England v Pakistan, 4th npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day August 28, 2010

Pakistan wilt after spirit dries up

This wasn't the first collapse of the summer, but it was one of the most dramatic as the visitors fell apart after facing England's record-breaking stand
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Is it that shocking? Another Pakistan batting collapse? Not really. Pakistan have batted with a defeatist mindset in this Test. If technique, concentration, bloody-mindedness, patience and aggression are the nuts and bolts of successful batsmen then most in this line-up team fall well short of the requirements.

Two-and-a-half hours is all it took England to demolish them in the first innings. It was not a period when the tourists offered resistance because that would have involved them stonewalling, putting a price on a wicket and not being submissive. It was not the first instance of a team collapsing so quickly this summer. Australia, England, Pakistan have all succumbed in much more demanding conditions where the ball was swinging "at the corners" as Graeme Swann described. In fact, Pakistan bowlers triggered quite a few of those downfalls themselves.

However, on Saturday Lord's was bathed in bright sunshine. Richie Benaud was there and his verdict: "it is a wonderful day." It was as a sell-out crowd started the bank holiday weekend in a joyous mood, clapping and urging the overnight pair of Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad to extend their record-breaking stand. The conditions were dry as England sprinkled further salt into those gaping wounds left open on the Pakistan mindsets by adding a further 100 runs.

Still, if Pakistan remained hopeful it was because they had batted purposefully in the victory at The Oval last week. It was the first time Pakistan had crossed 300 runs in an innings. Incredibly, they had even managed to take a lead, a feat that seemed beyond their frail batting line-up earlier on the tour. The return of Mohammad Yousuf proved a good omen as Pakistan's most experienced batsman lent guidance and direction to his younger colleagues. Everybody chipped in and, then, Pakistan seriously threatened to level the series yesterday.

When England were stuttering at 102 for 7 on Thursday morning, overwhelmed by Mohammad Amir's magical spells of bowling, Pakistan had control of this match. But as the minutes ticked by Trott bonded with Broad to irritate, frustrate and eventually dominate the Pakistan bowlers and their captain Salman Butt. It was an astonishing fightback, which mentally exhausted the tourists. Not only did the Trott-Broad alliance break various records, it simultaneously broke their opponent's will during a six-and-a-half-hours vigil. By the time they arrived to bat, Pakistan were devoid of any ideas, completely numbed by the slow torture.

"A lot of it [Pakistan's first innings collapse] is to do with that [Trott and Broad's partnership]," Swann, who helped himself to five wickets, said. "At lunchtime yesterday [Friday] the Pakistan top four would all have been mentally rehearsing batting and the fact they were still doing that five hours later has got to have a very negative effect on them."

But that partnership was only half the reason Pakistan seemed hopeless. The other striking, and more dangerous, part was the weak frame of mind. None of the batsmen showed the focus and guts to build a fight. For that to happen they would need to stay at the wicket - Pakistan lost their last seven wickets in 56 minutes. If England had showed the character from the depths of despair, Pakistan wilted like a dead chrysanthemum.

Earlier in the series, every time his batting unit flopped Butt justified it by reasoning Pakistan were not the only ones to crumble under pressure. True, in testing conditions even England's batsmen had been exposed consistently by Pakistan's fast bowlers, but each time the home side were under the pump they found a man or two to stand up and take the pressure. That is why Trott, Broad and Matt Prior have topped the series batting charts because they have found a way past the conditions and the bowler.

On Thursday, at the time when the partnership with Broad was still in its infancy, Trott studiously left alone numerous deliveries even if they were pitched on a driving length or short and wide. He laid down his own rules and lived by it until he was caught as he cashed late runs, 16 short of becoming the first batsman to get two double centuries at Lord's. His hunger, dedication and determination have come as a result of countless hours in first-class cricket and net sessions. Pakistan's distracted young batsmen can learn a lot from him.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on September 3, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    BOOMBOOM! Pakistani players are one of the best raw talents available in world cricket. Historically, they have notorious for their brilliant yet inconsistent performances. They have also plagued by internal team disputes & autocratic cricket boards over the years which had dire consequences in its team's performances. Even though they being talented, they are one of the poorest paid cricketers in international circuit. Now, its strenuous relations with India & the bomb attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore has seen them being isolated from cash alluring IPL, the 2011 World cup

  • ADB1 on August 29, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    @dharmadassa. I don't think you know the facts. One NOTW article quotes the fixer as saying "We don't do results too often. The last one was ... two months ago". So, the result of this Test stands. As for Ammus Mohideen and PTthe Axis, you adopt a mocking tone towards the England players when it's Pakistan that deserves the derision? What alternative universe do you inhabit?

  • dharmadasa on August 29, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    @dscoll......the no-balls were ordered by the match-fixer, in order to demonstrate to the undercover reporter the power his (i.e. the match-fixer's) syndicate had over the game. The sums of money at stake for no-ball bets are rather small and not the main point. The point being made was that the whole Test could be bought. That was what he was trying to prove to the undercover reporter, in order to convince him to make a much larger investment. You are commenting without knowing the facts......

  • on August 29, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I have stopped watching cricket after this. I am sick, Im tried, im disgusted. I hav no willpower to watch these clowns represent their country. Its a shame. How come Eng 110-7 and still mange to score 400. How Amir took 6 wckts in 10 balls, & still this happen? Look how they bat, they just don wana play cricket. They bully millions of poor people watching on TV to cheer theri country. Its our National Shame! We cant produce only 11 honest players from a 160 million population. Shame!!! Controversy is always there, but atleast U hav to perform, in 80's & 90's pak teams had controversies but still they perform series after series beating all nations. What happening now?!

  • KAIRAVA on August 29, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Pakistani players are one of the best raw talents available in world cricket. Historically, they have notorious for their brilliant yet inconsistent performances. They have also plagued by internal team disputes & autocratic cricket boards over the years which had dire consequences in its team's performances. Even though they being talented, they are one of the poorest paid cricketers in international circuit. Now, its strenuous relations with India & the bomb attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore has seen them being isolated from cash alluring IPL, the 2011 World cup and its home matches. Its true that a cricketer should first play for his country, but it is also important that he gets adequately compensated for his efforts on the field. there are many cricketers in the world inspite of being less talented than their Pakistani counterparts earn humongous amounts.I feel Pakistan's repeated isolation from the world circuit is the logical answer for the current spot fixing scandal.

  • on August 29, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    I don't think so that England's No. 9 batsman have the ability to score 169 while all other 4 top order batsmen went for "duck (0)", we can not say this is inability of Pakistan bowler to take further 3 wickets to fold out them, this is pure match fixing scandal and involved lot of money, the Pakistanis sold their ability and talents just for money they have spoiled the young talent Amir as well

  • gohar1131 on August 29, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    The only thing which England or any other cricketing nation of the world fears is the fast bowling department of Pakistan. These CUNNING Englishmen just trying to disturbed this only winning weapon for Pakistan. It totally seems to be a fake drama, just the one of ball tempering a few years ago which was proved to be totally baseless.The world will see THE facts as the time passes.

  • ADB1 on August 29, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    So, to conclude Pak fans, have the stones to give credit to England for a great performance. You were beaten fair and square, even if some of your players are crooks.

  • ADB1 on August 29, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    @dscoll

    Hear, hear. I registered especially to counter the Pak fans using the spot-fixing scandal as an excuse for the loss. It's SPOT-fixing, not MATCH-fixing, people. A few no-balls will have made no difference to the outcome of this match. It's not as if, with Eng at at 5-47, shady characters bet millions that Eng would make 400+. Facts are, Trott and Broad's magnificent stand turned this match, and it is an insult to those two players to suggest that Pakistani players helped them achieve what they achieved. Similarly, Pak's pathetic batting display was down to their morale being shattered by that world-record stand. I see on Cricinfo's match commentary that M. Atherton said the Pak team found out about the scandal allegations at 6:15 last night - AFTER they had surrendered so abjectly at the crease. This morning's performance could be attributed to the scandal - though other players might have responded by digging in - buy yesterday was down to some damn good Eng bowling (cont)

  • on August 29, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    England 102/7 and Stuart broad hit 169 to save their team hahaha that was joke of the day / month & year, is it his talent or the result of match fixing scandal, hey England you are the lucky yeah

  • on September 3, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    BOOMBOOM! Pakistani players are one of the best raw talents available in world cricket. Historically, they have notorious for their brilliant yet inconsistent performances. They have also plagued by internal team disputes & autocratic cricket boards over the years which had dire consequences in its team's performances. Even though they being talented, they are one of the poorest paid cricketers in international circuit. Now, its strenuous relations with India & the bomb attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore has seen them being isolated from cash alluring IPL, the 2011 World cup

  • ADB1 on August 29, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    @dharmadassa. I don't think you know the facts. One NOTW article quotes the fixer as saying "We don't do results too often. The last one was ... two months ago". So, the result of this Test stands. As for Ammus Mohideen and PTthe Axis, you adopt a mocking tone towards the England players when it's Pakistan that deserves the derision? What alternative universe do you inhabit?

  • dharmadasa on August 29, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    @dscoll......the no-balls were ordered by the match-fixer, in order to demonstrate to the undercover reporter the power his (i.e. the match-fixer's) syndicate had over the game. The sums of money at stake for no-ball bets are rather small and not the main point. The point being made was that the whole Test could be bought. That was what he was trying to prove to the undercover reporter, in order to convince him to make a much larger investment. You are commenting without knowing the facts......

  • on August 29, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I have stopped watching cricket after this. I am sick, Im tried, im disgusted. I hav no willpower to watch these clowns represent their country. Its a shame. How come Eng 110-7 and still mange to score 400. How Amir took 6 wckts in 10 balls, & still this happen? Look how they bat, they just don wana play cricket. They bully millions of poor people watching on TV to cheer theri country. Its our National Shame! We cant produce only 11 honest players from a 160 million population. Shame!!! Controversy is always there, but atleast U hav to perform, in 80's & 90's pak teams had controversies but still they perform series after series beating all nations. What happening now?!

  • KAIRAVA on August 29, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Pakistani players are one of the best raw talents available in world cricket. Historically, they have notorious for their brilliant yet inconsistent performances. They have also plagued by internal team disputes & autocratic cricket boards over the years which had dire consequences in its team's performances. Even though they being talented, they are one of the poorest paid cricketers in international circuit. Now, its strenuous relations with India & the bomb attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore has seen them being isolated from cash alluring IPL, the 2011 World cup and its home matches. Its true that a cricketer should first play for his country, but it is also important that he gets adequately compensated for his efforts on the field. there are many cricketers in the world inspite of being less talented than their Pakistani counterparts earn humongous amounts.I feel Pakistan's repeated isolation from the world circuit is the logical answer for the current spot fixing scandal.

  • on August 29, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    I don't think so that England's No. 9 batsman have the ability to score 169 while all other 4 top order batsmen went for "duck (0)", we can not say this is inability of Pakistan bowler to take further 3 wickets to fold out them, this is pure match fixing scandal and involved lot of money, the Pakistanis sold their ability and talents just for money they have spoiled the young talent Amir as well

  • gohar1131 on August 29, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    The only thing which England or any other cricketing nation of the world fears is the fast bowling department of Pakistan. These CUNNING Englishmen just trying to disturbed this only winning weapon for Pakistan. It totally seems to be a fake drama, just the one of ball tempering a few years ago which was proved to be totally baseless.The world will see THE facts as the time passes.

  • ADB1 on August 29, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    So, to conclude Pak fans, have the stones to give credit to England for a great performance. You were beaten fair and square, even if some of your players are crooks.

  • ADB1 on August 29, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    @dscoll

    Hear, hear. I registered especially to counter the Pak fans using the spot-fixing scandal as an excuse for the loss. It's SPOT-fixing, not MATCH-fixing, people. A few no-balls will have made no difference to the outcome of this match. It's not as if, with Eng at at 5-47, shady characters bet millions that Eng would make 400+. Facts are, Trott and Broad's magnificent stand turned this match, and it is an insult to those two players to suggest that Pakistani players helped them achieve what they achieved. Similarly, Pak's pathetic batting display was down to their morale being shattered by that world-record stand. I see on Cricinfo's match commentary that M. Atherton said the Pak team found out about the scandal allegations at 6:15 last night - AFTER they had surrendered so abjectly at the crease. This morning's performance could be attributed to the scandal - though other players might have responded by digging in - buy yesterday was down to some damn good Eng bowling (cont)

  • on August 29, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    England 102/7 and Stuart broad hit 169 to save their team hahaha that was joke of the day / month & year, is it his talent or the result of match fixing scandal, hey England you are the lucky yeah

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 29, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Ban Pakistan for this matchfixing. Inshallah they will be bowled out within 100 today.

  • PTtheAxis on August 29, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    pathetic to see sky commentary team commenting like a real cricket match is going on today morning as they praise english bowlers for getting a disinterested pak team out ... there is no reason for this to go on except for england to feel better about themselves by beating whats already beat

  • PTtheAxis on August 29, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    if no balls are fixed , many other things will be fixed. to say its just about no-balls and nothing else would be putting wool over ones eyes ... there need to be overs reamining for fixing noballs in exact over numbers which mean eng could not have been gotten out before that. anyone could tell salman butts field placings were not for taking wickets ... kamran can drop as many as he likes anytime anyways ... to those who say broad-trott record was deserved we will see how many times can broad reach let alone cross 150

  • _Australian_ on August 29, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    This is very dissapointing. Unfortunately for the honest players I feel pakistan should be banned from international cricket. There has just been too much controversy surrounding them over several years now. From match and spot fixing to ball tampering. Enough is enough. They do not deserve to play the game that they clearly don't respect.

  • on August 29, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    I think English media is showing a negative roll in this matter.AMIR & ASIF are leading wicket taker in this series from Pakistan Side and English media wants them out from ODIs series to prevent ENGLISH TEAM from 5-0 Defeat.This is test match not ODI or T20 where no ball make a huge difference by getting a free hit and in videos we all see that the pitch is wet and slippery thats why they cant judge about the front foot crease.According to my point of view the Batting of Pakistan cricket is a serious problem as we saw in previous matches.They bowled out at 72 & 88.So if they bowled out at 74 or other low score i m not shocking.They need support from OUR nation.COME ON PAKISTAN SUPPORT YOUR TEAM.Thats your Responsibly to support your team.They are quite young in International Cricket Arena

  • on August 29, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    ICC should suspend Pakistan cricket team...Pakistan was one of the greatest cricket team (mark my word "was one of the greatest). Always they had politics and contraversy. But in the midst of everything their performance came out. But now no performance, only politics and contraversies. These guys should be shamed of themselves...Country is like a mother...if they betray their country for the sake of money it is like ............

  • dscoll on August 29, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    What a load of whining. What does it matter if pak bowl a few no-balls, that doesn't affect the match outcome. Pak were completely outplayed by Eng. Trott and Broad set a legitamate world record and should be applauded for such. Once that happened the Pak batsman lost heart and crumbled , as they normally do.

  • on August 29, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    It was yesterday I was telling my pakistani colleague that Mhd. Amir is such a find for Pakistan and he should be getting ICC's emerging player award. This morning I woke up to this news. Such a shame! What a way to self destruction! What a way to blow away your talent!

  • evenflow_1990 on August 29, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    just as it seemed pakistan had developed the world's best opening bowling pair, what happens? they decide to make some cheap dollars. its such a shame. to be fair, a no-ball here or there is unlikely to affect the outcome of the match. but there could well be questions regarding how broad and trott amassed so many runs when better batsmen fell. this is so unfortunate. you can't ban betting. but you can ban spot fixers. ban them.

  • ISH282 on August 29, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I really feel like a FOOL now, watching these sold idiots fooling us. I really regret watching these dummies for three days. They have wasted my very precious three days. I have decided not to watch them any more. Pakistan team should be banned from International Cricket. The first most important thing is to ban them from the coming world cup. I am really fuming.

  • KingPunter on August 29, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Really disgust, i am shocked. A very anticipated match ending in this way, carrying along controversies with it. M Amir being a part of it is even more difficult to digest. Looks like number of ICC test playing nations will reduce now.

  • on August 29, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    It was yesterday I was telling my pakistani colleague that Mhd. Amir is such a find for Pakistan and he should be getting ICC's emerging player award. This morning I woke up to this news. Such a shame! What a way to self destruction! What a way to blow away your talent!

  • pdkhan on August 29, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Well this Pakistan team reflects its management and the the government of the country: This may be too hard a comment but surely they can can bat a ball or two, or learn from the English lower order how to stand the pressure? For the entire team not to last even two hours on the crease is a rare phenomenon!

  • CSpiers on August 29, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    drop kamran akmal, he seems to be consistently untrustworthy and involved in these scandals, he is also only averaging 11 with the bat in 2010. totally unacceptable.

  • khurramsch on August 29, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    About Spot fixing: simple if FOUND guilty thay should be baned and made example for others. Match: real poor disply from pakistan batting. wel result was prdicted after that partenership but they should have atleast make 250 or something? many error; 1- poor captancy: 102for 7 and which stupid captain can remove presure bu moving fields. 2- poor plan: thy havent got any bckup plan apart from plan a to bowl if won toss but no plan whn suns out & bating is easy. 3- poor bowling; apart from amir poor bowling from others thay cant get broad out. 4- poor fielding: no words for this. 5- mental loss: thy lost it mentaly when tht partnership was going on. on end of day 2 broad got 2 edges of farhat & yasir hamed didnt colect them, barely any reaction from fielders. as thy lost it mentaly. and akmal droped brad on 132. alowing them to make 100 more. For England: Broad & trott played well but england should now seriously thnk for these colapses. out of 7 inings so far 6 times colapsed

  • SOLUTE on August 29, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    i really feel pity for amir,he will surely world's no 1 bowler,but but but but wait if his team lose like this what it will do his confidence.he balls magical spells take 4-5 wickets every innings but all in vain.i will suggest him to take citizenship of other country and play for them.we have so much examples of these in recent times like trott ,morgan,petersen,dirk nannes,don't forget usman kwhaja play for new south wales and also was a part of aus vs pak series in england.so it's not the case that because amir is of pak origin nobody will accept him accept india

  • sonjjay on August 29, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in dire straits now, i hope people dont rub salt in the wounds of pak fans, being an indian fan we have been through this ,its a terrible feeling. I hope all is well in the end...

  • vichan on August 29, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    The Pakistani players involved with the match fixing deserve whatever they get. I feel for the ECB, as they organised the "Spirit of Cricket" series (laughable as it now seems) to help Pakistan. And I also feel for the England players, for the disrespect those Pakistani players involved in the match fixing have shown to them. It should not take away from some of the English players' excellent performances in this series e.g. Trott, Prior, Swann, Broad and Anderson.

  • on August 29, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    @ Ammus this is not something that has happened in cricket just once......there have been plenty of incidences like this one where a batsman applies himself and become a difficult for bowl him out. Asif and Amir both bowled really well but were not supported by Ajmal and Wahab. And you also must understand that the other team has also come to play.

    as far as the fixing allegations goes.......at present its a bit sensationalized story - something that English media is really good at it when it comes to Pakistan they blow they blow the things out of proportions. So unless its proven they are not guilty at all. All the Indians here calling bad names for Pakistani cricketers should look in to their own house and the performance of their team in tri-series in Sri Lanka. I'd say they also took money to lose in peculiar fashion a few times in series. Disgraceful, isn't it.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 29, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    We all know that Imran Khan will not save us anymore. He was a leader who led from front. His batting and bowling average climbed when he was captain. Salman Butt is a lot of hot air. He is an intelligent cricketer but not a leadership material as he is a below average batsman. Inzemam was an average leader but an amazing batsman of his generation so he was able to mask his lack of leadership with his batting ability. Zaheer Abbas should be appointed a batting coach. Majid Khan should be PCB head. These pretenders like Akmal brothers, Farhat, Butt need to be axed. These people make millions when our brothers and sisters in Pakistan are suffering for one square meal.Where is that fight of Salim Malik in Kalkota? Where is that fight of Wasim Akram in Sharajh?Where is the new Moin Khan? Where is that stealy determination of Saeed Anwar and fire of Amir Sohail? Where is that cornered tiger spirit of Imran Khan? Where is that ulimate fighter Javed Miandad who could fight until last ball.!!

  • KiwiRocker- on August 29, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Millions of Pakistanis are suffering and one thing that brings a glimpse of smile on their faces is when Pakistan wins in cricket matches.These pathetic bunch of shameless so called professional cricketers are a shame to the whole nation. Above all, Ijaz Butt should be sacked for God sake! Majid Khan should be PCB head.Win or loss is part of game but do not disgrace yourself. Bangladesh did not get out less than 100 three times in a series.Akmal brothers need to be sacked for ever. Imran Farhat! Forgive us Sir and just leave Pakistani team since no selector is going to drop you. Bring back Younis Khan, Khurram Manzoor,Asim Shafiq, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam and even Khalid Latif.Zulqarnain/Srafraz are definitely better than Akmals.Freeloaders like Aqib and Ijaz Ahmad are not needed. Does someone listen to pain of us fans who have supported this team in every thick and thin.I guess no,as Pakistani cricket reflects what these corrupt bureaucrats are doing in Pakistani society! We need a Hero

  • on August 29, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    oh man,,,,, not again,,, help these cricketers,,, they are in self demolition mode.. amir still a new kid on international arena and on match fixing scandal....I think its mohd asif who is the culprit.. he has a record to prove himself in match fixing and drug scandal..

    God help cricket,,,,

  • capetown-pom on August 29, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I feel for the ECB who bent over backwards to give the pakistanis a home away from home, organized the "spirit of cricket" series with Australia and the first ever neutral test at Lords, and this is how the team responds. BAN THEM, and ban spot betting

  • guru008 on August 29, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    I am amazed at the fixing allegations - what os wrong with the brains of Pakistani cricketer - dont they ever want to follow the rule of the law?. This Cricketer M Asif has been inlvolved in Drug charges, fighting with fellow cricketer and even now he has not learnt. Then we have the new lid M Amir - who has just come in and lready there are allegations. They is something really worng in that country - be it polictics, economic , police or sporst - when will they wake up?

  • N.Bhushan on August 29, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    When England were 7 down, these bowlers (and captain) promised bowling a no-ball in the ninth over of the day. Does that mean they also promised that England will not get out before 9th over? Doesn't it make the test match rigged so as to remove it from records? I pity Trott and Broad, who may not see their world record surviving this crisis.

  • Hindh on August 29, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    We have to feel sorry for Pak fans here just in last 4 days they were all over the top saying they were the best team around and things like that and here comes along another 70 run all out and match fixers. @klobania where has he gone now?!

  • DeepuGeorge on August 29, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Well, I hope England are not excited about beating a team, that were had already lost before a single ball was delivered. What a disgrace to International cricket - SHAME on Pakistan. From ball tampering to corruption. Not surprised one bit. Should this be proven, the entire team should be sacked including management. When you play for your country, you should play with pride and give a 110 % always. Pakistan should withdraw from the international arena and return to domestic cricket roots and wipe out this sort of corruption from grassroots. Could you blame the cricket team though - where do you think they take the cue from : The Pakistani government - `the fish rots from the head always' ......

  • vinmon143 on August 29, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    How can they commit such sin during Ramzan..its unbelivible..last match they contributed for some noble cause..they wanted to compensate?..oh no..auspicious lords sanctity impured by them..when will this MF ghost disapear..wat is ICC doing..this shame is causing cricket not be a poular game worldwide..only few countries play it..thank god cricket is not a game in olympics..these fixers would have ruined the olympics spirit too..unfortunately everyone now the future..some ban will be forced only to be lifted after some time..again they will be ready to pocket..this is really serious..other than this something else also going in pak camp..did not the faces and body languages revealed it all..some dont like yousuf..media all credited his inclusion as victory factor..no praise for salaman butt..so again sectors made..this was desyined to happen..i really feel sorry for Mohd Amir only..a natural talent..somebody must have provoked him without telling him the consequneces.he is sweet 18 only

  • Kulaputra on August 29, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    It is obvious that Pakistanis are not focussed on cricket. Clean up of cricket is essential and overdue. Pakistan cricket is too valuable to be left to the likes of these finicky players who are not just averse to pocketing a few extra bucks but also start coaxing their youngsters to do the same. Let us face it - the match fees is perhaps irrelevant compared to this money or else anyway I get match fees and and what harm can a few 'no balls' do. What is shocking is allegations against Mohammed Amir. He is just a young lad, hardly into test cricket and is already having these things around. To the Pakistani cricketers involved in spot fixing rather than winning, you do not deserve your nation supporting you. It is time Pakistan said bye bye to the likes of Kamran Akmal (supposedly leader of this gang), Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif(several scandals) and hopefully Waqar Younis and co. will be able to pull it off. Is this why Afridi left ???

  • Zahidd on August 29, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I THINK THIS IS TOO EARLY TO PREDICT THING LIKE MY DEAR FELLOWS PREDICTED ABOVE...WE MUST GIVE RESPECT TO THESE INTERNATIONALS CRICKETERS...IT HAS NOT PROVED AS YET ITS NOT THAT EASY TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER..YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH MANY DIFFICULTIES.. BUT IT REALLY WAS A BELOW POWER BATTING PERFORMANCE BY PAKISTAN REGARDING MATCH FIXING ISSUE WE SHOULD STILL WAIT AND IF THIS IS TRUE THEN THEY SHOULD DEFINITELY BE GIVEN SOME SEVERE PUNISHMENT.... BUT LET NOT NOT FORGET WITH THIS YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCE TEAM PAKISTAN MANAGED TO BEAT TWO BIG GIANTS OF TEST CRICKET AUS AND ENG AND I WISH THEY ARE NOT THE PART OF THIS MATCH FIXING..

  • on August 29, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    When the team can reduce the oppose 102/7 why they can not take one more wicket????????? I thought of strong match fixing involved in this match and it has proved that there was, if the players playing only for money means definitely they should be punished, the should be ban for sometime

  • vichan on August 29, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    To the small minority of Pakistani fans who are claiming these match fixing allegations are an English conspiracy: read the news again. The police have ALREADY found £25,000 of "fees" received in the hotel room of one of the players and a few thousand pounds in the possession of others. These players have not provided an adequate response to the question of why they have such large sums lying around. Shocking as it may be, it's already happened...there is no point blaming the English for your own failings. A serious miscalculation by both the fixers and players involved, because with the powerful tabloid media in the UK, it was obvious that one or other of the newspapers would have investigated any hint of this. Perhaps they should have stuck to doing this in some meaningless one dayer in Sri Lanka or somewhere - no one would have been looking them. But a Lord's Test? I don't know how they thought they could get away with it...

  • MrMMJ on August 29, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    I expected much better from Team Pakistan. First they were disappointing with the ball (they conceded World record partnership for 8th wicket) and now pathetic with the bat. Hope they will not let down the test cricket lovers in future. I wish all the best for their future test assignments.

  • MasterClass on August 29, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @allblue - I couldn't agree more! I wrote something similar, maybe a bit more scathing, but Cricinfo in their wisdom chose not to publish. As if coddling Pakistan will ever be successful, in Cricket or otherwise.

  • dr.jha on August 29, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    now this spot fixing thing... oh dear..if young salman isn't honest...then who is ??? if somebody comes up and says these young indans aren't honest either.. i will stop watching cricket forever... am ashamed to be a cricket fan .. aamir... what have you done???????? why????????? why????????? its shocking.... such fine young men.. such fine young talents .. such fine cricketers... please somebody tell me this is all false... i was still very young when match fixing in india and pakistan was making headlines... got over that ... not any more... please somebody... let this all be untrue.. let this beautiful game go on unscathed...

  • MasterClass on August 29, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Why does everyone give Pakistan special treatement when time and again the rot is evident and implicated to the extent of now even spreading like a cancer outside it's boundary? And not just in cricket. The message we send is behave irresponsibly and yet there are no consequences for you Pakistan. Enough!

  • karthikfromchennai on August 29, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Did'nt I predict an innings win for England?

  • on August 29, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Oh not again they produce worst performances of cricket, but also they get into match fixin scandals easily....one thing is fr sure, their ban frm international cricket is not far away frm them...

  • catalyst213 on August 29, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Ban the whole ream and the management from any form of cricket. What a shame it is to see these players involved in match fixing during a time when ur country is suffering from people hunger, poverty, floods and displacement. Shame on Pakistan.

  • sharprider on August 29, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Surprising?, not at all! Another day of heartbreaks for the Pakistani fans around the globe as our stalwarts "throw" their wickets (in lieu of their weight around) in sheer disgust. It definitely appears that something has really happened during the course of this Test and that the so-called 'in-fighting' has resumed once again. But, looking back at the super performance of the Oval Test, it comes as a shocker for one and all that they have not learned much from their overall experiences during this strenuous tour in light of various situations involving "falling down", "getting up " and "fighting till the end" as demonstrated by they themselves and their worthy opponents, viz. Australia and England. Let's hope they do a better job over the next two days, if at all they survive through, this Test, and more so for the remainder of this tour.

  • ARJa on August 29, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    With all what has happened, no wonder allegations of match fixing has already risen. Anyway, what has happened in this game defies logic. It makes no sense that Broad would make 169 when he doesn't even have a first class hundread prior to this, after the team was 102/7. The wicket cannot possibly be that lifeless because if it is, these pakistani players have to be the worst in the history of cricket. How else can one explain pakistan making 115 runs for 14 wickets while a bowling allrounder who was out of touch all season suddenly came up with 169 in trying conditions. It is sad to see such performance whatever the reason, or whether they are legitimate or not. We use to love pakistani cricket in the 90s. Now they are so bad, even one good day feels like winning a world championship.

  • on August 29, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Ban all the players involved, they have played with the sentiments of the Pakistani public. I am so sad to hear this. People are dieing in Pakistan but these players are only thinking bout themselves, filling their stomachs with food, while we have hungry pakistanis back home. How shameful is it, especially during Ramadan, they don't fear god, horrible. Pakistani cricket has lost it's charm, I honestly want these players shot in broad daylight. No morals, no ethics, you don't deserve to be on a cricket field, get out, bring new players that will respect the country and play with pride. I want a probe on this, I hope these players don't get away easily. SHAMEFUL!!!!!!!!!! DISGRACEFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AhmadSaleem on August 29, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Its just that man Mazhar Maheed who has accused the Pakistani players of spot fixing but has he got any evidence? Any player has not confessed yet. Lets wait and see. I dont believe these allegations are true. Just another media propaganda to make matters for Pakistan tougher. Let them confess first or come with a solid evidence.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 29, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    English media is rubbish. They cant seen any Pakistani youngster getting success. Every time Pakistan visits England, English media put them into controversies which make life even more difficult for players.

  • viks_j on August 29, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    What a fish! once again MF controversy comes to haunt already depleted PAKISTAN side. Is it only a misfortune or something which incompetent PCB is trying to hide from public. Even there is some mystery in performance of this side. I don't think so the remaining 6 wickets can put any fight. Hope this new saga of Pakistan cricket end in right direction.

  • Luke77 on August 29, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    When does Pakistan play Bangladesh in Tests next? This is Bangladesh's chance to finally win a series...and a white wash. Oh and Pakistan can earn some more black market money while they lose and then can eat the ball. Then the PCB can sack players for life and then forgive everyone and bring them back. Sound familiar? When will Pakistan's pathetic reputation end? What a disgrace to our game! No excuses Pakistan. Keep it up and you'll end up out of International cricket. That wouldn't be fair to your people. So selfish.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 29, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Disappointing to see the test end up so 1 sided, it really was turning into something special but the Pak batsmen showed how mentally weak they were. Who knows though, another big partnership? Highly unlikely but welcome. As I've been saying for the past week with the debates about how good bowling attacks are, I STRESS teams like Eng bowl better than the sum of their parts because they bowl as a UNIT and I must give them that. The way they collectively bowled was quite fascinating, almost like a pack of wolves hunting together right to the end. Pak have better individuals who have dominated as a unit when on top but lose the plot a little too often, especially with the lower order and then fall apart as unit and that to me could well have cost them this game.

  • Kamrud on August 29, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Pakistan cricket players have been involved in match fixing from the day they started playing test cricket,so what his changed? nothing!!!!! they should be banned from playing all forms of cricket.

  • manasvi_lingam on August 29, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    The Pakistani bowling is very good but I have not seen a worser batting lineup in Tests. Bangladesh has a much better lineup. This would be a good lineup: Butt, opener, Younis, Yousuf, Azhar Ali, Alam, Zulqarnain, Amir, Gul, Ajmal, Asif

    Alam is a better batsman than most people. Azhar Ali has been disappointing but he has been better than Amin and Umar Akmal. However, the second opener role is very important.

  • vedanthy2 on August 29, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    The cricketers seem to have been busy counting Pounds and not worried about cricket score.Shameful.Match fixing appears second nature to these Cricketers from Pakistan.ICC if some one cannot play cricket of International Concern let them stay home.Do not give them the chances to earn money by playing games bringing disrepute to Cricket.It is a SHAME. In the Match fixing news coming from The Lord's actions be taken irrespective of who is who.Banish Pakistan from International Cricket!

  • sachin82 on August 29, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Now pakistan wants Inzamam ul haq to think on his retirement and made comeback in test team. Md. yousuf is not enough.Lets see how many more retired players join squad to save team. ;-)

  • S.M.Kamran on August 29, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Once again pathetic and wretched performance of Pakistani team. If the selectors and board can't produce vigilant players then they should seriously consider to roll back the test status and pay full attention towards on ODI and T20 team.

  • on August 29, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Salam to all friends, I think Pakistan cricket will suffer until the ijaz butt is kickoffed:) Who is the person who destroyed Pakistan cricket But he will there until zardari is there..

  • AhmadSaleem on August 29, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Its painful to see such irresponsible batting by whole team. Probably Butt tried a bit. I would have been a happy man had this series ended after 3 test matches but now I cant express my feelings. I never expected them to bat in this manner. Heart breaking stuff second only to Sydney test. We know they are unpredictable but this is too much

  • jmo220 on August 28, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Shame on Pakistan Cricketers for disgracing their Country and fans through out the world of cricket. Pakistan has many problems as a country and this is only adding to their troubles. They lost their respect as cricketers and should return immediately to their country. Forget the T20 games, no one cares anymore. Send them home, please.

  • vivaelmore on August 28, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Urgent appeal to PCB and Pakistan Test Squad.........save all of us from any more humiliation and take a complete retirement from test cricket as a nation. Tell ICC that you do not want to play test cricket anymore because you don't want to inflict any more pain and agony on the nation that is already going through enough. For me, I will support Bangladesh from now on as they were at least "former Pakistan" and better test team than current Pakistan test squad.

  • allblue on August 28, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    I was going to write some sympathetic comment about an inexperienced team, playing their sixth Test match in seven weeks against a background of terrible tragedy back home, and how there was real hope with some of their outstanding young talent on display. Then I read the article above this one, and just feel a sense of despair for this great game. If anyone, regardless of age, nationality or status is found guilty of corrupting the course of a cricket match for money they should be banned from playing the game professionally for life. No appeals, no backsliding, no amnesties just a firm message that any player taking money to influence their play on the pitch risks losing their professional status if they do so.

  • usmankhan001 on August 28, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    enough is enough this should be pakistans last tour to england .. everytime they came to englnd these englishman are ready to put pakistan into controversy .. i dont think these allegations are true

  • AhmadSaleem on August 28, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Mediocre Pakistani batting at its best. I was thinking that conditions were looking better than Oval and Pakistan might score 350 runs but matter got worse to worst and they touched the new heights of humiliation. Something must went wrong there. Dont know what. But they need to strengthen their nerves. They were looking depressed out there and it seemed that the pressure got rid of them.

  • MasterClass on August 28, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Don't know what a few no-balls would do to alter the match. Pakistan was always going to lose the match even if they shot-out England for150. But the Pak supporters are going to again use this as an excuse to claim they could have won or a different result was possible. Pathetic!

  • on August 28, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    I really, really really hope that this match fixing allegation isn't true but it doesn't look good...

  • MasterClass on August 28, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Something culturally, morally, ethically, spritually, genetically wrong here...you know what I mean. Obviously no one's going to dare talk about it, and once more the cricketing world will use sympathetic approach (totally undeserved based on past record for numerous years, and not just in Cricket) when severe punishment is deserved. Bringing disgrace to the game is unacceptable. IT'S TOO LATE NOW FOR ANOTHER CHANCE.

  • Dhanno on August 28, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    2.1 :Mohammad Amir to Cook, 1 no ball, 88.3 mph, no-ball this time from Amir, rare from him, the delivery was pretty decent though, swinging away a fraction. Yikes, on replay that was an enormous no-ball, good half a metre over the line . We have just heard on the cheats hotline that he made a killing, $2 million by bowling that no-ball. Dawood ibrahim had betted 10 mil on the 2.1 being a no-ball and he is seen very happy sitting on the Lord's gallery. We just all hope Amir donates some of it to the flood victims. Bravo!

  • Dhanno on August 28, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Come Lords.. Come controversy. Please welcome the mighty Matchhhhhh Fixxxxxxxers! Good job captain Butt.. This is NOT what Pakistan deserves right now, more crooked people.

  • zashrafi on August 28, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    I don't know what happened!! Ball was doing nothing when England was batting. Hmmmm

  • raheem030766 on August 28, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Pakistan will have two very bad defeats this year, Sydney and Lords. It is difficult to say which defeat is worse but for the fans both defeats will hurt as from a possible winning position TEAM Pakistan will end up losing. I suppose Mohammed Yusuf is right, Pakistanis do not know how to play test cricket. Nobody seem to have an answer as to how to take Pakistan test cricket forward. Is it to sack both Butts (PCB Chairman and captain)? Get rid of Imran Farhat and Akmal brothers? Bring back Yunus Khan (captain and player), Fawad Alam and possibly other more talented discarded players? Is Wahab Riaz a test bowler and should he have played in fourth test match instead of Gul? There are more questions than answers but for the time being Pakistan test cricket is doomed, one step forward, ten steps back. It is not only cricket but everything else in Pakistan is in a mess and there seems to be no answers as to how to overcome our problems.

  • landl47 on August 28, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    I'm sorry for Pakistan's supporters, but I said before the Australian series that Pakistan had the weakest batting line-up in test cricket and that has been amply confirmed. Never in my memory (which goes back to the 1950s) has a major test- playing side been bowled out three times in the same series for under 100. Perhaps in the first two tests they could have blamed the conditions, but in this match Pakistan had the best of the conditions and the pitch. England bowled and fielded well, but 74 was way below what even a moderate batting display should have produced. England shouldn't get carried away by this. All their runs were made by two batsmen, one of them #9. Theirs was a great effort, but more consistency is still needed. England do have Bell to come back, who has been in great form for the last year, and he could replace any of 4, 5 or 6 and strengthen the side. The others need to find runs from somewhere. Well done Trott, Broad and England's bowlers. Tough luck, Pakistan.

  • on August 28, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    well our team made it a habbit of receiving pressure. when they come to bat, they always try to duck the ball, 3-4 years before they were opposite that they always play stroke and throw the wicket but now quite otherwise. they should find a way to bat naturally according to ball. another problem is PCB who's ego is killing cricket in Pak and nation is paying price. i have no words to say anything. problem liest with board who thinks of a match winning innings from the players who have the averages between 25-38. is this test cricket? shame shame shame on PCB.

  • satanswish on August 28, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    74 All Out, that's Pakistan batting line-up back on their famous routine track ;-)

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  • satanswish on August 28, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    74 All Out, that's Pakistan batting line-up back on their famous routine track ;-)

  • on August 28, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    well our team made it a habbit of receiving pressure. when they come to bat, they always try to duck the ball, 3-4 years before they were opposite that they always play stroke and throw the wicket but now quite otherwise. they should find a way to bat naturally according to ball. another problem is PCB who's ego is killing cricket in Pak and nation is paying price. i have no words to say anything. problem liest with board who thinks of a match winning innings from the players who have the averages between 25-38. is this test cricket? shame shame shame on PCB.

  • landl47 on August 28, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    I'm sorry for Pakistan's supporters, but I said before the Australian series that Pakistan had the weakest batting line-up in test cricket and that has been amply confirmed. Never in my memory (which goes back to the 1950s) has a major test- playing side been bowled out three times in the same series for under 100. Perhaps in the first two tests they could have blamed the conditions, but in this match Pakistan had the best of the conditions and the pitch. England bowled and fielded well, but 74 was way below what even a moderate batting display should have produced. England shouldn't get carried away by this. All their runs were made by two batsmen, one of them #9. Theirs was a great effort, but more consistency is still needed. England do have Bell to come back, who has been in great form for the last year, and he could replace any of 4, 5 or 6 and strengthen the side. The others need to find runs from somewhere. Well done Trott, Broad and England's bowlers. Tough luck, Pakistan.

  • raheem030766 on August 28, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Pakistan will have two very bad defeats this year, Sydney and Lords. It is difficult to say which defeat is worse but for the fans both defeats will hurt as from a possible winning position TEAM Pakistan will end up losing. I suppose Mohammed Yusuf is right, Pakistanis do not know how to play test cricket. Nobody seem to have an answer as to how to take Pakistan test cricket forward. Is it to sack both Butts (PCB Chairman and captain)? Get rid of Imran Farhat and Akmal brothers? Bring back Yunus Khan (captain and player), Fawad Alam and possibly other more talented discarded players? Is Wahab Riaz a test bowler and should he have played in fourth test match instead of Gul? There are more questions than answers but for the time being Pakistan test cricket is doomed, one step forward, ten steps back. It is not only cricket but everything else in Pakistan is in a mess and there seems to be no answers as to how to overcome our problems.

  • zashrafi on August 28, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    I don't know what happened!! Ball was doing nothing when England was batting. Hmmmm

  • Dhanno on August 28, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Come Lords.. Come controversy. Please welcome the mighty Matchhhhhh Fixxxxxxxers! Good job captain Butt.. This is NOT what Pakistan deserves right now, more crooked people.

  • Dhanno on August 28, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    2.1 :Mohammad Amir to Cook, 1 no ball, 88.3 mph, no-ball this time from Amir, rare from him, the delivery was pretty decent though, swinging away a fraction. Yikes, on replay that was an enormous no-ball, good half a metre over the line . We have just heard on the cheats hotline that he made a killing, $2 million by bowling that no-ball. Dawood ibrahim had betted 10 mil on the 2.1 being a no-ball and he is seen very happy sitting on the Lord's gallery. We just all hope Amir donates some of it to the flood victims. Bravo!

  • MasterClass on August 28, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Something culturally, morally, ethically, spritually, genetically wrong here...you know what I mean. Obviously no one's going to dare talk about it, and once more the cricketing world will use sympathetic approach (totally undeserved based on past record for numerous years, and not just in Cricket) when severe punishment is deserved. Bringing disgrace to the game is unacceptable. IT'S TOO LATE NOW FOR ANOTHER CHANCE.

  • on August 28, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    I really, really really hope that this match fixing allegation isn't true but it doesn't look good...

  • MasterClass on August 28, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Don't know what a few no-balls would do to alter the match. Pakistan was always going to lose the match even if they shot-out England for150. But the Pak supporters are going to again use this as an excuse to claim they could have won or a different result was possible. Pathetic!