    A couple of weeks ago this forum was filled with predictions that Pakistan would beat England 4-0, 3-0 or 3-1. I warned then that this was the weakest batting line-up in test cricket and only the poor quality of the Australian team had allowed them to win one very low-scoring match. Pakistan have not only borne out that assessment, but have also proved themselves the worst fielding team in test cricket as well. There's no unity or team spirit among the Pakistan players and that undoubtedly comes from the Pakistan selectors, who instead of getting behind their team have stripped them of what little confidence they had with their reaction to the first England test. This test is going to be an even bigger defeat, likely by an innings. Calling back Yousuf isn't going to fix things; Pakistan cricket is in for a very lean time in the next few years. Luckily for Pakistan supporters, so is Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    There are better players in Pakistan than the current lot and if the current regime were not in charge the world would've seen some real talent on show. However I must say, due to the rise of T20 cricket we have to wait considerably long before someone like Javed Miandad, Inzi , Imran Khan and Yusuf rise through the ranks.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    In my view, Team selection was ludicrous. To drop kamran akmal was a brave decision considering half of the team would've faked an injury but to keep Shoaib malik, the chief architect of dirty politics that goes inside the dressing room, wa...s not only disgraceful but shows how Pak cricket is suffering by the hands of an immoral regime that is equally supported by a dummy captain whose job is to keep the team together and prevent any feud between the players instead of leading the team and nurturing talent. The so called youngsters and the talk of a young team is rubbish. The current batting line up has no talent & technique to be successful at the test match level even a Sunday league cricketer can do a better job than this lot. I wish someone like Imran Khan is born again and reintroduce the patriotism, passion, talent and brains that once were part of our cricketing culture but I guess I wont live long enough to see the former glory.

  • POSTED BY FOOD4THOUGHT on | August 6, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    I call this NON VIOLENT protest by the players to show disapproval of Mohammad Yousuf's arrival. Yousuf flown to England and claims to be tired?, unless he took RICKSHAW . There is no reason in the world to display such a debacle.Again , Pakistani team always faced swinging ball dilemma in the past but playing dot balls? give me a break. THEY ARE HIRED TO DO A JOB FOR PAKISTAN,IF FOR SOME REASON, THEY CAN NOT PERFORM ,THEY SHOULD BE FIRED AND ALLOW NEW EMPLOYEES TO DO THE JOB.Saeed Anwar batting coach and,Amir Sohail should be team manager and waqar younis bowling coach. Kamran Akmal should be in the team as an opening batsman. Azhar Ali carrer should be saved by pulling him out of the team.Umer amin should be played as an all-rounder at number six.Its time to oblige Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed,Imran Farhat can play MICHAEL BEVAN for Pakistan to stablize lower batting order.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    pakistan struggling with inform england... they beaten aus and i wonder nt scoring a 100 runs in an innings..its a shame./

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Sorry state of Pakistan batting should be introspection time for PCB. They should do utmost to strength domestic structure. Regional team should have grueling cricket schedule and 5 day match should be promoted. At least the batsman with experience of over 100 first class 5 day match should be considered for test selection. It really pains to see this brittle batting line up at test level.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Pakistan played totaly rubbish.they should include their experience player in the squad for their national interest and stop politics about cricket.

  • POSTED BY born2DIE on | August 6, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    i think they're too defensive, just need to take signals to relieve the pressure

  • POSTED BY zizou313 on | August 6, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    its an absolute pity that we have yet again been subjected to such a pathetic batting display. its no fault of the bowlers chances went down all morning ....how much can they bear? I demand that the top 6 batsmen be expelled from playing for pakistan and get a new batting line up comprising of both experience and quality batsmen. the inclusion of batsmen like Younas khan and asim kamal and mohammed yousuf is now a necessity

  • POSTED BY PakOne on | August 6, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    You had a heart problem and they did a surgery of your head, such is the case with Pakistan cricket team. They couldn't manage 250 in both innings of the first test and instead of making changes to the batting line up, they opted for replacing the spinner and the wicket keeper as though those two were the ones responsible for the defeat. Shabash!!!! May Allah give you wisdom and the power to think clearly.

  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | August 6, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    just when u thought it couldnt get any worse, it does with a performance like that! the batsmen better look at themselves tonight and think about the shame they have caused to the pakistan supporters today. in 7 posible innings against australia and england they have failed to get over 300. if they do not perform in the 2nd innings then pcb must consider dropping some players. salman butt was in good form before being handed over the captaincy. long ducks by ali and farhat really need to be looked at and actions need to be taken and malik should not even be in the team! akmal and amin played with some intent and outperformed their teamates. once pakistan have lost this match, pcb really need to consider dropping some players and recalling younis and fawad alam, and playing hameed and yousuf aswell. how must the bowlers feel after the batsmen perform the way they do with the bat and in the field. the bowlers are bound to get tired when the team cant last 2 sessions when batting!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY chauka-chikka on | August 6, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Pakistan are again at their crumbling best! They have set the world alight and now should retire from international cricket. Pakistan are trying to attain the perfect score of 0 - 11 which so many countries before have tried but all failed. Pak will succeed where others have failed before them. Give them another couple of years with their amazing skipper Butt and they should be able to get 0 all out and that would be some achievment! Go pak go, dominoe cricket s the name of the game! Invented by Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY nathan2010 on | August 6, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Pakistan should have bowled first, when your one and only strength is bowling you should always try to take advantage of it specially in English conditions. In saying that I don't think it would of made a huge impact in the outcome of this match but still you should always play to your strength and hopefully Salman Butt has learned his lesson.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    d most absurd performane of pak i've seen yet... all d batsmen in dis team need a 2 year break 4m cricket. they r gud 4 nothing.. bring guys who can at least stand firm for a couple of even widout scoring...

  • POSTED BY nathan2010 on | August 6, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Pakistan should have bowled first, when your one and only strength is bowling you should always try to take advantage of it specially in English conditions. In saying that I don't think it would of made a huge impact in the outcome of this match but still you should always play to your strength and hopefully Salman Butt has learned his lesson.

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | August 6, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Now bring back Younas & get rid of 2 Butts.Afridi will be thinking that I made a wise decision to leave this sorry team.

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | August 6, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    All the statistics and instances where Pakistan's woe's were highlighted on the very first day of a fresh Test match point towards a lack of leadership and self-confidence emanating from wrong directions and guidance from the higher-ups of the cricketing structure that they have in place currently. I have indicated elsewhere that every single person who is concerned with decision-making as well as executing Plan A or B must come into action right away and be brave enough to admit wrong-doing and, consequently, take strong measures to correct the situation right away, especially the captaincy, the composition of the batting line-up as well as the fielding drills. If not, there remains slim hope and chance that Pakistan will salvage anything out of this series against England, who, as I had mentioned in my earlier comments, are very much AT HOME.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    very badly played, I don't know why they are not serious we are proud nation who have a history, we can come back if we have little shame left....

  • POSTED BY mutia03 on | August 6, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    I am 200% sure Pakistan need to use yhis line up to achive sucsess in Test Matches:

    Openers: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat Middle Order Batsmen: YOUNIS KHAN, MUHAMMAD YOUSUF, MISBAH-UL-HAQ All Rounders: Shoailb Mailk, YASIR ARAFAT Fast bowlers: SHOAILB AKTHAR / Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir / Umar Gul Spinners: DANISH KANERIA / Saeed Ajmal Wicketkeeper: Kamran Akmal

    -Anonymous

  • POSTED BY Imran.Yusuf on | August 6, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    The batting crisis is all because of the poor batting displays by Umar Gul and Muhammad Amir. They are the backbone of this Pakistani batting lineup and should take more responsibility on their shoulders. Mr. Butt head's decision to bat first was excellent as usual, but these two batsmen failed to live up to the expectations of the captain. On top of that, Muhammad Asif is not in a very good batting form off late. All of this has lead to such a debacle. Now what can an intelligent captain do in such cases, other than saying that these guys need more time. All is not lost yet, guys. Thank God, Mr. Butt's has striked form at last by scoring an excellent 7 runs. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Pathetic yet expected from our batsmen. Talk about a difficult time to be a fan....but as a die hard fan atleast i can look forward to the bowling performance. (looks like its gonna happen only once in this test match)

  • POSTED BY born2DIE on | August 6, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    i think they're too defensive, just need to take signals to relieve the pressure

  • POSTED BY funsuk on | August 6, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    This is one of the worst performance in test match I have ever seen. No doubt England's bowling was phenomenon but still could have managed at least 200 runs. This is just a disaster. England could have been 5 down this moment, they dropped 4 catches in fielding. They could have given a chance to Yasir Hamid if not Mohammad Yusuf. I don't when they would be able to make a good Test team.

  • POSTED BY KHAN_169 on | August 6, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    shame shame shame pcb waqar younas and salman butt,,,,,,,, waqar and butt always use to say "this is a young team and they need time " how much time u will need one year two year or ........ then you should just say that we have no temperament for test cricket because u have a young team and we need some time to improve these guys, not like the current performance u are doing from the players. why u are not requesting for younas as well as asim kamal and why not to play fawad alam, yasir hameed and razaq as well because you have tried for these rotten eggs for a long time, gave others the chance ,also pakistan need a talented player for their captaincy unlike salman butt who have not deliver a 150+ runs in any format and having as lower average as an average all rounder

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    It is very shame full. Looks like they even do not know how to play test cricket? And not to forget the bad decision by Butt after winning the toss.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Pakistan has become Jokers of Cricket :-))) After this Test Series, PCB is going to sack some support staff and fine some gefty amount on some players.. Again after 2-3 months, every thing will be waved off and will start a new series by changing a captain to some Umar Akmal or some new player(Can't expect if they make Azhar Ali or Umar Amin also).. Because I am sure after this Series loss. Salman Butt will give a statement saying that players are not co-operating and there are 3-4 groups in the team.. How can they select a test team with a players like Azhar Ali & Umar Amin. These 2 Players have scored nothing from their debut. And what ever little they have scored 90% of the runs has come from the Slips to 3rd Man region... Its all fluke runs.. And Shoaib Malik, what he is trying prove him self in the team?? And Umar Akmal with exceptional talent doesn't have ability to play long innings... Such an unbelievable team this is.. ALL THE BEST PAKI'S TO GET CLEAN SWEEP THE SERIES.

  • POSTED BY FAZICRIC on | August 6, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    What exactly happening in Pakistan cricket team? there is no word to say about their performance,are they playing for national country?

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    If people question Bangladesh's test status then Pakistan's must also be questioned.

    Will somebody give England a game this year please?

  • POSTED BY smjr on | August 6, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    This is most abject performance of Pakistani team in England surpassing the team led by Javed Burki in 1964 and Wasim Bari in 1978. Players, coaches and Managers battling for their survival than attaining anything. Ever players want things to happen but not causing them to happen. The players mind are switched of, they do not know what to do. Test match is the name of creating pressure on the opposition whether bowling, fielding or batting, it demands something extra. The dirty jealous politics by current PCB management, Manager and Coach limit the majority of players especial batsman to be selected from only one city i.e Lahore, and its adjoining cities. This has killed the merits and is the root of all cause. The batsman from the afore-said cities are given more chances in test matches despite complete failures. Deserving Players from Karachi, which has population of about 17 million, are either completely ignored or given less chances in Test matches and not groomed properly

  • POSTED BY thabo1 on | August 6, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Arrogant behaviour - this happens when you play test cricket for less than 2 years and you want to show off . I refer here specially to messrs Mohammed Aameer and Umar Akmal. Aameer was so arrogant in his altercation with Ricky Ponting that i took an immediate dislike in him.The great West Indian team under Sir Viv was never so arrogant. I guess the pakistan team embodies what is wrong with Pakistan in general.

  • POSTED BY oczak on | August 6, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Shameful performance by the Pakistan team. Why wasn't Yasir Hameed included in the team? And bring back Younus Khan immediately! Also whenever the Pak team fields, Cricinfo should add a "Dropped Catches" tab to their commentary page.

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | August 6, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I am pleased with this Pakistan's performace and expecting 62 in the second innings. I think Pakistan should fire Asif, Amir and Gul and bring some" new" talent in bowling to match the batting quality. Farhat is son in law of one of selectors, Ilyas, he can bring some of his cousins or brother etc as replacement of Amir and Asif. I have request to Yousuf not to play unless Younis is brought back and likes of Farhat are sent back home (which is less likely). What is wrong with Yaser Hameed, he is not relative of manager, selector or pcb chairman.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | August 6, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    With the big Butt and small Butt shooting their mouths, Paksitan batting is cut down to size. When would these shameless jokers learn to keep their mouths shut and let their game do the talking? With an experience of 30 tests Butt has more experience than Afridi and likes. When would he start batting, after retirement? Shoaib, Butt, Akmal are not novice, they have played more tests than many Pakistanis in the past, when they had limited exposure. Zaheer A, scored 274 in his first innings in England, Asif Iqbal 146 while they were much younger than these jokers. Pakistan won a test in their first tour of England when the whole side had no experience in English conditions. During the last tour Pakistan could have won a test if Inzamam would not have walked away. When would this team grow up? On one hand we see Hashim Amla, humble professional and on the other slick talkers like Big Butt and Small Butt!

    Himayun Mirza, USA

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    i have'nt any idea why salman butt chose bat first when he knows thats bowling pitch what he whant why he did experiment..... they didnt feel shame thay do it that a longtime i think now they stoped.

  • POSTED BY wfaizi on | August 6, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    well...when we thought it couldn't get any worse...yet there you go.i think Pakistan should just stick to 20/20..it suits them..nothing to take away from England they bowled well and their fielding was superb..I'm tired of listening and reading about give these guys some time..well..please for god sake at least score some runs.and again and again please sit umar akmal and shoeib malik out.....I'm sure Pakistan is hoping..no.. praying for rain...if you know what i mean...

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 6, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    I have no words to express my feelings

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    i feel sorry for the batsmen

  • POSTED BY SaeedKhanNiazi on | August 6, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Like I posted in the previous test. Pakistan batsmen are going help themselves get another whitewash series under their belt. For all those that say we need Mohammad Yousuf and Yonis Khan, their contribution will not help pakistan if the other specialists are not able to step up their game. Even if Mohammad Yousuf hits a century, no one will stand by him and give hima decent partnership. They will all throw their wickets and in return give england cheap wickets under their name. And aother thing, I hope the pakistani Batsmen don't rely only on Mohammad Yosuf. Other wise this series will wrap up even quicker then expected lol.

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | August 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Traditionally batsmen in Pakistan come from Karachi/Sind and bowlers from Lahore/Punjab. Unfortunately this Pakistani team has all the batsmen from Lahore/Punjab and this is the root cause of this batting disaster. Only one person in playing eleven is not from Lahore/Punjab and that player is Umer Gul. A region of Pakistan known to produce bowlers starts to bat how can you expect good batting results? One has to be very naive to think that this batting comprised only from Lahore/Punjab can deliver the decent batting performance.

  • POSTED BY way_too_cool on | August 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Can we de-recognize this 3rd class team please? Had it been Bangladesh or Zimbabwe people would have been calling for their test status to be withdrawn and what not. Pakistani team has no more than 2-3 international quality players, and if this is not enough for rescinding their test status then I don't know what is..

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Another shameful display by the pakistani batsmen, pakistan desperately need an inspiration, at the moment they are playing worst cricket than most of the CLUBS around the world.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    I happens Only with Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | August 6, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistani batsmen. You are well on your way to a dubious record of hat-trick of scores less than 100. I would say include Pakistan in the qualifier rounds of WC 2011 and see if they can beat Canada or USA!

  • POSTED BY Nawsad on | August 6, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    pakistan's poor performance still continue(88>80>72>?)....but now ICC nd Mr Boycott sealed their leaps.bangladesh performed much better than pakistan..so please all so called administrative officials in ICC before saying something about the test status of bangladesh think about pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    dont worry, be happy, actually they r tensed, due to the flood in pakistan, they are unabale to concentrate,

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  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    dont worry, be happy, actually they r tensed, due to the flood in pakistan, they are unabale to concentrate,

  • POSTED BY Nawsad on | August 6, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    pakistan's poor performance still continue(88>80>72>?)....but now ICC nd Mr Boycott sealed their leaps.bangladesh performed much better than pakistan..so please all so called administrative officials in ICC before saying something about the test status of bangladesh think about pakistan.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | August 6, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistani batsmen. You are well on your way to a dubious record of hat-trick of scores less than 100. I would say include Pakistan in the qualifier rounds of WC 2011 and see if they can beat Canada or USA!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    I happens Only with Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Another shameful display by the pakistani batsmen, pakistan desperately need an inspiration, at the moment they are playing worst cricket than most of the CLUBS around the world.

  • POSTED BY way_too_cool on | August 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Can we de-recognize this 3rd class team please? Had it been Bangladesh or Zimbabwe people would have been calling for their test status to be withdrawn and what not. Pakistani team has no more than 2-3 international quality players, and if this is not enough for rescinding their test status then I don't know what is..

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | August 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Traditionally batsmen in Pakistan come from Karachi/Sind and bowlers from Lahore/Punjab. Unfortunately this Pakistani team has all the batsmen from Lahore/Punjab and this is the root cause of this batting disaster. Only one person in playing eleven is not from Lahore/Punjab and that player is Umer Gul. A region of Pakistan known to produce bowlers starts to bat how can you expect good batting results? One has to be very naive to think that this batting comprised only from Lahore/Punjab can deliver the decent batting performance.

  • POSTED BY SaeedKhanNiazi on | August 6, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Like I posted in the previous test. Pakistan batsmen are going help themselves get another whitewash series under their belt. For all those that say we need Mohammad Yousuf and Yonis Khan, their contribution will not help pakistan if the other specialists are not able to step up their game. Even if Mohammad Yousuf hits a century, no one will stand by him and give hima decent partnership. They will all throw their wickets and in return give england cheap wickets under their name. And aother thing, I hope the pakistani Batsmen don't rely only on Mohammad Yosuf. Other wise this series will wrap up even quicker then expected lol.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    i feel sorry for the batsmen

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 6, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    I have no words to express my feelings