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

Déjà vu for inexperienced Pakistan

Ominously for Pakistan this Test is following the same trend as the Sydney match in the first week of the year
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Ominously for Pakistan this Test is following the same trend as the Sydney match in the first week of the year. Australia have once again bounced back in this classic contest at Headingley, but Pakistan can claim equal ownership of this game thanks to the two Mohammads - Asif and Aamer - who continue to play with the batsmen like marionettes.

Sadly, their own run-makers have shown the spine of wafers. For the second week in a row Pakistan walked into the second day of a Test in a dominant position before letting the Australians kick their way through the door. The cold air persisted through the morning, but the overnight pair of Umar Akmal and Umar Amin should have gained confidence from the waywardness of the fast-bowling trio of Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger.

It should not have resulted in a bungee jump straight away, yet that is what the younger Akmal did. Umar flashed a thick outside edge that bounced a yard in front of Michael Hussey at gully. Then came a horrible shot as Umar went for a wild slog which landed in the hands of Simon Katich at mid-off on the final delivery of the first over of the morning. Terribly for Johnson, it was a no ball.

But Umar, who had hit Steve Smith for a huge six in the final over the previous evening, had not learnt from this reprieve or his mistake in the second innings at Lord's, where he had gone for a similar rash shot at the stroke of lunch. A couple of overs later Johnson got his man as Umar wafted lamely at a delivery that straightened on its way to Tim Paine.

It was not just inexperienced batsmen who lost their heads. Kamran Akmal poked at a delivery from Shane Watson that was shaping away. There was nothing shocking in that, but it was the penultimate delivery of the first over after lunch and could have been left alone. It did not help that Aamer offered no shot the very next ball and was trapped plumb.

Shoaib Malik, returning to Test cricket for the first time after the Australian tour, played some sumptuous drives but failed to assert himself. At one point he even took a single exposing new man Danish Kaneria to the strike. A desperate attempt to play an expansive shot brought his demise and the curtains down on any further Pakistan fightback.

The key question is do the Pakistan batsmen have the temperament to play according to the situation in a Test match for longer periods? A member of the team management admitted to me earlier on this tour that the young cricketers do not possess the patience. Mohammad Yousuf said something to the same effect a while ago. Days after his sudden and shocking retirement last week, Shahid Afridi has now asked certain players in the Pakistan squad, who do not have their hearts in Test cricket, to get their priorities correct.

Regardless of his abrupt exit, Afridi was brave enough to reveal his weakness. Waqar Younis and Salman Butt need to be more honest and blunt with their batsmen. There is no point in citing inexperience as a reason for the fall. Bad habits need to be uprooted before they grow.

Though Pakistan's lead seemed strong in the morning, it was never going to be enough against Australia, for whom the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel shines eternally. Waqar admitted later the absence of any good partnerships, barring the first two wickets, hurt Pakistan.

"We didn't really get enough runs," he said. "We didn't really get the partnership going apart from the top partnership and then the odd one in the middle. We didn't really get the partnerships of 70 or 80 runs. It's been lacking and it's just because we have got pretty young players in the middle order. If you look at numbers three, four and even five they're very new in this arena so I think we've got to give them a little bit of margin."

It would be more helpful to tell his batsmen how they lost the strong overnight advantage after a rousing start last evening. And how, and why, the situation after two days is now level. He did have a word of caution for his team. "The Australians, you know, they're very, very tough when it comes to these sorts of situations," he said. "We've got to make sure that we come [out] on top and try to make sure that we are tougher than them."

There is a lot Pakistan's young men can learn from the unbeaten Ricky Ponting, who has been harried and hurried up by the three fast men. Ponting might have crossed the 12,000-run mark in this game but he still remains nervous each time he starts his innings. Once he gets his eye in he never throws it away.

Despite the batting setbacks, Pakistan still have a good footing in this Test. The overhead conditions favour the fast bowlers and going by their form a compelling finish looms. But Australia already have detected the weakness in their opponent's batting and will not be shy to keep pressing that spot. "They are aggressive with the way they play," Watson, who got his second five-for in successive weeks, said. "They can't really live without scoring for too long."

There is no doubt Pakistan will aim for redemption for the Sydney defeat. They have a second chance, but if they fail again they will have nowhere to hide.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    This has become fashion to criticize Pakistan nowadays. I accept that they are unpredictable but don't forget their natural talent in bowling (specifically). They can turn the tables at any stage of the match. Have a look to the stats in the 3rd day of the match and Pakistan is in strong position now. Batting is going good too (though we lost 2 quick wickets but it happens). The biggest weakness I found in Aussies side is their weak attack bowling (Aussies must be missing McGrath and Warne). Don't forget Pakistan was NOT outclassed in 1st test. They fought back. I am seeing Pakistan rising day by day. Open the last 1 year record of Pak (T20, 1Days, Test) most of the matches were closed.

  • POSTED BY amynrehimi on | July 23, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Butt needs to sit down with Umar Akmal and tell how important it is for him to stay at the wicket till Pak finsih thsi off. otherwise Akmal will come in tomorrow morning and try to finish it 5 overs and get out in the process landing his team into trouble.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistani batting is showing signs of maturity.......Third day of 2nd test we have rarely seen any unnecessary strokes played by pakistan team....They should be proud of their resilience as they have been sidelined from international cricket for more than 3 years

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | July 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I don't see ANY way of an Australian escape. Chasing 43 even on a cloudy day should be easy, considering that Pakistan is only three down. I guess that should end a dubious streak of losses.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    15 years of history about to change..The wall has been broken! Nobody can stop Team PK now..Good Luck !

  • POSTED BY Daniel_Cartwright on | July 23, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    No...No Deja Vu..Go home. Bye

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | July 23, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Ohh ohh my !! Aameer was plumb ? I accept most probably it wont make a lot of difference on the result but still !! Aameer was not out by a mile and a half. The ball was pitching outside the offstump, it did shape in but hit him outside the offstump. Given, he wasn't offering a shot but the ball was still missing the stumps by miles. This is simply ridiculous.

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

    I don't think PAK real problem is batting ability, we have talent...but problem is attitude...and politics...., I think still Akmal brothers are doing politics, if we see the way they both got out, I can feel some fishy stuff...they were in hurry to go back....and i am expecting same stuff from both again....the only hope is Salman Butt, if he can stay then we may can win....

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Its dejavu , yes ! if pakistan doesn't do it this time , they deserve to sit out the tests for this season and spare us the " miserable fans " the agony of watching them crumble .

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 23, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Well, Ponting got chance true, but what about other ausis players. From 154 runs behind they did not crumble, now their lead is close to 150 runs. The super Pak bowling line up ( little over rated) had the ausis 5 for 165 or so, but now they are over 310 in the 2nd innings. The bowlers are taking on Amer and Asif and Gul. That is what Aus and Pak teams are about. One team can fight from loosing to wining position and the other can go down hill from winning to loosing situation. If Ausis can get a lead of 175 runs, it will be hard for the Pakis to win. That is what the history says. I hope to see a new history for the Pak team. Hope their batsmen have the fighting spirit.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    This has become fashion to criticize Pakistan nowadays. I accept that they are unpredictable but don't forget their natural talent in bowling (specifically). They can turn the tables at any stage of the match. Have a look to the stats in the 3rd day of the match and Pakistan is in strong position now. Batting is going good too (though we lost 2 quick wickets but it happens). The biggest weakness I found in Aussies side is their weak attack bowling (Aussies must be missing McGrath and Warne). Don't forget Pakistan was NOT outclassed in 1st test. They fought back. I am seeing Pakistan rising day by day. Open the last 1 year record of Pak (T20, 1Days, Test) most of the matches were closed.

  • POSTED BY amynrehimi on | July 23, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Butt needs to sit down with Umar Akmal and tell how important it is for him to stay at the wicket till Pak finsih thsi off. otherwise Akmal will come in tomorrow morning and try to finish it 5 overs and get out in the process landing his team into trouble.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistani batting is showing signs of maturity.......Third day of 2nd test we have rarely seen any unnecessary strokes played by pakistan team....They should be proud of their resilience as they have been sidelined from international cricket for more than 3 years

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | July 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I don't see ANY way of an Australian escape. Chasing 43 even on a cloudy day should be easy, considering that Pakistan is only three down. I guess that should end a dubious streak of losses.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    15 years of history about to change..The wall has been broken! Nobody can stop Team PK now..Good Luck !

  • POSTED BY Daniel_Cartwright on | July 23, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    No...No Deja Vu..Go home. Bye

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | July 23, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Ohh ohh my !! Aameer was plumb ? I accept most probably it wont make a lot of difference on the result but still !! Aameer was not out by a mile and a half. The ball was pitching outside the offstump, it did shape in but hit him outside the offstump. Given, he wasn't offering a shot but the ball was still missing the stumps by miles. This is simply ridiculous.

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

    I don't think PAK real problem is batting ability, we have talent...but problem is attitude...and politics...., I think still Akmal brothers are doing politics, if we see the way they both got out, I can feel some fishy stuff...they were in hurry to go back....and i am expecting same stuff from both again....the only hope is Salman Butt, if he can stay then we may can win....

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Its dejavu , yes ! if pakistan doesn't do it this time , they deserve to sit out the tests for this season and spare us the " miserable fans " the agony of watching them crumble .

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 23, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Well, Ponting got chance true, but what about other ausis players. From 154 runs behind they did not crumble, now their lead is close to 150 runs. The super Pak bowling line up ( little over rated) had the ausis 5 for 165 or so, but now they are over 310 in the 2nd innings. The bowlers are taking on Amer and Asif and Gul. That is what Aus and Pak teams are about. One team can fight from loosing to wining position and the other can go down hill from winning to loosing situation. If Ausis can get a lead of 175 runs, it will be hard for the Pakis to win. That is what the history says. I hope to see a new history for the Pak team. Hope their batsmen have the fighting spirit.

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | July 23, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Unfortunately the masters of dropped catches i.e. Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal are still part of the team, whereas leading test batsmen i.e. the Ys are not. I hope nobody drops 4 catches in this match to equal the record of dropped catches set by Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 23, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    pak pl win this match,the pak kids need to know their team wins also.come on ,whole nation needs some inspiration.

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | July 23, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    It's the same old story for the last 10/15 years where the Pakistani batsmen play stupid shots, have no patience, try and hit everything for a boundary and as usual give their wickets away. Any team would have looked to capitalise and score big in the first innings but not with Pakistan. Secondly, most teams would be competent enough to chase down a score of 200/300 in the final innings but with Pakistan you just have the feeling they will fall short by 50 runs or so regardless of what Australia make in their second innings. Agreed Ponting should have been out but looking at the replay I think it was far too close to call. Pakistan really need to address the underlying problems with their batsmen who never seem to bat with any responsibility apart for 2 or 3 of them. Even a win here means nothing if they don't learn and change the way they bat.

  • POSTED BY gracegift on | July 23, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Pak need to win this badly for many reasons...1. overcome the fear of failure against Aus 2. Self confidence for the new regime, young players, new captain 3. Will prevent factionalism, politicking for a while 4. A good Pak team is essential for cricket. 5. Last but not least, it keeps the series alive.

  • POSTED BY Matt12 on | July 23, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Guys - you're all missing the point. Pakistan almost certainly will throw this match...just like they did in Sydney. Match fixing is a blight on the game, and unfortunately, this current Pakistan team is clearly cashing in.

    Let me predict...

    Obviously, Pakistan failed to capitalise in the first innings (surprise, surprise - loose shots, no way !!). Now (Aussies: currently 5 wickets down - 5 runs behind) there will be an Aussie wagging tail...and Pakistan will be set a target of 175 odd...which will prove just too hard to get...

    I hope I'm wrong...the Pakistan series in Australia was a disgrace that I'd hate to see repeated.

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | July 23, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    @KHAN_169: No UDRS as PCB chose not to adopt it in this series as the home team - that said, Hawk-Eye would have got the decision against Amir wrong as it seemed to read the ball only hitting the back pad and not both pads in quick succession. Both commentators (Holding and Allot, I think) were far more convinced of the decision being correct.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    i wouldnt be surprise either if they lost again

  • POSTED BY murti4ever on | July 23, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Another sydney in the making Pakistan lost the match on the second day when they could not take a lead of more than 300. Australia is going to come back hard and in the end Pakistan will lose by a margin of more than 80 to 100 runs. Any target of 100 plus and Australia can feel safe. Well done to them for showing the true essence of a champion side

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | July 23, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I had said earlier that Pakistan needs just 1 good batsman in the middle order. Sad to see the super efforts of the bowlers going waste. They had the Australian batsmen at their mercy and ran all over them. The pre series decision not to use the referral seems to have hit back on pakistan big time. Ponting, fully exposed, has got away twice, already.

  • POSTED BY Suresh_Joseph on | July 23, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Heck, I just don't understand this. The game is just two days old, Australia is still behind in terms of runs and people have already begun writing Pakistan's epitaph? So what if Sydney happened? You guys have given the West Indies two decades for 'rebuilding', can't you give a new captain and a young bunch of bowlers at least two tests to stabilise? This match is far from over and even if they get Australia out for 350, it would give them a target of around 180 to win the match, which i think they are capable of. And the fact that they won (if they do!) despite Ponting not being given out will only make it sweeter.

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | July 23, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    As far as I'm concerned as soon as Pakistan's batting self-destructed after lunch on the 2nd Day, regardless of what they did after that, they are now going to lose the match.

    They had the Aussies down for the count, but let them get back up from the canvass on a 9.

    This match will finish with an Australian victory. Hate to be proved wrong, but Pakistan have a mental block against Australia, and just don't know how to win a test match against them. If they have to chase more than 100 in the last innings of the match to win it, they won't make them.

    Save yourselves the trouble of watching this today (Friday) it is a foregone conclusion that this will only go one way.

  • POSTED BY liaqathussain on | July 23, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    like every1 here i feel the same . pak batting is a joke they manage 250-300 in the frist innings in recent years, no mattter what the conditions, they lack the temprement of yousaf and younis khan,, and lucky ponting first ball duck,, how that would have put the cat umong the pigeons,, well sydney here we come again, what ever auusie give 2 chase even if its 120 ,, i dont see pak making that,

  • POSTED BY azhar_hassan on | July 23, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Despite being a (long suffereing!) PAK fan, one has to admire the way the AUS team fights all the way. The escape they pulled off in Sydney and the one they are threatening to pull off at Leeds are examples of their never say die attitude. Having said that, the total lack of any spine in the PAK batting and their cavalier (at times brainless) approach leaves much to be desired. There is just no excuse for this sort of rubbish being repeated again and again.

  • POSTED BY AleemLatif on | July 23, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    No team has managed to win a test match after scoring less than 100 runs in first innings since the last 110 years in test cricket history and apparently thanks to Pakistan team's sick mental strength - that record is going to be created in next 2 days. Intikhab Alam was absolutely correct in his statement after OZ tour, that the players in this Pak team are mentally retarded and sick.

  • POSTED BY Foxswoop on | July 23, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Australia are playing poorly yet they still are in the game. Lets face it, when you are bowled out for 88, you would expect to lose. But (and this is a big but), Pakistan have no idea of how to go in for the kill.

    Butt set defensive fields yesterday that reminded me of Sydney and look what happened there. Do not ever under estimate and Australian side, give them a sniff and they will win. The first hour today is crucial for the Pakis if they want to break a very long and embarrasing losing streak. Go for it or go home I would suggest.

  • POSTED BY Shammi_Shafi on | July 23, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Pakistan needs to change their attitude and replace some players like Umar, Malik, Farhat (one more chance) and bring back Younis, Yousuf, hey should also have an eye on Akmal has he is under performing in tests. Ajmal should atleast deserve a chance ahead of Kanaria as he is super flop.

  • POSTED BY goga on | July 23, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Rudy Korterz, Its last test for him, Just compare his decisions of LBW against Amir and against Ponting. He is looking tilted towards Australians in this match.

  • POSTED BY mzrafiq on | July 23, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Immediately need Yusuf and Yunus. No question about it. Otherwise England series will be similar disaster

  • POSTED BY Sonoual on | July 23, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Pakistan batting is very weak and cannot be up to the mark without inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf & Younus Khan. PCP chairman Ijaz Butt did not send any instruction to Cricket board & even not raised an application for sports visa of these two batting heroes. They have two reasons not including them; they are not in game since long back & Newcomers will feel bad. 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. But how they bad they will be feeling after so much contributions to Pakistan team. Take out Umar Akmal & retain Azhar Ali. Team Management are playing key role not to including they two Ys. They are giving false & fake reasons to Ijaz Butt & putting their level best to convince him.

  • POSTED BY KHAN_169 on | July 23, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    ponting is not good here at all he has given two chances by umpires while he was clear lbw on zero twice of the first two balls,he is lucky that is why he is now surviving.i don't understand why they are not using the technology as there are very need of refer system in condition like england.

  • POSTED BY Tracer_Bullet on | July 23, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    The 3rd day of the test would be critical from Pakistan's point of view.They need to dismiss Ponting & co. as early as they can.Unfortunately for them Ponting was clear plumb on naught but was not given.But the Pakistanis are themselves to blame.Poor & senseless batting from the Pakistan batters & they have squandered another advantage.Umar Akmal is nothing more than a slogger with poor temperament & no patience.

  • POSTED BY raj040686 on | July 23, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    These guys have developed a knack of winning the initial moments of a game and when everything seems perfect they just crumble and gift the match to the opponents. Pakistan have to really patient and persistent if they are up against a team like Australia. The batsmen have to complement the efforts of their bowlers to really put up a fight. It has to be realized that the match is not over until the final ball is being bowled. The pakistanis should rather keep giving their best every second of the play irrespective of the situation they are in.

  • POSTED BY 68704 on | July 23, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Good piece Nagaraj. If Australia have an outside chance then Pakistan have only themselves to blame.With conditions being better for batting for them, after Ponting's monumental goof of batting first, they should have had a lead of 100 more at least and they could have batted Australia out of the game. To consistently give Watson wickets, is inexplicable. He bowls a full length and swings it in English conditions, which makes me wonder what would happen if Pakistan were to face their own bowlers . Would they be 50 all out then! I still feel Pakistan can make it, if the conditions are seam friendly today . Australia will fancy their chances if they set a target of 200. Pakistan have no business to lose 13 matches in a row and several to the recent team which is a shadow of its former self. It is teams like Pakistan who have been the cause of the 'aura' around Australia and its cricket teams. One more defeat will be a a step back in time for them and a step forward for Australia sridhar

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | July 23, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I think it has just become a habit to criticize everything with the Pakistan team. I am not defending their mistakes and blunders but let's be fair. The far more experienced Australian batting has equally failed over and over again. The champions were out for paltry 88 for God's sake. Australian front line bowlers have failed miserably in this series so far. Just because it's Australia you just tend to ignore their mistakes and blunders. Eventhough they won the first test match but their performance has been very mediocre the least.

  • POSTED BY dr_salman on | July 23, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    yesterday i set my fb status to...r we heading to a replay of sydney test?? n well u took the words right out of my mouth spot on...i m afraid things r heading in that direction...pakistan did not fully capitalize on the aus 1st innings collapse...they shd ve put thier heads down n got a lead of atleast 300 to stand a v strong chance..at the moment...its nebodys game...even if aussies giv pak a target of around 200 runs or so..pak r in trouble..so they better get them out early, get 2 or 3 wickets in the crucial 1st session atleast !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    i wudnt be surprised if pak lost this test match

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 23, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    This is not first or second time Umar Akaml played in a way that is not consistent with the demand of the situation. In fact, the only time he played sensibly was in Srilanka at his maiden test when he top scored in both innings. Then he got too much media attention and now he is playing like a T20 player. Just an attitude problem. We now know why Australia is such a great team and Pakistan is not. It is the attitude of the players. True, if they loose this test, they will prove one thing. They know best how to loose. Many times before, they have lost to australia. But not like the way they lost in Sydney and now ------?

  • POSTED BY Asher123 on | July 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Well one simple think that I see is the most experience batsman should be coming top in the order. Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal should be come as 3 and 4 spots and then the new lads. I still dont seet the point of playing with tail at the end.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 23, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Coach Waqar Younis and Ijaz Butt should teach their batsmen how to bat patiently. Umar Akmal is dissapointing in tests. His first century on debut a 129 off 162 balls was a great innings in which he mixed aggression with patience but against Aussies i don't understand why he is so unpatient. Bring Younis Khan in no.3 and use Azhar Ai as opener instead of Farhat. Malik should be replaced by Yousuf. And also Kaneria should be dropped. Give Ajmal a chance. He is in a good form and Aussies aren't comfortable against him.

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | July 23, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    As has been stated elsewhere, Australia can not possibly win this test using Sydney as a precedent as that would show too much consistency on the part of Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    like i said in my earlier posts pakistan has the weakest batting of all international teams..no miandad or zaheer not even a salim malik the malik they have is really a very mediocre batsmen who would not even make to some of strong Indian state teams say like Delhi or Mumbai

  • POSTED BY testcric4ever on | July 23, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Let's not forget redemption for Hobart too - that was a brilliant partnership between Langer and Ghilcrist. That would make this their third chance?

  • POSTED BY dilchasp on | July 23, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    There is nobody in Pakistan cricket team at the moment who can teach the youngsters how to play test cricket which is totally different than one day and T20 where there are different field set up hence different games. The youngsters like Umar Amin and Azhar Ali looks promising batsmen but it is a pity that they have to prove their talent in a "home" series in England against Australia. The only good test players like Yousaf and Younis which could show these young players how to manage different situations are not in the team at the moment. So as a Pakistani I could hope only if Pakistan pace attacks can pick up early wickets and keep the target below 150 (if the target is 200, I am 100% convinced Pakistani batsmen won't be able to achieve). At the moment only SALMAN BUTT is shining as a STAR among all pakistani batsmen. Umar Akmal I thought would be a next Tendulkar for the world, but I have to rethink for my statement. This test should be the last test for Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal

  • POSTED BY Tansah on | July 22, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I feel sorry for Pakistan. First, they completely destroy the Aussies (who are all out for 88, 1st Innings), get some sort of a lead of 170, get two early wickets, and then allow Ponting to get settled. WHAT the HELL! Just bowl full, in line of off-stump... simple. If the Aussies give Pakistan a target of 150+, then I'm afraid that Aussies will win again. Also, where is Younis Khan. I think he'd have made a difference here.

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | July 22, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    I fully concur with the comments made in this write-up, but would like to add that this is not the same team or the captain, or coach, for that matter, as in the Sydney Test. However, nothing could be said with conviction about Pakistan - they might just prove everyone wrong with their performance tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    This has become way too old a topic to be discussed here: even if Pakistan had won the match it was due to their exceptional bowling and unpredictability. To say that they have 15 good players for test cricket would have still been wrong as the Pakistani batsmen showed.

    Not to panic as the match is still open and we hope that a 'SYDNEY' does not happen again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    It's going to end the same way as Sydney. Pakistan are going to lose again because of their batting.

  • POSTED BY Yassar on | July 22, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    If there was ever a case for Yousuf and Younis to be brought back this is it.

    Pakistan's batting is not just inexperienced it is mentally weak. No one other than Salman Butt posseses test match temparament of crease occupation. Umar Akmal is a classic example, great talent but does not seem to comprehend that if he stays at the crease runs will automatically follow. He is talented we all know that but the worrying thing is there seems to be a trend of getting himself out due to un-necessary shots / risks and a basic lack of test match temprement.

    As well as Umar Amin and Azhar Ali have done, Pakistan despartly need Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf back. In fact i would keep Umar Amin instead of Malik as i dont think he is good enough at test level.

  • POSTED BY Matt12 on | July 22, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Yet again - the FIX is in !!

    At what point will the ICC investigate Pakistan - is there going to be no end to their "against the odds" defeats...particularly against Australia (the last series was a joke)...as soon as the odds are in their favour, they throw the match.

    It's a shame because they're a decent team - but this whole rote - get ahead (preferably with a Aussie batting collapse), and then loose batting, "wayward" bowling, dropped catches, apathetic fielding...and another miracle win for Australia...it just beggars belief.

    And it all comes down to the Pakistani players being excluded from the riches of the IPL - smart move by the Indians...all they have left is to bet on "meaningless" test matches...

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    "The key question is do the Pakistan batsmen have the temperament to play according to the situation in a Test match for longer periods?A member of the team management admitted to me earlier on this tour that the young cricketers do not possess the patience.Mohammad Yousuf said something to the same effect a while ago. Days after his sudden and shocking retirement last week, Shahid Afridi has now asked certain players in the Pakistan squad, who do not have their hearts in Test cricket, to get their priorities correct.

    Regardless of his abrupt exit,Afridi was brave enough to reveal his weakness. Waqar Younis and Salman Butt need to be more honest and blunt with their batsmen.There is no point in citing inexperience as a reason for the fall. Bad habits need to be uprooted before they grow"

    I truely loved those lines above. I am totally with you dear Nagraj in every bit of the Article and especially those above lines.

    I do not feel Most of Pakistani batsmen are ready 4test C

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj, you should watch the highlights of 2nd days play again as Amir's lbw decision was anything but plumb

  • POSTED BY Xalan on | July 22, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Reading this article leaves me wondering whether Mr. Gollapudi was watching the same match the rest of us were.

    In which universe was Aamer trapped PLUMB infront of the stumps? And the only thing to learn from Ponting today was the fact that if the Umpires decide not to give you out you should thank your lucky stars.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    They need a senior figure someone like Younus Khan or Mohammed Yousuf, with averages over 50 it bemuses me why they are not included in this side. They could act as an anchor for the rest of the team. There is not one player in this side that could bat for long periods of time. They are quick scoring and all guns blazing, good to watch but to support a team that always loses test matches, not good.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    They need a senior figure someone like Younus Khan or Mohammed Yousuf, with averages over 50 it bemuses me why they are not included in this side. They could act as an anchor for the rest of the team. There is not one player in this side that could bat for long periods of time. They are quick scoring and all guns blazing, good to watch but to support a team that always loses test matches, not good.

  • POSTED BY Xalan on | July 22, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Reading this article leaves me wondering whether Mr. Gollapudi was watching the same match the rest of us were.

    In which universe was Aamer trapped PLUMB infront of the stumps? And the only thing to learn from Ponting today was the fact that if the Umpires decide not to give you out you should thank your lucky stars.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj, you should watch the highlights of 2nd days play again as Amir's lbw decision was anything but plumb

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    "The key question is do the Pakistan batsmen have the temperament to play according to the situation in a Test match for longer periods?A member of the team management admitted to me earlier on this tour that the young cricketers do not possess the patience.Mohammad Yousuf said something to the same effect a while ago. Days after his sudden and shocking retirement last week, Shahid Afridi has now asked certain players in the Pakistan squad, who do not have their hearts in Test cricket, to get their priorities correct.

    Regardless of his abrupt exit,Afridi was brave enough to reveal his weakness. Waqar Younis and Salman Butt need to be more honest and blunt with their batsmen.There is no point in citing inexperience as a reason for the fall. Bad habits need to be uprooted before they grow"

    I truely loved those lines above. I am totally with you dear Nagraj in every bit of the Article and especially those above lines.

    I do not feel Most of Pakistani batsmen are ready 4test C

  • POSTED BY Matt12 on | July 22, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Yet again - the FIX is in !!

    At what point will the ICC investigate Pakistan - is there going to be no end to their "against the odds" defeats...particularly against Australia (the last series was a joke)...as soon as the odds are in their favour, they throw the match.

    It's a shame because they're a decent team - but this whole rote - get ahead (preferably with a Aussie batting collapse), and then loose batting, "wayward" bowling, dropped catches, apathetic fielding...and another miracle win for Australia...it just beggars belief.

    And it all comes down to the Pakistani players being excluded from the riches of the IPL - smart move by the Indians...all they have left is to bet on "meaningless" test matches...

  • POSTED BY Yassar on | July 22, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    If there was ever a case for Yousuf and Younis to be brought back this is it.

    Pakistan's batting is not just inexperienced it is mentally weak. No one other than Salman Butt posseses test match temparament of crease occupation. Umar Akmal is a classic example, great talent but does not seem to comprehend that if he stays at the crease runs will automatically follow. He is talented we all know that but the worrying thing is there seems to be a trend of getting himself out due to un-necessary shots / risks and a basic lack of test match temprement.

    As well as Umar Amin and Azhar Ali have done, Pakistan despartly need Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf back. In fact i would keep Umar Amin instead of Malik as i dont think he is good enough at test level.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    It's going to end the same way as Sydney. Pakistan are going to lose again because of their batting.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    This has become way too old a topic to be discussed here: even if Pakistan had won the match it was due to their exceptional bowling and unpredictability. To say that they have 15 good players for test cricket would have still been wrong as the Pakistani batsmen showed.

    Not to panic as the match is still open and we hope that a 'SYDNEY' does not happen again.

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | July 22, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    I fully concur with the comments made in this write-up, but would like to add that this is not the same team or the captain, or coach, for that matter, as in the Sydney Test. However, nothing could be said with conviction about Pakistan - they might just prove everyone wrong with their performance tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Tansah on | July 22, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I feel sorry for Pakistan. First, they completely destroy the Aussies (who are all out for 88, 1st Innings), get some sort of a lead of 170, get two early wickets, and then allow Ponting to get settled. WHAT the HELL! Just bowl full, in line of off-stump... simple. If the Aussies give Pakistan a target of 150+, then I'm afraid that Aussies will win again. Also, where is Younis Khan. I think he'd have made a difference here.