Pak v Aus, 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Headingley, 4th day July 24, 2010

Pakistan's consistent inconsistency

This morning's grandstand finish was never really in doubt, even though Pakistan resumed their chase with just 40 runs required
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Phew! This morning's grandstand finish was never really in doubt, even though Pakistan resumed their chase with just 40 runs required for victory. It wasn't so much their unpredictability that brought the game to the wire but their consistency. No team in world cricket is more likely to stumble on the last few steps as they climb up to the victory podium.

The heartbeat spiked as two quick wickets fell for the addition of just 10 runs. Australia's own media might question their national team's "world's best" status, but no side is more likely to keep battling until the last run is scored and the last wicket has fallen. Shoaib Malik was stunned when Marcus North cut short his stinging cover drive at short extra cover to pilfer the best catch of series, and probably this calendar year. Then Mike Hussey flew like Batman to his left to safely wrap a spectacular catch at gully and leave Kamran Akmal astonished.

A ball earlier, Pakistan had needed just one run to level the series. The rest of the team had been lined up behind the ropes, ready to dash onto the outfield and celebrate. Mohammad Asif, Pakistan's No. 11, was there, standing hands in pockets, not even padded. At the moment that his vice-captain returned shaking his head, Asif's jaw dropped and he ran back desperately to the dressing room to get ready to bat. So much for the tension.

Salman Butt, captaining Pakistan for the first time, did not hide the nerves. "It was a bit nerve-wrecking as a few wickets fell," he confessed - adding, with a shy smile, "Thank God we won.". Pakistan have had a history of nervous chases and in the last year itself they contrived three times to lose a match from a winning position. Butt was involved in those heart-breaking chases and was frank to admit that at one point today morning he feared even this Test was going to slip away. Asked if he felt Pakistan would blow this match, Butt replied: "Seeing the history, yes."

It was not a defeatist mindset, Butt pointed out. He explained his only message to his team before the chase began was to stay relaxed. "All I asked from the boys was to play their natural game. If there was a ball to be hit just go hit it because the only way to put pressure back on the opposition is to grab the opportunities. I think at the end, maybe, the guys were a bit nervous, as I was myself. But this is the way the game is and thankfully things worked our way."

Pakistan are in the midst of re-building after the ignominy of the Australian tour earlier this year in which they failed to clinch even a single win. It did not help matters when Shahid Afridi, originally appointed to lead Pakistan for the entire English summer, opted for voluntary retirement minutes after the Lord's defeat last week. So it is only admirable that Butt and his troops stayed tightly knit to work towards a united goal. "It does mean a lot and a new beginning for Pakistan, especially for this young side," Butt said.

Butt felt the players are now willing to contribute, are more open to talk to him and share their ideas and that has bolstered the team's confidence. "It is only the second time in history Australia were bundled out for such a small score," Butt said of the Australian collapse on the first day in Leeds. "It is very big achievement. Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Umar Amin, Danish Kaneria…everybody chipped in. The best thing of this Test match was every member was trying to help me, everybody had an idea and I could feel that from inside.

"It is [just one] win. We should not be so happy as if we have achieved everything," Butt pointed out, although that did not mean he was not confident. "From here we can build on. Pakistan cricket has got a new hope with the new guys who came in performing strongly. The management including myself will back them. I am certain if we give these guys more time we can become a world-beating side in Test matches."

It is only apt for Butt to use words of caution as he understands how easily youngsters can get complacent, something he cannot afford especially with a busy month coming up. In five days' time Pakistan begin the four-Test series against England. From the outset the main concern already is about the fitness of their three fast bowlers - especially the two Mohammads, Aamer and Asif, the twin architects of Australia's downfall. Butt himself is unaware of the future but is keeping his fingers crossed. "I am going to discover that myself. I can't predict anything," he said.

At the same time he had a strong message for his team. "I just hope they continue to learn and hopefully this win doesn't get in to their heads. We need to keep calm and work even harder," he said. Simultaneously he was asking the administrators to show patience with his young side. "We will make mistakes because they are pretty young, raw and we have to own them [stand by the youngsters] when they make mistakes. To build a side we have to own them when they are not doing well. It is important."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    I am totally agree with waqas aftab with his team.Don;t bring anyone in the team.PCB should take it professionally and act rightly.Why they are treating FAWAD ALAM badly.He is the only one can fit on all 3 formats of the game.Pls some body stand up and support him.He should have a permenent place in the team.Pakistan are wasting him for god sake utilise him.

  • POSTED BY mike001 on | July 26, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Pakistan have never had a problem with talent, its the players attitude and adminstrator who have been the downfall and i dont see any reason why that wil not happen again. They seem to regroup for sometime and collapse badly in couple of games then again chop and crop. Change of captain, coach, players thus the struggle goes on. Aamer, Umar are great for cricket so hope that they are natured.

  • POSTED BY hasan.cheema on | July 26, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    the Era of YK and MY has ended,,, its new age of pakistani cricket...

    Yousaf does not deserve a place in pak team on disciplinary grounds...

    Muhammad Yousaf has retired from International cricket.. jusl like javed miandad

    and Miandad is bigger player than yousaf... so i recommend to bring back retired Miandad instead of Retired Yousaf.

  • POSTED BY LeoSaqib on | July 26, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    First of all, weldone Pakistan.This young team has done what team including big shots could not and would not have done.Please do not forget that ALL CAPITAL ALPHABET INCLUDING TWIN Y AND MISBAH were part of team when they conceded miserably against SL, KIWIS and OZZIES last years, even got white whashed again.These youngsters can not do any worst than that.Even Shoaib Malik is becoming a liability. Let this team taste the hard times and eventually they will emerge as polished gold.Keep is up Young Guns.

  • POSTED BY aukhan420 on | July 26, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Why does everyone becomes a "Chief Selector" for Pakistan. Guys focus on other things... be prepared to face the English media in the upcoming series... did you notice on third day... cameras focusing on Asif... and not the Australia batsman when the aussie was saying something and Asif complaining to the Umpire????.... did you notice Mitchel Johnson covering his mouth in his follow-up while saying some 'good words'...

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | July 26, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    The match ended in the way it was expected to, but the confession of Salman is really worrisome in that he himself had some doubts about the outcome. Astonishing as it is, I would really like to see him transform into an energetic captain full of self-confidence. It might sound something of insignificance at this juncture, with the amazing victory already achieved, but deep down the Pakistani captain and team members need to rout out this mind-set about doubting themselves in terms of the target and pressures. The Aussies were expected have a go at the batsmen with everything that they had, and that's exactly what they were doing before going down. But the fact remains that Pakistan should never ever lose sight of their target and try to play their natural game without fear of any reversals whatsoever. This should really help them against England.

  • POSTED BY SaifQazi on | July 25, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    the game was certainly good advertisement for Test cricket, if ne1's got ne doubt abt the future abt the format.. i dont have ne doubts abt it.. bt the game wasnt good for poor me, supportin Pakistan team.. with all sorts of thngs hoverin in the brain... sleepless nites, refused to have brkfst.. jus sat at one place like a lunatic waitin for the match to end, in the favour of Pakistan. only a Pakistani can tell wat he/she might have gone thru in those few hrs b4 n afta start of th day..:) may be in the end, it was all worth it..!! Congrats Pakistan team, bt the real test has jus begun.. Dont stop here..!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    with Pakistan in test cricket it will always be exciting for both good and bad reasons lol i wish u guys all d luck as u give the English a good fight and even beat them so that they would beat Australia even worse in the ashes lol

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 25, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    @RezaThahir: Why do Pakistani supporters consistently hold Akhtar up as a shining beacon of light? Face it; he's too old and brittle to endure the rigors of Test cricket, and the pace attack seem to be doing just fine without him. And from what I understand, he's also got a personality problem, in that he thinks he's bigger than the team. Young players can do without that kind of destructive influence in their playing lives. Same goes for Younis Khan as well, getting all pouty and throwing games when he wasn't captain. (the last Test series in Australia proved that). The PCB should (but probably won't) stick with this current team for as long as they can, and build these young players into a challenging Test side, now they have proved that with the right conditions, they can topple a world class side like Australia. What the PCB will do, however, is start sacking players/captains when they start losing Test series'.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Strongly disagree with Reza. The 2 Ys are history and they should remain history, with them you bring in politics in the team as these 2 wont let Salman Butt succeed as a captain. My Test team: 1) Butt 2) Farhat 3) Azhar 4) Umar Akmal 5) Fawad Alam / Yasir Hameed 6) Umar Amin 7) Kamran 8) Amir 9) Umar Gul 10) Asif 11) Kaneria / Saeed Ajmal.

    Misbah, Faisal Iqbal and Hasan Raza have all had their fair amount of chances and have failed to peform consistently at this level.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    I am totally agree with waqas aftab with his team.Don;t bring anyone in the team.PCB should take it professionally and act rightly.Why they are treating FAWAD ALAM badly.He is the only one can fit on all 3 formats of the game.Pls some body stand up and support him.He should have a permenent place in the team.Pakistan are wasting him for god sake utilise him.

  • POSTED BY mike001 on | July 26, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Pakistan have never had a problem with talent, its the players attitude and adminstrator who have been the downfall and i dont see any reason why that wil not happen again. They seem to regroup for sometime and collapse badly in couple of games then again chop and crop. Change of captain, coach, players thus the struggle goes on. Aamer, Umar are great for cricket so hope that they are natured.

  • POSTED BY hasan.cheema on | July 26, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    the Era of YK and MY has ended,,, its new age of pakistani cricket...

    Yousaf does not deserve a place in pak team on disciplinary grounds...

    Muhammad Yousaf has retired from International cricket.. jusl like javed miandad

    and Miandad is bigger player than yousaf... so i recommend to bring back retired Miandad instead of Retired Yousaf.

  • POSTED BY LeoSaqib on | July 26, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    First of all, weldone Pakistan.This young team has done what team including big shots could not and would not have done.Please do not forget that ALL CAPITAL ALPHABET INCLUDING TWIN Y AND MISBAH were part of team when they conceded miserably against SL, KIWIS and OZZIES last years, even got white whashed again.These youngsters can not do any worst than that.Even Shoaib Malik is becoming a liability. Let this team taste the hard times and eventually they will emerge as polished gold.Keep is up Young Guns.

  • POSTED BY aukhan420 on | July 26, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Why does everyone becomes a "Chief Selector" for Pakistan. Guys focus on other things... be prepared to face the English media in the upcoming series... did you notice on third day... cameras focusing on Asif... and not the Australia batsman when the aussie was saying something and Asif complaining to the Umpire????.... did you notice Mitchel Johnson covering his mouth in his follow-up while saying some 'good words'...

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | July 26, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    The match ended in the way it was expected to, but the confession of Salman is really worrisome in that he himself had some doubts about the outcome. Astonishing as it is, I would really like to see him transform into an energetic captain full of self-confidence. It might sound something of insignificance at this juncture, with the amazing victory already achieved, but deep down the Pakistani captain and team members need to rout out this mind-set about doubting themselves in terms of the target and pressures. The Aussies were expected have a go at the batsmen with everything that they had, and that's exactly what they were doing before going down. But the fact remains that Pakistan should never ever lose sight of their target and try to play their natural game without fear of any reversals whatsoever. This should really help them against England.

  • POSTED BY SaifQazi on | July 25, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    the game was certainly good advertisement for Test cricket, if ne1's got ne doubt abt the future abt the format.. i dont have ne doubts abt it.. bt the game wasnt good for poor me, supportin Pakistan team.. with all sorts of thngs hoverin in the brain... sleepless nites, refused to have brkfst.. jus sat at one place like a lunatic waitin for the match to end, in the favour of Pakistan. only a Pakistani can tell wat he/she might have gone thru in those few hrs b4 n afta start of th day..:) may be in the end, it was all worth it..!! Congrats Pakistan team, bt the real test has jus begun.. Dont stop here..!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    with Pakistan in test cricket it will always be exciting for both good and bad reasons lol i wish u guys all d luck as u give the English a good fight and even beat them so that they would beat Australia even worse in the ashes lol

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 25, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    @RezaThahir: Why do Pakistani supporters consistently hold Akhtar up as a shining beacon of light? Face it; he's too old and brittle to endure the rigors of Test cricket, and the pace attack seem to be doing just fine without him. And from what I understand, he's also got a personality problem, in that he thinks he's bigger than the team. Young players can do without that kind of destructive influence in their playing lives. Same goes for Younis Khan as well, getting all pouty and throwing games when he wasn't captain. (the last Test series in Australia proved that). The PCB should (but probably won't) stick with this current team for as long as they can, and build these young players into a challenging Test side, now they have proved that with the right conditions, they can topple a world class side like Australia. What the PCB will do, however, is start sacking players/captains when they start losing Test series'.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Strongly disagree with Reza. The 2 Ys are history and they should remain history, with them you bring in politics in the team as these 2 wont let Salman Butt succeed as a captain. My Test team: 1) Butt 2) Farhat 3) Azhar 4) Umar Akmal 5) Fawad Alam / Yasir Hameed 6) Umar Amin 7) Kamran 8) Amir 9) Umar Gul 10) Asif 11) Kaneria / Saeed Ajmal.

    Misbah, Faisal Iqbal and Hasan Raza have all had their fair amount of chances and have failed to peform consistently at this level.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    congratulations pakistan for done something good.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    " Knowing how to win is the first step, we must also know how to make use of victories "

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Come on @Reza this young team needs every bit of support and Please forget about yousof and misbah. They are done with their role. Yousuf is a drama queen. This guy doesnt know what is doing. Now when afridi, yousuf and malik is out he makes statement that "He can play with any captain", because those were the guys he had issues with. I fully support a young side they have done well and butt should be given time to mature as captain. Dont do what happened to Malik when he was young like butt he was made captain and then taken off quickly. Allow butt to continue and select young side.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Actually,I was not confident of a win even at the last moment since this is the team which broken our heart many times before in such a situation. PCB should try to rebuild the team with fresh blood instead of conspirators who laid down the team several times in the past.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    pakistan never needed extra-ordinary batting to win test matches... with the best bowlin line up in the world, their batsmen jus need to play normal cricket.... i , being an indian, stil support pakistan for their excellent bowling attack.. amir and asif deserve lots more from salman butt and akmal bro....

  • POSTED BY wasim74 on | July 25, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I could not disagree more with the inclusion of Yusuf, Misbah and Akhter in the test team. These are the players who have destroyed Pakistan cricket for the last decade for their personal petty issues. Yusuf asking the team to throw a game to get back at Younis is totally inexcusable. He is rightfully banned for life. Malik's and Younis's bans were uncalled for.

    In my opinion there is so much cricket played these days and Pakistan should have 3 teams to preserve their cricketers.

    T20: Salman*, Kamran, Malik, U. Akmal, Fawad Alam, Razzaq, Afridi, U.Gul, Tanvir, Akhter and Ajmal

    ODI: Salman*, Kamran, Malik, U. Akmal, Younis, Razzaq, Afridi, Aamir, Aasif, Ajmal and Tanvir

    Test: Salman*, Farhat, Younis, U Akmal, Fawad Alam, Azher ali, Kamran, Aamir, U. Gul, Asif and Kaneria

    Players like Imran Nazir, Umar Amin, Yaser Hamid, and some new faces from U19 WC team should be used as a back up. Afridi and Younis should not be given captaincy in any format.

  • POSTED BY Milan31 on | July 25, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Congratulation to team Pakistan. Finally the wait is over. The main find of the series for me is Azhar Ali. He looks compose and stylish. He is the futue of Pakistan and he should get more opportunities rather than caliing Yousuf. But Younis Khan should be back. Pakistan should look for bowling options because they can not continue with Aameer series after series. He is just 18 and if he get serious injury, Pakistan will be badly hurt. I prefer Yasir Hameed for Imran Farhat because he is more technically correct and compose than Farhat and the opening pair will be one right handed and other left handed.

  • POSTED BY fifth-umpire on | July 25, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    It is too early to sound the bugle especially when Pakistan team has serious chinks in batting line up. But for now let us cherish the moment and hope it is a new beginning for Pakistan cricket. International cricket needs a strong Pakistan team. http://fifth-umpire.blogspot.com/

  • POSTED BY tksami on | July 25, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Imran Farhat has rediscovered himself. Azhar Ali is a good find. Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amer should not be over used. Pakistan should call back Mohammad Sami he has the pace and English conditions will suit him. Sami is unlucky in that so many times lazy fielders have messed up his career. He along with Gul should be the 4 pacers in the team. Shahid Afridi should come back as an all rounder and to bring back the shock and awe with his powerful 6;s . He is a game changer . 40 runs ; no problem he could have half of that in just one over. Now that he is not the captain he will be able to play his natural game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    hats off to these young boys...the way they performed under seeming conditions,it was just brilliant.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Congrats Salman Butt and the team.Get Younis and Yousuf back and let them play under Salman Butt.They are experienced players and they have played in England before.Now concentrate on beating England.Work on the fitness of the players specially the quickies.Good luck for the series against England. Mehdi Singapore

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    I think we can take a lot of confidence from this win going into the series against England. We have the better bowling attack but batting is our weak point, which may play a big part in the forthcoming series

    For those who are tempted to bring Younis and Yousuf back- They have proved to be selfish idiots and do not deserve to be part of Pakistan cricket. We should not look back and just try to build a new team.

  • POSTED BY saccs76 on | July 25, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    fantastic win....a very inspiring one. hopefully PCB doesn't do anything stupid(which is always the case) to ruin this party and the great going.

  • POSTED BY clouds1231230 on | July 25, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    it means most of the team player exclude few are happy with butt and now they are satisfied who was against yunus and afridi,,but anyway best of luck at the end of the day u r playing for the country,,

  • POSTED BY M.Pasha on | July 25, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Where is my comment, which I have posted in the morning.M.Pasha

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Reza Tahir and all those who want Yousuf/Younis and Misbah wake up. This is exactly what has been wrong with Pakistan Cricket. I am an Australian now (ex Pakistani and I am a great supporter of Pakistan and its cricket . People laugh here at the politics of how the PCB and the government runs cricket in Pakistan. Imagine if you were in the 11 or 16 which won this last test and was dropped for the next test just so that Y/Y/Misbah are given another chance. It will be a disaster. It would show to the youngsters that there is no justice in your country and will discourage them no end. YY/Misbah have had too many chances. They are yeserday's heroes. We need the Umar Amin's/Azhar's/the Akhmals the chance to now take their place and given the correct guidance become champions.

    I was most impressed with how Salman Butt spoke after the match. He was level headed,modest and showed how mature he really was. I once again felt very proud of my ex country Pakistan. May you continue to prosper

  • POSTED BY Ali-Farooqui on | July 24, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    A really good win for Pakistan hopefully this would braek their mental block and mould against Aussies (specially in test) cont help but wonder how long would it take for Pakistan Cricket Board to break up this winning combination, although we won but we still need the two Ys, fresh faces and talent is always good but we need to hone the talent by playing them alongside seniors. On a different note @ Reza: Fawad instead of Umer Akaml and Akhter instead of Umer Gul .. Really????

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    so who's hiding now ??? I ask of you ..... !!!!

  • POSTED BY Falaky on | July 24, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan!

    Dear Nagraj Gollapudi, I would take a moment to pay you some respect and tribute for the updates, insider stories, deep analysis and constructive criticism throughout Pak-Aus series. It was a pleasure reading you at times and I must say that guys like Osman Samiudding should learn from people like you and Kamran Abbasi.

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | July 24, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. They bowled well. But I wouldn't take much from this win - it's not just about one game. Even a weak Australian team wouldn't score 88 many times. Like I said in my previous comments that the key for Pakistan chasing 180 really rested with the top three batsmen. Most teams would have chased that score down without much problems especially once they have a good start. Getting 40 today - no one thought they would really lose from there but had they needed to chase down say 80 or 100 then for Pakistan that would have been a total different proposition. I hope Pakistan can really learn from this - stop playing stupid shots, trying to hit everything for a boundary, hitting balls constantly in the air, giving their wickets away etc there seemed to have been a bit less of that this match. It's all about spending time at the wicket. I really hope Pakistan will start batting with more sense, determination and grit. When that happens Pak will start winning more often.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    well....everybody jus seems to bcome a fan of butt now....n yes he looks like a promisin captain who understands the undergoin dynamics.....hence after a long time after inziiii..........

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    @ Reza Tahir...are you serious Reza...your suggesting that we should bring back the mercurial Younis, the hypocritical Yousuf and once in a blue moon performer Misbah, not to forget the 10 ball bowler SHoaib Akhter..If PCB would to take your advice seriously, we can kiss the dim beam of hope good bye..

  • POSTED BY a.s.r on | July 24, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Need to take care of 2 M's, Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif , i hope that they are not over cooked.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    congratulations Pakistan !! Deserving Victory Guyss....

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Good Win boys, green flag high in the sky but please please dont bring oldies back we had enough of them in team, these young boys, umer amin, azhar ali and umer akmal let them learna nd play we might need to throw malik out and bring fawad alam atleast fawad alam fight like tiger.... good team building thanks to ALLAH Almighty. my team; 1.butt 2. farhat 3. azhar ali 4.umer amin 5. umer akmal 6.fawad alam 7. k akmal 8. m aamir 9. umar gul 10. danish/ajmal 11 asif/wahab

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Well done Boyz - stick with the same team ! Give the Youngsters another chance - forget the Ys..

  • POSTED BY M.Pasha on | July 24, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Many congrats to Pakistani team and Pakistani people, that after a very long time they have defeated Austrlia in the Test.Its a team play that defeated Australia.Pakitani boy's should have more confidence on themselves;they can defeate any team in the world with their skills and abilities, no matter who is there. Salman Butt now need to prove his abilities as a good capitan in next matches, which is very much lacking in this game.I agreed, one of the comments, that the editor in cricinfo must be impartial not prejudice like Nagraj Gollapudi.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | July 24, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    I just don't understand why some folks like RezaThahir keep looking back. You need to trust and groom your future now. Younus, Yousus, Misbah, and Akhtar are a spent force now. Younus may be a candidate for the come back but the rest are over their expiration date.

  • POSTED BY ElectronSmoke on | July 24, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    It was worth every second of early morning watch as the match see-sawed. Pakistan's natural talent with the ball secured them the win while ONLY Australia could have made them scamper - heart in mouth - instead of stroll to victory! I just hope now that the selectors are patient with this young team. There'll be tougher days and heartless tracks where they'd bowl, more matches where their batting might be exposed - but they'd learn. Hearty congratulations to them from India :)

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | July 24, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Brother RezaThahir, if Pakistan goes back to the losers you named, then they will be repeating the history. Stay patient with the new kids. The only way forward is to learn it the hard way. Give the new guys a break. They won against one of the toughest teams...didn't they? Let them be together for atleast three more series and see what happens.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Great Victory, something that couple of Butt's predecessors have not been able to taste: Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam, Yousuf and Afridi. Something that the whole Pakistani Nation will savour.

    Word of caution at this point for Pakistan:

    1. Do not be complacent with this victory. Try to stick your feet on 'down to earth'. 2. Too early to judge Butt's captaincy, no doubt he's won a test match as captain, but take some time to assess him completely. 3. The series against England will be another test for Pakistan. England have been much better than Australia recently, so a solid gameplan would be a must. 4. This is Pakistan Cricket: expect the unexpected.

    CheerS

  • POSTED BY ShaanAgha1 on | July 24, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Salman's comments and approach show what education can do to a person/leader/team. That is what the entire country is lacking. Well done Pakistan !!

  • POSTED BY qaysy on | July 24, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    it was bound to happen that Pak player would struggle to reach to the Goal, to me it is never easy to break a streak of 15 years, it definitely takes nerves specially when you are carrying the memories of matches lost while winning. when ever it was going to happen now or 15 more years later it was going to happen this way because its psychological. credit should be given to Pak Team and hats off to OZs for their thorough professionalism.

  • POSTED BY theabstentious150 on | July 24, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Cant agree more with nagraj. I think the worst part of Pakistan side is that they arent used to winning test matches. This victory will have given them so much confidence. The next time they come across such circumstances, I'm sure they will finish it more neatly than that. I think their best side will be 1.Butt 2.Farhat 3.Younus 4.Azhar or umar akmal 5. umar amin 6.malik 7.kamran 8.Aamir 9.Asif 10.Gul 11. Ajmal I think amin looks tecnically better than all other middle order batsmen, though he got out in bizarre manners. But still he is goooood. Malik looked solid in both innings. Infact he seemed to be playing the moving ball better than he ever did. In the end, I hope our indian team management can go for younger players like Pak did. Replace Laxman with Rohit/Raina

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Omer Amin and Malik should b replaced by Yosuf and Yunus. Omer Amin should b kept as reserve. Akhtar is left with no chance, his career is finished in presence of Asif, Amer and Gul...let him carry on in bollywood. He is more suitable for there...

  • POSTED BY Ali-Usman on | July 24, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Once again the win belongs to the bowlers, but its gonna b fair, to allow these young batters, time to settle and show what they've got!

    [For AAG,(Aamir, Asif, Gul), the FIRE], Guys! YOU ROCK! You gotta shine again against England.

  • POSTED BY antonella on | July 24, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Butt,best of luck.you are doing well.the way you talk is vrey intelligent.play well against england.Inshaallah

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Nervy, but good to get win under the belt. One swallow, however, does not make it summer.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Dear Sir, what ever u write on the paper it is look good, but what u think about this new team , no yousaf, no younas, but still they r fighting , our team is very new but they r working hard, they r hungry for wining , we dont have any one like sachan , world record holder , v dont have some one like Shewag and etc, even v dont have cricket in our country but still v r hungry for wining , what r u thinking about the great indian team with all great players they are not able to beat srilanka (even india is No.1 team in test ranking) , and why not u r thinking about Austrialn ,

  • POSTED BY longhit60 on | July 24, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    pakistan dont need younis and yousuf they r old cow.they have no milk for pak.pak need 1 r 2 more young player replace malik and umar akmal.next match pakistan rest give umar gul malik umar akmal kaneria.

  • POSTED BY zashrafi on | July 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Good win yes but be realistic. We need batsman in the middle order. Drop umer akmal and Malik replace them with yoyo and moyo. That my two cents! And it makes sense.

  • POSTED BY Nrao786 on | July 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Despite this being an Aussie team on the slide, they will still win more than they will lose....so the achievement of beating Australia having just lost at Lords and in the process losing the fragile minded Afridi....it shows great determination.

    Sure, Pak nearly lost the game but u must consider the history which weighed upon the team having not beaten this opponent for over 15 yrs, plus the average age of 25 - such games build character.

    The main change i'd make, is remove Shoaib Malik as he doesn't offer much when not bowling his batting technique is pretty woeful at Test level. For me this is the slot i'd use to re-introduce Younis Khan. Yusuf carrys too much baggage and mindset of the old guard his presence could again muddy the waters. Kaneria is a little off the boil, perhaps Abdur Rehman could be tried - as he's a decent fielder and can bat too (not a walking wkt like the other bowlers).

    Butt, Farhat, Azhar, Younis, U Akmal, Amin, Akmal, Rehman, Amir, Gul, Asif.

  • POSTED BY kssrikanth on | July 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Hearty Congratulations & Best Wishes for the Pakistan Team.may they repeat this performance in the coming test series against ENGLAND.bowling looks great but their batting in the middle order looks patchy . YOUNIS KHAN & MD.YOUSUF should be recalled. I am INDIAN and i think this may be the good beginning for the team under the new captain.ALL THE BEST ....................

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

    pcb pls put your act together and use the following team if you want any consistency and also want to see match winning results

    1... salman butt 2... imran farhat 3... yasir hameed 4... younis khan 5... mohammed yusaf 6... shoaib malik 7... kamran akmal 8... mohammed aamir 9... umar gul 10... mohammed asif 11... saeed ajmal

    this is what i call a match winning team

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | July 24, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Congratulations on this historic win. A win is still a win, no matter how it was achieved. I agree with the writer about the nerves and inconsistency of Pakistani batting. This match more than exposed the brittle nature of Pakistan batting in a test match. Akmal brothers may be great players but are they test material? However, the worst offender has been Shoaib Malik. What does he offer which Yusuf and Younus do not except he is a champion politician? Let us cleanse the team not of the only two batsmen with an average of 50 plus but the mediocre players like Shoaib Malik.

    Himayun Mirza, USA

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    i've really enjoyed your writing this series, hopefully you're doing the england series too. :)

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 24, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    The turning point of match was 88 all out of the Aussies from where they could not recover despite heriocs from Watson and Smith. There were nerves from overnight unfinished agenda of securing win after 15 years and that gave Aussies a chance to do that spectacular fielding towards the finish. Had Aussies not scored just 88, Pakistan would have certainly lost. Pakistan batting resoources clearly look inadequate to take the challenge in this English summer and no one will be surprised if they collapse couple of times fo low scores.

  • POSTED BY Zara.Khan on | July 24, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Well done boys.........I guess if there are no substantive injury problems, Pakistan is going to beat England in the test series. The young team needs to be maintained and youngsters should be retained in the line up. Consistency in results comes only when there is consistency in team, i.e. giving fair enough chances to players and team management. All the best for England series.

  • POSTED BY Q72941 on | July 24, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Best of Luck to new skipper. I hope PCB they utilize the enormous wealth of wisdom they have in both batting and bowling departments in form of they pass greats like, Imran, Wasim , Waqar, Javed, Inzimam, etc.

    But with an unprofessional PCB nothing could be really expected for the betterment of their game.

  • POSTED BY RezaThahir on | July 24, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Good win, infact real fgood win, but you have to bring back Yousuf, Younis & Misbah. THis would be my team.

    1. Butt 2. Farhat 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Misbah 6. alam 7. Akmal 8. Amir 9. Asif 10. Akhtar 11. Kaneria

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  • POSTED BY RezaThahir on | July 24, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Good win, infact real fgood win, but you have to bring back Yousuf, Younis & Misbah. THis would be my team.

    1. Butt 2. Farhat 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Misbah 6. alam 7. Akmal 8. Amir 9. Asif 10. Akhtar 11. Kaneria

  • POSTED BY Q72941 on | July 24, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Best of Luck to new skipper. I hope PCB they utilize the enormous wealth of wisdom they have in both batting and bowling departments in form of they pass greats like, Imran, Wasim , Waqar, Javed, Inzimam, etc.

    But with an unprofessional PCB nothing could be really expected for the betterment of their game.

  • POSTED BY Zara.Khan on | July 24, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Well done boys.........I guess if there are no substantive injury problems, Pakistan is going to beat England in the test series. The young team needs to be maintained and youngsters should be retained in the line up. Consistency in results comes only when there is consistency in team, i.e. giving fair enough chances to players and team management. All the best for England series.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 24, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    The turning point of match was 88 all out of the Aussies from where they could not recover despite heriocs from Watson and Smith. There were nerves from overnight unfinished agenda of securing win after 15 years and that gave Aussies a chance to do that spectacular fielding towards the finish. Had Aussies not scored just 88, Pakistan would have certainly lost. Pakistan batting resoources clearly look inadequate to take the challenge in this English summer and no one will be surprised if they collapse couple of times fo low scores.

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    i've really enjoyed your writing this series, hopefully you're doing the england series too. :)

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | July 24, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Congratulations on this historic win. A win is still a win, no matter how it was achieved. I agree with the writer about the nerves and inconsistency of Pakistani batting. This match more than exposed the brittle nature of Pakistan batting in a test match. Akmal brothers may be great players but are they test material? However, the worst offender has been Shoaib Malik. What does he offer which Yusuf and Younus do not except he is a champion politician? Let us cleanse the team not of the only two batsmen with an average of 50 plus but the mediocre players like Shoaib Malik.

    Himayun Mirza, USA

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

    pcb pls put your act together and use the following team if you want any consistency and also want to see match winning results

    1... salman butt 2... imran farhat 3... yasir hameed 4... younis khan 5... mohammed yusaf 6... shoaib malik 7... kamran akmal 8... mohammed aamir 9... umar gul 10... mohammed asif 11... saeed ajmal

    this is what i call a match winning team

  • POSTED BY kssrikanth on | July 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Hearty Congratulations & Best Wishes for the Pakistan Team.may they repeat this performance in the coming test series against ENGLAND.bowling looks great but their batting in the middle order looks patchy . YOUNIS KHAN & MD.YOUSUF should be recalled. I am INDIAN and i think this may be the good beginning for the team under the new captain.ALL THE BEST ....................

  • POSTED BY Nrao786 on | July 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Despite this being an Aussie team on the slide, they will still win more than they will lose....so the achievement of beating Australia having just lost at Lords and in the process losing the fragile minded Afridi....it shows great determination.

    Sure, Pak nearly lost the game but u must consider the history which weighed upon the team having not beaten this opponent for over 15 yrs, plus the average age of 25 - such games build character.

    The main change i'd make, is remove Shoaib Malik as he doesn't offer much when not bowling his batting technique is pretty woeful at Test level. For me this is the slot i'd use to re-introduce Younis Khan. Yusuf carrys too much baggage and mindset of the old guard his presence could again muddy the waters. Kaneria is a little off the boil, perhaps Abdur Rehman could be tried - as he's a decent fielder and can bat too (not a walking wkt like the other bowlers).

    Butt, Farhat, Azhar, Younis, U Akmal, Amin, Akmal, Rehman, Amir, Gul, Asif.

  • POSTED BY zashrafi on | July 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Good win yes but be realistic. We need batsman in the middle order. Drop umer akmal and Malik replace them with yoyo and moyo. That my two cents! And it makes sense.