Pakistan v Australia, 1st ODI, Sharjah

Starc sets up hard-fought win for Australia

The Report by Daniel Brettig

August 28, 2012

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Australia 199 for 6 (Clarke 66, Bailey 57*, Ajmal 3-30) beat Pakistan 198 (Shafiq 56, Starc 5-42, Pattinson 3-19) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mitchell Starc picked up his best figures, Pakistan v Australia, 1st ODI, Sharjah, August 28, 2012
Mitchell Starc followed up his four-for against Afghanistan with a five-wicket haul © AFP

Australia were grateful for the 29 balls given up by Pakistan as the latter half of their innings collapsed, using them to secure a meritorious victory in the first ODI in the heat of Sharjah. The frenzied conclusion of Pakistan's innings contrasted with the composure shown by Michael Clarke's team, who took a major step towards preserving an unbeaten record against the subcontinental side that has lasted since 2002.

While Clarke played a critical role, notching a fluent 66 when all around him looked fraught in the face of Pakistan's spin, it was equally heartening for the Australians that the less seasoned George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell supplied the game-clinching stand. Maxwell perished to an impetuous reverse sweep with the win in sight, but Dan Christian kept Bailey company until the final runs were collected, with four wickets and 10 balls to spare.

Australia owed much, too, to Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, who snipped the top off the Pakistan innings with the new ball then strangling the middle order in the batting Powerplay on the way to rounding up Misbah-ul-Haq's men for 198 in 45.1 overs.

This had seemed a good toss for Pakistan to win but, apart from an energetic stand of 61 between Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal, it was the batsmen who did the wilting in the early evening. Starc followed up his four wickets against Afghanistan with five here for his best ODI figures, while Pattinson claimed three and conceded little more than two runs per over.

They were the beneficiaries of some abject Pakistani batting, as a succession of players succumbed to the pressure applied by the pace bowlers in concert with the constricting fields set by Clarke. The tourists' sole specialist spinner, Xavier Doherty, had been deemed surplus to requirements as Clarke chose to lean heavily on his pacemen, and the strategy was justified by how effectively Pakistan's strokemakers were neutralised.

By contrast, Misbah wasted little time using the tweakers at his disposal, handing Mohammad Hafeez the new ball for the second over. He soon defeated David Warner, aiming an ambitious swing and missing by miles, and played a large part in softening up Matthew Wade for Shahid Afridi, who had the wicketkeeper caught from a skied slog sweep attempt. Both Australia's openers have some thinking to do.

Michael Hussey is usually an accomplished player of spin but even he struggled, playing for more turn than was offered by the surface perhaps due to the sharply turning surfaces prepared for the Australians at their pre-season camp in Darwin. The crafty Saeed Ajmal pinned Hussey lbw on the back foot with his first ball, the batsman wasting his team's one review on a ball that was going on to hit middle.

David Hussey fared no better, struggling to read Ajmal's doosra and eventually edging one to Misbah at slip, a fate that might also have befallen Clarke until he adjusted to the wiles of his opponent. Bailey struggled mightily through his first handful of deliveries, and Clarke had to survive a review for a concerted caught behind appeal when Ajmal floated the ball across him from round the wicket.

Slowly, however, Clarke and Bailey built a stand that crept the tourists closer. Bailey gathered surety if not momentum, while Clarke continued to punch the ball about with confidence and purpose. In the end it was something of a surprise when Clarke did fall, caught on the crease to be lbw to Hafeez, but his wicket re-opened the contest.

Maxwell is the kind of batsman who answers to the description "brazen", and he proved it by attempting to reverse sweep his first ball from Ajmal. He showed a prominent bottom hand and an array of more considered strokes the longer he batted with Bailey, who demonstrated an ability to fight through a situation even when faced with opponents more talented than him.

Misbah tried all his regular options, plus the part-time spin of Azhar Ali. There was one edge from Maxwell that might harshly be deemed a chance to Kamran Akmal, and another pull into the outfield that Asad Shafiq narrowly failed to hang on to. But Bailey and Maxwell played with calmness, allowing the equation to whittle down without undue haste, and making the most of their full quota of overs.

The Australians would have briefly contemplated a far larger target in the opening overs of the match, with Pakistan making an aggressive start as Pattinson and Starc strained for early swing by pursuing a very full length. Starc twice appealed for LBW against Hafeez, only to be denied by each ball pitching a fraction outside leg stump - the second also costing Australia their lone decision review.

Pattinson's penchant for landing the ball on the seam was to be rewarded when one such delivery stopped a little, causing Hafeez to pop a catch to short cover. Azhar fell in similar fashion, chipping to mid-on, but Nasir Jamshed was victim of a snorter from Starc, who coaxed sharp bounce from an otherwise moribund surface to offer Wade a sharp chance behind the stumps.

Though Christian's change-up had Misbah undone, Umar Akmal's aggression in Shafiq's company had Pakistan placed neatly enough at 159 for 4 when they took the batting Powerplay. Having played with no little intelligence to that point, Shafiq could not resist the temptation to try to pierce the field, and an ugly swish at Starc had his stumps splayed.

Kamran Akmal could not get comfortable, and in the last of the Powerplay overs he spooned a catch to mid-on. Clarke's knack for astute field placings was to be rewarded the very next ball with the prized wicket of Afridi, edging Starc low to the captain at slip. The Powerplay had thus reaped three wickets at a cost of 16 runs and the rest of the innings petered out, wasting that critical 29 balls.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Pakistan 160 10 4 40/3 23/0 16/3 23/3 0/4
Australia 168 9 2 40/1 19/2 21/1 52/1 0/6

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Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

kamran akmal should open the inning with hafeez and that Guy azher dont have any spot in ODI,Keep Nasir Jamshed one down position and bring Back rehman in team ,Secondly am agree with wasim akaram comments why our openrs are afraid to play shorts in early overs common go fo the kill in Power play overs,Hafeez is very high class player just one fast inning cab bring him back in form and please dont allow Aziz chema next time for Pak team.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Pakistan needs 2 genuinely classy fast bowlers (not medium pacers) and 2 batsmen who know how to maintain a run rate of 5 to 6 between over number 15 to 35 without taking many risks. Finally we need to bring in Ahmad Shehzad. Also players like Asad Shafique need to be reminded that a strike rate of 68 is not good enough. He must play for the team rather than to cement his place. He must be reminded if he scores slowly he will not be playing again and this will not happen till Misbah is the captain. Put Misbah and Azhar Ali in test squad.

Posted by BABashar on (August 30, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Although this match has already formed part of history - nevertheless it is still not too late to comment. The Pak team on papers looked like 'unconquerable' particularly when you are playing with 7 top class batsmen backed up by Boom Boom with solid assurance by top class spinners to defend a reasonable score. Sadly the outcome was not to the liking of those cricket lovers round the globe who enjoy the game by itself and grasp the result before hand. Having said - credit is not snatched away from aussies - it was simply a victory - however - could have been a meritorious victory provided they would have beaten a team that had played to their 100% potential with motivation which was lacking. Would like to suggest a winning combination for sincere consideration of the tour selection committee and Misban in particular. (in batting order) Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan.l

Posted by pauldk on (August 30, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

@ mazii on (August 29 2012, 12:55 PM GMT) The if, could and should don't change anything. When you say the aussie bowlers are ordinary, what does it tell about the pak batsmen? And when your bowlers are so excellent, what does it tell the world about the aussie batsmen? The fact remains that Australia won a hard fought match with good bowling and good batting. Hope for a good and close remaining series.

Posted by Meety on (August 30, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@Heisenburg - I wouldn't say that Bailey receives "hate", rather dis not inspire much confidence, to begin with. He is doing a bloody good job of fixing that perception!

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (August 29, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

I'm really stressing this but Shahid Afridi is an excellent allrounder and is a very good batsman. That's only if he bats as an opener. Look at how many times he has cracked 50's and 100's when playing as one. A huge blitz in the total would mean that the next batsmen coming in would feel secure to keep on ticking. So much pressure is on his shoulders from boom boom fans and he has hardly any overs to play at number 8, which means he has to slog at everything at a high risk of losing his wicket. With 50 overs to play as an opener, Afridi can score just as much as Sehwag or Gayle. Insha Allah that he will open again.

Posted by Kudzie1 on (August 29, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Talk abt getting Starc in!!!!!!!!

Posted by MattyP1979 on (August 29, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Missed the match but well played Aus. Pup moving round did the trick, and all the Aussies trying to get rid of Bailey now might have to eat words. I still feel Aus rely FAR to much on Pup and Hussey Snr. Starc is bowling very well it seems right now, is he one for a test place my colonial friends? Anyways will try and see the next one.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (August 29, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

@soberfans,ur excellency! These pitchs r by no means flat,u wouldn't see too many 300 pls scores here,2ndly thanks 4 remindng 2007 wc,z it d same event where ur great batsmen of spin bundld out 4 les than 200 against spin dependnt bd atack,lolz,great memories realy.

Posted by balajik1968 on (August 29, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Pakistan are being let down by the batting, but there was one positive. After a long time I saw Umar Akmal put his head down and play. If he continues this he can be part of Pakistan's future with Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali.

Posted by jango_moh on (August 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

i watched part of the match... this guy maxwell played some shots which reminded me of ponting, esp the pickup pullshot...very stylish... looks to be a good allround prospect...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury : No no. If Pakistan chases anything above 200 nowadays, it loses. At-least we were winning most games where we batted first, even with low totals, uptil now. There are positives though. Bailey did well but according to the cricinfo commentary, he remained a walking wicket against spin for quite long. If Azhar fails again, he is not the man I think he is. Asad was just stupid. Pakistani batsmen think that a powerplay means you can get boundaries from shots that would ordinarily be regarded as fatal.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 29, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@wickyroy.paklover,atleast ind batsmen play well on flat and spinning tracks whereas ur pak btsmen can't score runs on flat pitch and in bouncy pitches.also our batting never failed against teams like ireland whereas ur side got bundled out for 130 odd in 2007 wc against ireland.surely ireland have better batsmen than pak.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

@Marcio. I also found a lot of positive from the match because Pakistan did well to defend such a low score as it took Australia nearly 50 overs to reach the target score. Also, Pakistan was without Juned, who played so well in recent series. Batting is a key issue but I think it will settle down in the next match. But it's important to remember that Australia are no pushover. They are still a good team, who beat India in the CB and test series. Regarding the issue of Indian fan boys; well they are almost everywhere in this site. Giving unwanted advices, criticizing others and showing so much care towards other teams, lol. Some of them are nice though; like Jindal. Who doesn't place silly comments to seek attention.

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 29, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

@Meety: 'took a major step towards preserving an unbeaten' told ya the Aussie writers are all biased! LOL Just the other day Ian Chappel was touting some under 19 indian kid spinner to just 'walk' into any test side, how does anyone walk in and outbowl this spin attack? Hussy, wade and warner had no idea when to go back or play forward and the others just played the trio to survive and scrap singles here and there which was just enough when you bowl a side out inside 45 overs or there about but 30 more runs would have been a different story.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (August 29, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

@sobersfan,Irish batsmen would b able to handle seam,swing n bounce of these ausies to a great extent unlike ur "great batsmen"! So ur comment should have been "ireland have betr batng line up than pak n ind,i hope it helps?

Posted by Wallaroo on (August 29, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Great work guys. Australia will win 3-0. We're on our way back to the no 1 spot.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Pakistan should really try out ANWAR ALI , from domestic tournaments I deduce that he can really bend the ball ,has good pace and street smart. Also if he impresses in this tournament ,on these pitches imagine what he can do on pitches in England and SA (remember the U-19 WC match against India !!). Plus I really want Aizaz Cheema and Sohail Tanvir out of the team... Cheema is old and Tanvir is much more of a "domestic" player , meaning he performs well at domestic tournaments but cannot perform on the international stage (Mohammad Sami is the best example of such players) ..... In batting department , I believe they need a consistent , highly experienced player from the domestic tournaments , Saeed Anwar Jr for me should be the best choice

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (August 29, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Pakistan need to open with ,,,Kamran Akmal with Afridi ..otherwise these both can not useful for team in low down........Plez try them opner then Hafeez and other....PCB aweak up

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (August 29, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

to my way of thinking which is in hindsight, i would have put Australia into bat, the way it went made it easier for them, they knew the score it was low, 4 runs an over, if they bat first they do not know whats a good score, maybe 250. from what happened that would have been tough to get, more risks more wickets.

Posted by Naveed85 on (August 29, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

there is some serious problem in pakistan batting .. even 200 becomes tough . and chasing is completely out of question. only time pak batted well against India in bangladesh ..even we lost that match. . no lessons learnt from 4-0 loss against england and 3-1 loss against srilanka.. consistency is impossible with this team

Posted by mazii on (August 29, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

It wasn't Australia winning this match, in fact, it was like Pakistan losing by giving their wickets cheaply. Australia is just an ordinary team, but Pakistani batsmen area much more than ordinary. Pakistan could have won his match, had they put twenty to thirty runs on he scoreboard. But they unable to did that and their last six wickets just fell for thirty four runs. This is a shame. Pakistan have always been losing matches just because of their lower order batsmen and fielding is another contributing factor. Misbah's captaincy was quite ordinary in the last matches. He could have given chance to the young guns like Junaid khan, but like Dhoni, I think he has fostered some relations with the like of Cheema and others. Anyhow easier said than done. If Pakistan able to put 250 runs on board then Australia will have no chance winning the next game. Given the present Australian bowlers, it is not very difficult. These Australian bowlers are just too much ordinary.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@Rednwhite - welcome back mate, we've missed you during the entire South Africa series, where you have been belted to all parts.

Posted by Aleem_Latif on (August 29, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

1) Hafeez, 2) Nasir Jamshed, 3) Asad Shafiq,4) Umar Akmal, 5) Misbah, 6) Abdul Razzaq, 7) Kamran Akmal, 8) Afridi, 9) Abdul Rahman, 10) Saeed Ajmal, 11) Junaid Khan. Australians can easily handle any medium pacer ... so we need more specialist SPIN attack. Sohail Tanvir and Cheema are going to be useless in this tour.

Posted by Marcio on (August 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

A lot of fairweather PAK fans here. The series isn't over yet. Sure, PAK lost, and the batting looked out of its depth, but the bowling was fine, and there's 5 more games to go! Will be interesting to see how the T20s pan out. At least we don't have too many IND fans here. Boy, they sure are a nasty bunch!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Pakistan lost to Australia yet again. In the past 10 years lost 19, won 4, no result 1. Worst bit is that the entire domestic cricket that is the breeding ground for players is played within Pakistan. Home ground for International matches suddenly moves to another country in the middle of the desert. If there is no possibility of bringing back Home International to Pakistan for security reasons then the Pakistani Domestic tournament like Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Faysal Bank One Day etc. should be played in U.A.E. The players of the future would be best trained and groomed. Choosing other countries as Home is not a real home. You need 25,000 passionately patriotic fans in the ground backing your team and flying the flag. The essence of Home Grounds is in the support of your own.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (August 29, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

@ RednWhiteArmy, well if all your going to do is rubbish australia and say nothing to improve our love of cricket. our beaches are cleaner and every second one of you want to live her oh and our cricket team will be ranked above yours in 12 months

Posted by Muttee on (August 29, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

whoever here is saying Afghanistan played better or on Par with Pakistan are clearly blind and have no sense of cricket. if they were bundled out for 200 do you really think they would have taken the contest to the 49th over? no matter how bad pakistan played, they were still miles above afghanistan. stupid comments by senseless people. Pak batting is the main issue and everyone knows it, but the way the bowlers fought till the end, its commendable, they never let go of the match till the last moment, they kept on fighting and took the match to the very end which in itself is a great acheivement after that horror display with the bat. Second match will tell how good/bad Pakistan really are..

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

even ireland have better batsmen than pak.

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 29, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Like i've said before either play Hafeez as a specialist bowler and let him bat at No 11 or drop him altogether. If an opener scores around about ,4, 0,3... on a regular basis then he is upto to no good what so ever. We dont need his bowling, Abdur Rehman can bowl better than him and would probably score more runs if he's sent in as an opener. Impressed with the glovework by Kamran but still early days and as far some of the Australian batsmen well they had no idea how to play spin apart from baily, clarke and maxwell and all of them were clueless against ajmal in particular. It was one of those well known spectacular collapse yet again, 20 more runs it would have been curtains for Auss. wont be that lucky 2nd time around I predict.

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (August 29, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Also guys, do consider this very comment right here. I know I might get hate for this but Imran Farhat has improved greatly so do keep him in mind.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Afghanistan vs Australia odi...Afghanistan was all out in 210...and in Pakistan vs australia odi Pakistan is all out in shows how better Afghanistan is than other Afghanistan should have more matches against full members...thank u

Posted by rock.rockyin on (August 29, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Pak is loosing charm in one day format. present gen has no more exciting batsmen like Saeed anwar..Haq..razaaq..younis...yohana . pace bowling too has lost charm. good luck

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (August 29, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

I see a lot of people criticising Afridi as a batsman. The reason why he has so many ducks is because of him being wasted at number 8. He can play his natural game as an opener and scores much higher at that position. Easily the best squad for Pak: 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Shahid Afridi 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Asad Shafiq 6.) Misbah ul-Haq (C) 7.) Mohammad Hafeez 8.) Kamran Akmal 9.) Sohail Tanvir/Anwar Ali 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

Posted by rbrb on (August 29, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

well played aussies :)

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

@ cisco420....mate if you intend to win matches against Zimbabwae, West Indies and Afghanistan then Misbah, Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali are world class players.....when was the last time when these three took the score card above 300.....keep thinking and you wont find the answer.......infact when did they go past 280 without Hafeez's or Younis's contribution?.....statistically speaking their strike rate are 66, 69 and 74......great batsmen.....excellent batsmen....lets put Wajahat ullah Wasti in the mix and we will have the worlds best Test batting line up in ODIs.....and then we will remind the world how Gavaskar stayed on the wicket for the whole 50 overs to score 30 odd runs...our batsment will do it in every ODI...bravo!!!!

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (August 29, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

@MaddtP1979 just a reminder mate, .......What is happening in Aus? Pak are getting their 'admin' in order, and could prove to be a very handy side in all formats. Hope for a good contest but I can seen Aus getting a hammering.....o well cmon PAK. keep up the expert predictions.

Posted by Stark62 on (August 29, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

I'm glad Pak lost this match and hope they lose the ODI series 3-0!!

Misbah never was and will never ever be ODI material, Azhar should be kept as a specialist Test batsmen because when he does score runs, he does so by consuming a lot of balls; Hafeez isn't a batsmen and finally, who is Cheema?

There are only 4 genuine ODI batsmen: Jamshed, Shafiq and Akmal brothers, whilst the rest are either Test blockers or T20 hitters.

Personally, I would like the inclusion of: Yasin, H. Sohail and Shezhad in ODI squad, along with Hammad (allrounder), Rahat (should be given more chances) and possibly SADAF HUSSAIN.

Also, bat Umar @ no. 3 or 4!

Posted by Hira1 on (August 29, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

its o.k one defeat doesn't predict any thing, it was a close contest and better team won, difference was more of running between wickets and fielding......I agree with most that hammad azam needs to be in the team but those who are criticizing afridi will be the one shouting and screaming if he ever gets dropped and why hafeez place is in the team is because of his bowling and fielding capabilities and how can you drop a player who always take wickets at crucial time plus his economy rate is superb

Posted by Selassie-I on (August 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Pakistan have a great spin attack, Aus clearly struggled with it. Pak to come back and win the series.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

While I can understand their disappointment, I find that a lot of Pakistani supporters have started writing their side off. The way Pakistan has played under Misbah, I think yesterday's game was a one off rather than a precursor to a wider trend. Looking at the mess that the PCB has created and the security situation that denies them the possibility of playing at home, I think Pakistan as done an incredible job of overcoming obstacles that would have surely broken the will of most sides.

Posted by jkaussie on (August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

@UK_Chap...I agree, way too much made of Australia's record over Pakistan in ODI's...much like the English press tub thumping about the No 1 test ranking

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

i dont know why misbah is keeping junaid out and aizaz cheema in, as he never bowls his quota complte in last 11 games.. and with junaid khan Paksitan have option and chances of reverse swing in the end part of innings

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Sorry about that winning 7 or 8 one dayers, I must have dreamt that. anyway its a pretty poor record recently, but keep the faith.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (August 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Re Mohd.Hafeez :- If the selectors are thinking that Hafeez will be the next man to take over from Misbah in the ODI format then they should just forget it. Hafeez has always been just an average player whose place in the side was never gauranteed. Recently his bowling has been in good form, but his batting looks club level, especially against quality opposition. I think it is high time that he be moved down the order. Let Azhar Ali open with Nasir Jamshed. Looks like the establishment is trying very hard to bypass Afridi and trying to find any replacement for the captaincy. But i feel all these attempts are in vain. Afridi had done notihing wrong during the World Cup. In fact every one thinks that he did exceptionally well to reach upto the semi-finals with an inexperienced bunch of boys. The senor pro's Younis & Misbah had let him down. Still he is being sidelined because of the Waqar Younis saga, this is very bad, especially after realising that Waqar was wrong.

Posted by V.Jammy on (August 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Come on guys, just believe in your abilities. You just need to bat little better than these Aussies. Every team which plays against AUS & ENG gets our full support because we just love to see AUS & ENG loose the matches no matter whoever beats them.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 29, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

I imagine the aussy ODI side must have forgotten what winning a game felt like after they got whitewashed by england....congratulations on winning 1 game in your last 10.

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 29, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

MOHD. SHAMMI SHAFI: What we have done, you are following. Instead of Squash, we have done Tennis.

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Hassan-U. Perfect analysis. Esepcially the comments about Afridi. Quite often he is remembered for his first ball duck. Sooner or later he will over take the duck champions, Chris Martin, Courtny Walsh and Zaheer Khan. But your analysis on Mohd. Hafeez is wrong. He is the opening batsman of your team and occasional opening bowler too. Even in this match his bowling figures are even better than your trump card Saeed Ajmal. He is a good allrounder of your side

Posted by Heisenburg on (August 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Bailey does it again, he receives so much hate for absolutely no reason, since his debut he's easily been australias best batsman.

Posted by reality_check on (August 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

As someone else already mentioned. Pakistan's batting lineup is comparable to some low level club team in England or Australia. No way they can counter the pace attack thrown by the Aussies. Pakistan's bowling is one of the best in the world but batting does not match up with it and has not been for almost a decade. Unless Pakistan's batting gets upto the task or Aussies batting lineup crumbles under the spin attack (not likely), this looks like to be a 4-0 contest in favour of the Aussies. Remember ODI against England after the test 3-0 whitewash? Pak batting crumbled against Finn and Broad.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (August 29, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

I did not see the game because of time difference, but i did get updates from cricinfo on my phone, and at no stage in Australia's innings up until about over 45 did i think we had it won, so i believe that a lot of Pakisani supporters are being very harsh on your side, I think I read somewhere that Pakistasn have won 7 or 8 of there last 50 over games, and had a great test series victory in the UAE, which was the beginning of the end of bog average England, the only advice i would give a pakistan supporter is stop reading the comments from indian and England fans, and stick solid to your team criticise when needed, but remember the great recent victorys 1 bad day at the office will not kill anyone.

Posted by Tmalik on (August 29, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

very average performance, although i liked the aggression of Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal. But, Hafeez should know he needs to score runs to be an opener and if cant get runs replace him with Akmal and he should bat at 6...PAk need to put score on board to win match, they should know....i like the way HAfeez gave interview saying we not worried about record... i hope he bats as well as much he talks....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Lesson should be learned from mistakes of first match. Shoaib Malik should be in playing 11 instead of Azhar Ali and Anwar Ali deserve a chance in place of Cheema. Batting order should be Kamran, Jamshaid, Hafeez, shafiqe, Misbah, Umer, shoaib, Afridi, Tanveer,Ajmal and Anwar.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

The match took place between Pakistan and Australia, but most of the comments are from our Indian friends. lol. Thanks for caring and taking the time out to say such nice things about us. We expect such practices from some of you folks but we don't mind it. It's amusing actually. @Jindal. Thanks for your mature comment dude. You are one of few Indians who hasn't made silly comments. The main issue is with Pakistan's selection. They have ignored Juned, Azhar, Azam and other in form players for the likes of Cheema, Farhat and co. PCB needs to be fair and select players on merit.

Posted by sonu77 on (August 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Surely Mike Hussey's wicket was a huge moral booster for Ajmal !

Posted by Sports4Youth on (August 29, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@ kzc117191 :- 100% agreed with you sir. I agree will all your following points. Pakistan cricket board needs to select the right persons as selectors. How come Iqbal Qasim is back as chairman of selectors? On what basis players like Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmalget selected in the team again and again. Why players like Ahmed Shezad, Umar Amin, Mohammad Irfan, Hammad Azam are not given due chance? Mr. Chairman, it is high time to make some tough decisions. ALSO I WANT TO ADD THAT JUNAID SHOULD BE IN THE ELEVAN & NOT WARMING THE BENCH. WHAT MORE JUNAID HAS TO DO TO PROVE HIMSELF. SADAF HUSSAIN, RAHAT ALI & MOHD.TALHA ARE JUST BEING WASTED AND OLD FAILURES ARE ENJOYING THE TOP PLACE THROUGH ROTATION BETWEEN THEMSELVES. TODAY PAKISTAN HAS THE WORST PACE ATTACK IN THE WORLD. THE SPINNERS ARE BAILING THEM OUT REGULARLY. IT WAS THE SPINNERS AGAIN THAT MADE A FIGHT OUT OF THIS MATCH, OTHERWISE 199 WAS NOT CHALLENGING BY ANY STANDARDS OR BY ANY STREATCH OF IMAGINATION.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

haha, it doesn't take too long for some of our Indian friends to come out and criticize Pakistan blindly does it. It's almost like a hobby. Anyway, kudos to those who have showed some restraint and not just placed silly comments to seek attention. If Pakistan had managed to score another 20 odd runs, things could have been different. Even the Australian team took almost 50 years to get to 200. Anyway, credit has to be given to Australia. They are a top team and despite changes, they still managed to completely dominate Indian side. Anyway, good luck to pakistan in the next match. I hope Cheema is replaced.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (August 29, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Re: All Kamran Akmal Fans :- So, all those Kamran fans who have been advocating Kamrans's return and labelling Sarfraz a failure, Now we can clearly see that playing down the order is so difficult. Sarfraz Ahmed had returned an avg of 23 in the very limited and sporadic opportunities he got. Sarfraz was not given a steady run, constantly he was being dropped and the gloves being given to Adnan. But now when Kamran looked so pathetic on the wicket, people will find excuses. Also Iqbal Qasim has a few questions to answer. Qasim should not have made the last chance comment about Sarfraz during the Asia Cup.

Posted by Meety on (August 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

"...took a major step towards preserving an unbeaten record against the subcontinental side that has lasted since 2002..." - does World Cup matches not count?

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Pakistan cricket has done just like hockey and squash. Move on

Posted by Hassan_U on (August 29, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

A team full of ego and players who are lost in past performance! Selector who just want to be in news & Interviews. Hafeez in 105 match avg of 26 yet is in Team. Afridi only comes good once a year and then in team on past performances. What Abdul Razzaq is not in team who took SA apart in ODIs. Only Inzi knew the value and power hitting of Abdul Razzaq who use to promote him in batting order. Bowl few good overs to Pakistani batsman and most of them are sitting ducks and easy picking for bowlers. Example of Malinga to Akmal and then yesterday in batting power play. Then bowlers why wasn't Junaid or Anwar Ali in team at expense of Tanvir/cheema. Dav Whatmore needs to wake up and give the message to players if you dont perform then show them the door! Yesterday Pakistan looked good when Umar and Shafiq were there at score of 250 was on cards. So called Senior players came in and looked like they never playeed cricket before. Yet talk was how good we are and oz came hard on thm n bowling

Posted by ummii on (August 29, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Pakistan has world's best spinners... But when it comes to Batting & Fast Balling they look like a club side team... They need to find some batsmen who can Bat, & need Fast bowlers whom can strike...

Posted by The-love on (August 29, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Pak will come back strongly....They made some mistakes but if they work on it then it is not very difficult to beat these overrated aussies....

Posted by Sharjeel77 on (August 29, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Not just the batting, but Sohail Tanveer was also the cause of Pakistan's demise. I don't understand why he was given preference over a young talent in the face of Junaid Khan!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Aussies actually did well to stop Pak from setting a Big target. As always Pak batting disappointed us. Aussie pacers were too good. I wonder how come Australia produces so many fast 140+ bowlers so easily who bowls on right line and length - Pattinson, Cummins, Johnson, Lee, Bollinger, Siddle, McKay, Hilfenhaus ! But for Aus batsmen, playing spin bowling has always been a tough task that too of someone like Ajmal. But Clarke and Bailey (Clarke in particular) is a good batsman of spin bowling. So are Hussey brothers. Hoping for some more close matches like this. And My Warner Boy again gifted his wicket lol how easily a right hand off-spinner can knock him out. He indeed needs to work on it (ASAP as WC T20 is not too far) else Australia can never get good start in sub-continent.

Posted by UK_Chap on (August 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

the article writer Daniel Brettig makes the claim of Australia being unbeaten by Pakistan since 2002 sound so much more mightier that it actually is. Pakistan has only played two Odi series against Australia in 10 years. So lets keep things isn perspective. This series is not over yet. Randy Oz : you really need to calm down. Sobersfan : Pakistan successes must really eat you up.

Posted by kzc117191 on (August 29, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Pakistan cricket board needs to select the right persons as selectors. How come Iqbal Qasim is back as chairman of selectors? On what basis players like Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Hafeez get selected in the team again and again. Why players like Ahmed Shezad, Umar Amin, Mohammad Irfan, Hammad Azam are not given due chance? Mr. Chairman, it is high time to make some tough decisions.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (August 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@jindal.pryank,why should i complain since i have my own ways to replicate these,i m jst tryng to make u realize that i have strtd as pure retiliatn,so keep it up!,.....,No surprise at all,i was anticipatng ths 4rm hafez n co n i had ths fear that hugely talntd starc would run through ths top n midle ordr,what d hel hafez z doing at top,i gues jst to eat up precious 10 ovrs of powrplay n wastng d spots of kamran,afridi.,i dn't know why cheema z always prefrd ovr junaid,rehman as both r way betr than him,ausie pace atack loks vry excitng though,we need to fil in talha,wahab to come at par with safas n aussies while junaid,anwar should b givn long run,no matr how they perform,aus batng has nt been testd fuly,score around 220 would have been a difrnt scenario i guess,

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Ahmad Uetian: With the same bowlers and in the same pitch even your team could not defend 329 against India. India convincingly chased down the target in the 47th over. Then who is pathetic?

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@smith- Anyone with a little cricketing knowledge would know that T20 format suits Pakistan the best, as for our batting, Pakistan always had the worst batting collapses in world cricket, but Australia is a pretty balanced side right? I saw how almost every batsman struggled against spin. T20 world cup is in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and other Asian teams have better chances of wining this world cup.

Posted by Knowledge_Speaks on (August 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

DLF is a very smart sponser. DLF knows this coming IPL-6 popularity will go down because of refusal of Sri-lankan players with english players into it. IPL should under there is a diff between PRIDE and PROUD.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (August 29, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

I think guys like afridi shoiuld be rested for few matches so that he can realise the worth for playing a national side. Shafeeq after playing such a nice innings just wasted the wicket so we did the match. I am very impressed with the temprenment of Bailey.. he won the match for Aus. Alot to learn for pakistans batsmans from him. And i shouldnt miss admiring pakistani spin bowling. they are clearly the best in the world.

Posted by Shahnawaztarar on (August 29, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

misbah needs to be replaced by shoaib malik and cheema with juniad and else every thing is fine. Misbah the so called captin ...made No hunderd still in his odi career as ...yesterday he was very early at the crease and still proved to be just a blocker and nothing else.....He is not havin any place in the team.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (August 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

PAK batters will definitely struggle against the pacers of AUS......Whats the reason of placing Kamran Akmal so down at the order???All the best to AUS and PAK players>>>>>>>

Posted by WasimAkramFan on (August 29, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed Mohammad Hafeez

Azhar Ali Misbahul Haq (captain) Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal

Kamran Akmal Shahid Afridi

Saeed Ajmal Abdur Rehman Junaid Khan.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (August 29, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Afridi and cheema are just a waste of space. Hafeez,s actual role was batting allrounder and he is rather bowler who can bat a bit. He is struggling up the order. i just cant understand that why would u drop Gul to put cheema in squad? My team for nex match would be.. 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Kamran Akmal 3) Asad Shafeeq 4) Shoiab malik 5) Umer Akmal 6) Misbah 7) hafeez/Afridi 8) Anwar ali 9) Sohail tanvir 10)Rehman/junaid khan 11) ajmal

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Love it when Australia win. Of the lot, they deserve to be the #1 team with SA a close 2nd.The rest of the teams, are more or less equal.

Posted by anver777 on (August 29, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

UAE pitches has assistance for pace men & spinners equally..... Starc was the star for Aus with a 5 for & Ajmal-Afridi also troubled Aus batsmen, while chasing a small target....

Posted by mtalhas on (August 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

the openin batsman of pakistan aka "the professor" is a highly ranked ODI "bowler", its quite strange and points towards the lack of focus on batting..there is no stable opening pair although jamshed and akmal can be useful..the tail is of no use..with these batting problems remaining unresolved..pakistan may even lose their 4th spot in tests..having a good bowling attack is of no use unless an equally good batting provides strength..if they play like this pakistan will always struggle to defend low and easy targets which may not be always successful..and forget about chasing a target if they bat second..

Posted by BeVeryAfraidi on (August 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Don't despair guys! The fluke of 5 wickets only happens once every 10 matches or so. Just look at how Ajmal made Aussies look like kiddies! even Clarke was clueless against most of his Doosras and each time Bailey missed a doosra, the Sheepish smile on his face said it all - 'Clarkie - this is not Darwin, Dude' - more child's play to come , stay tuned :)

Posted by Wozza-CY on (August 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

A good contest, as I feel the next three will be. I commented that this ozi batting line up looked a lot more effective and so it proved. With Pattinson coming in at 11 and the likes of Maxwell & Johnson in the mid-lower order, means that any sort of decent start means we're going to post a defendable total or give the chase a good rattle. I feel as though Pakistan can play better, but also feel the ozis can improve in many areas as well. The fact that the teams strengths are opposites i.e. pace vs spin, should mean there are some enthralling games ahead.

Posted by vertical on (August 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Why is Brad Haddin or Tim Paine not in the side.Matthew Wade looks completely awkward against spin.After 23 games averaging just 23.To me Haddin/Paine seemed more talented

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Pathetic performance by the batsmen and fast bowlers! Whatmore, Misbah and batsmen never learn from their mistakes. I was shocked to see that they played Cheema and Tanvir instead of Anwar Ali and Junaid Khan. I hope the Aussies win the series cauz the Pakis dont deserve to win with such selection and performances.

Posted by WasimAkramFan on (August 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

my playing 11 got morphed with the extras - here it is: | Nasir Jamshed *| Mohammad Hafeez, | Azhar Ali, | Misbahul Haq (captain), | Asad Shafiq, | Umar Akmal - | Kamran Akmal, *| Shahid Afridi, * Saeed Ajmal, * Abdur Rehman, * Junaid Khan.

Posted by TilokBhai on (August 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Bailey ..... he has the determination and the mental strength but openers and Hussey brothers lacked it..

Posted by adeelicap on (August 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

pakistan should change batting order on immediate basis, either kamran or afridi should start with nasir and we should give umer akmal at one down position we are wasting his talent while playing him down the order, remove cheema, he can only ball against Bdesh nd insert rehman (he can bat too),

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Hats off to pakistan spin bowling attack again but a pathetic batting and fast bowling display.I just dont understand why are we not playing Junaid Khan who was probably the best fast bowler in the series against Sri lanka,moreover,he is a lot more quicker and efficient in terms of pace and consistency as compared to all other quickies.Also i think that Abdur Rehman should be a part of the squad considering Australia's vulnerability against quality spin.As seen in yesterday's match,30 overs of spin proved to be a headache for the Aussies so 40 might just prove to be FATAL.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Good first up win for the Aussies. Unfortunately I didn't see too much of this game, just a handful of overs, the figures of Starc and Pattinson look good though and it was good to see Maxwell and Bailey getting the job done where the Hussey brothers had failed. Clarke, once again brilliant. I did watch big Mitch J send a few done and believe it or not, I thought he looked pretty good... he looked to have good rythym and his action looked strong, not at all like the "how do i do this again?" action we've seen in recent times. I'd never pick him in another test match but he may be handy for o.d.i's, instead of driving the youngsters into the ground with too much cricket.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (August 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

One thing is for sure is that this series is some good practice for the Aussies to face spin. That Ajmal is one fine bowler.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Pakistan bowling can defend any type of total...:) Virat Kohli are u listening

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@Anil Agrahari must also look at the quality of Pk bowling that made Aus chase under 200 scored chase only just in 49th over on flat Asian pitch whereas same Indian Bowling couldn't defend even 290vs pathetic Ban

Posted by vertical on (August 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Your best batsman bats at number 3.Is Azhar Ali really Pak's best bat with a strike rate 66,I would like to see Umar Akmal bat at 3 instead languishing at 6 or 7.Hafeez averages 26 from 106 games,It's high time Pakistan choose both Hafeez and Afridi purely as bowlers who can bat.Let Ali/Kamran Akmal open with Jamshed. My batting order with the current squad 1.Azhar Ali 2.Jamshed 3.Umar Akmal 4.Asad Shafiq 5.Misbah 6.Hafeez 7.Kamran Akmal 8.Afridi......................

Posted by ac_Indian on (August 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

This game was closer than what scorecard suggests. Beautiful bowling by Ajmal and some gritty batting by Clarke and Bailey.

Posted by WasimAkramFan on (August 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

It seems clear that, despite the poor batting display, Pakistan can increase their victory chances by replacing Sohail and Aizaz with Abdul Rehman and Junaid Khan.

All the wickets fell to spinners, and the Aussies had a tough time against them. The English had really wilted against Rehman at the same venue recently, and if the Aussies are playing to their strengths (pace), then Pakistan should not worry about an pre-conceived notions about needing to play at least 2 fast men. What were Sohail/Aizaz doing in the 11 anyways, when Rehman and Junaid are in the squad?

| Nasir Jamshed, Imran Farhat, *| Mohammad Hafeez,

| Azhar Ali, | Misbahul Haq (captain), | Asad Shafiq, | Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik,

- | Kamran Akmal, *| Shahid Afridi,

* Saeed Ajmal, * Abdur Rehman, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanveer, Aizaz Cheema * Junaid Khan.

Posted by Meety on (August 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

@Biggus - I think the best scope for playing Afghanistan in Oz (although A-series would be valuable for Afghanis too) would be in some tri-series format in the top end. We have to play Bangladesh some time fairly soon, so maybe including Afghanistan would generate a bit of interest in a Top-End contest?

Posted by Meety on (August 29, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Good job Oz. This side reminds me (in style not substance), of Oz ODI sides of the not too distant past. We went to the UAE, most people were thinking it would be about spin, but Oz (like in the 07 W/Cup) went with plenty of pace options & triumped. Not sure if we'll always execute the strategy like in the past, but pretty good all the same. Happy for Maxwell to get some runs, dissappointed for him that he got a shocker! Great stuff Starc, only 9 games in, but a career S/R of 24 is top shelf. A few people were knocking Patto's credentials, but atm, he is career stats (again only 9 games) is pretty good. Also really happy for Bailey, not convinced about his T20 role, but he has well & truely exceeded my expectations & has pretty much booked himself into the ODI side for a long stint. As for Pakistan, the spinners as expected did the Lion-share of the work, & I still think that there is a Man of the Match performance looming for Afridi!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

misbah is very reluctant to give chance youngster.......Pakistan need new pace talents............please try anwar ali instead of can bat pakistan batsman should change his mind and only focus to play at least 50 over

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

So this is the time that we should really appreciate Afghan Cricket heros if we compare the condition between AFG vs AUS and PAK v AUS we should really appreciate Afghan tallents it was same pitch same condition

Posted by shahnoor-haque on (August 29, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

I don't know why cheema has been selected.Does nothing with the ball.One should kick him out.Enough is enough it's time to bring Anwar Ali.He is better.Let's be honest why we degrade India's bowling.At least they are capable of winning big games and have good fast bowlers in the shape of Zaheer and Yadav.Being a Pakistani i would not say foolish things.I admire team India.Obviously they are world champions.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

I can't see any of the top 6 pak batsman can fit into any of the teams like India, Aus, England, SA and even srilanka....

Posted by Nigah on (August 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Cricket is Cricket as you can check this link what was happens

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Well the result was expected...Pakistan's batting was so poor that they didn't even play full quota of 50 overs...Pakistan is quite a weak team and they can only surprise the major teams. Only their bowlers can win them matches becoz their batsman are not capable enough...I think pakistan should look for batsman who are mentally strong like injy and miandad...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

@Indianpunjabi yea saw the cakewalk of aussies while chasing a very small total :P .... I agree our batting is pathetic ... and thats the only thing we need to make better .... and thats the same reason we lost with SL as well ..

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

@Zain Khan.. Boss Your fast bowlers are not in the Top ICC rankings... Plz go through the stats before u comment... As well said u people still talk only the History and not about ur current team form...Now ur team relies only on 3 spinners Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez... Accept something which is known to all...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Gosh people, stop overrating. Despite putting up a low score, Pakistan still did really well to defend such a low score. Perhaps, having Juned instead of Chema would have been helpful. The conditions also looked tough for batting because it nearly took Australia 50 years to get to 200. I think Pakistan will do much better in the next match. But I hope, right players are chosen. Ignoring Juned, Azam, Razzaq, Rehman is is not good.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 29, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

when pak tours sa,aus,eng their batsmen will find it difficult to score runs.pak batsmen can't play on flat tracks and u can't expect them to play on bouncy pitches.

Posted by jasonpete on (August 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Well played Aussies.Always the team to show fight and win in any condition.Starc is looking good.Aussie fast bowlers done extremely well in this condition.@ wikiroy pak lover, Ind-NZ match finished two days back and most of the time you spent in crticising their players.So Indians will say they are just doing it in retaliation done by you .Now tell you did it two days back and getting back some comments in today's pak match.So ask yourself who started first and follow it first before crticising others.good luck to both teams for remaining Odis.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

poor batting, wrong combination, and defensive captaincy lead Pakistan to loose the match. most of the batsmen played poor shots to get out. Pakistan is heavily relying on spinners and fast bowling is very poor. I can't understand the reason of playing with only two medium pacers and those are also unreliable. we should have three fast bowlers whatever the conditions are. What is Hafeez doing at the opening slot, Kamran should open with some other opener. Thanks

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

@ IndianPunjabi Have u seen the match?? just the total of 199 Aussies Chased in 49th over and u r saying the cakewalk series 4 Aussies.Think again buddy.I know our Batting is struggling from couple of years But we have that kind of bowling attack which can defend any sort of total.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Afghanistan played better than Pakistan

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

I think Pak should include Abdur Rehman inplace of Cheema, since Aussies hv issues with spin. One fast bowler shud be enough for Pak. I think Starc bowled pretyy well to upset Pak upper batting order & that was the turning point.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

Time 4 Pakistan to appoint wasim waqar saqlain saeed anwar and inzi as their bowling and batting coaches otherwise Pakistan cricket might equalize Bangladesh in couple of years or even worse do something Pakistan fast Ur spin trio is xcellent u just need wasim and waqar kinda pacers to cover up ya poor batting...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

@Indianpunjabi. Yea, it was a cakewalk for the Australian's too, when they easily beat the Indian team in the test and cb series :) James, Siddle, Watson made the Indian batsman's look like pretty ordinary. Anyway, Indians have something to cheer about I guess :)

Replace Cheema with Juned and bring Azhar back. He is in good form. Good luck.

Posted by Biggus on (August 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

@Azooz-Afgfan-I like the idea of the Afghans coming to Australia to play some games but international cricket schedules are of course very crowded and worked out years in advance, so it may be hard to imagine in the very near future. There's no reason at all though that they couldn't play against state sides or an Australia 'A' side of prospective test or odi players, which would provide good experience for all involved. I'm pretty sure the Afghanis would generate considerable interest down here, and would be given a warm welcome. Anyone who saw the game the other night Vs Aus could not help but be impressed with their performance. Now is the time for them to be given more games in my opinion. They've shown they're up to the task and all that remains is for we established nations to open the door and let them in. We talk about growing the game internationally, well I think Ireland and Afghanistan should be playing regular ODIs Vs full member nations. Good for the game I reckon.

Posted by Zahid.Anwer on (August 29, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

@Jindal... I agree with you... we, both sides, must start appreciating each other players and stop thinking who started that and who didn't..

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Afridi made another history for getting his (0) 28th Duck on the 28th August 12.

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (August 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT)


Posted by zenboomerang on (August 29, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

@Dashgar... Agree, Starc seems to have stepped up a notch recently & with McKay likely returning for the T20's the bowling is looking good... Still hoping John Hastings returns fully to FC cricket as he is also a very handy ODI bowler...

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 29, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

@YS_USA :-" sad that India, Australia, SA and Uk play full series of tests, OIDs and T20 only against each other and squeeze in other teams in the gap time"... What about Oz in WI's... or SL v Oz in SL... Or SL v Oz this summer? If your whinge is about this Oz v Pak series - then no nation would play a Test series in the UAE during August September, including Pakistan... This series is also just a warm up for the WC in 3 weeks time, so both teams getting much needed time in the middle in hot & humid conditions preparing for the biggest series this year...

Posted by Marcio on (August 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Good, gutsy win by AUS. Good to see some of the new guys firing. Everytime I see Starc bowl he just looks exceptional - a real handful with the movement and bounce, and he bowled with good speed last night. This won't be an easy series for AUS, and Pakistan are no pushovers, esp. in the UAE. I have to say the PAK batsmen looked very shaky against pace - even when they were scoring the foot movement was often minimal. @bouncedout, you're a pom, aren't you? Looks like you spoke a bit too soon.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Once again, Pakistani has been fast bowlers showing incompetence. We desperately NEED a fast bowling genius to appear similar to AMir. Junaid Khan seems about right since he does have good wicket taking power.

Sohail only swings the ball for two overs and Aizaz is a trier but never was anything but half decent.

Azhar Ali impressed me with legspin, not as much variation as AFridi but better control than Afridi by far

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Openers - 1) Kamran and 2) Hafeez. Middle order - 3) Azhar Ali 4) Asad 5) Misbah 6) Umar. Lower Middle Order - 7) Razzaq 8) Afridi. Bowlers 9) Ajmal 10) Gul 11) Riaz

Posted by cisco420 on (August 29, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

@ Mohammad Ahmad, Misbah, Azher and Asad are the only batsmen you have in the team right now.Apart from Younis Khan, rest of them can't even be called a batsman and are a disgrace to batting. Till you guys understand what and how batting is done , stop criticizing the guys who can actually bat.Take these three out of the game , Pakistan can't even bat 20 overs.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Don't understand why Juned, who did so well against SL was ignored for this series. The selection from PCB does not make any sense at times. Farhat, Malik, Cheema should be dropped. Well done to Australia. James and co, bowled really well and put a lot of pressure on the batsman. Patterson, displayed against India, that he is ready to take Breet lee's place in the Australian side. As for Pakistan, the side did well to defend such a low score but I hope they make some changes to the side before the next match.

Posted by superstar100 on (August 29, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

bating ? bating ? bating ? i dont know what happen to pak bating line up in last couple of years !!!!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover - I saw you and a couple more Pak fans bashing Team India like anything in Ind-NZ forum. U might have done this "in retaliation" (in your terms) but it surely had a bad effect on other Indian fans and you might even see some more new faces here (if you ask them they will say they will keep counter-attacking until Pak fans stop) And after seeing their comments here, even some new Pak fans will be seen bashing Team India in Indian forums, and this process will never end as no body knows who started it first. U would say - India, Indians would say - Pakistan. If you can't change yourself don't expect others to change. Keep bashing Team India, I wouldn't mind, but don't give silly excuses.

Posted by psu19976 on (August 29, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

open with K.Akmal, play hafeez lower order, give J.Khan a chance

Posted by aa61761 on (August 29, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

Drop Cheema and Shoail Tanvir and bring in Junaid and Rehman.

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 29, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

@tassietiger85 @BG4cricket... Agree on Bailey, seems undervalued by many commentators & posters yet is the heart of a very successful Tassie team both in SS & OD'ers... Always been a middle/top order batsman & would like to see him up the order where he would be more useful...

Posted by haseeb-sedeqi on (August 29, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Afghanistan did well then pakistan!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Criticizing Pakistan seems to be the bread and butter for some Indians, haha. Anyway, poor shot selection and lack of decent total eventually cost Pakistan the match. The Australian fast bowlers also bowled brilliantly so all credits to them. But despite putting up low score, Pakistan did well to fight back. Australian team is no push over and they still have players, who can knock over most teams; as they displayed against India recently in the CB and test series. I am not sure why players like Juned, Umar, Azam and Nazir were ignored but I hope they are brought into the side. Even Azhar should be given a chance as he has been playing really well in various leagues in recent years.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 29, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

Pakistani fast bowlers look like club bowlers. Really sad to see this type of fast bowling in Sharjah by Pakistan. Not proud of cheema at all. I don't know why we select him. He needs to give his place to a youngster.

Posted by Dashgar on (August 29, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Starc is really growing into the role of one day strike bowler. With him and McKay we finally have some specialist one day bowlers to cover the loss of Lee and Bracken. Also really good to see Bailey and Maxwell bat well. Our lower middle order looks a lot stronger these days. Now Warner needs to find some form though.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

I think Pak needs to change the batting order. Kamran thrives when new ball is coming onto bat. Hafeez should drop down order. Tanvir and Cheema looked non threatening and should be dropped. I would play the extra spinner Rehman. My team for next match: Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Misbah ul Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan. 10 overs of decent pace bowling and 40 overs of quality spin should do for Aus in these conditions.

Posted by CoorparooMaverick on (August 29, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

how did Bowden get the Maxwell LBW so wrong, it pitched 6 inches outside leg, how is that out??? so confused...

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (August 29, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Afghanistan was looking more decent then Pakistan against Oz. Time To arrange a ODIs & t20s series against Oz in Melbrone for Afghanistan.

Posted by ShehanJ on (August 29, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Is Mitchell Starc the next Brett Lee? :O

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 29, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

This was no cakewalk for Aussies. Pakistan simply failed in their batting.

Posted by YS_USA on (August 29, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Pak is giving better fight to Aussies than NZ is doing against India. It is sad that India, Australia, SA and Uk play full series of tests, OIDs and T20 only against each other and squeeze in other teams in the gap time.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 29, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Good try Pakistan, another 25 or 30 runs would have made the difference. Poor batting yet again was Pakistan's downfall. Bowling was great indeed.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (August 29, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

good to see clarke is continuing to do well with both bat and as captain. the knockers are will and truly gone...

Posted by Chris_P on (August 29, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Good work from the Aussies who did enough to secure victory. Pakistan's bowlers came back well & never turned their toes up in the difficult conditions. The vagaries of one day cricket means batting form will fluctuate in testing conditions, so be prepared for Pakistan to come back strongly. As a cricket game, it was an absorbing game, kudos to both teams.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 29, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

IT IS time for new faces. Zia-ul-Haq, Baber Azzam, Usman Salahudin, Haris Sohail should get their chances. What can worst there happen, that we will loose? we are already doing that since a long time. We are sick and tired of the same faces rotating again n again.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 29, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

DROP Azhar Ali n CHeema and bring in Abdul Reman n Junaid. Let Kamran Akmal open with Nasir.

Posted by guitarboy on (August 29, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

Pakistan went into this game with 8 potential badmen,I say potential because some of them would struggle to make the final eleven of an average club side.And yet these potential 8 batsmen couldn't even bat out their alotted 50 overs and post a decent score that must say something about this team.

Posted by BG4cricket on (August 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Another valuable contribution from Bailey who is growing into the role and displaying a lot of maturity and experience. He seems to be forgotten as a possible longer term replacement for Huss or Punter when they retire and might not be out of place in the Test arena. Starc has performed very well in both games and seems to be developing well and he will at very least provide some stiff competition for a place in the Test squad where I think with Siddle, Harris, Pattinson, Hilfy and Starc in some sort of combination we have the basis of a good attack although SA will be the measuring stick in a few months.

Posted by tassietiger85 on (August 29, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

Love it when George Bailey does well! Of course he isn't the most gifted batsman Aus have produced in a while, but he is a class act in the general sense, and it's great to see rewards going to such a guy. People who criticise the fact that he is the Aus T20 captain if during a game he doesn't display some sort of tactical genius fail to recognise what his great asset is: he is not an amazing captain for tactical brilliance but because he gets people to perform waaaaaaayy above their normal ability. Just look at Ed Cowan, he would never have become a test opener if he didn't play in that team which brought the best out of him, same with Jackson Bird, Shield player of the year last year. Many a story of a decent player discarded by another state blossoming for Tas under Bailey. Maybe M Johnson should play a season for Tas... Good win today, but don't like our chances of chasing 250+...

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 28, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

Australia just too good overall. Clarke is looking as good as ever and the bowlers very menacing. Back to our rightful place as #1 I would say.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

Well Done Australia!, made us all proud and Pakistan Cricket is going downhill now after dismal performances after the England series earlier this year in Asia Cup which was lucky, Sri Lanka, Under-19 and now Australia and probably T20 :)

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Misbah, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafique are test batsmen. A good knock is long overdue by Hafeez. There are no upcoming genuine fast bowlers in Pakistan.......too many flaws.....Afridi loses sanity when he grab holds of a bat...Pakistan used to have great fast they dont have a medium pacer...watching Pakistan cricket has never been more boring.....they lack talent, class, exuberance and flair......and to make things worst they have the sluggish and slow Misbah

Posted by CoorparooMaverick on (August 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Great win ozzies! the Pakis are no knock-over in the UAE great effort. What a pairing of Patto and Starkie, joyous. me tihnks Pakistan have more in the tank and it will be harder to beat them in the rest of the series.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Hafeez should be moved to number 5.....K Akmal should open with Nasir.....Drop Cheema bring in Junaid

Posted by Smithie on (August 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

@bouncedout - you were saying ? - squared !!!!! Great performance in alien conditions. Guts and Determination personified !

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 28, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

Great game! More enjoyable than the England:SA one earlier. Pakistan just ran out of spinners at the end. Was hoping for a Clarke ton, but alas... I'm curious as to why Sohail Tanvir did not bowl his slow ones, given the success spinners have had all game?

Posted by applethief on (August 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Commendable win for Aus, they ground out the partnerships to edge ahead of the spin threat. Clarke magnificent as is his norm. To be fair, Aus should have won this a little more easily, were it not for yet another Billy Bowden Clanger in a Pak match, giving Maxwell out on a reverse-sweep on a ball pitching outside leg, probably thinking it was a switch hit. Shame the Pak batters let the side down again, another 20 runs could have been interesting. Having seen a lot of this side, I was surprised to see some excellent fielding all day, and no no-balls! Maybe we should always play past midnight, it seems to help our fielders.

Posted by Psd1974 on (August 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

So finally Aussies got through and won this match. Pakistani batsman are relying too much on their bowlers to win matches, Unfortunate that batman could not even play 50 overs, with such a low down batting order, with Afridi at no 8. Time for their batsman to back up their bowlers, else it would tough to beat Aussies, rather any good team.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (August 28, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

Minnows like Afghanistan and Bangladesh showed better performance than this Pakistani team against Australia. Pakistan should play more matches against Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

3/26... wooow, hafeez should b included as a specialist bowler, what a wicket he got now... Pakistan is bigggg time in now

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

@ indiancricketresult: Tigers will never learn correct? Your team never wins and its fans will never respect and appreciate other teams. Stop using false names!

Posted by DeathKnell on (August 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 28 2012, 18:51 PM GMT) - that leaves him in Delhi Daredevils... ha ha ha ha.....

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (August 28, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

Where r u "@g.narisma the statistician(so cald)",i hope u gona read dis page sòon n would observe that some of ur belovd indian fans r havng a go at pak uninvitngly,un.necesarily n uselesly,keep one 1 thing in mind,i would keep countr.atackng n retiliatng ur ind's thread as long as these un.invitd guests do keep on cming here.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 28, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

100 wickets to Saeed Ajmal! Well done! And his 100th wicket was Mike Hussey, who was selfish and wasted Aus. review for a plumb lbw hitting middle of middle! Great stuff... so it's not only England that waste reviews then?

Posted by applethief on (August 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Oh dear. If yet another abject batting performance wasn't enough, Clarke and Hussey are both at the crease now. Only chance I see from Pak is to hustle through these too quickly and hope the rest follow suit. Any chance of the Aussie boys helping us out with a run out? At the very least, they'll not play as badly as England did today

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

this is indeed not a good squad...

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 28, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Ahhh Switch-Hit-Warner... he did say before the series he had a problem against spin! Problem is, England showed up his weakness against "gentle seam / pop-gun bowling" as well. So where does that leave him? If he can't play either, does he deserve to be in the teams?

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Hafeez again give the break through to PAKISTAN as he is the no1 ODI bowler!!!

Posted by khurramsch on (August 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

poor batting from pak. what i am not able to understand is why pak is not selecting a medium pace bowling allrounder ? playing with only 5 bowlers in modern game is not good.putting in a batsman didnt work in sl & not here. they need a part time 3rd seamer or atleat spinner as 6th bowler. hafeez should be moved down now & kamran should open.hafeez & afridi are more like bowling allrounders now not batting.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

@myaqoob (post on August 28 2012, 14:59 PM GMT): I've seen some long names in my time, but that one of yours posted here breaks the record! Where's the other 8 players?

Posted by shizam on (August 28, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi and Kamran need to be kicked out of the team and replaced with young talent if Pakistan cricket has any chance of getting anywhere. Seriously enough is enough. What is Afridi. Nothing. The way he got out today fishing outside the off stump, looked like a person who has held the bat for the very first time. Time for these guys to go.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@kavin. I guess Pakistan should learn about pace bowling from the likes of Sreesanth, Yadav etc right, lol. Indian bowlers are ordinary, hopeless and that's why none of them usually features in the icc rankings. thek hai chaddi.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

superv bolwing by strac,,,,,,,,,,,,,bt nw time to think seriously abt johnson,,,,,,,

Posted by Smithie on (August 28, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

@bouncedout - you were saying ?

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

@Kavindeven. Yea, that's why Pakistani bowlers are consistently topping the ICC bowlers ranking in all three formats right. In fact, along with Australia, Pakistan has the best bowling average in the world cricket. Regarding express pace, Juned, Umar, Sami and co still bowl a lot faster than most of your Indian bowlers, who can only compete with teams like Canada and Kenya. Later eh.

Posted by zdrgn on (August 28, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@ bouncedout, watch out aussie bowling. only two quality bowlers can rattle a long pakistan batting line up!!

Posted by Prodems on (August 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Please don't under estimate Pak team, if they hold the nerve, they can win with pace attack.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

pathetic batting by the pakis, even afghanis batted well compared to todays batting. the problem with the pak team is that they say too much and when the time comes they lose the air.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Ajmal score more than afridi and hafeez

Posted by Resultpredictor on (August 28, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Pakistan is playing worst than Afghanistan. Surely Aus will thrash Pak 3-0. Poor batting and Pak have the weakest bowling attack in the world

Posted by Romenevans on (August 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Pakistan is still living in the Dream world of having serious pace attack. All their current bowlers are hardly 130Kps bowlers. They need to come of their dream of Waqar, Wasim and Shoib...They are retired lol and the current bowlers are so hopeless accept Ajmal who'll be retired soon.

Posted by Afridynamite on (August 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Boom Boom, now are you the only hope!

Posted by Resultpredictor on (August 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Pak is playing poorly and they will lose this match easily.

Posted by myaqoob on (August 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Mohd Hafeez Nasir Jamsheed Kamran Akaml Abdul Razack Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Asad Shafiq Azher Ali Anwar Ali Umer Gul Wahab Raiz Mohd Sami Imran Nazir Younis Khan Saeed Ajmal

Get Rid of Imran Farhat ,Cheema ,Suhail Tanvir .

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

kamran akmal, cheema and tanvir seriously???? and they dropped umar gul i am utterly shocked

Posted by bouncedout on (August 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

For the Aussies to not have a full time spinner in whom they have confidence in the conditions present in the UAE speaks volumes about their depth (or rather lack of) of talent.

Just seen Johnson is playing as well....he bowls it left, he bowls it right......

I'd pick up your ball and go home if I was you Michael

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