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

'The dawn of a new era' - Moin Khan

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

    LOL so much for "Dawn of new era".

  • cricket_ftw 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 ...

  • pankajkumarsingh 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".

  • Invinciballs 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 .

  • umairhuda 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..

  • 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.Khan 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.

  • MAD-1 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.

  • Smart.27 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).

  • leggully 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!!!

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

    LOL so much for "Dawn of new era".

  • cricket_ftw 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 ...

  • pankajkumarsingh 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".

  • Invinciballs 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 .

  • umairhuda 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..

  • 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.Khan 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.

  • MAD-1 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.

  • Smart.27 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).

  • leggully 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!!!

  • Shammi_Shafi on July 25, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    I am not agree with Moin Khan to drop senior players like Yousuf and Younis instead drop Malik (trouble maker and out of form), Umar Akmal (From test), Yasir as England is much more stronger than australia. Batting is always the key in the test as Pakistan could have better chance by bringing back both Y's. We saw to chase 180 Pakistan loose 7 wickets thanks to watson dropping Farhat's catch while he was only 4 otherwise Pakistan could be out under 100. SO dont float in complacency by beating Australia thanks again to Ponting to bat first after winning the toss. Hopefully it will reach to Pakistan's selectors and instead of destroying the team help them to build up.

  • Sussie on July 25, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    "dawn of a new era" Oh for goodness sake. They have ONE good innings (1st innings bowling) which leads to them winning one test, and suddenly its the "dawn of a new era" ??? Let's not forget they only won by 3 wickets.....if Australia has scored another 50 runs more in that first innings...it might not yet be "dawn" yet. Talk about a typical overreaction = maybe Moin should apply for a job at the PCB.

  • on July 25, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Qadir is spot on. Agree with the rest of them as well

  • IMIM on July 25, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan but the selector and senior players shall not talk about the Ys to close their cricket chapter. Today they won the match so every one is happy but once they will make mistakes then again you will remember two YS. if you want to see Pakistan Team at the top ranking you have to include Ys in the team to make your batting strong.

    I hope Salman Butt will emphasis to get Ys back in the team because he knows his batting line up is still lacking experience and confidence..

    Wish you all the best Pakistan

  • champion1469 on July 25, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    dawn of a new era may be a little too strong, pakistan has some talented youngsters going forward no doubt, but beating a below par, at times woeful australian side by not much isnt alot to crow about. still, well done, especially to aamer, he is a special talent. hopefully butt is retained as captain for a decent period

  • on July 25, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    I think its a memorable wins in many ways especialy Salman Butt's captaincy was quite good as I didn't see any blunder of scattering down the field on the last day when the opposition was already 8 down and having a lead of less than three figures. One thing Salamn should ensure that he should not be overodd with the Captaincy pressure and his performance should not be impaired. Pakistan Opener's have done reasonably well to cover the stumbling middle order and last thing we want that our best test batsmen stumbling to Captaincy Onus.

    One very important thing that has been the trand now specially against Australia that Pakistan pace attack despite removing the top order cheaply has not been able to accrue the late middle order quicly rather conceding decisive runs. What they should do is to attack the lower order with flurry of bouncers to set them up for any Yorkers rather than bowling length deliveries which are asking to be punished by horizantal bats.

    Muhammad Imran Noor

  • on July 25, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Great advice from the great Javed Miandad. CONGRATS TO PAKISTAN. :)

  • hitsamty on July 25, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    It's been one test. Excellent and well-deserved victory, but these overexcited proclamations that herald the 'dawn of new era' are part of the problem.

  • Afridian on July 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    How is the chapter of Younis and Yousuf closed??? This is absolutely nonsense....These young guns r gonna be fooled. Yes, these are our future, but if u find talent in your kids at home, you don't kick out your parents or elders. Today if v are not going to give respect to our great players like Younis, Yousuf and Afridi, do not give them the opportunity to retire with grace and pride, what lesson we as a nation will give to our young players....This is not right, MY, YK, Afridi, Akhtar and Razzak are our heroes and have served this country for a long time, they are still tough and deserve to play for a few more years and decide their own fate. They are the match winners and the youth can benefit from their presence and experience. These are greater cricketers than many former players. So, Pak fans, hang on, Alhamdollillah the future looks safe, yet the present is not over & we wont let our present stars be wasted!It has happened in past...it wont happen again...InshAllah!

  • Nadeem1976 on July 25, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    I congragulate pakistan . I totaly agree with senior players that Yousaf and Younas and Malik chapter should be closed for all.

    I totaly agree with Miandad that england as host will be extremely tough to beat and Batsmen have to adapt to situation and environment in england. Technique and temprament is required to give match to england.

    Good job by Azhar ali to stay their for 130 balls in second innings.

  • saggs77 on July 25, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    It was an historic win for pakistan and the credit goes to bowlers specially the Asif and Aamer supported by Gul and Butt. But they should not be carried away by this win their batting is aweful in absence of Younis and Yousuf which was very much visible in chasing a modest total of 18 and let's not forget this Aussie were easily beaten by English and India at their home. This English conditions would surely favor the swing bowlers like Asif and Aamer and if their batting would have clicked in first Test they could have won both the tests very easily with Aussie batsman dancing on Swing bowling,Ponting and company can dance against any fast bowler who can swing balls in either direction i'm pretty sure this Ashes is the last for so called great Aussie captain and would make way for new captain as they are going to loose big time..

  • on July 25, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    we finally won.inshallah it is the dawn of a new era.

  • on July 25, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Oh come now, I was in Peshawar, no dancing whatsoever.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 25, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    I disagree with Abdul Qadir. Pak needs Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf against England. Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik performed poorly. Azhar Ali should be retained but the two Ys should replace Amin and Malik. And also Hameed should replace U.Akmal if he bat irresponsibly againt Eng.

  • 123234 on July 25, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    i totally agree with pakistan ex wicket keepers, but i think in this new team shoaib malik will be a major problem, he will be pain in the neck for salman butt. i think we should say bye bye to mr malik and bring one of the Y's back in or bring back Mohammad hafeez or yasir hameed by replacing malik.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on July 25, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Pakistan should have different teams for the different formats of the game. Believe me they will be the world beaters.

    Pakistan test XI: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Md. Yusuf, Umar Akmal, Umar, Amin, Kamran Akmal, Md Aamer, Umar Gul, Md. Asif, and Kaneria/Ajmal

    Pakistan One day XI: Salman Butt, Nasser Jamsheed/Ahmad Shahzaad, Umar Akmal, Md. Yusuf, Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmal,Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzak, Md Aamer, Umar Gul, and Md. Asif/Ajmal.

    Pakistan Twenty-20 XI: Salman Butt, Nasser Jamsheed,Ahmad Shahzaad, Umar Akmal, Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmal,Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzak, Md Aamer, Umar Gul, Ajmal.

    Md. Yusuf should be their in the 50 format till the 2011 world cup and should play tests for at least two years. Shoib Malik does not deserve to be in the test team. Shoib Malik should take a cue from Shahid Afrid and shoib Malik should only play one dayers and Twenty-20.

  • Faakhir on July 25, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Youth and strict discipline is the answer to all the ills plaguing Pakistan cricket. Today is the happiest day of the week. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Madmast_Hathi on July 25, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Was this fixed? I guess it was. Do you agree?

  • Itchy on July 25, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    One victory does not herald the dawn of a new era - consistency (dare I say this with respect to Pakistan cricket!) over an extended period of time with series victories both at home and away will be needed before any new era can be proclaimed, otherwise the dawn is false.

  • Ekaadipathi on July 25, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    hahaha.... i want to know what these players are going to say if Pakistan lose the next match.

  • rohanbala on July 25, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    "The Dawn of a New Era - Moin Khan"... Such accolades for a team which has won a test match after 15 years! If only this team had been winning matches like the Australians, what would Moin Khan be saying?

  • khlfn14 on July 25, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    So at last our former players have praised our team. I dont know why they said some good words about our team. When pakistan needed their support, they always said bad about pak team for eg of their batting. In this match our bAtting was not outstanding, it was ok but because of pak winning this match our retired players praised our team. I think they should handle their own business and leave pak team where it is . There are coaches and pcb to guide and support them. The world will see wat they spoke about pak team if pakistan loses the series against england. I hope pak doesnt loses it. Lastly, congratulations pak team, you deserved to win this match and the most best thing i liked about this win that all players of the team contributed in the teams win, which shows that pakistan cricket is improving day by day which is a good sign for pakistan... PAKISTAN...ZINDABAD...PAKISTAN...ZINDABAD!!!!!!!

  • on July 25, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    don't jump the gun Moin bhai.... be extremely cautious, we have seen these new dawns before, remember 2005-06 when we won Test series against England, West Indies, India and Sri Lanka both home and away, what happened then? Pakistan imploded, Asif and Akhtar got banned for drugs, Afridi got banned for indiscipline, Inzi got suspended etc. etc. etc. and all the while the admin did its part to make sure we didn't recover anytime soon by handing the captaincy to Malik who made the Pakistani team in to a seniors sorority. Even if we do well here it won't necessarily mean a new era, if you want this team to play to its full potential then do what Imran Khan has been saying for decades now, get rid of the ad-hoc Cricket Board and make a democratic one that functions.

  • nikhildevdesai on July 24, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    First win against AUS in fifteen years and they are already thinking they can do this again. Slow down my friends, slow down.

  • on July 24, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I know it is a good victory but let us not compare Butt to Imran and the Mohammeds to the Ws. There is a long way to go. Pakistans batting is still very brittle and to perform against stronger teams the batting has to be way better than what it is now. Umar Akmal is very inconsistent and he is no Haq yet others less said the better

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on July 24, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    The dawn of a new era ??? And when they get flogged by England will that be the sunset of the new era ? Talk about counting your chickens before they are hatched.

  • on July 24, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    With all optimism, we should keep in mind that the only thing that made this possible was Australia's dismissal in the first inning at 88 which is rather rare and frankly seemed impossible before this test. We can't be overconfident or make statements like Younis and Yousuf should be left out completely. The fact remains that if Yousuf was in the team, we could have had this day of beating Australia after fifteen years quite earlier because we have, quite frankly, came close to winning couple of other times. Those chances weren't capitalized only because of poor middle order batting which could have been better if Yousuf and Younis were there. Our players from the past should keep these things in consideration while making blemished statements.

  • salmanq on July 24, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Well said Moin khan, close the chapter of Yousuf and Younis, sell them in the old scrap market. They are the past and should now improve their lingual skill and come on either a sports channel or in Yousuf's case a religious TV channel:)

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  • salmanq on July 24, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Well said Moin khan, close the chapter of Yousuf and Younis, sell them in the old scrap market. They are the past and should now improve their lingual skill and come on either a sports channel or in Yousuf's case a religious TV channel:)

  • on July 24, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    With all optimism, we should keep in mind that the only thing that made this possible was Australia's dismissal in the first inning at 88 which is rather rare and frankly seemed impossible before this test. We can't be overconfident or make statements like Younis and Yousuf should be left out completely. The fact remains that if Yousuf was in the team, we could have had this day of beating Australia after fifteen years quite earlier because we have, quite frankly, came close to winning couple of other times. Those chances weren't capitalized only because of poor middle order batting which could have been better if Yousuf and Younis were there. Our players from the past should keep these things in consideration while making blemished statements.

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on July 24, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    The dawn of a new era ??? And when they get flogged by England will that be the sunset of the new era ? Talk about counting your chickens before they are hatched.

  • on July 24, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I know it is a good victory but let us not compare Butt to Imran and the Mohammeds to the Ws. There is a long way to go. Pakistans batting is still very brittle and to perform against stronger teams the batting has to be way better than what it is now. Umar Akmal is very inconsistent and he is no Haq yet others less said the better

  • nikhildevdesai on July 24, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    First win against AUS in fifteen years and they are already thinking they can do this again. Slow down my friends, slow down.

  • on July 25, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    don't jump the gun Moin bhai.... be extremely cautious, we have seen these new dawns before, remember 2005-06 when we won Test series against England, West Indies, India and Sri Lanka both home and away, what happened then? Pakistan imploded, Asif and Akhtar got banned for drugs, Afridi got banned for indiscipline, Inzi got suspended etc. etc. etc. and all the while the admin did its part to make sure we didn't recover anytime soon by handing the captaincy to Malik who made the Pakistani team in to a seniors sorority. Even if we do well here it won't necessarily mean a new era, if you want this team to play to its full potential then do what Imran Khan has been saying for decades now, get rid of the ad-hoc Cricket Board and make a democratic one that functions.

  • khlfn14 on July 25, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    So at last our former players have praised our team. I dont know why they said some good words about our team. When pakistan needed their support, they always said bad about pak team for eg of their batting. In this match our bAtting was not outstanding, it was ok but because of pak winning this match our retired players praised our team. I think they should handle their own business and leave pak team where it is . There are coaches and pcb to guide and support them. The world will see wat they spoke about pak team if pakistan loses the series against england. I hope pak doesnt loses it. Lastly, congratulations pak team, you deserved to win this match and the most best thing i liked about this win that all players of the team contributed in the teams win, which shows that pakistan cricket is improving day by day which is a good sign for pakistan... PAKISTAN...ZINDABAD...PAKISTAN...ZINDABAD!!!!!!!

  • rohanbala on July 25, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    "The Dawn of a New Era - Moin Khan"... Such accolades for a team which has won a test match after 15 years! If only this team had been winning matches like the Australians, what would Moin Khan be saying?

  • Ekaadipathi on July 25, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    hahaha.... i want to know what these players are going to say if Pakistan lose the next match.

  • Itchy on July 25, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    One victory does not herald the dawn of a new era - consistency (dare I say this with respect to Pakistan cricket!) over an extended period of time with series victories both at home and away will be needed before any new era can be proclaimed, otherwise the dawn is false.