Pak v Aus, 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Headingley, 4th day

Pakistan prevail in thrilling finale

The Report by Andrew Miller

July 24, 2010

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Pakistan 258 (Watson 6-33) and 180 for 7 (Farhat 67, Azhar 51) beat Australia 88 and 349 (Smith 77, Clarke 76) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Umar Gul and Mohammad Amir celebrate the winning run as Pakistan held their nerve on the fourth morning at Headingley, Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Headingley, 4th day, July 24, 2010
The moment of victory: Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer scamper through for the winning run © Getty Images

Pakistan's long, long wait for a Test victory over Australia finally came to an end amid scenes of excruciating tension on the fourth morning at Headingley, as a simple equation of 40 runs for victory with seven wickets still standing was made to look as complex as the proof to Fermat's Last Theorem. They eventually crept home with three men still standing, but their collective nerves in tatters, as Umar Gul launched the winning shot through the covers with the scores already level.

The margin of victory looked more comfortable than it felt, and that's putting it mildly. The eventual difference between the sides was the wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal, whose 13 from 26 balls was as close as Pakistan came to a composed fourth-day performance. That said, had Akmal been given out caught in the gully with five runs still required, who knows what miracles might have transpired. Mike Hussey's low scoop was turned down by the TV umpire, but after Mohammad Aamer had edged another four to balance the books, Akmal slammed another chance which Hussey this time plucked to his left.

The morning had begun amid scenes of raucous optimism from the noisy knots of Pakistan fans in the Western Stand - lured by five pound tickets and the prospect of a chance to witness history - and there was an early moment of poignancy as well, as Rudi Koertzen was given a guard of honour to commemorate the final day of his 108-Test umpiring career.

Pakistan's chasing traumas

  • Sydney 2010 - An Australian collapse for 127 in the first innings had left Pakistan with a target of 176 in the fourth innings - their best opportunity to end a winless run against Australia since Sydney 1995. The openers added a brisk 34 but wickets fell in clusters thereafter and Pakistan were shot out for 139.
  • Dunedin 2009 - Umar Akmal's debut Test. After making a hundred in the first innings, Akmal was once again the lynchpin, scoring 75, as Pakistan attempted to chase 251. They had a fair chance at 95 for 3 and 161 for 4, but lost their last six wickets for 57.
  • Galle 2009 - Pakistan were 36 for 0 and then 71 for 2, only 97 runs away from victory. Then followed a collapse to rival all other collapses during which eight wickets fell for only 46 runs. Salman Butt was the only one to make it past 20.
  • Port Elizabeth 2007 - The last time Pakistan successfully chased a target of less than 200. Set a target of 191, Pakistan were facing defeat after Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini had reduced them to 92 for 5. Younis Khan, who batted steadily, and Kamran Akmal led a revival that grew into a match-winning partnership of 99, securing a five-wicket victory.

But as soon as the focus returned to the centre of the field, Australia resumed their attack with the same vigour that had hauled them back into contention in the final moments of the third evening's play. Doug Bollinger, who had jolted Pakistan with two wickets in seven balls, made it three in 17 as the overnight anchor, Azhar Ali, feathered a length delivery through to Tim Paine, only moments after spanking a full toss through the covers to bring up his maiden Test half-century.

At 146 for 4, with a tantalising 34 still needed for victory and Australia's fielders cranking up the chatter, the stage could hardly have been less ideal for the impetuous Umar Akmal, a man who likes nothing better than to blaze away with impunity. He edged Ben Hilfenhaus for a streaky four through third slip, a shot accompanied by a roar of relief from the stands, but one over later, he was gone as well, via a flat-footed poke to a regulation outswinger.

With Bollinger bounding in with the unstoppable intent of a latter-day Merv Hughes, appeals and alarms were two-a-penny. Kamran Akmal survived consecutive appeals for caught behind and lbw - both rightly turned down by Koertzen - before Shoaib Malik was dropped one over later by a diving Michael Clarke at second slip. He couldn't make his luck count, however, as Marcus North at extra cover clung onto a full-blooded drive off Hilfenhaus, to leave Pakistan on the ropes at 161 for 6, with Aamer's appearance at No. 8 scarcely helping to settle the nerves.

Akmal's response was two priceless fours in five balls - the first a touch streaky as he snicked an outswinger away through third man, the second more emphatic as he got up onto his toes to punch a drive through extra cover. With 13 consecutive Test victories over Pakistan, including their corker at Sydney in January, Australia's belief did not waver at any stage of the morning, but in the final analysis, they were unable to make amends for their 88-all-out debacle on the first day.

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Posted by AtifMaqsood on (July 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

the luck of shoaib malik works for Pakistan.... Shoaib Malik was not present in T-20 World cup squad where Hussy beat Pakistan.. Now in two T-20's shoaib malik was the in playing 11 and see wat happened the luck of shoaib malik cause pak to a historic win and same farmula goes for the test series against Australia.

Posted by Trashtalk on (July 26, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

Yeah i say congrats as well you know,,, every time i returned to the cricinfo website and the the titles kept favoring aaustrilia in the ending moments i thought i was gonna loose me life but then GUL did for us in fact the whole pakistan team....after 15 years

Posted by   on (July 26, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

first of all congratulation pakistan cricket team & congats salman, pakistani bowlers perform very well specially aamir,asif,gul.Also thanks to those Indians and other fan around the world who supported Pak team. congratulation pakistan,s peoples,fans & thanx ecb asad from hyderabad pakistan

Posted by   on (July 26, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan for that superb win over one the best team in the world.... MASHALLAH...

Posted by ehsan_rocks on (July 26, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

@rajul_tandon can you please tell me what can i realize about your so called no 1 test team which is getting beating of its lifetime from srilanka. If Pakistan was equal to bangladesh and zimbabwe before this victory then what will you rate your team which has been beaten by Pakistan 12 times in Test Maches and just won 9 Matches out of 59 Matches. That means if Pakistan is equal in tests with ban and zim then india should be lower then them because india has won few test against Pakistan.

Posted by shamimboy on (July 26, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

at last they win against Australia. though the target was small, but the supporters of Pakistan got afraid. coz the name of the team is Pakistan. at the beginning of the of the day four it was seemed that they will win easily, but the unpredictable Pakistan lost 7 wickets, which seems Australia will win the match. but Pakistan at the end won the match.

Posted by ice6430 on (July 26, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

congrats pakistan , you played well yu need to improve in batting.get rid of a couple of players and bring 2 Ys.umar akmal needs dropping.also malik he shud play tennis with sania instead.

Posted by KXAH on (July 26, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

Befittingly bowlers scored the winning run ... :) Only they deserved that

Posted by KXAH on (July 26, 2010, 12:24 GMT)

Befittingly bowlers scored the winning run ... :) Only they deserved that

Posted by   on (July 26, 2010, 12:04 GMT)

@ Laurance Barr : So in the current tour Pakistan won three out of four matches and they were lucky while Australia in their 1 match win are world class ?

Posted by Anji99 on (July 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT)

At last Pakistan have won the test match against Australia after 15 years. Pakistan can win the Sydney match but that defeat was not due to players. People know better about that defeat. Australia is not an unbeatable team but Pakistan on many occasions lost that chance. Recently Pakistan loose an easy match against Australia in T20 Semi Final. I dont think so Pakistan lost that match due to the batting of Hussy. Though Hussy played very well but it was the calculated loose bowling by the Pakistan. In this test particular test match Pakistani batting once again disappointed. Their batsmen have no temperament. They use to stop the ball but not eager to take runs or sharp singles. Bowing always do their best. M. Amir has to improve a lot because against tale ender he was very weak. Akmal brothers are over confidence. Shoib Malik should come up to the order to prove himself. He is very capable and should come one or two down. Congratulations to the Pakistani team.

Posted by Wazzi on (July 26, 2010, 7:17 GMT)

Congrats to Salma Butt and his men specially Amir, Asif and Gul whole credit goes to them, they won the match for their team & country.

Also thanks to those Indians and other fan around the world who supported Pak team. This victory will surely give our players alot of confidence specially batsmen and hope they'll performe even better against England.

Youngster Azhar Ali looks good lets see if he can continue to perform well with consistency, good luck for the future

Posted by SHERRYzkk on (July 26, 2010, 6:26 GMT)

the victory we were desperately looking for against Australia. Test Cricket is all about determination which Pakistani players showed against Australia. Inshalllah this rhythm will keep on go against England.

Posted by bjcm12 on (July 25, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

It is a temporary set back at Headingley. Batting 1st was the trauma. Anyway Paks have a super fast bowling line up and thats proved it all. If Aussies lead was over 200 Then Pakistan would have found it very tough. Aamer was brilliant. After all good show by Pakistan. Nice to see Aussies tail wagging in the 2nd innings. Mitchell Johnson needs a good rest - he is not performing once again. Aussies should not keep him in the side now. He should be kept out and taken in again. Ricky Ponting needs to just forget this defeat and concentrate in the future especially Ashes. Ricky should not retire till Ashes in England since I personally believe Micheal Clarke needs to mature more to get into captain boots in the Aussie side - in one dayers and in Tests. He should not play 20-20 and Cameron White needs to take over 20-20 as the captain with chances given to Katich, Shaun Marsh and David Warner especially at the top of the batting line up for 20-20.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 20:41 GMT)

congratulations to all pakistani cricket fans.. after 15 bloody years! i'm so proud :)

Posted by wanderer1 on (July 25, 2010, 18:44 GMT)

@CSpiers: It wasn't so much a woeful batting display, none of the batsmen played bad shots to get out in the first innings. It was simply a devastating bowling attack in ideal conditions. There's a difference and this victory wasn't given it was earned. If this had been a one-off maybe, but Australia have routinely struggled against the Pakistani bowlers over the past year.

Posted by FOOD4THOUGHT on (July 25, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

Team England will be a worthy opponent eventhough i support Pakistan but love to watch english team play .they play fair and unbias cricket everything seems so picture perfect wether their bowling or batting its just so classy.passion of cricket reflects in every move.Their approach to game of cricket is truely respectful and professional and their conduct is examplary.It will be a great series to watch looking forward to it.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

well done Pakistan you can do wonders..... All the best for England..

Posted by vineetphysics2006 on (July 25, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

Australian batting is in tantrums now............ this series exposed australian batting lineup against quality seam bowling........Pakistan could have won the series if they had yousouf and younos together as their experience would have strengthened the batting lineup tremendously...........lastly I am beginning to doubt Ricky ponting's credentials against quality bowling attack.........I AM THINKING NOW WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN RICKY'S ANALYSIS HAD HE FACED Mcgrath,Gillespie,warnie,and Bret lee............those 12000 runs would have been easily how much amount........tell me?????????????

Posted by Pak-cricket on (July 25, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

A Great moment for Pak cricket,,, Hope to see the two Ys back in team... A qadir doesnt want to see them the Ys in team ...he hope that will creat a space for his son in the team on day... Keep Dreaming A Qadir bhai... he will raise he voice againt salman soon one he loses two test one after anothe... We want Ijaz but to step down but we are also very fotunate to have mahsin Hassan Khan as a chief Slector rather than A qadir who have made the squade of his relatives..

Posted by ARSHADAWAN on (July 25, 2010, 9:19 GMT)

At last the moment came but it took fifteen years. Congratulation to Pakistan team And nation. It was nat a convincing victory. Pakstani bowlers are the architect of this triumph. Still batting is struggling. Australia missed a few crucial chances if those chances were taken the result could have been different. one thing is for sure that pakistan needs yousuf and younis to strengthen the batting lineup against england.

Posted by umairhuda on (July 25, 2010, 8:59 GMT)

Very true Mr. KARKRISH, Pakistan does not have a strong batting lineup at all but Alhamdulillah still they are able to avoid the follow on while playing on green top wickets, in the mean time we are witness for a world formidable and strong batting lineup facing follow on in Sri Lanka. I mean india where they have such big names: VVS Laxman, Sachin Tandulker, Rahul Dravid, Dhoni, Ghambir and Shewag. What happened to them in Sri Lanka where the wickets are same like india. But I believe they can win only in india. Out of india their record is witness. Anyway we are happy for our win and we are proud of our team. Well done Pakistan.

Posted by Faizi86 on (July 25, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

Well, i know that Pak still needs to achieve a lot at world level, but still very well done on this ocassion. they won bcz they knocked out No. 3 team of the world for just 88. and for the author of this bulletin, i donot agree to your biased comments. a clear indication when u say kamran akmal snicked the ball for four runs whereas he played that intentionally. may be you are good at writing but not very good at judging what is happening on the pitch. be fair or at least try to be fair

Posted by Nabeell on (July 25, 2010, 8:00 GMT)

pAKI pOWER is ON!!!!!!!! Well Pak has already out classed Aussies in T20 & now Test arena.....its Pak bowling that has ruled over the years & brought victories....Pak has a lot to look after the batting. as the Great Imran Khan said....the more you reduce the duration of the game the more talent will be exposed & thats true as in case of T20 where Pak has outclassed everyone & in test match where technique matters its teams like Australia & SA who make this game difficult for Asians.

Posted by reality_check on (July 25, 2010, 7:56 GMT)

Victory is victory so Pakistan must be congratulated for holding their nerves at the end. This however; is still not a convincing win looking at last two hours of play of 2nd innings. Bowlers won it for Pakistan (literally) even at the end with a bat. It took worst innings by Aus in 50 years for Pak to win this. Pakistan batting is still very lightweight. No one looks comfortable batting in a test match with the exception of Butt. Akmal brothers are 20/20 batters so let's not rely on them to bat for 1/2 a day. Debuts are still inexperienced. Pakistan must fill this gap by recalling Younis and Yousuf but PCB is too arrogant to admit their past mistakes.

Posted by Abbas_Quereshi on (July 25, 2010, 7:32 GMT)

congrats 2 pak team. this is new era of pakistan team. why we are still stuck at two Ys. yeah, that's ri8 test cricket is not guli cricket. way Shoaib malik trough his wicket he didn't deserve his spot in team. this guy play 30 test match. still he not learn 4m his mistake. umar akmal, umar amin, azhar ali are youngster. they have no experience give them more chance. i'm sure they will learn from their mistake. and bring back asim kamal or any 30+ age player 4m pakistan domestic level. who have potential to play test cricket. or bring back abdur razzaq at no.6 position. this will balanced pakistan team batting and bowling linup.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 7:09 GMT)

Finally, we have a win. .............

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 6:54 GMT)

First, congrats to pakistani team.... they have done best with the bowl .. but ofcourse not with the bat ..... well i m quite satisfied with salman and imran farhat's performance according to the current pakistani situation ... really dissapointed by akmal brothers ... anyways guys we should forget about the old guns specially when people talk abt inzimam and saeed .. are you guys dreaming these guysa re long gone .. now we should also accept that pakistani team is on the verge of new begining they are working to build a team and every single one of them is young.. it will take time but eventually they will become the best there will be .... i mean common we won and we won caz we bowl good .. players have shown that they can bat all they have to do is just have some control on there nerves and then they will be fine .. justlook at salman on the final inning .. he got out caz of the stressed he was under .. i he had total control over his nerves he would of been standing there till end

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 6:48 GMT)

Just 38 runs to score with 6 wickets in hand...but the tension was so much that I could not watch the match anymore. So I just went out to run some chores. Better than losing a few pints of blood or increased blood pressure. After about an hour got a call from wife saying Pakistan had won so now come home. Heaved a sigh of relief and dashed back to my place to see how the Pakistanis are celebrating and of course the awarding ceremony after that. Salman( captain) speech was impressive with correct selection of words for the right moment, whatever Rameez had to say. Well done Pakis I know you can do it when you really want to do it. As I was watching the ceremony, my wife went to offer 2 rakats of nafl prayer which she had pledged during the heat of the moment. God bless you all !

Posted by praveen.kumar on (July 25, 2010, 6:03 GMT)

Congratulations for the Pak team on the win and they completely deserved it. Aussies' quality has been going down for the past few years and they are in denial, especially their captain Ponting who has rode the luck for many years by having a great team now he's been given some talented but inconsistent players and he's been unable to manager them properly thus far.

Posted by boooonnie on (July 25, 2010, 5:23 GMT)

Anyone who thinks test cricket is dead only needs to read the numerous passionate comments that fill this page. I wouldn't be surprised if the number of comments here amount to more then the two T-20 games combined! As this young Pakistan team have discovered a ODI or T-20 win can be be fluked - but a Test win really is the ultimate TEST of cricketing ability and application. That is why Test wins are always worth celebrating. Well done Pakistan enjoy this one, no one in Australia can deny that you deserve it. Just make sure you smash the Poms for us!

Posted by shadabkhankhan on (July 25, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

specisl thanks to special bowlers, they are really great. best of luck for future.

Posted by tksami on (July 25, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

IMRAN FARHAT AND AZHAR ALI ,played with great responsibility. Imran even after he completed his half century he did not relax his attitude. The same cannot be said for Azhar Ali but I will give him a pass since this was his maiden century. KAMRAN AKMAL did not drop any catches plus you could see in his attitude that he was very committed to perform and his 3 4's did the job. He should have been sent to bat ahead of the inexperienced Amin when Pakistan needed only 40 runs. No doubt it was still a very dangerous wicket with ball swinging both ways. In the end the Australians could not recover from the havoc caused by the 2 "A's". SHAHID AFRIDI should be in the team. Now that he is not the captain it will free him up. You need someone like him. He can change the tempo of the game. If he gets going you would have had those 40 runs in 2 overs. KANERIA is the best leg spinner, just look at his numbers. Leg spinners are expensive and they may win matches.

Posted by hadiamahboob on (July 25, 2010, 3:51 GMT)

OK. victory is always great but lets not forget it was a bowler show. Batsmen especially middle order has let Pakistan down again (except Azhar Ali) It's time to leave ego and include two world's greats Yosif and Younis. It will definitely escalate Pakistan to top slot

Posted by landl47 on (July 25, 2010, 3:49 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan; this win must be very welcome and all the more so for being unexpected. The bowlers were magnificent and the batsmen had just enough to hang on for the win. Australia, on the other hand, must be feeling very worried. To be rolled over for 88 was inexcusable, even if Pakistan did bowl well. Then, after getting a lead of 180, not to be able to bowl out the weakest batting side in test cricket was a stark reminder of how far the Aussies have fallen. It's laughable for Ponting to be talking about coming back in 2013. In 9 international innings he failed 7 times and his captaincy went from bad to worse. Bollinger and Johnson looked nothing like top class seamers. 4 of the top 6 batsmen failed in both innings iof this test and Ponting himself got out to a dreadful shot when he needed to be grinding for the good of his side. Now let's see how England get on against Pakistan. That will be a marker for this Winter's Ashes.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

congerts to pakistan, i am writing ffrom new zealand. the pakistan bowlers attack was awesome and i think they need some more improvement on their batting line specially in thier meddile line and the need the two great heros(yousaf and youns) please pcb bring them back.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 3:04 GMT)

Great Test match! congratulations to Butt and his boys...Aamer was splendid... Australia played a great game after being bowled out for 88 in the first innings. Nothing to be ashamed off..

Posted by brenno23 on (July 25, 2010, 2:57 GMT)

Hey everyone! i have just joined cricinfo and i am plzed to meet u all! great match wasnt it, australia played very well for 3 days but the disastrous first morining really cost them! but i am confident we will win the Ashes!

Posted by Aspraso on (July 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT)

Yes the Pakistani bowlers won but the batsmen are far from looking like winners. Give them 150 to chase on any last day -- and watch them crumble. A fluke win.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 1:54 GMT)

Would like to say huge thank you to Pakistan and Australia for such an anjoyable Test match.

My comment is for CSpiers, who stated that " it took a woeful australian innings - the worst in around 20 years, to give the pakistan team a victory and they only won by 3 wickets..." Firstly, you should give credit where its due, to the Pakistani bowlers who exploited the conditions and challenged a VERY strong batting line up!!! You can blame aussies as much as you like, Pakistan outplayed them with the BALL.

And I agree, there is still so much that isnt right with the team, but they won a test with a new captain and a inexperienced team, now that is something to smile about. Good Luck for the future Pakistan.

Posted by aham3 on (July 25, 2010, 1:38 GMT)

Posted by CSpiers on (July 25 2010, 00:54 AM GMT): Interesting to note the comments by CSpiers....if I give you half glass filled with water, i am sure you will say that it is half empty....someone else might say we have half glass with which side of the coin you see? you mentioned that aussies poor performance lead Pakistanis to equally in the last 15 years Pakistanis poor performace allowed Aussies to win....Aussies did nothing special....this is what I infer from your comments. Did you see the bowling attack by Aamir, Umar and Asif? every commentator quoted as the best my friend, appreciate the bowling that ripped Aussies out..

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 0:57 GMT)

Greetings from Singapore. Phew!!! Well done Salman Butt and the boys.This should be the change which our cricket needed.You need Younis and Yousuf back in the team to strengthen the middle order.The helm should be with Salman Butt.Now let us concentrate on beating England.Seems we are back on track inshallah.Well done and a big Congrats to the nation and the team.

Posted by CSpiers on (July 25, 2010, 0:54 GMT)

it took a woeful australian innings - the worst in around 20 years, to give the pakistan team a victory and they only won by 3 wickets... there are still major problems with their team. win a couple of series and a might be convinced this team has some substance.

Posted by pakistaniblood on (July 25, 2010, 0:41 GMT)

Pakistani team can rejoice although their batting as such has not done anything right and they were according to expectations totally fail. Players with 30 average can not be expected to do better.Therefore, this is necessary that Yousaf Younas should immediately be recalled and new players from first class be tried one after another. Now we all know Umar Amin is fail and he should not be given any more chance othjerwise he will also be 20-30 avg plaer and also this will be injustice with other players. We need saeed anwar or Inzimama and yousaf and we should slowly get rid of salman imran and shoain etc. We should try Naveed Yasin, Umair Khan, Aamer Sajjad, Rafatullah and shoaib khan of Quetta. Every province should be given their chances. If players fail, they should be changed.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 0:35 GMT)

Lucky teams win close games once or twice in a blue moon - that is pakistan. Great teams win close games on a regular basis - as Australia have done regularly for the last 15-20 years. Congrats to pakistan, but lets put this in perspective.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2010, 0:10 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan, a deserved win, the start of many more we hope.

Posted by daandaan on (July 24, 2010, 23:15 GMT)

OK, Ok. Congrats to Pakistan, they outplayed Australia completely and won well, goood young side, bowlers especially. This is not, however, the death of Ponting/Australia, nor is it Brisbane November 2010. After 5 Tests in 8 months V Aus Pak finally had a win, they should have won more, this is Test Cricket after all. Aussies cant play in England any more, we have Batsmen and bowlers who excell in conditions other than English, which is good because we only play 10% of our cricket there. Aussies play hard and well in Aus, watch this summer. Last Ashes series out here the visiting seamers averaged 50 and the home seamers more like 24/25. And the batting, please. Test Cricket needs a strong Pakistan more than it needs another 2 nil drubbing to Australia.

Posted by criciluck on (July 24, 2010, 22:54 GMT)

GREAT Win Congr8sss pakistan!!!!!! Pakistan all the credit goes to Bowlers Pakistan Bowling attack is Best around the World at this time with amir,asif,umer gul,soiab akhthar and saeed ajmal.. Best of Luck for England series

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 22:40 GMT)

Great work Pakistan Cricket Team, best of luck for future series. Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by Pak_Green on (July 24, 2010, 22:29 GMT)

Everyone is praising the Salman Butt but please do spare few words of praise for Shahid K Afridi, who helped pick up the boys for this tour and have definitely played a role in putting the faith in the younger boys.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 22:28 GMT)

Alhamdullilah.....Gr8 job Pakistan team....young talented side we got now...we should give them some time now to settle down and be more mature in their approach...good finds UMER AMIN and AZHAR ALI!!!!keep working boys...PAkistan loves all of u...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 22:00 GMT)

Credit goes to Autrilla who has given match to Pakistan. Their 88 runs of 1st inning and after that caught dropped by Waltson are the huge reasons of Pakistan's win. It was purely ballers winning match otherwise batsmen tried their best to lose the match. I don't understand why Pakistani's batsmen have taken panic. Why they have not played their natural game? Umar, Malik, Akmal are basically stock players but they played defensive and ultimately the have given easy caught. However Pakistan should have the same team for England there is no need to bring Yousef and Younis. Pakistan should rely on their youngstars. There are bright chances of pakistan to win ICC world cup 2011 by the same team. Youngstars are very aggrasive and fighting players. I am sure if Pakistan keep the same team until world cup then they will get experience and they will win worldcup 2011.

Posted by sri1ram on (July 24, 2010, 21:59 GMT)

Nicely done. A lot of congratulations from India!

Posted by FOOD4THOUGHT on (July 24, 2010, 21:26 GMT)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: PAKISTAN sould have taken extra half hour on the third was a risky judgement and could have cost us the test match . first morning hour is always crusal and bowl does swing in LEEDS.As i recall, we made the same mistake in NEWZILAND UNDER INZI captaincy and it rained the nextmornig.luck was on our sideand we won the testmatch but in my opinin, its neagtive approach.We could have won the game by seven wickets yesterday.also, We could have won the first test as well if we had attacing fielding setup.anyway Pakistan was a better side against Australia thorughout the series hands we come England for a BROWN WASH,SO BE PREPAIRED.MANY thanks to ECB who accoodated Pakistan beautifully in the schedule,many thanks.

Posted by imrananver on (July 24, 2010, 21:20 GMT)

very well done pakistan congratulaions.its a huge win you guys beat the aussie within three days and one hour time...and must wish the new captain best of luck in the future also... I THINK NOW AFFRIDI MUST RESINGED FROM THE ALL FORMAT, FROM HIS CAPTANCY BCOS HE DOSENT DESERVED AT ALL.OR THE CRICKET BORAD MUST SACK HIM. this is my personal view i hope most of will agree.. this young team prove they can win and they got a gem with them now'' Aamer''

Posted by Whisperofdeath on (July 24, 2010, 20:40 GMT)

Pakistan deserve this win they are consistently bowling good but this time it was all team effort. Excellent piece of bowling (that is Pakistan forte), good fielding (the young players set good example), okay batting display. I do like Azhar Ali, after a while we had such a compose player... I want him to be in the team. I like Umar Ali as well. Solid talent, I hope now England would be wary...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

Congratulation to PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think as Butt said these are the young guns and they will be one day world beaters and you could see some young spirit in them I wisk very best of luck to the team for the England series and it was definitely a brave decision by the board to play UMAR AMIN and AZHAR ALI against Australia what a morale boosting debuts ..........................

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 20:29 GMT)

Great victory................ Keep it up ^ credit goes to all Pakistani players.... Don't forget people of Pakistan prayed a lot to win this test Best wishes always.......................

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 20:20 GMT)

lol we got this we all must be happy and dont say any bad word for any team not india not pak not aus just be happy after our team wins cause its mush good to see them winning

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Pakistan cricket has soul. It can only flourish when they play with emotion and inspiration. Pakistan cricket is not dull. When "Playing" with full potential and with their heart in it, they will give you a Thrill. Umpiring in both tests was of the highest caliber. They did make mistakes but they were consistent. UDRS should be made mandatory. It will only improve things. Pakistan should bring in Younis and Yousaf. Umark Akmal has become cocky and arrogant. He sees no competition and plays with pretension and haughtiness.

Posted by KSidd on (July 24, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

After all those painful losses...this win sure is sweeeettt....though the greens made it look like a triple digit chase....nevertheless...great stuff...but SM and UA should be out of the test side.... Kashif Siddiqui

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 19:08 GMT)

congrats to pakistan..we did it finally!.. bowling out aussies for 88 is not a small teeny veeny thing.. the win must have boosted up the morale and confidence of the side... pakistani bowling and top order have found form...middle order needs improvement n time..though...england tour is not even half complete... just can't wait to see pakistanis against england...wud b a very exciting tour...just hope the relatively young pakistan side,under its new captains, gain momentum in the coming series and become a formidable force to behold in all formats of the game... :) plus find a place in top 3 ranked teams too.. :)

Posted by flyboy_forever on (July 24, 2010, 18:55 GMT)

@rajul_tandon : a few weeks back ponting talked about bragging rights..i hope you remember that...go to the stats section and see the head to head results between pak and india and you wud come to know who has the bragging rights.(in all three formats of the game) and after that just keep shut

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

well played and well deserved victory ;)


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Posted by amynrehimi on (July 24, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

Many congratulations to the Pakistan team and Pakistanis all over the world. Beating Australia is not a small feat. To top it the difference is the bowling of both teams, Top Pakistani bowlers firing and parttime Australian bowlers having to capitalisze condition except for the fourth morning. Well done Pakistan. Also the biggest discovery in this test is a very reliable and coll number 3 batsman in Azhar Ali, reminding one of Zaheer Abbas, who has not been repaced as a genuine one down batsmen. Openers are set and so is #3, now to find a good number 4. PCB will be happy now they will not let Yousf or Younis back in the side. These politics in Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

magical moment for pak cricket

Posted by olodum on (July 24, 2010, 17:44 GMT)


yeah certainly, better than zimbabwe n bangladesh the same zimbabwe who raped india's talent twice in zimbabwe recently (LOL). n u so called no.1 recently been lost to SL by humiliating 10 wickets that TOO on dead pitches, n everybody knows ur batsmen are lions at home n jackals outside, thats confirmed u see, our brand new team wid an inexp captain has pulled of a TEST VICTORY tht too in england that too against AUSTRALIA the real no.1 team.

Posted by duedew7 on (July 24, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

Congr8sss pakistan!!!!!! GOOD LUCK for the FUTURE SERIES.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

Beginig of a new era in Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by Razmian on (July 24, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

People are saying that bring Yousuf and Younis but I would rather say that bring Younis only because he is 32 and can still play for three or four years. Yousuf, on the other hand, is 36 and in hs retirement stage so it will be better that he does not come out of retirement, its time to train some fresh blood who is a natural stroke maker. Azhar Ali, Umar Amin and Fawad Alam can be one of them.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 17:02 GMT)

Well Finally pakistan want what they are looking for the last fifteen years. And Thanks God there was no mishap again from umpiring end like Ganguly in 2006 caught by Clarke and given by ponting this time it was Hussey who was signalling that it is out. One thing for Aussies that if you are loosing specially from Pakistan then you got to be a good looser as well. Anyways at last we have seen the fighting spirit in the team and i am sure that this win will go a long long way.

God bless Pakistan and you see 100000 victories like this

Posted by Luke77 on (July 24, 2010, 17:02 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. Any team who can bowl a quality opposition out for 88 shows huge potential. Thanks for a tense game of Test cricket. Although I'm an Aussie, I enjoy this type of game always. Games like this will be remembered (unlike 20/20).

Posted by aliraz.101 on (July 24, 2010, 16:55 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan Cricket team . I have always wanted Butt to take over the captaincy, i have always considered him to be an intellectual in this sport. That said...... i believe this win should give a lot of confidence to our budding team. I would also like to add that despite the lackluster performance of our batting side there is a big positive in the shape of Azhar Ali.Pakistan has had numerous captains in the past 15 years but no one could defeat the Kangaroos so i believe that a due share of credit should be given to Salman Butt.I Am actually more happy than i was after winning T20 World Cup. I hope this signals the beginning of a new era for Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 16:54 GMT)

Victory is victory. No fight here dears. You can't feel the happiness we have here in Pakistan. The track record of Pakistan cricket team is better against all team in case of one day and t20 cricket than other Asian countries. and where there is cricket, chances of winning and losing are equal. But the talent Pakistan has produced from the day 1 to till now, unbelievable. The recent examples are Muhammad Aamir and many others. So congratulations to all Pakistani public and real cricket lovers. Keep it up Pakistani cricket team you are the best.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Has anybody noticed a trend? Seems like only pakistan can save ODI and Test Cricket. Those two matches in the Asia Cup, this test match, that entire series in NZ and Sri Lanka... although this is not a good sign for us patriots, the neutrals sure get their money's worth out of it!

Posted by Manoj_Achan on (July 24, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

Salaam.#!Alhamdulillah!# Pakistan won a test match against Australia, which whole of Pakistan wanted and many Indians wanted all these 15 years. Credit to the exceptional bowling trio of Aamer/Asif/Gul. Kaneria and Amin can improve well;Azhar Ali - Perfect find for No.3 {patient/talented/maturity will improve};Imran Farhat - Very good innings when everyone questioned his place in the side, need more from him;Kamran Akmal - Wonderful wicket keeping, needs to concentrate little on his batting;Umar Akmal - Needs to learn to occupy the crease {look at batting videos of Rahul Dravid} & should come after Azhar Ali at No.4; Umar Amin - Should play all 4 England matches; Salman Butt-Impressive in his batting & captaincy, very optimistic and looks promising. Shoaib Mailk - 2 more matches to be judged..Waqar&Ijaz - Stupendous/Wonderful/Impressive..Very good decision by PCB. Pakistan Team - Play every match/warm-up-match with vigil/character/maturity and try to beat England 3-0/1. Insha Allah !!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

I hope Mr.Karthikfromchennai had a good time watching Pakistan win. This young Pakistan team will play as a unit, and with the talent and passion they possess, they are truly world beaters.

Its not just the win that matters, but when you consider the circumstances surrounding the team that beat the aussies, how young this contingent was, and the psychological blow the team faced after Afridi left them mid way and a new captain took over. I believe such events can hamper the confidence of a good-experienced test side even, leave apart these inexperienced young guns.

Hope this win opens the doors for many more to come. Peace.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

@ netloose: I agree with everything you've said. SPOT ON mate!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 16:08 GMT)

congrats to pakistan from afghanistan fans

Posted by azid on (July 24, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

some of the Indians like raju didn't like Pakistan team and nation victory Mr raju tandon this is a young side who beat team like Australia team who have most experience player as compared to Aussie at least they beat Australia and what about India when your young team tour Zimbabwe they cant win even one odi against Zimbabwe shame Indians shame our young team beat strong team like Australia and your Indian team cant win even single odi against null team like Zimbabwe so Mr raju first think about your team and your so called super stars team not go in semi final stage in any big event of icc after 2007 t20 world cup win and currently they lose by 10 wickets from team like srilanka

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

i think besides malik everyone contributed and played well wat kind of shots was he playing?

Posted by sai_vaddi on (July 24, 2010, 15:43 GMT)

I am an Indian and would whole heartedly like to congratulate Pakistan on this victory. Pak's performance is simply fantastic. Their bowlers are amazing and exciting. I was so hoping that they would not commit hara-kiri again like several times in the past. My suggestion, forget all the fractious senior team members (Younis, Youhana) and stick to this young squad. How I wish India had a couple of fast bowlers like Aamer. I think playing in England was a blessing in disguise for Pak. The swinging conditions help them much better. And one thing is clear, the Aussies suck at playing under swinging conditions. Kudos to Pakistani bowlers again. I hope their batsmen won't let them down.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:42 GMT)

Great stuff Pakistan.

Credit to the fighting spirit of the Aussies for never giving up in the face of adversity. A truly courageous performance by both teams and did someone say Test Matches aren't exciting?

Pakistan Zindababd!

Posted by Just_Love_Cricket on (July 24, 2010, 15:40 GMT)

I have been watching Pakistan Australia series since 1998 (since Mark Taylors famous triple ton) but never thought that a Pakistan victory would come in 2010. WOW... What a moment this was. Congratulations to all Pakistan fans. Even though Pakistan made chasing 40 runs look more like 240, we prevaled in the end. Come on Pakistan. Keep the momentum going.

& Yes, seeing our batting this series, we need the two "Y"s of Pakistan. England would be a tougher team to face at home. Our batting needs our best batsmen. Shoaib Malik isnt test material - he never was.

Posted by tahaster on (July 24, 2010, 15:37 GMT)

15 years is a long wait. but Pakistan is awesome.

Posted by SAEEDSHEIKH on (July 24, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

well done Pakistan. After all those 15 years the victory has come. Past often Pak came close to victory, but this honor was written for this young team. Good Luck Salman , keep it up whole Nation is with u

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

@ rajul tandon! there is another team newzealand which hasn,t won aginst aus for 19 years now, so not just zim and ban, kiwis are also there.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

Pakistan on top..and Inda is moving towards ll be intersting to see test ranking after england series and offcourse srilanka series

Posted by Mansoor1 on (July 24, 2010, 15:17 GMT)

To all the Indian posters, who posted tongue in cheek comments...Jal Gayaay Burnol Lagayaay; don't hate because your team just got spanked silly :-)

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:16 GMT)

PAKISTAN ZINDABAD :D ... But whats up with no1 test team lol....thats why teams should stop winning against bangladesh and pretend they are champions lol

Posted by cricket_for_all on (July 24, 2010, 15:16 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistan. But I don't still understand the selection. I don't see any different between Afridhi and Umar Akmal (They both can't play test matches). Specially the Young Umar Akmal has to be dropped and should get some more club matches (He has no idea what is test match means). I also don't understand why the Pak board is still keeping Shoib Malik!!!

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 24, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

Thrilling test to the end!, exactly what I was hoping for. Great stuff by Pak, with their youngsters taking responsibility and great stuff by Aus, they are a really tough team to beat from ANY position. Both these teams have set up a wonderful deciding test. If the ball swings throughout , my money is on Pak now that they have gained some confidence.

Posted by ShaheenIqbal1973 on (July 24, 2010, 15:08 GMT)

Alhumdolillah, congratulations to the Pakistan Team for the win. There are afew comments I would like to add:-

Although I agree that there has to be new players introduced to the game I think there still should be someone of the likes of Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf in the team to be able to develop the younger and inexperienced players. They will then be able to assess different situations and be able to apply themselves accordingly.

The PCB needs to get there act together. The team did bad in Australia yet they introduce bans of their best players! Do you see any other team in the World doing that? The team did bas in Aus yet they make the team weaker by removing the best batsmen!

There needs to be stability in the team. If Butt is captian then they will have to give him a proper chance of afew years to do this!

There has to be stability in the management too. Coaches need time to understand players and then be able to work on their weaknesses!

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (July 24, 2010, 15:08 GMT)

A perfectly timed bit of drama that, when paired with Murali's 800th wicket to close out India in the first Test at Galle, has produced the best possible advert for the longest form of the game. After half a year of having a vague sense of dissatisfaction with shorter forms of cricket, particularly the faltering fortunes of IPL season 3 and a curiously flat T20 World Cup, these two matches have provided a sumptuous feast and brought back into clear focus what makes cricket so special.

Now is the time for ICC to make the most of this opportunity to create ongoing context for Tests with a true Championship. Like umpire Rudi Koertzen, you need to act decisively when you are on top of your game -- only in ICC's case it is not about timing your personal retirement, but salvaging the most meaningful and essential part of your sport.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:08 GMT)

congrats to pakistan...... good luck for the guys to maintain a winning habit consistently.... the squad is at a great scope....eventhough without some of the senior players..... DONT BE PANIC ON THE FIELD..... all the best to SALMAN BUTT...... be a great captain.....

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:04 GMT)

if u wanna learn how to lose from winning position; take classes from pak team. And today's unsportsman like behaviour from Kamran Akmal when hussey had claimed that catch to be clean was a disgrace. Maybe ,he didn't have faith in rest of his men to make even 5 runs. shame shame

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 15:00 GMT)

I am so happy we won, I live in USA got up at 6am to follow the historic result on cricinfo, but it was so difficult to follow so relieved we won. But there are some interesting stats in this article. I do believe Pakistan has very good bowling attack, but I am concerned about our lower order batting and middle order looks suspicious as well. I dont think Shoaib Malik is a test material especially in english conditions, please keep him for 20/20 and 50 over format.Asif/Aamer/Gul and Kaneria also need to focus on their batting because had they contibuted any thing substantial with the bat the results could have been different in all three test matches mentioned above.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

For the No 1 ranked team fans who are making their grapes are sour remarks: JULL giya burnol Lugaiyay !!!!!!

Posted by Medhanshu on (July 24, 2010, 14:56 GMT)

Well this win is a crispy slap to Coward Afridi who left the team in the midst of a tough tour. He proved that he can not win against Australia despite tempering the ball. Congratulations to Salman Butt and his men.

Posted by Gopes_On_Dopes on (July 24, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

Did anyone hear Shane Warne commentating today? He was pathetic when Kamran survived a close catch attempted by Hussey. The broadcasters must be inviting these cheap Aussies hoping their team bites the dust and see their reactions on that!!

Posted by VPSrivastava on (July 24, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

Kudos to Pakistani bowlers for their first innings show. It is their bowling which more often wins the matches for them. Alas! if India could produce fast bowlers half talented as theirs, we would not have seen the Galle debacle and worrying for No 1 slot.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

@keerthi vasan.... atleast we won wht abut india ,...1st on da chart of test teams and screwed by world number5 team,..itz a big shame 4 india got 1 of da best batting line up n did nuthn , on da other side pakistan screwed aussies, no 2 team n where as pakistan is world no 7 ,...pakistan showed he got da fighting spirit,...congrats n thnkx 2 all who supported pakistan in historic win,....

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

well done butt for his good start as a captain ...i wish our team continue to perform like this????

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

c0ngratts Pakiz .... c0ngrattss Salman Butt :-))

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

What a ridiculously cliched nail-biting win by Pakistan. These 'street ' and usually brainless but talented Stanis finally manage a win to break the Aussie vodoo spell. As someone who despairs these days after watching great Stanis with brains like Mushtaq Muhammed, Zaheeer Abbas, Javed Miandad & Imran Khan who are V RARE in Pak cricket. The bowling was pretty good by Asif & Amir ( who have brains ) although why they have problems with tail-enders is beyond me ? Farhat shocked us to show that he has one, in his second innings. Azhar & Salman too but Akmal brothers really need BIG lessons in test batting i.e PATIENCE with TECHNIQUE is only way in Test Cricket ! The docile wickets in Pak breed docile minds. Why doesn't the board teach these cricketers about the great art of cricketing brain ? We really need a Yousuf instead of Malik for the next Test against Eng because our bowlers alone cannot win matches. Butt has a long way to go to become a captain. PAK CRICKET JUST LIKE PAK GOVT.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:25 GMT)

at last Pakis done it . well done boyz !! c0ngrattss Salman Butt :-))

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:23 GMT)

at last Pakiz done it ....................... !!!!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:23 GMT)

My Heartly congratulations to all desperate Pak Fans!!!

,,,,, this was badly needed specially after all the whole hearted efforts of the Great Paki young bowlers..... God forbidden if we would have lost I don't know what would have been the effects on the confidence on these young Paki GUNS!!!

let's not forget that there are some serious selection issues for the next game....

For me these are the only automatic choices for the next game.... Salman butt, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Kamran Akmal, Umer Gul, M Asif, M Amir

not sure if Kaneria and Umar Amin should be playing the next game.... Definately not Malik, and Umer Akmal....

What do you guys say???

Posted by Gopes_On_Dopes on (July 24, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

I cant understand how people are still saying that Aus is the no. 1 team in the world. U wont get any such fight against a team which wont panic. If Ponting kept these fields against India, Sehwag might finish the game in 20 overs!!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

At last long waitd victory occured. Well done boys!!. In my opinion Umar amin should be rested for english test series and Yasir Hameed must be provided a chance to come back. In both the tests and T20 Umar amin never looked settled and comfortable against Assuies. Azhar ali is a good prospect. Team must be united and try to learn from thier mistales and work harder to change thier reputation of being unpredictale. They should beome professional . I wish all the best to Pakistan Team for upcoming series.

Posted by TAYMOOR92 on (July 24, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

ya . . .its a realy realy a good victory for pakistan team nd the paki nation . . . STAND UP FOR THE CHAMPIONS . . . . . .

Posted by Doccaau on (July 24, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, a thoroughly deserved victory, particularly for the Pakistan fans who've unfairly missed out on so much cricket in recent years. I'd love to see Pakistan take this form into and then carry it through the entire test series against England. And whilst they're fit back the young players and build a stable, solid team core (without running them into ground as mentioned by some others here). This would be fantastic for world cricket, not just Pakistan. Our guys threw the lot at Pakistan, as we expect them to, and these young guys still got over the line. If I have read correctly that the Duke was used for this series as it was played in England, then I wish the 2 Englishmen, the Welsh and Irish blokes, and the 7 South Africans the best of luck in the next 4 tests against the Pakistani attack.

Posted by tksami on (July 24, 2010, 14:08 GMT)

Someone please clarify; is it Amir or Amer or Aamir.

Posted by Q72941 on (July 24, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

Finally a moment of relief from Pak team, But unless they really learn the lesson out of this and iron out the life-long self-induced faults that appear to adhere to them as a permanent theme - they would not be true champions that they should be given the talent they have.

It was really pathetic display of defensive game by Umar & Malik that was never needed. Umar looked so out of sort playing against his instinctive natural-self restricting himself beyond the requirement of the situation. He could be pardoned due to his lack of experience but Malik with all the International exposure he has should be able to balance between the attacking & defending mode. After all there should not be a reason for their bowlers to look better then their batsmen while batting & scoring the final runs.

Finally, thanks for a wonderful match especially in this format which should prove to many how exciting a Test match could be. Hope to see more balanced matches of ball & bat instead of run-fests.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

Congratulation! to Pakistan team to win over Australia after 15 years. Though they win but their batting are still under performing. They need to be brought back Yousuf and younis as their young middle orders are shaking and failure to carry on the momentum. Hope this win give them confidence to play well over England. Well done Butt! and he should be employed as a test captain permanently as he proved his maturity against Australia. I look forward to seeing their succeed against England…

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Posted by yyaarr on (July 24, 2010, 14:02 GMT)

I think the lastest news is that Pakistan Won the match with a wonderful performance by the New world star Muhammad Amir and Asif.It is one of the youngest team ever played by Pakistan. and the second good news is that World No 1 team (INDIA) is beaten by Sri lanka with a shame performance of Follow on ,big shame .It is one of the oldest team.i think they should change the old uncles with new kids. sorry to the jealous people who still trying to see cricket as a war.

Posted by Okakaboka on (July 24, 2010, 13:55 GMT) an Australian supporter, I am pleased Pakistan won! Just now maybe the test selectors will get their act together and get rid of dead wood like North. He is not up to test cricket. Australia seems to be playing with some kind of patched up team. Cameron White is a 'must' inclusion. His batting ability is now up to test standard but more importantly he is Australia's best slips fieldsman. Too many vital catches have been grassed by the slips in the last couple of seasons. If I remember rightly, North grassed a very vital catch off Siddle in the recent Ashes series. White also has an excellent tactical brain and offers leadership potential. Selectors need to look at genuine talent and not focus on averages and what State they play for. We ALL know if you want to play test cricket...move to NSW! Talent will shine given time to develop. McGrath and Warne are classic examples...They didn't set the world on fire initially...but we could all see the ability was there.

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (July 24, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

who ever thinks test cricket is a waste of time and boring should watch this match.3 days n half session of pure talent and fighting spirit from both sides.pakistan team is young and inexperienced but u cant say they won the match without a fight. just like australia they kept fighting all the time and it was australia's professionalism,experience and the confidence they have of winning against pak that helped them get back into match again n again.but pakistan fought well to keep the situation in their favour all the time.great test match . but i think umar amin isnt mature and confident enough for international cricket yet he should play more ODI's and younus khan should b called in for england tests to replace him.and shoaib malik should make way for yasir hameed to come in. rest of the squad is good

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (July 24, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

Thanks to ALLAH for this vistory. But this victory is completely due to outstanding bowling performance and out batting is as unreliable as was never before. If any responsible person of PCB reeds this blog, then they should realize, bowling can not bowled out oppoist team at 88 in every match. To be realistic for England test series, do some thing for the batting. Please, please bring two Ys for the upcommign series or at leat Yousaf immediately so that Pakistan fan canhave some hope to defeat England. Otherwise with current batting line, only miracles like of this match can win. God bless Pakistan and may give some sincere understanding to PCB officials

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:46 GMT)

its a new beginning, well done Pak youngsters

Posted by oppurba on (July 24, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

well done pakistan.your bowling line up is the best now in cricket. get in as soon as possible younis khan and yousuf in the team we the tigers are struggling to use our bowler perfectly although rubel hossain and shafiul islam have enough pace but they need to learn. if we have wasim akram or waqar as a bowling coach?!!!!!by them they could learn how to swing the bowl and how to make yorker.

Posted by johntycodes on (July 24, 2010, 13:40 GMT)

Why all this huge celebrating from all these pakistani's. Australia retained the trophy as they won the last series/ What have pakistan got to be proud of, Drawing.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

Congratulation! to Pakistan team to win over Australia after 15 years. Though they win but their batting are still under performing. They need to be brought back Yousuf and younis as their young middle orders are shaking and failure to carry on the momentum. Hope this win give them confidence to play well over England. Well done Butt! and he should be employed as a test captain permanently as he proved his maturity against Australia. I look forward to seeing their succeed against England…

Posted by PkRules on (July 24, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

It wouldn't be such a long wait had there not been poor umpiring in 1999/2000 at Hobart and had Kamran not dropped 5 catches in Sydney last year.

Posted by imz1 on (July 24, 2010, 13:33 GMT)

It's true that pak beat Aus after long time.but keep remember Pak beat the nations who beat Aus too many times....including (India,NZ,Eng,SA)....

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (July 24, 2010, 13:33 GMT)

This is a great win for Pakistan. Truly historic because it signifies their psychological victory over the greatest test team of this generation.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:32 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistani Nation... Thanks team for such proud effort and result. Now that the monkey is off the back, can't wait to see the English face the music/ legs before missiles/ stumps cart-wheeling.. Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by mr_nice on (July 24, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

Well done Pakistan!!! no doubt it is a much needed win for their confidence and excellent show of young talent, but if they want to capture this moment and go further they need to filter out so many things in their ranks which are obvious...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:29 GMT)

Great Pakistani Victory. Tribute to young Pakistani pacers for limiting Aus to 88 in 1st innings. After Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib, another performance from bowling nation.

Posted by SLfan on (July 24, 2010, 13:29 GMT)

Well done Pakistan !!! I always believe that Pakistan team has the highest potential, among the 4 Asian cricket teams. But, most of the times they lack the execution, but not the skill. Really nice to see Pakistanis perform in this manner.....Even though Pakistan lost in the last Asia cup, we saw really good cricket from you guys. It seems that Afridi & Waqar had done a huge attitude change in the team....Continue the good run. Best of Luck !

Posted by ashraf_noor on (July 24, 2010, 13:24 GMT)

well at the end it was bowlers who hit the winning run to achieve historic win for Pakistan, all recognized batsmen could not last longer except imran and azher, so more to work on their nerves as well as batting technique. but good win for Pakistan team and Pakistan cricket. i still believe that yousaf can be a good part of this young team as a batsman. i have no problems if shoaib malik also rested for england series and try to keep younas away from this team.

Posted by spp11485 on (July 24, 2010, 13:20 GMT)

Many many congratulations to the Pakistani fans for the victory though it was gifted by Ponting.I really could not find any reason to bat first after winning the toss.that too when there was overcast conditions and australia's strenght was fast bowling not spin...Smith is not at all effective enough to take the responsibilty of a specialist spinner and even if the match reaches the fifth day, you can't trust smith to win a game for you.Now the question is, why to bat first?. there could be 2 reasons, either Ponting underestimated the week Pakistan team or he wanted to bat twice to add more runs and centuries in his record. Both of them are corelated..he has done it manier times in the past, he never gives follow on, most of the times he bats first after winning the toss..but he always got away because earlier he had a strong batting line up and two greats Mcgrath and Warne who were able to hide his mistakes. But now life is gona be tough for Ponting and Aus.

Posted by Itchy on (July 24, 2010, 13:19 GMT)

@honestno2: " well experienced Aussie team" - hardly! When Mitchell Johnson is the senior fast bowler with 36 tests (in the last 2-3 years) and you have a couple of newbies in Paine and Smith, I don't think you can call them an experienced side. They do have a couple of experienced individuals though.

Posted by aalhasankh on (July 24, 2010, 13:19 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for proving that in test cricket,no one can beat Pakistan for 16 consecutive years!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (July 24, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

This match had seriously bad umpiring that marred it, probably the major factor towards Australia getting out so cheaply, but in the end it was consistently bad for both teams. Most of it was Rudi Koertzen's doing but it just goes to show that URDS should be in place. Would Australia have won if there had been a decision review process? Hard to say. But it certainly would have been a fairer match. That said, I think that this was a quality match all around. Pakistan bowled tremendously, particularly Mohammad Ameer (or Amir?) and Mohammad Asif, then they batted sensibly, with Shane Watson just bowling out of his skin to bring Australia back into the match. Then the batting of Ponting, Clarke and Smith gave Australia a sniff and Pakistan's top order, especially Farhat, Butt and new guy Azhar Ali put the game out of Australia's reach. Not that Australia knew it was out of their reach, though, as Bollinger came back well and Hilfenhaus continued his good form to make it oh so close.

Posted by CrickFans007 on (July 24, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

COngratulation to Pakistan team and all Pakistani all over the world What a game of test cricket very exited Pakistan team again proved they are very unpredictable team. people who were criticizing Pak team specially INdians they must noticed Pak is the only team who bowlout all Aus team on just 88 runs after 26 years. thats only Pak team who did this rest of the teams can not even think about it. Big slap on indians who were posting bad comments about out test team. NOw PAk team should go for another target beat the English team in all format and go for the Mega CUp WC 2011. I predict Aus will knock out in WC quarterfinal and India will kick out in SEmi final. May be PAK and South Africa will play the final of WC2011.

Posted by adil8 on (July 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

Salman Butt Lead His Team with Vision and although It was not a Perfect Finish, For a Young Captain and His Side to Beat the Great Australian Team is a Remarkable Achievement!! You Have Made us Proud Boys!! Keep The Green Flag Flying High!!

Posted by Beertjie on (July 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

Well played, Pakistan - you deserve the plaudits for the great fightback after Lords. I agree with every word in the post by Yasser Yousufi. Talent is all well and good, but nothing can replace experience. Getting the mix right is the key to maintaining consistency in performance. By all means give youngsters a chance and try to stick with them for a while, but the likes of Mailk are taking up space better used by one of the Y's (and I remain unconvinced by the value of Farhat.

Posted by klobania on (July 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

@keerthi vasan hee.. heee. heeee. obviously at last pak have won after 15 yrs lets see how many further yrs india is going to take to beat sri lanka in sri lanka may be in this century?

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

wow... what a victory but Pakistanis still did it in the Pakistani style

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:09 GMT)

Salman Butt ... Lucky Captain. But he has to lead Pakistan team. In this test match I observed whole Pakistan team is leading Salman Butt. I saw the tension on his face when he came for batting in 2nd Inning. Be mature Salman now you are the Captain. Any ways Congratulation to all of us ... Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by antonella on (July 24, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

congratulations!!!!!!!!!!pakistan team.i know this might be one of the happiest moments in this year for pakistan fans.Butt, you are very very lucky.u did it from your 1st test as the captain.otherwies any captain couldn't make it since 1995.U can keep this for up coming England series.Aamer,3 Umars,Azif.........all&all guys bring happiness in the worst of times.Defineately your motherland and those who love pakistan are proud of you.good luck.keep your smiles forever.Dats what we want.

Posted by KARKRISH on (July 24, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

Congrats to Pak, but they need to understand that their batting is probably the worst in the world considering this is a test match (just except Salman Butt). Everyone flashes as if they've already had a illustrious career or as if they just came out of a T20 match. Mind it, match was won by the bowlers only.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

Winning is a habit. Make it yours green shirts.

Posted by qaysy on (July 24, 2010, 13:03 GMT)

this struggle was always on the cards. beating a team after 15 years takes a lot out of you. credit should be given to Pakistan as they played the series with a rare spirit and fight they did not even make a single major mistake in the field which is highly Non-Pakistani tradition. Credit must be given to Pakistan for pulling themselves out of OZ shadows.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 13:01 GMT)

Win is a win.

Hats off to Australia-ism. I don't think there is any other team that can match Australia. A win from Australia by any country is special.

So CONGRATS Team-Pakistan-2.0 :)

Glad to be on the winning side (for a change) ;)

Posted by wajahatrehman on (July 24, 2010, 13:00 GMT)

Mike Hussey is an ungrateful fellow. He should remember Sydney where Kamran Akmal made him a hero by giving him 3 lives. Can't Hussey give him one for old times sake!

Posted by Mukarram.Pasha on (July 24, 2010, 12:59 GMT)

Finally pakistan has won after 15 years! THANK GOD!!!!! Actually pakistan should have one more esily than that!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:57 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:56 GMT)

Finally……. fifteen years long wait is over. Pakistan Created history by beating Australia. Congratulation to Pakistan on this victory. Being an Indian, Pakistan is always my second best team; I like their bowling although not happy with their batting, there is some serious work has to done in this department by their coach. They could do a lot better in the batting by applying themselves. Anyways a victory is a victory; it's a young test side they will learn with experience. With the kind of bowling attack Pakistan have, if they can put a decent total on the board say 300-350 runs against England, they will give them a good run for their money. Watch out England you are next. All the best Pakistan.

Posted by sabirshah on (July 24, 2010, 12:53 GMT)

Zindabaad,,,I laughed after a long time(for cricket) and they way Pakistan played with this young team is great!...Shoaib malik should be kicked out of the team he betrayed again at the crucial time. I don't know why he's kept in the team? just because his wife is a successful player in tennis??? Or its reward for him snatching Indian beauty? He certainly doesn't have a place in the team....KICK OUT SHOAIB MALIK please, let him enjoy his Honey-Sun

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:51 GMT)

There is unfortunately a lack of talent in the Australian team. They are hard fighters and difficult to beat because of that, but quality is absent. They have lost to a team which is as good as Bangladesh, New Zealand or the West Indies - a third rate team. They should hang their heads in shame after this loss and introspect. England will bother them terribly.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

v won.......... but i can't understand the defensive and negative approach from our team and management . and once again v gave extra bounce chance to aussies at the al most end the game by going so defensive . i think if they play more normally and positive yesterday they have won more comfortably earlier then this . so something to think for future i think they have to change there defensive style and mindset even when they have upper hand on opposition .they r still mental very weak not only players but coach and management also .

Posted by aalhasankh on (July 24, 2010, 12:47 GMT)

I am amazed by the persistent love of some Pakistani batsmen to just hang out their bats at the waist high balls outside the off stamp.They neither drive nor defend;just offer their limp bats for the balls to take an outside edge and go to the wicket keeper.Umar Amin,Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal were out in this fashion in the last Pakistani innings.Will the Pakistani batting coach please tell them to keep their bats to themselves when they don't intend to offer any shots.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:47 GMT)

We all are really happy to see the pakistan's victory over australia after a long long humble request to the kerta dharta of pakistan cricket board is to put ur heads together & ponder how to develop winning habit......& pls pls pls despite this wining do justice with the players like mohammad yousuf, younus khan, fawad alam, mohammad sami & faisal iqbal....they all deserve to be in the side (atleast 16 men squad)

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:46 GMT)

Once again Pakistan nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. It's great to have finally won and no lets hope they have also learned that winning is possible if you believe. Credit to the Aussies - they were still fighting even when the scores were level. We (Pak) need to find some of that fighting spirit

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Congratulations. You deserved to win after running through the Aussies on day 1.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:41 GMT)

Great Win,,but i think they should have been won convincingly. But it was good for the life of test cricket, every person was doubtful about test cricket, but that test match gives new life to test cricket. Test cricket at its best. About Pakistan, kept their label alive of "UNPREDICTABLE" side. Now its time to get rid of Malik.. he should not be in the test team. Bring Yasir and Younis,, and let this team play for next 6 months. and boy you will see a different Pakistani side inshALLAH. Another tense series against england is ahead, just play with same combination,, n please people support this young team, these kids are going to make a history..Go Pak Go

Posted by Marcio on (July 24, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. A fitting result for the team. I hope they can carry on the good form vs England. Now that the Oz monkey is off their back, maybe the team will start to believe in itself more. Australia's performance was not good, it has to be said. Both batsmen and bowlers were well off off track (almost quite literally, in Johnson's case!). Johnson is an enigma. Not that long ago he was almost unplayable, in South Africa when the Proteas were #1. Now he regularly bowls 1 or 2 crap balls per over, and all the batsmen have to do is wait for it. The selectors have no choice but to drop him, in my opinion. His current form is not up to test standard. He was a sad contrast to Pakistan's opening bowlers, who were vastly better.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:39 GMT)

Deserved win, all those Indians hating, try not to sound oh-so-obviously jealous. Especially not when you just got brutally thrashed by the awesome Sri Lankans. Now back to the main point, great win, not many consider that this was a greatly young side with billion times lesser experience than the mighty Aussies. There's still a lot more to learn. For the England test series, bring in Yasir Hameed for Shoaib Malik, and some other good batsman for Umar Amin. And I'd have Farhat not play as well but since he did perform much more than expected on this occasion, give him another go.

Posted by Chris_P on (July 24, 2010, 12:37 GMT)

Well done to the young Pakistan team, they deserved their victory. I am glad our guys made them earn it and not fold. If this match isn't a glowing endorsement for sporting pitches, I don't know what is. I think that Pakistan's bowlers are shining due to the fact they don't have to bowl in their home "batsman friendly" pitches which seems to drain out any promising young bowlers. They now need to refocus to their next assignment against England.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:35 GMT)

This is an outstandig performance for pakistani team. It's long long gap. Pakistan should Include Yusuf and Yunus to strong Batting line up.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

After india's shamefull defeat against srilanka its a gud news for cricket lovers in this part of the world.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

@Keerthi....When was the last time India bowled the Aussies out under 90? eh?

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

wining is wining either by an inch or a kilometer, grow up sour loosers!

Posted by ankitrawat8 on (July 24, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

hi...i m frm india but i am so glad dat pakistan won this match :) congrats to d whole pakistan team nd their newly instated captain.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:32 GMT)

Although we won the test but we still lack in batting partnership. The team needs Younas and Yousaf for the test atleast.

Posted by Cricfan27 on (July 24, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan!! Many congratulations to Pakistan team and the new captain! But now is the time for selectors to seriously consider Malik's same old performance for over many years. The 2 Ys should be brought back and Umar Amin should play more with 'A' team. NO MORE SHOEB MALIK Please....

Posted by Nutcutlet on (July 24, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

Well done, Pakistan! Their victory this morning sets up the four-test series with England nicely (and at last England stand a chance of undergoing a reasonable examination after the meaningless Bangladesh 'experience'). England's performance in the rest of this summer should also give something of a form guide for the upcoming Ashes clash. Let's hope Pakistan's promising young guns don't rest on their laurels. It is up to the captain and the management to ensure that this doesn't happen. As for a snap prediction, I think that Pakistan will need seam-friendly conditions to run England close. Even then, I wonder where their runs will come from. This may be a time for a reality check! Anyway, well done Pakistan - enjoy the moment!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:29 GMT)

well done paks.with out proper atmospher at home with all the stress players undergo this win is terrific.

Posted by allblue on (July 24, 2010, 12:28 GMT)

Congratulations to both teams. To Pakistan for playing such good cricket, and to Australia for fighting so hard to the very end. Also congratulations to the ECB and the MCC for making this great contest possible. Above all, this has been a big win for Test cricket, which is a very good thing in my book!

Posted by AhsanIqbal on (July 24, 2010, 12:28 GMT)

So finally have reached beyond the line after 15 years against Australia. Our bowling has been consistently doing great for our team, however our batting was crumbling all over the place. Even today our batting wasn't world class but it was up to a brilliant support from Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali and in the end some heroics from Kamran Akmal and a cover drive from Umar Gul was enough to lead us to the victory stand at Leeds against Australia and finally ending the 2 test match short series in a respectful 1 - 1 draw.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (July 24, 2010, 12:27 GMT)

Australia demonstrated that why they are number one team in world despite ICC's flawed ranking of pathetic Indian team with not a single quality bowler. Australia's fight was amazing however one should not forget that Pakistan fought even harder against their demons.Pakistan team lost first test, their captain and all other issues and they came back. This is remincient of Imran Khan era and two"A"s(Asif and Amir) have a look of two W's. Pakistan not need to make some smart and hard calls.Danish Kaneria is totally ineffective and expensive bowler. It was because of him Australia came close to victory.Shoib Mailk has no place.Umar Akmal needs to be dropped from tests.Umar Amin needs more experience.It is time to recall Yousaf, Younis and Asim Kamal, while Saeed Ajmal needs a definite chance against England.Farhat should also be on notice as Yasir Hameed is in excellent form and should be given a chance.! Another Plus for Pakistan is that Butt speaks good English..Well relatively...:).

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

well done pakistan well done Muhammaad Amir.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:23 GMT)

ahh.. finally moment of bliss provided by the young side !! 40 runs somehow looked 400 runs !!! and i deeply miss "KARTHIKFROMCHENNIA"..

Posted by tanvir1974 on (July 24, 2010, 12:21 GMT)

congratulations to all pakistani fans. great effort. but need to look at batting they need to change some middle order batsmans. good luck

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

Finally! I've been waiting my whole life for this - literally. I was born in 1995, and have had to wait until today to see my team finally beat Australia. Congrats!

Posted by swat1999 on (July 24, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

Firstly say contratulation & wel done guyes. Wow!! at last you do it, why so many tense!! I give full credit for the victory to Ali-Farhat partnership. Umar Akmol,Shoib Malik seems very nervous, they unable to play underpressure, It lot of improvement for pakistan as they not drop much catches this time. Once again congratulartion Salman Butt & team.... keep it up Allah Hafez

Posted by TheHooker on (July 24, 2010, 12:18 GMT)

dsig3 - spot on. The cricket fans want cricket like this, the administrators only care about the cash coming through the door. Sad stuff. To matters in hand, a fabulous Test and series. Pakistan and their English-based fans a credit to everyone in this country. Amir has the lot, most importantly a great character. Aussies as ever battled to the end, but their inability to stick it out on day one shows just how much they miss their great players of former days. As for that catch of Hussey's, it all goes back to the likes of Steve Waugh and to a lesser extent Mark Taylor. Claiming catches that bounced. To me, Australia reaps what is sows in terms of sportsmanship, but that is by the by. Great stuff, well done Pakistan!

Posted by Apache_Indian on (July 24, 2010, 12:18 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan team/Fans for this win after a long time. Your have got a good fast bowling attack. Salman Butt is a good captain; has good temperament, at least better than Afridi and also speaks well............ Aryan, India !!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

Pakistan needs to bring back Younis Khan and Muhammad Yusuf. Umar Akmal have been disappointing in this series. He demonstrated amply that he lacks the temperament of a test batsman. Shoaib Malik got his place just because Ijaz Butt doesn't want Younis Khan into the team. Danish Kaneria should be replaced by Saeed Ajmal.

Pakistani batsmen put up an extremely poor show. With 7 wickets in hands, they lost 4 wickets! I want to celebrate as I thought to do but can't do with the same degree. Pakistan batting is touching to its new lows. Thanks to the democracy!!!

Posted by Marij.Iqbal on (July 24, 2010, 12:14 GMT)

Yes, the young team looked in great shape untill this morning, where they felt few nerves. I hope we will give a tough fight to the English team as well. All in All a great victory, We basically took the series with 3-1 in 4 matches we played with the Kangaroos. Well Done Boys..

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

well done pakistan at last they beat them.......... congarts Continue the spirit with England too.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:11 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

Many many congratulations to Pakistan team and all Pakistanis all over world!!!! What a thrilling contest at the end, mostly because kangroos were fighting till last ball and Pakistan was under nerve breaking stress even they have 5 wickets in hands and only 20 odd runs to win!!! Being pround Pakistani, I would say, well done pakis boys. Pakistan needs a lot or home-work to deal with stressfull situation and practice and thats the key to have a successful unbeatable team in future and I strongly believe that this young side is a good raw material to work with, Pakistan coach needs to pay attention to these aspects too!!! Best of luck in future for Pakistan Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:08 GMT)

Go Pakistan !! GO GREEN !!

Posted by Rajul_Tandon on (July 24, 2010, 12:08 GMT)

I am really happy for pakistan on this victory, there were just 3 teams which had not been victorious over Australia in the last 15 years (Pakistan/Zimbabwe/ Bangladesh). Now i am sure that pakistan is atleast better than than the other 2 left.

Posted by CSpiers on (July 24, 2010, 12:07 GMT)

its a shame that when you 1st innings is really that bad, you just basically have no chance of winning. Pakistan really should have won more easily than this

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:07 GMT)

Well--a good job done in the usual hard way Pakistani style. It definitely is a great achievement, more so for the Pakistani Fans, who were fast losing faith in Pakistan's Cricket Team in Test Cricket.

Salman Butt is definitely a lucky captain as without many strategic moves (except Umar Amin's bowling stints), he did manage to keep the team cool on nerves except being clueless with Smith's bashing 77 runs. He should start emulating Ponting's shrewdness ( as witnessed in Pakistan's 2nd innings).

Can we finally say goodbye to Shoain Malik?? He can now be conveniently ignored as have been Younas & Yousaf. Whats wrong with Umar Akmal. Either he be allowed to play his natural game or he be restricted to shorter formats. Yasir Hameed and Muhammad Hafeez deserve to be in the Test side in place of Sohail Malik. Hafeez deserves more consideration in view of his Off Spin bowling and sharp fielding qualities and experience in England.

Good luck Pakistan Team with English competition-

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:05 GMT)

ha.. ha.. ha.. atlast they have won after 15 year... only pak can complicate themselves and good fightback from AUS

Posted by ABKD on (July 24, 2010, 12:04 GMT)

My Best wishes are for Pakistani Team to now make Winning a habit and now to play Well against England After Finally Beating Australia after 15 years which will surely give HUGE confidence to our young Team against England.

Posted by tayyab442 on (July 24, 2010, 12:03 GMT)

Atlast we have beaten the aussies,no doubt it was nerve tangling but a WIN after all is a WIN,but it is to be admitted that the aussies fought till the last moment.Well done to salman butt who at times made very good decisions like bringing umar amin to bowl who got vital breakthroughs.According to me this combination should be kept for the england series, at least first two matches and if we win then a few like Amir could be rested, after all he is a young lad.Nevertheless this is a BIG BIG WIN after such a long wait.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

In mist of all the joys, we should not forget that we have some black sheep in our team and they have to be remove without any further delay. Please take to time to read The News International dated 24th july 2010 "PCB keeping an eye on Akmals, Malik" asssessed at

Congratulations to the team for this long awaited victory.

Posted by Razmian on (July 24, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

Great to see Pakistan beat Australia in the format which I love to watch. Congrats and thanks to all who supported Pakistan

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:59 GMT)

well pakistan did turn into panicstan again but alas panicstan won!

Posted by netloose on (July 24, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

Great win for Pakistan. They deserved it. Their pace attack was far superior to the aussies and made all the difference. More importantly, all the talk of bringing back Mohammad Yusuf and Younis Khan should end with this victory. I strongly believe the two youngsters, Umer Amin and Azher Ali, should be allowed to play the entire series against England. This would tremendously help them and Pakistan's cause. Also, no one seems to be talking about Imran Farhat's knock. Though I am not a big of his but he did play extremely well. The Aussies played good cricket this morning. Their instinct to 'never say die' is unmatched and they -- in my view -- remain the best team in the world.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

COngratulations to young PAkistani Cricket team....I hope this victory gives them more wins in future....I beleive Pakistan should stick with young team and forget about two Y's Yousuf and Younis....beacuse if they can beat Aussies then they can beat anyone...and not to forget the wise decision of Boom Boom Afridi to retire from Test and giving a test temperanment player chance....hope this victory will give more mental strenght which is very important ingredient for quality cricket!!!!

Posted by m.a.khokhar on (July 24, 2010, 11:55 GMT)

ALHAMDULILLAH.. atlast we have won the great historric victory against Aussies,, young,inexperiance,raw,having lots of problems in team but very very talented side was against the very professional,mently sound ,technically correct,and under the worlds best batsman captaincy ..and these young Pakis shown the class and the talent and the courage to beat Australia in neutral vanue. Had pakistan a bit senseable batsman in the team it would ve been the 2-0 .. but pakistan couldnt score runs in the first innings of Lords..but nevertheless these players played their heart out and they are the reason to bring the lots of cheer and joy the people of Pakistan . we proud of them ,, They are still learning and Inshallah they will come a long way.. We should back our team when they dont do well in the feild coz they are only young and under process.. I wanna Congratulate the whole nation and Pakistani team for this Brilliant prfomance..Hats off to u guys. Good luck Pakistan Long Live Pakistan....

Posted by Nayeem_Kohir on (July 24, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

Devastating bowling by Pakistan pace attack especially Mohammad Aamer saw Pakistan register their first win Australia in the last 15 years though Umar Gul was patchy in the 2nd innings. I think Umar Gul is thinking more about the performace of the young Aamir and may be that is having harmful affect on his own performance. He should try to do his best.

I would also love to see Umar Akmal match his talent with maturity. I do not know why he needs to poke at the deliveries, which are neither scoring neither wicket claiming, which was the case with the Azhar and Amin.

Umar Akmal, I think as much talented as Brian Lara was, but he needs to use his brains, which he seems to be lacking. Azhar Ali too impressed and is the best bet at No. 3. I wonder if we have seen the last of Yunus Khan. I think Mohammad Yusuf should be recalled and he can replace Shoib Malik. Malik should play only one-day cricket and Twenty-20.. Yusuf should also be part of one dayers till World cup 2011.

Posted by Hazil on (July 24, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

A good start for salman butt as captian! but batting still to improve to suuport thier fantastic bowling of pakistan ............good luck with england match.

Posted by Passion_4_Cricket on (July 24, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

Well Deserved Win... This is the win could change the fortune of Pakstan Cricket, But they need Proper support by ICC and Most Importantly by Other cricketing countries.. This is a Exciting team and has all the character to make test cricket super entertaining. Vamos to Pakistan Cricket Vamos to its Players... After 2w's, Pak now gonna rule the World through 2A's ... Highest Quality of Swing Bowling...

God Bless Pakistan, God Bless Its Cricket,....


Posted by klobania on (July 24, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

thanx to allah it was out n out memorable victory i know it could have been better but we all know that aussies never give up till the end i think wat could have better than bowling ozs out less than 100 runs well done paki inshallah we will gonna snatch no.1 position sooner than later as we are far ahead than current no.1 team its just a matter of time u know

Posted by honestno2 on (July 24, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

Feeling Paki paki.................... Go PAK GO whole nation is with u.......... pass or fail....but dun fail to try...rememba.......btw i haf seen first time in my life that Pak beating Aus in test.......................PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

It was an amazing match to watch not from the Pakistani side but from Austrialia, Aus, didn't give up till the last run and even Watson tried his best to catch the last drive of Umer Gul but it was out of reach. Pakistan should learn the lesson from Australian Team, How to fight till the last moment. Ricky Ponting and his army tried their best but in the end 180 were not enough to defend. I really wana say thanks to Aussies who entertained and keep us underpressure till the last run. Now u can understand why Aus. is No. 1 team in world. It will be very tuff for England to win the Ashes in Australia specially after watching this match.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

The only reason we won this game is because aussies had shocker in the first innings. Thats not bound to happen every single game. This is the most brittle batting line-up in world cricket after WI and Bangladesh. if u wanna nurture young talent play them 30-40 ODI's to build their temprament like India is doing with Raina and Kohli. Test Cricket is not about 30 minutes of glory and 50 of 30 balls. The two Umar's need to play a couple of seasons in the ODI side before they're ready for this game. Azhar though looks like a genuine number 3. So get rid of the two Umer's before the England series and bring back Yousuf and Younus if you wanna compete in the longer series with England.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

It was an amazing match to watch not from the Pakistani side but from Austrialia, Aus, didn't give up till the last run and even Watson tried his best to catch the last drive of Umer Gul but it was out of reach. Pakistan should learn the lesson from Australian Team, How to fight till the last moment. Ricky Ponting and his army tried their best but in the end 180 were not enough to defend. I really wana say thanks to Aussies who entertained and keep us underpressure till the last run. Now u can understand why Aus. is No. 1 team in world. It will be very tuff for England to win the Ashes in Australia specially after watching this match.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

Did pakistan just WON a test match, oh gosh, where are the highlights hahahaha.. I am so happy

Posted by messofblues on (July 24, 2010, 11:47 GMT)

Well done Pakistan keep it up you has the capabilities to defeat any team in the world….

Posted by RahulSharma5 on (July 24, 2010, 11:46 GMT)

Finally, Pakistan win and ends up their record by beating Australia not convincingly, however they can still take a lot of positives after winning, coz they have been struggling to win against Australia by getting really close off recently..well done Pak..

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:45 GMT)

congrats......pakistan..........great fighting .....aussies

Posted by ABKD on (July 24, 2010, 11:45 GMT)

Best of luck Pakistan against England

Posted by amir-test-cricket on (July 24, 2010, 11:45 GMT)

wow than ... only these two teams can stage such a wonderful test match .... the unpredictable pakistan and the profssional aussies who keep coming at u ...

what a hell of a test match .... whoever say test cricket is dying ... tell him to watch highlights .....

loved every moment of it ...

Posted by crictonite on (July 24, 2010, 11:44 GMT)

It's good to see Pakistan finally get that kangaroo off their back after 15 years.

Posted by dmqi on (July 24, 2010, 11:43 GMT)

Pakistan barely managed to win which many doubted that they can by scoring more than 150 in the 4th innings. Congrtas to Pak team, but my hats off to Ponting and the Australian team. They produced a fight of supreme quality as opposed to shaky, uncertain way Pakistan played to score 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand. With this display I will give 9/10 ( for 2 drop chances) to Australians and 6/10 to Pakistan. Australia is the real # 1 team in the world, without question, no matter what the funny rating system of ICC says. I am from the subcontinent and I must say our teams can take a lesson from this test how to fight and defend a small total. Wonderful bowling, fielding and captaincy by the australians. Pakistan will get tough time from England unless they make couple of changes.

Posted by fahadiqbal on (July 24, 2010, 11:43 GMT)

AMAZING and Excellent Team effort to beat the Aussies after 15 years. This should be the NEW Beginning of PAKISTAN TEAM Winning ERA and many CONGRATS TO EACH MEMBER of the TEAM and to EACH PAKISTANI FAN WHO support the TEAM every time.ENJOY IT >>>>>>

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:43 GMT)

BY THE GRACE OF ALLAH ... we have finally defeated the Kangaroos in Test Match after almost 15years ... the Aussies played really well ... but as a whole, Pakistan came victorious in this tour of T20 + Test Series ... no doubt, it was the BUTT BUTT BOOM BOOM VICTORY <3<3<3 ... we have shown the world that no matter how many captains we have changed, we are united as a team + we are playing superbly in every format ... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!!!!!

Posted by honestno2 on (July 24, 2010, 11:42 GMT)

Believe it or not but the truth is PakiZ yng team has beaten well experienced Aussie team...............Dudez m loving it.......Start of new journey...m on 7 heaven.....victory is victory....

Posted by Copernicus on (July 24, 2010, 11:42 GMT)

What an exciting match of cricket - see what happens when a sporting pitch is prepared! That's the biggest revamp test matches need, not the gimmickry of day/night matches or coloured clothes.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:42 GMT)

Pakistan Zindabad .... Inshallah We Vll Win the upcoming England test one day and 20 20 :) inshallah

Posted by kaiser1 on (July 24, 2010, 11:41 GMT)

I can take a sigh of relief after the somewhat scary moments into this victory. I have been ardent follower of Pakistan team since the time of great Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas and Sarfraz Nawaz through the legends of Wasim and waqar. I never left hope and kept praying and enjoying their moments of greatness. This indeed is a very adolescent team and its in the making still and if selectors keep faith in the young talent and bring in some experienced hand as well, they will be worth watching in the future. This is only a beginning and CONGRATS to ALL the Pakistanis and Pakistan Team for the win at last which is surely going to break the mental barriers to go on successful path. And PLZ PlZ Keep Shoaib Malik out of the squad who is a total waste and bad element in the ground as well as in the dressing room. Thanks. GOOD LUCK for the FUTURE SERIES.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

cong pakistan...........ponting is in really bad form and should retire....only then australia wil bounce back

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

Thanks to Almighty. We have finally overcome Aussies who have remained unbeatable since last one and half decade with the help of umpires. This is the start of new beginning for Pakistan Cricket. PCB should stick to long term captaincy idea viz quite rightly and religiously followed by all Cricket Boards. Well done Salman Butt...

Posted by umairhuda on (July 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

Team Pakistan, the suspense machine.

Posted by Jasemkhan on (July 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

Amaz ing Isn't it It was a good victory, but not the way Pakistan wanted it 40 runs were added for the loss of 4 wickets one thing i have to ask is that why Pakistani selectors are so hell bent on picking Shoaib Malik while everybody knows that he throws away his wicket i bet he plays for his interest not country's interest he should be ashamed off himself it's just a joke my friend I call upon Ijaz Butt to axe both Shoiab Malik and Kamran Akmal because they are just useless and replace them with Younas khan and Mohammad Yusuf and let Imran Farhat be a part time wicket keeper for England Series. Inshallah the victory will be ours.

Posted by Pak_Green on (July 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

Though a win is a win .. but this is not the way to win a test match from such a dominating position of being 137 for 1 to 180 for 7. In my humble opinion it is time to get rid of [at lest one of ] the idiots `Akmal` brothers.

Posted by haseebPAKISTAN on (July 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

PAKISTANNNN zindabaadddd yuppy we wonn finallyy know all the critics plzz shut uppppppppppp n all the haters of pakistan also shut up n i apreciate the fight of the aussies that was awesume as well bt in the end a win is a win n its hugeeee waoooo

Posted by jackiethepen on (July 24, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. What a thrilling game and what an exciting Series. There really isn't anything like Test cricket with its highs and lows and its twists and turns. Every ball really does count. What a game. Memorable.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

A great victory.....Atlast against AUSSIES.....great feeling to win a test against the top side in the test cricket.....infact winning against a side after 15 YEARS.....i think this will be a great boost for the pakis ....and i feel that forthcoming england series would be a joy to watch .......i still remember the words of salman but when captaincy was handed to him ...that aus is a great team but they ARE NOT UNBEATABLE ....and that was PROOVED .....yeh ........what a joy when umer gul scored the winning runs :) would agree that we have some starS in the making ........maybe another wasim akram aur a inzamam ul haq.......and also i should take away tha praise from azhar ali for making a half century in a very tough situtation...especilally when butt departed .......only playing his 2nd match

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

Well played Australia, Hussey- your colossal presence left me mentally drained. It reminded me of Sydney, and then it reminded me of the T20 world cup- and then the memories went on a loop scaring me every other second.

I think we are giving our players, who were standing just a few feet away from Hussey a lot less credit than we oughta :p

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

Indeed a remarkable victory to Pakistan and the series against England will be interesting!

I guess Pak trio of Pace and swing bowlers will be the best combination after the two Ws! Pak needs to address openers and middle order issues!

Posted by qrk1882 on (July 24, 2010, 11:33 GMT)

Thanks to Allah that Pakistan finally won against Australia, they have got loads of talent and must continue with them, Azhar Ali looks quite a good batsman to fill in Mohammed Yusuf's or Yunus Khan's shoes, Umar amin is also good.... and words can justify his talent. GOOD THAT THE ARROGANT AUSSIES HAVE BEEN BEATEN, NOW INDIA SHOULD HUMILATE AUSSIES AGAIN, PS: CAN WE BORROW ASIF< AMIR AND GUL, WE CAN LEND TENDULKAR SEHWAG AND GAMBHIR while u play against ENGLAND.... QR KHAN

Posted by FIPL on (July 24, 2010, 11:33 GMT)

Thanks to almighty GOD .... Pakistan WINS … Congrates to all Pakistani Fans … JOB Well done although there are plenty to work for. M Aamir is really a star for Pakistan and had a long lasting career ahead of him. Azher ali is a good find for Pakistan. Now Pakistan has made England start thinking and start watching M Aamir's bowling tapes. It will be a good summer for Pakistan cricket team .. Well Done Pakistani

Posted by FarhanSabir on (July 24, 2010, 11:33 GMT)

great historic win! but still.....the batting is weak. The panic was there in the end. The bowling single handedly won the game for them. I hope the batting also clicks in the upcoming series against england. Good luck Pak!!

Posted by tick on (July 24, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

turning to england.they don't have that much of hype and pressure over pakistan..pak has won 1987,1992,1996,2001 series in england and also won the home series in pakistan will play much better and out of preesure against them...GO PAKISTAN WE LOVE YOU

Posted by Far359 on (July 24, 2010, 11:31 GMT)

Alhumdulillah we won....since pakistan has played so little tests in the past 2 or 3 years they couldnt really handle the since there are more test now, we will see a better side very soon!

Posted by Drahanif on (July 24, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

Predictably the pakistani batsmen were nervy, but it was because of their poor track record, not because of an in-built mistake. If these batsmen manage to chase another sizable target against england, then I m seeing a change of fortunes for Pakistan in run-chasing.

Posted by KXAH on (July 24, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

I feel our batsmen will do a lot better against England and bowlers are already in good rhythm so its gonna be rocking series ... Best of luck

Posted by hassan_007 on (July 24, 2010, 11:28 GMT)

40 runs to get with 7 wickets remaining......still a nervous finish.....well they are the unpridictable......but at last they proved that the aussies are beatable..... go Pakistan go........the journey starts now.....!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:28 GMT)

YES! IT's great feeling for us, winning a test match against aussies after 15 years. "CONGRATULATION" Pakistan team. & WELL PLAYED PAKISTAN. & aussies u r the lions of ur own home grounds.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

reminded of something Chappelle's said about West Indies, not knowing how to win. Pakistan almost choked here on a flat pitch in conditions where they would normally score runs easy. Well its only the second win for us in around 3 years where we've played very little Test cricket and for some in this team the first after a long long time. With Younis and Yousuf coming back the series against England should be a better batting display

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan on brilliant display of cricket in T-20 (won 2-0) & finally levelled the series 1-1 in Test !!Very well played Australia...Truly played like lions.....It was test cricket at its very best...Very well said by Butt...The entire nation of PAkistan is filled with gratitude & would like to thank the ECB for holding such an important event... InshahAllah the coming days will bring more joy & hope.....All we need in test cricket is to have a strong middle order,the new batsmen are not bad but they need experience & support....Younis & Yousuf can join the team & bring the team much needed experience....And that will help the young batsmen as well.... And finally I think Waqar Younis as the coach as been a great boon for PAkistan (MashAllah).... Ricky & co. it was a pleasure to play against a team of your quality...Thankyou for being such a support !!! Very well played : ) GOD BLESS PAKISTAN !!!

Posted by OttawaCricketNut on (July 24, 2010, 11:26 GMT)

All streaks end at some point and so did this sequence of Aussie victories over Pakistan. Well done, Pakistan! If they can bring some solidity into their ever-so-brittle batting, this talented side can be a consistent winner, but for that to happen their Board and their media will have to show some patience, persistence and some common sense. Looking forward to a great series with England.

Posted by ahsenmuz on (July 24, 2010, 11:26 GMT)

well done pakistan.At last you prove the world that u are the best.australia never gave up that easily,welldone aussess too.u showed great temprament.asif and amir will be remembere now as two a"s.good luck for england series

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan on brilliant display of cricket in T-20 (won 2-0) & finally levelled the series 1-1 in Test !!Very well played Australia...Truly played like lions.....It was test cricket at its very best...Very well said by Butt...The entire nation of PAkistan is filled with gratitude & would like to thank the ECB for holding such an important event... InshahAllah the coming days will bring more joy & hope.....All we need in test cricket is to have a strong middle order,the new batsmen are not bad but they need experience & support....Younis & Yousuf can join the team & bring the team much needed experience....And that will help the young batsmen as well.... And finally I think Waqar Younis as the coach as been a great boon for PAkistan (MashAllah).... Ricky & co. it was a pleasure to play against a team of your quality...Thankyou for being such a support !!! Very well played : ) GOD BLESS PAKISTAN !!!

Posted by roxap on (July 24, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

good win for pakistan excellent bowling performance as usual but they need a lot of improvement in there batting if they want to win upcoming games.good luck

Posted by Sohel_ahmed on (July 24, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

This victory may well prove to be the begining of a new era for pakistan.They are blessed with immense talent and a raw but confident captain to lead them.Yes they were jittery,shaky and perhaps seem clueless sometimes but that exactly what makes pakistan cricket team a treat to watch.This young team is a joy to watch and with their talent they can go miles.Congrats and hats off.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

thanks God there was no repeat of sydney and hobart

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:23 GMT)

Well they certainly tried hard not to win, but congrats great win!!

Posted by KXAH on (July 24, 2010, 11:23 GMT)

Superb performance by Pakistan bowlers, this match is won solely by bowlers, this is the worlds best bowling attack ... Well done Aamer/Asif. Pak batsmen were pathetic with their skills & approach, although Pakistan has won the match after so much drama, I still feel that Pak batsmen should have done it easily, they seem to be mentally unfit.

Posted by azmaftab on (July 24, 2010, 11:22 GMT)

Jittery cricket at the end but a win none the less :D Hopefully Pakistan can keep up good work and make us proud again againts the English as well... what a treat would that be?

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

Congratulations TEAM Pakistan

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

Shukar Alhamdulillah ! The Debutantes did it .CONGRATS to the Young team & it's Captain. Kudos to Mohammed Amer,Imran Farhat,Kamran Akmal & Salman Butt.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:18 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Away from home under difficult team issues this is as fantastic a win as any.

Posted by ravin321 on (July 24, 2010, 11:18 GMT)

a well deserved win, congrats to pakistan

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:18 GMT)

A win at last !!!! Aamer the county loves you

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:17 GMT)

pakistan is best.................

Posted by naeem1984 on (July 24, 2010, 11:16 GMT)

It is a great win by Pakistan. And 88-all out is not amenable, is it ravi?

Posted by attiqkamri on (July 24, 2010, 11:15 GMT)

Congrates Pakistan. Its just begining to a brighter future of Pak cricket. InshALLAH

Posted by wanderer1 on (July 24, 2010, 11:15 GMT)

Nervy finish but the monkey is finally off their back, no more needing to look at statistics against Australia and also some valuable experience in tricky conditions to chase down a tricky score. What I've liked most about this series is that the ball has dominated the bat, not often you can say that. Only Salman Butt and Simon Katich have had good series with the only batsmen to average over 40. This sort of cricket makes for much better viewing than flat 500-par pitches, where the game meanders aimlessly for long periods.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

We have Alhamdulillah started the road to become world beaters INSHALLAH

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

Great Victory for Pakistan and Congrats to the whole nation Bravo to the young cricketers of Pakistan especially the mature knock by Azhar Ali and Wasim Akram Like Deadly bowling by Aamer knocked Australia out and have raised hopes for the future. God willing Pakistan shall conquer England in the forthcoming Tests too.......... ICC be ready to change your Test Rankings

Posted by tick on (July 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

yes yes yes yes......even a 1 wicket win would be a great great great victory..and losing 4 wkts show their inexperience in test format...nevertheless its a great victory for this 249 test experience side in alien conditions of seam and swing bowling...bravo butt are the man facing england would be a big task but hopeful for an excellent result again...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

Great Victory for Pakistan and Congrats to the whole nation Bravo to the young cricketers of Pakistan especially the mature knock by Azhar Ali and Wasim Akram Like Deadly bowling by Aamer knocked Australia out and have raised hopes for the future. God willing Pakistan shall conquer England in the forthcoming Tests too.......... ICC be ready to change your Test Rankings

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

great victory to pakistan after so long and so much battles i hope there is no new tussle in the team for captaincy and new group making blast the party pakistan team and its fans including me

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:12 GMT)

i m more satisfied with the new talent of azhar , who make 50 against aussies in those circumstances, he will be the next test star for pakistan and for god sake, can someone tell umer akmal to show the aggression at proper time??? he make the wrath shots in 1st inning but it was needed in 2nd inning.

furthermore, now we have to give more chances to other bowlers instead of over burning Amer

Posted by Attractivue on (July 24, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

Well, they almost lost that one too but they won and have taken that monkey off their backs.

Hopefully, they draw if not win the series against England. All those Pakistan bashers, watch out, here we come again (I'm refering to those Indians who said Pakistan should be stripped of its Test status)

Posted by usmanmansur on (July 24, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

throw out cooley he is rubbish and north also and bring in white if australia wants to win the ashes

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

ALHAMDULILLAH....AN AMAZING WIN BY definitely was A BUTT BUTT BOOM BOOM VICTORY....Aussies fought till the end ...but the PAKI victory was decided from the beginning when the AUSSIES were "88 all out", that was where Pakistan had to win the MATCH! CONGRATULATIONS to the NEW CAPTAIN and his team AND ALL THE PAKISTANIS all around THE WORLD!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:08 GMT)



Posted by dsig3 on (July 24, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

Well done Pakistan! Aus fought well but in the end we where not good enough. Fair result for the series. I think this result will be good for both teams. Pakistan get a great win that can improve their confidence and Aus get a wake up call coming into the ashes. What a good series, why are there not more bowler friendly pitches around the world?

Posted by VEGHA on (July 24, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

This is Great Victory indeed in terms of cricketing terms and this is memorable for ever.Always Pakistan is talented side and even recent many events dented hope on them.In spite of so many changes and new captain still they are united as Team .Any sporting person will appreictae this Great Victory

Posted by   on (July 24, 2010, 11:05 GMT)

Finally .. it goes to show that all that is required is the will to win! Pakistan has won a test match against Australia after 1995.

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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