Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 4th day July 16, 2010

North spins Australia to massive win

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Australia 253 and 334 (Katich 83, Hilfenhaus 56*, Gul 4-61) beat Pakistan 148 and 289 (Butt 92, North 6-55, Smith 3-51) by 150 runs
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Marcus North claimed the remarkable figures of 6 for 55 to join Shane Watson on the brand-new neutral honours board at Lord's, while Steven Smith chipped in with three key scalps in his first innings as a Test bowler, as Pakistan hurtled to defeat by 150 runs on the fourth afternoon of the first Test against Australia.

Set an improbable 440 for victory, Pakistan began their chase boldly through the efforts of Salman Butt, who made a fluent 92 in a 102-run stand for the second wicket with the debutant Azhar Ali, and at 152 for 1 with more than five sessions of the match remaining, there was an outside chance of a miracle taking place. But North's introduction transformed the contest shortly before lunch.

With his eyes lighting up as North floated his first delivery gently towards his pads, Butt toppled out of his crease to be stumped down the leg-side by Tim Paine, before Umar Akmal jabbed a lifter to slip on the stroke of lunch. With wickets continuing to slip away thereafter, the last vestige of Pakistani hope vanished when the captain Shahid Afridi slapped his fourth delivery down the throat of deep midwicket for 2 - a shot which doubtless contributed to his post-match declaration that next week's Headingley Test would be his last.

Bowling unchanged from the Nursery End for 18 overs straight, North's seemingly innocuous offspinners proved too tempting for an impetuous Pakistan line-up, who found a succession of unworthy ways to fling their wickets away. Umar Amin was impressively snaffled by the Man of the Match, Simon Katich at short leg, but in the same over, Afridi's hoick towards the Grandstand boundary was brainless in the extreme, as Mike Hussey steadied himself well to pouch a skier just inside the rope.

At 229 for 6, there was little hope of Pakistan coming back into the contest, let alone dig in for the draw, although Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Aamer defied their fading expectations in a 54-run stand for the seventh wicket than spanned 19 overs. But when Ricky Ponting freed up the leg-side boundary to tempt Akmal into a mow, the effect was instantaneous. Smith slipped in a quicker ball to peg back his middle stump, as the last four wickets tumbled for six runs in 26 deliveries.

Ponting by now had the new ball at his disposal, but he saw no need to change the pattern of the session, especially with bright sunshine overhead and little prospect of swing. It took five more deliveries for Aamer to pick out Hussey at deep midwicket with a slog-sweep - only moments after the fielder had been waved into position - before Smith claimed a third courtesy of Umar Gul, who wafted a leading edge to Ponting at short cover. One over later, the deed was done, as Danish Kaneria patted a tame drive to Ponting once again, to leave North in possession of the best figures ever by an Australian spinner at Lord's.

The last rites came in a rush, but Pakistan had made Australia work hard for much of the day's play. After a confident start to a mountainous run-chase on Thursday evening, they had resumed on 114 for 1, still requiring an improbable 326 to make history and end a run of 12 consecutive defeats at the hands of the Aussies. But the overnight pair of Butt and Azhar showed no signs of anxiety as they racked up 48 runs in the first ten overs of the day under moderately overcast skies that always promised to clear up as the day progressed.

Butt, who resumed on 58 not out, was once again the main source of Pakistani optimism, as he cashed in on a wayward first spell from Mitchell Johnson to slash four fours over the covers in the space of 10 deliveries, before angling the first ball of Watson's spell through third man for another boundary. Following on from his first-innings 63, the innings briefly carried his Test average against Australia past the 50 mark.

But slowly as first, and then with increasing confidence, Australia made their weight of runs count on a brittle Pakistani line-up. Though Azhar continued the composed performance he had begun the previous evening, he was always on the defensive against Ben Hilfenhaus, against whom he squirted consecutive boundaries through the gully before, on 42, snicking a perfect outswinger to Paine behind the stumps.

Hilfenhaus's rhythm was disrupted one over later when he dived awkwardly at third man and jarred his left shoulder on the turf, but with the weather now brightening up immeasurably, his job for the day was as good as done. Into the attack came North, and out of his crease toppled Butt, whose quest to become the first centurion in a neutral Test at Lord's for 98 years ended in an agonising fashion.

It was the opening that Australia needed. Ponting's persistence with North suited the new man, Umar Akmal, just fine, as he climbed onto the offensive in his typically uninhibited manner, smacking a six and a four back over the bowler's head in consecutive overs to move to 22 from 30 deliveries. But the lure of easy runs came at a price, as Umar and his middle-order team-mates would soon discover to their cost.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • nataraajds on July 20, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Afrdi's premature announcement of retirement from test shows how matured he is and how reliable he is if you make him caption. a caption should be able to handle win / loss, criticism and boost the morale of the team... Afridi is not fit for this right now. PAK now feel the heat of loss not having Younis & Yusuf in the team. please bring them in and make Younis khan caption the side and give him team of his choice.

  • Nichollsss on July 19, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    The pakis were in a very good position after bowling Australia out cheaply, but once again they choked. Just like the Sydney test. Mind you though, Australia batted and bowled better in the 2nd innings.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 19, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    The PCB suspends the players for life time and revoke it in few months...just an eye wash and insult to the game of cricket. Someone (hello klobania you know whom i mean) who bites the ball to get wickets is still allowed to play cricket at top level..accept your team is unfit to play and levels of cricket. I respect wasim akram the only pak player who was a real professional...he let his bowling do the talking...he never collided with any batsman after taking the wicket ( like the new pak kid who ran to ponting after taking his wicket...) in fact wasim said recently when he was with kkr in ipl that pak cricket has a longgggggg way to go.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 19, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    @klobania ...can you count the no of test matches Ind won against SL since 15 years...and that would answer your question. We never lost to anyone consecutively without a draw at home or away. the so called no1 team will respond your comments in few days...good to know that you are following the team in SL.( just to reiterate...we dont play home matches away from home)

  • Hindh on July 19, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    @klobania What about Pak They havent won even 1 series even against west indies in West Indies, even when WI have been weakened. In SL it is a flat track and indian bowling is injured. If ind batted first they wud have been like 300-3 at the end.It is just they were unlucky with the toss.

  • Rooboy on July 19, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Oh come on @Slaternator, don't you know how things are here? A decade of dominance from Australia means nothing and should be brushed under the carpet due to it's insignificance, but an hour's good play by pakistan, sri lanka or india and they become the most fantastically supreme cricketing force ever to exist in the history of the universe. @Ken Nevill - you're spot on about the 'sassinator. His comments make me laugh a LOT because I figured he was just a troll, but now I'm starting to feel sorry for him because I think he may actually be serious. His/her analysis is just so childish ... it's like arguing Jason Gillespie could have been a better batsman than Bradman, if Dizzy just had have scored more runs at a better average than Don. Of course he didn't, but if he had have, oh how different things would have been. Just as Australia wouldn't be so good if they just didn't keep on winning matches. Keep the laughs coming, 'sassinator!!

  • klobania on July 18, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    hey karthik from chenaiiii wat would u say ur so called no.1 india about 2days performance even bhaji failed to create any impression n as far as stats are concerned wat about india failed to win any test series in srilanka for more than 15 yrs n instead of commenting similar thing again n again bring something genuine n new

  • karthikfromchennai on July 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @BharathRajeswaran , if you know the stats...we did not lose cosecutively to WI as you mentioned...please chck the head to head stats and then post your comments. well, the 13 consecutive loss to same opponent is a new world record by pak ( ie 13 losses in 13 matches, no draws)

  • karthikfromchennai on July 18, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    @klobania, SL batting is not as fragile as pakis. They dont have a senseless mad captain who plays street cricket in test matches. Pak cricket is in deep trouble. A board with no money, a country of 300,000+ square miles cant find the safe 22 yards to play cricket, players safety...international teams not willing to tour Pak, attitude and commitment of Pak players ( can you count the no of players banned, suspended and fined recently), apart from national team's 13th consecutive loss to Aus in test match. where is the future of pak's cricket?

  • chirag17 on July 18, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    australia will definately win.............its the best team in world

  • nataraajds on July 20, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Afrdi's premature announcement of retirement from test shows how matured he is and how reliable he is if you make him caption. a caption should be able to handle win / loss, criticism and boost the morale of the team... Afridi is not fit for this right now. PAK now feel the heat of loss not having Younis & Yusuf in the team. please bring them in and make Younis khan caption the side and give him team of his choice.

  • Nichollsss on July 19, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    The pakis were in a very good position after bowling Australia out cheaply, but once again they choked. Just like the Sydney test. Mind you though, Australia batted and bowled better in the 2nd innings.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 19, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    The PCB suspends the players for life time and revoke it in few months...just an eye wash and insult to the game of cricket. Someone (hello klobania you know whom i mean) who bites the ball to get wickets is still allowed to play cricket at top level..accept your team is unfit to play and levels of cricket. I respect wasim akram the only pak player who was a real professional...he let his bowling do the talking...he never collided with any batsman after taking the wicket ( like the new pak kid who ran to ponting after taking his wicket...) in fact wasim said recently when he was with kkr in ipl that pak cricket has a longgggggg way to go.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 19, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    @klobania ...can you count the no of test matches Ind won against SL since 15 years...and that would answer your question. We never lost to anyone consecutively without a draw at home or away. the so called no1 team will respond your comments in few days...good to know that you are following the team in SL.( just to reiterate...we dont play home matches away from home)

  • Hindh on July 19, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    @klobania What about Pak They havent won even 1 series even against west indies in West Indies, even when WI have been weakened. In SL it is a flat track and indian bowling is injured. If ind batted first they wud have been like 300-3 at the end.It is just they were unlucky with the toss.

  • Rooboy on July 19, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Oh come on @Slaternator, don't you know how things are here? A decade of dominance from Australia means nothing and should be brushed under the carpet due to it's insignificance, but an hour's good play by pakistan, sri lanka or india and they become the most fantastically supreme cricketing force ever to exist in the history of the universe. @Ken Nevill - you're spot on about the 'sassinator. His comments make me laugh a LOT because I figured he was just a troll, but now I'm starting to feel sorry for him because I think he may actually be serious. His/her analysis is just so childish ... it's like arguing Jason Gillespie could have been a better batsman than Bradman, if Dizzy just had have scored more runs at a better average than Don. Of course he didn't, but if he had have, oh how different things would have been. Just as Australia wouldn't be so good if they just didn't keep on winning matches. Keep the laughs coming, 'sassinator!!

  • klobania on July 18, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    hey karthik from chenaiiii wat would u say ur so called no.1 india about 2days performance even bhaji failed to create any impression n as far as stats are concerned wat about india failed to win any test series in srilanka for more than 15 yrs n instead of commenting similar thing again n again bring something genuine n new

  • karthikfromchennai on July 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @BharathRajeswaran , if you know the stats...we did not lose cosecutively to WI as you mentioned...please chck the head to head stats and then post your comments. well, the 13 consecutive loss to same opponent is a new world record by pak ( ie 13 losses in 13 matches, no draws)

  • karthikfromchennai on July 18, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    @klobania, SL batting is not as fragile as pakis. They dont have a senseless mad captain who plays street cricket in test matches. Pak cricket is in deep trouble. A board with no money, a country of 300,000+ square miles cant find the safe 22 yards to play cricket, players safety...international teams not willing to tour Pak, attitude and commitment of Pak players ( can you count the no of players banned, suspended and fined recently), apart from national team's 13th consecutive loss to Aus in test match. where is the future of pak's cricket?

  • chirag17 on July 18, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    australia will definately win.............its the best team in world

  • sub2600 on July 18, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Play Cricket, for your own long-term cricketing pleasure I suggest you take the time to learn to appreciate Test cricket. And it won't take long. I'm reasonably confident you'd just one thrilling five-day contest to be hooked - if you are really a budding cricket fan. I'm glad ODI and T20i forms have helped spread the game to more people. But there is no way Pakistan would voluntarily quit its elite status as one of only 10 teams in the world arguably (Zimbabwe?) capable of competing in one of the sporting world's most grueling competitive forms. Test cricket asks questions of psychological and physical fortitude that neither one-dayers or T20 require of players - a reason T20 is where Test greats retire from the longer form. Take checkers (draughts) vs chess. Checkers may be a fun rainy weekend's diversion, but over a life time? Only chess would keep me learning and engaged down the years. T20 may be a good night's entertainment, but Tests can contain the passion of a life time.

  • Ashu123 on July 17, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    it really is a loss to cricket. Pakistan have so much talent but never seem to be able to get consistent. there just is too much politics involved. they really are becoming a joke. it really amazes me though at how much talent they have. especially their fast bowlers.

  • on July 17, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    My opinion is they shouldnt play test cricket, I am fan of Pakistan, I want them playing cricket that they are good at, which is ODI and T20... we waste a lot of time watching them in test cricket, they perform well in 3 days but on last day, they don't and lose... It is very slow and funny game, ICC should get rid of it, there is not many fan following anyways, just see how many people came to see that match, tickets were very cheap too, but if you compare that to early game of T20 you will find your answers... I personally enjoy more ODI cricket, I think they should play more of that it is balanced version of both test and T20...

  • klobania on July 17, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    dear karthik frm chenaiii if u think ur school team can take 10 pakistani wickets then for god sake send 1 or 2 bowlers in sri lanka as this indian bowling attack desparately needing atleast 1 respected bowler

  • _Australian_ on July 17, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    sanjeevmukherjee2006. Actually you should take a good look at the stats. South Africa beat Australia at Perth recently also. Big difference is they won the series. The only reason India won at Perth was because of the drama caused by your team who were going to take their bat and ball and go home sulking. Australia were clearly not themselves in that game with the overboard media scrutiny.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 17, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    @ahmedjawwad4u, boy can u check the stats before posting your illusions. India have wonAEAY TEST SERIES(PAK, WI, NZ, ENG, yes even in Pak, we have won series.) consistently to reach no1 not by just playing in Indoa or in SL. pls be ellaborate, who is the better batsman than sachin? I dont have problems in arguing but with senseless abysmal comments irk me....... just remember pak has lost 13th test match in a row....the 14th is waiting in few days. be prepared.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 17, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    @Itchy, not sure what you mean by your comments. And besides, why wouldn't he, when surrounded by the regular 8 that he has been playing with for quite sometime. The debutants of Aus, did not bat at 3 and 4...did they? And weren't expected to help the teams batting...were they?

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan should learn a lesson from Australia on how to rebuild a team. They lost more superstars at one time than anyother team had, and look at where they are now, still in the top 3 in Test, ODI, and arguably even in T20.

    Also, this series in England isn't supposed to be a 'learning series', it's supposed to be a performance series! It's in series like these where you have to perform against big opposition, and bring the best team possible, not just bring anyone and everyone!

  • klobania on July 17, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    i m back infact i forgot to tell tomorrow india is playing against sri lanka once agaaaain yes dear thats the reality lets face it after seeing a quality cricket at lords lets hope we might catch 50% of that in srilanka

  • klobania on July 17, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    its really heartening that lots n lots of indians are commenting here i.e. more than pakistanis have commmented so far regarding this match. i think instead of criticising indians here we must encourage n appreciate them for commenting here n it shows how desparate they are for watching true n quality cricket else they know their team only plays against sri lanka to play 5 long boring days cricket they are atleast treating to watch good cricket frm two quality teams see how many comments have they passed regarding india n sri lanka board XI match n performance of indian team is open to anyone

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 17, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    @popcorn and other pak fans who are saying indians can only win in india i think you guys are living in a fool's paradise away from india, indians have won test series in Pakistan, England, Nz, West Indies. drew test series in 2003 against australia and lost to australia 2-1 in 2008, they have won a test match in Perth has any other team won a test match at Perth and in Odi recently Indians are Asian Champs it was amazing to see Akhtar was hit all over the park, India beat SL and Pak. India won triangular series in Australia so look at the stats then comment

  • Itchy on July 17, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    @Srinis1: " Two debutants, one reluctant captain"! I'm pretty sure that Ricky Ponting wants to captain Australia!

    I predict Afridi's retirement will last as long as Pak players recent bans.

  • A.SOFI on July 17, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    REGARDING AFRIDI HE CAPTAINED THE TEAM WELL BUT JUST COULDNT CAPTAIN HIMSELF . HE IS HIS OWN SPOILT BRAT . BUT I AM A FAN . AND I THINK HE SHOULD STAY WITH THE TEAM AS PART OF MANAGEMENT . HE LOVES HIS TEAM . AND I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST

  • A.SOFI on July 17, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    HELLO ALL , TO BE HONEST I ACTUALLY LIKED THIS TEAM WITH TWO YOUNGESTERS WHO WERE NOT WILLING TO THROW AWAY THEIR WICKETS , SALMAN BUTT AND AZHAR PLAYED GOOD TEST INNINGS AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE PAKISTAN FIELD BETTER , BOWLING HAS REARELY BEEN THEIR PROBLEM , U.AKMAL NEEDS TO BELIEVE IN HIMSELF AND BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN BEAT ANY TEAM , I THINK LACK OF BELIEF MADE THEM THROW AWAY THEIR WICKETS , LETS PUT SOME BELIEF IN THEM BY SUPPORTING THEM , GETTING 20 AUSTRALIAN WICKETS FOR LESS THAN 600 ON ANY WICKET IS NOT AN EASY THING TO DO , JUST BRING IN SOME PLAYERS WITH TEST TEMPERAMENT EVEN IF THEY SCORE A TOTAL OF 300 LOOKS LOOKS BETTER THAN WATCHING IMPATIENT BATSMEN BATTING IN TEST CRICKET . I THINK AZHAR ALI PLAYED REALLY WELL .DEFINETLY A GOOD SIGN FOR PAKISTAN . PATIENCE.

  • Hindh on July 17, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    @ so many Pak fans saying that they find test matches as boring ,Come on find a more better reason for ur teams defeat . If pak loses then Test cricket is boring, if pak wins then it is good, what childish arguements. Test cricket is here since 1800's and Pak have never come close to top 3 since 1952 when they started playing.

  • reality_check on July 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai. There is no point in making cheap drive-by comments on Pakistan's loss. Don't forget your "team India" have been very unceremoniuosly got kicked out in the most recent last four ICC events. This can happen to any team specially if there are debutants and inexperienced players playing. PCB has been known to introduce young talent. It works sometimes i.e. Aamer and sometimes it just stays as experiment. Pakistan has talent, no one can doubt that. How that talent is best used has been PCB's biggest failure. For Indians like yourselves to start jumping up and down at this point is a bit surprising knowing the fact that, compared to Aus, India is still a very mediocre team which has won exactly two ICC events, same exact number as Pakistan so please stuff it.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 17, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    The supreme target of PCB seems to be in making a record of most captains in one year. Even after the loss PCB didn't call Younis. They called Yousuf who is not willing to play and Younis who has recently placed county in English conditions is not being asked. Pakistan will 100% win with these two Ys considering their deadly bowling. And also Hameed should replace Farhat. And about Aussies i don't think they have managed a good victory. In batting only Katich played responsibly(and he was out lbw on 2 in first innings only to be rejected by umpire). In bowling their fast bowlers were gone wicketless. Even though they bowled Pakistan on low scores but it was an inexperience team. If Younis and Yousuf were in team it would not be thay easy. I think they will lose again the Ashes.

  • reality_check on July 17, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    @rajeevsingh "Please understand that T20s can be won by any Tom, Dick and Harry." Which is why the "mighty" Indians got spanked out of it unceremoniously for the last two years even with the advantage of IPL tamasha.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 17, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    where have all the hard core PAK fans gone?

  • Aussasinator on July 17, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    @Marcio. I made my point because I know Pakistan has the potential to beat at least this Australian team. Pakistani batting is a huge gap at the top and that led to the not so unexpected downfall. I had hoped for a slightly closer contest. But the takeaway for Pakistan is the knowledge that apart from Katich, Australia doesnt have a decent bastman against pace and spin. If they get Katich out cheaply, things will be entirely different.

  • popcorn on July 17, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Australia are the best Test Team in the world, whatever the rankings may say. India have been tigers in their own backard, but have never done well away.

  • rajeevsingh on July 17, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Hopefully all the jokers from Pakistan will shut up for now. After winning a couple of T20 games against the Aussies and the Pakis thought that they can roll over the mighty Aussies. Please understand that T20s can be won by any Tom, Dick and Harry. It is nothing but a lottery. If a team like England can win a world cup, you must quickly make out that it has to be a T20 world cup as England have won nothing significant except a few Ashes series in their 100 odd years of cricket, which by the way is the game that they themselves invented. And to Pakistan, Best of luck for the 14th consecutive loss to Australia that is coming your way at Headingley. Adieus.

  • A_S_M on July 17, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Looks like Australia have included more all rounders in their test squad - Simon Smith, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Mitchel Johnson, and Marcus North. All rounders can (usually do) make the day as if one fails in batting, he could cover in bowling. Pakistan needs to consider this option as well. They have good all rounders in Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razak and Fawad Alam - and none of them were utilized for this match. Pakistan have depended on the traditional mindset of specialist batsmen (eg Inzamam, Yousuf, Yunus in the past and now Umar Amin, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal and Salman Butt) and specialist bowlers (eg Danish Kaneria, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amer). Unless the batsmen are really solid and the bowlers unfailing almost all the time, this option is not really workable. Worth looking into the Aussie technique of utilizing all rounders!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 17, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    oh come on!!! Cut some slack people!! Two debutants, one reluctant captain..what do you expect? They did play together as a team in a very long time. Now that's a success. One defeat and the clamour goes back to all those discards (Younis, Yousuf, blah..blah...blah!!!). In international cricket terms, Umar is still a baby. Shahid's role was only as a Captain. No one in their right mind would have expected him to score 200+ in his first test after four years. What is wrong with you all? Did you guys forgot that the top order, save for Salman, has four "babies" out of which, two of them were making their deubuts? Actually we should give it to PCB and Shahid, for atleast daring to take a chance. Give them a couple more series and few more tests and see how they will shape up. Guys, remember, they were playing "home" tests away from home. Few of the lads did not even own a passport before this test. So, chill with your criticism and let the kids grow in to their roles.

  • AliLuvPak on July 17, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    gud to see that lot of indians are commenting on this match hmm seems they love watching pakistan play against any nation. I still remebered wen Michael clarke picked 6 wikcets against Indian in Mumbai 2006 i guess,Wasn't he a part time bowler, u indian fellows shud stop throwing comments abt who did wat and whether this player should be in the team or not, this is none of u people concern. Pakistan didnt play much test cricket like india, and the team is playing wid youngsters anyway, expecting them to play gud cricket in the last test to prove that they can play any kinda cricket.

  • on July 17, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Aussasinator, you are a legend! Your quite brilliant summary of proceedings leaves me breathless. "Australia is indeed at a low point in its cricket ability" is just the most perceptive piece of writing i have seen in ages. Now lets not let facts get in the way shall we. They are only minor and should not worry any serious cricket fan like our good friend The 'sassinator.

    Australia have only won their last 7 tests---big deal. They have beaten Pakistan for record 13th consecutive time--- so what. They are now in 2nd spot on ICC Test Rankings----just lucky. They are well clear at top of one day ICC rankings----fluke.

    When Australia reaches its high point in cricket ability it will be a sight to see!! Keep on posting your interesting comments on Australia and its cricketers please sassi, i love a good laugh!

  • Test_Match_Fan on July 17, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Yusuf should be brought back. He correctly criticized the pakistani team that they are 20/20 players and cannot play test matches. Sorry but until they get their act together, Pakistan should be demoted to play tests with Bangladesh, zimbabwe and West Indies.

  • ragamuffintuffy on July 17, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    I was hoping for a decisive win for Pakistan, but their batsmen didnt meet the challenge; however, their bowlers can hold their heads high. Gen Musharaff n Imran Khan are probably in disbelief n very disappointed....

  • reality_check on July 17, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai. You can gloat now because Pak cricket is going thru some tought time for the last few years but hopefully it will emerge as a better test team in future and will be able to defeat any team because Pakistan can still produce exciting young talent. As far as Ind/Pak stats go, Pak still owns India in all time head-to-head in tests and ODI. Maybe you can ponder on that for a while.

  • on July 17, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Bad luck Pakistan , you had a great opportunity to play for a win after restricting Australia to a meagre score in their first Innings , and then being 100 or so for 1 in your first Innings . That was a great position to be in . Lost opportunity , and sole destroying too . Australia should not get too carried away with the result . Their recognised Batsmen failed miserably , as did their so called World Class bowlers . Stats show how little input they had on the outcome . Poor batting , al la Afridi , just made winning so much easier to attain for the Ozzies . Sadly I must say that Marcus North is not a worthy Test player . If he is chosen on his ability , instead of for what occurred on his very lucky day , for the next Test , then the Selectors are weak . Don't change a winning side ??? Rubbish , make it better .

  • W2NTED on July 17, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Its very funny to read all the comments, it doesn't take a genius to work out that majority of the comments were from. karthikfromchennai, Annamalai Kartik, VipulPatki hindh88, you get the point. How surprising that as soon as pak lose they are all out there writing comments. Concentrate on your team, dont get me wrong some good and fair comments but the rest just a bunch of pathetic people who dont have better to do but slag of pakistan. Remember they are playing proffesional cricket at international level, which certainly you do not come close to, just hiding behind a screen making sly comments. At least they are doing what they dreamed unlike some people.Ha Ha

  • abbyk2 on July 17, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Pakistan are paying the price for leaving out senior players such as younis and yousaf(forced to retire) to guide the youngesters in the present squad, however Afridi should go now and not after Headingly and a recall for Younis to bolster the middle order of the Pakistan team otherwise a defeat at headingly will seriously damage any future tests being played in England against other countries because the paying public will not pay at the gates to see poor results like the one against Australia.Had this match been played in lahore there would have been public anger at the poor shot selection and the way batsman gave in to the medicore spin of north in the second innings.

  • Itchy on July 16, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    @Aussasinator: Pakistan were an entire batting line-up short (save Salman Butt). Their second innings was laughable against world-beating spin of North (6 wickets at over 60 prior to this innings) and Steve Smith on debut. Your comments show a very poor understanding of what it takes to win Test matches.

  • stuartk319 on July 16, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    This was about as much a guide to the Ashes as me bowling to a small child. Butt was good. Ali looks like he has what it takes. The other Pakistani batsmen lack confidence and would struggle to play 1st grade in Sydney or Melbourne at the moment. The Ashes venues will be hard and bouncy and/or will turn; whereas Lords swung in this match. Australia certainly still know how to win; but aside from when Katich and Hussey led them to a passable 1st innings total, weren't put in any tight situations as 16 of the Pak wickets came quite easily.

  • katandthat3 on July 16, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Good win by the Aussies after getting sent in. Katich was amazing with the stick. Glad North did well with the ball as the talk about his spot being in trouble is premature, only just came off a big series in NZ and did well against the Poms last time. Debutants did well too. Smith and Paine were good and I was really impressed with Umar Amin. He has a good technique and temperament, hope they give him a decent go. The Pakis have the basis of a very good side. They need to stick with this group for a long period to gel as a team. Hard when the Pakis want success now but have some of the most talented players in world cricket, give them time. The second test should be good.

  • Bigbanger666 on July 16, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    As per usual all the talk from the Paki's but not the walk. I think that is 13 test losses in a row to the Aussies by the Paki's....LOL. Just heard Afridi is retiring from Test cricket... Another Paki captain put to the sword by Aus. Who's going to be next lamb to the slaughter?

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 16, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    This test, despite ending so 1-sided has been great entertainment! Twists, turns and MASSIVE SURPRISES. Evry1 was looking at the overhead conditions to see wether swing would cause the Pak collapse or not and it turned out to be SPIN, from Marcus North of all people. Incredible stuff! More tests like this please! Hoping that Sri Lanka prep pitches which actually TURN n BOUNCE for real (not the "theoretical" turn which we have been hearing about...slow and low does not necessarily mean turn),if not, we're going to have to stomach another 1 dimensional Ind vs Sri Lanka series where both teams try to see who can score at 5 runs an over the longest and who will collapse under scoreboard pressure first.

  • Uzair_Baig on July 16, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Those who was thinking Pakistan will chase 440 are living in fool's paradise. If the score was 214 still they cant able to get it. They don't have the mentality to win the test match specially against Aussies. 15 years and continues. No player wants to take the responsibility, the captain is self claimed bravest man and ultimate choice for the team and now finally he realize that he is not eligible for this format of game. Feeling shame to be a Pakistan cricket fan.....hope Pakistani cricketer start feeling same.

  • on July 16, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    playing so good from start.......and giving away six wickets to part time part spinner .............this is pakistan unbeleivable .......never finishs the game

  • cricsecular on July 16, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Really disturbs cricket loving fans especially Afridi didn't give a few more chances for himself. But he shouldn't have taken this decision though he is honest. I am worried and remember Younis story here and where is Younis now with PCB difficulties. But lets take some positives from the Test such as PAK Bowlers destroyed Aussies, Butt destroyed Aussie bowlers, Azhar Ali stood up to certain extent, Umar Amin is trying, Kamran was good, etc. So, for the next Test onwards bringing Yousuf, Younus, Yasir would definitely going to boost PAK Test team under the captaincy of Butt/Younis. Unfortunate things happens everywhere but there are few idiots/terror commenters here enjoying whats happening around PAK cricket those people are the ones behind some denials for the PAK cricket home matches. But you got to understand PAK is a cricket talent factory just to let you know as Apple iPhones or Google Android or so, for e.g. Amer and Akmal but there will be some defects those will be fixed soon.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 16, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Pakistan has to learn the art of batting in tests. What sort of example Afridi is setting to the youngsters, they have a very strong bowling line up, it is just the batting which is letting them down. Afridi played reckless strokes in both the innings and it was baffling when he told in the presentation that he is learning about the right temperament for the tests well he told he wanted captaincy 5 years back, so in short he is not a captaincy material. Pakistan lost the test due to the following reasons (1) they could not pile good runs in the first innings (2) afridi lacked the imagination and he allowed the game to drift when australia lost 7 wickets the last three wicket partnerships yielded close to 130 runs (3) part timers like watson and north claimed 11 wickets which is huge (4) reckless batting

    As of now only salman butt has the temperament for playing long innings others have to learn including umar, kamran, etc. selecting debutants for no.3 and 4 is a huge risk

  • Winsome on July 16, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Pakistan can take more positives out of this than Aus believe it or not.

    Their bowling attack is better than ours. Butt looks like a proper test match player. The catching was very good. Akmal didn't stuff anything up, he had a good, quiet game behind the pegs.

    Our seam bowlers were pretty poor second innings, apart from Hilfy and even he bowled too wide for the conditions part of the time. North and Watson won't be taking more fivefors anytime soon. Punter is in really poor form.

    Smith looked unafraid and bowled better than I expected. Paine looked quality behind the stumps but that is so unimportant in keepers these days. He'll be out on his ear when that sloppy Haddin returns from injury.

  • OutCast on July 16, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Even a roll of dice can get Pak wickets... A bowler coaching a team is like a mom raising kids... anyhow, even if Bradman trains Pakis, they will still refuse to stay long in the sun!!!

  • Misbah_Magnifico on July 16, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    My reaction on this latest quotidian farce is mixed. Afridi failed miserably as a batsman in the first Test, the manner in which he went about batting in the first innings was shocking to say the least. Maybe the coach should let him swing the bat till he tires in the nets before he has to come out to bat.

    If Afridi really does not have the skill, temperament and drive to play Test cricket then the PCB should be wise enough to respect that and not make him continue any longer. With our current middle order, even drawing a single Test would be nothing short of a miracle. It's time to bring back Misbah-ul-Haq to replace Afridi and make him the Test captain as well. He will bring the solidity that is badly needed in our batting and his experience will serve well to guide the youngsters and be a calming influence. PCB must act quick and send Misbah overnight!!!!!! BRING MISBAH BACK! COME BACK MISBAH AND DELIVER US FROM THIS TRIAL!!!!!!

  • vikramreddytric on July 16, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    This is very well expected. Chasing 400+ in 4th Innings is very much impossible expecially with opponent like Australia. Pakistan really started well and a great well matured innings from Salman Butt & Azhar Ali.. It would have been interseting if Umar Akmal/Afridi would have been played for another 30 Overs.. These both got out in very silly fashion & they need some temparement to play Test Cricket. But Asia Team giving 9 Wickets to Spinners(Part Time Spinners(Marcus North) & Steven Smith(Debutant)I is some thing very silly. But it was really a good test match and hopefully the 2nd Test will also get some entertainment.

  • rajeevsingh on July 16, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Hopefully all the fools from Pakistan will shut up for now. After winning a couple of T20 games against the Aussies and the Pakis thought that they can roll over the mighty Aussies. Please understand that T20s can be won by any Tom, Dick and Harry. It is nothing but a lottery. If a team like England can win a world cup, you must quickly make out that it has to be a T20 world cup as England have won nothing significant except a few Ashes series in their 100 odd years of cricket, which by the way is the game that they themselves invented. And to Pakistan, Best of luck for the 14th consecutive loss to Australia that is coming your way at Headingley. Adieus.

  • Something_Witty on July 16, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    In an attempt to silence the English fans here who insist on banging on about how poor our attack supposedly was, I'd like to just point out that your OWN attack recently conceded 664 runs against BANGLADESH (probably the worst batting lineup of all time) here. And that's in your home conditions, in the middle of your season. Maybe you should have a look at how ineffectual your own attack is before criticising ours eh? This was a good game, the conditions early on made it very exciting, a pity the clouds had to disappear later on and turn the pitch into a flat track to rival Adelaide. Good to see Hilfy back bowling well (as expected), and great to see Watto get his 5 for.

  • Crikgeek on July 16, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Pak has become very predictable of losing unlike its other designation of being the most unpredictable side in limited format.

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Had Afridi been a team player and a decent captain, he would not have played that ridiculous selfish shot, and they might have got a lot closer. As for Australia being at a low point - some people still think they are the same team they were 5 years ago. They aren't. It's a new team, finding their feet and their rhythm as a team. And I think you are forgetting that Pakistan were rolled for 148 in their first innings. The conditions played a big part in the tumble of wickets.

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    salman shud have played a more serious game ..... it's pak's fate decided by watson n north.... god aussies always frightening... especially bowlers...

  • rahul_d1973 on July 16, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    @Slaternator

    There was also a comment by an ignormous guy who stated " Pakistan will show the world how test matches are won" I hope he has disappeared somewhere. Or i guess he probably meant that " pakistan will show the world how test matches are won..... by the opposition"

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Giving 6 wickets to a part timer is hard to digest.Giving 126 runs to tail enders is hard to digest.This Australian team was easiest team to defeat if we had Yousaf,Younas or any good test batsmen in the team.Currently there are just t20 sloggers in the team apart from Salman Butt no one is fit for test cricket.I agree with Alina we should have test batsmen in the team not sloggers.Umar Akmal is not fit for test cricket.Bring test players like Fawad Alam,Younis khan,yousaf or players who can stay there in pitch for long period of time.I have also doubts over Waqar younis capabilities as a coach.He can be a bowling coach but can't be a head coach for a team.We need a coach like javed miandad or amir sohail type of street smart cricketers if hiring a foreign coach doesn't help due to language barriers.

  • rahul_d1973 on July 16, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    @AUSTRALIAZINDABAD

    The captain will retire now and make a comeback after few years. Probably they dont know the exact meaning of retire and are confusing that with sabbatical :)

  • SrinivasaNaidu on July 16, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Reg: comments from "karthikfromchennai": In yesterdays post, lot of Paki supporters were commenting on "karthikfromchennai" rather than the actual match or the post. I see that as pure stupidity from paki fans, he was just expressing his openion based on the consistent failures of the Pak team in the last couple of years. But Paki fans took it in a wrong way just becuase he is from India. Grow up kids, where are you today?? I dont see any one dare to criticize him today :)

    On a lighter note on Afrid's Retirement: Damn, who will eat all those red cherris now??? :)

  • liaqathussain on July 16, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    hi all im a pakistani. and all i can say is pathetic pakistan and thank god afridi is going, as he isnt a cricketer of any sorts, teams like pakistan and westindies make teams like australia continue there great era which i believe was finished with shane warne and magrath,,

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    It is a bit ironical that an Asian team (Pak) folds up against the modest spin of North and Smith at Lords that was not greatly helping spin.

  • _Australian_ on July 16, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Aussasinator it is true we are at a low point in our cricketing ability. But yet it is so much higher than any other teams low point. A win is a win.

  • VipulPatki on July 16, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai: I wouldn't be so smug in my claims. We have a test match coming up with our bowling department in shambles:(

  • ahmedjawwad4u on July 16, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    @Karthik, playing on dead pitches and being test number 1 with petty bowling attacks and dust laden run machines is noit the real way. I think during past years, Pak had a better ranking because played with india in india a lot and used to beat them there. Pakistan with a fragile bowling and batting order can still beat the number one test team in the world at their home grounds, thats what we have done since last 30 years. Dont believe that, have a one on stats in test format. India is no1 by playing in india only or srilanka. Theri bats men have inflated averages. I am sure pakistai batters have better averages than indian tendulkars and dravids, on indian soil.

  • arogyajanani on July 16, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    y did afridi accept to captain a side when he was suffering from side strain injury during asia cup?? was afridi pressured by pcb to play?? for all this happening to pakistan cricket i have one man to blame the topp boss of pcb Mr.ijaz butt.

    now pakistan has the habit of finding ways to lose from were they should win. this is becoming an art of pakistan cricket. when bowlers deliver batsmen d'nt & when batsmen score bowlers flop.

    australia your dreams of ashes could be shattered if you d'nt pull up your socks & perform well.

  • Black-Panther on July 16, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    I am not surprised at all by this result. Perhaps Pakistani players would have been pleased to get an extra day on their vacation. They (especially Afridi) were in such a hurry as they were missing the evening sight-seeing bus. Well played Aussie but their pace batteries should have got these wickets instead of part timers. But don't worry; they have one game to go. Pakistan may have talent but they are lacking few fundamental things in Test Cricket: Temperament & Experience.

  • sharprider on July 16, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    I am being very honest when I say that I had some reservations about the Pakistani team's selection in that it was going to miss Saeed Ajmal as well as the two experienced 'allrounders' viz. Abdul Razzaq and Shaib Malik somewhere down the line. This instinct has been vindicated in the form of Marcus North's heroics with the ball. Also, I had my doubts about Afridi being able to put up a sustained effort during a five-day Test match. Now, he himself has conceded that he does not have that temperament, but this development should not wait any further and he should relinquish the captaincy to someone like Salman Butt or Abdur Razzaq so that the team can settle down before the Test series against England, who are, mind you, very much AT HOME, both in terms of conditions and crowds.

  • StarveTheLizard on July 16, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    All these comments, Karthik? This must be a big day for you!

  • StarveTheLizard on July 16, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    All these comments, Karthik? This must be a big day for you!

  • Molu14 on July 16, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    @To all those who read my comment in the 4th day bulletin and were hurt: I am truly sorry for offending so many true cricket fans. I was merely just expressing my opinion that a man with Afridi's approach is not fit to be in the test side, much less captain of it, and he has proved me right by rightfully stepping down from the test side after another brainless slog. As for Pakistan winning, I agree I was too harsh but I meant that supporters should not expect such a victory and place so much burden on debutants playing their first test! In the aftermath, the PCB is bound to give these players the axe for not "living up to expectations". The decison for Afridi to retire is surely the first wise step made by him; he should just focus on the shorter formats. And to Afridi fans; his explosiveness is extremely entertaining but then again, would you want Pollard in the test team?

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    pakistan showed lack of guts and courage by faltering so rapidly after a nice start. It showed that batsmen were not ready to fight it out, on what turned out to be a easy paced track. The most astonishing fact was that 9/10 wickets were taken by inexperienced spinners on a so called green top. There was no great spin on track and the pakistani batsmen, used to play better spinners, should have applied better and atleast shown a semblance to fight. unfortunately they found it easy to give up ?? sorry to say but it showed their cowardice and lack of temperament And i want to ask why he accepted post of captain when he knew his mental strength( or lack of it ) perhaps he just wanted to quench his thirst without thinking about for welfare of team. Now team is back to square one with host of wannabe captains !!!!! It's high time younis khan is made captain. full stop

  • mudassirrana on July 16, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    So. ridiculous to hear from some one like Shahid Afridi that he is not fit for test cricket. when your own poor sense of mind already cost your side a 5 day match. It looked like as if he had come to lords not to play a 5 day game and instead he had come just to show some funny glimpses of his attitude. In the first inning having lost 5 wickets at 90 being the captain of the test side could some one expect what brilliance of mind did Mr. Afridi show by posting 15 ball 31 and evantually got out in the typical and usual way leaving the side in the lurk. It is very easy to post such excuses after the match but what a disgrace your XI (hats off to Salman Butt) have shown to Pakistan is never easy to forget in quick time.

  • balajik1968 on July 16, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    It's good for Pakistan that Afridi is retiring from Tests. He looked like the weak link in the Pakistan team. His captaincy looked good, but Pakistan can't afford a Brearley. Brearley succeeded because he had a some experienced players. And seriously, most of his wins came during the Packer period when Australia and West Indies were depleted. He was hard put to contain a full strength West Indies.What Pakistan needs is a good opener to partner Salman Butt and one more batsman in the middle order. These young guys look good. They are inexperienced, so Pakistan needs to have patience and back them up. If they do this, I see the nucleus of a good team 2 years from now.

  • Vindaliew on July 16, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Australia probably need to worry that their part-timer bowlers are on the neutral honours board while their supposed frontlines aren't. Great performance by Watto and North, though.

    Afridi quit from Tests a while ago anyway, so this is nothing new.

  • SnowSnake on July 16, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Congratulations, Australia. Katich played well when it really mattered. Unfortunately for Pakistan, they just don't have batting line worked out. Not that Australia's batting was any better, but their tailenders did add substantial total in the second innings. Afridi did the right thing. In his first innings, he batted irresponsibly as if it was a T20 game. I don't know what the players get paid in Tests vs. limited overs, but it seems that players are acting as if test games are more of a burden. Most players -- including Afiridi and Tait -- don't seem interested in test cricket. ICC should either get rid of test cricket all together or make it financially attractive for players. Day & Night tests are not gonna solve the problem, particulary since intresting players are not interested in playing tests. ICC has a problem to solve.

  • BeeArr on July 16, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Dear Mr. Karthik, you know cricket at all. India lost 23 test matches to WI in a row in the 80's... Still we talk about vishy's classy knocks and stuff. The point is, a good pakistan team is such a sight to watch. They are too classy in natural talent. You come from chennai. Have you seen the 98 test..... Akram and Sachin's test. And the standing ovation, we chennaites gave. Dont be rude. They are struggling to find their batsmen, the place of Inzi and Younis is unoccupied. But their bowling has class written all over it. They will be a very good team when their batsmen come back to their groove. And statistics and consecutive defeats and stuff like that is very silly. A good pakistan team is great for test cricket. And dont be silly and spoil the name of a knowledgeable sport loving crowd of chennai. Or please comment as Karthik... We are the crowd that knows test cricket in the whole country. We are the ones who still remember Rohan Kanhai, Martin Crowe and Wasim Akram. A test crowd.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Karhtick of Chennai/and others bashing pak cricket in general, dont worry about the supporters of this team, we know our potential, we know the talent we have.There is alot of mismanagment and the fact that this new crop of players has barely played any tests before the last 4 tests against australia doesnt help.These players are more suited to the shorter formats due to their termprament. Also due to politics and faulty managment, our batting cream isnt even in the team.I dare say if we had Moh. Yusuf and Younis khan with this attack and hameed with butt, things could have been different.Our bowling attack is indeed world class, its out batting that lets us down. the difference between the two sides is one more batsmen scoring a few runs,ponting got out cheap in both innings,but doesnt change the fact hes a great player So it sucks to be on the losing side but we still know that the country at large produces talent, we just have to manage it better and we will be test contenders soon

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    well said karthik, a true cricketer worships tests. Everyone yearns for a test spot. anybody can score a 50 in t20 but its hard to replicate that in tests. honestly i dont enjoy the t20's anymore, there is no respect for bowlers or 6's. Like football every cricket ground should have standard sizes. you cant brag about making a century in new zealand. There are days when 6's were viewed with awe and disbelief, now its just another top edge or mis-hit.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Will Pak win at least one test match against Aus in a decade? Most disappointing !

  • AUSTRALIAZINDABAD on July 16, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Come aussie 2-0 !......great game, usual Pakistan display. now the captain retires ! haha

  • Imad_K on July 16, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    I appreciate Aridi's honesty but if Pakistan have any sense they should not pick him for the second test. Politics aside they are much better off with someone like S Malik who is much more likely to score more runs and spend more time at the crease. Afridi batting is no different from playing Russian roulette. It's the same old story for the last 5/10 years - the Pakistani batsmen continue to throw their wickets away. I can't believe they can't address this problem. Why can the others not bat like S Butt, Inzi, M Yousuf, Y Khan etc. The selectors should give these rules to the batsmen - get out to three stupid shots and you are out of the team, ban the players from hitting the ball in the air until they have made at least 50, stop trying to score all your runs in boundaries and learn to take singles and rotate the strike. Tell you watching cricket for decades now we as a nation will never ever learn.

  • Aspraso on July 16, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    After gifting wickets to innocuous bowlers to Watson and North, I reckon a Hussey or a Katich are the next beneficiaries. Dream 5-fors for these tundlers!! Make hay while the sun shines.

  • Saddam_Rasool on July 16, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Pakistan has made a record of 13 consecutive defeats against austrailia today. They havent drawn a single match against them since 1998. Its not that they are not good enough, its just about the temperament. Australia never stops fighting and they raise their game when the other team starts feeling comfortable. Pakistan may be the only team that goes by momentum and Australia is good with breaking momentum. Last 2 wkts stands did this in this match. For Pakistan, only 3 player applied themselves in this test match i.e. Butt and the two debutants. As for as Australia is concerned, their ranking of 3rd in the world is justified. They dont have depth in their bowling and apart from Pakistan and West Indies, teams do not gift their wkts to part timers. They will find it difficult against England in their summer's Ashes.

  • Imad_K on July 16, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Agreed with Aussasinator - this was a terrible performance by the Aussies, whereas, most teams would have looked to capitalise in their first innings - Pakistan in their typical style managed to even score less than the Aussies. Then like usual the Pakistanis played better in the second innings - but I guarantee you if they were chasing 250 to win they would have made 200, if chasing 300 to win would have made 250 and so on. So whatever the Aussies put up Pakistan would have found a way to lose anyway.

  • Marcio on July 16, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    The best thing - seeing the Aussasinator desperately looking for ways to bag Australia still, despite their winning comfortably. Win, lose or draw, the sour grapes are always there. Kind of sad, really.

  • uzairkhan87 on July 16, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Its De javu for Pakistan. Whenever they bowl well, they bat poorly and vice versa in recent times against Australia. Pakistan has now conceded 13 consecutive defeats in a row against Australia which is now record by any country over another country surpassing Sri Lanka over Bangladesh. To me Pakistan are not that bad sides but they falter mentally. They top order this time had done all the hard work to build the foundation against strike bowlers but the entire Pakistani batting tumbles to bowler who is basically playing as a batsman!! He hardly spins the bowls. Its school boy stuff from Afridi s men. When Afridi attacks against other sides it comes but against Australia it doesn t. So the Australians are lucky. But Pakistan I can smell is inching closer to ending the above-mentioned loosing. Surely something has to give for the Aussies. They ve had far too many lucks in the winning streaks in one way or the other. Its about time that Pakistan start beating Australia in Tests.

  • Kasw on July 16, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Not many people like Test Cricket in Pakistan, so why would the players care. Either show up on the ground to support your team or shut the hell up when they don't perform.

    I for one think a 5 day match is a waste of time. I like T20, and ODI are going to get better once the overhaul takes place.

    The world does not need any more time wasting activities like a Test Match.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    @Aussasinator, Actually Pak were short of 10 batsmen not one as u mentioned...true that pak bowlers made Aus look so silly but what would you say of Aus bowlers? They bundled them out for just 148 in less than 50 overs.The fact is there to be seen for everyone. But still you guys talk as if Pak is a world beating team. They are good be at #6 in the ranking..please remember that. Its only IFs and BUTs make pak fans happy...not the results. ( If only we had one more batsmen...If only we had taken their wickets...) All silly excuses. The truth is the match is over in just 4 days. Please realise for god sake.

  • Imad_K on July 16, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Agreed with Karthik. It's not about losing - I wouldn't care if Pakistan lost every game if say they didn't have the talent to face good bowling, or were getting out to genuine good bowling - but the biggest disappointment and frustration like usual is when the Pakistani batsmen continue to throw their wickets away, lose matches from winning positions etc. This was a poor performance by the Aussies - but the Pakistani batsmen managed to get out to two part time bowlers. People who talked about Afridi and Pakistan doing this and that - really live in a fantasy world. People should also understand that success in T20 means nothing - because T20 is just one big slog. You can be 30/4 and still put on a total easily to win the game as it takes just one good slog. Batsmen are people like Miandad, Inzi, M Yousaf, Y Khan who bat with determination and grit without playing stupid shots - chasing wide balls, hitting balls straight in the air, trying to hit every ball for a boundary.

  • TAJY on July 16, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    :'( I just don't understand!!! Why does Australian cricketers rise to the occasion like this all the time?? How can a backup spinner get 6 wickets? I don't care how careless the batsmen were, it takes skill to get 6 wickets. And why do their bowlers score fifties every time the batting line-up collapses? Why don't they just get out like every other normal tail does? They always find a way to win, thats why I never count out Aussies from victory. Too often some guy steps up and dominates. :( i wish my West Indian team could come close to that knack of finding ways to win.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    I was readin at the comments of sum Paki Fans here and in a live streaming cricket channel,they were abusing anyone and everyone who was doubting Pakistan's abilty to win this test match,nw where are all dose people??They were abusing austraila,India,two very gud test teams.I too wanted Pakistan to win,and their bowling was d best,infact bettr dan australian attcak.But the batting right frm d start was fragile and dis collapse was expected.Salman Butt had the quality,temperment and the will to stay there and score runs.He did.Pakistan need to get sum batsmen like him,then they can indeed beat anyone,as their bowling is on par with the best

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan is they can't decide which format is good for them, they always play their least best format and lose again and again, what was the point of that PCB?, if they were organizing series, I think they should played more ODI and T20, it is good for them, they will win more matches, they gain confidence and I strongly believe they are good in those formats, they have some exciting cricketers, who can bash any bowling attack and take wickets in great passion... But what I think they don't have is the temperament to play longer. I don't like watching test cricket myself, it is very long, boring format, I rather prefer watching ODI and T20. I really think ICC should do something to help Pakistan, maybe just take them out of this format, it will be relief... my personal opinion is test cricket won't last long, it will go away, why we have to wait 5 days to find the result? Even shane warne said that, teams like pak/ind should play odi/ t20 and eng/aus/sa play test.

  • Awesom on July 16, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    13 consecutive losts to same opponent ... i am afraid it will continue against every opponent if pak wont concentrate on Test level . When our team wins in T20 and ODI our media and public say we are the best team in the world , as we won T20 WC in 2008 every one was like we are champs , so they forgot about real cricket . In T20 even zimbabwe or bangladesh can beat australia so whats a big deal ... Pakistan in not producing players with Test temperament and skills specially batsmen , so we dont have actually talent for cricket , we have talent for Gulli Danda. I think Pakistan should surrender Test status and just concentrate on stupid T20 because they dont have option and hope at Test level unless the general public and players mentaliy change what real cricket is about.

  • Smithie on July 16, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Another instance of the lack of UDRS impacting on the game negatively - at least two against Pakistan and five against Australia. Come on cricket fans put pressure on the ICC and all concerned ( especially Pawar, Doni and the BCCI ) to get UDRS in place a soon as possible.

    The more correct umpiring calls the better the cricket and VICE VERSA!

  • Alii_bukhArii on July 16, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    The last 2 wickets stand in Austaria's 2nd innings is the difference, Pakistani bowlers were not looking that energetic to break thosa partnerships and they made the difference.

  • Mitcher on July 16, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Land: Was happy to agree with your educated summation until typical ponting bashing. I thought he did well not to take second new ball and persist with evenual match winning (well match finishing) spinners. Credit where it's due. But absolutely agree with your view that aussie pace attack is stumbling. Unless they all click at home then Ashes are in doubt. Only saving grace is english attack won't find the help in the air they enjoy at home.

  • Thrinax on July 16, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    With almost no practice games leading up to this game it was to be expected that both these teams would be a little rusty. Both boards should be ashamed that they have agreed to such a hectic schedule that it forced them to agree to only one practice game each.

    The Pakistan bowling attack looks good and there is some young talent in the batting if they get the opportunity to play more tests they can only improve. Indeed both these countries seem to have a lot of young talent in both batting and bowling starting to make there mark.

  • Chris_P on July 16, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Come on guys, give Pakistan some credit. They didn't wave the white flag and there was a steel in their approach that was definitely missing last summer in Australia. Don't forget this is an inexperienced team and will have some tough games ahead of them until they find their niche. You simply cannot toss in new guys at will and believe they will be the saviours. And how about giving Australia some credit in all this? They batted during the hardest conditions of the test and ground at 253 runs in extremely difficult conditions, and that was always going to be a huge bonus on this track. Don't think they are playing on batting tracks of the sub continent, they are playing in very tough conditions and pitches and it was great to see the ball dominating bat for a change.

  • rkhan9224 on July 16, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    yeah...we lost again :(. no suprise as we do not have good batsman like India. We hope for the good in the second best. We are still not good in test cricket and no where comparable to the India, Australia and South Africa

  • popcorn on July 16, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    This Win has a special significance for Australia. It shows the spinning depth of this Australian side, leading to the spin-friendly series in India.It has also given Steven Smith a good workout to which he will add the second Test against Pakistan and two Tests in india, leading upto The Ashes. I predict he and Natnan Hauritz will dismantle England, particularly at the spin-friendly SCG - like Shane Warne and Stuart Macgill used to do.And you can only admire dependable Simon Katich for his 10th consecutive 50 as opener.Finally, look at Ricky Ponting's tactical brilliance - freeing up the leg side for Kamran Akmal to sweep to leg and get him bowled by Steven Smith,placing Hussey at deep mid-wicket exactly ten seconds before Mohammed Aamer hoicked the ball from North,and persisting with the old ball for 11 overs after he could have taken the new ball - lesser captains would have done the stereotype.He has added to his winningest record of maximum Test wins EVER,with more to come.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    I think its good that afridi will not play test cricket any more, he is not a good test player.Its very wise of him that he realised it pretty soon. Afridi followed muhammad yousuf footsteps by instilling negativity in the team by setting the field at the end of 2nd australian innings. pakistan gave away 100 more runs than they should have. watson and north would never have even done this in their wildest of dreams, got lucky. didnt they? Umar akmal is a dissapointment , azhar ali and umar amin played well for the debutants. kamran akmal was impatient to say the least . Pakistan need to call back yasir hameed in place of farhat and asim kamal should replace afridi . younis khan should be in the team to guide the young blood who need a lot of guidance. kartikh get a life , ur hatred gets better of u. I hope u are a better human being than this , try and find out ur bright side and stop stinking so much.

  • zippydingdong on July 16, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan selectors and officials,once again you have ruined a good team by not using proper cricket logic.Afridi is not a good test cricketer and a shocking leader with a bad record of disgraceful sportsmanship.Where are all the commenters who were counting their chickens during the T20 and 1st day,cricket is a long story thats why Australia has dominated for the last 10-15 years.Success is not built on dreaming,money or hopeful belief.Its based on hard work and discipline.Can the Pakistan cricket board please WAKE UP!!!!!!

  • Crikgeek on July 16, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    This series is just match practice for the Aussies and to take them to the #1 spot on the ICC Test rankings. Maybe, Pak shud play against the minnows like Zimb & Bangladesh to regain their confidence.

  • Hindh on July 16, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    A supremely ruthless performance by Aussies.This defeat for pak shows that even part timers like north are enough to end the hapless pak innings.Pakistan should find a Dravid or a Laxman to salvage atleast some pride or else it will be 6-0 in England this summer.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    So all talks come to an end. Pakistan lost another Test match to Australia. Mr Afridi...don't leave your team like this....fight it out in the middle.

  • Mitcher on July 16, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Afridi "no longer has the temperament for test cricket"? Please!! The selectors have a lot to answer for. Let me declare i'm a died in the wool aussie fan, but absolutlely want to see pakistan do well. Surely the selectors sit down with their choice of captain and determine his state of mind to begin with. Fact is, despite his brilliance, afridi NEVER had temperament for test cricket. Where to now?!?!? Allah/God knows...

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Next test natch will be last for Afridi...At last some good news for Pakistan and test lovers all over the globe.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    I hate the Sky-Sports Commentators, they pretty much talked and dissed Shahid Afridi into Test Retirement.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    We need to get Younis and Yusuf and also Hameed/Taufeeq/Asim Kamal for the tests please don't get Malik or any 20-20 type player

  • Aussasinator on July 16, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Pakistan were a batsman short. This test saw only one batsman on either side with some minor supplementary efforts for the Aussies by a few. But the Pakistan team lacked a second good batsman. Maybe they will emerge better now in the next test. All in all they made the better Aussies look quite silly while batting. Australia is indeed at a low point in its cricketing ability.

  • cricdick on July 16, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Salman and Akmal played good as usual, but a superb all round attack crushed pakistan.

  • Slaternator on July 16, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    funny how there was 60+ comments bagging Australia in the opening few minutes available to comment on day one. most were saying how the pakistani attack were "world beaters" - "oh the swing", "ball of the century", "worlds greatest swing attack" - just to name a few of those comments

    day one guys - wake up you are still #6 - just clear of NZ, WI and bangladesh (Pak 80, NZ 79, WI 77) and with Eng @ #5 on 108 you are a fair way behind (most likely dropped a few points today).

    *yawn*

  • dsig3 on July 16, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Wow, getting rolled by Watto and North has to suck. Australia must get better quickly or we have no hope for the ashes. Salmun Butt played really well. Gul and Ameer bowled well but they had better hope the ball keeps swinging.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Losing is not a matter...everyone loses, even the top teams do. But losing 13 matches consistently to the same opponent...may the die hard fans of this losing team can comment.

  • ashraja on July 16, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    What a shoddy performance by Pakistan to say the least. They gave wickets, sorry GIFTED wickets, to a spinner who hardly turned the ball!! The current crop do not have the potential to bat in Tests. We need MoYo and Younis back ASAP! Also did not agree with sending in Umar Amin at No 4. Umar should have gone at that number and Amin should have dropped to 5. I would have loved to see Yasir Hameed playing as I was expecting him to play in this match but I guess he will get his chance, if not in the next test then against England for sure. I really liked the way Ali batted. I think he has it in him to become a Test batsman. He was the only one who was done by some great bowling whilst the rest just threw away wickets.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Losers...thats all I can about this Pak team. A street T20 player leading the national test team, a very fragile batting order ( even my school team can bowl out this batting order) and a fielding that is lower than district level standards..what else do u expect from this side?

  • Marcio on July 16, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    The demon that is Marcus North! Well, slightly embarrassing for Pakistan, bowled out by a part-time offie and a kid leggie on debut. Aren't you guys supposed to be good with spin bowling? Oh well, second test is coming.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    marcus well done u hav shown ur best

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    they should not be aloud to play test match cricket there a bunch of losers

  • landl47 on July 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    So let's see: last night here I forecast that Pakistan would be out in the second session for between 250-300. What happened? Pakistan were oiut in the second session for 289. Entirely predictable. However, the Australians won't get much out of this test. Bollinger and Johnson have looked downright mediocre; Bollinger got 2 tailenders in the first innings and Johnson got one middle-order batsman for over 100 in the game. Neither of them had much pace, their control was poor and with helpful conditions they did nothing with the ball. If Australia go into the Ashes with Watson and North as their leading strike bowlers, they're in deep doo-doo. Their batting was nothing special and Ponting's captaincy was as erratic as ever- why did he wait till the 77th over to bring Smith on? As for Afridi, what a dismal performance. He isn't worth his place as a batsman or bowler in test cricket and his example to a young team was appalling. Pakistan is in for a long, unsuccessful summer.

  • AhsanIqbal on July 16, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    We cricket fans in Pakistan were expecting a historic world record win for the home team but unfortunately Pakistan suffered a historic defeat in the Mecca of Cricket. This is a shame for the Pakistani nation who had legends like Miandad, Hanif Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas and many others and now our team couldn't score these runs in almost 2 and a half days of time available for them to chase. Real disappointment and a sheer act of shame.

  • on July 16, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    marcus well done u have shown ur best

  • KHAN_169 on July 16, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    the pitch was good for bating and there was no swing at all the runs was coming very easily but due to lack of experience the pakistani bating was going to collapse and that is why pakistan have no chance to win the test against auss i think they must bring muhammad yousaf and younis khan in order to improve there ranking and win some test series pakistan has a very strong pace attack but the lacking of experience batsman's have made them a very lower team in the test ranking look at afridi what a stupid man he is why u r going for such a short while there's a fielder at mid on not mature bating from all accept salman butt which goes outstanding in the game i think pak will now thinking bringing muhammad yousaf and younas very soon and they should improve our ranking because all others are laughing on us. our bating is so weak that the pitch is very flat and just perfect for bating that the auss's tail ender makes 126 and look at the bowling north takes 6 wickets hahaha shame on u

  • on July 16, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Excellent all round attack from our Aussie team, i'm impressed by their form after recent defeats from the old enemy. Keep it up guys!

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Afridi, how does it to feel to lose 13th consecutive test match against Aus. This is a new world record by any team. Only Bangladesh is close to Pak, they have lost 12 consecutive test matches to SL. Cannont Pak even manage a draw in a test against Aus. Where do they stand in International cricket now? already the PCB is monetorily weak because of teams refusing tour Pak. Its time to dissolve PCB and develop cricket in Kenya

  • on July 16, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    fantastic shot by Akmal at the end there, such a rational and unselfish stroke.

  • on July 16, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    sad turn of events at lunch for pakistan. looks like with smith the main spinner still to be used by ponting, australia may finish off claiming the six wickets in two sessions remaining today itself. anyway it's nice to see pakistan putting up such a strong reply. if only they had not conceded 100 plus lead in the first innings.

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  • on July 16, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    sad turn of events at lunch for pakistan. looks like with smith the main spinner still to be used by ponting, australia may finish off claiming the six wickets in two sessions remaining today itself. anyway it's nice to see pakistan putting up such a strong reply. if only they had not conceded 100 plus lead in the first innings.

  • on July 16, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    fantastic shot by Akmal at the end there, such a rational and unselfish stroke.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Afridi, how does it to feel to lose 13th consecutive test match against Aus. This is a new world record by any team. Only Bangladesh is close to Pak, they have lost 12 consecutive test matches to SL. Cannont Pak even manage a draw in a test against Aus. Where do they stand in International cricket now? already the PCB is monetorily weak because of teams refusing tour Pak. Its time to dissolve PCB and develop cricket in Kenya

  • on July 16, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Excellent all round attack from our Aussie team, i'm impressed by their form after recent defeats from the old enemy. Keep it up guys!

  • KHAN_169 on July 16, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    the pitch was good for bating and there was no swing at all the runs was coming very easily but due to lack of experience the pakistani bating was going to collapse and that is why pakistan have no chance to win the test against auss i think they must bring muhammad yousaf and younis khan in order to improve there ranking and win some test series pakistan has a very strong pace attack but the lacking of experience batsman's have made them a very lower team in the test ranking look at afridi what a stupid man he is why u r going for such a short while there's a fielder at mid on not mature bating from all accept salman butt which goes outstanding in the game i think pak will now thinking bringing muhammad yousaf and younas very soon and they should improve our ranking because all others are laughing on us. our bating is so weak that the pitch is very flat and just perfect for bating that the auss's tail ender makes 126 and look at the bowling north takes 6 wickets hahaha shame on u

  • on July 16, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    marcus well done u have shown ur best

  • AhsanIqbal on July 16, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    We cricket fans in Pakistan were expecting a historic world record win for the home team but unfortunately Pakistan suffered a historic defeat in the Mecca of Cricket. This is a shame for the Pakistani nation who had legends like Miandad, Hanif Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas and many others and now our team couldn't score these runs in almost 2 and a half days of time available for them to chase. Real disappointment and a sheer act of shame.

  • landl47 on July 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    So let's see: last night here I forecast that Pakistan would be out in the second session for between 250-300. What happened? Pakistan were oiut in the second session for 289. Entirely predictable. However, the Australians won't get much out of this test. Bollinger and Johnson have looked downright mediocre; Bollinger got 2 tailenders in the first innings and Johnson got one middle-order batsman for over 100 in the game. Neither of them had much pace, their control was poor and with helpful conditions they did nothing with the ball. If Australia go into the Ashes with Watson and North as their leading strike bowlers, they're in deep doo-doo. Their batting was nothing special and Ponting's captaincy was as erratic as ever- why did he wait till the 77th over to bring Smith on? As for Afridi, what a dismal performance. He isn't worth his place as a batsman or bowler in test cricket and his example to a young team was appalling. Pakistan is in for a long, unsuccessful summer.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    they should not be aloud to play test match cricket there a bunch of losers

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    marcus well done u hav shown ur best