Pakistan v Australia 2012

Australia aim to limit Ajmal's impact

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August 29, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal celebrates after removing David Hussey, Pakistan v Australia, 1st ODI, Sharjah, August 28, 2012
Saeed Ajmal caused problems for the Australians with 3 for 30 from ten overs © AFP
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Australia's batsmen did enough to secure victory in the first ODI in Sharjah on Tuesday, but they know they will need to find a more convincing way to handle Saeed Ajmal throughout the rest of the tour. Ajmal struck with his first ball of the match and again in his second over, which left Australia in trouble at 67 for 4 chasing 199, and he finished with 3 for 30 from his ten overs.

George Bailey came to the crease after Ajmal's first two wickets and helped put Australia back on target with steady half-century, but at no point did any of the batsmen really get on top of Ajmal. He conceded only one boundary and Bailey said Australia would need to find a way to score more freely off Ajmal in the remaining matches to avoid getting bogged down.

"We could probably see him off a little better," Bailey told reporters after the match. "We knew he was going to be a key bowler and I think that's one of the real focuses we'll have going in to Abu Dhabi is how we play him, and try to milk him a little bit better and try not to give him his wickets.

"His control is good and we know he's a key bowler. Certainly towards the back end, after he'd taken his wickets, the key was just to see him out. If we scored runs off him that was great, if we didn't, that's okay, we'll just try to target the other bowlers. It's nice to have faced Ajmal a little more, get a better feel of how to play him. And it was nice to face all the bowlers who we haven't faced."

Mohammad Hafeez also proved a difficult customer for the Australian batsmen and having taken the new ball, it took him less than two overs to get rid of David Warner, who was bowled trying to slog across the line. Neither Warner nor his opening partner Matthew Wade had any real impact with the bat and Bailey said top-order partnerships would be important for Australia to win the series.

"With opening the batting there's responsibility," Bailey said. "We want Matty Wade and Davey Warner to be scoring hundreds for us. But we also know that their ball-striking can get us off to a flyer too. So there's a balance to be found there.

"The big thing that we'll take as a team is partnerships, particularly in the top order. If you look at teams that have had success over here the big partnerships and big scores come from the top order. That's a real focus for us."

The Australians were helped by the fact that their bowlers put in such a strong performance after Pakistan chose to bat, dismissing them for 198. Bailey said James Pattinson was almost the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 19, although it was Mitchell Starc who ended up with the best figures of 5 for 42. Starc said he was pleased with the results given that the conditions didn't offer much for the fast men.

"It's not helpful. There's not much seam movement out there," Starc said. "We're sticking to our plans. We're talking about it as a bowling group. I think we're all bowling really well as a group. I was lucky to get the wickets today but James Pattinson got 3 for 19 and bowled magnificently well as well. As a group I think we're doing well and then tonight with the bat we backed it up and got the job done in the end."

The three-match ODI series moves on to Abu Dhabi for the remaining two matches on Friday and Monday, before the three-match T20 series begins.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by banhire on (August 31, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

@goredema sure, mawoyo played a wonderful, watchful cricket against ajmal in his second test and scored a big hundred(163*), copy that australia

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 31, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

Pakistan must play Junaid Khan. Cheema is getting old.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 30, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

@@Bilal_Choudry. OK, you asked the question about Lillee. 26 away matches, 124 wickets @24.28. Not too shabby I would suggest. I would also add that during WSC where he bowled against THE best of the world week in week out, he outperformed even the mighty West Indian bowlers. I know these were in Australia but no one else has ever bowled better to a higher quality collection of batsmen for a sustained period. Back to my initial point, I have the highest regard for Ajmal, but to justify the many claims that he is a better performer than Swann, he needs to replicate his success in other conditions, for the benefit of Pakistan as well.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (August 30, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

Afridi is not a batsman. He fails 9 times out of 10. He shouldn't bat higher than No.8, as he is these days not capable of a decent score even in lower order when he has licence to hit. He hasn't the timing or strength to hit a ball cleanly. They all go up in the air for a catch. He is a mere bowler - though good one generally.

Posted by cricket_pak419 on (August 30, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Pakistan have a great spin attack and fast bowling was average, and batting was trash. They need to make the spin attack stronger by adding rehman. We cant do anything about the batting as some of the players played foolish shots. Hafeez has to go down the order because he has forgotten how to bat. As I read in the other comments that people want afridi to open they clearly have no brains. Afridi is tied for second with wasim akram for ducks and he really needs to improve. Azhar Ali can open with Jamshed as these two batsmen are the only good openers in the side. Junaid is great talent and must not be wasted. All players have to not loose thier wickets. Misbah is a great captain and he should be given a lot of respect. My team would be for the 2nd odi 1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Azhar Ali 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Umar Akmal 5.Misbah 6.M Hafeez 7. Kamran Akmal 8.Shahid Afridi (Duck Master) 9.Abdur Rehman 10. Saeed Ajmal 11.Junaid Khan. This team would destroy austarlia.

Posted by AmjadZork on (August 30, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

I would love to see Afridi come as an opener, he is no use at no.7 or no.8. Let Hafiz play down the order. Afridi get OUT too soon in almost every match. Then why not try him as an opener & let him play big when its still the power play.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

ahmed usman........i am not entirely against the pak spin bowling attack..you are talking about shane warne on bouncy track he was a big turner of the ball not like hafeez or afirdi ajmal is exceptionally well with his doosra,but my point is in fast bouncy track utilization of three spinners might be too risky even in shane warne case austrailia mostly went with three fast bowlers (lee,mc grath,gillispie) and only one spinner(warne).

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 30, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Strategy is right. Milk Ajmal for 30-35 runs without risking shots to give him wicket. Rest of bowling is over hyped and actually crap. Score 30 odd runs of Ajmal and then score 200 odd for next 40 overs. A score of 230+ is winning score against this Pakistan batting i line up. No need to target 300 when 230 can get job done. Barring a fluke once in 50 innings quickfire runs from Afridi, the rest of batters will give up moment they see 200+ on scoreboard.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

They need to watch Tino Mawoyos innings of 163* against Ajmal who bowled 54 overs in that innings.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Pakistan indeed got a very good spin attack but the batting is letting them down

Posted by Baundele on (August 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Pakistan needs Jamie Siddons as their coach. Dave is too soft about fitness. Jamie's way of man management also perfectly goes with the Pakistani team culture.

Posted by Meety on (August 30, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

@Bilal_Choudry - the better analogy would be, what if Lillee had to play all his home games in NZ? The answer would of been carnage!

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

Afridi needs to be rested. The same goes for Kamran Akmal. Set a goal for the team and that is to improve their physical fitness. All team members should attend classes in off season at Cricket Academy. Is there any goal set for the coach? Annual salary should be based on player achievement for first three years for all new players. Lastly, Misbah should be sent on PIP(personal improvement program).

Posted by saabir786 on (August 30, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

i this pak team there are only 4 batsman of internationl standard 1.Nasir 2 U akmal 3.Shafiq 4.Kamran and only 2 bowlers of international standard 1.ajmal 2.hafeez ,rest of the guys are not fit for internationals they are very very ordinary cricketers

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (August 30, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

@MSMAK haha good reply..and off course Ajmal is much better than swann no doubt that Swann is good but not good enough.

Posted by Dannymania on (August 30, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

i agree with cric-doctor about hafeez.he'll be a huge asset if he bats down the order.Azhar ali can open.Rehman definitely needs to come in.I'ld like to see Wahab riaz back if possible.if not,junaid khan is ok too.Kamran Akmal needs to retire.Also,Hammad Azam needs to play.my final 11 is..1: Nasir Jamshed 2: Azhar Ali 3: Asad Shafiq 4: Misbah ul Haq 5: Umar Akmal 6: M.Hafeez 7: Hammad Azam 8: S.Afridi 9 : Abdur Rehman 10: Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan 11: S.Ajmal. Dropping Kamran Akmal would give the team room for Hammad Azam.Kamran has lost pakistan enough matches,he doesnt deserve anymore chances.

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (August 30, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

@Chris_P mate given that ajmal performs better in sub continent ... but we need to consider exactly how many matches has he played in pakistan?... what record does lillee have if u take him out of australia ?

Posted by landl47 on (August 30, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

I was surprised that Pakistan picked 2 seamers (and not, frankly, very good ones) for the first game. If Pakistan are to have any chance it's with spin. Rehman for one of the seamers would be a good move. Aus sensibly went with their strength, which is seam bowling, and had enough depth in their batting to win (my forecast for the game was remarkably accurate- a low-scoring game with Aus having a bit too much for Pakistan. I don't always do as well as that!). For the next game, if Pakistan include the extra spinner and the wicket is a slow turner, I like Pakistan's chances. If Pakistan persist with two seamers and the wicket gives the quicks any help, Aus to win.

Posted by Tokai69 on (August 30, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

It was a tight finish at the end....Good luck next time PAK team.... a pak fan from Dhaka

Posted by MSMAK on (August 30, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

@Jarr30 Please inform us when you return to Earth

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

The real question for the coach Dav W. is how well he guides and utilizes his boys convert good bowling to a positive match outcome. Nothing less than a victory would do to justify anything excuses. If the cricket is only a game of brawn than teams with lower average weight should just pack and go home. I challenge that Dav W. does not have what it takes to emulate Phil Jackson or Tony Dunghee.

Posted by jango_moh on (August 30, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

as an indian fan, i feel ajmal is much better than swann who is extremely overrated... i think he's the best spinner rite now and is a real threat on any track... although we indians play him pretty well, atleast better than the others!!!

Posted by Afridynamite on (August 30, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

@Jarr30 Frankly I think Swann is the most overrated bowler- he picks wickets only when playing the fast track countires

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

Well after reading all the comments...I would like to say that our fast bowling needs to improve and we are in a need of express fast bowler like the likes of Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar...Muhammad Sami was one option but don't now why selector didn't select him... Other problem is with the Captaincy we need an aggressive Captain....whom doesn't get scarred of building pressure when a new batmen's come's in....Thirdly Hafeez is out of forum so shuld bat down the order...Kamran Shuld open...Azhar Ali shuld be dropped and a fast bowler or spinner shuld be added...If eight batmen's can't score 250 so can't 7 can...So play to ur strong point not to week point...Bowling is Pakistan strong point for ages..

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

Ajmal is best spinner in the world right now

Posted by Meety on (August 29, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

@Behind_the_bowlers_arm - LOL! Good one!

Posted by Chris_P on (August 29, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

@S.Zaryab Hussain. First let me confirm I think Ajmal is a very fine bowler, & in no way do I feel he is over rated. But tossing one-off comparisons means little. What he needs to do is to replicate his home performances overseas, The most impressionable memories I have of him is watching him get carted around the place when Pakistan last toured Australia (ODI 3 wickets for198 economy 5 & Tests 2 wkts for 223). He is a much better bowler than these figures suggest, but he has yet to show the same impact out of the subcontinent. Over there, the Australian tact of seeing him off is the best option as he only has 10 overs, they used to do the same with Murali, so he is definitely held in high regard. Of course the same options in tests is batting suicide, but that's a different story. I like the way the Pakistanis play their cricket & here is hoping the series is appreciated by both fans.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

@Jarr30 Ajmal is overrated and only good in sub-continent? Lol! Let's compare Ajmal with the other So called impact bowler Swan of England..(or you can compare with any other currently playing spinner) Ajmal played only 3 tests in England and didn't do too bad..with a bowling average of 29...Swann with an average of 30. Ajmal bowling average of 23 in UAE with Swan 25..In srilanka..ajmal has an average of 30 and Swan 31..all in all..Ajmal's stats and impact is better than the other so called best spinner in all conditions

Posted by cric-doctor on (August 29, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

hafeez should play down the order,he is out of form with his batting.Kangroos struggling with spinners , we should play rehman instead of cheema, anyhow hafeez open the bowling. my final 11 with batting order jamshad,azhar ,shifaq ,U.akmal, misbah ,hafeez ,K.akmal,afridi,tanvir,rehman,ajmal

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (August 29, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

@Randy_Oz must have been watching a different match :)

Posted by Jarr30 on (August 29, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Sorry to say but overated bowler Ajmal has no impact. He can only be good in spinner freindly pitches of sub-continent.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

rubbish fast bowling performance by PAKISTANI bowlers...... BATTING was terrible yes... it all flopped in the power play when SHAFIQ after batting so well played a stupid shot... further CHEEMA must be replaced he doesn't hav the variety or pace should make way for JUNAID KHAN or ANWAR ALI...... n YET AGAIN KAMRAN AKMAL is in the squad anyways bright thing was NASIR JAMSHED played extremely well for his 20 odd runs HE alongwith Hafeez should continue opening while SHAFIQ should bat at 3 with AZHAR at 4 than MISBAH n than Little UMAR AKMAL who can disappoint us again with his too shot playing ability PAKISTAN should find a genuine fast bowler who can unease the batsmen with his serious pace n control n AFRIDI's being immature as always made a stupid comment before the match n his performance showed that he isn't willing to be part of the squad who wants to put sincere effort to win it. AJMAL the MASTERPIECE unfortunately only HAFEEZ supported him to exert pressure rest wiere KACHRA

Posted by Dilbar786 on (August 29, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Good luck with that aussies.lol

Posted by fuzzyeggs on (August 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

pak needs to switch tanvir and cheema wth anwar and junaid..if we need extra spinner than anwar make room for rehaman .... mr kamran needs to open wth jamshed wth hafeez coming down at 6 or 7............its time we use hafeez as a bowler...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

send afridi to open! he is not contribuiting nything by battingg in the lower order. pakistan needs to score 250 atleast.. australian team is not better the one pakistan hv right now.. and i dnt think pakistan hv ny problem with bowling at all.

Posted by Mr.Shani on (August 29, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Pak bowled really well in the last match. The whole responsibility of defeat is on the batsmen who failed to play 50 overs. Australians were helpless against the spinners so in my opinion we need to play with Malik in place of Azhar. Rehman will be a good choice but we can't sacrifice 1 batsman for a regular spinner because Pak need to do something special with the bat.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Pakistan should go with two fast bowlers and 5 spinners as Hafeez Afridi Rehman Malik and of course Saeed Ajmal... as for fast bowlers Cheema should be along side junaid khan ... openers they can go with Nasir and hafeez .. umar should do wicket keeping ... remaining can be misbah and Azhar and Kamran Akmal should be dropped

Posted by sohail1991 on (August 29, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

need extra spinner may be Rehman ..pace attack is very poor

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

nadeem1976 said it right. Pakistan needs to play 4 spinners. I would go with Malik, as he bring some batting prowess as well.

Posted by Umms on (August 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Pakistanis learn to score hundered in ODIs, simple. can they score??

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Probably the Bangladeshi Batsman can handle Saeed Azmal the best, Undoubtedly Saeed Azmal is the best offspinner in this era........ and playing against Azmal in Mirpur Stadium needs lots of courage...........

Posted by NaniIndCri on (August 29, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Overall they handled him well. Pakistan cannot win only with spin bowling that is the underlying lesson.

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

Wonderful bowler he is. How Australia play him might actually decide the series eventually. Even if he doesn't get wickets, he can build pressure, enough for the batsman to get out at the other end.

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

every one is talking about pakistan bowling................ but pakistan batting let them down not bowling........... waste fellows dont know how to bat in death overs.. they have to learn it from bangladesh.........

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 29, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

pakistan needs to play 4 spinners against australia. hafeez,ajmal,afridi, rehman/malik. this way aussies will be in great trouble. our fast bowlers are like peanuts and aussies will chew them easily but spinners are hard to play. i hope to see 4 spinners against aussies.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Ahh RandyOz, of course Clarke carted him... Oh wait. http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-australia-2012/engine/match/571145.html?view=runsballs 9 runs off 17 balls, just over 3rpo. Ajmal went for 3-30 off his 10, hardly a sign of a man being "carted"...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Pak have got their balance wrong . They played one extra batsman and still ended up collapsing after they were in a good postion . They need an extra fast bowler . Time for Azhar Ali to open with Hafeez .

Posted by bouncer1021 on (August 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

What an opportunity missed by Pakistan... Just playing the last 5 overs would have given them this game despite poor selection and batting. Only Nasir got out to a good ball, all others played school level shots or slogs to get out.

It's still a mystery why Gul and Junaid are not there ahead of Cheema and Sohail.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Actually the thing is that our pace attack is very poor...with GUl out we have a pace attack of about 3/10. tanvir was unable to swing as well. I think Anwar Ali should be called in for Cheema.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

'Australia aim to limit Ajmal's impact' : I seriously doubt that. Even the south Asians including Indians have difficulty reading AJMAL. Bowling has never been and will never be a concern for Pakistan. It's their batting that lets them down more often than not. Look at the bowlers at the U19 level for PAK. Zia Ul Haq is next in line to play for Pak.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@Zeeshan Khalid I have no idea why ppl are so disgusted with spin taking over. Shane Warne bowled on bouncy pitches most of his career. Why cant we allow soomethng new to happen? They said the same thng abt T20. It wont last, its not good. Now look at it. Most damn popular format of cricket. If Pakistan are bowling well with spin, let them. Forget pacers if u dont have a lot of them rite now. Batting is our issue

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

they should bring 1 or 2 geniune fast bowlers who can strike at key moments we need bowlers like waqar younis Akram aqib javed Shoaib akhtar Muhammad Zahid

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

AJMAL IS VERY SURPRIZING FOR AUS THIS TIME TIME.

Posted by Dashgar on (August 29, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Love Baileys attitude. It's still early days for him but I can already see him being the test replacement for Mike Hussey going forward. He thinks about his cricket which is really important. Don't be surprised if he keeps piling on the runs.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 29, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

WHERE IS JUNAID KHAN ? HE IS A MUCH BETTER BOWLER THAN TANVIR & CHEEMA .

Posted by Wallaroo on (August 29, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Ajmal is a minor hurdle and the only Pakistan play to cause any concern (not much though). Pakistan have a lot more to be worried about with bowlers Starc and Patterson, and the dept of our batting line-up. It's only going to get better for Aus from here.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

pakistan has been known for pace attackers for many years but this trend has changed which is not a good sign...any team can not rely on spin attack for long time,you have to have a good pacers in the line,in the sub continent its okay you play with 3 spinners,but on boucy fast attack if you don't have good fast bowlers then you are no where else..pak need to work on fast bowling department and need another amir like youngsters....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

pakistan have last 15 overs lost lots of wickets so this reason we lose the match

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (August 29, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

if Pakistan open with kamran & Aridi .....PAK team gona be great otherwise these two in down order just useless......Plez try these

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

Can we now have an interview with a Pakistan batsmen telling how they are going to avoid Starc and Pattinson tearing them a new one again?

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Pakistan Batsman needs to learn how to play aerial shot during the power play. I suggest Kamran Akmal should be open for Pakistan instan of Hafiz

Posted by mk007 on (August 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Pakistan Need Junaid Khan For Their Next Fixture

Posted by ihaq1 on (August 29, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

the australians do have problems with spin and wade looks tired after keeping in sharjah...anyway pakistan beaten for teh first time in sharjah by teh aussies...teh spinners did well taking i think six wickets...a caught behind was not given even on review and teh fast bowlers did not take wickets...teh aussies have a long batting lineup and two good fast bowlers although johnston seemed tobe a thing of teh past...good win though i thought pakistan had their chances...bailey playing well lower down teh order in teh one dayers...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Pakistan Need Junaid Khan For Next Fixture

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

The spin is doing a great job for Pakistan and it was just thrilling to watch Ajmal the other night.We need a better fast bowler then Cheema.Give Junaid Khan or Anwar Ali a chance in the next ODI.I would go with Junaid Khan. Wasting time on Cheema is useless.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

An Indian here,but above that a passionate supporter of the game. Although Australia beat Pakistan,I'll still say Aussies don't even look a shadow of themselves these days. The batting is not there,bowling still has that fire. Mitchell Johnson was a class some years back and now he looks pretty average. Good to see Strac firing. Talking about the Pakistani camp,their batting as always has been a problem. Big time the openers give them starts which never happen. Afridi has to play responsibly,I know he thinks of himself more of a bowler these days but he's way too inconsistent. Saeed Ajmal is a class and the best off spinner in the world. He can trouble anyone in the world with his variations. Pakistan just have to get those 250 runs on the board and then they can beat this just above average Australian Side. Get Rehman in-The left arm spinner. The Aussies won't struggle against pace anyday. Get the spinners in. No1 plays it well barring Clarke and Mr.Cricket.

Posted by ScottStevo on (August 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

@CricHorizon, I think you'll find that it was one patchy, boring, disjointed half century that won the match...

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Warner and two Husseys are not going to fail again ,so Pakistani fans saying that their batting will not fail again this time forget Warner and other australians are not going to fail other. Afridi has a 280+ innings in which he has scored less that 25 and his 0(1) score is becoming a baseline now soon for him.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

time to add Rehman in the final XI, aussies are really struggling against the spinners !!!

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

George Bailey has a good future in AUS Team!!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 29, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Imagine how Aus will do against these bowlers in a test match, it was atrocious batting only 45 overs and still the match was decided in the 49th over. Goes to show why England capitulated so badly last winter. Back in the day Pak was a much better ODI unit with real hard hitters of substance but these days we are a better test unit because the batters mostly are grinders and there aren't many free flowing stroke makers. A one man show from Afridi is Pakistan's only hope I suppose.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (August 29, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

My team for the 2nd odi 1 Hafeez 2 Nasir Jamshed 3 Kamran akmal 4 Asad Shafiq 5 Misbah 6 Umar Akmal 7 Shoaib Malik 8 Afridi 9 sohail tanvir 10 Saeed ajmal 11 anwar ali/junaid khan

Posted by PakFan1209 on (August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Pakistan should have batted till the end they could have got to 220 or 230

Posted by Nipaos on (August 29, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Ask Kohli how to smash him.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Well Australia won the match. But their batsmen barring clark have no idea whatsoever how to cope with Pak Spin Trio, I Pak have scored 20 more runs by playing full 50 over we might have 1 up now instead of 1 down

Posted by The-love on (August 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Saeed and hafeez are the most threatning bowlers for aus.... I expect tanveer to perform better....then aus will not have any answer....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

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

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

its difficult for australians to play against spin in sub continent

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

Good work boys. I think Warner is due a big innings.

Posted by kc69 on (August 29, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

If a team has more than one or 2 good bowlers then there is a need to worry,In this case Australia can be cautious and get through.Speaking Fair Australia will win this series but will get tough fight from Pak Spinners(Not much from batsmen or Pacers)

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

the crucial blow for pakistan in the match was the irresponsible rather throw away of his wicket by asad shafiq. he and u akmal played very good until both got out because of their own faulty shots. both have good temperament now and they are the key to the pakistan batting. azhar/misbah/afridi are just big names nothin else. misbah especially is going nowhere!! amazing cruel aspect of letting junaid khan out also proved wrong. tanvir is ok but we are wrongly sticking to cheema. if he is being given extra bit of credit for his last over in asia cup final, believe me, it is just sheer luck of his that he didnot get pounded. 3 of his deliveries were on the leg side with fine leg up. he should just thank his luck that batsmen were abdur razzaq and mahmudullah.

Posted by ozwriter on (August 29, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

the entire australian team and coaching staff have become spin doctors. repeating cliche after cliche. "If you look at teams that have had success over here the big partnerships and big scores come from the top order. That's a real focus for us." Thats true though the entire history of cricket. "With opening the batting there's responsibility". Really? Who would have thought? He scores one patchy, boring, disjointed half century and starts talking about the opening responsibility. only clarke and the hussey brothers are of any class in this team.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

well try Pakistan......... and congratulates team Australia for good win.... hoping for the mega battles for upcomint matches....

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 29, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

What impact? Clarkey carted him.

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