Pak v Aus, 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Headingley, 2nd day July 22, 2010

Ponting and Watson lead Australia fightback

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Australia 88 and 136 for 2 (Ponting 61*, Clarke 32*) trail Pakistan 258 (Butt 45, Watson 6-33) by 34 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan could be forgiven if they slept a little uneasily tonight after Australia battled back at Headingley. It started with Shane Watson taking career-best figures for the second match running, as his 6 for 33 removed Pakistan for 258 to limit the lead to 170, then Ricky Ponting dug deep into his resolve to compile a battling half century during which he passed 12000 Test runs.

Ponting and Michael Clarke settled Australia after both openers departed for 55, carrying the total to 136 for 2 when bad light brought an early close with 26 overs remaining in the day. Even though they remained 34 behind there was a growing feeling that the momentum was beginning to tilt Australia's way as Salman Butt seemed happy to set his field deep. Pakistan's players will have to be mentally strong to prevent their minds from wandering back to what happened at Sydney at the start of the year where they tossed away an invincible position, but Australia can use it as inspiration.

Particularly ominous for Pakistan on this occasion is that Ponting is starting to look as settled at the crease as at any time during this short series. Pakistan will rue that he survived a very close lbw shout first ball when he padded up to an inswinger from Mohammad Aamer. But from that moment he started growing in confidence and when he steered Aamer to third man to reach 40 he became the second batsman to cross 12,000 Test runs and a short while later notched fifty from 73 balls.

Clarke formed a solid ally and was quick to use his feet against Danish Kaneria, but was also fortunate to survive a torrid working-over from Mohammad Asif shortly before the light closed in. He was beaten on three occasions by perfect outswingers and the final one brought a huge appeal, but Rudi Koertzen correctly ruled bat had clipped pad, and he might also have been given out padding up to one that came back in.

Pakistan's last five wickets were blown away for 36 after lunch as Watson found himself on a hat-trick, but his success only went to confirm that conditions remained heavily in the bowlers' favour. It made the 170-run advantage substantial and Pakistan began with high hopes of making inroads. Aamer found immediate movement with the new ball and slanted one behind Simon Katich's pads to take out leg stump, but Asif couldn't quite conjure the same threat as the first innings during his first eight overs.

However, for the second time in the match, Butt pulled off an inspired change when he threw to ball to Umar Amin and the part-time medium-pacer forced Watson to play into his stumps. Still, it was slightly odd when Butt persisted with Amin after tea and that allowed Ponting and Clarke to ease into their task during the evening session as the pace of the game plateaued after a manic five sessions.

Watson's full swing, delivered at a fairly gentle pace, was too much for a string of batsmen as he produced a performance that had been out of reach for the frontline pacemen and edhis figures from Lord's. Kamran Akmal, who was dropped on 10 by Mike Hussey in the gully, edged low to first slip where Marcus North took the catch inches off the turf then Aamer was given a taste of his own medicine when he padded up to an inswinger. It looked out on first impressions, but Hawkeye said it was missing off stump.

There was no stopping Watson as a full, straight delivery demolished Gul's stumps and Shoaib Malik, left stranded as wickets tumbled, top-edged a slog to Tim Paine before the innings ended with the slightly comical run out of Kaneria.

The day had begun in equally chaotic style with Umar caught off a no-ball from the fourth delivery when he had an almighty mow across the line and skied a catch to cover off Mitchell Johnson. It's hard to believe he had time to hear the call - which replays suggested was harsh - and it was clear Umar was in no mood for consolidation.

Predictably, he didn't survive long as Johnson located the right line outside off and found the edge, but Australia's early bowling was again varied. Ben Hilfenhaus strayed onto leg stump which allowed Amin to collect easy runs through the on side while Johnson struggled to maintain a consistent line.

Amin had battled hard to lay a foundation which made his dismissal more disappointing when he failed to pull his bat down as he ducked a Hilfenhaus short ball and a catch flew off the toe end to square leg. Maybe it was a sign that Australia's fortunes had turned in this match and they, more than most sides, know how to pull themselves back from the brink.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • MAC786 on July 24, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Dear Ricky, what did you say "13 and counting", I hope this will teach you not to open your mouth before the result of the match......WELL DONE PAKISTAN. Salman Butt, well spoken at the presentations and dedicating the match to the People of Pakistan.

  • StarveTheLizard on July 23, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Being an Australian fan has been an easy task for the last twenty years. It looks like things have just got a bit harder. I have finally admitted to myself that this current Aussie team is not very good!

    This is territory I haven't visited since the 'eighties. So what do I do? Apparently I'm not supposed to panic. This was emphasized by the selectors last year and the coach just the other day.

    Okay, so they would be the first ones out the door if there was a panic. Still, panic is not a healthy thing for an armchair sportsman. Therefore, I ask my fellow armchair athletes who happen to support teams we used to beat, what can I do?

    What did you do when Australia had a team we could be proud of?

  • on July 23, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Three wickets this morning and another 2 before lunch will do the job. Inshallah Pakistan will WIN this match and end the streak of losing to Australia 13 times in a row. Bring back Yousuf and Younis for the England series, persist with Umar Amin, get rid of Azhar ( bad foot movements or rather no movement), keep Umar ( Needs talking to) and Kamran Akmal, replace Kaneria with Saeed Ajmal or Abdurehman (Preferably Saeed- Off spinners are always useful in England), Shoaib Malik goes, Bring Yasir Hameed in place of Imran Farhat and we should have a good team as below. Salman Butt, Yasser Hameed, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Amin,Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Aamir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Asif.

  • dmqi on July 23, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    @Rahim : You have a point possibly. Rudi will make it up by giving an australian bowler LBW who was not out and not giving a Pak bowler not out who would be LBW out. I thought a NZ and Srilanka umpire would be better in such match. But upmires in general are fair I believe. One Pak umpire has the best record in cricket unlike their batsmen who has now very poor conditions. With Ponting and Hussey out Pak tail can move up. So upmire's decisions will be crucial.

  • RanaKami on July 23, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Day-4: Australia beats Pakistan by 88 runs while Pak was supposed to chase 225 runs.

  • Pak_Green on July 23, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    hahahahaaa Umpires to the rescue once again .. Ask anybody having watched this lbw shout again Hussey, even though the hawk-eye suggests otherwise.

  • on July 23, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Pakistan again showed how to have a great collapse..

  • usmankhan001 on July 23, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    @anish284 please your gully coaches to teach your batsman how to play short balls and also teach rahul dravid how to judge a run .. your team bwled out twice and lose the match by 10wickets so they need your gully coaches more than pakistan

  • _Australian_ on July 23, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    There seems to be a lot of complaints about the umpire decisions. The fact is most decisions not given out would have been supported by UDRS. A decision would not be changed unless more than half of the ball is hitting the stumps provided it has pitched and struck the batsman in line. On the one occasion the ball was fully hitting the stumps v Ponting first ball yes he would have been given out by UDRS. In turn Hussey would not have been out in the first innings by UDRS when the ball was missing leg stump so potentially Australia could have scored more. Things usually level out in a game and have on this occasion.

  • Vindaliew on July 23, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    On one hand Australia will be pleased that they've clawed their way back into contention, on the other hand they'll be worried that it was Watto who did the bowling honours for them again. Johnson, Bollinger and Hilfenhaus need to find form fast if they want to be anywhere near full strength. Not all opposition teams are as reckless in batting as Pakistan.

  • MAC786 on July 24, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Dear Ricky, what did you say "13 and counting", I hope this will teach you not to open your mouth before the result of the match......WELL DONE PAKISTAN. Salman Butt, well spoken at the presentations and dedicating the match to the People of Pakistan.

  • StarveTheLizard on July 23, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Being an Australian fan has been an easy task for the last twenty years. It looks like things have just got a bit harder. I have finally admitted to myself that this current Aussie team is not very good!

    This is territory I haven't visited since the 'eighties. So what do I do? Apparently I'm not supposed to panic. This was emphasized by the selectors last year and the coach just the other day.

    Okay, so they would be the first ones out the door if there was a panic. Still, panic is not a healthy thing for an armchair sportsman. Therefore, I ask my fellow armchair athletes who happen to support teams we used to beat, what can I do?

    What did you do when Australia had a team we could be proud of?

  • on July 23, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Three wickets this morning and another 2 before lunch will do the job. Inshallah Pakistan will WIN this match and end the streak of losing to Australia 13 times in a row. Bring back Yousuf and Younis for the England series, persist with Umar Amin, get rid of Azhar ( bad foot movements or rather no movement), keep Umar ( Needs talking to) and Kamran Akmal, replace Kaneria with Saeed Ajmal or Abdurehman (Preferably Saeed- Off spinners are always useful in England), Shoaib Malik goes, Bring Yasir Hameed in place of Imran Farhat and we should have a good team as below. Salman Butt, Yasser Hameed, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Amin,Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Aamir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Asif.

  • dmqi on July 23, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    @Rahim : You have a point possibly. Rudi will make it up by giving an australian bowler LBW who was not out and not giving a Pak bowler not out who would be LBW out. I thought a NZ and Srilanka umpire would be better in such match. But upmires in general are fair I believe. One Pak umpire has the best record in cricket unlike their batsmen who has now very poor conditions. With Ponting and Hussey out Pak tail can move up. So upmire's decisions will be crucial.

  • RanaKami on July 23, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Day-4: Australia beats Pakistan by 88 runs while Pak was supposed to chase 225 runs.

  • Pak_Green on July 23, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    hahahahaaa Umpires to the rescue once again .. Ask anybody having watched this lbw shout again Hussey, even though the hawk-eye suggests otherwise.

  • on July 23, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Pakistan again showed how to have a great collapse..

  • usmankhan001 on July 23, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    @anish284 please your gully coaches to teach your batsman how to play short balls and also teach rahul dravid how to judge a run .. your team bwled out twice and lose the match by 10wickets so they need your gully coaches more than pakistan

  • _Australian_ on July 23, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    There seems to be a lot of complaints about the umpire decisions. The fact is most decisions not given out would have been supported by UDRS. A decision would not be changed unless more than half of the ball is hitting the stumps provided it has pitched and struck the batsman in line. On the one occasion the ball was fully hitting the stumps v Ponting first ball yes he would have been given out by UDRS. In turn Hussey would not have been out in the first innings by UDRS when the ball was missing leg stump so potentially Australia could have scored more. Things usually level out in a game and have on this occasion.

  • Vindaliew on July 23, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    On one hand Australia will be pleased that they've clawed their way back into contention, on the other hand they'll be worried that it was Watto who did the bowling honours for them again. Johnson, Bollinger and Hilfenhaus need to find form fast if they want to be anywhere near full strength. Not all opposition teams are as reckless in batting as Pakistan.

  • hris on July 23, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    i think people seem to forget that ponting got a bad decision in the second innings of the 1st test and clarke got a bad one in the 1st inning of the same test. so these decisions going in aus favor is only fair.

  • on July 23, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    The Rudi's decision will be the difference. Its just redeclous you r giving out amer when he was not out and after few moments you declaring ponting not out when he was plumb. Now its my personal thinking that game is slipping away from Pakistan. can any one remember 2005 ahses , England needed only 127 and aussies made it tough for them. I personally believe that if ausies get 125 lead.. then boy .. game on.. another white wash to pak.

  • Badreshian on July 23, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I am a crazy fan of Pakistan but every one would agree with me that current test team is a mess; if you keep players like akmals and shoaib who dont have proper technique and temperament. I mean this is crazy, we were in a commanding position and all they required was to stay at the wicket and runs would automaticallly be made but man this is rediculous and shame. This also clearly shows the politics involved in the selection and the player power. The derseving are out. I am not saying that Yousaf and Younus were not there thats why we are not able to compete. Even with them we hav'nt win any test series since few years but there must be balance of young and experience. I would strongly recommend that these iilltempered players must be eliminated from the test side and only to 20 20 as they even dont have the character to play the one dayers. Fokes we are on the way to lose this test as well, as our boys shivers while chasing 150 and the Ozs seems to be in a hunt of 450 plus....

  • Farhan-Sg on July 23, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Why is Yasir Hameed still sitting on the bench? He has a good record against Australia.

  • ARSHADAWAN on July 23, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    i tink we r heading to another dramatic end to a test match between aus and pak. if Australia gets a lead of 200 or above it will be hard for pakistan to chase it down. bcoz without Salman butt none other pakistani batsman look like settled at the crease. pakistan badly need yousuf and younis in the test side at least. otherwise we will also loss to england. i am not hopeless but i am realistic at the same time. we can do nothing but to pray 4 pakistan. also pray that ijaz butt and yawar saeed to be removed instantly as they r damaging pakistan cricket very seriously.

  • Sonoual on July 23, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Pakistan batting is very weak and cannot be strengthen without inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf & Younus Khan. PCP chairman Ijaz Butt did not send any instruction to Cricket board regarding these two Ys. Not even raised an application for sports visa of these two batting heroes. They have two reasons not including them; they did not play recently any international cricket. It'll break newcomers' heart if not been given proper chances to show their talents. Because if both Ys come they will take 3rd down and 4th down position it means Azhar & Amin will have to sit out. These two reasons have been raised in a management meeting in England through some officials. I think both Yousuf & Younis have a lot of playing experiences at international levels. They not need more match practices. They will get rhythm and form with ease very fast. If newcomers will feel bad by inclusion of these two Ys. Then imagine how they would have been feeling by ignoring them after their sincere services to Pakistan

  • on July 23, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    I think Pakistan has yet given another opportunity to the Ozs to win a lost battle. By the look of things right now, it seems that Pak is on the verge of another test defeat because I do not see a batsman in this team who can score a big century under pressure.If Australia manage to take a lead of 100 runs, which is quite gettable in the given circumstances, Pakistan is gone.

  • binrasheed on July 23, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Sad but true that Pakistan is again entering in a situation which is simlar to Sydney. It is very difficult to under stand why the play give so many wickets to non regular bowlers and they are use to of making part timers a "HERO". As far as bowling is concer i really feel sorry for the Pakistani bowlers because all there efforts have been once again wasted by the Pakistani batsmen. I think Yousuf & Younis should replace younger akmal & malik in the remaining test matches against England, other wise we may see this kind of cricker against England is well

  • zshan-ah on July 23, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    I think pakistan played really well in this test match considering the unexperiecne side they have, though they could have batted better to take aussies out of the match but it didnt turned out that way BUT surly in condition which is quite unlike Subcontinent taking aussies to the position where they can losse in this test is Commendable. On the other hand i m really surprised to see indian team demolished by Lankans on condition quite like india's it surly was a sadl scene for team ranked no. 1 (mostly by wining on their home soil) ... for huge popullation like india it has always to my surpirse that they couldnt able to produce good pace attack.

  • Ravi_gupta23 on July 23, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Now that Pakistan have favoured use of UDRS they cannot complain of bad umpiring decisions . You cannot have everything your way.

  • natmastak_so-called on July 23, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    @ fan 84 :VINTAGE FORM? he survived a convincing shout on very first ball. punter averaging 40 in last year,less than ANY other batsman in his own team.

    anyways, last time when pak dropped puntetr on 0 ,he went on to make a double tonn, now this time ump gives a chance to him when again he's on 0, i think today he will run away with the game.

  • Haralvi on July 23, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Yes, if Australia is able to get a lead of even around 150, it is enough for Pakistan to taste another clean sweep. We have been seeing it for quite some time now, every time Pakistan team comes out with a new innovative way to loose. The skipper Butt should be allowed to hold a bat in his hand, stand on the boundary and keep hitting on the butts of Pak batsman as they get out in the same very stupid ways.

  • Rahim_BD on July 23, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Ponting was out LBW by Aamer?. But Umpiring Rudi did not gave that, Ponting was not playing a shot and that would have hit his off-stump. Similarly Rudi gave LBW out to a similar ball bowled by Watson to Ammer for not playing a stroke, though reply showed that the ball was missing off-stump at least by 3 inches. Why Asian nations are always suffering from bad Umpiring? Why both the Umpire are white? They seems inclined towards Australia and even commentator!

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on July 23, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A waterboy in English cricket team would tell you swing is better than speed and how to hold a cricket ball if you want to swing a cricket ball in English conditions.Pakistani bowlers are hitting the deck so hard and trying to bowl so fast that they are depriveing themself of ideal swing condition for bowling.watch watson, he is letting the ball swing by cutting back on his speed and letting the batsman play at it.beating the batsman is great, when you are playing tape tennis cricket but in test matches you need to make a batsman play so he make a mistake. so please just hold the ball from seam and deliver it at a reduced speed ,pitch up and have some boys in catching positions behind the batsman.And when batting, play like its a ONE DAY GAME,i am sure we can score more then two fifty in fifty . Well, thats cricket 101 from this waterboy,

  • dmqi on July 23, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    The result of this test will be decided by lunch tomorrow. Things that will matter is, how the bowlers send missiles to batsmen, how attacking the field placement is and most importantly how many possible catches Pak will drop and how many close call the umpires will give in whose favor. I wish there was the replay system for the LBW and caught behind in this match. I am sure this test will have a good finish to enjoy.

  • on July 23, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is a Rooti shakal ... my dog can play better then him.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 23, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    I will not blame umpiring because it also went against Australia. Its better to have a UDRS system. Pak is so unlucky. When Inzimam Yousuf and Younis were part of a strong batting order, then our bowling let us down. And now when it is excellent Our batting is letting us down. In both times we had good players but they out of the team. Pak could be 100% no.1 team If the team is 1. S.Butt 2. Yasir Hameed 3.Younis Khan (C) 4. M.Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Asim Kamal (he has a great temparement and could stay a wicket for longer than U.Amin) 7. Kamran Akmal 8. M.Aamer 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. M. Asif This side is fully experienced and capable of defeating all teams. If Hameed or A.Kamal fail (we could use Azhar Ali in place of Hameed and Amin in place of Kamal) So who disagrees with this team?

  • on July 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    SeaforthA1, that would be an excellent idea. Once Phil Hughes is fit again he could replace Watson at no. 1, Watson moves down to 6, and North is out of the team. That would be a VERY strong allround team.

  • jamrith on July 23, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    The comments are too pessimistic. Wicket has no devils in it, and I think Pakistan can easily chase 250-275 to win. But it's very unlikely that Australiaa can set such a big target, more likely Aussies will make around 300, which means Pak target will be only 130, the Akmal brothers can knock that off in 20 overs.

  • sabee66 on July 23, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    PONTING WAS LBW AND SO WAS CLARKE, IMAGINE IF THIS COULD HAV BEEN DONE , PAKISTAN WILL BE ON THE DOOR TO VICTORY I GUESS ITS BAD LUCK AS WELL AT THE SAME TIME

  • goaussies on July 23, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    It's pretty hard to credit that there are still people like Aura 1 who call Watson 'majorly part time'. Must come from the Bob Willis school of sticking stubbornly to your opinion no matter how dumb it is. Watson put in one of the best seam bowler's series in India less than two years ago, in unhelpful conditions. Now he has been the best bowler in this series, in helpful conditions. Ponting should have started with him on day 2, and must use him much earlier than 1 for 130 in the second innings.

  • del_ on July 22, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Wonder if which option Pakistan will take tomorrow? The pressure-the-batsman-with-the-run-advantage option or the 5-boundary-riders-two-left-wicket-keeper-gloves-Cronje option.

  • Chatha-empire123 on July 22, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    If Pakistan can get some wickets for about 80 runs before lunch then Pakistan will have the edge. Tomorrow will be a dry day with some bright or sunny spells. They need to put pressure on the Australians. They need to get out Ricky Ponting before lunch or he will take the match away from pakistan. Pakistan need to forget about the Sydney test. A target of 200 or more will be too much for Pakistan. So a target of less 150 or less is achievable for Pakistan.

  • A.A.Malik on July 22, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    @ khan_169.. year poor umpiring. last test match of rudi.. but sorry to say he was poor at umpirig today..ponting was LBW on DUCK and if that kind of player get chance they make full out of it..

  • best11 on July 22, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    lol where are all the pak fans from yesterday who told INDIA would be bangladesh once sachin retires...that was funny. In one day their side bought them to ground, i am sure PAK will have to fight real hard to win this match.Yesterday everyone was trying to project pak fast bowlers as the best in the world, now I guess they know the reality...lol this is funny...when will salman butt resign any idea

  • on July 22, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    and wat was malik thinking when he hit that shot when will our batsmen learn it is frustrating

  • on July 22, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    PAKISTAN CANNOT BEAT AUSTRALIA-----------Australia is a champion team and will bounce back by scoring a big second innings total and skining out Pakistan for SPIT !!!!!!

  • Yassar on July 22, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    This is just another case of Pakistan unable to finish a team off. The batting is a major concern, no one in the team made 50. Pretty looking 30's and 40's are no good. Umar Akmal a typical case, he gets 20's and 30's but never kicks on. I know he is young and talented but talent is nothing if you cant convert. You have to score big which then would have put Australia on the defensive for the rest of the game. Pakistan's woeful batting has let Australia back in the game and they know that if they set Pakistan anything above 200 to chase, then they have a real good chance of knocking Pakistan over.

    One thing we know is that there will be a result. Normally you would say Australia can not win this, but with Pakistan's fragile lineup you have to say Australia have a good a chance as Pakistan.

    Pakistan desperatly need Younis and Yousuf in the middle order. What are the PCB dallying over. Get them two big guns back in. Only them two can support our batting.

  • Wasif_Minhas on July 22, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Test match cricket at its best... very exciting cricket all around I would say much better than we saw in India/Sri lanka match yesterday. Salman will have to come in with some plans otherwise Australia is all set to make 350. we still have to see reverse swing from Gul, hope he gets some when the ball is 50 over old. keeping my fingers crossed.

  • on July 22, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    i know that pointing is a legend, probably better technique than most, but he was out plum on two consecutive deliveries from Amir. He has been lucky, i guess its Koertezen's last match so he is messing around...Bad luck pakistan. These kind of decisions can take the match away.

  • on July 22, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Australia just needs a 100 run lead! And Pakistani batsmen will do the rest for Australia!

  • landl47 on July 22, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    This game, heavily weighted in Pakistan's favor last night, has tilted back. I'd now rate Australia as slight favorites, especially if they survive the first hour tomorrow without losing more than one wicket. If they score in excess of 320 runs in the second innings it will be very hard for Pakistan to win. Some of Pakistan's problems are self-inflicted- what was Shoaib Malik thinking, playing that atrocious heave? That looked like a club 4th XI player, not an experienced test batsman. Pakistan really should have taken advantage of some dismal bowling by Bollinger and Johnson, but instead let themselves be rolled over by gentle medium pace from Watson. Anyway, it's an exciting game and is nicely poised. I'd much rather see a game like this than one where both sides score 500+ in the first innings and the game peters out to a dull draw.

  • sharprider on July 22, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    As the situation stands right now, it is imperative for Pakistan to start off in an aggressive manner....contrary to the defensive strategy of the Sydney Test. But, from what was evident during the later stages of the day's play, Salman looks to have adopted the same attitude as Yousuf, the erring skipper at Sydney. It is, however, very much an open game because the Australians are also capable of buckling to stiff opposition, and with the slowing down of the pitch (as is always the case) a reasonable lead could be overhauled by an improving Pakistani batting line-up. So, all is not lost for either of the teams.

  • _Australian_ on July 22, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    With Watsons bowling starting to be required to bowl more I believe he needs to go down the order to concentrate on being a genuine allrounder. He is never going to be able to produce a proper test opening innings after being required to bowl. I think either Hussey and he should swap batting positions or bring in a proper opener at the expense of one of the current batsman.

  • on July 22, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    AK TEAM LOOKS GOING BACK TO SAME TACK AND MIGHT LOOSE THIS TEST AS WELL,IF aUSRALIA PLAY LIKE THIS THEY ARE GOING TO GATE A LEAD OF MOE THAN 300 ODD RUNS, WHICH WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THE TOTAL ANED WIN THE GAME FOR PAKISTAN. AS WE KNOW THAT "OLD IS GOLD, THE PCB HAVE TO MAKE DECISION AND CALL BACK mOHAMMAD yOUSEF AND YOUNSES KHAN TO PLAY AGAINST ENGLAND AS WEE SEEN BOLWERASDS DONES THEE JOBS WHAT BATTING AGAIN CLOPSE, UMAR AKMAL STILL THINKING AS IF HE IS STILL PLAYING IN 20/20 OR ODI. POOR AFARADI WHY LEFT THE TEAM HE CUOULD ALSO CONTINUE AND PLAYING HIS NATURAL GAME. THIS IS REALLY VERY HARD TIME FOR PAKISTAN CRCICKET, AND WE CANNOT DEPEND YOUNG BLLOO UNTIL WE GROOM FOR THEM FOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES, i AM AFRAID THE WORLD CUP IS APPROACHING AND WE HAVE TO PLANNING OR PREPRATION FOR THE SAME. NOW WE SEIUOULSLY THING TO HIRE A BOWLING COACH EITHER ANY FOREIGN OR LOCAL BUT IT SHOULD BE DECIDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ALL THE BEST FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • Anish284 on July 22, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    I would not blame pakistan at all, because poor guys don't know how to hold the bat. Some one please tell younger Akmal that he is not the second incarnation of Sachin Tendulkar to play shot of his own will.Here in India we have gully cricket coaches who might offer him a good coaching class only if they found him better than our gully batsman. The way he plays, it seems highly improbable.Go back to yousuf & younis unless these guys learn how to hold the bat horizontally.

  • Aura1 on July 22, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Its Good News that ponting got 12000 runs into his career.... where the Pakistan Batting efforts were again sloppy and specialy they blazed their key wickets to the off time or majorly part time Watson... I am so disappointed with the efforts that Pakiatani batsmen showed their lack of technique and specially Umer Akmal with lack of Temprament.. I think he is still not been moralized fromthe captain and the coaches that you are in a tough test match with the world champs... the way he was trying to become Shahid Afridi or Kevin Pieterson.... he must be realized that he is still to go a long way... SO he must show both temprament and technique. In the End Good Luck Pakistan.

  • Fan84 on July 22, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    PONTING has displayed a vintage form, he has silenced all the critics,, Rickty iam a big fan from calcutta,, continue your winning streak and become number one team in all formats of teh game,, wish you all the best ,,

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Just giving them a chance, wouldve got to boring otherwise. aussies with a 30 run win.

  • KHAN_169 on July 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    what a poor umpiring ponting was clear lbw on 0 and not given,also poor field setup from salman butt. u can get the wickets when u r pressurizing the batman with the field and in this manner ur bowler can bowl well and must take the wicket

  • usman_nile1994 on July 22, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    So bad batting by Pakistan. So poor shot selection. Umar Akmal should seriously learn from Miandad how to stay on wicket. Why is he copying Afridi? Bowlers also didn't take advantage of conditions where Watson took 6 wickets. Still match is in our hand. Pak could bowl Aussies before 300.

  • Paul-in-Finland on July 22, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Ricky Ponting - 12,000 test runs - what a champion, anyone who says anything otherwise has never made a test run themselves. Under the stress and conditons in Leeds today - hats off to the man In fact in the same number of innings as the guy who has more runs than him .....for the moment !

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 22, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    As I said in a post yesterday, as backward as Ponting's thinking is (decisions at the toss), he has shown that he can find NEW WAYS to either win or get his team back into matches despite having a very different Aus line-up to yesteryear's. I still think Pak will win but it will be closer than we think and it is almost certain not to be 2 innings to 1. Persisting with Watson again and now batting with Clarke whom he promoted to #4 are proving masterstrokes. No, he isn't the best captain ever, far from it but I always feel that he is a lot better than most of us tend to give him credit for and thus a solid if not brilliant captain. Here's hoping for a thrilling, gripping finish to yet another good test! My money is on Amir for MOM award, he's just brilliant.

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  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 22, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    As I said in a post yesterday, as backward as Ponting's thinking is (decisions at the toss), he has shown that he can find NEW WAYS to either win or get his team back into matches despite having a very different Aus line-up to yesteryear's. I still think Pak will win but it will be closer than we think and it is almost certain not to be 2 innings to 1. Persisting with Watson again and now batting with Clarke whom he promoted to #4 are proving masterstrokes. No, he isn't the best captain ever, far from it but I always feel that he is a lot better than most of us tend to give him credit for and thus a solid if not brilliant captain. Here's hoping for a thrilling, gripping finish to yet another good test! My money is on Amir for MOM award, he's just brilliant.

  • Paul-in-Finland on July 22, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Ricky Ponting - 12,000 test runs - what a champion, anyone who says anything otherwise has never made a test run themselves. Under the stress and conditons in Leeds today - hats off to the man In fact in the same number of innings as the guy who has more runs than him .....for the moment !

  • usman_nile1994 on July 22, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    So bad batting by Pakistan. So poor shot selection. Umar Akmal should seriously learn from Miandad how to stay on wicket. Why is he copying Afridi? Bowlers also didn't take advantage of conditions where Watson took 6 wickets. Still match is in our hand. Pak could bowl Aussies before 300.

  • KHAN_169 on July 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    what a poor umpiring ponting was clear lbw on 0 and not given,also poor field setup from salman butt. u can get the wickets when u r pressurizing the batman with the field and in this manner ur bowler can bowl well and must take the wicket

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Just giving them a chance, wouldve got to boring otherwise. aussies with a 30 run win.

  • Fan84 on July 22, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    PONTING has displayed a vintage form, he has silenced all the critics,, Rickty iam a big fan from calcutta,, continue your winning streak and become number one team in all formats of teh game,, wish you all the best ,,

  • Aura1 on July 22, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Its Good News that ponting got 12000 runs into his career.... where the Pakistan Batting efforts were again sloppy and specialy they blazed their key wickets to the off time or majorly part time Watson... I am so disappointed with the efforts that Pakiatani batsmen showed their lack of technique and specially Umer Akmal with lack of Temprament.. I think he is still not been moralized fromthe captain and the coaches that you are in a tough test match with the world champs... the way he was trying to become Shahid Afridi or Kevin Pieterson.... he must be realized that he is still to go a long way... SO he must show both temprament and technique. In the End Good Luck Pakistan.

  • Anish284 on July 22, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    I would not blame pakistan at all, because poor guys don't know how to hold the bat. Some one please tell younger Akmal that he is not the second incarnation of Sachin Tendulkar to play shot of his own will.Here in India we have gully cricket coaches who might offer him a good coaching class only if they found him better than our gully batsman. The way he plays, it seems highly improbable.Go back to yousuf & younis unless these guys learn how to hold the bat horizontally.

  • on July 22, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    AK TEAM LOOKS GOING BACK TO SAME TACK AND MIGHT LOOSE THIS TEST AS WELL,IF aUSRALIA PLAY LIKE THIS THEY ARE GOING TO GATE A LEAD OF MOE THAN 300 ODD RUNS, WHICH WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THE TOTAL ANED WIN THE GAME FOR PAKISTAN. AS WE KNOW THAT "OLD IS GOLD, THE PCB HAVE TO MAKE DECISION AND CALL BACK mOHAMMAD yOUSEF AND YOUNSES KHAN TO PLAY AGAINST ENGLAND AS WEE SEEN BOLWERASDS DONES THEE JOBS WHAT BATTING AGAIN CLOPSE, UMAR AKMAL STILL THINKING AS IF HE IS STILL PLAYING IN 20/20 OR ODI. POOR AFARADI WHY LEFT THE TEAM HE CUOULD ALSO CONTINUE AND PLAYING HIS NATURAL GAME. THIS IS REALLY VERY HARD TIME FOR PAKISTAN CRCICKET, AND WE CANNOT DEPEND YOUNG BLLOO UNTIL WE GROOM FOR THEM FOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES, i AM AFRAID THE WORLD CUP IS APPROACHING AND WE HAVE TO PLANNING OR PREPRATION FOR THE SAME. NOW WE SEIUOULSLY THING TO HIRE A BOWLING COACH EITHER ANY FOREIGN OR LOCAL BUT IT SHOULD BE DECIDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ALL THE BEST FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • _Australian_ on July 22, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    With Watsons bowling starting to be required to bowl more I believe he needs to go down the order to concentrate on being a genuine allrounder. He is never going to be able to produce a proper test opening innings after being required to bowl. I think either Hussey and he should swap batting positions or bring in a proper opener at the expense of one of the current batsman.