Pakistan v Australia 2010 July 4, 2010

Pakistan prepare to face their nemesis

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Australia are back to haunt Pakistan. In the last twelve months Pakistan's record against this opponent has been abysmal. It started with the two-wicket defeat in the Champions Trophy in South Africa last September and continued in the series whitewash down under, where Pakistan failed to notch even a single win.

Then in the World Twenty20 Australia knocked off Pakistan's challenge easily in the league stage and in the semi-finals Michael Hussey launched a freakish last-minute assault that turned out to be one of the best Twenty20 innings of all time.

Hussey whipped 38 runs off the final 10 deliveries, including 22 off Saeed Ajmal's first four in the final over, to inflict a defeat that will have left psychological scars. Ajmal admitted later feeling utterly helpless amid the onslaught. Hence it is easy to predict that Pakistan would like to settle the score over the next two evenings when the two sides meet in the twin Twenty20s at Edgbaston - the first part of Pakistan's home series against Australia, being played on neutral soil.

Emotions aside, Pakistan are well aware Australia don't dwell too much on the past, instead their quest for being the best is a never-ending work-in-progress. Their commanding wins in the final two games of the NatWest Series against England give them the edge. Shaun Tait won't be shy of slinging down more 100mph deliveries and his battle with Shoaib Akhtar, the only other man in this generation to have achieved the same feat twice, would be the marquee contest of the match.

But Shahid Afridi needs to temper his most senior fast bowler lest Akhtar take the speed race seriously. If Akthar, who still has a big heart - the biggest weapon for a fast bowler - can keep his mind and body intact, it could turn out to be a scintillating affair and even offset the batting dominance that Australia have over their opponents.

The recovery of Umar Gul from a shoulder injury picked up in March has only bolstered the Pakistan bowling department, which also has the talented left-armer Mohammed Aamer, who collected a five-for in the tour's first warm-up match in Kent last week. "For the last 50 years our bowling has been our main weapon and that won't change," Afridi said.

At the same time Afridi is not bothered by the mood swings in the batting department, which comprises the aggressive Akmal brothers - Kamran and Umar - along with the experience of Shoaib Malik, Afridi and Abdul Razzaq. But their unpredictability is never in question. "We have the talent and I'm sure the youngsters will come good soon," Afridi said.

Umar Akmal proved why he could be Pakistan's most important batsman this summer when he led Pakistan's fightback from 53 for 3 to record 153 and put them out of danger against Kent; Shahzaib Hasan started the tour with a half-century in the Twenty20 exhibition match against MCC, fell short of another fifty against Essex on Friday but got it on Saturday against Northamptonshire. Shoaib Malik has shown enough promise to indicate he can still be dangerous if he puts his mind to it and avoids the rush-of-blood moments he can fall prey to. As for Afridi, there is no method or formula but hope always lurks around.

Still, to face Dirk Nannes, the best bowler in the World Twenty20, Mitchell Johnson, who is returning from injury but should still be a handful, and the fiery Tait would test the best of nerves and Pakistan will have to do it two nights in a row. Afridi remains stubborn. "It is a big pressure game against Australia but we have always given them a tough time. The way we've been playing, I have enough belief to defeat Australia. Even they are aware that we have given them some difficult times." The facts reveal the opposite.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on July 5, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    U.Akmal done a great job..All is now on bowlers.

  • Keralite10 on July 5, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    @ Malepas.....I agree............Go Pakistan Go......Thrash the Aussies..............but always loose to India.........

  • on July 5, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Its important for Pakistan to BELIEVE that they can beat Ausies which was missing during their recent games. With the kind of young talent Pakistan have its them who have to start favourites in the shortes format since it suits there style much better than that of Aussies. Pakistan don't lose game in the dressing room itself. Play hard u can emerge triumphant. We wish you all the best.

  • malepas on July 5, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    To all Indians, we love the fact that we always play hard and fast when we play each other, I can understand your support to Indian team and bashing Pak cricket but comn guys,, this is Aussies we talking about,, and we need all your support to back this Pak team to win,, not the best batting side as India is blessed with but not a bad bowling side you will admit... so common'''stop the bashing mud slingging match and support the Asian team as I always do when India plays with Aus.

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    and as far as the batting is concerned the type of form in which salman butt & umar akmal & afridi are in its trully amazing to say the least be it akmals 150 and 50's in the warmup games be it afridi's 43 of 13 balls in the last warmup game or be it afridi's century's in asia cup. pakistan's batting too looks solid . i would disagree with the guy below saying that pakistan has the worst batting in the world ... at this moment in time pakistan's batting as well as bowling is byfar at its peak in the last 5 years or so . if pakistan dont win now i doubt they will later. to end my rant ;) id say with a leader like afridi pakistan should win

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @gmathew

    im a pakistani and i agree with you ;) lol but i agree many people tend to say things like "we will own them " and stuff but you have to be realistic and as realistic as i am i think this perhaps is THE BEST chance pakistan will have to beat the ausies and break that mental block that ausies are something out of this world . the one thing that ausies have (and pakistan lack) is consistency even when they were down and out . hussey as always showed consistency and class and won them the match. the pluses i see for pakistan here is that shahid afridi or better known as boom boom afridi is in the best form he has perhaps been in ever since his carreer started .highest run getter along with 2 centuries in a total of 3 matches is nothing you shouldnt be proud off. with akhtar in "good" rhythm and the likes of amir and gul and ajmal and afridi himself make the bowling one of the most deadly attacks in the world .

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    @hummi U r just a sore loser jealous of India's' success. Dont worry coz pak r gonna get whipped 6-0 in test against both eng and Aus. just learn how to cope with it.

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    i think Pak Batters r not united when they bat against Ausie,they try to secure their place 4r next game hence they lose against ausie,the team who r always united & play like one unit.

  • DrAtharAbbas on July 5, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    "But their unpredictability is never in question." ..... CAN WE STOP SAYING THE TEAM IS UNPREDICTABLE? Open the STATSGURU fo T20 in cricinfo and check the predictable winning of this team, when in worldcups and when outisde. This team has a win loss ratio of 2.18, meaning it wins roughly 2 out of 3 matches all the time, what else we want? While India (the IPL GREATS) have a win loss ratio of 1.27, roughly losing every other match. WE ARE PLAYING EVERY MATCH ON AWAY GROUNDS, WHILE EVERYONE PLAYS A MIX OF HOME AND AWAY. A HUUUUUGE FACTOR!!!! When Brazil can lose in football worldcup, How is pakistan expected to win every match and every thing?????????????????? What do we want from this team before we call it predictable in winning ?.

  • Desihungama on July 5, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    ICC needs to unemployf biased writers like Nagraj Gollapudi. What tonic have you been drinking that you did not notice for the last 12 months the only team, though did not win a single game, gave Australia the toughest time? Even Aussies are aware of it and whether you are in denial or simply do not recognize the team combination Pakistan has been experimeting is going to come out lethal to the core and potent to the bone. You do not know Aussies study the Pak team the most?

  • on July 5, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    U.Akmal done a great job..All is now on bowlers.

  • Keralite10 on July 5, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    @ Malepas.....I agree............Go Pakistan Go......Thrash the Aussies..............but always loose to India.........

  • on July 5, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Its important for Pakistan to BELIEVE that they can beat Ausies which was missing during their recent games. With the kind of young talent Pakistan have its them who have to start favourites in the shortes format since it suits there style much better than that of Aussies. Pakistan don't lose game in the dressing room itself. Play hard u can emerge triumphant. We wish you all the best.

  • malepas on July 5, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    To all Indians, we love the fact that we always play hard and fast when we play each other, I can understand your support to Indian team and bashing Pak cricket but comn guys,, this is Aussies we talking about,, and we need all your support to back this Pak team to win,, not the best batting side as India is blessed with but not a bad bowling side you will admit... so common'''stop the bashing mud slingging match and support the Asian team as I always do when India plays with Aus.

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    and as far as the batting is concerned the type of form in which salman butt & umar akmal & afridi are in its trully amazing to say the least be it akmals 150 and 50's in the warmup games be it afridi's 43 of 13 balls in the last warmup game or be it afridi's century's in asia cup. pakistan's batting too looks solid . i would disagree with the guy below saying that pakistan has the worst batting in the world ... at this moment in time pakistan's batting as well as bowling is byfar at its peak in the last 5 years or so . if pakistan dont win now i doubt they will later. to end my rant ;) id say with a leader like afridi pakistan should win

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @gmathew

    im a pakistani and i agree with you ;) lol but i agree many people tend to say things like "we will own them " and stuff but you have to be realistic and as realistic as i am i think this perhaps is THE BEST chance pakistan will have to beat the ausies and break that mental block that ausies are something out of this world . the one thing that ausies have (and pakistan lack) is consistency even when they were down and out . hussey as always showed consistency and class and won them the match. the pluses i see for pakistan here is that shahid afridi or better known as boom boom afridi is in the best form he has perhaps been in ever since his carreer started .highest run getter along with 2 centuries in a total of 3 matches is nothing you shouldnt be proud off. with akhtar in "good" rhythm and the likes of amir and gul and ajmal and afridi himself make the bowling one of the most deadly attacks in the world .

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    @hummi U r just a sore loser jealous of India's' success. Dont worry coz pak r gonna get whipped 6-0 in test against both eng and Aus. just learn how to cope with it.

  • on July 5, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    i think Pak Batters r not united when they bat against Ausie,they try to secure their place 4r next game hence they lose against ausie,the team who r always united & play like one unit.

  • DrAtharAbbas on July 5, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    "But their unpredictability is never in question." ..... CAN WE STOP SAYING THE TEAM IS UNPREDICTABLE? Open the STATSGURU fo T20 in cricinfo and check the predictable winning of this team, when in worldcups and when outisde. This team has a win loss ratio of 2.18, meaning it wins roughly 2 out of 3 matches all the time, what else we want? While India (the IPL GREATS) have a win loss ratio of 1.27, roughly losing every other match. WE ARE PLAYING EVERY MATCH ON AWAY GROUNDS, WHILE EVERYONE PLAYS A MIX OF HOME AND AWAY. A HUUUUUGE FACTOR!!!! When Brazil can lose in football worldcup, How is pakistan expected to win every match and every thing?????????????????? What do we want from this team before we call it predictable in winning ?.

  • Desihungama on July 5, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    ICC needs to unemployf biased writers like Nagraj Gollapudi. What tonic have you been drinking that you did not notice for the last 12 months the only team, though did not win a single game, gave Australia the toughest time? Even Aussies are aware of it and whether you are in denial or simply do not recognize the team combination Pakistan has been experimeting is going to come out lethal to the core and potent to the bone. You do not know Aussies study the Pak team the most?

  • meimrankhan on July 5, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Hi Everyone, If india is better team from Pakistan than why Pakistan have good stats against india. Loook into your past indians you see your face how great team is india. Pakistan have little bad patch Insha Allah Pakistan recover from that and show you again what they can do...

  • on July 5, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    The last line should be corrected by the author....Stats not facts.

  • maddy4cricket on July 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    @Hummi.

    If you take last few years,Overall India did a lot better than Pakistan.India did loose to zimbabwe,which is alright.But the way Pakistan didn't win even single match in Aus is miserable.And at the end Afridi biting the ball.

    And you say Indians fight each other?Man is there any other team in the world which has politics as much as in Pak team.Team is made of like 7 captains.And your team is a joke.

  • on July 5, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Good old pakistan cricket team....give ur nation sumthng to cheer abt dis summer

  • on July 5, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    i just cannot wait to see Tait vs Akhtar

  • Sherazpakistan on July 5, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    As long as Pakistan let Michael Clarke stay @ the crease, they will win....otherwise no chance. After these T20's get ready for a summer of bad losses @ the hands of the Aussies, un4tunately.

  • gmathew on July 5, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I a m an India supporter but that does not mean I automatically hate the Pak team. They are good and I have enjoyed all the Indo-Pak series. We had a great crop of Pak players in the first IPL and it was good. But in this case, the writer is referring to facts about Pak-Aussie clash. The title and the first two paragrpah sums it well-Pak have been dismal against Australia. Acceptance, strategy and exceution of plans on the day including crucial toss wins are the way to go forward, Blindly saying 'we are good and will win' is just a fervent hope. I wish you Pak fans well. But please be realistic. To say you are equaully mtached against the Aussies after a dismal year is stretching it a bit too far, aint it? Good luck guys!

  • Hummi on July 5, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Pakistan's batsman were great in the wc semi finales and the smashed the austrailian bowling , but the bowlers failed. AND YOU INDIANS ARE JEALOUS BECAUSE U DID NOT REACH THE SEMIS EVEN IN GREAT FORM! Well India is a great team it can only lose frm Zimbawe the greats ! There is no one like India whose players fight with each other in Indian Cheating League;)

  • hris on July 5, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @plsn i am an indian just so you know. this is not about nationality, its about chucking, which i dont like whether its indian or otherwise. when bcci supports murali or shoaib they are just damaging the game. and as a fact bcci is the most powerful body in cricket. so its important they act with some care and thought for the game of cricket. i can understand supporting sri lankan or other asian teams when it come to other matters like racial slurs etc. But supporting things like chucking only does bad to the game.

  • on July 5, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I don't agree with last comment from the writer. Facts DO NOT reveal the opposite. Pakistan have been giving tough times to aussies for whole summer. There were many games that were close enough especially in limited over cricket.

  • AleemLatif on July 5, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    This is the most furious and balanced fast bowling attack among 2 international teams after a long long time. Shoab Akhtar/Umar Gul/Mohd. Amir VS Tait/Nannes/Johnson. Pakistan does have an edge in the spin bowling department though, with Ajmal/Afridi VS Smith/White. Can't find much difference in the batting line-up between two teams - they look equally talented and balanced though I would include Umar Amin in the Pak squad instead of Shoab Malik. Forget about the past stats. This Pak Team under Afridi's leadership is heading towards to be a very formidable outfit. Nevertheless this is going to be a hell-of-a-contest and the team with the upper mental strength would win.

  • on July 5, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    u pak fans are bit delusional u think u r pak team is the greatest in the world.aus are miles ahead of u like eng sa and even india now u guys are just as good as newzealand .Pakistan is only good in t20 and ur fielding is pathetic.even if pakistan manage to win both the t20s (which is a possibility given the nature of t20 ckt)but in test matches te gap is more than just miles its light yr between u and the other top test nations.we all know that this current pak test batting lineup is just as good as bangladesh when the ball is moving around thats why waqar younis wanted a flat batting track at lords .u might even last the whole 5 days at lords but i dont expect u make it past day 4 at headingly.

  • junaidafzal on July 5, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    I'm sorry but I don't agree that "facts reveal the opposite"

    are u kidding man. Pakistan matches was the best to watch in Asia cup ..... when we play with Sri Lanka and India,

    even indian match against srilanka was 1 sided match in both game,

    Writer of the article needs to look the match positions, or atleast give the stats to justify his statements.

  • azmat666 on July 5, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    we can expect any thng frm pakistani team pakistan zindabad

  • plsn on July 5, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    OH HRIS!!! STOP FEARING INDIA. YOU GUYS SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT PAK VS AUS. WHY BRING INDIA INTO THIS? STOP GETTING PARANOID ABOUT INDIA. WE WILL NOT EAT YOU ALIVE. WE JUST PLAY AND LET PLAY CRICKET. STOP GETTING NIGHTMARES. THINK GOOD BEFORE SLEEPING AND YOU WILL GET SWEET DREAMS ABOUT INDIA AND INDIANS. TAKE CARE LOVE!

  • KiwiRocker- on July 5, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Difference between Pakistan and Australia is mentality. While Australian players have winning mentality, recent lot of Pakistani players do not. Pakistani team is very talented and probably no less talented than what Imran Khan had. Difference is that Khan was a foreign educated(like me) and an astute leader of men while current lot of Pakistani players seem to be material minded and chasing glamour. It is just same story what is happening in Pakistan on daily basis.Shoib Akhtar has one last chance and he should redeem himself otherwise he will always be an unfulfilled promise. Why have Pakistan picked Shoib Mailk? Malik should be banned for life and spend his life in Dubai. As an exception he can be invited to play against India only as he seems to like Indians (no pun intended). Players like Imran nazir, Taufeeq Umer and Hassan Raza should be given an opportunity. Asim Kamal was a superb player in test matches and selectors have dropped him for no reason.Akmal shud play as batsman!!

  • manizee on July 5, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    All you Pak fans are delusional. Australia is miles ahead in bowling, batting, fielding and most important mental strength. On paper and on the field Pak is very weak compared to Australia. The only way they can win is if they exhibit desperateness and hunger to come hard at Australia and maintain that aggressiveness throughout because you don't beat Australia till you beat Australia.

  • SuperPak on July 5, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Pakistan side should prefer their cricket to do the talking. Pakistan have a lot to prove after their recent record going against them. They have the right opportunity against an Aussie side which seems to be low on morale after their recent defeats against England.

  • on July 5, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    I'm sorry but I don't agree that "facts reveal the opposite". Australia were NEARLY defeated in the WC T20 Semi final

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 5, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Well Let us hope that Pakistan will win but to win from Australia they must be composed and never lose concentration till the last ball of the Match.With availability of Shoaib Akhtar and Umer Gul they look like in good shape.If Pakistan's Batting fire today,no doubt it will be a good contest.

  • on July 5, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    i see aus beating pak comfortably in both 20-20 and test because they are playing in england where the pitch has bounce and pak will play in aus hands and last 13 mtchs aus won -13 pak won -0 so definetly aus has the edge over pak in every department especially fielding agrred

  • hris on July 5, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    as far as the fastest bowler comparison goes its Shaun Tait. Shoaib Akhtar should be playing baseball. He is CHUCKER like murali. dont know how the icc permits these chuckers to play. the problem is with the bcci which protects these asian players even when the whole world know these bowlers chuck. Brett Lee used to chuck but he got his action corrected. Why cant shoiab do the same, rather than bending the rules to fit his bowling action.

  • wnduegdyjeg on July 5, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    AUSTRALIA WOULD WIN TWO T20 MATCHES EASILY.PAKISTAN CAN NOT HANDLE PEACE OF AUSTRALIANS.DAVID WARNER WOULD BLAST AUSTRALIA TO A COMFORTABLE WIN IN THIS MATCH.

  • on July 5, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    well pakistan has been pathetic in their performance again aussie lets just admit wats the use of talent if u cannot srt out problems within the team ... the most imp thing for pakistan would be to work as if they are playing for their country keeping aside their egos..i donno what are they proud of ..is akmal proud of hiss keeping is akhtar proud of his fitness .. is afridid proud of his temperament.. (he mite have shoiwn some good captaincy skillls in asia cup and t20 wc)..is shoaib malik proub of his infighting ...they should knw that they are playing for the country ..and then other things they can concentrate like their fielding which is pathetic ...

  • Ayaz-from-Toronto on July 5, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Well, Pakistan team has been performing in the warmup matches, but the real test will be tommorow. They need to show real determination till the very end of match. Last time when both teams met, after scoring 190 odd they were so happy that they forgot they were playing against Australia who never gives up. To beat Australia they need team performance not an individual effort.

  • raheem030766 on July 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    The last time the two countries played was in the semi final of T20 World Cup with Pakistan expected to win until possibly the last over but for Michael Hussey. However, at that time Pakistan did not have Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul in their bowling attack. The two teams are now evenly balanced even though Australia have psychological advantage of beatinfg Pakistan in all types of matches over the last twelve months.

  • on July 4, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    i think its crucial that pakistanis should remain cool and composed during finishing moments instead of panicking,there's no need to be afraid of australian batsmen or bowlers cuz they r gud but not excellent.australian have only 3 advantages. 1.they r confident.2.they r consistent,3.they r excellent at feilding but they have no other advantages.the biggest advantage pakistan have is that they r unpredictable they have strong bowling and hard hittng batting lineup with the likes of worlds fastest bowler[S.Akhter]best 20twenty bowler[umar gul]boom boom afridi, pakistani tendulkar[umar akmal]and all rounders like razzaq and malik and young talents like aamer and shazaib hasan so they r more than a match for the kangroos.

  • SnowSnake on July 4, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    I would never underestimate Pak. They are very talented team. Bowling wise the teams are matched. Batting wise, I give Pak. the slight edge.

  • on July 4, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    It would be a good thing for Pakistani cricket if they can put up a good performance and anything can happen in T20!

  • Sahilskt on July 4, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Where as I suppose, there is big difference between both team is that Australian players have consistency in their performance which is little rare in Pakistani team other than Pakistani guys are well capable to smash any team in the world with their performance.

  • on July 4, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmm go pakistan our prayers are wid u... this time u have a tough side shoaib akhtar,muhammad aamer, and umar gull and karman and umar akmal akmal with afridi and shoaibmalik.. u can rock the team

  • azmat666 on July 4, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    let the select the team for the first t20 match:

    1) salman butt 2) shahzaib hasan 3) shoaib malik 4) kamran akmal 5) umar akmal 6) shahid afridi 7) abdul razzaq 8) mohammad amir 9) shaoib aktar 10) umar gul 11) saeed ajmal

    This makes it a perfect balance team, it has batting tell no 8 and bowlling as well.

  • on July 4, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    This should be an interesting competition . butt has been in good form lately and shazaib played good knocks in the warm up games . umer amin again looked promising . umar akmal (as always) really played great. Afridi pwned with his big hitting . shoib akhter looked good and accurate . over all the team is in great form and with afridi as captain the fielding is BOUND to be good . lets hope pakistan thrash Australia tomorrow ;)

    oh and Nagraj Gollapudi (author) i think its unfair to compare akhtar and tait . akhtar in is young age was faster than tait . i think akthar cant bowl 100 mph at this age . if he can hang around the 90 mph mark (with the accuracy he showed in the asia cup and the warm up games) he should still be deadly (of course the "fear of the fastest bowler on the planet " is a factor too) really looking forward to the match

  • on July 4, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win. Pakistan Zindabad

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  • on July 4, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win. Pakistan Zindabad

  • on July 4, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    This should be an interesting competition . butt has been in good form lately and shazaib played good knocks in the warm up games . umer amin again looked promising . umar akmal (as always) really played great. Afridi pwned with his big hitting . shoib akhter looked good and accurate . over all the team is in great form and with afridi as captain the fielding is BOUND to be good . lets hope pakistan thrash Australia tomorrow ;)

    oh and Nagraj Gollapudi (author) i think its unfair to compare akhtar and tait . akhtar in is young age was faster than tait . i think akthar cant bowl 100 mph at this age . if he can hang around the 90 mph mark (with the accuracy he showed in the asia cup and the warm up games) he should still be deadly (of course the "fear of the fastest bowler on the planet " is a factor too) really looking forward to the match

  • azmat666 on July 4, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    let the select the team for the first t20 match:

    1) salman butt 2) shahzaib hasan 3) shoaib malik 4) kamran akmal 5) umar akmal 6) shahid afridi 7) abdul razzaq 8) mohammad amir 9) shaoib aktar 10) umar gul 11) saeed ajmal

    This makes it a perfect balance team, it has batting tell no 8 and bowlling as well.

  • on July 4, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmm go pakistan our prayers are wid u... this time u have a tough side shoaib akhtar,muhammad aamer, and umar gull and karman and umar akmal akmal with afridi and shoaibmalik.. u can rock the team

  • Sahilskt on July 4, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Where as I suppose, there is big difference between both team is that Australian players have consistency in their performance which is little rare in Pakistani team other than Pakistani guys are well capable to smash any team in the world with their performance.

  • on July 4, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    It would be a good thing for Pakistani cricket if they can put up a good performance and anything can happen in T20!

  • SnowSnake on July 4, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    I would never underestimate Pak. They are very talented team. Bowling wise the teams are matched. Batting wise, I give Pak. the slight edge.

  • on July 4, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    i think its crucial that pakistanis should remain cool and composed during finishing moments instead of panicking,there's no need to be afraid of australian batsmen or bowlers cuz they r gud but not excellent.australian have only 3 advantages. 1.they r confident.2.they r consistent,3.they r excellent at feilding but they have no other advantages.the biggest advantage pakistan have is that they r unpredictable they have strong bowling and hard hittng batting lineup with the likes of worlds fastest bowler[S.Akhter]best 20twenty bowler[umar gul]boom boom afridi, pakistani tendulkar[umar akmal]and all rounders like razzaq and malik and young talents like aamer and shazaib hasan so they r more than a match for the kangroos.

  • raheem030766 on July 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    The last time the two countries played was in the semi final of T20 World Cup with Pakistan expected to win until possibly the last over but for Michael Hussey. However, at that time Pakistan did not have Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul in their bowling attack. The two teams are now evenly balanced even though Australia have psychological advantage of beatinfg Pakistan in all types of matches over the last twelve months.

  • Ayaz-from-Toronto on July 5, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Well, Pakistan team has been performing in the warmup matches, but the real test will be tommorow. They need to show real determination till the very end of match. Last time when both teams met, after scoring 190 odd they were so happy that they forgot they were playing against Australia who never gives up. To beat Australia they need team performance not an individual effort.