Pakistan v Australia, 3rd ODI, Sharjah September 3, 2012

Nerveless Maxwell takes Australia home

183

Australia 250 for 7 (Hussey 65, Maxwell 56*, Ajmal 3-37) beat Pakistan 244 for 7 (Hafeez 78, Jamshed 48, Starc 4-51) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A little calmer when it mattered most, Australia completed a victory more testing than the scoreboard ultimately showed to defeat Pakistan in Sharjah and claim the overnight ODI series 2-1. It was a result achieved as much by perspiration as inspiration, Michael Hussey and the nerveless tyro Glenn Maxwell forming the critical union to rescue their team from the uncertainty of 159 for 5 when Matthew Wade fell to Abdur Rehman.

Michael Hussey could so easily have been out lbw to Saeed Ajmal before he had scored, amid a mesmerising spell in which the offspinner claimed what appeared a pivotal 3 for 11. But Misbah-ul-Haq made a pair of judgements that were to prove too timid - failing to refer the umpire Billy Bowden's decision, and then taking Ajmal off after five overs when another wicket or two might have sealed Australia's fate.

Pakistan's hesitation could perhaps be attributed to the weight of history, having not defeated Australia in an ODI series since 2002. There was to be little such trepidation about the way Michael Hussey and Maxwell closed in on the target, which had been reined in to manageable proportions by Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc after Pakistan's openers made their team's best start against Australia since 1985.

Mohammad Hafeez's stand of 129 with Nasir Jamshed should have allowed Pakistan to soar well past 250, but Australia's bowlers stuck admirably to their task to limit the rest. It was Johnson who started the salvage operation, claiming two wickets while keeping his economy-rate down, and thus allowing Starc to strike four times to continue his decent form.

As had been flagged as a possibility by the assistant coach Steve Rixon earlier in the series, Wade's exertions during 50 overs in the field were deemed too much for him to back up immediately as an opener.

His replacement at the top of the order was unexpected - David Hussey opening for the first time in his ODI career - but provided a useful left-right contrast with David Warner in a stand that showed plenty of brio if not total safety.

Warner and David Hussey both smote huge sixes, causing the umpires to twice call for a replacement ball, and denting the previously tidy series figures of Hafeez. Rehman hurried a Warner pull shot and claimed his wicket to break the partnership at 44, but Michael Clarke was typically fluent and with David Hussey he kept Australia ahead of the asking-rate.

However Ajmal's introduction brought a marked change to proceedings, as he found spin despite the moist night air and yet again confused the Australians with his variations. Clarke had struck one significant blow in drawing blood from the left hand of Shahid Afridi with a fierce drive, but he advanced too early to Ajmal and was well stumped down the leg side by Kamran Akmal.

Michael Hussey seemed palpably lbw, but Pakistan chose conservatively not to refer Billy Bowden's not-out verdict. David Hussey perished in pursuit of another six, and George Bailey gloved an attempted paddle-sweep. Ajmal's spin had turned the innings, but he was then withdrawn to allow Wade and Michael Hussey some desperately needed breathing room.

They steadied things until Wade's exit, bowled between bat and pad, whereupon Maxwell made another free-spirited contribution to a series in which his batting comfortably outshone his bowling as he ransacked Afridi for 16 runs in the 43rd over. Michael Hussey was out to a tired slog and Dan Christian did not endure, but Maxwell kept his cool and his timing to guide the weary Australians home.

They had been grateful to win the toss and avoid the worst excesses of the evening moisture. Bolstered by happy memories of game one when they had topped and tailed the Pakistan innings, Pattinson and Starc took the new ball with some intent. Starc looked initially short of rhythm and comfort having shrugged off a side/chest complaint to take part, but Australia's opening duo made Jamshed and Hafeez work hard to survive the early overs.

Both batsmen top-edged attempted hook shots and were fortunate to see their respective strokes fall safely. Nonetheless, the shots signalled their ambition, even as a sluggish pitch, slow outfield and tidy Australian fielding made scoring difficult.

Gradually, Hafeez and Jamshed wrested the initiative, seeing off a useful spell by Johnson and profiting more from the others. The allrounder Christian shelled a difficult return catch when Hafeez was on 26, but it was the only hint of a chance offered by the openers as they strode to Pakistan's first century opening stand against Australia in ODIs since 1985.

Jamshed's innings was a worthy follow-up to his match-shaping innings in Abu Dhabi, while Hafeez was finally showing the Australians the worth of his batting after some years of underachievement. The six off Pattinson was a particularly compelling reminder.

Australia were so desperate for a wicket that Clarke sacrificed his one referral to a speculative appeal for a leg-side catch off Jamshed. The stratagem was indirectly helpful in securing the breakthrough, distracting Jamshed enough for Johnson to have him touching a bouncer behind in the same over.

Afridi was promoted in the order to make a flash-in-the-pan seven, and Hafeez's innings was ended when Clarke struck him in front while attempting to sweep. Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali did not go beyond their starts, keeping the target within Australia's reach.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Chris_P on September 6, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Oh @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge. You don't consider losing 6 out of 11 tests a contender in that prize? .......LOL.. self appointed "expert" in the bleeding obvious.

  • on September 5, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Pakistan was winning consistently they even defeaated No 1 test team 3 nil .....All of a sudden they began losing everything.....WHAT CHANGED???? COACH....................Bring back MOHSIN KAHN or MIANDAD & Pk will start winning everything again

  • on September 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    First of all to all you Australians these are not Asian conditions at all but Pakistan has no other choice and second of all Pakistan has only played 20% of its matches at home from 2000-2012 in all for 3 formats compared to Australia 51% yet we still have a respectable ranking among other teams. Thirdly Pakistani spinners had to contend with the DEW, which hampered Australia in the second ODI yet Pakistan was still able to get some spin off the ball and we would of won the match had it not been because of sloppy fielding and rubbish umpiring.

    Pakistan has always been its own enemy we lost because of our own performance rather then Australia brilliance, they where very lucky to have got that win. Pakistan at the moment is facing power shortages, poverty, killings, starvation and such the last thing on our mind would be cricket, that's the very reason we cant bring pacers in.

    Pakistan is doing fantastically well given the condition the country is and resources we have available.

  • Meety on September 5, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @shaantanu - deliberate, because I stated "..legspinners..." - Murali is an offie, & Kaneria is a leggie. So that is the only reaon why I didn't include Murali. Thanks for the nice comments.

  • Chris_P on September 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @shaantanu. Try re-reading Meety's post. he wrote "best legspinner in the world post Kumble/Warne/MacGill's retirements was Kaneria". Help me understand in what world was Murali ever a leg spinner? Methinks you owe him an apology.

  • on September 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    England whitewashed both these sides only a matter of months ago. If mediocrity was a prize then Australia has certainly won that.

  • shaantanu on September 5, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @Meety:have always been impressed with your posts.shows you have better cricketing knowledge than most posters here.however you said post Kumble/warne/Mcgill and didnt mention murali.was it a deliberate ommission or aimply a mistake....i mean being an Aussie(u r an aussie right)u must be having some grudge against murali.

  • sohail_Al-Ain on September 5, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Australia play very well..... Pakistan need to get rid of Akmal Brothers... give a chance to young talent like Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz. i think kamran akmal must play for pakistan does not matter he plays on 6/7 position.

  • jasonpete on September 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 04 2012, 19:47 PM GMT), are you a secret agent or what? By default you claim as some posts are from particular country? Looks like you forgot (conveniently ) that England are getting regular flogging by Pakistan,srilanka ,india and SA and still beating your chests .Way to go.

  • Meety on September 4, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury - classic! @WickyRoy.paklover - what's new? Pakistan's fielding has ALWAYS been somewhere near the worst of the Test playing countries. I am ALMOST inclined to say that Bangladesh AND Afghanistan FIELD better than Pakistan. I believe that the best legspinner in the world post Kumble/Warne/MacGill's retirements was Kaneria, I would be interested to know how many missed stumpings & dropped catches Kamran Akmal deprived Kaneria of in his Test career. The dissappointing thing about Akmal is, Pakistan despite being atrocious fielders have a reasonably proud wicket keeping history. Akmal has effectively destroyed that legacy. ANyways - bemoan fielding all you like but catches win matches - it is the 3rd discipline & so therefor Oz won fair & square. @Chris_P - re: Trolls, its only worth replying to them on a slow day!

  • Chris_P on September 6, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Oh @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge. You don't consider losing 6 out of 11 tests a contender in that prize? .......LOL.. self appointed "expert" in the bleeding obvious.

  • on September 5, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Pakistan was winning consistently they even defeaated No 1 test team 3 nil .....All of a sudden they began losing everything.....WHAT CHANGED???? COACH....................Bring back MOHSIN KAHN or MIANDAD & Pk will start winning everything again

  • on September 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    First of all to all you Australians these are not Asian conditions at all but Pakistan has no other choice and second of all Pakistan has only played 20% of its matches at home from 2000-2012 in all for 3 formats compared to Australia 51% yet we still have a respectable ranking among other teams. Thirdly Pakistani spinners had to contend with the DEW, which hampered Australia in the second ODI yet Pakistan was still able to get some spin off the ball and we would of won the match had it not been because of sloppy fielding and rubbish umpiring.

    Pakistan has always been its own enemy we lost because of our own performance rather then Australia brilliance, they where very lucky to have got that win. Pakistan at the moment is facing power shortages, poverty, killings, starvation and such the last thing on our mind would be cricket, that's the very reason we cant bring pacers in.

    Pakistan is doing fantastically well given the condition the country is and resources we have available.

  • Meety on September 5, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @shaantanu - deliberate, because I stated "..legspinners..." - Murali is an offie, & Kaneria is a leggie. So that is the only reaon why I didn't include Murali. Thanks for the nice comments.

  • Chris_P on September 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @shaantanu. Try re-reading Meety's post. he wrote "best legspinner in the world post Kumble/Warne/MacGill's retirements was Kaneria". Help me understand in what world was Murali ever a leg spinner? Methinks you owe him an apology.

  • on September 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    England whitewashed both these sides only a matter of months ago. If mediocrity was a prize then Australia has certainly won that.

  • shaantanu on September 5, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @Meety:have always been impressed with your posts.shows you have better cricketing knowledge than most posters here.however you said post Kumble/warne/Mcgill and didnt mention murali.was it a deliberate ommission or aimply a mistake....i mean being an Aussie(u r an aussie right)u must be having some grudge against murali.

  • sohail_Al-Ain on September 5, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Australia play very well..... Pakistan need to get rid of Akmal Brothers... give a chance to young talent like Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz. i think kamran akmal must play for pakistan does not matter he plays on 6/7 position.

  • jasonpete on September 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 04 2012, 19:47 PM GMT), are you a secret agent or what? By default you claim as some posts are from particular country? Looks like you forgot (conveniently ) that England are getting regular flogging by Pakistan,srilanka ,india and SA and still beating your chests .Way to go.

  • Meety on September 4, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury - classic! @WickyRoy.paklover - what's new? Pakistan's fielding has ALWAYS been somewhere near the worst of the Test playing countries. I am ALMOST inclined to say that Bangladesh AND Afghanistan FIELD better than Pakistan. I believe that the best legspinner in the world post Kumble/Warne/MacGill's retirements was Kaneria, I would be interested to know how many missed stumpings & dropped catches Kamran Akmal deprived Kaneria of in his Test career. The dissappointing thing about Akmal is, Pakistan despite being atrocious fielders have a reasonably proud wicket keeping history. Akmal has effectively destroyed that legacy. ANyways - bemoan fielding all you like but catches win matches - it is the 3rd discipline & so therefor Oz won fair & square. @Chris_P - re: Trolls, its only worth replying to them on a slow day!

  • The_Ashes on September 4, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Well Done Australia! now bring us the World T20 Championship! As for the coming 3 T20 series, Australia will win 3-0 hands down :)

  • Chris_P on September 4, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Ahh Mr Front-Foot-Lunge, Mr RednWhite & Mr bounced out. Supporters of a team who have lost 6 out of 11 tests this year and still beating your chests?? Way to go, brilliant stuff that. 6 out of 11 losses, that's gold!

  • Sunny359 on September 4, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    RednWhiteArmy - Mate high hopes... let the time come and u will know who is white washed... SA having hard time in ODI to beat the Poms..

  • jb633 on September 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    IMO Steyn and Ajmal are head and shoulders above any other bowler in world cricket. Ajmal still has a few questions with regards to his effectiveness overseas but one can't deny he is world class.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on September 4, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @ fr0nt-foot_lunge - if you are an England fan, then I am a Charlies Aunt. Why do you even bother? Undoubtedly you are India comedy boy with an overblown sense of shame after regular flogging by first England and then Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh....

  • popcorn on September 4, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell is here to stay. Daniel Christian hs played his last ODI for Australia. Can't bat,can't bowl.

  • Legaleagle on September 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Stop blaming the umpires!! Umpires single-handedly defeated opposing teams when our beloved Shakoor Rana umpired in Sharjah :)

  • on September 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Did we really expected Pakistan to win, there has been a few positives but the end result indicates Pak still has a lot of work to do in ODI format. I think when Aus plays Pakistan they simply expect to win and vice versa. The games are always interesting and we can always say if only they had scored 20 more runs or taken one more wicket. I suspect even if they had Aus would still find a way to win. There are too many different reasons but I think ultimately it's the attacking vs defensive mindset. I'm not putting the blame on Misbah alone as even when he has tried to be attacking the team hasn't responded. I guess at least we get to watch some good cricket even if the result is always the same...

  • vertical on September 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Fielding has let Pakistan down.It's not just the ground fielding,they also drop dollies like Azhar Ali dropping Maxwell and Akmal as usual missing a stumping.India has been good in odi's in recent years(at least at home) a prime reason being some very good fielders coming through.Pakistan need to make fielding a priority in domestic as well the U19s.Those 20 runs are crucial. - Indian fan

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Some of Aussie suportrs r going ovr d moon,instead of doing dis,they should thanks Allah(GOD) THAT INspite of al their shortcomings n lownes,they r met with pak fieldng which was d greatst asset for them even their husseys or starc,so previous 2 series(aus,sl) were d gift of below avrage pak fieldng.AS far as finishng z concernd,no matter who evr bowlrs paki batsmen r facng,they gona score at 4.5RPO at d most as long as misbha,azhar r there playng d last 10 ovrs n since departure of razaq,nobdy z here to finish which usd to b hall.mark of pak batng few yrs ago.INSPITE OF AL BATNG MISIRIES,PAK STIL COULD HAVE WON WITH LITS SWEAT IN FIELDNG N BOWLNG.

  • smjr on September 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Afridi, Umar Akmal Kamran Akmal, Suhail Tanvir from ODI squad. I think they are simply not good for cricket Except Umar Akmal all of them have passed thieir peak. we must find suitable replacement for them . Hammad Azam is wasted as well as Anwar Ali.

  • smjr on September 4, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Pakistan lost yet another crunch match as its habit of doing so in ODIs. There are number of reasons behind their failure but the key is the attitude and mindset. Australia played with lot of aggression and attack Pakistan bowlers similarly their bowlers bowled with fire with short pitch stuff which kept Pakistan a score with 5 runs per over to chase. Pakistan players played with casual attitude dropping catches when it matters, taking singles when they easily took two runs,never attacked Australian bowlers consistently. Of course if they are playing with opposition like SL, NZ, WI,Zim, Bangladesh they might won the match, but challenging opposing team that play attacking cricket like Australia, South Africa, India or even England would always be difficult for them as these sides do not relax single moment.Pakistan approach is very defensive both in batting and bowling with no clear plan, they are reactive rather than proactive. Pak cannot win matches while banking on 2 or 3 players.

  • Farrukh.91. on September 4, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    The player of the series is MA Starc, what a blunder! It was Ajmal who completely bamboozled Aussies and starc was gifted some of his wkts, this is by no means a fear decision.

  • sourav619 on September 4, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    pakistan has got some real talented spinners in their bucket which will be very usefull during t20 wcup,although no one can guarantee the favs for t20 cup but the team which will use their off spinners welll will win the t20 cup australia also has a chance to make it for first time and also pak..but the problem with pakistan team is their skipper he seems to be confused all the time

  • rock.rockyin on September 4, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Come on Pak .. Loosing ODI series at home or adopted home ground regularly is bad.

  • Sinhaya on September 4, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    This was a great series indeed. Toss decided the game too much giving the chasers the upperhand. Anyway Pakistani batting crumbling was the root cause behind them loose. Hopefully Jamshed, Azhar Ali and Shafiq improve more.

  • syed.r.karim on September 4, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @Shahnawaz Tarar: You r right! Pakistan need good finisher like Abdul Razak, Hammad Azam. But Misbah should not be blamed. We have already 2 all-rounder on the other hand Razak is looking slow nowadays So Razak exclusion is justified. We should go for hammad Azam.

  • on September 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Whn wil Pakistan get clever with its selction, relying on only one fast bowler...huh, The bst option would have been two fast bowlers & a medium fast bowling alrounder such as Abdul Razzaq or Hamad Azam... Thn it wil be able to beat good teams........

  • ProdigyA on September 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @WickyRoy. - Looks like you just woke from a decade of slumber. To keep you upto date, Pak got shameless routed in the recently concluded SL series and when was the last time Pak won a match against India? thats rite before you went into slumber a decade ago.

  • swat1999 on September 4, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Pak loosing the series despite played wel. My observation and suggestion is Mesbah shall be handover ODI captaincy to Hafiz and Shahid Afridi should be step down and give change to Hammad Azam or any other allrounder. Pakistan Middle order is too slow. Misbah failed to play aggresively both batting and bowling

  • Hira1 on September 4, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    so many negative comments about pakistan, misbah and afridi........isn't Pakistan just won asia cup some months back and it was afridi the hero and Misbah the captain, please guys relax winning and loosing is part of game, we lost but to be honest against a better team.

  • on September 4, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    now pak doesn't need misbah anymore for Odis,before the critics rise fingers against him and force him to quit he should realize and announce his retirement from odi if he is really honest in boosting pak cricket.exclusion of misbah will give a new blood to pak team and hence a captain too,i think malik is the best choice for odi captain.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Australia: the average-ranked, average-skilled team that continues it's irrelevant existence in the mediocre ranks of international cricket.

  • MianMoosa on September 4, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    afridi misbah & younis needs to retire from odi cricket.... pakistan needs to play with 3 pacers & 2 spinners ajmal & hafeez... one batting allrounder hamad azam... one wicket keeper kamran or sarfraz.... other batsman should be asad azhar u.akmal jamshed... 4 spinners & 1 pacer.... my gudness,, what the hell is this... talha wahab sadaf anwar are very talented fast bowlers... gul& junaid are alreay there

  • Akshita29 on September 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Maxwell looks like a star in the making for Australia . He definitely got the talent to be a very good Odi batsman . As he has batted so beautifully in the alien conditions of UAE , he can be a real asset for Australia in the world t20 in Srilanka . I am a big KP fan and although Maxwell has a long way to go but he does seem to have a KP like attitude on the field that is to try to dominate even the best bowler( not talking of the off field attitude) . All the best to Maxwell and hope he does not lost his way like so many other talented cricketers in the past..

  • wrenx on September 4, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    If you pick Calamity Kamran, you can't expect to win. Neither do you deserve to. And giving a batsman with the quality of Hussey a second life is just suicide. Never a performance good enough to beat Australia - this is the best chance Pakistan had for a decade and they blew it

  • Selassie-I on September 4, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    That's a better economy rate from MJ than in most of his test matches!

  • Haleos on September 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Congrats Australia. It would have been doubly difficult for you guys considering the heat and humidity. Spot on Clarke about your assessment of the ground conditions. All who bashed him after the initial Pakistani partnership must be hiding their faces.

  • Haleos on September 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @ RandyOZ - u checked the meaning of your name yet?

  • Haleos on September 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    When will Afridi learn to use his grey matter? He is simply ovrerrated. Boom boom title does not suit him. He hardly has patience to play out 6 balls quietly.

  • on September 4, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell looks like a good player of spin,he should feature in test team that tours INDIA........

  • bouncedout on September 4, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @sinktheslipper

    I think RedandWhite meant that both SA and Eng will comfortably beat Aus.

    Also, the last time I checked Eng were above Aus in ALL forms of the game. Hell, if there was a format for rounders we would beat you at that as well.

    Aus no longer have any sport in which they are superior to England and you can quote me on that

    Aus 9th in the T20 rankings, below Bangladersh....ouch...that must hurt

  • kc69 on September 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Was very interesting to watch Ajmal but Pak spinners will be tested in India series when Ajmal will be up against players like Kohli,Sehwag and Dhoni.

  • kc69 on September 4, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Well seen a world class spinner in Pak lineup after a very long time(Saqlain Mushtaq).I believe Akmal brothers are losers and its time to bring some U19 stars in regular team(atleast for shorter version).

  • on September 4, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    waooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • kc69 on September 4, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @golgoal:well said mate,its really hard to differentiate from Pak lineup(from 3 to 11) who is a batsman or tailender.Well this win(tight one)is a great achievement for aussies under the given conditions and lack of some players(Watson,Steve Smith etc)who are good at asian conditions.

  • on September 4, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy mighty England's statistics in test cricket after achieving the number one status in tests (won and lost)- against Pakistan 0-3 , against SL 1-1 , against WI 2-0 ( including a career best score of 95 by a number 9 West Indian batsman called Tino Best)and of course against SA ,0-2 (the 2nd test was a rain affected affair or else this could have been 3-0 in favor of SA), effectively winning only 3 out of 11 tests and painfully drawing one . You could argue that India lost 8 consecutive overseas tests but it has been more than 8 years since we lost at home and when we were no1 in test cricket for a period of 2 years we never lost any test series . Michael Clarke must be quivering in his boots after reading these records achieved by " mighty and awe inspiring England'". Mate we are eagerly waiting to extend these records achieved by your mighty Englishmen or ? South Africans this winter(INDIA VS ENGLAND/SOUTH AFRICA B team). cheers mate

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 4, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 you do know Australia won the series ? i would be more worried about Pakistans batsmen in the UAE against pace, Australia batted better against spin.But I do acknowledge sometimes our batsmen looked all at sea against Ajmal, the same can be said for the pakistanis against Starc and Co. i wish the Ashes where in the UAE. haha.

  • bouncedout on September 4, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    welcome back from lying low RandyOz and Jonesy2.

    Very average Aus team were very lucky to win this match. As for Mike Hussey, is he still playing?isn't he 50 next week?

  • Damo_s on September 4, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Very dissappointed with Pakistans performance. Afridi was terrible wiith both bat and ball and the middle order let them down badly after the initial platform was set. Now we have to listen to the Aussie supporters bang on about how wonderful their team is, when in reality they just scraped a series win against a team having a bad day in the office with the aid of some very poor umpiring decisions.

  • on September 4, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Afridi looked completely out of match and played as if it was last over of the match,,, I dont know why,,, When Pakistan achieved run rate of 5,, they really should have put on more than 275,, All batsmen got carried away with aggressive batting mindset and threw wicket,,,,

  • RandyOZ on September 4, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - welcome back, how was your extended summer? We've missed you throughout the entire South Africa series.

  • WonkyFNQ on September 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @RednWhite: Did Australia need it so badly as England need a test win?

  • pat_one_back on September 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Seriously, that Hussey shout didn't look that plumb in real time, looked to hit high, easy to criticise Misbah after watching all the evidence, commentators are so wise in hindsight. Pakistan had luck early so why over emphasise their missed opportunities, that's cricket. Anyways Great competive cricket from two strong & v. Different teams in challenging late night conditions. All the fight Aus were missing in England, just shows the difference M.Hussey makes!

  • sinktheslipper on September 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy... sounds like you're a bit miffed about losing your number 1 test ranking recently (and possibly your ODI ranking as well). When you say South Africa will beat Australia, do you mean the actual South African side or England?

  • rahulcricket007 on September 4, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    AFTER WATCHING THE WHOLE SERIES THAT HOW AUSSIE BATSMEN WERE COMPLETELY BAMBOOZLED BY AJMAL , I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF TO IMAGINE HOW WILL THEY PLAY AGAINST HIM IN TESTS ESPECIALLY IF TESTS ARE SCHEDULED IN UAE ? EVEN THE SO CALLED BEST PLAYER OF SPIN CLARKE WAS BEATEN BY AJMAL MANY TIMES .

  • PrasPunter on September 4, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    RedNWhiteArmy, not surprised by your statement - for all you folks can do, after coming down crashing against a rampant SA and losing the No 1 , is to moan and whinge about Aus success and just wait for us to fall down - you know what - easy to become No 1 but staying there needs something . Unfortunately your United XI doesn't seem to have that.

  • rahulcricket007 on September 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    HARD LUCK FOR PAKISTAN . THEY HAD A PROBLEM AS AFRIDI WAS INJURED & THEREFORE WAS NOT HIS BEST IN BOWLING . BEFORE HE GOT INJURED HE GIVES ONLY 9 RUNS FROM HIS 3 OVERS, AFTER INJURY HE GAVE 52 RUNS IN 7 OVERS . ONCE AGAIN SAEED AJMAL HAS PROVED HE IS A MASTER SPINNER & SHOULD STAND IN THE LEAGUE OF WARNE , MURALI .

  • Stark62 on September 4, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    This is getting too much!!

    Ever since Misbah took over as the captain of the ODI team, Pak have been losing to big teams regularly (except against a depleted Sl side).

    Misbah is a great captain for Tests but his defensive mindset just won't cut it in the limited format, plus his batting is very sluggish.

    Hafeez can't be his replacement because he isn't captain material and Afridi is off colour.

    Misbah should stay around until next series and see, if Afridi finds form and if he doesn't, then make Hafeez captain and revamp the team.

  • MaverickEye on September 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Pakistan is destroying Umer Akmal's potential by using him as a pinch hitter. He has all the shots but he lacks temperament and you cant blame him for that. Selection committee needs to make him play test cricket to build his temperament. And regards Australian win, they win it because they play attacking cricket doesnt matter they are losing or facing difficulty against Saeed Ajmal, with that attitiude you either win or get really close to a win. Misbah needs to learn from that.

  • on September 4, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Misbah is highly over rated ODI captain. very defensive. except srilanka series in dubai his initial success mainly came against lower ranked teams or associates .. 3 odis and 2 t20's against Zimbabwe, 5 matches aginst Bangladesh, Irelanad tour, one against Afghanistan..now realty lost 4-0 against England, 3-1 against srilanka..and missed great chance to beat Australia after 10 years mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm more over pakisgtan need a finisher like hussy, dhoni, bevan, morgan and mathews.,....and it is abdul razzaq....look at if yout are playing razzaq how many matches he can win for you with bat and bowl.........pathetic selection 1-nasir 2-hafeez 3- azhar 4- malik 5- yousaf-6-umar akmal(WK) 7-razzaq 8-afridi 9- wahab riaz-10- gul -11- ajmal No speace for kamran akmal and misbah in the team.

  • g.narsimha on September 4, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    WICKYROYPAKLOVER- When did u r team beat IND in a odi in the last 5 years , why u always try to demean our team, even as recently could not win any thing in SL , the ENG, AUS , SA are not that a big thing when they comes out , we have been beating them home & away in the last decade baring those last tours .

  • Front-Foot_lunge on September 4, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    I can see a lot of English fans on here, shooting their mouths off about England's 4-0 against the Aussies. Well, as a fellow England fan, I would warn against this. Not only is this hubris, but shows a complete lack of understanding of the nature of the competition in England, and the team that lined up for Australia. This win was hard fought, under oppressive conditions and shows the emergence of new talent for Australia. It's unpolished and prone to swings in performance level, but its there. Compare that to England? Our over-blown sense of entitlement runs rife through the English establishment (and through posters on here too!) shown by our inability to stay No1 in the test arena. Once we're there we rest on our laurels and resort to type. We've failed to progress any talent from the county scene and the ones that do come through are, well, lazy. If only we had the hard work ethic of the Aussies. They're not back now but they will be in 6 -12 months.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    DEAR IQBAL QASIM, I would have played the following 11. (1) Kamran Akmal (2) Nasir Jamshid (3) Mohammad Hafiz (4) Azhar Ali (5) Asad Shafiq (6) Usman Sallahudin (7) Umar Akmal (8) Raza Hassan (9) Saeed Ajmal (10) Zia-ul-Haq (11) Umar Gul. No need to play an allrounder when we don't have one. Go with the specialists. If 7 batsmen can't play 50 overs then the 8th Afridi won't make a difference.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy You may be right...but if i go on your previous predictions for the last year...it will not happen, no way, none of what you say, you are the worst predictor since hammond.

  • on September 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    i am amazed that everyone is disussing everything but forget to say about shahid khan afridi who didnt go to double figure for last 8 innings and in this series just made 7 runs and bowling figures you all knows verywell.playing with the 4 spinners was a worst thing.and captain didnt allow junaid to finish 10 overs but allowed shahid afridi to complete 10overs and he gave too much runs.its time to give him a rest. much better telent in pakistan i can bet afridi just an ordinary player

  • A.z.f.a.r on September 4, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    And Starc is man of the series ? Saeed Ajmal was the stand out bowler of the series. He even got 10 wickets against Starc's 9. Got wickets in all 3 matches. Starc went without a wicket in the 2nd match. totally unjust.

  • mrmuqaddar on September 4, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Misbah, Asad and Azaher, All three batsman didn't have the ability for big hits, and in ODI you can only afford one batsman like that, shoib malik is lot batter player from these three, he can build his inning and play according to the match situation he should be in. There is always question mark on misbah captaincy why he save overs from sead ajmal for later part of the inning when he is taking wickets let him bowl to his full over and if he can get us one or two wickets at that stage then match result will be completely different.

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 4, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Australia needed this soooo badly after, rather pathetically, being whitewashed by the the mighty, mighty, England....It'll also be their last series win for a while cos South Africa will obviously whitewash them in the test series, ODI's & T20 later in the year.

  • reality_check on September 4, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    M Hussey LBW wasn't as plumb so could have gone either way. Misbah is a defensive captain which resulted in this blunder. Who were they waiting for to use one review? It was M Hussey, if you get it in your favour then you put immense pressure on Australia. Another of Misbah's blunder was to take Ajmal out early on. He is your best bowler and on song for 3/10. Use him for atleast two or maybe three more overs. Another wicket or two and you have the game. Fielding... oh boy! You cannot miss three chances against Australia and hope to win. Akmal's easy chance at stumping and two dropped catches. Most crucial was Azhar's drop which would have taken Maxwell out at the right time. Credit should go to Australia for coming to the UAE and winning a tough series and that too against quality spin.

  • on September 4, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    picking up on my previous post..... why does Misbah appear to be submissive instead of showing some aggression? We don't have to look upto other team captains, we had them in past ourselves...Imran Khan and Wasim Akram....why not have a go getter attitude?

  • Marcio on September 4, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    As someone pointed out, the fielding was the real key to this closely fought series. That comes down to fitness, practice and planning (i.e. field settings). It's also a matter of attitude. I think Pakistan could adopt a more competitive, never-say-die attitude, as Australia do. Certainly in thse conditions, PAK would have fancied ther chances. Clarke is also a very good leadeer, and must have silenced all but the most stubborn of his critics. Still, the T20s could go anywhere. I'm certainly not makig any predictions there. One thing for sure, Australia will be more motivated than usual to play well in these T20s, given that the WC is coming up. But both teams should be stoked these series are happenning: great prep for the WC. One last thing, I think putting Afridi up the order last night was a great idea. It didn't work, but i still think that given the fact that PAK were 1/140, but with the run rate not that great, it was a logical move.

  • Zaid_sl on September 4, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Pakistans middle n lower order batsmen needs to take a leaf out of Maxwell's book.though he's known for his big hitting he had the patience at the start to juz block the balls to the gaps n rotate the strike.looks like non of our batsmen in the middle/lower ordere have the ability to find the gaps. Pakistan have to make use of the opportunities provided by the other side.e.g.when a new batsmen comes to.the crease u need to bring ur strike bowler put lot of fielders around the batsman,this will put pressure on the batsmen.

    Saeed ajmal.alone can't win u matches

    Its high time the over rated u.akmal is dropped n another youngster is given a chance.would prefer a left hander in the middle to break the rhythm of the bowler.

    Hafeez needs to.come one or two down,he still doesn't look good against good quality seam bowling

  • on September 4, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    dear all, i think Misbhah is not suitable to for captain of Pakistani team, i cannt understand why he taking Off Saedd Ajmal, when he bowled very well, after taking 3 wickets in just 5 overs, Mishah is totally failed for captaincy.

  • on September 4, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    "As visitors take the series" ? Lol

    Which team isn't a visitor here ?

  • Meety on September 4, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @Jono Makim - I'm really glad that a younger player has grabbed an opportunity like Maxwell has. His career List A stats (in terms of S/R) is outstanding & @ #7 should have a license to attack. His spin bowling atm is useful, but there does seem to be upside in the future. @Chris_P - well said. I think the Hussey LBW incident was not as crucial as not bowling Ajmal longer. Also i agree right that fielding was the fundamental difference, Pakistan are falling behind India in that regard. I said earlier, I think Clarke must nearly be the most unluckiest batsmen in the world atm, out stumped by Kamran Akmal!

  • on September 4, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Apart from all the criticism, it's nice to see the fighting spirit in the team i.e. at least they are fighting it till the last ball as opposed to carrying a defeated mindset way early in the game. Having said that, if we keep the "review" saga out of discussion, even then, Pakistan could have easily cruised to victory. You simply CANNOT afford to drop catches at crucial times. They had their chances when Afridi dropped a dolly and then later on Azhar dropped a sitter. This is something totally unacceptable especially against an opposition like Australia. Kamran Akmal has established a well deserved repute to miss at least one crucial chance per game and he lived upto his reputation by missing a stumping chance. From a leadership perspective, Misbah comes across as a very defensive individual, be it his batting, body language, demeanor, handling other players etc. It feels like looking at another Inzimam in the field. Why did he take Saeed off instead of blazing all guns and be on top

  • thalalara on September 4, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Not referring DRS for MH is really questionable? can we take that as genuine decision not to refer??? match is held in Sharjah?

  • warneneverchuck on September 4, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Ther is no diff between indian bowling and pak bowling if u remove Ajmal from the list

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 4, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Mishbah is naturally only test captain. Afridi and akmal brothers should be given long rests. Especailly afridi and umar akmal as they dont know the value of playing a national side. Kamran should be playing up the order. Nasir has to look his fittness issues.

  • JaDeD_INDIAN on September 4, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Even being an Indian I think it's sad what happened to Pakistan.They played really well they need their PACERS to perform. SRT for India and Afridi for Pakistan have become dead weight.

  • on September 4, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Dave watmore is doing nothing, The body language and attitude is the same as it was before. Dave should challenge the selection he is not suppose to play the team selectors decide. He should influence in the selection and force selection of more young players in the side.

  • svengali47 on September 4, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    It was a very close series and both teams played well. I enjoyed the comments and fine spirit of the Pakistan writers on this page during the series, you are very sporting and I always enjoy it when your team tours Australia. I hope we get to play a great Test series again soon.

  • Chris_P on September 4, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Guys, the question on why Pakistan didn't ask for a review. They obviously didn't feel strongly enough to consider it worthwhile. If these guys really did feel so strongly about it, they would have asked for it. It was an enthralling series played in difficult circumstances. The Australian fielding was close to sublime, therein was the difference.

  • on September 4, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Well I was super impressed with Maxwell here. Finally an Aussie allrounder who can play quality spin bowling. He used his feet well and was scoring all around the ground from the first few deliveries he faced. Taking Ajmal's doosra over long off for six and then repeating the dose next ball with a four left me astounded and most likely Misbah and Ajmal too. This bloke is miles ahead of White and Smith.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 4, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Seniors i.e misbha,afridi,younis,gull should b shown d doors now bcoz they r well ovr.THEIR PRESENCE MAKE D CIRCUMSTANCES 4RM BAD TO WORSE,ATLEAST YOUNGSTRS WOULD b able to build on future,we r losng our status as one of d top 3 odi nations 4 quite a while now,enuf z enuf,these seniors r takng their spot in odi team 4 grantd.WE MIGHT WIN AGAINST TEAMS LIKE IND,WI,SL,NZ,BD, BT AGAINST SA,ENG OR EVEN AUS,WE NEED COMPETITIV BATRS OF PACE N SME TEAR AWAY QUICKS TO RATTLE THEIR BATSMEN,TIL THEN,its a fantasy.

  • on September 4, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    both are visiting teams :)

  • superstar100 on September 4, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    i think boom boom should reitre Now !!!! 4 spin bowlers ooh my god !! now pak has best spin bowling line up and no fast bowler !!!!

  • on September 4, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Very bad captaincy yesterday...Aus were reeling yesterday after Saeed Ajmal's wonderful bowling Suddenly Misba stopped Ajmal spell ! And more over not reviewd the LBW of M Hussy

  • on September 4, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal alone cannot win you matches. He can only bowl 10 overs. Pathetic batting most of the times and lack of quality fast bowlers is really hampering Pakistani team now. Banning of Amir and Asif has effected Pakistani bowling a great deal. Well done to Australia, what a fine this Maxwell is.

  • Naveed85 on September 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Misbah is highly over rated ODI captain. very defensive. except srilanka series in dubai his initial success mainly came against lower ranked teams or associates .. 3 odis and 2 t20's against Zimbabwe, 5 matches aginst Bangladesh, Irelanad tour, one against Afghanistan..now realty lost 4-0 against England, 3-1 against srilanka..and missed great chance to beat Australia after 10 years

  • khurramsch on September 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    very poor decision by billy no doubt BUT worst by pak not to review it. whats point of DRS when u not review a key player like MEK hussy. 2nd)ajmal should have been used more when he was doing well & as a strike bowler. no matter u chose 4 spinners or 3 u need more wicket takers & pak only have 1 geniune wickt taker no 1 else. ajmal has also been used to slow down run rate.3)failed to capitalize start 129/1 in 26 overs & rest of them made 115 in 24 overs.poor shots by misbah/umar/afridi. kamran cant bat down the order. going with 4 spiners not good choice they need quality medium pace allrounder & wicket taker bowlers.

  • cric_fan_ on September 4, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Pakistan used to be known for its pacers what happened to them? 4 spinners in Pakistan team! It's hard to believe. Ajmal is a class act though, the best spinner currently on the scene, no team has been able to read him.

  • Naveed85 on September 4, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    nearly 130 opening partnership and we failed to score even 250..Afridi coming at n0.3 spoiled the entire momentum. don't know why fans want afridi in top order. .his batting is finished ..or may be clicks one in every 30 matches . also umar akmal trying to become another afridi highly inconsistent. one seam bowler not a bad idea but except Ajmal others din't bowl well may be bcaz of due...only Ajmal cant win you every match

  • A_S_M on September 4, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Looked like a bad choice to have allowed Afridi to bowl the 10 overs as he leaked too many runs @6.2 per over. This especially after he injured his hand. Also, he seems to have lost form recently. Azhar Ali, who looks to be in the Jaques Kallis mould of an allrounder, could have been well allowed to bowl more overs - especially as Afridi and Junaid were leaking runs - as he bowled tidily at just a tiny bit over the average required run rate. He bowled only three regrettably. Abdur Rehman could also have been allowed to bowl his full ten as he bowled below the average required run rate of 4.88.

  • on September 4, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    And SERIOUSLY, AFRIDI should retire!

  • on September 4, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    It was a good match. One question, why didn't Ajmal ask for the review?? Could have changed everything. Luck, I guess.

  • VivtheGreatest on September 4, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    @RandyOz, Good to know that ur still alive

  • satish619chandar on September 4, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    The lower middle order is costing it big time for Pakistan. Pakistan is traditionally a setup and bash team where they set it up for 35 overs and bash it in rest 15 overs. They do got the starts where it setup perfect platform these days too but the finishing is happening very occasionally these days. Maxwell's success is a great boost for Aussies.

  • Sunny359 on September 4, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    g.narsimha -- How can u say in your own backyard? Oz beat Sri lanka and now pakistan in asian conditions. Uk tour was bad because of the selectors giving chance to new guys.. good we found out Forrest is of no use and Mr Cricket was no there.. There is nothing called luck its hard work, training which pays off.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 4, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Seniors i.e misbha,afridi,younis,gull should b shown d doors now bcoz they r well ovr.THEIR PRESENCE MAKE D CIRCUMSTANCES 4RM BAD TO WORSE,ATLEAST YOUNGSTRS WOULD b able to build on future,we r losng our status as one of d top 3 odi nations 4 quite a while now,enuf z enuf,these seniors r takng their spot in odi team 4 grantd.WE MIGHT WIN AGAINST TEAMS LIKE IND,WI,SL,NZ,BD, BT AGAINST SA,ENG OR EVEN AUS,WE NEED COMPETITIV BATRS OF PACE N SME TEAR AWAY QUICKS TO RATTLE THEIR BATSMEN,TIL THEN,its a fantasy.

  • MSMAK on September 4, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Hats off to Australia without a doubt. A simple comment to the PCB: If you can risk playing the same failures repeatedly, why not give new bloods a chance as well? You never know who will click as future is bleak for the so called "experienced". Instead of leaving on a high note, they are making sure only their regressions are remembered after their tenure. To all that are commenting about the missed chances ( by PAK ) including the oversight by Billy, one cannot complain if your base is comprised of chance players. Misbah, Afridi, Akmal bros, and Younus (if he is to be back), I request you to take a vacation from Cricket please. I digress, PLEASE !!!

  • on September 4, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    If Afridi not needed to be made captain, ruled him out of the team. He is not playing well as a team player but good as captain.

  • on September 4, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    m still shocked y Ajmal wasn't there in this match

  • Crazy_Pk on September 4, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Congrats to Aussis on this victory!!! they played superb and once again they proved that they pressure less side in tight situation. Good batting performance by Hussy and Maxwell. I see only the good thing by Pak in this series is the Nasir Jamshed performance and Ajmal bowling. The biggest mistake made by Misbah was to not to give atleast 2 more over to ajmal when he completed 5 ovrs. At that situation aussis were in big pressure and his 2 ovrs wud have changes the game. Anyhow, we watched good contest and hope to watch same in t20 as well. But one and final thing last... Pls pls plsssssssssssssss ask afridi, misbah & malik to go and watch the match on their tv set. They have played enough and did excellent job for Pak in their peak time. No we should give chance to new blood. These azher, shafiq, anwar will become hero for pak in future.

  • jonesy2 on September 4, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    as if anyone needed another reason why aus are the greatest. amazing from the greatest finisher since bevan and maxwell, what a player he is. 5 for from an injured starc aswell haha.

  • Meety on September 4, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @landl47 - far too early to well where Ajmal is re: outside the sub continent, he has not really played outside there in the last year or so. As for Oz replacing M Hussey in ODIs, we have several short term fixes (Voges & Ferguson) & a possible long term fix in Burns. As for Pakistan having a thin batting order, the batting is not too far removed from one the line up that did your mob in, I believe Younis will still be around for tests. @Marcio - I think Bailey & Maxwell have stitched up some mid to long term roles in the batting line up. Not sure I am a big fan of having 2 left arm seamers in the one game, I think Patto should be considered a Test specialist. This was a much better specialist ODI squad & we ended up with a good result against good opposition in tough conditions. @Pak Istani - another way of looking at it - if MHussey had got given out, then Maxwell would of come in earlier & Oz could of won with 10 overs to spare!

  • Chris_P on September 4, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    @Steven Andrews, Interesting comments indeed. Wonder if Yorkshire agree with you as well. I guess he must be bowling to teams reversing the batting order, otherwise he would never get the openers out, right? Brilliant stuff that!

  • Resultpredictor on September 4, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Australia's domination over Pakistan continues. Pak fielding is the weakest in international cricket. Pak cannot win matches against top teams with this poor fielding.

  • Biggus on September 4, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @shabbasus- You're going to need a couple of quicks mate, or at least someone useful to partner Junaid who looks useful. Having a great spin attack is nice but there's a good reason for quicks, you really can't afford not to utilise the new ball and it's advantages. Where are the new Pakistani quicks (yes, I know where two of them are), this is a country that used to be a veritable production line for top class fast men?

  • on September 4, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Afridi was promoted in the order to make a flash-in-the-pan seven, and Hafeez's innings was ended when Clarke struck him in front while attempting to sweep. Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali did not go beyond their starts, keeping the target within Australia's reach.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 4, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    PAK LOST AGAIN........cause No Planing (like always)

    1..After 129 opening start they don,t know how to use power play.....also Sir afridi & U Akmal Why just on 1st ball always they wana hit boundary....same start if have INDIA total gona be....300 plus.....Afridi again prove he is never match winner .

    2..Misbah saved Ajmal 5 overs for End.... but lost match...when He was bowling they should continue with AJMAL ...He never be attacking Captain.

    3..They did,t got Review for Hussy....(Main Reason)

    4..Poor Fielding ...what doing Fielding Coach.

    5..Use of power play..Use of Kamran Akaml...& Afridi In batting...there no PLAN.

    FUTURE PLAN

    1...Afridi keep out ODI .

    2...Bowling Attach should be Junaid Khan,,Umar Gul....Anwar ali ...No Space for Cheema Sb.

    3..Watt More tell To PAK team in power play they play just natural game.

    4...Misbah Should be Attacking Captain.

    Every failure give u lesson ..IF you Wana learn....IF not continue Blunder

  • on September 4, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    misbah was the difference between two sides. he put himself in when a young energetic individual was required to bat. the momentum of scoring runs in that period was broken and the promising start was wasted. my request to Misbah is to retire from ODI before he is ousted!!!

  • heathrf1974 on September 4, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    The difference between the sides was the fielding. Some poorly dropped catches by Pakistan. However, for both teams it is just a ODI series and all Australia will get from it is a morale boost and Pakistan need to do a lot of fielding practice.

  • on September 4, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    What is the use of having such a 'FAMED' bowling line up when it cant deliver when it is required..any way well played Aussies..

  • popcorn on September 4, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    So we continue our domination over Pakistan for the next decade! Goodoh,mates!

  • g.narsimha on September 4, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    RANDY0Z-Tall claims , just few days back POMS thoroughly white washed u r team in odis in ENG. .we agree u r team may be a formidable one in u r own backyard as most teams now adays where our ASIAN teams strugle a bit as u r team struggles in this part of the world , PAK would have white washed u r team in this series , be happy a lot of fortunate things contributed for this result as PAK should them selves be blamed , first it was bad team selection, worst fielding& last the least poor , defencive captaincy , HAD IT BEEN AFRIDI leading this team the result would have been a deferent story all ltohether, dont whine man, just u r lucky ,

  • shabbasus on September 4, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Please selectors , get rid of OMAR AKMAL, too much of a mediacre player praised like don bradman. Get rid of Shahid afridi, praised like Gary sobers, no material left in him . Please consider Shoaib Malik in place of Omar akmal and take Anwar Ali in place of shahid afridi. We have been no 6 in the world for over a year now but still we regard our bowling as the best in the world. With due respect to others, i believe other than Hafeez and Ajmal we don't have the killer punch. Also we need to realise that Azhar and Shafiq are proper test player as thier batting style makes them perfect for it.. best of luck pakistan in future...we still love you..

  • on September 4, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Pakistan continues to be very competitive , one Review removed from possibly winning another series. Way to play, just i still don't understand the role of a COACH on the cricket field. useless and has no power or say so why have coaches?

  • 2bnot2b on September 4, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    PAK side is consisted of bunch of indivituals who can perform every now and then. There is no "team". They will always manage to win an ODI here, a test there but when it comes to having a plan and executing it, their walk, their talk, their tactics, their strategy...they are worse then some of the minos. I demmand to know from Misbah as to what was his justification and rationale to remove Ajmal when Hussey and Wade were terrified by him and were even afraid of his shadow. That was the turning point, look what they did to Ajmal in his second spell because it was way too late for him to make any difference. All PAK power hitter, Doom Doom and Akmals should go back to whatever t20 league they play for. Afraidi is way past his capabilities now and there is no sense dragging his carrer. A street cricketer will give you a 3 or 4 for or a 30 or 40 runs after every 15 matches. I just wonder what sort of mental training these PAK players get, if any.

  • on September 4, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Welcome back Randy! Missed you there for a while mate. Must only come out when the weather looks good..

  • on September 4, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Take it easy @RandyOZ! You're giving us Aussie supporters a bad name. Good game, and an interesting little series. Hopefully, Australia will be playing a Pakistan home series in Pakistan itself some time soon. Australia are still a long, long way off their dominant high point of a few years back, but as a result international cricket is more interesting, with a series of teams capable of coming out on top in any particular series (South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, Australia). The West Indies could also be pretty interesting in the up-coming world T20.

  • Marcio on September 4, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @Steven Andrews, you obviously haven't watched Starc bowl much. He gets most of his wickets from extreme bounce and the fact that he swings it into the right handers and moves it away off the seam at an acute angle. I have seen him cut through top orders again and again. Slow, low, dry wickets are absolutely the worst kind for a tall pace bowler like Starc (witness ENG leaving out Tremlett when they toured the sub-continent a couple of yrs ago when he was bowling well). Yet he was man of the series. What a performance!

  • ProdigyA on September 4, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Why does Pak always have their tails between their legs when they play Aus. Not a series win in a decade?

  • Marcio on September 4, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @Hammond, looks like you'll have to re-think your doomsday prediction for both the world economy and Australian victory in this series. You must be a truely blue Aussie today - as opposed to a true blue aussie.

  • syed.r.karim on September 4, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Nishir Jamshed: Is a good find, have a great temperament.

    Hafiz: If he can't scores run regularly shouldn't open the innings.

    Azhar Ali: One day cricket has changed, someone need to keep one side solid. Selectors should continue with him.

    Misba: great to see him leading the side should continue as long as he can.

    Kamran Akmal: Selectors should give him a last chance, if that not works Omar Akmal should play as wicketkeeper batsman.

    UmarAkmal: Why he is not hungry like Birat Kohli??

    Afridi: He should take a break from cricket and give time to his family then came back with great rhythm.

    Selectors: Appreciate your selection of Cheema, it was required an experience pacer in expense of Gul. But now it is enough, please give a chance like Sadf Hussain, Rahat Ali, All have better pace and control than cheema.

  • Marcio on September 4, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Well played to both teams in such difficult conditions. This was an exceptional win by the AUS team in conditions which could not have been worse for a team of pace bowlers and batsmen raised on hard tracks and agaist fast-bowlers. Conversely, they couldn't have been better for PAK and their preferred conditions. Perfect practice for the T20 WC for AUS. This ODI team has now played three successive away series in the most difficult conditions imaginable - slow, dry pitches here and in the WI, and two weeks of endless drizzle on English greentops - all against opposition who revelled in conditions. This will be a great learning experience for the young guys, even those who didn't perform so well.

  • landl47 on September 4, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    I said that Aus would have a little too much for Pakistan and so it proved. Good series, even if batting second was a bit too much of an advantage in all 3 games. Maxwell seems to be a good hitter, although his bowling doesn't look international class. Starc is proving to be a wicket-taker in all forms of cricket, I rate him highly. Aus is going to have a real problem replacing Mike Hussey when he retires- although he happened to be at the right end when Billy Bowden had one of his periodic hallucinations and failed to see a plumb LBW. Pakistan have found a good opener in Jamshed, but their middle order, without first Yousuf and now Younus, looks very thin. Ajmal is the only real threat among the bowlers and he loses half his potency outside the subcontinent; Pakistan needs to develop some young pace bowlers. That has always been their strength.

  • Marcio on September 4, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin even the PAK players weren't convinced it was out, so why are you angry at the umpire? Replays/DRS are trickiest with spinners, as the angle of spin is very difficult to detect, esp. if the ball is pitched up (in fact, the camera can't pick up a wrongun /doorsra/ top spinner if it hits the batsmen on the half-volley. Just take a look at which team got a huge number of LBWs against it (AUS), and you'll see PAK got a pretty good deal in this series. Don't you remember the Maxwell howler in the first game by Bowden?

  • mikey76 on September 4, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Australia continue to dominate all corners of the globe....except their own corner of course...oh and England too!! (didn't you just lose 4-0 to us in one dayers?)You need a thing called quality players Randy if you're going to get back to your "rightfull place" as you put it. Yes Hussey is a great ODI batsmen and a fine test player but he's in the twilight of his career. Who is going to replace him??

  • tanstell87 on September 4, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Indian fan here - why was Malik not played..he should have played in place of Azhar Ali....they are hardly any stroke makers in this Pakistani batting lineup...

  • tanstell87 on September 4, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Australia were belted to all parts in England recently and shown up to be the #5 or 6th ranked team they really are!

  • Wallaroo on September 4, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Yeah, what a performance from the boys. Hussey and Maxwell setting the world alight, Clarke the best captain in world cricket, Aus the best cricketing nation. Finishing with a six on the last ball of the over was just brilliant.

  • CrICkeeet on September 4, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Superb battng 4m aus, THEY deserve d series.....,ajmal played well bt again its proven dat CRICKET IZ A TEAM GAME...

  • golgoal on September 4, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin You keep complaining about one thing or the other when Pak loses. Stop giving excuses and try to find some international quality batsmen for Pakistan. In the current Pak team it is difficult to tell who a batsman is and who a tailender is. They all look the same.

  • on September 4, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Well.....Afridi's PRIME TIME is over pl ask/force him to retire now. Even his fitness is in doubt. For God sake play Kamran Akmal as opener in ODI & T20 as he has been successful on this position and send Umar Akmal at #3. Even players like Wasim Akram & Moin Khan suggesting same pattern but Skipper Misbah ul Haq has different angle and there is hardly any logic in that. Hafeez is a good player but he is not aggressive as Kamran Akmal as opener. This is proven fact. Give Umar Akmal some overs to settle down. His striking rate is best in the team. I dont see Misbah's place in ODI as well ..look at his striking rate and compare with his rival captain Michael Clarke. In 3rd ODI Misbah striking rate is 64 and Clarke' rate is 94. Pakistan cricket is suffering because of TUK TUK leader. We were short of one bowler thats why Azhar Ali was given chance to bowl. If we really need an all rounder in team then replace Azhar Ali with Shoaib Malik. Mueen ud din Hameed..Toronto

  • fitzy99 on September 4, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @Steven - I think you're wrong about Starc.He is a serious strike bowler.Good pace,bounce and swing.Can bowl both over and around the wicket.Serious talent and will be in the Ozzie attck in all formats for a long time

  • myaqoob on September 4, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Please Play with this team and following batting Order . Time for mishbah to retire

    Mohd Hafeez Nasir Jamshed Imran Nazir Abdul Razack Shahid Afirdi Umer Akmal Azher Ali Asad Shafiq Anwar Ali Wahab Raiz Umer Gul Mohd Sami Younis Khan Saeed Ajmal Kamran Akmal Hamad Azam

  • on September 4, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    lol Afridi batting at number 3? he's only a bowler, anyway, congratulations Australia, winning a series in conditions completely different from ours is brilliant. Pakistan are clearly a team on the decline as most of their players well experience good ones are much older and don't have much young talent coming through and their disastrous under-19 campaign speaks for itself. Still cannot beat us Aussies but I wonder if you do well in the coming T20s and ever beat us in a series? Congrats Australia, lets go for the World T20 this time around best of luck! :D

  • Meety on September 4, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    @RaadQ - I agree re: Promoting Afridi. If people understand that he is a bowler who can bat, promoting him up the order is a almost a no-lose situation. He is not a full batting resource, so he can go on a seek & destroy mission, if he batted for 40 balls, chances are Pakistan would of had 280, which may of been too much for Oz to chase (although not if Maxwell was undefeated). @Ozzbozz on (September 03 2012, 20:40 PM GMT) - oh dear! That was embarrassing! LOL! @Steven Andrews - Starc gets wickets with his opening spells as well, he has really come on since his 15min chat with Akrm. Cric Oz should scheule 15min chats between him & MJ & Akram every month! == == == Unluckiest batsmen in the world award goes to Pup Clarke, stumped brilliantly by Kamran Akmal! Mike Hussey must be laughing into his kit bag! == == == In recent times, not many Oz batsmen have grabbed there opportunities with both hands in any format. Bailey has, Maxwell definately has! Top knock Maxwell! Career ListA S/R 131!

  • Legaleagle on September 3, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    It is time for Kamran Akmal to be booted out for good. I fail to understand the need for Shahidh Afridi in this Pakistani side. He is a BIG LIABILITY!!

  • Rafelgibt on September 3, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    PAK is really missing the fire..........Firstly, the way they batted that reminds me 90s cricket....Secondly, whats the point of playing both ALI and Shafiq in ODI as they both are slow like YOUNUS KHAN........Thirdly, MISBAH is a very defensive captain and cant hold the team together.......Fourthly, if you take SHOIB MALIK in the team then why not pick him in best 11 at no. 8 or 9 position as he is quite a good batsman and a more than average bowler in these days.....Lastly, the batting order must be shuffled; you must place your best strike batsman Kamran Akmal into no. 3 not any slow batsman to slow down the run rate..........

  • on September 3, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Read my earlier comments on this website. I called for resting Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Both have costed this match. If I can see this coming then why the selectors and the people in-charge can not see this at all Well played team Australia.

  • RandyOZ on September 3, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Australia continue to dominate in all corners of the globe. Australia, the most successful cricketing nation of all time, will soon be back to our rightful place as number 1 in ODIs and tests.

  • Chris_P on September 3, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    @yorkshirematt. When Starc was first picked, I think only Meety & I were the only ones who thought he deserved a go. From his posts here, I know he really enjoyed his time over there with your guys, perhaps they may not choose him for the Ashes tour...........

  • Sandstorm82 on September 3, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Another shoulda, woulda, coulda performance by our boys. When will we learn to kill the game when we have the initiative?!

  • Chris_P on September 3, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Absorbing game from both sides. Pakistan put in a huge effort & credit to them. They are back & on the rise. I would have to say the fielding was the biggest difference between the 2 sides. Misbah said they were about 20 runs too short & I would suggest that the difference in fielding was about this. At least there is something for Pakistan to work on.

  • RandyOZ on September 3, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    As I correctly predicted before the game, there was no way Mike Hussey would let us lose this. He is surely one of the greatest ODI batsmen ever. Digging Australia out of the mire time and time again.

  • on September 3, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    lets be honest Starc gets most his wickets when batsman are going after him and trying to lift the score. i think this says alot more about his new ball bowling. Would rather See McDermott bowling early and at the death. Johnson has bowled better this series, thought that dude was gone forever. Maxwell what a great fielder, hitter and handy bowler. Similar attributes to 1 Andrew Symonds. Hussey brothers keep doing it for Australia.

  • on September 3, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Australia grabbed the victory from the jaws of Pakistan .I thought they will post the target of around 300 with the way their openers started but in the end they managed 244 only and had a lot of lapses in the fielding as well .Dropped a number of catches .Nevertheless Maxwell did a wonderful job for Australia by reaching his maiden half-century in a very crucial match .He will remember this for the rest of his life .Congrats Aussies !Commiseration Pakistan !

  • Zahidsaltin on September 3, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    This is happening to many players that they get selected and never get a chance even when some others stay on even not performing. Afaq in SL and now Anwar Ali in Amarats came only to sit out. Now they both will be dropped.

  • Smithie on September 3, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    @Ozzbozz - tad premature! Another gustsy win in horrendous conditions and overcoming the world's best (questionable) spin bowler. Toss probably too important to make it a fair contest however mental strength shines through. Well done to Clarke and team!

  • Zahidsaltin on September 3, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    WAS BILLY BOWDEN BLIND OR WHAT when he didn't see Hussy being out plumb in front. Lately the umpires are costing Pakistan a lot of matches. We just were slaughtered by Gould and Davis in SL where 17 bad decisions were registered in one test match and 12 of them were judged by the commentators to be going against Pakistan.

  • Sports4Youth on September 3, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Overly defensive captain, Misbah messes up once again. Taking off Ajmal when he was doing well and taking wicket was not required at all. In the end both the wicket takers i.e. Ajmal & A.Rehman had one over each left in the bank and the match was over. It allowed Hussey brothers and Maxwell to get settled, then onwards it was no point bringing him back. It was bad luck for Afridi for injuring his his hand at the start of the innings. Also the messing with the batting order was not required at that stage. Also Misbah did not give Junaid an opportunity to make a come-back after the innitial overs. I hope this is the last ODI series or even the last match for Misbah. Let him stay in the Test macthes only. Catchng was very poor. Missed stumping chance of Hussey by Akmal off Azhar was a costly miss.

  • on September 3, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    with Misbah on crease pakistan Scored 53 of last 10 overs with 3 Boundaries where as Australia scored 85 of last 10 Overs under Pressure of chasing with 8 Fours and 3 Huge Sixes.

  • just_chill_chill on September 3, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Very very good quality game. I am an Indian and I have thoroughly enjoyed following this series. Well done to both teams.

  • haq33 on September 3, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Good win by Aus....really grinding it out. Good to see cricket like that. I completely agree with saintsinister about Misbah's captaincy being rubbish for ODI, however, his solid batting is still crucial and priceless for Pak team in the ODI format. He should remain in the ODI team but a new captain is needed.

  • on September 3, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    hahhahhaah funny pakistan plays with one one medium pacer..............................defensive nature pakistan team ................loss before start of match......

  • saintsinister on September 3, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Well this is what you get for having an overly defensive captain.. came, put other batters under pressure with his 28 of around 40 balls.. n then when ajmal was taking wickets he just took him away.. spread the field so australia cud easily take their singles with 100 off 100 required.. this guy should be thrown into test side only.. how the hell does one become that defensive i wonder..

  • dontlikecricket on September 3, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Good decision to promote Afridi, it didnt work out but well he was not likely to be successful if he came on later anyway. Playing one fast bowler was a good decision considering Pak dont have a quality fast bowler at the moment. I am sure it will change in near future. I still think should get rid of Kamran. He was never going to be successful on slowish wickets. Batting has not been easy on these slow wickets to making 100 in last 10 overs is not possible, some people just dont know how cricket works in a real world!! Misbah has been good as a skipper and has dug Pak out of all the controversy of Butt and co. Pak dont have another persosn to replace him as Captain anyway. I am firmly believe that if Misbah is fit enough even if he is 40 plus, he should play. It should be about fitness, not age. Some younger Pak players have been useless in fitness anyway.

  • Ozzbozz on September 3, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    RandyOZ wheres your 'Huge Aussie win' ? Really now your batsmen can't read Ajmal, you can only get a narrow win, or more likely lose, I'll go for the latter.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 3, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Warner is always a walking wicket against spin..:-D

  • Ozzbozz on September 3, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    aw well Bailey out now, that's a win for Pakistan now, still dose not make up for the deficiencies we have

  • Kak-mal_Khan on September 3, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    ok, happens all too often now with Pak, we were the best at final 10 over dash often scoring near enough 100 runs, now that Pak have started setting a decent platform, we now disintegrate, barely keeping our wickets in tact with tortoise speed scoring. For all Misbah haters, I would rather him than Afridi and when is Kamran Akmal the amazing batsman due to play?? I still can't forgive his simple glovework errors - have cost the nation one too many times, but yet selectors still persist and he is forgiven by his fans, better still is his blade blazing brother Umar (seems to be learning fast from Mr Boom Boom himself - don't play yourself in, go for your shots), and yet the best of the trio Adnan is left out to ponder why his far superior glovework which would promote him ahead of his brother in any other International or club cricket team fails him at Pakistan's elite level?? Well played Australia, great fight you showed grit even if you go on to lose this series!

  • RaadQ on September 3, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    It wasn't a bad idea sending in Afridi at #3. In the past he has found form when being promoted, but it seems he's completely lost his touch and can only be selected on the merit of his leg spin alone. Umar Akmal needs to gain temperament or else she should lose his ODI spot just like he lost his Test spot, no point being talent if you don't use it. Kamran Akmal should be promoted and given a chance to bat. If he fails, then replace him with Adnan who is obviously a better wicket keeper and can score occasionally. 4 spinners was a mistake, should have given young anwar ali a chance!

  • yorkshirematt on September 3, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    The aussies schedule is pretty quiet next summer so would love to have Starc back at headingley ;) In all seriousness he is a class bowler.

  • on September 3, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    its great to be an attacking captain but bottom line is this AKmal brothers are playing horrible cricket. All they do is score a 50-60 after 3-4 games and remain in the team. They need to be fired bring all rounders back like Razzaq/ Hammad Azam back

  • OhPakistan on September 3, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    On a "slow" track, chasing 244 wont be easy for Australia ! Pakistan's "fielding" will be tested (in/under BLAST-FURNACE/INFERNO conditions).

  • Sports4Youth on September 3, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Posted by LEO-MFH on (September 03 2012, 14:13 PM GMT) :- Completely agreed with you. Msibah's batting and captaincy both are not fit for the shorter version of the game. Its time that Misbah & Younis khan be restricted to test matches only.

  • Sports4Youth on September 3, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    For all Kamran Akmal lovers. Once again a big failure. lasted just 2 deliveries. What wrong had Sarfrez Ahmed done in similer situation batting low down the order. He average 23 in the limited and sporadic opportunities he got.

  • Hamzaad on September 3, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Umar Akmal must be dropped on the shot he played!

  • Dannymania on September 3, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    @Syed_imran_abbas..i can't believe you man.you're criticizing the best captaining move that i've seen misbah make!it was a gamble!thats what real captaincy is!if afridi had made a quick 40,it'ld have taken the match away from the aussies.it didn't work,well,afridi doesn't work 99 times out of a 100 anyways.so there wasnt anything to lose there,just everything to gain!open your eyes people,this is real cricket.and i am pretty sure that it wasnt misbah's move.it has the legend of whatmore written all over it.hats off to moves like these..

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 3, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    what is the point sending afridi at 3 when there r so many overs were left. they should send asad shafeeq and take runs above 200 and than send who so ever u want. playing so silly with still so many overs to go

  • Damo_s on September 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Pakistan loading up wtih spin was a very good decision it seems. The Aussie seamers not really doing much damage so far. I am very much looking forward to Pakistan winning and taking the series. As an England fan it is most fun watching the Aussies on the wrong end of a beating.

  • Raj1969 on September 3, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    A miracle will save Aussies now ,,,,,,,.......;;;;;;;

  • on September 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    4 spinners, Poor selection by Pakistan, dew will help Australia to chase the target easily...

  • on September 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    i think replacing tanvir with Afridi is a very good move,

  • Hira1 on September 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Its a pity Anwar Ali did not got a game on this tour, what is the point in including the youngster if he is not given the chance...he might not have performed but its not like all old horses are performing extraordinary in this series

  • LEOFURQAN86 on September 3, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Very Veery Defensive captaincy by Misbah and PCB should think about it and solve this issue because pak need any attacking captain if they want to win Continuously because defensive soem time is ok btu always harmful for team

  • LEOFURQAN86 on September 3, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    i m very sad to watch this line up for paksitan i m not feel happy very defensive captaincy by Misbah because pakistan strangth always was pacers its ok in these days our spinners doing good job but if our spinner fail to do it in this match what can misbah do after that Pease PCB change the captain and give this oportunity to any attacking captain if you want to continue win the series and matches and my suggestion for misbah please go home and give this place any good talented batsman

  • crackingshot32170 on September 3, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    BAD CHOICE FOR PAKISTAN::: SHOULD HAVE MADE 2 CHANGES AFRIDI IN OF REHMAN AND MALIK IN FOR TANVIR

  • on September 3, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    This is putting Ausis in a great test here, The heat and the best Spin Bowling in the world, I will look for if Afridi's quicker one can help today

  • on September 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Wow, Pakistan playing with only one fast bowler. Sounds interesting.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • on September 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Wow, Pakistan playing with only one fast bowler. Sounds interesting.

  • on September 3, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    This is putting Ausis in a great test here, The heat and the best Spin Bowling in the world, I will look for if Afridi's quicker one can help today

  • crackingshot32170 on September 3, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    BAD CHOICE FOR PAKISTAN::: SHOULD HAVE MADE 2 CHANGES AFRIDI IN OF REHMAN AND MALIK IN FOR TANVIR

  • LEOFURQAN86 on September 3, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    i m very sad to watch this line up for paksitan i m not feel happy very defensive captaincy by Misbah because pakistan strangth always was pacers its ok in these days our spinners doing good job but if our spinner fail to do it in this match what can misbah do after that Pease PCB change the captain and give this oportunity to any attacking captain if you want to continue win the series and matches and my suggestion for misbah please go home and give this place any good talented batsman

  • LEOFURQAN86 on September 3, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Very Veery Defensive captaincy by Misbah and PCB should think about it and solve this issue because pak need any attacking captain if they want to win Continuously because defensive soem time is ok btu always harmful for team

  • Hira1 on September 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Its a pity Anwar Ali did not got a game on this tour, what is the point in including the youngster if he is not given the chance...he might not have performed but its not like all old horses are performing extraordinary in this series

  • on September 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    i think replacing tanvir with Afridi is a very good move,

  • on September 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    4 spinners, Poor selection by Pakistan, dew will help Australia to chase the target easily...

  • Raj1969 on September 3, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    A miracle will save Aussies now ,,,,,,,.......;;;;;;;

  • Damo_s on September 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Pakistan loading up wtih spin was a very good decision it seems. The Aussie seamers not really doing much damage so far. I am very much looking forward to Pakistan winning and taking the series. As an England fan it is most fun watching the Aussies on the wrong end of a beating.