England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval August 17, 2010

England aim to close out series

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Match facts

August 18, 2010, The Oval
Start time 11.00 (1000GMT)

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England had to work harder than expected to wrap up the second Test - and at one stage their frustrations, especially Stuart Broad's, boiled over - but eventually a commanding nine-wicket success confirmed the gulf between these two teams. Now the home side's attention is firmly fixed on a whitewash as the countdown to the Ashes gathers pace; with a little help from Ricky Ponting's whitewash comments.

Pakistan continue to be a mind-boggling mixture of confused signals, but after much deliberation it has been confirmed that Zulqarnain Haider is out of the series which is a major blow after his gutsy display last week. How much impact Broad's throw actually had on Haider's finger is still subject to conjecture, but it adds a bit of spice to this encounter. The Oval, of course, has had its fair share of controversy in England-Pakistan contests when four years ago the match was abandoned on the fourth evening after Darrell Hair accused the visitors of ball tampering.

This time, though, the venue should lift Pakistan's hopes of fighting back to at least give England a decent contest. The ball is unlikely to move as much (although cloudy weather is still a possibility) and it is a fast-scoring ground. Mohammad Yousuf will return to strengthen the batting line-up, though he is short of form and fitness. So far Pakistan's lower order has been more productive than the top and Salman Butt desperately needs to rediscover his form. If the pitch turns Saeed Ajmal could also prove a handful with England's batsmen struggling to pick his doosra.

But it's very hard to see England being denied another victory over the next five days. They have three impressive quicks backed up by the outstanding Graeme Swann. What this match does present is the chance for the batsmen to dominate and show their hunger for big scores. Alastair Cook is most in need of a major contribution after a difficult season, but this England team doesn't ditch players at the first sign of a problem.

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Watch out for...

Stuart Broad made the headlines for the wrong reasons at Edgbaston for his petulant display on the third afternoon when he hurled the ball at Zulqarnain Haider in his follow through, having twice not turned to the umpire in earlier appeals. He copped a fine, but was lucky not to get himself a ban and wickets are unlikely to come as easily at The Oval so Broad's attitude will be closely watched. His aggressive mindset has been supported by team-mates and management, including bowling coach David Saker, but he continues to tread a fine line and the umpires will be keeping an eye on him.

After ruling himself out last week Mohammad Yousuf will resume his Test career and bring vital experience to the middle order. He managed a brief innings during the rain-effected match against Worcestershire where he made 40 off 54 balls but will be nowhere near peak readiness. There is a suggestion that his recall hasn't gone down well with Salman Butt who wants to put his faith in youth, but without Yousuf their top order is as callow as anything in recent memory.

Team news

In a break from the norm England named their XI three days out from the Test to allow Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad to play for Yorkshire. Bresnan flew down to London from Newcastle to link up for the final practice day, but is only on standby for any late scares.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

As always Pakistan's team proved something of a guessing game, but in the end they have opted for four changes - enforced and otherwise - to the side that lost at Edgbaston. Kamran Akmal returns to replace the injured Haider and Yousuf comes into the middle order at the expense of Umar Amin, with Yasir Hameed finally getting an outing in place of Shoaib Malik as well. Umar Gul is also ruled out which means a debut for the left-armer Wahab Riaz.

Pakistan 1 Yasir Hameed, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Salman Butt (capt), 4 Azhar Ali, 5 Mohammad Yousuf, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Asif

Pitch and conditions

Last year Bill Gordon produced a raging turner for the deciding Ashes clash and played a major part in England reclaiming the urn. There is no need for anything so dramatic this time and we can expect a far contest between bat and ball. Sadly, the British summer continues to splutter along and rain could have an impact on proceedings.

Stats and Trivia

  • Four players from both sides (presuming Yousuf and Kamran do play) survive from the infamous clash in 2006 including Andrew Strauss who was the England captain.

  • During the 2006 series Yousuf scored 631 runs at 90.14 including three hundreds.

  • Jonathan Trott is 77 runs short of a 1000 in Tests, a year after making his debut on this ground against Australia. Meanwhile, Graeme Swann needs three wickets for 100.

  • England haven't lost in their last eight Tests at The Oval and have won five of them.

Quotes

"This is the start of silly season I suppose, people coming out with their predictions. Predictions ultimately mean nothing, it's how you play on the pitch so I think we'll just keep it nice and simple."
Andrew Strauss won't get drawn into Ricky Ponting's Ashes whitewash talk

"He looked pretty good while he was batting at Worcester. But obviously once he starts playing matches the match fitness comes into it."
Salman Butt knows it will be a challenge for Mohammad Yousuf as he returns to Test cricket

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • rajaindian on August 18, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Pakistan is not even a side that has to be compared with b'desh.Their team doesn't have good playersas the english and its true that england will win4-0.............

  • LeoSaqib on August 18, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I totally agree with Mir Shehzad regarding unjustice with Tanvir Ahmed. He is best swing bowler in domestic cricket of Pakistan and should be given chance at earliest because he is very suitable in English conditions.Wahab Riaz is a mediocre bowler by every statndard and has performed miserably when he was given chance earliar. His selection in this team is only due to political backings, otherwise Muhammad Samee, with his speed and accuracy and very good record in England, thoroghly deserved a place in this team.

  • antiboson21 on August 18, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Hi guys & girls. This is WAJ. Waoo. Another day of thrilling contest atleast between bat & ball. Pakistanis with some changes while England unchanged. Will history at Oval repeat itself like 2006, I wish not. I wonder, why on earth pakistan will go in this test match with four bowlers. Test matches are always won by bowlers. With Asif, Amir, & Ajmal pakistan looks up to atleast one more lethal bowler. Where is 7feet 2 inches, Muhammad Irfan? What the heck selectors are doing?. If Pakistan go with Wahab Riaz, i guess they need one more specialist bowler. Three fas bowlers, one medium pace and one world class off spiner, Ajmal. In batting, Yasir Hameed should open with Imran Farhat, giving salman butt some cushion. With Azhar Ali at one down, batting oreder should be like.

    Yasir, Imran, Salman, Azhar, Muhammad Yousaf, Umar Akmal, Kamran, Amir, Ajmal, Asif, Wahab. All the pakistani batsman shoud learn from Zulqarnan's innings of 88. Patience, focus, descipline & will to fight.

  • FIPL on August 18, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @ Mansoor Shiraz : There is point in having faith in "Young Guns" while keeping the "Tank" out of the war !!! I really like this and is very true. Salam Jutt is nowhere near to Yousuf's batting class and he is just worried about his own performance because if he doesn't score he will be struggling to keep his place in the team. Finally good to see Shoaib Malik out and Yasir Hameed in. They should give Tanvir a chance instead of Wahab. Mr Salman Jutt please don't make it a Punjab 11. This is Paksiatan team and every Pakistani has a right to play for his country

  • Sohail_lala on August 18, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    In my opinion Malik should be IN and Farhat should be out of the team as well. Further, Tanvir Ahmed could a better choice as we already have left arm bowler. The induction of Mohammad Yousuf is not guaranteed that he will out perform, but the has lot of experience and temparament behing his batting techniques.

    One can pray for Yasir Hameed as well, who is on ignore list of PCB since a long.

  • poderdubdubdub on August 18, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Teams selected on MERIT and merit alone can win matches. Team selection based on nepotism or by brainless/politician/egoistic selectors will always be humiliated as the Pakistan cricket team is being humilated today. The humiliation of this Pakistan cricket team has reached a point where the most loyal of the fans have no desire to watch them play and the opposition fans are pleading for a fair contest at least, wake up PCB wake up!!

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Pakistani bowlers will have to work hard in the areas: 1- Try to bowl out all 20 wickets because no one is going to catch or run out or stump. 2- At least one double hundred from Ajmal, Asif or Aamir because batsmen are psychologically afraid of their positions in the team.

    These two are the winning options for pakistan, no other option.

  • Faisee on August 18, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    apart from batting conditions, weather forecasts, and other factors efftecting the course of play we are handicapped to the strange selection policies. having two players making debut in one match against top team in a difficult batting condition wasmeant to create bad image for them in front of all. i believe selction would have been done in a better way but again ... politics is the everywhere in Paksitan and pcb is also seems workin under it only.

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    @nipun027 yes i think there will be some batter performance in this match like match may take one more session then the previous two encounters :)

  • PakiGr8ness on August 18, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    @Karachi Kid we certainly need to beef up the batting but the bowling doesnt require ''beefing'' they should infact play abdul razzaq thats right- who has experience (a lot of it) hes a good batsmen and a great bowler

  • rajaindian on August 18, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Pakistan is not even a side that has to be compared with b'desh.Their team doesn't have good playersas the english and its true that england will win4-0.............

  • LeoSaqib on August 18, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I totally agree with Mir Shehzad regarding unjustice with Tanvir Ahmed. He is best swing bowler in domestic cricket of Pakistan and should be given chance at earliest because he is very suitable in English conditions.Wahab Riaz is a mediocre bowler by every statndard and has performed miserably when he was given chance earliar. His selection in this team is only due to political backings, otherwise Muhammad Samee, with his speed and accuracy and very good record in England, thoroghly deserved a place in this team.

  • antiboson21 on August 18, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Hi guys & girls. This is WAJ. Waoo. Another day of thrilling contest atleast between bat & ball. Pakistanis with some changes while England unchanged. Will history at Oval repeat itself like 2006, I wish not. I wonder, why on earth pakistan will go in this test match with four bowlers. Test matches are always won by bowlers. With Asif, Amir, & Ajmal pakistan looks up to atleast one more lethal bowler. Where is 7feet 2 inches, Muhammad Irfan? What the heck selectors are doing?. If Pakistan go with Wahab Riaz, i guess they need one more specialist bowler. Three fas bowlers, one medium pace and one world class off spiner, Ajmal. In batting, Yasir Hameed should open with Imran Farhat, giving salman butt some cushion. With Azhar Ali at one down, batting oreder should be like.

    Yasir, Imran, Salman, Azhar, Muhammad Yousaf, Umar Akmal, Kamran, Amir, Ajmal, Asif, Wahab. All the pakistani batsman shoud learn from Zulqarnan's innings of 88. Patience, focus, descipline & will to fight.

  • FIPL on August 18, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @ Mansoor Shiraz : There is point in having faith in "Young Guns" while keeping the "Tank" out of the war !!! I really like this and is very true. Salam Jutt is nowhere near to Yousuf's batting class and he is just worried about his own performance because if he doesn't score he will be struggling to keep his place in the team. Finally good to see Shoaib Malik out and Yasir Hameed in. They should give Tanvir a chance instead of Wahab. Mr Salman Jutt please don't make it a Punjab 11. This is Paksiatan team and every Pakistani has a right to play for his country

  • Sohail_lala on August 18, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    In my opinion Malik should be IN and Farhat should be out of the team as well. Further, Tanvir Ahmed could a better choice as we already have left arm bowler. The induction of Mohammad Yousuf is not guaranteed that he will out perform, but the has lot of experience and temparament behing his batting techniques.

    One can pray for Yasir Hameed as well, who is on ignore list of PCB since a long.

  • poderdubdubdub on August 18, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Teams selected on MERIT and merit alone can win matches. Team selection based on nepotism or by brainless/politician/egoistic selectors will always be humiliated as the Pakistan cricket team is being humilated today. The humiliation of this Pakistan cricket team has reached a point where the most loyal of the fans have no desire to watch them play and the opposition fans are pleading for a fair contest at least, wake up PCB wake up!!

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Pakistani bowlers will have to work hard in the areas: 1- Try to bowl out all 20 wickets because no one is going to catch or run out or stump. 2- At least one double hundred from Ajmal, Asif or Aamir because batsmen are psychologically afraid of their positions in the team.

    These two are the winning options for pakistan, no other option.

  • Faisee on August 18, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    apart from batting conditions, weather forecasts, and other factors efftecting the course of play we are handicapped to the strange selection policies. having two players making debut in one match against top team in a difficult batting condition wasmeant to create bad image for them in front of all. i believe selction would have been done in a better way but again ... politics is the everywhere in Paksitan and pcb is also seems workin under it only.

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    @nipun027 yes i think there will be some batter performance in this match like match may take one more session then the previous two encounters :)

  • PakiGr8ness on August 18, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    @Karachi Kid we certainly need to beef up the batting but the bowling doesnt require ''beefing'' they should infact play abdul razzaq thats right- who has experience (a lot of it) hes a good batsmen and a great bowler

  • KarachiKid on August 18, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Unfortunately Pakistan seems in line for another beating. We needed Younis in place of Azhar or Umar Akmal or Farhat. We also needed Sarfraz Ahmed in place of Kamran Akmal and we needed to beef up the batting further by having Fawad Alam. Finally Tanvir deserved his chance in this match. Maybe playing 5 bowlers would have been better than 7th mediocre and unreliable batsmen like Umar Akmal/Imran Farhat/Azhar Ali. We need a fifth bowler, there are no all rounders in the line up. In this context, Yasir Arafat and/or Abdul Razaq could have been asked to play at number 7 and beef up the bowling.

  • Pasha71 on August 18, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I dont know what our selectors are doing they should call back Abdul Razzaq.

  • mirshehzad on August 18, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    This is totally unfair and injustice to another player(Tanvir Ahmed) from Karachi. Look at his performance in 2009-10, 85 wickets at the staggering average of 17.12. It is my plea to the nation that let us combine our hands to struggle against the policies of PCB. There is one particular group that have sabotaged our team, they dont give any heed to the merit except nepotism.

  • nipun027 on August 18, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    I think this is a better pakistan side then the previous ones. Expecting a better per4mance this time.

  • on August 18, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Pakistan should play their wits out and if they win dedicate it to the flood victims back home. Specially when most if not all players come from areas which are in some way or another are effected by the disaster. Pakistan needs you boys to perform!

  • Aslam_Khan_Varanasi on August 18, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Salman Butt is in huge under presser, so Pakistan should open with Farhat & Yasir Hameed. Hameed gets is a very good defensive technic, Butt at no. 3 or 4.

  • Richamur on August 18, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Hmmmm.... Its amazing how England can beat bangladesh in four (2 home & 2 away) and beat an emerging ( i would not call this a depleted side, cos it's only a matter of time till they click and boy when they do, it's gonna take some beating) Pakistan in 2 tests and for all of the world they are the top team in the world but, but when India or Sri lanka (Pakistan dont play home test at home as yet) does the same then they become flat track bullies who thump minors, EVEN if the match produces a result... A funny little world this is.....

  • on August 18, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    I must say it will be injustice to the other very good talent Umar Amin as he will be denied to show himself on a good bating track, and his career may be over due to not very good but average performances on a very bowling friendly pitches where almost all the Pakistan batsmen struggle. In my opinion he should be given one more chance on Oval pitch as they are predicting it a batting pitch.

  • on August 18, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    it is sad that haider is not playing rest of the matches but kamran still has potential to prove himself.although his wicket keeping is not so good so far but both keeprs are of same boat when it comes to wicket keepping. as far as Mohammad Yousuf is concern he was away from test cricket but his telent and experience can help him to repeat past innings in this and upcoming matches.it is good to see that yasir is also in the playing eleven but he has same issue of not playing test matches. he proved himself as a good batsman in both forms ODI and test matches but since Bob Woolmer took over the charge of the team he lost his appearnece in the team. Abdul razaq still has potential and temperament to play test matches as he proved in the past several times. he should be given a chance as pakistani team need an experience all rounder in the squad in the absence of Afridi. Pakistani bowling line up is up to the mark but batting should be improved as same changes have been made in 3rd test.

  • on August 18, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Pakistan is definitely going to be debut Wahab Riaz who took 14 wickets in the whole of dometic cricket season....and tanvir ahmed who took 86 wickest would still be sitting on the benches!!! i know that FOR SURE....

    thanks, annoyed pakistan cricket fan

  • Ashu123 on August 18, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    it is important eng do not get complacent like Aus did. i really hope KP gets a really fluent hundred and regain his form. if KP manages to do this then the Ashes are in the bag for eng.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 18, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    I am still confused about the selection of Shoaib/Azhar. The team mentioned by the above article includes Azhar whereas I saw the team at the TV last night in which Shoaib was included. Anyhow, it is great to hear that Yasir Hameed is finally in. I hope he will be tried in both tests. He may be good choice for ODIs as well as Pakistan has shown similar kind of collapses (as in last tests) in Asia Cup.

  • sammykent on August 17, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    With Umar Gul out of the side Pakistan have lost one of their best batsmen. Gul should be occupying a number 6 or 7 spot as a bowling allrounder as he injects some impetus into chases and attacks the bowlers. Mohammad Yousuf proved he was not leadership material during the Australian tour but his batting is essential against a near perfectly balanced English side. Having Yousuf is similar to having a Michael Hussey in your side, an almost guaranteed 50 runs in any conditions. Pakistan could really use some consistency in the top and middle order and Yousuf should bring that. Cricket is so often about culture and mindset. England have a balanced side with solid leadership and a winning culture, Pakistan have a great side with inconsistent leadership and conflicting egos. As soon as Pakistan operate as a single entity with a common goal they will start to see some success.

  • on August 17, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    I'm so glad Shoaib Malik is not in the team. Good to see Yasir Hameed and Mohammad Yousuf. Good luck Pakistan!

  • I_am_neutral on August 17, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    I hope Pakistan saves some pride..

  • on August 17, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Will Yousaf's century earn Pakistan a win. His previous 3 (2 big ones) were of no help.

  • BoomBoomAdnan on August 17, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Butt still playing the guy is avergaing 30 and is made the captain. Amazing!!!! he doesnt even deserve a spot in the team

  • on August 17, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    One solution: strip Pakistan of the test status: merely bringing in Yousuf will not help either way to Pakistan.

  • Hasib.Baig on August 17, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Thank God Shoaib Malik is out.. I just wish they give Yasir Hameed a long run this time.. Yousuf will do well.. He is way too experienced to stutter now.. I just hope Salman Butt can build a healthy relation with Yousuf.. Azhar is good.. he should be given a long run.. so is Umar Amin.. good prospect for future.. I just wish Umar Akmal realizes his potential soon.. Mark my word he is the future backbone of Pak batting line-up.. Kamran Akmal is good for nothing.. BRING BACK HAIDER AS SOON AS HE RECOVERS.. WISH U ALL THE BEST PAKISTAN..

  • SHMG on August 17, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    wat da hell .. wat is 'WAHAB RIAZ' so called 'SAFARASI' is doing in this 3rd Test Line-up .. why not Tanvir (who got 90+ wicket in the current domestic season) n who is selected on merit n performance is in the team ! i must say really disappointing n another BLUNDER!! rite now they must start with their best 11 unfortunately again that is not happening..

  • pccb on August 17, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    @WASEEM AKBER

    WELL YASIR HAMEED IS IN THE TEAM THANKGOD.I HOPE HE DOESN'T DISAPPOINTS US.

  • drcardio1980 on August 17, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    I hope Pakistan does better this time around.This junior Butt who has contributed nothing till yet to Pakistani cricket seems biased to Yousaf.Younas as well should be drafted into the team & Butts should be chucked out of the cricket especially the senior one who is a BUFFON.

  • bilalplus on August 17, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Pakistan team MUST DONATE 100% of MATCH FEE for FLOOD VICTIMS

  • on August 17, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    YEAAAA!!!!! finally the 2 Ys in the team..it was much needed

  • on August 17, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Hameed deserves another chance after playing some good knocks at domestic level ..

  • AhmadSaleem on August 17, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    It will be a closer match

  • on August 17, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    yasir hameed , wahab riaz , MUHAMMAD yousuf , kamran akmal has come back . on the places of umar amin , zulqarnain haider , shoaib malik , umar gul

  • on August 17, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    yasir hameed , wahab riaz , MUHAMMAD yousuf , kamran akmal has come back . on the places of umar amin , zulqarnain haider , shoaib malik , umar gul

  • on August 17, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Unable to understand why Yasir Hamid is not being given an oppurtunaty instead of Shoaib Malik or Azhar Ali? Both of them have not done anything so far in this series.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 17, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Well, very ridicules news has been come that still Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat will part of the playing eleven for 3rd test. At least I would say that Azhar Ali is better than Malik. His batting(Malik) is worst and his character as a player with history of controversial and conspirator person, is not going to help Pakistan at all. Mr. Farhat is still Enjoying top spot in the team due to his Father-in-Law. His performance in 8 innings is very poor. I wonder if criteria to maintain place in Pak Team is only one fifty, then Azhar Ali, ditto deserves the place in the Team.

  • usman_nile1994 on August 17, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Please can anyone tell me how Haider is injured? By Broad or in practice. His absence would be a huge loss. He is our highest scorer in this series. Please Akmals brothers shine in tests as well as you do in t20s

  • CiMP on August 17, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    I hope the youngsters in the Pak team put up a good show and turn things around. It is in them that the future of Pak cricket lies.

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    In test cricket Experience is Must I cant Understand Why Yasir Hammed is Avoided

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Its very unjust to make Yasir Hameed sit all along the tour on bench..........What the hell is Azhar Ali doing in the team and how are they justifying Yasir Hameed sitting out........

  • Dutch_Pakii_Samia on August 17, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win,they are not a BAD team,just soamtimes you really think : what a....is pakistan doing :P

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    yasir hammed will play according to team news...either imran farhat or shoaib malik will stay out!

  • Zahidsaltin on August 17, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Wish Ijaz Butt was flooded and some one replacing him had brought back younis khan. I personally think Umar Amin and Azhar Ali should have been given another chance to play at a wicket which probabely won't swing as much as in last two encounters. was it me selecting playing 11, I had brought Yousef in for Shoaib and Yaser in for Imran Farhat. Azhar Ali opening with Butt and Yaser to follow at one down. Not giving Tanweer a chance here will be unfair on all counts.

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    "He looked pretty good while he was batting at Worcester. But obviously once he starts playing matches the match fitness comes into it." Salman Butt knows it will be a challenge for Mohammad Yousuf as he returns to Test cricket

    I SIMPLY DONT UNDERSTAND WHO THE **** IS SALMAN BUTT TO TALK OF YOUSUF IN THAT WAY THAT HE HAS TO PROVE HIS MATCH FITNESS ... SALMAN IS NO WHERE NEAR TO THE CLASS OF YOUSUF AND LOOK AT THE PHYSICALLY FIT TEAM WHEN THOSE ***** CANNOT SIMPLY GRAB A BALL IN THE FIELD... FIRST HE SHOULD SEE WHOM HEZ CRITICIZING THEN HE SHOULD GO AHEAD WITH HIS WORDS.... YOUSUF BROKE WORLD RECORDS AND HE IS BEING COMPARED WITH THOSE ROOKIES .. THERE IS POINT IN HAVING FAITH IN YOUNG GUNS WHILE KEEPING THE TANK OUT OF THE WAR !!!

  • undertakerjohncena on August 17, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    All th best Yousuf...we luv u playing back again...the way u take things itself says how genuine guy u r...not only in pakistan but in india u hav fans..not only about the play..but ur behaviour as well..keep ur cool as ur..when u play...All the Best

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    I hope Yasir Yousuf and Tanvir will play tomrrow.....My inner feeling says Pakistan gonna win this.

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    i hope they do well and i really miss zulqernain for rest of the series

  • on August 17, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Waseem Akber.... Because he is not from Lahore... PCB should change there name to " PUNJAB CRICKET BOARD"

  • cricket_fan_1980 on August 17, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan should re-evaluate their line up for the test tommorow. Nothing dramatic is required which results in a total overhaul. But, some careful adjustments. I would open with Salman Butt and Azher Ali. Azher seems to do well with added responsibility, and the left-right combo will worry the england quicks. Salman can hopefully find his form and with Azher blocking, hopefully play some shots. I would recall Yasir Hameed for the 1-down, he is technically very sound, and quite experienced. Yusuf back at no.4 would should be good. Umar Akmal at 5 is a given, so he can play his shots. I would keep Umar Amin at 6, he is nervous but with enough on the board, has nice variety and fluency in his batting. Brings Kamran Akmal (unfortunately) in at 7, followed up by Amir, Ajmal, Asif and Tanvir

  • PakiGr8ness on August 17, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    wats rong with butt(ijaz and salman) why no hameed and there are much better options then riaz and tanvir ahmed razzaq cud hav been in the squad, mohammed irfan many better options too

  • mahmood on August 17, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Pak will win inshallah, and i dont know why they play imran farhat, he has had so many chances but hasnt done anything, i think yasir hameed should be brought back defenitely, also fawad alam instead of azhar ali as fawad alam is a much better player...jus check out his avrgs, hes brilliant!! they dont pik him because he doesnt hav many contacts..shame on pcb!

  • on August 17, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    yaseer hameed should have to play and pakistan loss again like ever

  • zizou313 on August 17, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    yasir hameed will play but the big question is who will replace umar gul.... Tanvir took 97 wickets in the last domestic season which is a great record and deserves his place where as waha b riaz who is in the team due to some political source took 14 wickets.... it will be a major surprise iif wahab starts. since he is frm punjab and tanvir frm karachi, regional bias of ijaz butt's administration will again come into focus......i sincerely hope Yousuf shows us his class

  • khurramsch on August 17, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    i think yasir hameed must play in this test to strengthen batting. for me among azhar ali , umar amin and umar akmal , umar akmal was most uncomfortable among three in 8 inings. so i think umar amin & umar akmal should be rested and yasir & yousaf must play.

    and for umar gul, tanvir ahmed has more better record than wahab riaz so tanver should play. playing 2 spinners is not good option. test is 4-5 day match going in with only 2 fast bowlers amir & asif is not good option need 3rd pacer just incase any thing hapens to these two. for spin, saed ajmal has a backup of shoib malik & imran farhat so no need for spin BUT as author mentioned its PAKISTAN so hope for any thing

  • on August 17, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    This is probable 11 not confirmed. Yasir Hammed should pla and Azhar Ali should open with Salman Butt, Farhat should be dropped. Tanveer should play just so that karachi people dont make another issue.

  • satanswish on August 17, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Gone are the days when this team was super-built with Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Inzamam etc. Its current generation bowlers are nowehere closer to legends like Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis.

    Is it gonna be hat-trick of defeats for Pakistan in this series? I guess Yes.....

  • landl47 on August 17, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    The only way Pakistan make this close is if the wicket is dead flat and the ball doesn't swing when they bat and the wicket is lively and the ball is swinging all over the place when England bat. If the conditions are the same for both sides, Pakistan's batting isn't good enough to challenge England. Yousuf might help a bit with the batting, but fitness and fielding were never his strong points even when he was playing regularly and if he has to spend a day in the field I think he'll be so stiff and sore he will be lucky to make any kind of a score. I hope Cook has spent the last ten days working on his footwork. As long as he tries to play without moving his feet he's easy meat for any bowler who swings the ball and Pakistan have two of the best.

  • Pak-cricket on August 17, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Please Bring Yasir HAMEED instead Of Azhar ALi.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I'm hoping that pakistan makes a brilliant comeback and Inshallah this will be accompanied with an awsome century by Yousaf.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    why the hell,,,,yaseer hameed is being avoided againnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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  • on August 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    why the hell,,,,yaseer hameed is being avoided againnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I'm hoping that pakistan makes a brilliant comeback and Inshallah this will be accompanied with an awsome century by Yousaf.

  • Pak-cricket on August 17, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Please Bring Yasir HAMEED instead Of Azhar ALi.

  • landl47 on August 17, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    The only way Pakistan make this close is if the wicket is dead flat and the ball doesn't swing when they bat and the wicket is lively and the ball is swinging all over the place when England bat. If the conditions are the same for both sides, Pakistan's batting isn't good enough to challenge England. Yousuf might help a bit with the batting, but fitness and fielding were never his strong points even when he was playing regularly and if he has to spend a day in the field I think he'll be so stiff and sore he will be lucky to make any kind of a score. I hope Cook has spent the last ten days working on his footwork. As long as he tries to play without moving his feet he's easy meat for any bowler who swings the ball and Pakistan have two of the best.

  • satanswish on August 17, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Gone are the days when this team was super-built with Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Inzamam etc. Its current generation bowlers are nowehere closer to legends like Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis.

    Is it gonna be hat-trick of defeats for Pakistan in this series? I guess Yes.....

  • on August 17, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    This is probable 11 not confirmed. Yasir Hammed should pla and Azhar Ali should open with Salman Butt, Farhat should be dropped. Tanveer should play just so that karachi people dont make another issue.

  • khurramsch on August 17, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    i think yasir hameed must play in this test to strengthen batting. for me among azhar ali , umar amin and umar akmal , umar akmal was most uncomfortable among three in 8 inings. so i think umar amin & umar akmal should be rested and yasir & yousaf must play.

    and for umar gul, tanvir ahmed has more better record than wahab riaz so tanver should play. playing 2 spinners is not good option. test is 4-5 day match going in with only 2 fast bowlers amir & asif is not good option need 3rd pacer just incase any thing hapens to these two. for spin, saed ajmal has a backup of shoib malik & imran farhat so no need for spin BUT as author mentioned its PAKISTAN so hope for any thing

  • zizou313 on August 17, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    yasir hameed will play but the big question is who will replace umar gul.... Tanvir took 97 wickets in the last domestic season which is a great record and deserves his place where as waha b riaz who is in the team due to some political source took 14 wickets.... it will be a major surprise iif wahab starts. since he is frm punjab and tanvir frm karachi, regional bias of ijaz butt's administration will again come into focus......i sincerely hope Yousuf shows us his class

  • on August 17, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    yaseer hameed should have to play and pakistan loss again like ever

  • mahmood on August 17, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Pak will win inshallah, and i dont know why they play imran farhat, he has had so many chances but hasnt done anything, i think yasir hameed should be brought back defenitely, also fawad alam instead of azhar ali as fawad alam is a much better player...jus check out his avrgs, hes brilliant!! they dont pik him because he doesnt hav many contacts..shame on pcb!