Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 2nd day July 14, 2010

Shane Watson cuts down Pakistan

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Close Australia 253 (Katich 80, Aamer 4-72) and 100 for 4 (Katich 49*) lead Pakistan 148 (Butt 63, Watson 5-40) by 205 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Another breathless day of Test cricket at Lord's finished with Australia in command thanks to the unlikely bowling exploits of their five-wicket hero, Shane Watson, but with Pakistan clawing back their lost ground courtesy of Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul, who found inspiration late in the day to claim four quick wickets in 10.1 overs. By the close, Australia had extended their 105-run lead by a further 100, with Simon Katich once again the linchpin of their batting, as he nudged along to 49 not out, to add to his invaluable first-innings 80.

With 15 wickets falling on the second day, to go with the nine that Pakistan claimed on day one, the prospect of a three-day finish cannot be ruled out, especially if the weather remains as overcast and seam-friendly as it has been so far. And with that in mind, Katich's calm contributions are likely to prove to be the difference between the sides in the final analysis. But the stand-out performance on the second day was that of his opening partner Watson, whose second string surged to the fore as he claimed not only his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, but became the first man to inscribe his name on the newly unveiled neutral honours board in the away dressing-room.

Bowling with a hint of movement on a nagging wicket-to-wicket length, Watson ripped through Pakistan's lower middle-order after Ben Hilfenhaus had prised open the top, with only Salman Butt and Shahid Afridi providing any measure of resistance, albeit in dramatically differing styles. Butt picked his shots wisely to top-score with 63, while the captain Afridi marked his first Test for four years with a bedlamic 31 from 15 balls. But Watson did for both in a remarkable 7.5-over spell, to leave Australia's first-innings 253 looking like a formidable total.

With heavy cloud cover and a regular threat of rain, the conditions were once again perfect for seam and swing bowling, although it took a few exploratory overs with the new ball before Ricky Ponting found the right ends to suit the respective merits of his bowlers. Having started his work from the Pavilion End, Hilfenhaus switched to the Nursery after two overs and made an instant impact as he nipped an off-stump delivery up the slope to snag the edge of Imran Farhat's bat, for the wicketkeeper Tim Paine to collect the first catch of his Test career.

With the incision made, Australia scarcely looked back. Butt guarded his off stump with diligent strides down the pitch while cashing in on regular width to crash 12 fours, the vast majority through the arc between third man and extra cover. But without the legendary middle-order stalwarts, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, the rest of the side lacked the experience to master the conditions, and were duly scythed down by the Aussie seamers.

Azhar Ali was the first of two debutants to have his mettle tested. He got off the mark with a second-ball single through the covers, and picked off two fours behind square on the off and leg side as he pursued a safety-first approach in his maiden innings. But with five minutes to go until lunch, Hilfenhaus beat him with some extra lift outside off, and Paine was on hand to claim his second victim.

Umar Ali replaced him at No. 4, and having waited for the entire lunch break to face his first ball in Test cricket, which was dabbed to fine leg for a single, he was then made to wait a further 50 minutes for his second, as the umpires took the players off for bad light after a single over of the session. When play eventually resumed, Umar lasted just two more deliveries, as Mitchell Johnson grazed his edge with an off-stump lifter, to bring to an end one of the more staccato debuts of recent times.

Thereafter it was all about Watson, who was thrown the ball after six overs of resistance from Butt and Umar Akmal, and struck in his first over as Akmal completely misjudged a straight delivery and was nailed plumb lbw for 5. In Watson's next over, his brother Kamran Akmal fared even worse, as he inexplicably padded up on the line of middle stump, and was sent on his way for a duck.

At 83 for 5, the captain, Afridi responded as only he knows how, lashing four fours and two sixes from Watson's next ten deliveries, before aiming another massive mow across the line, and steepling a massive top-edge to Johnson at mid-on. He had gone for a crazy 31 from 15 balls, and when Mohammad Aamer poked Doug Bollinger to slip for a second-ball duck, Pakistan were in freefall at 117 for 7.

Gul followed suit three overs later as Bollinger switched his line to round the wicket, before Watson capped a remarkable session by swinging a yorker through Butt's hitherto obdurate defences. Five balls after tea, Danish Kaneria dabbed Watson to Steven Smith at third slip to complete an historic haul.

In reply, Pakistan were understandably lethargic with the ball, as Katich and Watson eased to an opening stand of 61 without really being forced to break sweat. But not for the first time in the match, Pakistan found a second wind through the efforts of Asif, who tempted Watson into a loose drive to first slip, whereupon Ponting - in possibly his final Test innings at Lord's - padded up to an inswinger, and was sent on his way for a sixth-ball duck.

The decision looked plumb to the naked eye, but replays suggested the ball might have slipped down the leg side. To add injury to insult, Ponting was then punched accidentally in the helmet by an exuberant Asif, who stretched back his arms at the precise moment that the captain was walking past. After his tangle with Aamer in the first innings, it was an unfortunately timed incident, but no malice was intended.

Gul, however, had malice aforethought in a superb final spell that left Australia very grateful for the bad light that eventually closed in with five minutes of play remaining. First he plucked out Michael Clarke's off stump with a perfect offcutting seamer, then one ball later, he dislodged Mike Hussey for a duck as he zipped a low edge to first slip. But Johnson joined Katich to see out the final minutes, and restore some calm after a frenetic passage of play.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • paulf on July 16, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Your report states that the first name to be inscribed on the neutral honours board will be Shane Watson. While Watson is the first bowler to take five wickets, Charles Kellaway(102) and Warren Bardsley(164) both scored centuries for Australia against South Africa in the triangular series involving England, South Africa and Australia in 1912. So these two names should also be inscribed thereon.

    Incidentally, Arthur Wrigley's 'Book of Test Cricket' carries the details of this series but your archive does not record the details of the three matches played between Australia and South Africa. I have also found references to this series in an extract of the Wisden report on the 1912 matches and in Wikipedia.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    A T20 player cant be a captain of national test team. That shows pak in poor state.

  • Wazzi on July 15, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Specially for de indians: This is pak vs Aus series I really don't understand why you people always talk about your team (indian team) this doesn't conecern to them. Yes Pak team is suffering specially in test cricket but that doesn't mean you start compairing them with team Indian and make fun of Pak team only because indain team has done a great job in test cricket specially against Australia. We really appreciate the way team India have performed over the years but most of the indian fans always start criticizing and pass alot of bad comments about Pak team and make fun of them when ever pakistan is loosing the game. that shows the jealousy and proves how much you hate Pakistan.

    I have seen so many Indians, who ever is palying they only talk about their team. you should be professional and try to learn some thing that making fun of anyone is very easy but getting over confident is also very bad and you have experienced poor performance of Indain team on so many occasions...

  • GrayTalks on July 15, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Sachin has His Own Class as Well Ponting Has His Own..

    For All Who Speak About Numbers.. in All 140+ Tests Ponting Played for Australia 93+ Australia Won. Successful Captain & Top Runs as Captain..

    The List Goes On..

  • GrayTalks on July 15, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Those Who are Debating About Ponting & Sachin It Useless... Sachin Only Got Number to Show How Many Tests & One-day's He Had Won for His Country.. I'm Not Undermining His Talent. Sachin is Alone.. He Cannot Be Compared to Bradman, Lara or Ponting..

    for a Note How Many Accolades Sachin Has Won?? ONLY ONE "Wisden Criceter of The Year" Award... He's Never Consistent & A Match Winner..

  • innocent_khan on July 15, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    The problem with pakistan is ,they miss guidance from senior classy players like yousuf, younus. Now afridi has five more test matches ahead. waqar n afridi has to do something to bring back atleast on of them.

  • harikeshan on July 15, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Australia may not be the most popular cricket team and many have not won many fans. But the truth of the matter is Aussies are ruthless when it comes to playing cricket or any other sport. So should every team in the world. Its no point turning up for a cricket match as if its a stroll in the park on Sunday afternoon. Ponting, may not be having the best run of his career, but that happens even to very best of them.It's about delivering when it matters. The difference between Australia and the Rest of the sides is that they don't give up until the last wicket, ball or run. They play as a unit and not depend on the God's to save them, just mortal beings playing hard in your face sport.

  • landl47 on July 15, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Popcorn, while I agree that the ICC needs to introduce the review system, you forgot somehow to mention that Katich was plumb LBW when he had made 2 in the first innings but was given not out. The issue is that decisions need to be right, not that Australia has been hard done by.

  • anonymousfan on July 15, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    I'm an Indian but i think the Pakistan's bowling is better than India's (even with Zaheer and harbhajan playing). They lose matches because of batting failures. Some of India's young batting stars ( including MSD and Gautam Gambhir) will have to prove themselves away from home. In the last test series in Australia MSD and Yuvraj were struggling to put bat to ball. They will face difficult questions in the upcoming test series' in England, South Africa and Australia. Let me know if anyone thinks differently.

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    If Pakistan loses the test with less than 100 runs... its a win! No point in crying for middle order.. we have had innings defeat when the Y's were in team. I think we should not expect them to win a test match unless their batsmen have had atleast 3-4 test on trot experiance.. Pakis always closes at winning note ..hope its last 3 matches of summer!

  • paulf on July 16, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Your report states that the first name to be inscribed on the neutral honours board will be Shane Watson. While Watson is the first bowler to take five wickets, Charles Kellaway(102) and Warren Bardsley(164) both scored centuries for Australia against South Africa in the triangular series involving England, South Africa and Australia in 1912. So these two names should also be inscribed thereon.

    Incidentally, Arthur Wrigley's 'Book of Test Cricket' carries the details of this series but your archive does not record the details of the three matches played between Australia and South Africa. I have also found references to this series in an extract of the Wisden report on the 1912 matches and in Wikipedia.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    A T20 player cant be a captain of national test team. That shows pak in poor state.

  • Wazzi on July 15, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Specially for de indians: This is pak vs Aus series I really don't understand why you people always talk about your team (indian team) this doesn't conecern to them. Yes Pak team is suffering specially in test cricket but that doesn't mean you start compairing them with team Indian and make fun of Pak team only because indain team has done a great job in test cricket specially against Australia. We really appreciate the way team India have performed over the years but most of the indian fans always start criticizing and pass alot of bad comments about Pak team and make fun of them when ever pakistan is loosing the game. that shows the jealousy and proves how much you hate Pakistan.

    I have seen so many Indians, who ever is palying they only talk about their team. you should be professional and try to learn some thing that making fun of anyone is very easy but getting over confident is also very bad and you have experienced poor performance of Indain team on so many occasions...

  • GrayTalks on July 15, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Sachin has His Own Class as Well Ponting Has His Own..

    For All Who Speak About Numbers.. in All 140+ Tests Ponting Played for Australia 93+ Australia Won. Successful Captain & Top Runs as Captain..

    The List Goes On..

  • GrayTalks on July 15, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Those Who are Debating About Ponting & Sachin It Useless... Sachin Only Got Number to Show How Many Tests & One-day's He Had Won for His Country.. I'm Not Undermining His Talent. Sachin is Alone.. He Cannot Be Compared to Bradman, Lara or Ponting..

    for a Note How Many Accolades Sachin Has Won?? ONLY ONE "Wisden Criceter of The Year" Award... He's Never Consistent & A Match Winner..

  • innocent_khan on July 15, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    The problem with pakistan is ,they miss guidance from senior classy players like yousuf, younus. Now afridi has five more test matches ahead. waqar n afridi has to do something to bring back atleast on of them.

  • harikeshan on July 15, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Australia may not be the most popular cricket team and many have not won many fans. But the truth of the matter is Aussies are ruthless when it comes to playing cricket or any other sport. So should every team in the world. Its no point turning up for a cricket match as if its a stroll in the park on Sunday afternoon. Ponting, may not be having the best run of his career, but that happens even to very best of them.It's about delivering when it matters. The difference between Australia and the Rest of the sides is that they don't give up until the last wicket, ball or run. They play as a unit and not depend on the God's to save them, just mortal beings playing hard in your face sport.

  • landl47 on July 15, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Popcorn, while I agree that the ICC needs to introduce the review system, you forgot somehow to mention that Katich was plumb LBW when he had made 2 in the first innings but was given not out. The issue is that decisions need to be right, not that Australia has been hard done by.

  • anonymousfan on July 15, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    I'm an Indian but i think the Pakistan's bowling is better than India's (even with Zaheer and harbhajan playing). They lose matches because of batting failures. Some of India's young batting stars ( including MSD and Gautam Gambhir) will have to prove themselves away from home. In the last test series in Australia MSD and Yuvraj were struggling to put bat to ball. They will face difficult questions in the upcoming test series' in England, South Africa and Australia. Let me know if anyone thinks differently.

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    If Pakistan loses the test with less than 100 runs... its a win! No point in crying for middle order.. we have had innings defeat when the Y's were in team. I think we should not expect them to win a test match unless their batsmen have had atleast 3-4 test on trot experiance.. Pakis always closes at winning note ..hope its last 3 matches of summer!

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Test cricket is loosing the charm not because of IPL...because of the low performance by Teams such PAK, ZIM and Bangladesh. ICC must revise the test status of these countries for the better sake of test cricket.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Someone said to bring on Sachin to face the kid who collided with Ponting after picking up his wicket. The kid should be happy that he is not bowling to God of Cricket Sachin. Even our Sehwag can blast him in MULTAN for another 300.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    To all those supporting Pak, Please answer the two questions below 1. When was the last time Pak beat Aus in a test match? 2. In tests, which country beat Aus consistently in the last 15 years?

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    @Back_Bencher- I don't think afridi has the same technique and short selection like other asian opener you mention. He has to work hard to do so.........but it will be really attractive if Afridi Opens in All formate of Cricket. I will be very happy if he getting run as opener. Anyway thanks to all.

  • Apache_Indian on July 15, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    @ Moix Malik ...You intelligent, don't bring religion in between....You said that the believers of Allah will win but Danish Kaneria believes in Bhagwaan as he is a Hindu ..So does it mean that Pakistan will lose ? .. Or when your team will play England & Ajmal Shahzad will be bowling to Pakistani batsmen ..what will happen then ? Will England win as he too is a believer of Allah ? ...For God's sake ..Stop Being 'An intelligent' & it would be good if you keep your religious beliefs to yourself. PEACE

  • jonesy2 on July 15, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    pakistan have impressive bowlers no doubt about that i would furious if i was them especially at my captain. pakistan should just work towards beating england rather than trying to beat the heavyweight aussies, instead learn and then beat the poms.

  • FIPL on July 15, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai : you just take care of your number 1 team, as V Sehwag 18, R Dravid 11, SR Tendulkar 4, VVS Laxman 6, MS Dhoni 10 in warmup match on batsman friendly pitch

  • on July 15, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    no way for pakistan to come back in this test. the whole pakistani team is debuted in this test. WI, BD and Pak is in same performance ratio in test cricket and they all have to struggle hard

  • keralite on July 15, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    If there were at least 2 batsmen who could play through more than 3 sessions of a test match in this Pakistan team, I think they would have been the number one test team. Look at the quality of their bowling attack! But having said that i don't think Pakistan is going to win this.... If their target is 250, they will somehow find a way to be bowled out at least one run short of the target.

  • on July 15, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Test Cricket played by Pakistanis is the most stupid way to play cricket.Waqar Yunis and Afridi being very aggressive and not teaching this to their players then they both should be fired because all they are doing is saving their own job and not teaching to kids how to be aggressive so bowlers don't get upper hand.

    You should never be a defensive player, if you don't attack the ball then not only the ball will attack you but all the fielders will also attack you. Play like Afridi, Umar Akmal, Michael Hussy and Watson, Katich, Butt, Amir or you must get out of the International cricket. You have no place in cricket if you do not have aggressive ideas to play. Plan o hit a boundary on every ball but you stop or defend at last second if the ball is difficult to hit a boundary. There is no need to practice hitting sixes at all unless you are sure you will make it over the boundary line.

  • Fan84 on July 15, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Austrlia is a ruthless team, they play only for theitr country unlike anyteam

  • ashankar on July 15, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    @Jim1207 Please don bother about this. As rooboy said Sachin is GOD and Ponting is human. I am not sarcastic here. You know from where Sachin made his presence felt at Intl Stds and what Ponting is struggling to still achieve. So never mind what they do or react to sub continent teams. it always happens. they could even say hoggie is a better spinner than murali lol.

  • bkraks21 on July 15, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    @msport - Pak just has promising players...thats what they have promise substance. You guys always come up with something against India. India is not playing a test match. Talk when the test match begins. Ur team is just fit enough for T20. so keep playing that.

  • azhar_hassan on July 15, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Pak batting is weak, everyone knows that. But even then, it was a pathetic and clueless display (except for Salman Butt) led from the front by the skipper himself! Its not like Aus had posted 400+ in their first innings - with only 253 on the board, Pak batsmen could not have asked for a better position in the match. Also, with Yousuf and Younis out, why have two debutants batting at 3 & 4 and leave out Yasir Hamid and Shoaib Malik. At least pick the best from whatever is available. Poor bowlers - don' t know how they must feel not even getting a decent rest between innings, let alone any credible support from their bastmen.

  • VipulPatki on July 15, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    @Bilal Yousuf: you are bang on! I really don't believe India should be the number one test team. Too many obvious chinks in their armour. @karthikfromchennai is making hasty assumptions. The test match is only two days old and is still anybody's game. Meanwhile, Indian scorecard in the match against SL Board XI is miserable. I really hope Ishant Sharma strikes form again...

  • on July 15, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    @kartick he is not a kiid plz bring tendulkar in front of him he will tell u What is a master blaster u knw 1 innings is left anything can happen in cricket belivers of allah Will win inshallah

  • Fan84 on July 15, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Pak can never dream of winning a test against a formidable side like australia, winning a test alone is a difficult one, and winning a test against Australia is a distant dream ,, remember how badly they have beaten in oz,, as long as austrlia has playesr like watson,, austrlia is unbeatable in any format of teh game,, Afidi ,,i wish u good luck in matches against England,, not against Austrlia,, ok

  • Sonoual on July 15, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    It seems very tough task for Pakistan to handle the crucial situation. The ball is swinging & seaming. The condition is perfect and suitable for seamers and fast bowlers as it is cloudy No one of Pak team can replace Yousuf & Younun, the back bone of their batting & the hard nut for bowlers to crack. They were only batsmen who can challenge not only Australian bowlers but all world cricket bowlers. Pak has committed a blunder mistake to leave out Yaseer Hameed & Shoaib Malik. At least bring them back in second test. Afridi is not a test player and so as Umar Akmal. Abdul Razzaq would have been better option than Afrid. However, if he wants to save his face & draw the series. He along with coach must put pressure on PCB to include at least Younis Khan for the second test. After including Younis, Yaasir & Malik they have only chance to draw the seriese. Imran Farhat & Umar Amin should sit outside and learn how to play? Bowlers have done their great jobs, but batsmen let them down.

  • Apache_Indian on July 15, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    I think that AFRIDI should open the innings with BUTT...Yes... Farhat is a USELESS guy. All the other Asian countries have one opening batsman who likes to destroy the opposition instead of wasting the deliveries. (Sehwag for INDIA, Dilshan for Sri Lanka & now Tamim for BanglaDesh). All these three guys have been successful in doing so. Also, Afridi used to open the innings in ODIs; So it shouldn't be a problem for him.

    I'm sure it will resolve the issue of opening pair Pakistan have.

  • on July 15, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    A horrible batting performance from Pakistan after wonderful bowling by Asif & Amer. Two debutants at 3 and 4 can not be an excuse. If the players are given chance in test, they are expected to be good enough. Remember Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid debut in same test at Lords and scored 134 & 95 respectively. Its all about the class of the batsman.

  • Marcio on July 15, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Pak will be chasing 300 odd in the 4th innings, and they don't have much hope of getting close. Maybe if the wicket & conditions magically improve, & the Aussie bowlers lose the plot, they might. As usual, a lot of people who comment about cricket don't really know the basics of the game, nor do they follow the form book. AUS have a pretty strong team. Some fools here have been suggesting they are washed up, & cite the overwhelming evidence that they lost the world T20 final, lost the 50 over series 3-2 to England, & the T20s vs Pak recently. Sorry, but most of those losses were very close, and making the final of the T20 world cup does not suggest you are on the way out - it suggests you are in the top 2 in the world. Aust, could easily have beaten Eng. in the 50 over series as well, with a weakened team, losing the 3rd game by a single wicket. Turning to the current match, AUS batted in v. difficult conditions on day 1. Some folks failed to notice. Good luck to Pak, it won't be easy

  • Benkl on July 15, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    "Another classic example that bowler friendly conditions and pitches make Test match interesting. One thing which has spoilt Test cricket is excessive batsman friendly pitches world over, especially in West indies and India"

    Agree 100% - and its worldwide except for England when its cloudy. Tests where sides get 400+ in the first inning are always boring .

    Jim 42 average is pretty decent....Its probably higher than Clarke the last few years .

  • on July 15, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    @_NEUTRAL_Fan_, all i can say is spot on lmao! couldn't have put it better myself.

  • 68704 on July 15, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    I think Shahid Afiridi got carried away . I think he takes the name "boom-boom" too seriously . If Pakistan had come closer to the Australian score which they could have easily done , the match would have been much closer than it currently is. Mind you the two wickets in the end has put Pakistan back in the game, though not as close to Australia as they would have liked. Given Pakistan;s batting strenght(!) they will have trouble chasing down a score higher than 270. Good on Watson, his batting has gone to a different level , while his bowling has been largely unrecogniised at least in test matches. He has been tentative in his bowling so far, but the conditions clearly suit his style of bowling . Most importantly he bowled straight, something that the Australians did not too much of in the early stages of the game. I think Australia should win, comfortably if North, Smith and Paine score. Quick wickets could mean more excitement. Wickets falling regularly - what fun!Sridhar

  • _Australian_ on July 15, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    popcorn. Why do you constantly complain about umpiring decisions. Umpires are human and you expect them to never make a mistake. You always seem to complain about Australia getting the rough end of the stick when things always seem to level out. What about Katich in the first innings? I agree that ICC should invest in all games having the review system considering they want it for fairness but your complaints just make us Australians sound like a bunch of whingers which is far from the truth. Lighten up.

  • on July 15, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Poor batting from pakistan top and middle order ...........for Pakistani players there is no need of cotch rather than they need "Psychologist" ...who will tell them just stay on wicket runs will come autmatically.........these bull shit players even dont know this simple and the basic rule of test cricket.

  • Itchy on July 15, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @sanketmonus - I would read the paragraph again. Andrew does refer to Umar Gul plucking out Michael Clarke's off stump before dislodging Mike Hussey for a duck at first slip. While his descriptions are a bit sloppy, he does accurately reflect how each batsman was dismissed.

  • Rooboy on July 15, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @Jim1207 - in response to your query, maybe it's because Ponting is only human, and given that any indian will tell you tendulkar is a god and is far and away superior to Ponting (even Bradman *lol*), it stands to reason that tendulkar is held to a higher standard. 42 is not a terrible average anyway so what's your point? Sure, it's not up to Ricky's overall standard, but guys like Mark Waugh are looked on as good players and Mark averaged less than 42 OVER HIS WHOLE CAREER!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on July 15, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    I think Afridi should come in at number 3 in the 2nd innings. He should try to occupy the crease as long as possible. He's the batsman of the current Pak lot who can turn the match single handed. Come on Boom Boom, win this one for Pak.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    @abbyk2, two new faces were exposed to International test cricket at the same venue..Lords in 1996 ..one scored century and the other scored 96...they went on to make great captains and legends. Do you know them? Not everyone is of that calibre...I totally agree with your concerns.

  • on July 15, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    @PAK_TIGERS: Its Arabic. Google it.

  • on July 15, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: Before you speak look at your "no.1 team's performance" against the SL President's XI. Had it been a 5 day match, youre team would have taken a massive beating in a warm up match, that features 7-8 youngsters, who have barely played international cricket. And thats on a 'batting friendly', subcontinental wicket.

  • dannydan on July 15, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    i would love to comment on karthik's comment that india r the no1 team in the world...hahahaha....they are hammered by a third class team of sri lanka..hahaa.......and bring on india!!!!!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 15, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Gripping match!If Pak continue to bowl well, they could well be chasing 270-285 and we could be in for a treat! Hope the overcast conditions remain...forever lol.@karthikfromchennai I guess u are frustrated with Pak batting, as do most but please don't compare them to Bang n Zim, just relax and think about what u'r saying.@popcorn...just stop it, u get some, u lose some (Simon survived the 1st inning, forgot already?It was only yesterday) and the decisions weren't howlers. @Jim1207,sigh, believe or not, most of us really don't care, right now our focus is on a gripping test match where bowlers get a chance to shine for a change and batsmen's techniques r reviewed.

  • Fan84 on July 15, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Hi RICKY,, iam indian and one among the many fans from india, i love to see u captaining your unbeatable side, you hold the DISTICNTION of winning three world cups,, let people say anything, you donm't care about that ,, u concentrate on making r side a super power like in the past ,, i think currently it is slightly weak beacuse of injuries to some main players..i kno u may break sachin's records too, i wish u convince WARNER to play in the tests..please do that for me,, nodoubt ,, u r gonna be one one side in tests very very soon after this series,, ALL THE VERY BEST RICKY..

  • maddy20 on July 15, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    @Umar Malik Last time Aussies toured India they were beaten 2-0, (and at the time Hayden was still in the side) including by an innings and 290 runs at Mohali. Can't remember when was the last time Pakistan has beaten the Aussies at home or abroad!

  • karthikfromchennai on July 15, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Ha ha ha....so many die hard fans still believe Pak could beat Aus in a test match. Guys, check the record books and the stats. In last 10-12 years Ind is the only country to beat Aus consistently in Test cricket. For all those kids who talk of T20 bang....test cricket is real cricket and Pak has a long way to go. The problem with Pak is boom boom captain...who thinks he can wind up a 5 day game in few balls. When a captain himself is so senseless, god save the rest of the team. You need SKILLS and PATIENCE to win test matches...Pak is fit to play with bangladesh or Zim with their current form. not with the top 5 test teams at the moment

  • rashidktk on July 15, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Mr Kharthick Please Go and watch the match of india and Srilank Pres 11 . then you will have a better idea who should play against Bangladesh and Zimbabve or may some first class matches against Kenya and Scotland....................

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on July 15, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    This match is already Over. With Paks 100+ first innings lead and 2 Debutants and whole side with less then 40 Avg.What is the point in filling in Test Team with insecure and flashy batsmen. One Batsmen is fine to go behind bowlers. But in these conditions where ball acts like a snake tail you must be kidding me with this new look Pak batting order. Anyways if Pak can win this match that would take a normal effort from there bowlers cos i am preity sure they gonna make target reachable. But a mammoth Effort from this Pak batsmen who Except salman r just like bunch of T20 hitters.GL bowlers and Salman if pak is going to give some fight

  • rashidktk on July 15, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    India out for just 291 against Srilanka Pres 11 . Go Karthick just watch the match and pray for india . or infact weather can save them the match otherwise they are sinking the No team...............hahahah

  • pachako on July 15, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    thats why they needed a payer like mohamed yousuf he has averaged 65 in england with 3 100s

  • rashidktk on July 15, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    i Think Pak did well in test cricket . please i remind you one thing this is a new team dont expact to much from this team . give them some time and then do critisize this team .......... Best of Luck pakis you can do better in 2nd innings. and one i am sure to remind Mr Karthick from Chennai also. see the three days match between Srilanka pres x1 and indians the No team which you called . they are all out by them on 291 and they post ist inning total more then 400 . shame on you Mr Karthick

  • msport on July 15, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai-Who r u to say pak should go to Kenya n play some first clas matches before test matches?Dont u think u r oversmart.N u have said dat Thank god dis pak is not playing with no.1 test team.karthik,i can say u dat pak has serious n promising young talents than ur team.N U talking about professionals?lets see who r professional in de coming year Umar akmal or Virat Kohli,rohit sharma etc n in fast bowling Mohammed amer or indians any other fast bowlers!Actually i think indians fast bowler should go to afghanistan n bangladesh to learn some serious fast bowling from mortaza,Shafiful islam n Afghanistans hamid hasan.Understand!

  • kamny on July 15, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Poor team selection. How can they have 2 batsmen on debut against Australia. Shoaib Malik should have been in the team. Atleast he has played Australians before. Defeat is pretty much a certainty and after that captain and coach will say it is a young team still in the learning process. This was another good chance to beat the Aussies, but we wasted it. PAkistani fans should not expect any miracles in the second innings.

  • PakistanicrickFan on July 15, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Hey Guys, You need to give some time to these youngsters. Why are we all so impatient? Saeed Anwer Got 2 Ducks in 1st Match.All media said negative things on that time as well.So Plz Dont Worry These 2 lads are 100% Ready to play for Test.and listen we dont want 2 Old and Great Y's for more Politics.

  • abbyk2 on July 15, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Why expose two new batsman to test cricket at 3 and 4. Would it niot have been a better to send one further down the order and let Karam akmal bat at 3 as he is already an opening batsman in the one dayers with Umar akmal batting at no.4. i also fail to understand why Yasser Hamid or Shoaib Malik were not in the side.

  • PAK_TIGERS on July 15, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    Can ANYONE tell me WHAT is written on MC hand (tatto?) . Is it Arabic? picture number 15 of 16 under gallary........... I am very curious...

    Michael Clarke loses his off stump after shoulder arms at Umar Gul...

  • Fan84 on July 15, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    this is indian and a great fan of AUSSIES,, shanewatson has been austrlia's great force, he can single handedly take away the game from the opponants, what a power he has,, the "LITTLE BOY" seems to overreact at the wicket of great batsman who is twice his age ,he seems to have forgotten that ponting would have faced greats than him, iam very sure ,, AUSSIES will be number one and i want them to be number one,THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT EVERY TEAM THAT PLAYS AGAINST AUSSIES,BUT A FEW LIKE ME support ONLY AUSSIES,,come on RICKY , you will have to prove that the aussies are super power ,, i wish u good luck a thousand hundred times,, thansk to commenst from karthik from chennai

  • on July 15, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai = Pak can be beaten by Bangladesh or Zimbawe? Seriously dude? What grudges do you hold against Pakistan because you're not making any sense here - Pakistan bowling has destroyed Australia's formidable batting.. Yes, im talking about the same Australian team who have scored 400s against India.. ..and you're saying Pak can be beaten by Bangladesh/Zimbawe? Get your facts right mate and make some sense

  • Apache_Indian on July 15, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    What an innings by Afridi ....31 off 15 balls ... Ooops but this is NOT a t-20, Mr. Boom Boom. You need to be a bit more patient. Pakistan has got a bowling attack, capable of taking all the 20 wickets. But their batsmen need to spend more time on the crease..Except Butt everyone struggled against the Aussies attack. If Lee, Siddle and Hauritz would have been playing, Pakistan would have been bowled before reaching 100. But I still think if Pak bowlers get the Aussies out before reaching the TARGET of 300, they still have got the chance of winning the match.

  • AleemLatif on July 15, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    It looks like Pakistan Batsmen should never be told that they are playing a Test Match. They should always be told that they are playing T20 or ODI. At least they would make more runs than what they do in Test Innings. Can't understand why we Imran Farhat still in side instead of Yasir Hameed or somebody else. But the way Akmal Brothers threw their wickets away - looks something fishy there. Coach and Captain should tell them to play their natural game and forget about the fact that they are playing test cricket. These batsmen are not like Javed Miandad or Zaheer Abbas class. They are all Tap-Tennis Cricket crop of Pakistan where you are required to score 150 runs (at least) in 8 overs Innings - so you don't worry about Batting Technique - you just worry about hitting a six or at least a 4 on every ball and if you are a bowler you have to bowl as quick as possible so that the batsmen can't even see your ball. This Tap-Tennis cricket mindset is working for our Bowlers but not Batsmen

  • on July 15, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    I dont think this match is a forgone conclusion i base this on the fact that when Australia resume their second innings the weather forecast is for cloud these overcast conditions should enable the Pak attack to knock over the last six Aus wickets and if they have to chase 270 -300 a couple of good partnerships and maybe one century might see Pak home.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 15, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    I love that Shane Watson has found his role now. On his day, he can take 5 wickets in no time flat, but on an off day he shouldn't be bowled at all. He is a great surprise bowler, a perfect 5th bowler. With batting, sometimes he fails but sometimes he is very solid and brutal. This is how he should be used. Pakistan were beaten by Watson because they weren't even expecting him to bowl, yet he bowled, and did well. Of course, in saying that, Pakistan has only one batsman with a test average over 40! In this era of great batsmen that is pretty hopeless! Surely Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf need to return! Surely they shouldn't have tried 2 new players at 3 and 4 in the same test match! Australia now have a 105 run lead and will be hard to beat from here. It will take a big 4th innings effort from Pakistan against what is a very good Australian bowling line up.

  • CSpiers on July 15, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Ah Simon Katich, it seems like you can rely on him to at least make a 50 every innings lately!

  • Jim1207 on July 15, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Ponting's average since 2007, that's past for three and half years now is just above 42, wonder why there is no talk about his poor form. If Sachin loses his form for three and half months, a lot of people would jump over and would ask him to retire. True that Ricky is a big match player than Sachin in ODIs, but not in tests. Their bowling department saves his name as a player and captain so many times. And, of late, Ponting has been scoring a hundred now and then and a lot of double-digit scores to preserve a healthy but unimpressive average. He is well past his prime and Aus need to find a better batting line-up. Otherwise they might become a pakistan in future, though I do not think so.

  • jamrith on July 15, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai my prediction austrlia all out below 150 and pakistan win by 6 wickets.

  • champion1469 on July 14, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    @junaid, regardless of who walked into whom, it really is a ridiculous way of celebrating a wicket. its not just him or pakistan, aka afridi, but alot of bowlers go over the top when celebrating a wicket.

  • roxap on July 14, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    pakistan has always produced excellent bowlers but there bastmen have let them down in the recent past, they lost that sydney test bcoz of there poor batting and fielding, i wish these youngsters to perform well in the 2nd ininggs and upcoming test matches, honestly i cant see a single batsman in the current squad who is capable enough to play at test level yes they can be very good at one day or t20 but not in test matches, azhar looks very mature and he has a decent first class avg may be he can perform well at test level, not sure about amin he is too young and not evry 18 or 20 yr old is like miandad or tendulkar but still i hope they will perform better in 2nd inning, lets seee

  • shaen on July 14, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    The last time Pak beat Aus in a test was in 1995...Afridi was barely a kid then.

    Judging by todays performance he still is a kid. That was a shameful display for a Test captain. What sort of example did he show to the rest of his team? Immaturity and self interested aggrandizement.

  • threeheadedmonkey on July 14, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    In these conditions the aussie batsmen are going to be too experienced. Afridi added some excitement but really shouldn't he have tried to buckle down and make a lasting partnership?

  • on July 14, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Wish we had a Tamim Iqbal in the side could have taken this aussie attack to the cleaners .lolz

  • on July 14, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    @ Karthikfromchennai: You should be worrying about this mate: http://www.cricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-india-2010/engine/current/match/465374.html

    Your so called "mighty" batting line - up has folded against SL board presidentĀ“s XI, that too on a dead pitch in SL. Their rookie batsmen have shown, how "good" your spinners really are! Yes, PakistanĀ“s batting line up is very fragile and unexpierenced and no one, not even Pakistan fans have given them much chance against Australia. But this side is talented and is in learning process. Credit should be given where its due. Stop being a hater

  • landl47 on July 14, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    This test has gone pretty much as I suggested it would in this forum. Australia made a mediocre total which still proved over a hundred too many for a pitiful Pakistani batting line-up. It's not as though Australia bowled well; Bollinger's opening spell was abysmal. On a day friendly to seam he couldn't find either a decent line or length. Johnson wasn't much better and even Hilfenhaus wasn't his normal accurate self, although at least he managed some lateral movement. Watson came on and proved that in these conditions against this line-up all that was necessary was to bowl straight. Australia struggled again in their second innings, but they probably already have enough to put Pakistan away. Australia can't have been pleased with their performance. Their fast bowlers weren't a patch on those of Pakistan and their batting hasn't looked solid. Ponting has played 7 international innings on this tour and only reached 30 once. The recovery of the Ashes looks further away than ever.

  • on July 14, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    pakistan has to you improve alot for thier batting ..good partnership is the key for the victory for pakistan best of luck to umar akmal*,azhar ali*,salman butt,amin ....

  • on July 14, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    andrew, you must not have seen closely...Ponting was not punched, he literally walked into asif's clenched fists. If you go back and look it over, asif's arms are already outstretched and fists clenched...can you please get your facts right when reporting :)

  • on July 14, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Pakistan could have done soooo much better, But the players aren't talented enough to withstand Australian bowlers, and Afridi couldn't do much accept provide a boost to the score instead trying the test technique of defending which led players like Akmal brothers to their downfall.

  • moorepark on July 14, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    as i posted yesterday pakistan when in front and favourites will either collapse or throw the game for bookies.

  • on July 14, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    Pakistan wasted a golden opportunity in this test match by conceding first innings lead but game is not over yet, hope to see some inspiring innings from Akmal brothers.

  • on July 14, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    pakistan can beat australia in england because they have quality bowlers but their batting is inexperienced and lefts a lot to be desired

  • Rakesh_Sharma on July 14, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Another classic example that bowler friendly conditions and pitches make Test match interesting. One thing which has spoilt Test cricket is excessive batsman friendly pitches world over, especially in West indies and India. Especially in India every batsman looks like Bradman. No wonder Indian batsman has always inflated averages. In West indies the pitches are the most placid of all. It was ok in the olden days when WI had quality fast bowlers but of late since WI has no good fast bowler all batsmen from Subcontinent just relishes those pitches.Even in Australia of late the pitches have become batsman friendly since last 20 years. Classic example is Perth which has become a batsman paradise of late and not the fast bowlers delight.Again here subcontinent batsmen have started making useless centuries as no talking is done by the ball .

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Pray guys, let the weather god save pak in this series...

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    This Pak team can be beaten by even Bangladesh or Zimbabve. They need to raise their level to win test matches. Imran Khan must be feeling very bad seeing this team. Wasim said once, pak has aa long way to go...true.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    The kid who collided with Ponting after taking his wicket must have learnt his lessons by now. Long way to Pak team...You need professionals to win games.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    I though Aus will skittle Pak out less than 100...may be they will execute the plans in Pak's second innings. Will see how the boom boom afridi cope with the merciless Ponting and co.

  • Avenash on July 14, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    I continue to say that if Australia make 10, they will bowl you for nine! I expected that sort of mediocre performance from Pakistan; terribly disappointed in Afridi...he ought to realise that there is additional responsibilities that come with captaincy. I only see this Test match heading one way...and your'e right Andrew, Katich will be the difference between the sides...

  • usman_nile1994 on July 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Pak batting is below the standards of aus , ind and sa. Our batting is like Bang, WI. I request the PCB to call back Younis and Yousuf. We have a superb bowling but a very bad batting line up. I m sure we can defeat both Aussies and Eng if we have a lineup like this. 1 Butt 2 Hameed 3 Younis 4 Yousuf 5 U.Akmal 6 K.Akmal 7. Afridi 8. Aamer 9.Ajmal 10. Asif 11. Gul I prefer Ajmal over Kaneria because Ajmal is wicket-taker while Kaneria gives 150 runs to take 5 wickets. With this line-up Pak's batting would be perfect. Also if Pak should introduce new-comers but keep them as back up for every slot. And the most important point bring the best youngsters. They should have bring Azeem Ghumman (48 avg) or Asad Shafiq (43 avg) in place of Azhar Ali (40 avg) Also bring Naved Yasin (54 avg) in place of en-talented Farhat. Farhat has been given many chances and has never proved his place.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    The last time Pak beat Aus in a test was in 1995...Afridi was barely a kid then.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Pak must be thankful that this Aus bowling is not best that used to be...Otherwise the fans who bought the 3rd, 4th and 5th day tickets would have been very disappointed.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Probably Pak team should go to Kenya and play few first calss practice matches before taking on international test teams. This will do a lot to their morale.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    All who expected pak to win at the end of day1 forgot that test cricket is played over 5 days...but dont worry this mighty Aussies will wind up this match in 4 days and will give pak an extra day to practice for the second match. It was great to see Afridi trying to win the 5 day match in just 5 balls and got what he deserved. Can the coach tell him, its not T20? God save this team.....thank god, they are not playing the no1 test team at the moment

  • on July 14, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Aussie bowlers have brought them back into the Test. Pak bowlers have also been doing their job. It is now the battle between the two sets of batsmen. And I am afraid Australian set looks stronger. But for Ricky Ponting's continuing poor form, aussies cd have asserted that there is no look back for them now.

  • popcorn on July 14, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Once again,poor umpiring has cost Australia a wicket in their second innings.Ricky Ponting was not out, yet given out lbw.What is the use of Rudi Koertzen having the experience of 100 Tests if he cannot judge a ball going down leg, that too at Lord's, where EVERYBODY knows it slopes? Yesterday, it was Michael Clarke who got a bad decision,today,Ricky Ponting.ICC is maling money hand over fist for every Test match. Yet,they profess to be paupers, and leave the decision of implementing the URDS to the Agency that has the TV broadcast rights? Any more proof needed that gone is the spirit of cricket, the commercial age of dominance by the TV Broadcaster is increasingly evident? ICC is impotent.

  • SanketGandhare on July 14, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    in the last paragaph of the article "he dislodged Micheal Clarke ".....lol it shud be hussy

  • on July 14, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Our batsmen let us down again

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  • on July 14, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Our batsmen let us down again

  • SanketGandhare on July 14, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    in the last paragaph of the article "he dislodged Micheal Clarke ".....lol it shud be hussy

  • popcorn on July 14, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Once again,poor umpiring has cost Australia a wicket in their second innings.Ricky Ponting was not out, yet given out lbw.What is the use of Rudi Koertzen having the experience of 100 Tests if he cannot judge a ball going down leg, that too at Lord's, where EVERYBODY knows it slopes? Yesterday, it was Michael Clarke who got a bad decision,today,Ricky Ponting.ICC is maling money hand over fist for every Test match. Yet,they profess to be paupers, and leave the decision of implementing the URDS to the Agency that has the TV broadcast rights? Any more proof needed that gone is the spirit of cricket, the commercial age of dominance by the TV Broadcaster is increasingly evident? ICC is impotent.

  • on July 14, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Aussie bowlers have brought them back into the Test. Pak bowlers have also been doing their job. It is now the battle between the two sets of batsmen. And I am afraid Australian set looks stronger. But for Ricky Ponting's continuing poor form, aussies cd have asserted that there is no look back for them now.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    All who expected pak to win at the end of day1 forgot that test cricket is played over 5 days...but dont worry this mighty Aussies will wind up this match in 4 days and will give pak an extra day to practice for the second match. It was great to see Afridi trying to win the 5 day match in just 5 balls and got what he deserved. Can the coach tell him, its not T20? God save this team.....thank god, they are not playing the no1 test team at the moment

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Probably Pak team should go to Kenya and play few first calss practice matches before taking on international test teams. This will do a lot to their morale.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Pak must be thankful that this Aus bowling is not best that used to be...Otherwise the fans who bought the 3rd, 4th and 5th day tickets would have been very disappointed.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    The last time Pak beat Aus in a test was in 1995...Afridi was barely a kid then.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Pak batting is below the standards of aus , ind and sa. Our batting is like Bang, WI. I request the PCB to call back Younis and Yousuf. We have a superb bowling but a very bad batting line up. I m sure we can defeat both Aussies and Eng if we have a lineup like this. 1 Butt 2 Hameed 3 Younis 4 Yousuf 5 U.Akmal 6 K.Akmal 7. Afridi 8. Aamer 9.Ajmal 10. Asif 11. Gul I prefer Ajmal over Kaneria because Ajmal is wicket-taker while Kaneria gives 150 runs to take 5 wickets. With this line-up Pak's batting would be perfect. Also if Pak should introduce new-comers but keep them as back up for every slot. And the most important point bring the best youngsters. They should have bring Azeem Ghumman (48 avg) or Asad Shafiq (43 avg) in place of Azhar Ali (40 avg) Also bring Naved Yasin (54 avg) in place of en-talented Farhat. Farhat has been given many chances and has never proved his place.

  • Avenash on July 14, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    I continue to say that if Australia make 10, they will bowl you for nine! I expected that sort of mediocre performance from Pakistan; terribly disappointed in Afridi...he ought to realise that there is additional responsibilities that come with captaincy. I only see this Test match heading one way...and your'e right Andrew, Katich will be the difference between the sides...