Pakistan v Australia 2010 July 8, 2010

Afridi wants Pakistan to replicate T20 form in Tests

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Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has rallied his players to carry forward their consistency in the Twenty20s against Australia to the two-Test series that begins at Lord's on July 13. After getting hammered by Australia in all formats of the game earlier this year and in the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, Pakistan hit back by winning both the Twenty20s at Edgbaston to get their England tour off to a resounding start.

"I think now that we have regained our winning habit we must work harder to maintain it and make winning a habit," Afridi told a Pakistani sports channel. "I knew sooner or later we will win back-to-back matches because we have been performing well since the Twenty20 World Cup but missed out in close matches."

Twenty20 cricket has suited Pakistan both technically and temperamentally and their crowning moment was the World Twenty20 title win in 2009 in England. However, their form in Tests hasn't been up to the mark, having been beaten 3-0 by Australia away, and drawing a three-Test series in New Zealand 1-1 before that. Afridi, whose leadership has won himself admirers, is determined to reverse that trend in the longer format.

"There is a difference and we have to be aware of this," Afridi said. "But the good thing is that a win is a win in any form of the game and this series win should serve a confidence booster for us ahead of the Tests."

The coach Waqar Younis agreed that the team can take a lot of confidence into the Test series. "I think these two wins are really going to help us to get into the momentum," Waqar said. "Test matches are a different ball game fair enough, but with victory behind you it always helps."

With senior players Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan missing the tour despite their bans being lifted by the PCB, Afridi threw his weight behind the younger players to fill the gap. Yousuf hasn't yet come out of retirement while Younis was left out due to disciplinary reasons.

"Obviously we will miss their experience. I wanted them in the team for this tour and I tried my best to see they were in the team but for different reasons this couldn't happen and it is unfortunate," Afridi said. "But one has to manage with the available resources so right now I am focusing completely on the team I have, on the new players because they are the ones who will fight for Pakistan in the Test matches and I retain confidence they can do this."

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  • on July 11, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Pow pow pow paki power!!! we gonna crush those aussies!

  • on July 11, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    i think good support can make a difference for any team & so far Pakistan got a good support in England, as Aus is getting 100% support in their grounds and apponents none. Boom Boom Pakistan....

    got a chance to wish the team Good Luck when they were leaving HolidayInn-Leicester yesterday.

    Good Luck Pakistani Team

  • plod on July 11, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    To Testcric4ever, get your facts straight mate. India beat us at home, we beat them at home, meaningless stat. We beat SA in South Africa! Two meaningless T20 games, mean naff all. It is test cricket. We thrashed Pakistan in Australia and we will win again. We are a better team, read, team, Pakistan rely on individuals, not the team. So dream on all you would be's if you could be. OZ rules, ok!

  • cricsecular on July 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis/Misbah did not contribue much on the NZ/Aus series, so this team selection makes sense only for the 2 Aus Tests. If it fails better to bring Younis and/or Yousuf back and stick to the other players who played in the Aussie series. Confidence grows many fold since Afridi is captain and he says Winning Habits started, thats a good sign. Players can't see his face in the dressing room if they fail again and again.

    I expect, Amir, Afridi, Akmals, one of the new comers really perform well in this series. Believe me Aussies never be on top on PAK recently but it was PAK's mistake let them dominate, but this time its not going to happen, i believe.

    I see fear from non-pak supporters that PAK will start winning and they can't digest so seeing lots of wrong wishing than telling the actuals on the ground. Hope the team does well, like Bangladesh did to England today.

  • salman241992 on July 10, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    u can criticise pakistan team all you want but let me remind you that throughout pak history we have played our cricket with intensity and passion. We might not have experience in the longer form of the game but this young team is looking good and eager to learn. For all those who say Pak will loose 2-0 and 4-0 well you can stop being ignorant and watch what happens. Aamer, Umar Akmal have a chance to shine against the top opposition and inshallah they will avail of that opportunity. As far as Afridi's comment is concerned well all I can say is that it is good confidence captaincy. You are not going to beat Australia with a negative attitude. Under his captaincy Pak is looking like a TEAM and will prove the critics wrong. INSHALLAH.

  • cricsecular on July 10, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Really don't know where/why is Asim Kamal (stupid selectors believed he was not a fit as openers when so many middle order batsmen played well that time-younis,yosuf,malik,inzi,moin)/Shabbir Ahamed(who was sent for some bowling correction after he took 5 wks in a test) being missed for so many years. Same story continues in case of Sami who did the Sydney magic but he was fair on T20s too but not given much support/chances (though I know about his average). Lets hope this is the final story of the PCB/Selectors mismanagement but still I point again players to play consistently so that not to give chances to Selectors.

    This team looks very promising but they need, I hope Afridi as the captain, bowler and surprisingly as Batsman will help in one of these departments in every innings that equal to 3 players contribution if he performs in all departments. Looks like Yasir Hameed will make use of his final chance. Can't assure Umar Amin/Azar Ali till they prove. Winning habits started.

  • SnowSnake on July 10, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @SangakaraFan: You are right in your statistics. However, Pak. has not been playing a lot of test cricket. They lost the test series in Australia miserably. But they played the game after a long time. In one game, Pak. came very close to victory only to see their batsmen gave it away. Pak. balling is untarnished despite all the difficiulties they had as a nation and as a team. The current series is not any different. Pak. batting will be tested. Pak can only win if they have great batting. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, I think they are the best balanced team in the world. India is batting strong, bowling weak. Pak is bowling strong and batting weak.

  • SnowSnake on July 10, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    @Hayley Brown: Yes, T20 is rediculuous. Now, they want to mess up ODI with two T20 innings. T20 would probably destroy cricket. Look at all how Australia, England, Pakistan etc. have become so unpredictable in ODI/Tests. Today, Bangladesh beat England, when England won ODI series against Australia. England were T20 champions and Australia beat Pakistan in semi-final of T20 world cup. Pak. beats Aust. 2-0 in T20. All of this happened in 2 months. Under normal logic these things cannot be fully explained. I think the only thing that can be predictable is bowling. Batting varies a lot in different formats of the game. The aspects of bowling-- line, length, speed, swing, spin etc.-- remain equally important in all three aspects of the game. T20 is damaging batting skills, I think. Either way, I think Pak. fast bowling is the best in the world. Some really high quality bowlers.

  • salmankhan1234 on July 10, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    those people who are saying T20 is a game of luck you got to be kidding or maybe you have no idea about cricket. Sachin hit the most run in IPL 2010 pure luck. Dilshan hit the most run 2009 pure luck, gul reverse swing and 6 balls 6 accurate yorkers pure luck. how many time in test cricket the ball goes between gully and a slip but this isn't a luck. Of course any sport you need luck and also a good game and a hard work. What I think is the one who work hard gets the luck. Ok Afridi said he wants to keep the winning habit. I think he is working hard to bring a team to a 1 single plate form. But no doubt Aussies are best and won't give you a game just like that. Afridi team needs to work hard to beat Aussies. Ofcourse Australia is favourite. I love test so I will enjoy 5 day of cricket. I hope Pakistan give us some cricket. Boom Boom Afridi

  • cricsecular on July 10, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Bedwetters like Speeds, Boycottables, H(C)owards, Chappl(es), Other Hate Commenters, etc. definitely don't like PAK team but they will get a good response through Afridi's men. I think PAK's 5 years of failure is over, probably its for other team to fall probably Aus/Ind?

  • on July 11, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Pow pow pow paki power!!! we gonna crush those aussies!

  • on July 11, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    i think good support can make a difference for any team & so far Pakistan got a good support in England, as Aus is getting 100% support in their grounds and apponents none. Boom Boom Pakistan....

    got a chance to wish the team Good Luck when they were leaving HolidayInn-Leicester yesterday.

    Good Luck Pakistani Team

  • plod on July 11, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    To Testcric4ever, get your facts straight mate. India beat us at home, we beat them at home, meaningless stat. We beat SA in South Africa! Two meaningless T20 games, mean naff all. It is test cricket. We thrashed Pakistan in Australia and we will win again. We are a better team, read, team, Pakistan rely on individuals, not the team. So dream on all you would be's if you could be. OZ rules, ok!

  • cricsecular on July 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis/Misbah did not contribue much on the NZ/Aus series, so this team selection makes sense only for the 2 Aus Tests. If it fails better to bring Younis and/or Yousuf back and stick to the other players who played in the Aussie series. Confidence grows many fold since Afridi is captain and he says Winning Habits started, thats a good sign. Players can't see his face in the dressing room if they fail again and again.

    I expect, Amir, Afridi, Akmals, one of the new comers really perform well in this series. Believe me Aussies never be on top on PAK recently but it was PAK's mistake let them dominate, but this time its not going to happen, i believe.

    I see fear from non-pak supporters that PAK will start winning and they can't digest so seeing lots of wrong wishing than telling the actuals on the ground. Hope the team does well, like Bangladesh did to England today.

  • salman241992 on July 10, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    u can criticise pakistan team all you want but let me remind you that throughout pak history we have played our cricket with intensity and passion. We might not have experience in the longer form of the game but this young team is looking good and eager to learn. For all those who say Pak will loose 2-0 and 4-0 well you can stop being ignorant and watch what happens. Aamer, Umar Akmal have a chance to shine against the top opposition and inshallah they will avail of that opportunity. As far as Afridi's comment is concerned well all I can say is that it is good confidence captaincy. You are not going to beat Australia with a negative attitude. Under his captaincy Pak is looking like a TEAM and will prove the critics wrong. INSHALLAH.

  • cricsecular on July 10, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Really don't know where/why is Asim Kamal (stupid selectors believed he was not a fit as openers when so many middle order batsmen played well that time-younis,yosuf,malik,inzi,moin)/Shabbir Ahamed(who was sent for some bowling correction after he took 5 wks in a test) being missed for so many years. Same story continues in case of Sami who did the Sydney magic but he was fair on T20s too but not given much support/chances (though I know about his average). Lets hope this is the final story of the PCB/Selectors mismanagement but still I point again players to play consistently so that not to give chances to Selectors.

    This team looks very promising but they need, I hope Afridi as the captain, bowler and surprisingly as Batsman will help in one of these departments in every innings that equal to 3 players contribution if he performs in all departments. Looks like Yasir Hameed will make use of his final chance. Can't assure Umar Amin/Azar Ali till they prove. Winning habits started.

  • SnowSnake on July 10, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @SangakaraFan: You are right in your statistics. However, Pak. has not been playing a lot of test cricket. They lost the test series in Australia miserably. But they played the game after a long time. In one game, Pak. came very close to victory only to see their batsmen gave it away. Pak. balling is untarnished despite all the difficiulties they had as a nation and as a team. The current series is not any different. Pak. batting will be tested. Pak can only win if they have great batting. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, I think they are the best balanced team in the world. India is batting strong, bowling weak. Pak is bowling strong and batting weak.

  • SnowSnake on July 10, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    @Hayley Brown: Yes, T20 is rediculuous. Now, they want to mess up ODI with two T20 innings. T20 would probably destroy cricket. Look at all how Australia, England, Pakistan etc. have become so unpredictable in ODI/Tests. Today, Bangladesh beat England, when England won ODI series against Australia. England were T20 champions and Australia beat Pakistan in semi-final of T20 world cup. Pak. beats Aust. 2-0 in T20. All of this happened in 2 months. Under normal logic these things cannot be fully explained. I think the only thing that can be predictable is bowling. Batting varies a lot in different formats of the game. The aspects of bowling-- line, length, speed, swing, spin etc.-- remain equally important in all three aspects of the game. T20 is damaging batting skills, I think. Either way, I think Pak. fast bowling is the best in the world. Some really high quality bowlers.

  • salmankhan1234 on July 10, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    those people who are saying T20 is a game of luck you got to be kidding or maybe you have no idea about cricket. Sachin hit the most run in IPL 2010 pure luck. Dilshan hit the most run 2009 pure luck, gul reverse swing and 6 balls 6 accurate yorkers pure luck. how many time in test cricket the ball goes between gully and a slip but this isn't a luck. Of course any sport you need luck and also a good game and a hard work. What I think is the one who work hard gets the luck. Ok Afridi said he wants to keep the winning habit. I think he is working hard to bring a team to a 1 single plate form. But no doubt Aussies are best and won't give you a game just like that. Afridi team needs to work hard to beat Aussies. Ofcourse Australia is favourite. I love test so I will enjoy 5 day of cricket. I hope Pakistan give us some cricket. Boom Boom Afridi

  • cricsecular on July 10, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Bedwetters like Speeds, Boycottables, H(C)owards, Chappl(es), Other Hate Commenters, etc. definitely don't like PAK team but they will get a good response through Afridi's men. I think PAK's 5 years of failure is over, probably its for other team to fall probably Aus/Ind?

  • on July 10, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    what happened to mohammad irfan?!? i was almost 100% sure he would get selected for this tour. imagine, a 6'10"/7'2" bowler, bowling in the boucy, seaming and swinging conditions of England. What a site to see him troubling English and Australian batsmen!

    :(

  • testcric4ever on July 10, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    @maddy20: Aussies can only win on home pitches? What happened last time Australia toured India? or SAF?

  • on July 10, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    the most stupid comment from afridi.

  • on July 10, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    are two wins in T 20's a reflection of winning form...give me break...pakistan will get thrashed in tests by both england and aussies..afridi as a test captain another joke..the same board will drop him after the team gets back home.

  • m.a.khokhar on July 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Am 100 % agree with Fisher2 and samikj.. Pakistan team is talented and will play their heart out no matter the results are.. everybody mentally prepare for the results against Aussies its not 50 . 50 chance.. it is 20 , 80 chance for pakistan,buy all we wanna c this young raw side should give Australia the tough time and that's it.. to play well against Australia will really help them in future that's for sure.. Good luck Pakistan ,Long live Pakistan..

  • Umair_Arif on July 10, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Mr Afridi i agree your team has won two T20 matches back to back but this is not quite enough to quote :' we have regained our winning habit: so please first win this series and beat england as well then say this so please instead of statements concentrate on forthcoming series

  • khalidSami on July 10, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    As a Captain and a Leader of his side Afridi has to provide encouragement to his side. I like a Captain who enters a game to win however powerful the opponent is. Altough tests and 20/20 formats are different as most of you had correctly pointed out but by winning the two 20/20 gives Pakistan a little more confidence then if they had lost them. Remember as a Captain looking to win he will take any edge he can get and put all efforts into it. Altough some of you thought Afridi comments of winning habit from 20/20 victories is outrageous - but this is what leadership is--- small steps to test victories. I think his side will do very well under his leadership, even if they lose it will not be for lack of efforts. His efforts and message will develop new talents like Umar Amin, Wahab & Tanvir.

  • fisher2 on July 10, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    let's not forget this is a young team without younis and yousef and is in rebuilding process plus what better opportunity they can have to try some young talent against ausies and england and that too under english conditions iam not even worried wether pak is gonna win or loose iam just excited to see amer,umer akmal,the young umer amin,fwad alam if these guys click if if ....we gonna have a heck of a team in the future plus i like shahid as a skipper waqar as a coach lets hope for the best

  • Faakhir on July 9, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    I am a big fan of Pakistani cricket however winning two closely contested t20 games do not reflect as a winning habit. Aussies are a very tough unit on any surface under any conditions. Glance on Australians vs. Derbyshire 2 day side match shows that Ponting and Mike hussey scored centuries and both seem to be in sublime form; furthermore Australians' scoring rate was 4.87 against the Pakistanis' scoring rate of 3.41 in their side match being played at the same time. The aggressive intent of Aussies and of course their overall record suggests that Pakistan is in for some tough time. I hope and pray that Pakistan does well however our much trumpeted bowling lineup is not that potent, especially with Mohd Asif struggling to regain form and Umar Gul has tradionally been a hit only in t20s. Good luck Pakistan.

  • fisher2 on July 9, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    people like khans woop sangabekara all over no wonder dude is rude thanks we missed him in lahore

  • wintisar on July 9, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    well i belive that waqar and afridi needs to work out on their team selection,ranking batting order and team fielding positions. for example Razak needs to stand in circle, and umar akmal needs to stand at long on/of. these are gaps on which they have to work than they can be no 1 team in the world.

  • on July 9, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Ya there are ups and downs in pakistan cricket...pakistan have problems regarding captains and selection..........i think this is not the time to criticize team...criticizing the players while sitting outside the park is far easier than to play in...we should try our best to keep the team moral high and high...Pakistan will INSHALLAH give australia tough time in tests....and i think Afridi is best captain availaible now...he has power and powerful mind to keep the team united...Pakistan will certainly perform well under him....INSHALLAH.

  • Black-Panther on July 9, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Looking at both teams, Pakistan has really good bowling attack but they lack a decent upper order batting which can survive Aussie pace attack. They have really good middle order batsman in Umar Akmal. On the other hand Aussie has very well balanced team in all departments. The only problem they may face is in spin department. As it's likely a debut for Steven Smith, he'll feel a bit pressure on him. Other than that I don't see any problem for Aussie. Plus Aussie has upper hand in Fielding. Game is balanced 65% - 35% favoring Aussie.

  • Black-Panther on July 9, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    After winning two T-20 international wins, if Afridi is saying that his team has regained Winning Habit now then he got to be kidding. Even Zimbabwe won 2 matches against India recently, in ODIs, that doesn't mean Zimbabwe developed winning Habit. This is all kiddies from Captain of a National Team. He has to understand that every format of this wonderful sport in way different than another. A T20 requires more luck, more power, less mind. An ODI requires team unity, power, game plan, etc. While a Test match requires everything - game plan, temperament, unity, power, luck, etc. T20 can be won by a Single Performance but that's not the case with Test Match. You have to come good as a Team. Whatever the matter is, as a very big fan of this fantastic game of cricket, I am hoping for healthy competition between two Nations, really not looking for one sided affair like one that was in Australia earlier.

  • ishan22 on July 9, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Teams winning T20 matches falsely assume that they are good in every department of the game.This is what has happened to pakistan. They have won just 3 of their last 20 tests. They are almost at the bottom of the Icc test rankings. The team above them is 28 points clear of them. They are one of the worst test match teams around playing these days. Teams like australia,southafrica,india are considered great teams not because they win every T20 match that they play,but because they have shown a consistent performance in tests and Odi's over a long period of time. India is 44 points clear of pakistan in the ICC test rankings. I dont' know how many decades it will take pakistan to clear this deficit. The captain of the pakistan test team has played a mere 26 tests over a period of 12 years and last played a test 4 years ago. Compare it with ponting and it is a no brainer ponting is a whole universe ahead. Pakistan are a poor advert to test cricket. they wld loose 2-0 to aus & 4-0 to eng.

  • salmankhan1234 on July 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    ok guys what was the last time Pakistan played home. Umar akmal who hasn't bat at home yet and Aamir bowling at home will be destructive as lethal weapon for Pakistan but he hasn't played home either. who has a bowler like Aamir ? none. matter of fact Srilanka n India doesn't have any bowler who we can compare with pakistan. they can't even go fastter than 140 k/m hahahaha. but the average both country is 130 k/m.

  • cskfangg on July 9, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    If pakistan wants altlest to draw the test matches,then they have to have class players younis,yousuf...and malik has to play for his country not for cricketing politics..

  • on July 9, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Agreed ..! But the win is a win whether there is t20 or test series ,......we should respect all nations .......................................

  • farhankhan82 on July 9, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    True that winning a luck based couple of T20s is not a "winning habit" by any sorts, thats the reason i strongly believe Tests and ODIs should and will be around for some time to come. having said that, winning is really a habit, a team which was deprived of victory and being beaten black and blue in all 3 formats against same opposition, it does make sense to believe that the "momentum needs to be carried from T20 to Tests" , tough there is no comparison of Tests with T20, but a win in T20 series could atleast give PAK a bit of confidence but not a heavy psychological edge as it will be about same 7 or 8 guys playing in tests who had played T20 and as mentioned before, if "united" and played to "potential" pak can beat any team. their problem after Imran and Wasim era has been huge infighting which i believe is due to the uneducated backgrounds of ALL the players who represent PAK,people may oppose my thoughts but its a FACT.

  • cskfangg on July 9, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    poor afridi..he knew after Imran's & wasim's Era, pakistan cricket never been able to regain thier game and consistency in the field..they win a match and lose 10.. again they surprise us by beating aussie or india on a single match or so.. but that is only a surprise but not a WINNING HABIT.. he trying to give his team a hope thru his words.. but this is main problem for pakistan,they only live in their short term success and got over head weight by thinking that they are supreme..but reality is they never love the game but want to be heroes for thier nation..that is main cause of rise & downfall of their captains.. Any supports of pakistan here ,can tell me.. Is there any nation playing with 11 captains other than pakistan???.. pakistan has so many changes in captians in past 5 years..that creats only ego in between them and it demolished the pakistan cricket..

  • nsidd75 on July 9, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    what winning habit? Winning two 20/20 games can hardly be termed a winning streak. Both games Pakistan suffered batting collapses at the top and middle order. Australia will hardly give an inch in the Tests. Interesting but I fully expect both matches to end in Australia's favor within 4 days.

  • Marcio on July 9, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Pakistan will thrash Aussies 2-0? I gotta wonder what brand of glue some so-called cricket fans are sniffing. It seems to me many posts are motivated by wishful thinking and some by spite. Australia will win this series easily. Probably 2-0. Time to get a reality check guys. Australia just has too must class, consistency and determination for this Pakistan unit. Once Australia get on top after a day or two, it will be all downhill from there.

    Two T20s doth not a test series make.

  • chaithan on July 9, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Winning T20 is a matter of lots of luck. The same cannot be said about Tests. I think Australia is going to win again but i hope Pakistan put up a fight. It will be a nice change. LOL!!!! The Pakistani fans are telling others not be negative!!!! Every time there is an article about an Indian player or match or even official, there are bound to be a few negative comments. Any idea on where they come from??? No prizes for guessing right.

  • maddy20 on July 9, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Though I am an Indian and I don't give a damn to pakistani cricket I can't help saying that Aussies are gonna get thrashed by Pakistan. Aussies can only win matches on home pitches.

  • on July 9, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Pakistan would tharsh Aussies this time, watch and weep guys and for Pakis, watch and stay cool, paki era is about to start, pakistan Zindabad :)

  • KiwiRocker- on July 9, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Bilal Chaudhhary( This is correct spelling mate)- You need to do bit of research before calling a fine batsman as' has been". Asim Kamal has an average of 37+ plus with 8 Half centuries in 12 test matches. Most of them under extreme pressure situations in AUstralia and India. So what wrong has man done? He is better batsman than anyone in Pakistan's current lot.

    Re: Khurram Manzoor: Did you see last test match Pakistan ever played? Yes It was Against Australia in Australia. Khurram Manzoor was only batsman who fought. So where is criteria for selection? Pakistan's current selection is flawed and wrong. Desrvering players are sitting outside while imposter like SHoib Malik and Akhtar are back. What has Shoib Mailk done to be in the team? What did Imran Farhat score in Australia apart from dropping 33 catches? I wish Pakistan well but its sad that we are wasting a talented batsman like Asim Kamal. A real middle order warrior!

  • Chatha-empire123 on July 9, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Please guys don't even say anything bad about pakistani cricket. A lot of things have happened over the past 5 years in pakistan and it affected the whole country. Don't write any negative comments about pakistani players. If you wrote negative comments about pakistani players or on their performance then you are a negative person. People like @Sangarkarafan posted comments that were rude to pakistan cricket. People like him just sit their and write their rude comment. They don't even know how hard is it for a young team to play at international level. Abdullah Chatha from USA.

  • pace25 on July 9, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    @sangakaraFan buddy wat u talking abtt........have u cheked sri lankas record agaisnt Pakistan??? in any format of the gamee??? u have lost so many matches to Pak thtt it will take u years to come on level termss with Pak......even chekk the recentt past 4 to 5 years recordd n itss evenn stevenss n thts during a phasee wen Pakistan has barely played any cricket at home........n if u wana go back before thttt well dont even talk abt tht time cazz it was alwyass a one sided affair wid sril lanka in the 90s.....so where does tht leave the argument???? its been even over the past several years b bfr thtt it was completlyy one sidedd soo wat u gonna doo disregardd watt pak has done to sri lankaa over the years????? Leme tell u one thing Pakistan is the only asian countryy to have a positive wining test record okz.........come on equal terms n thnn we can talk.....n 20 20 is the next big thing in cricket ritee chek n see who has the best t20 record as a team in the world.reality chek for u

  • on July 9, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    @Jarr30 and @SangakaraFan : You guys have no idea what the country and nation has been through the past decade.. fighting a fake war for someone elses interest. It has ripped apart the country in many ways.. I suggest you please take your negativity elsewhere. CricInfo is not the place for that.. over here fans from around the world come to support each other and support good cricket. The past few games Pakistanis have deserved their win and played really well to get it. So please JARR30 and SANGAKARAFAN, go away :)

    To celebrating the beautiful game of cricket! peace!

  • Jarr30 on July 9, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    @yosizzlers...Stop pretending to be Indian,I know you are a Pakistani. Anybody can play T20 cricket. The real test will be playing test cricket which Pakistan can't play for nuts because it needs patience,professionlism and talent.We all know how pakisnati fared against Australia,losing eveything.They even lost all the matches in Asia cup.

  • on July 9, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    They've regained their winning habit by simply winning two T20's? Quick, give them the World Cup now. Oh, wait, that's only for One Dayers, and oh, wait, Australia are #1 in that format. Give me a break. T20 is ridiculous.

  • satanswish on July 9, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    This statement by Afridi is just over-confidence. Just winning back-to-back T20 matches, does not create winning habit, you need to be consistent throughout. Australian T20 side has not been able to grasp some skillset required for this shortened version of this game, also Michael Clarke's poor captaincy will not help aussies winning T20 matches.

    Beating strong Australian Test side is a monumental task & definitely not within reach of the weak Pakistani side. Aussies will rip off Pakis 2-0 in Test series, maybe inning defeat to Pakis in both Test matches.....LOL

  • 504Loki on July 9, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    An all together excellent effort Mr Shahid Afridi, for marshalling the young talented Pakastani cricketers into a team player and beat Australia. However lets not get ahead of yourself, beating Australia back to back in 2T20 is not a habit. Keep up the good work and team spirit and see them through the tests ahead.

  • yosizzlers on July 8, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    i m an indian and really want pakistan to play aggressive cricket and win the series by 2-0.Watching the young talented umar akmal taking on the likes of bollinger and hilfaneus will be exciting..@sangakkarafan, respect pakistani cricket as they were the ones to gift waqar younis, wasim akram and shoaib akhtar to this cricketing world . they still have good batsmen like salman butt , shoaib malik and akmal brothers who can take on australia...

  • SangakaraFan on July 8, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    @butt_ibtsam..All you pakistanis love to live in the past specially Inran khan's era...GOSH..get over it guys..Check pakistan's record in the last 5 yrs, How many test series have you won??..does anybody remember?? answer is NONE. The last one day series pakistan won was against Kenya(year '07 or '08) . Asian supremacy is fought between India and Sri Lanka whereas Pakistan is competing for the bottom 3 positions with WI & Bangladesh.

  • Jarr30 on July 8, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Afridi thinks winning just 2 T20 games suddenly regained their winning habit... hahaha.. what a JOKE...Afridi can you tell us when was the last time pakistan won a test series or a one day series???

  • gghdty on July 8, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Zabardast performance by all. Afridi definitely is taking captaincy by the horns which is wonderful to watch . The whole team fought well. For the tests i think Fawad Alam and Mohommad Asif need to come in and as very rightly pointed out there is no shame in losing if you fight like a Pakistani. Once again hats off to Afridi and the team for supporting him and Pakistan cricket. May you all take Pakistan's name higher. :)

  • Usama54 on July 8, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    well its such a joke or we can say such a shame when there is a talk of cricket surviving or not, people say that t20 cricket is everything but when PAKISTANI team wins they say that t20 is a joke & test cricket is real cricket ya for sure test cricket is real cricket but pakistani team should not be targeted because t20 is being acknowledged as cricket now a days & if pakistani team has a upper hand in it we must respect them, its not a good period for pakistan cricket & all the cricket lovers want to see pakistan cricket flourish because cricket is incomplete without pakistani talent as cricket lovers whoevers fans we are either we r dhoni"s or sangakara's or ponting's fans we all want want to see good pakistani cricket for that we must support pakistani cricket not target them

  • Ibtsam_Butt on July 8, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    @SangakaraFan; watch before you speak. Check head to head of Pakistan VS Australia and Srilanka VS Australia and i am damn sure that Pakistan has won more matches against Australia than Srilanka has.

  • on July 8, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    @SangakaraFan Pakistan U-19 Cric team have won 04 and 06 U-19 World Cups... And was runner-up in 2010 and 1988.... so U-15 Aussie team can beat Sangarkara XI but not Pak XI... We are champs not you... :) Its not Sangakara-class cricket.. Its world Cricket...

  • on July 8, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Wish the Pakistan Cricket team maintain their form. Cricket is loosing the craze due to lack of good competition around.

  • Khan66 on July 8, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan is a very good T20 side, this is their game. They performed really well, and showed why they are so good in this format. As far as test matches, it is a different ball game... especially against Aussies. All other top teams South Africa, India and England don't have easy time against them... so, Pakis have their work cut out. As a Pakistani fan, I just want them to fight hard... even if they lose, they need to fight hard. I don't think anyone of us is expecting them to beat Aus 2-0. Everyone is talking about Younus and Yousuf not in the team... were we wining when they were part of this team? We were barely crossing 300 runs. I rather lose with young players... I just give my best wishes to Afirdi & boyz... PLAY HARD!!!

  • SangakaraFan on July 8, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Afridi say "I think now that we have regained our winning habit"...YA RIGHT..I couldn't stop laughing at his comment. Afridi please stop "JOKING" and play some real cricket. T20 is a game of luck, we will see when your club-class cricketers play test cricket. Australia's under 15 side will beat any pakistani team.

  • on July 8, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    It's not about playing less than 80 overs to get the winning habbit going. An international match; be it T20 is an international match - And winning two back to back matches, to me, seems, pretty much - a winning streak in the making good enough to want to keep?

  • Cricfan27 on July 8, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    First o fall many congratulations to Pakistan! And specially my sincere good wishes for Afridi. Win or defeat is a part of the game but the way Afridi is handling the matter is really relishing to see. Hope he will continue the T20 fighting stance in the tests. There is no shame in losing like a lion.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on July 8, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    well tests are totally a different ball game even if u lose a t 20 series 5-0 it has no effect on a test series also how deflating ponting and co. will be afridi will experience a test match has no comparison to a 3 hour joke.if one pak batsman is able to play for one day then it will be equal to winnig the test match also no way in this world u need just talent u need steel and that metal to grind yourself out against aussie quickies in english conditions i fear if the conditions are overcast the test match wont last more than four days and the obvious result will be deflating one to pakistan

  • owaisvirani on July 8, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    I think is mostly beaten by themselves and they are mostly to be blamed for the loss. Once this aspect is looked after and the team gives 100% on the field, Pakistan team can become one of the best. In my view it is good that Pakistan is without the experience of Younus and Yousuf but the blessing in disguise is that these both carry a long history of loosing to Australia which in tests goes on to 1995. Therefore, the fresher minds can be more pschologically tougher to beat and they can set aside the Australian Demon that is in Pakistanis mind. Hope for the best and even if Pakistani team plays good cricket and loses it will not be an issue for the supporters until and unless they do the Sydney thing.

  • on July 8, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I think Pakistani team is performing pretty good since Afridi took over. They lost few matches by close margin.now Afridi & co. should focus on their batting and fielding. Bowling department is strengthen with inclusion of Umar Gul plus Englangs weather going to help our spinners too.

  • knowledge_eater on July 8, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    I don't care whoever win, but if you loose Pakistan, please find a professional response, but not to start throwing stones at each other please. When Pakistan win whole country is top of the world, when they loose, they start feeling and behaving they are aliens in this planet. Good Luck

  • SnowSnake on July 8, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    While Pak. did great in T20, it is too early to call it a winnig side yet. Although the sign are promising and Pak. bowling is definately great. Pak. batting will be tested against Australia. In tests, Hussey will come back strongly. If Ponting can control his pull shot for a first few overs then he might perform well as well. Seems like a thrilling test cricket is forthcoming.

  • on July 8, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Pakistan is by far the most talented team in the world in every department except maybe fielding. But they still are the most talented. The only thing the do lack is confidence. Once they get that they will become unstoppable. Plus I'm an Aussie.

  • on July 8, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @ FAN84: I appreciate your passion for cricket and specially about the aus team...No doubt AUS team has been the best over the years....but it doesnt mean that they own it...Pak bowling attack definitely has an edge on aus but its their batting thts been letting them down...so i would say it would be a good contest...and u have to agree tht aus have not been performing at their best in the last few games... and talking about ENGLAND invented CRICKET...its a shame they havent even claimed even one world cup...but at the same time...its not about who started it...its about one world and the game should be played in the right spirit....I wish both the teams good luck :)

  • SyedFaisal on July 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    For me the team for the upcoming tests should be as such. Salman Butt, Imran Farhat as Openers, Followed by Yasir Hameed, Umer Akmal, Umar Amin, Shaid Afridy, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir, Umer Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Aif. We have the bowlers to take wickets with the red ball and use reverse swing for optimum results. Afridy Himself can chip in to help with his leg spin. With this team, Our batting is also solid (The best with what we got as of now). Only thing that we lack is experience which if we keep the core group together for a period of time, then we will also start to show some results.

  • on July 8, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    This has been the delimma of all Pakistan's captain since Imran Khan .. they just taljk too much .. Afridi should remember the 2 T20s were not a one sided affair and anything could have happened .. Afridi should follow the rule "talk less work more" ... it is good be confient but claiming something like that "WE HAVE REGAINED WINNING HABBT" .. oh com'on this is too ealry to say something like that ..

    may god give wisdom of speaking to Pakistan players ..

  • on July 8, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Although i am VERY satisfied by the victory that Pakistan produced, i must say its going to be EXTREMELY difficult to play around with australian pace in swinging conditions. SO we need EXPERIENCE in these conditions. keeping that in mind, i must say that Pakistan CURRENTLY has the most TALENTED YOUNG players in international cricket, UMAR AKMAL and MOHAMMAD AAMER. if these two can fire, pakistan are sure up for victory. crossing my hearts against all odds that pakistan win. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • maxmartin on July 8, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Regained a winning habit after winning two twenty20's? Yea right!

  • Xtermin8 on July 8, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    I love the optimism towards Pakistan's chances after two twenty20s. Someone needs to address the issue that in those 2 games they did not even play a total of 80 overs, which is not even a days play, the patches they are using to cover the cracks need to last longer than 40 overs and will be exposed within 5days of a test :) However let us hope this series will be a positive one for cricket, the game we all love, and not merely a tussle for individual pride.

  • on July 8, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Afridi is mentally preparing the team by speaking words of confidence which they do need at this point. Pakistan's performance in test is heinous but the fact that this young team needs support is more important. Mainly because the decisions and events that have taken place have really ruined pakistan cricket team. Scandals,bans,PCB politics.. its all so dirty. Afridi has no option but to invest in these players and instill in them confidence.

  • Bilal_Choudry on July 8, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    i dont know where people get there facts from ... Asim Kamal is a has been and so is Misbah ... i think by picking Umer Amin they have done the right thing... and with afridi in charge if they put up a fight it would be great .. at the end of a series if we know if have a new middle order batsman i think we will be delighted .. and one more thing imran farhat and salman butt are not that bad

  • on July 8, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi!!! Ur the BEST captain in the world currently as said by cricket experts on SKY after the 2 20/20's... the best thing about u is u have a 'never-say-die' attitude and trust ur playerz... u picked Akhtar despite the fact he got smashed in the 1st game and he played really gud in the 2nd(plz dnt luk at his stats, he troubled all Aussie batsmen by consistently bowling @ 95 miles p/h....

  • mriaz on July 8, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    too much talked abt pak wins against Aussies..but test is different test with diff temperament, which i dont see in any batsman in pak test squad..just think of name and u will realise..salaman butt, imran, malik, umar....,.....,shahid afridi...ooph i cant see anyone capable of staying even 20 overs. We will see perhaps in all the innings 100 for 5 before some rescue happens from late order bowlers...anyway good luck if they can save even one test, forget about winning test...

  • waseemsarwar on July 8, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Pakistan is good in T20 because its suits them naturally but Tests are well beyond us now. bowling can be compare with Aussie teams but Batting looks too thin, esp People like Malik, Aridi, Kami can't survive good pace and swing but still there is hope from Umar, Salman and esp Yasir hameed if he has covered his technical problems. Still Pakistan is a team to watch and i hope they will compete with Aussie team and push them as far as possible.

  • Fan84 on July 8, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Mr, Afridi,, what are you talking about ,, do u really think your team has the potentials to beat the POWERFUL aussies, a mere spirit from the wins from the recently concluded t20 agaisnt the "DEPLETED AUSSIES" cannot be carried forward like it is said below by other person,, test cricket is a test of a cricketer's charecter ,, T20 is more like an entertainment ,, its not cricket at all,, not also remeber that Aussies have also done well in the t20 WC, it was a near miss for them to get lost to English. and beating Australia in England is a distant dream,it is they (Aus and Eng) who founded the game of cricket ,, they have been playing since a century.I am very sure that Australia will be NO 1 in all formats of the game very shortly ,, take my words,, i at the same time wish either teams good luck

  • pavankumarnm on July 8, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    I beleive If PAK has to win the test series they have to improve their batting. They

    always had the best Fast bowlers. With the lights of Gul, Aamir they have a better

    chance if they bat out of their skins..

  • KiwiRocker- on July 8, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Pakistan has done well to with both T20 matches and they should be credited for that. Pakistan's biggest challenge in recent years has been test matches. Problem lies in Pakistan's batting. Selection of current test squad is flawed. Why will you select Imran Farhat who happens to be most useless batsman of all time and even worse a very poor fielder? Imran Farhat was the one who dropped four catches in one day during Australia/NZ tour. Imran Farhat is son in law of a selector and everyone knows that. So, who should/could they have? Two names come to mind. Asim Kamal, a tried and trusted middle order solid rock batsman with gritty attitude like Javed Miandad and Khurram Manzoor, another solid opener. I myself saw Khurram Manzoor in Australia and he looked good. Pakistan needs to stop thinking Younis Khan who dumped Pakistan several times and Muhammad Yousaf who went to play for ICL. I hope Rana Naveed is does not return and Shoib Mailk also needs to go! Its time to look towards future!

  • SyedArbabAhmed on July 8, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Pakistan need batsmen who can play big innings, because this is the thing that Pakistan is lacking since long and when it come to T20, no disrespect to England, Pakistan is by far the best.

  • on July 8, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    i hope dis winning campaign will continue through out the tour...

  • on July 8, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    From a Cricketer's perspective, the inclusion of new blood into the team is a good sign as it gives a new limelight to any team's performance. However, with reference to Pakistan and especially in the Test Format, History highlights the lackluster and often hullabaloo from the young guns. Pakistan has had one of the most prolific batsmen of all times but it is a rare occurrence now. The conditions in England with Seamy pitches and swinging conditions, it will be a hard nut to crack for the upstarts to fire. So, the desirable choice was to have Yusuf and Yunus in the side as both are stand alone performers in this format for Pakistan for the past couple of years. Shahid is giving is his 100% but its not the Captain's Duel only. The Team has to play as a unit.... A wish is what we can make of it...

  • on July 8, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Confidence is what we have always lacked against Aussies, remember we lost from winning positions many times. Now we have a person as captain that doesn't know any other way then play with confidence. So best of luck to TEAM PAKISTAN. We are proud of you, and we are supporters weather its thin of thick.

  • on July 8, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I could not understand WHAT IS THE LOGIC behind for giving chances to Tanveer khan & Wahab Riaz at the age of 31. Where is Mohd Irfan, Mohd Irshad? When we talk about inclusion of fresh blood. Then we have to be realistic. Where is Hammad Azam, Rameez, Azeem Ghamen. These guys performed very well in recent under 19 WC We should groom these players so that we can have good bunch of young players for incoming WC 2011.

  • Badreshian on July 8, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Good luck to team Pakistan... Play like Khan's cornerd tigers. I think Afridi is right that we should now focus on new players included in the side and the team management and supporters must trust their abilities. Time should be given to them adjusting to international cricket. Younas and Yousaf are no doubt great test players but since they are not available due to few reasons, Pak team should forget it, for the moment, and should concentrate on replicating the 20 20 wining streak. Afridi has become mature player and seems to be learning the art of leading national team at international level. Good luck to Pakistan team and courageous Boom Boom....

  • GulliDandaKirkut on July 8, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Sorry, Shahid Bhai. Whilst I am delighted to see Pakistan win back to back matches in cricket's shortest format, I must remind you that one swallow doesn't make a summer.

    T20 and Test Cricket are worlds apart - Test Cricket needs a very disciplined and focused mentality - which I'm sorry to say I don't see in the current Pakistan team. T20 is street cricket and Test Cricket is real cricket - it's a real test of character.

    I hope you prove me wrong. Here's hoping...

  • Alps18 on July 8, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Winning habit...what does it mean.....when did u had this habit Mr.Afridi???

  • on July 8, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Wishes from Sri Lanka......Shaheed is a good leader..others need to rally round him

  • on July 8, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I think I am not going to be surprised if the current squad surprises me by playing good cricket. Though irrespective of the outcome; like it has been since I first knew what cricket was... I am going to support team Pakistan. Go green.

  • Boris72 on July 8, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Pakistan has almost always had it over Australia in the T20s, the last series against Australia they were hampered by stupid selection and board problems, and the weren't beaten too heavily. It took superman Hussey to get Australia over the line in the semi-finals that, any other day, Pakistan could very well have comfortably walked away with if a ball unluckily (or luckily) seamed just a centimetre and Hussey edged behind instead of hitting a six. Pakistan showed that these last two games, they are better in T20s, they were up to the challenge of England in the T20 WC final.

    But Pakistan aren't good enough in ODIs and Tests, especially Tests, and they are going to have to play a lot, lot better than Afridi is suggesting. Hopefully they can be more competitive, and even though they are playing in a place Australia hasn't won in for 9 years, Australia still easily has the edge.

  • Lees_Legends on July 8, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    The beginning of what is hopefully a 5 year term of Afridi's leadership. Pakistan cricket needs it. He has a clean background unlike Younis and Malik. His brain explosion with the ball-biting excluded.

  • iBilal on July 8, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    where is Osman? its always feels great to read him

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  • iBilal on July 8, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    where is Osman? its always feels great to read him

  • Lees_Legends on July 8, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    The beginning of what is hopefully a 5 year term of Afridi's leadership. Pakistan cricket needs it. He has a clean background unlike Younis and Malik. His brain explosion with the ball-biting excluded.

  • Boris72 on July 8, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Pakistan has almost always had it over Australia in the T20s, the last series against Australia they were hampered by stupid selection and board problems, and the weren't beaten too heavily. It took superman Hussey to get Australia over the line in the semi-finals that, any other day, Pakistan could very well have comfortably walked away with if a ball unluckily (or luckily) seamed just a centimetre and Hussey edged behind instead of hitting a six. Pakistan showed that these last two games, they are better in T20s, they were up to the challenge of England in the T20 WC final.

    But Pakistan aren't good enough in ODIs and Tests, especially Tests, and they are going to have to play a lot, lot better than Afridi is suggesting. Hopefully they can be more competitive, and even though they are playing in a place Australia hasn't won in for 9 years, Australia still easily has the edge.

  • on July 8, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I think I am not going to be surprised if the current squad surprises me by playing good cricket. Though irrespective of the outcome; like it has been since I first knew what cricket was... I am going to support team Pakistan. Go green.

  • on July 8, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Wishes from Sri Lanka......Shaheed is a good leader..others need to rally round him

  • Alps18 on July 8, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Winning habit...what does it mean.....when did u had this habit Mr.Afridi???

  • GulliDandaKirkut on July 8, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Sorry, Shahid Bhai. Whilst I am delighted to see Pakistan win back to back matches in cricket's shortest format, I must remind you that one swallow doesn't make a summer.

    T20 and Test Cricket are worlds apart - Test Cricket needs a very disciplined and focused mentality - which I'm sorry to say I don't see in the current Pakistan team. T20 is street cricket and Test Cricket is real cricket - it's a real test of character.

    I hope you prove me wrong. Here's hoping...

  • Badreshian on July 8, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Good luck to team Pakistan... Play like Khan's cornerd tigers. I think Afridi is right that we should now focus on new players included in the side and the team management and supporters must trust their abilities. Time should be given to them adjusting to international cricket. Younas and Yousaf are no doubt great test players but since they are not available due to few reasons, Pak team should forget it, for the moment, and should concentrate on replicating the 20 20 wining streak. Afridi has become mature player and seems to be learning the art of leading national team at international level. Good luck to Pakistan team and courageous Boom Boom....

  • on July 8, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I could not understand WHAT IS THE LOGIC behind for giving chances to Tanveer khan & Wahab Riaz at the age of 31. Where is Mohd Irfan, Mohd Irshad? When we talk about inclusion of fresh blood. Then we have to be realistic. Where is Hammad Azam, Rameez, Azeem Ghamen. These guys performed very well in recent under 19 WC We should groom these players so that we can have good bunch of young players for incoming WC 2011.

  • on July 8, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Confidence is what we have always lacked against Aussies, remember we lost from winning positions many times. Now we have a person as captain that doesn't know any other way then play with confidence. So best of luck to TEAM PAKISTAN. We are proud of you, and we are supporters weather its thin of thick.