Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Headingley, 4th day July 24, 2010

'The dawn of a new era' - Moin Khan

Cricinfo staff

Former Pakistan players were hailing the birth of a new era after the side's first Test win over Australia in 15 years. Salman Butt's men claimed a nervous, three-wicket triumph at Headingley to level the two-match series and provide hope for the future.

"I can see the dawn of a new era in Pakistan cricket with this victory," the former Test captain Moin Khan told The Associated Press. "Young players showed they can perform in the tough conditions of Headingley where the ball swung and seamed. The way the team has gelled under the new captain, it shows that we are now on the right track."

The win earned the players a US$6000 bonus and there were people dancing in the streets in Lahore and Peshawar to celebrate the success. Abdul Qadir, the former legspinner and chief selector, said the team should learn from the victory. "The chapter of Yousuf and Younis should be closed and even the rest of the senior players should be warned to either perform or be left out," he said.

Rashid Latif, another former captain, compared the bowling performances of Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif in the match with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. "It is only after Wasim and Waqar that I have seen such a lethal bowling attack of Pakistan," Latif said. "Aamer has injected a new life in the attack with his pace, while Asif's line and length could tie down any world-class batsman."

There were words of caution, however, from Javed Miandad, who warned that the team should not get "carried away" by this success. "I congratulate the Pakistan team for their memorable victory. I also congratulate Salman Butt as he led the side to equalise the series. However, I would advise them that they should not get carried away and instead concentrate on the upcoming series against hosts England," Miandad told PPI. "They [the batsmen] need to learn how to respond to different situations and learn from this match."

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  • Brooke on July 30, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    LOL so much for "Dawn of new era".

  • Cric on July 26, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Really good test match to watch ... It was a delight to see pak bowlers bowl especially in the 1st innings. well done pakistan .. I hope some day india produces good bowlers like pakistan does...

    And Before saying bye to the Y's, get rid of mailk for a better team ...

  • Pankaj on July 25, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This is hysterical. Everytime Pakistan wins one-off game, a new era dawns in Pak cricket. Rashid Latif takes it a notch up by comparing Aamer and Asif to Akram and Younis. This same team (minus Afridi) was blasted off just a few days ago. Pakistan's cricket has declined over the past few years, not to mention injection of politics making it even worse. Unless you have 8/9 plays in the team who play together for 3/4 years, a team cannot be called a team. Pakistan needs to get to that point where we can say "these 8 players will play for next 5 yrs".

  • Mock on July 25, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Well, they should understand that their bowling won the match for them and not the batting . Their batting department still seems to have problem. They lack an experienced guy in the middle order who can play the anchor role . Younis and Yousuf were excellent in no.3 and no.4 and they deserve a comeback . Their mid order seems void now , with only akmal bros who play mad max innings once a while , which isn't enough for test cricket . So , Mr.Moin , it not the dawn of the new era yet .

  • Umair on July 25, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN..Agree with Moin that Insha'Allah this is dawn of great era. but disagree wtih Abdul Qadir, still we need YOYO in team and should be included. Juniours has to learn a lot from them. We should respect our seniours. Love you Pakistan..

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Yes... they should not get carried away. I think SB reads cricinfo. I heard him talk to someone when he was in Toronto to play that T20 tournament. Like SB said, they will mistake and they want to be owned. Yes we the fans are 101% behind you. You may win some and loose some but that doesn't matter except for the ICC's flawed rankings. What matters is how you play the game, what attitude you bring. At times in this test match, the heads were low, shoulders slumped, when Aussies were coming up. Don't loose hope, don't despair. Keep positive and as Aamer said, "Smile, it will give you confidence."

  • Zara on July 25, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    It is no new era.... Just a one match victory and that too because of a couple of hours on opening day of test match. But I do agree with Abdul Qadir that the new players should be given longer run and the old players should be sidelined. New blood brings lots of energy, vigor and zest for doing something.And I guess this is the right time to inject them and keeping faith in them. The one change I will suggest against England is to play Yasir Hameed or Fawad Alam in place of Shoaib malik. I am quite sure this team is going to beat England in test series as well, injuries permitted.

  • azeem on July 25, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    The dawn of a new era? they won the match on the first day and spent the rest of the test match trying to throw it away. Once again we won due to the combined brilliance of three fast bowlers for half a day. It will take a lot more for this to be termed a new era. And besides beating Australia after 15 years and 13 matches just goes to show their brilliance.

  • Ahmed on July 25, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Congratulates to Pakistan after achieving a push victory by their bowlers(sp.two A's aamir and asif) and the top order batsmen.Once again the middle order batsman could just put small effort for a win after 15 years.May SALMAN butt could carry this beginning towards ENGLAND series with the his young team averaging just 25 yrs.KAMRAN AKMAL has nothing to be the deputy captain but see and notice the talent of young aamir, he must be awarded with this title and made to be learned how to have patient on ground and his future will be much much greater than the 2 w's(wasim and waqar).

  • Shashank on July 25, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Congratulations to the pakistani team..a new light seems visible in the dark ...hope they are inspired and not carried away by this performance.. and if they do, all other teams will have their pants pulled up!!!

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