Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 15, 2010

Australia confident of stopping Pakistan

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Two summers ago in Perth, South Africa changed Australia's perception about gettable fourth-innings targets. When Graeme Smith's men cruised to 414 with four wickets down, it seemed that no aim was out of reach anymore, provided the pitch was true and the batting strong. Fast forward 18 months and the Lord's surface is excellent, but Australia remain confident that Pakistan's batting group boasts no JP Duminy or AB de Villiers clones.

Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand and two batsmen well set, although Azhar Ali survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day. Much will depend on the weather - when the clouds disappeared on the third day so did the swing - but given Pakistan's first-innings capitulation for 148, Australia are certain they can complete their task, even under sunny skies.

"We've got plenty of runs on the board," the wicketkeeper Tim Paine said. "Right up until the last ball tonight we showed that we're going to be creating chances. If we bowl well there's enough there for us to keep them under pressure and create those chances to win the game. If we can get a couple of early wickets tomorrow and get stuck in to their middle and lower order, as we showed in the first innings if we put them under pressure we can take wickets pretty quickly."

While Pakistan will rely heavily on Salman Butt, who has been their most composed batsman in the Test, their two debutants Umar Amin and Azhar will be keen to make a name for themselves. In Perth, Australia were surprised by the poise of a newcomer, Duminy, and the similarities don't end there.

Back then, Australia's bowling group featured a highly attacking spinner who leaked runs as he tossed the ball up to entice drives. Jason Krejza is gone from the side but in his place is Steven Smith, who is equally aggressive, and collected his first Test wicket when Imran Farhat pulled a long hop straight to midwicket.

However, Smith's first spell of Test bowling was far from poor; he aimed at the footmarks outside the left-hander's off stump and gave the ball plenty of opportunity to spin. "For his first Test match there's a lot to like," Shane Warne said from the commentary box, and Smith's fellow debutant Paine expects the spinner to play a key role on the fourth day.

"He looked really good," Paine said. "He started very well. As his spell got on, he got more dangerous. When he went around the wicket he started to spin a few quite a long way. He'll definitely play a role at some stage tomorrow. I think early tomorrow if our pace attack get those early breakthroughs, I'm sure Smithy will cause the lower and middle order some trouble later on."

But the work begins with the seamers in the first session. And if there are clouds in the sky, there may be no silver lining for Pakistan.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Hats off writer you are the human "PAUL" , wat u wrote is 100% .. Match ended in the 4th day itself. The secret of success of cricinfo is not only its quality writers but also the predictors inside the writers.Gr8 team.Actually i became an avid fan of crciket just bcos of u guys !!!!!!!!!!!1 Hats off team , keep the good work going. Special hatsoff to Mr.Paul (The writer)

  • POSTED BY Aspraso on | July 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    How true it rings when an Aussie can claim "we have runs" in a match versus Pakistan. No matter how little an Aussie score can seem to be, the Pakistanis can always be relied upon to score far lesser. Even if the Aussies score just about 150 they can expect that Pakis will scorre about 50 -75 only.

  • POSTED BY cricsecular on | July 16, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    While the recent pak teams have forgotten my expertise,skills gained, its time for more patience (no other go)

    Negatives Trailing 1st innings by 100+ runs Leaking 130 runs for the tail enders and increasing target Afridi and Umar Akmals irresponsible innings Giving North 4 wickets while very well faced fast bowlers

    Positives Good characters shown by Salman, Azhar and fast Bowlers Afridi leadership

    Real lessons learned Replace Farhat and open with Yasir and Kaneria with Malik Azhar Ali can be tried no.3 for few more times Don't ever try to change Afridi's captaincy fooled by Salman's good batting

    Finally this the better output than the past team underAfridi.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 16, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    i think this correction has done been done to bits guys, let's get back to the game, which, I believe is panning out to be the last day so everything stated to date would appear moot. It looks like it may not last till tea!

  • POSTED BY SL_Ranmal on | July 16, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Ausis will surely get the treatment from Pakistan which they got from South Africans last time... They are such a bunch of over confidence fools..

  • POSTED BY akthu on | July 16, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Having gone through the comments here, I think the writer indeed wrote those mistakes and he was "smart" enough to make the corrections without mentioning about the same. I noticed that one of the commenters had already put the "pasted word" in his comment so there's no need to correct those who commented earlier. All Izz well now..

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    pakistan will win .ausies ki gand mein danda.

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | July 16, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Hey hey hey....just leave this topic of Final day,bla bla bla ... lets talk about the batting...Aussie tail enders,scored many runs in second innings means,the pitch is good for batting in final sessions.. So thats why pakistan batsmen survives in the evening on third day.. The real test is first & second sessions in fourth day morning..if they able to survive,then pakistan has a chance to hold things.....can they??

  • POSTED BY Qzjawed on | July 16, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Pakistan isn't a team to whom cloud lines would matter a lot, it will all about how Pakistan bat instead how Aussie bowls as Pakistan know that they have probably lost this and hence will not be under much pressure. " Astonishingly they fell to Watson then other much better bowler under cloud!!! "

  • POSTED BY itslateagain on | July 16, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    To quote Snork: "drop North and bat Smith at six and bring in either Tait or Hauritz as an extra bowling option" What flavor of cordial have you been drinking?! Do recall that Smith is a debutant all-rounder who scored 0 and 12. Yes North has been in a poor patch but playing with five batsmen, after that first innings middle-order collapse, sounds a little rash to me. Consider Marsh at six, but leave Smith at eight. I know it's terrible to use the Warne comparison but I am so hopeful that he becomes a quality leggie. Hauritz seemsa good bloke but boy, talk about unexciting watching.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Hats off writer you are the human "PAUL" , wat u wrote is 100% .. Match ended in the 4th day itself. The secret of success of cricinfo is not only its quality writers but also the predictors inside the writers.Gr8 team.Actually i became an avid fan of crciket just bcos of u guys !!!!!!!!!!!1 Hats off team , keep the good work going. Special hatsoff to Mr.Paul (The writer)

  • POSTED BY Aspraso on | July 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    How true it rings when an Aussie can claim "we have runs" in a match versus Pakistan. No matter how little an Aussie score can seem to be, the Pakistanis can always be relied upon to score far lesser. Even if the Aussies score just about 150 they can expect that Pakis will scorre about 50 -75 only.

  • POSTED BY cricsecular on | July 16, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    While the recent pak teams have forgotten my expertise,skills gained, its time for more patience (no other go)

    Negatives Trailing 1st innings by 100+ runs Leaking 130 runs for the tail enders and increasing target Afridi and Umar Akmals irresponsible innings Giving North 4 wickets while very well faced fast bowlers

    Positives Good characters shown by Salman, Azhar and fast Bowlers Afridi leadership

    Real lessons learned Replace Farhat and open with Yasir and Kaneria with Malik Azhar Ali can be tried no.3 for few more times Don't ever try to change Afridi's captaincy fooled by Salman's good batting

    Finally this the better output than the past team underAfridi.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 16, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    i think this correction has done been done to bits guys, let's get back to the game, which, I believe is panning out to be the last day so everything stated to date would appear moot. It looks like it may not last till tea!

  • POSTED BY SL_Ranmal on | July 16, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Ausis will surely get the treatment from Pakistan which they got from South Africans last time... They are such a bunch of over confidence fools..

  • POSTED BY akthu on | July 16, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Having gone through the comments here, I think the writer indeed wrote those mistakes and he was "smart" enough to make the corrections without mentioning about the same. I noticed that one of the commenters had already put the "pasted word" in his comment so there's no need to correct those who commented earlier. All Izz well now..

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    pakistan will win .ausies ki gand mein danda.

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | July 16, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Hey hey hey....just leave this topic of Final day,bla bla bla ... lets talk about the batting...Aussie tail enders,scored many runs in second innings means,the pitch is good for batting in final sessions.. So thats why pakistan batsmen survives in the evening on third day.. The real test is first & second sessions in fourth day morning..if they able to survive,then pakistan has a chance to hold things.....can they??

  • POSTED BY Qzjawed on | July 16, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Pakistan isn't a team to whom cloud lines would matter a lot, it will all about how Pakistan bat instead how Aussie bowls as Pakistan know that they have probably lost this and hence will not be under much pressure. " Astonishingly they fell to Watson then other much better bowler under cloud!!! "

  • POSTED BY itslateagain on | July 16, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    To quote Snork: "drop North and bat Smith at six and bring in either Tait or Hauritz as an extra bowling option" What flavor of cordial have you been drinking?! Do recall that Smith is a debutant all-rounder who scored 0 and 12. Yes North has been in a poor patch but playing with five batsmen, after that first innings middle-order collapse, sounds a little rash to me. Consider Marsh at six, but leave Smith at eight. I know it's terrible to use the Warne comparison but I am so hopeful that he becomes a quality leggie. Hauritz seemsa good bloke but boy, talk about unexciting watching.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    comedy of errors really lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    haha everyonbe is repeating y? wake up people tht includes mr. author too.

  • POSTED BY solly100 on | July 16, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    to the earlier posts regarding an error about "the final day", the author says" what will likely be the final day". However, as more than 1 person has commented on this, it may be that this has been updated since the errors were identified.

  • POSTED BY ratee on | July 16, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Well nobody actually knows who will win because when the sun comes out it becomes a feather-bed of a track.

    Just read these articles but don't depend up on their judgments that are always based on player comparisons while miracles happen in cricket and the so-called experts always look fools at the end.

  • POSTED BY TywinLannister on | July 16, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    I don't know what is worse - 4 people NOT getting the article or 4000 people trying to correct those 4 people.. he said "likely"... he said "likely"... abey chup!

  • POSTED BY Wajahat78 on | July 16, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    From Wajahat Pakistan cricketer team has always been known as an unpredictable one. Yes! that is true. What then is the popular prediction - an Aussie victory. Indeed it is. Can the unpredictables continue to stick to their unceremonious tag? My hunch is YES. Somehow I see a Pakistani victory. Good Luck to them. PS: Umar Akmal - please stop schuffling in front of wickets, at least in the test matches. You are no Javed Miandad.

  • POSTED BY Mushtanda on | July 16, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Ummm...no....the original article had the mistakes that some of the earlier messages on this board mention. Cricinfo corrected them after reading those messages, and now you guys are trying to act like smart asses after reading the corrected version and calling those who pointed out the mistakes bad/inattentive readers.

  • POSTED BY howsthat on | July 16, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    IMHO.. Pak has full chance to win this match and who knows this series too. Akmal bros and Afridi (with some cool head), if they bat sensibly, then I am sure thats it for Ponting and Co. Butt is looking preety good right now. Man..!! They have good chance. I am originally from India. But I think its time to give kangaroos a fitting reply, they chat too loud. Balmy army did it recently... Pak too can teach them lesson.

    And yes.. after a long time..saw a splendid display of swing bowling from both sides. Finally a nice test match.. a real test! Unlike those 20-20 3 hr quickies.

  • POSTED BY jakes_jason on | July 16, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    To those people who were blaming cricinfo writer please read the article carefully before commenting. Read twice before you post your comments. There is nothing wrong with the article.

  • POSTED BY MONASHKB on | July 16, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Hey guys, the writer did not make a mistake - he wrote that it will 'likely' be the final day (ie. he doesn't think the match will go into day 5).

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    I dont know why Mr.Editor is so concerned about the last ball fortunate decision which went to Pakistan's way.And couldnt see Simon Katich's LBW decision of Mohammad Aamer's bowling when he was playing on 0 in first innings.. 253-80=173 That would make a lot difference aswell Mr.Editor.

  • POSTED BY Snork on | July 16, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Not sure about everyone else, but I am so sick of the English commentators still talking of a transition period since Warne & McGrath retired. It was over three years ago, get over it as we Aussies have and appreciate the current players instead. Am loving having the Hilf back!!!Young Smith looks promising as well - drop North and bat Smith at six and bring in either Tait or Hauritz as an extra bowling option.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Writer might have meant LAST DAY in the context a full days play happening tomorrow the result is inevitable.

  • POSTED BY SLAMMER on | July 16, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    Fellow readers, Please give the writer a break the article states "Pakistan enter what will likely be the final day full of hope" what the writer suggests is either case if Pakistan score 326 in one day or the Aussies take 9 wickets, it would be the final day of the Test Match, that is a likely possibility! Also some of you are reading in the article as Salman Butt survived a close lbw shout off the last ball of the day, the writer clearly has stated that it was Azhar Ali.

  • POSTED BY Scgboy on | July 16, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    well , time will fix the mistake will it not??

  • POSTED BY Winfried on | July 16, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Shiraz,

    The author said "what would likely be the final day," which means he expects it to be the final day. Either Pakistan make the runs tomorrow, or die trying -- that's what he's saying. Also, the writer said "Azhar Ali survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day." Not Butt. Drop your blackberry and read, man.

  • POSTED BY Balrog1123 on | July 16, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Gee its amazing the poor quality of english readers these days, the writer clearly states "likely to be the final day" this means that he knows it is the fourth day and he is claiming that if it does swing Australia will go through the Pakistanies, dont knock the writers until you understand their comments

  • POSTED BY L4zybugg3r on | July 16, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Calm down guys, it says likely that the test will end tomorrow as it probably will. It's very likely that either Australia will get the 9 wickets or Pakistan will chase the remaining runs on the 4th day. Obviously Australia are still the favourites but it's good to see Pakistan fighting hard. I hope they get at least 300 as it will do wonders for their confidence.

  • POSTED BY thestunner316_15 on | July 16, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    guys guys guys... read carefully

    "Pakistan will enter what WILL LIKELY be the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand "

    The writer hasnt said its the last day, he said it COULD BE the last day - Which is fair coz if either team win, they will fancy finishing the match on the 4th day itself

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    umm, the article seems fine to me? maybe they edited it after you guys pointed it out.

  • POSTED BY FaisaLKarim on | July 16, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    People what's wrong with you. Read carefully what the author wrote. The author did not claim tomorrow will the final day; instead the author wrote, "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand and two batsmen well set,".... Therefore, the author is suggesting that tomorrow will "likely" be the final day because it's likely that either Pakistan will make 326, or lose all wickets tomorrow "LIKELY" making the fourth day the final day of the test with one day to spare.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 16, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    P.S I can't even retweet it.

  • POSTED BY pullthelever on | July 16, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    maybe u should all actually read the article.. it says "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope" - the key words being what will likely be the final full day of hope - ie.we should have a pretty good idea of final result by days end.. if its not over. and your second argument "although Azhar Ali survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day" didnt mention salman butt?

  • POSTED BY salva_chn on | July 16, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    He says it'd likely be the final day. Australia are perfectly capable of getting 9 wickets and Pakistan, of getting 326 runs. So this game will most probably be over by the fourth day. That is what Byrdon opines!

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Definitely not the final day but "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope...".

    As Pak's batting line up is fairly inexperienced, and under difficult weather; Aus is going to will. Much disappointed with, how Afridi batted in first inn.

  • POSTED BY wibcl on | July 16, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    1. He says likely the Final day and not final day. He means either pakistan will score the remaining runs or lose all the wickets.

    2. It says only Azhar Ali is lucky to escape an LBW shout.

  • POSTED BY keepingthebastardshonest on | July 16, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    The writer says 'likely' last day. So while contentious it is not incorrect. Australia will likely take 9 wickets in the day given the way the match and the Pakistani batting has been going, or score the 326 required the way Afridi batted in the first innings. The article isn't a masterpiece by if you demand corrections make sure you are right yourself.

  • POSTED BY allforone on | July 16, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    The article says "likely" to be the final day. That means that the writer is suggesting Australia are likely to take the last 9 wickets on the 4th day which should happen. So it looks like being the final day friends.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day"

    The key word in that sentence is LIKELY!

  • POSTED BY ae00505 on | July 16, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Shiraz bhai, there are some problem with your reading. Please don't mind me correcting you. 01. First of all, when they said the las day, why you feel offended. you thought how come they want to cut one day short and chop off pakistan from win. No, they did not mean that. read the sentence correctly. it says "what will likely be the final day full of hope". yes, it is likely the final day. because it pakistan wins they will make this run today itself, again "likely". in fact if they survive the whole with good number of wickets in hand, they will surely win InshaAllah. if they can't then they will lose all the wickets today itself. I agree with the author, TODAY IS LIKELY THE FINAL DAY OF THE MATCH...YES, ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST...

    02. I am sure you are an educated person, only thing is sometimes you don't read things carefully. Article actually is talking about the LBW surviving of Azhar not Salman. Please read it carefully....

    thanks and regads. let us pray for Pakistan. AH.

  • POSTED BY gulnasreeno1 on | July 16, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    It is the last day Pakistan will survive as far as the writer is concerned, An Aussie victory is predicted in 4 days

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | July 16, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Come on people.. the article says: "what will likely be the final day" as in its very unlikely that the match will go on to the 5th day.

  • POSTED BY goyahlcolts on | July 16, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Perhaps the readers of this article should pay more attention - the 4th day is 'likely' to be the last day as it is probable that Australia will take the wickets required. I know it's a subtle point but we are all meant to speak and read the same language after all. Attention to detail before leaping to the keyboard people. And as for the comment by Snowsnake that the win will come 'automatically' should Pakistan keep their wickets, first-class optimism there! Especially with their history!

  • POSTED BY 100_not_out on | July 16, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    The article clearly says 'what will LIKELY be the last day' meaning the match is not likely to reach 5 days. The article also clearly states in the second paragraph that Ali survived a close LBW shout.

  • POSTED BY kennev on | July 16, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    The second paragraph in this article clearly says "although Azar Ali survived a perilously close LBW shout" - not Salman Butt. The same para graph by the writer does not say it is the last day. His statement is that it is likely to be the last day, in other words he is expecting the game to be decided sometime tommorrow and he is not expecting it to go into day five. So you guys are the ones who need to apologise for not being able to read and understand what is pretty simple writing. You are the ones who are" not watching the game" and need to "do some corrections."

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | July 16, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    I think what brydon means is that Pakistan won't last longer than tomorrow so it will be the final day. Like come on. Who actually thinks pakistan can bat for more than a day solid?

    I surely don't.

  • POSTED BY jmey97 on | July 16, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    the 4th day will be the final day and Australia will win by 100+ Good work Steven Smith, but it is Hauritz time now.

  • POSTED BY Harold011 on | July 16, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Firstly, all those who feel it necessary to critique the author of this page, read the article again before you open your mouth. @ShirazAsad i believe it says "will likely be the final day full of hope" and secondly contrary to what you said, the article state "Azhar Ali survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day." This is all XD

  • POSTED BY Molu14 on | July 16, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    The article says that it will be MOST LIKELY the final day of the match tomorrow. He does not say that it IS the final day. Given Pakistan's fragile batting order and famous collapse, that is indeed the most probable conclusion, so readers, look carefully before drawing any criticism. Unless, of course, the editor has fixed the mistake after you guys have sent in your pleas for changing the mistake and I am reading the corrected article!

  • POSTED BY USCricFan on | July 16, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    You are all reading it wrong, what Brydon is saying that tomorrow will be the last day either way whether Pakistan wins the game or looses it. By the end of tomorrow it will be settled and the 5th and final day will not be needed. I assume that they have fixed the Salman Butt's last ball mistake as it is now showing as Azhar Ali.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | July 16, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Guys just reed it carefully, Brydon didn't say tomorrow IS the final day, he says tomorrow is LIKELY TO BE the final day, because match likely to decided tomorrow, whether Australia takes the remaining wickets or Pakistan scores the required runs.

  • POSTED BY gordon13 on | July 16, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    This is shaping up as a great test. Its been moving forward at a brilliant pace and both teams in winnable positions. Very watchable and a great advertisement for 'neutral' tests and bowler friendly conditions. Both teams deserve credit for the show they are puting on. I don't think the criticisms of this article are justified. Firstly, Brydon has been criticised for saying that tomorrow is the final day. He didn't say tomorrow is the final day. He said tomorrow "will likely be the final day". A fair comment given that it is likely that 9 wickets will fall or 326 runs will be scored tomorrow to end the game. Its conceptually very simple and sound. Secondly, Brydon has been criticised for saying that "Salman Butt survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day". He didn't say that. He says "Azhar Ali survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day". If you can't read its probably best not to write posts.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    @ all

    Guys come on don't blame Cricinfo if you cannot understand what they are trying to imply. The author said "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day" Which means most probably the match will end tomo, either aus will win or pak will win by the end of tomo.. They did not say it as the final day, but 'likely be the final day'..

  • POSTED BY ACHOO88 on | July 16, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Hi everyone all of you are getting it wrong because writer says it likely to be the last day because most probably Pakistan will reach 326 in 90 overs or Australia will get 9 wickets so it likely for game to go either way however writer did made a mistake by saying salman butt survived appeal of lbw because it was azhar Ali thanks

  • POSTED BY Clethrill on | July 16, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Jus tlike to point out... "Pakistan will enter what will LIKELY be the final day full of hope,"... not it will be, it willl likely be, the final day as the pakistani's are going to be all out before the end of it. "although Azhar Ali survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day." who said it was salman butt? If you are going to criticise make sure you're right...

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    he didn't really mean the last day. he said so because pakistan won't last a complete day with or without completing the target. either they would fall or the score would be chased. so technically it would be the last day. match won't go on to the 5th day.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | July 16, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    you guys saying its day 4 not the final day need to read over that sentence again! the authers saying it will probably be the final day as australia will take 9 wickets or pakistan will get to 414. i agree barring weather interuptions it will be the final day tomorrow, pakistan are still a couple of test quality batsman away from any hope of chasing that total down!

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    First of all TOMORROW is the 4th day not the LAST day! And it was Azhar Ali who survived that last ball! Seriously go get ur facts straight! And i hope pakistan does win inshallah allah will help them but they will need all the help they can get to make such a big score, Anyways best of luck Pakistan and the Aussies! Shall the best and most hardworking team win! :D And good luck pakistan i think u need all the luck you will find.

  • POSTED BY arun0kumar on | July 16, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Guys, there are no mistakes, in the article it says "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand and two batsmen well set"......by saying what is likely they mean that most probably there will be a result on day 4....they are not saying its the last day of the test....but they dont think that it will be going into day 5

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    @ Gaurav he said that tomorrow is possibly last day. According to him "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope".

  • POSTED BY achu007 on | July 15, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    hey people ........ what writer tries to convey is that itz gonnna be last day of play because either pakistan or aussies are gonna win today.......... think wisely people............................

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    what Brydon says is correct.. "likely" be the final day.. What he meant to say is.. either Australia will get 9 wickets by EOD or Pakistan will on 4th day itself..

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Making too much out of nothing. The author says likely to be the last day, not the last day. Yes if weather changes to cloudy, then we all know what is happening on this pitch.

  • POSTED BY team_chandigarh on | July 15, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    @ Aey Faar, Hassan Abbas, GandaBacha, ShirazAsad and post just below... learn to understand the context of statements before posting your comments... the writer says pakistan will enter what is likely to be final day... dat means the match is poised such that 4th day will most probably be the deciding day.... further he has correctly mentioned that its Azhar Ali who survived lbw shout on last ball... how in d world could u pakistanis interpret dat as salman butt surviving d call!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    "likely be the final day" does not mean it is the 5th day, they are simply predicting that the game will be over by tomorrow, so it's not a mistake, its the author's perogative.

  • POSTED BY shanii24 on | July 15, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Guys read before you criticize the write!!!!! The article says LIKELY BE THE FINAL DAY, totally different from will be final day. its based on what will occur tomorrow. it does says azhar ali not salman butt. BUT i can be wrong and writer already changed all the mistakes. I want pakistan to shock australia if test cricket has any chance of surviving , otherwise its just too predictable.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    ok so the guy wrote a mistake, but it doesn't happen very often and cricinfo has been a great website with excellent journalists for many years.

  • POSTED BY faraz1982 on | July 15, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    No there is no mistake in the article. The writer wrote: Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope".

    What he means to say here is that Pakistan would be hoping that this is the last day as they would want to chase down the 326 on the 4th day.

    I'm not trying to diss anyone's english skills but that is what I think it means.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    The article said ' on whats likely to be the final day. Not the final day. It means that most likely the game will finish tomorrow as Australia will get the wickets, or Pakistan the runs. Please instead of critising the article, you read it properly.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    It could be the final day IF Pakistan win. The only mistake I see in the article was he mentioned Salmaan butt instead of Azhar Ali. Big Deal...

  • POSTED BY mattkel on | July 15, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Please read the article properly before making absurd shouts for corrections. He never said that tomorrow was the 5th day, only that tomorrow will most likely be the last day of the test. Either way, the match should be over tomorrow.

    Secondly, he correctly said that Azhar Ali was the recipient of the close LBW shout at the end of the day.

    So please, correct the facts in your own comments.

  • POSTED BY amrash52 on | July 15, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    oh my god...why is everyone trying to find fault with the poor editor..he is only assuming that tomorrow is going to be the final day if the weather holds up, either aussies are gonna take all the 9 wickets required or pakistanis are gonna get 326 more runs required in a day. he never said tomorrow is the fifth and final day...

  • POSTED BY Khalid_M_Shah on | July 15, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Alas so few read english anymore. "what will likely be the final day full of hope" means at the end of day 4, if Pakistan does bat through the day, we will know if there is any chance of them winning the match.

    Pakistan needs a Hanif Mohammad or Mudassar Nazar. Or maybe one of each! There is an old urdu story by Shafiq-ur-Rehman where this advice was offered to a new batsman. 'If the ball is coming straight stop it, if it is going away ignore it. Don't worry about the runs. They will happen on their own.' If Pakistan scores only 100 runs tommorow but do not lose any wickets, they can win on Saturday. There is no hurry to score runs. Lets hope the batsmen keep their heads.

  • POSTED BY impulsiveking on | July 15, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    @ abv all comments..

    writer wrote that "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day" he knows that tomorrow is the fourth day but he was trying to say that it looks like we will get a result tomorrow .. now you guys got it ?

  • POSTED BY backtoschool on | July 15, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    "what will likely be the final day." Transalation: there is more likely to be a result tomorrow rather than the match going into a fifth day.

  • POSTED BY impulsiveking on | July 15, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    @ aBv all comments..

    writer wrote "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day " you guys didn't understand what he was trying to say .. he said that it looks like that the match will end tomorrow .. he knows that tomorrow will be the fourth day but he thinks that tomorrow people will get the result of this match.

  • POSTED BY AbdulHanan on | July 15, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    I think, the readers who pointed out the mistake in 1st line of second paragraph, should read the paragraph again. There is a word likely showing that tomorrow would probably the final day. The writer is correct. Whereas, other is just a mistake of name. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY HarrY-101 on | July 15, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope" ... It is not a mistake sorry but your poor reading skills . It says what will likely be the final day ... likely means that there is a good chance that the game will end tomorrow instead of on Saturday thus making tomorrow the final day! Hope that helped and yea cricinfo is too good to make mistakes ...! =)

  • POSTED BY ponting164 on | July 15, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Oh for goodness sake people. Please learn to read the actual words before you go off on a tangent would you. The writer says "Pakistan will enter what will LIKELY be the final day". In other words it will MOST LIKELY be the last day & finish a day early. Please read properly before making comments. Cheers! :)

  • POSTED BY Dannov747 on | July 15, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Does it really matter so much that he made a few mistakes? I think that Pakistan's batting is way to frail. The remaining batsman half to triple their average to get Pakistan close. Afridi can't play a big sensible innings, there are two debutants, and the akmal brothers have a habit of throwing their wickets away. It all really depends on Butt. Though i still think there is a very small chance of Pak winning.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    if Pakistan play properly it is not that big score, teams can chase this in one day cricket now days, but I know in one day they have close fielders and in test they can move them every where whenever they like, but if Pakistan score 200 runs tommorow without lossing that many wickets, they can make 126 runs in the final day, which wouldn't be hard, but this comming batsmen is inexperienced umar amin, i hope he score some runs. 50 runs will be fine...

    With the form Akmal brothers in, I wonder what will happen??? this match depend entirely on them, they are the back bone of Pakistan, they should play well now, specially kamran, because he is experienced enough, but don't know how he got out too early before, he is good batsman. Maybe presure, or maybe wrong batting position, i think he should play at no.3 or 4...

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    i have high hopes for 2moros match and also in snowsnakes sayings

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    All who are pointing out that tomorrow is not the last day, please read the article again ... carefully. The author wrote "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope" emphasis on "likely" meaning that Australia will wrap things up on the 4th day!

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | July 15, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Mr. editor is alright in saying.... "Pakistan will enter what will LIKELY BE the final day full of hope"... tomorrow will be decissive... i also think same..

    from pitch conditions and straight australian bowling line-up,, target seems acheivable for Pakistan... though they got a history of showing, what can even not be predicted... :-) ... so nothing is far from them.... however tomorrow depends more on how Pakistan bat than how Aussies ball... good luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY ishtiaqahmed on | July 15, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope, needing 326...." I think the operative word here is "likely" - which is correct...can't see this game going into fifth day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    The writer said :"Pakistan will enter what will LIKELY be the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand"

    He understands that it will be the fourth day of the match but either the runs will be chased tomorrow or Australia will take the remaining wickets. That's why he wrote the word "likely" in that sentence.

  • POSTED BY yasmemon on | July 15, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    there is no mistake in the article. The writer says likely be the final day because if Pak goes on and bat for 90 overs they will probably be done with the score or they might end up losing their wickets tomorrow. So it says likely be the final day not surely be the final day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Read what it says. "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day" They are NOT saying it IS the final day. Unless it rains it wont make it to a fifth day.....

  • POSTED BY sbcworld on | July 15, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Why is everyone crucifying the writer on the 4th day/5th day matter? No where did the writer mention that it is the 5th day tomorrow. Pls ready carefully. What he mentioned is that most likely tomorrow will be the last day of the match. That does not mean he thinks it is the 5th day but because he thinks the match will get over tomorrow itself wiith either Oz or Pak winning it without the need for going into the 5th day. Now is that possible or not? Gosh...how every1 jumps the gun.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Pakistan will enter what will "likely"... be the final day full of hope....lokk closely it stays probably the last day not the official last day .. !! and yeah the Salman Butt thing is wrong anyway

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    lol chill guys yes Azhar ali survived the last ball lbw and the writer means "its LIKELY to b the final day 2mrrow" as we would possibly get the result

  • POSTED BY magd2992 on | July 15, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    The "4th day" and the "last day" are not mutually exclusive. This Test will finish tomorrow, the 4th day, also making it the last day of the Test...

  • POSTED BY TheProteasMan on | July 15, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    It says..LIKELY LAST DAY.. stop bein so immature lookin for tiny erros..

  • POSTED BY Javzy on | July 15, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    What the writer means is that it will "LIKELY" be the final day because if its a good day weatherwise and we get a full day of cricket either Pakistan will get the required runs or get bowled out. Inshallah Pakistan can get the runs and make us proud!!!

  • POSTED BY ameeqahmed on | July 15, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    first of all i would like to ask those who say that there are 2 mistakes in the article, read the article carefully there is only 1 mistake which is about batsmen name who survived that lbw appeal it was not salman butt it was azhar ali . the second one is not mistake coz the writer says "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day" so by which he means that either australia will take those 9 remaining wickets or pakistan will chase the remaining runs tomorrow so writer is not wrong here .thanks for reading anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    @ Gaurav Kaul I am not intending to conduct an English class here. But the word 'likely' is what you have missed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    A little correction, it was Azhar Ali, not Salman Butt who survived the last ball lbw appeal.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day". Likely, I believe is the keyword here. No where it says tomorrow is the final day. Given how strong and committed the Paki batting has looked so far, I would think Cricinfo is bang on target.

  • POSTED BY Himoon on | July 15, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    What's wrong with everyone? Please read the article carefully. The writer did not say it WILL BE the last day of play tomorrow, he said "Pakistan will enter what will LIKELY BE the final day full of hope". Which means, although it is not the final day but it is very likely to be. I was amazed to see so many people commenting here could not follow what the writer actually meant.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    ha ha ha so many people are complaining about the "final day". guys wake up and read it again. Its "Pakistan will enter ---what will likely---- be the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand and two batsmen well set". Author means that this test will most likely get an end on 4th day. It is highly unlikely that Pakistan survives till 5th day and if they do so it is highly likely that they will score another 326 runs before 5th day. So it is virtually a final day not technically that is what author means. I agree about the last ball mistake as it was not Salman Butt.

  • POSTED BY Manas83 on | July 15, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    Dont u guys understand meaning of the word LIKELY, Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day. Why such a hue and cry made over this simple to understand statement :O

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    There is only one factual error, not two. The only error is about who survived the lbw appeal off the last ball. Regarding the 4th vs 5th day, the author used the word "likely" before "final day".

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    The writer said " Likely to be the final" means result expected tomorrow. But yeah he got it wrong with Salman butt surviving LBW apeal on last ball of the day.

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | July 15, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    To be fair to the writer, he said it would "likely" be the final day--which seems reasonable. Should be a fascinating day of cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    i think its gonna be a huge record if pakistan wins the match but its very very very hard coz none of the test players younis and mohammad yousaf taken in the squad i dont even think this pakistan team is a goood test team i m not talking bt bowling or feilding i m tawking bt BATTING coz its the main thing and even 300 + is a huge target rather than 440 i dont knw how did the last batsman play its excellent australian squad who ever wins its really a good match

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    To all you readers, please re-read the article. The writer says it will most likely be the last day, as in he expects the Australian team to wrap up the game on day 4.

  • POSTED BY ummy on | July 15, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Lol how many times does one need to tell the writer of his errors? Just once right?

  • POSTED BY Vaaz on | July 15, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    come on people cool down Brydon meant what will likely be the final day because most likely match will be decided either way on the fourth day. he did mistake salman butt for azhar ali but no big deal. good luck pakistan

  • POSTED BY hmia1001 on | July 15, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    It was Azhar who survived the last ball lbw appeal, not salman butt!

  • POSTED BY Amir_D on | July 15, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    I think the writer meant the game is likely to end tomorrow either way. Its highly unlikely to go into a fifth day, yes it was Azhar not Salman who survived the late LBW decision.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    he wrote.... 'what will likely be the final day'!! IDIOTS, all of ya!!

  • POSTED BY Kartik44 on | July 15, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    To all the above, there's no mistake in the article, its simple english, wat andrew wrote is that it is "likely" to be the final day in which he is telling us that most probably pakistan will either get bowled out tomorrow or pakistan will chase down the score. In which as per my view, he is correct. this test if God permit aand there's no rain will end tomorrow for sure and it will be the last day dumbos....

  • POSTED BY HenWelder on | July 15, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Read the article guys, "Pakistan will enter what will LIKELY be the final day full of hope" The key word being likely!

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | July 15, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    They do not final day in the real sense...but the result will be decided tomorrow.. so it is like a final day..

  • POSTED BY harismatic on | July 15, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    "what will likely be the final day" means that it is a monumental task and Pakistan could easily be bowled out tomorrow, which will make it the final day of the test.

  • POSTED BY SuperPendoo on | July 15, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Come on people, article clearly says "...what will likely be the final day...". Author is just surmising that if there is an outcome tomorrow, it will likely be the last day of match. Enjoy the most beautiful game out there!

  • POSTED BY shahid6995 on | July 15, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    "Pakistan will enter WHAT WILL LIKELY be the final day"

    People need to really learn to READ before writing in blind comments about the editors. The article never said that tomorrow is the 5th day of the match. It says it is LIKELY to be the final day of the match. Which is absolutely true given Pakistan's batsmen.

    I bet Afridi comes in tomorrow with 250 needed with 5 wickets in hand and 6 sessions to bat out, and he will hit another 40 off 16 balls and fall to a skier in the outfield. Idiot.

  • POSTED BY zimbrowski on | July 15, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Are you all just going to comment on the "final day" gaffe? Tomorrow will almost certainly be the final day unless rain intervenes. Have you no other comment on such an exciting, poised test? Stop being so bloody picky.

  • POSTED BY sshaque on | July 15, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    I guess what the author meant by "Pakistan will enter what will likely be the final day full of hope..." is that either way tomorrow (the 4th day) will be last day anyways, either all wickets would be down or the runs would be chased down....anyways, it's not a big deal i take.

  • POSTED BY rohitcbs on | July 15, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    read carefully guys.. the writer is saying tom will "likely" be the last day of this test match and I agree wid him. Either Aus will get the nine reqd wickets.. or pak will score those 326 remaining runs given the run rate at which scores are built these days in test cricket. All this, given a full day of cricket, of course.

    watever happens, tom is goin to be exciting cricket and i am not missing it... !! gud luck to both teams...

  • POSTED BY BilalSaleem on | July 15, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Guys dont criticize the author, he said "what will likely be the final day full of hope", not what will be the last day. He means that either Pakistan will get the total tomorrow, or they will be all out tomorrow. So either way it would be the last day of the match, if one of those 2 possibilities happened.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Lolz...the people who are commenting shud wake up.....the writer said, its likely to be the last day..b/c either Pakistan will loose the wickets or will complete the runs....so its likely to be the last day...got it all of u....and yeh writer did make a mistake regarding the name...it was Ali not Butt.....:)

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Its not the final day tomorrow. Its the 4th day as far as I understood.

  • POSTED BY Shiraz29 on | July 15, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    too many blunders by cricinfo writers these days. in this article the writer says that tomorrow is the final day although 2 days r left in the test match. secondly salman butt didnt survive a close lbw shout on the last ball, infact it was azhar ali who got lucky. then recently in an article another writer wrote ex-patriots instead of expatriates. wake up mr editor!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Pakistan will enter the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand and two batsmen well set, although Salman Butt survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day. Ummm.. it's going to be the 4th day and Azhar Ali was the one who survived the lbw shout.. Thank you for watching the game.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | July 15, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    This match looks very interesting, and traditional anologies do not necessarily apply because of mamoth play time. Pak has two more days to get 326 runs, so there is no pressure. Australian pace attack will only get tired as time rolls on. Already, most of their bowlers are averaging in high 130s kmph. Pitch does not seem to be doing much. It may have been better on first two days. I still think Australia will win this, but Pak. can win if they just hold on to their wickets. The asking rate to win is so low that if they somehow manage to keep their wickets win will come automatically. Tomorrow's start will be very important for both teams.

  • POSTED BY GandaBacha on | July 15, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    it would be 4th Day not the last Day

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Tomorrow is the 4th day, NOT the 5th day. And it was Azhar Ali who survived a close call, not Salman Butt. Please correct these facts in your article. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    There is a mistake in the article, it is not the final day as mentioned. Tomorrow is the fourth day. Please make the following corrections

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  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    There is a mistake in the article, it is not the final day as mentioned. Tomorrow is the fourth day. Please make the following corrections

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Tomorrow is the 4th day, NOT the 5th day. And it was Azhar Ali who survived a close call, not Salman Butt. Please correct these facts in your article. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY GandaBacha on | July 15, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    it would be 4th Day not the last Day

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | July 15, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    This match looks very interesting, and traditional anologies do not necessarily apply because of mamoth play time. Pak has two more days to get 326 runs, so there is no pressure. Australian pace attack will only get tired as time rolls on. Already, most of their bowlers are averaging in high 130s kmph. Pitch does not seem to be doing much. It may have been better on first two days. I still think Australia will win this, but Pak. can win if they just hold on to their wickets. The asking rate to win is so low that if they somehow manage to keep their wickets win will come automatically. Tomorrow's start will be very important for both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Pakistan will enter the final day full of hope, needing 326 with nine wickets in hand and two batsmen well set, although Salman Butt survived a perilously close lbw shout on the final ball of the day. Ummm.. it's going to be the 4th day and Azhar Ali was the one who survived the lbw shout.. Thank you for watching the game.

  • POSTED BY Shiraz29 on | July 15, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    too many blunders by cricinfo writers these days. in this article the writer says that tomorrow is the final day although 2 days r left in the test match. secondly salman butt didnt survive a close lbw shout on the last ball, infact it was azhar ali who got lucky. then recently in an article another writer wrote ex-patriots instead of expatriates. wake up mr editor!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Its not the final day tomorrow. Its the 4th day as far as I understood.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Lolz...the people who are commenting shud wake up.....the writer said, its likely to be the last day..b/c either Pakistan will loose the wickets or will complete the runs....so its likely to be the last day...got it all of u....and yeh writer did make a mistake regarding the name...it was Ali not Butt.....:)

  • POSTED BY BilalSaleem on | July 15, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Guys dont criticize the author, he said "what will likely be the final day full of hope", not what will be the last day. He means that either Pakistan will get the total tomorrow, or they will be all out tomorrow. So either way it would be the last day of the match, if one of those 2 possibilities happened.

  • POSTED BY rohitcbs on | July 15, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    read carefully guys.. the writer is saying tom will "likely" be the last day of this test match and I agree wid him. Either Aus will get the nine reqd wickets.. or pak will score those 326 remaining runs given the run rate at which scores are built these days in test cricket. All this, given a full day of cricket, of course.

    watever happens, tom is goin to be exciting cricket and i am not missing it... !! gud luck to both teams...