Pakistan v England, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi February 14, 2012

England look for further release

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Match facts


Wednesday, February 15, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1500 (1100 GMT)

Big Picture


Immediately after the opening match attention turned largely to England: they found release from a troubled Test series with victory by 130 runs; Alastair Cook underlined himself once more as a captain eminently capable of adapting to 50-over cricket with an unflustered century compiled at almost a run a ball; and Steve Finn's fast-bowling development was clear to see as his four new-ball wickets confirmed England's superiority.

But what of Pakistan? Their batting vulnerabilities were masked as their spinners dominated the Test series but they were apparent again as they found Finn's opening burst impossible to contain. Bowl straight and full at Pakistan's top order, England have concluded, and you will prosper. If Pakistan take note of Cook's innings they may be tempted to ask Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq to try to play a similar stabilising role.

Form guide


(Most recent first)
Pakistan: LWWWW
England: WLLLL

Players to watch


It was easy to see why the Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, was tempted to call for Shoaib Malik to return to the squad. Pakistan need to shore up a long tail and England's vulnerability against spin has been so apparent that it is tempting to take the view that the more spinners the better. But Shoaib played with little verve in the opening game and on that evidence will be fortunate to survive the series.

If you missed Steven Finn's audition on Monday to be viewed as one of an exciting crop of new fast bowlers then don't make the mistake again. Finn was the stock answer to the "can you take any positives out of this?" cliché as England were drubbed 5-0 in India in October. Pakistan will not want him to get another opportunity to bowl under the lights as the dew enlivens the pitch.

Team news


Umar Akmal strained his back during the first match which must make him a doubt, especially to keep wicket, a role he fills modestly at best. Umar was once accused of overplaying a back injury to get his brother, Kamran, back behind the stumps. This time another brother, Adnan, could deputise. Shoaib Malik would be vulnerable in a shake-up.

England could bring in Tim Bresnan for batting depth and that would put James Anderson's place under threat. Jade Dernbach might have to wait for his chance until Dubai.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Adnam Akmal (wk), 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Wahab Riaz

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions


The evidence of the first game points to a simple decision to bat first upon winning the toss, post 250-plus and then rely on new-ball wickets when evening dew freshens an otherwise benign surface.

Stats and trivia


  • Alastair Cook became the first England batsman to outscore the opposition in an ODI on Monday. His 137 beat Pakistan by seven runs.
  • England win bucked a losing trend of nine defeats in 10 matches across all formats and an equally demoralising run of 11 defeats in 12 overseas ODIs.
  • England have drawn level with Pakistan in fifth position in the ODI rankings. Both teams are on 107 points, three adrift of fourth-placed Sri Lanka.
  • Pakistan's 130 was their lowest ODI score since they were bowled out for 124 against New Zealand in Wellington in January 2011 and New Zealand needed only 17.2 overs to win the match. Pakistan went on to win the series 3-2.

Quotes


"Happy Valentines Day everyone. Me and @StuartBroad8 will be having a romantic dinner tonight."
Steve Finn, England's fast bowler, does his best on Twitter to sound lovelorn on a long tour.

"I hope there is no panic. We should not panic because we have not batted badly in the last four or five matches so we need to try our best and put Monday's performance behind us."
Younis Khan, Pakistan batsman and former captain, appeals for calm.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 15, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    i cannot understand why people are being so rude to wahab riaz....he bowled poorly in his first two overs in the first game,18-0 and was brought back at the end of innings and did an exceptional job in restricting england...he bowled with pace and was the reason why england didn't post 280 which at one stage looked definite...

  • Valavan on February 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @Gerard Periera, if you dont like to watch PAK vs ENG ODIs, go away and nobody is holding you here, you just watch wherever India plays or SL plays. You were one of the guys who ate lot of sour grapes when India failed miserably in England and in Australia in tests, If India cant play, so you mean pitches are doctored. Well SL won in Durban, and what you gonna say? You can just leave this forum so this forum will be clean. We arent expecting any of your one sided comments. Go and watch Dhoni saving ODI games. Ye he saved 2 ODIs and immediately he emerged as a better player. And Aussies won recently in SL both ODIs and Tests. You are just as pathetic as gambhir, sehwag, ishanth sharma, kohli who were crying and howling about showing themselves in home. cricinfo please publish.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't have good openers ,its been a decade Syed Anwar retired Imran farhat is an OPENER ? Not Sure ! who is driving him in the team along with Shoaib Malik.Pathetic Openers.They are not close to the INDIAN Ranji Cricket Team Standards in Technique.Groom Youngsters.That will pay rich results,going forward.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 15, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @3liteindia - no mate @Gerard Pereira is Indian, from the province of Utter Trollia.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I think we should replace Azhar Ali with Imran Farhat, Adnan Akmal instead of Umar Akmal and Hammad Azam in place of Shoab Malik. If Umar can't keep then he shouldn't be able to bat. We gotta avoid such nonsense.

  • wrenx on February 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    A lot of the comments her seem to focus on Cook & the Pakistan lineup (valid points), but largely neglect that the real match-winner for England was Finn. If Pakistan were going to have any chance of chasing the target, it would be from the top-order getting them close, and Finn saw them all off. Pakistan need to find an answer to Finn, and then the rest should fall into place. They can't afford to be hapless against 10 overs of one bowler, and expect their own bowlers to restrict England to a paltry total in order to have any hopes of winning.

  • keptalittlelow on February 15, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Pakistan is looking a very weak one day batting side at the moment. They cant play Finn with new ball in his hand. Someone like Yunus Khan will have to show aggression against Finn to put him in place otherwise I dread the same in the other ODIs as last Monday.

  • golgo_85 on February 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    It's rather strange to see a Pak team playing with only 2 seamers in any condition, where's the 3rd seam option? Do they really need Malik for anything? How about grooming the young blood Azam for the next World Cup? Their spin bowling department is overshadowing the underperformance of the seamers but for how long? Surely they need a long term solution? Sad to say this isn't a balanced line up. Shafiq should bat slightly down the order anyway till Younus/Misbah retires. U Akmal should definitely open with Hafeez in my opinion. Some imagination/creativity could go a long way when it comes to the limited overs. Still, no need to panic at the moment, they just need to play the right xi.

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Malik selection is the worst possible thing (if it's Misbah's call). It is height of killing of merit and Pak has to pay by losing game. One more thing if 6 batsmen are not good to do the job then 8 batsmen can not be sufficient. It means that Pak has to select 11 pure batsmen to avoid the vulnerability.

  • Rahul_78 on February 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The Umer Akmal issue of picking a back trouble which doesnt hinder his batting but his keeping when one of his brother is waiting in the wings is peculiar one. I know what Pak fans must be thinking in their heart. One solution would be to drop Umer and pick Adnan if there is indeed any truth these rumors or else everyone knows what the Great Imran would have done if someone had dared to do something like this in HIS team.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    i cannot understand why people are being so rude to wahab riaz....he bowled poorly in his first two overs in the first game,18-0 and was brought back at the end of innings and did an exceptional job in restricting england...he bowled with pace and was the reason why england didn't post 280 which at one stage looked definite...

  • Valavan on February 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @Gerard Periera, if you dont like to watch PAK vs ENG ODIs, go away and nobody is holding you here, you just watch wherever India plays or SL plays. You were one of the guys who ate lot of sour grapes when India failed miserably in England and in Australia in tests, If India cant play, so you mean pitches are doctored. Well SL won in Durban, and what you gonna say? You can just leave this forum so this forum will be clean. We arent expecting any of your one sided comments. Go and watch Dhoni saving ODI games. Ye he saved 2 ODIs and immediately he emerged as a better player. And Aussies won recently in SL both ODIs and Tests. You are just as pathetic as gambhir, sehwag, ishanth sharma, kohli who were crying and howling about showing themselves in home. cricinfo please publish.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't have good openers ,its been a decade Syed Anwar retired Imran farhat is an OPENER ? Not Sure ! who is driving him in the team along with Shoaib Malik.Pathetic Openers.They are not close to the INDIAN Ranji Cricket Team Standards in Technique.Groom Youngsters.That will pay rich results,going forward.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 15, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @3liteindia - no mate @Gerard Pereira is Indian, from the province of Utter Trollia.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I think we should replace Azhar Ali with Imran Farhat, Adnan Akmal instead of Umar Akmal and Hammad Azam in place of Shoab Malik. If Umar can't keep then he shouldn't be able to bat. We gotta avoid such nonsense.

  • wrenx on February 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    A lot of the comments her seem to focus on Cook & the Pakistan lineup (valid points), but largely neglect that the real match-winner for England was Finn. If Pakistan were going to have any chance of chasing the target, it would be from the top-order getting them close, and Finn saw them all off. Pakistan need to find an answer to Finn, and then the rest should fall into place. They can't afford to be hapless against 10 overs of one bowler, and expect their own bowlers to restrict England to a paltry total in order to have any hopes of winning.

  • keptalittlelow on February 15, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Pakistan is looking a very weak one day batting side at the moment. They cant play Finn with new ball in his hand. Someone like Yunus Khan will have to show aggression against Finn to put him in place otherwise I dread the same in the other ODIs as last Monday.

  • golgo_85 on February 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    It's rather strange to see a Pak team playing with only 2 seamers in any condition, where's the 3rd seam option? Do they really need Malik for anything? How about grooming the young blood Azam for the next World Cup? Their spin bowling department is overshadowing the underperformance of the seamers but for how long? Surely they need a long term solution? Sad to say this isn't a balanced line up. Shafiq should bat slightly down the order anyway till Younus/Misbah retires. U Akmal should definitely open with Hafeez in my opinion. Some imagination/creativity could go a long way when it comes to the limited overs. Still, no need to panic at the moment, they just need to play the right xi.

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Malik selection is the worst possible thing (if it's Misbah's call). It is height of killing of merit and Pak has to pay by losing game. One more thing if 6 batsmen are not good to do the job then 8 batsmen can not be sufficient. It means that Pak has to select 11 pure batsmen to avoid the vulnerability.

  • Rahul_78 on February 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The Umer Akmal issue of picking a back trouble which doesnt hinder his batting but his keeping when one of his brother is waiting in the wings is peculiar one. I know what Pak fans must be thinking in their heart. One solution would be to drop Umer and pick Adnan if there is indeed any truth these rumors or else everyone knows what the Great Imran would have done if someone had dared to do something like this in HIS team.

  • KarachiKid on February 15, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    I just cant believe there are fans asking for Kamran Akmal ? do you know cricket - do you know catches win matches ? Kamran Akmal should be history and PCB should draft a rule that there should be only ONE akmal in the team to avoid injury feigning gimmicks by Umar Akmal. Throw Malik, Farhat and Riaz.

  • Jujj on February 15, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    It's poor decision to used Umar as a wicket keeper.y not they used Kamran as a wicket-keeper wich is better than umar behind the wicket & also better with bat than shoaib malik.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    england is a nice team..and should win this ODi series...best wishes

  • sallo.rajput on February 15, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    shoaib malik's selection had no grounds he must be out of the team.he should be replaced with adnan akmal.

  • on February 15, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    where is abdul rehman he needs to make a come back here and play ??

  • Saad.Navaid on February 15, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    in the local news paper they are saying that asad and wahab will be dropped... azhar and may be aizaz will come in... also there is a suggestion that shoiab will be asked to open... this is just ridiculous... drop farhat and malik and bring in azhar and rehman... asad or umer can open with hafeez if you want to and rehman can bat and bowl better than what malik is doing... wonder how long can farhat play as the son-in-law of Pakistan cricket...!!!

  • jmcilhinney on February 15, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira, you are obviously not a real cricket fan. Cricketers in the entertainment business? What a crock! Cricketers are in the business of playing cricket in a way that will best help their team win. If Dhoni hits a six it is for his team, not the crowd. It is the administrators of cricket who are in the entertainment business, trying to package what the players do in a way that will make them the most money. That's part of what's wrong with cricket and professional sport in general. The money pushes and holds back at the same time. If you'd rather see a shot over midwicket than through cover then you may enjoy watching cricket but you're not a true cricket fan.

  • on February 15, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @sscricfan Umar Akmal is the only ODI batsman in ICC ODI ranking from Pakistan and as a batsman he is a fine player and also Kamran Akmal he is the best openers you have all the time after saeed anwar and aamir sohail. Every bodys knows that he is suspicious but it is not proven yet. In my opinion there is no middle thing either guilty or innocent. and what about Wahab riaz he was also suspicious but he is playing, as a keeper kamran akmal is not ok but adnan akmal is fit for this job.

  • dariuscorny on February 15, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    @well said Gerard periera.cook may have batted well but it was more of a Pakistan collapse than cook's brilliiance.If Pakistan had batted wisely they wud hv easily achieved that target.England were in a good position but they alowed the oppurtunity to post a good total to slip off as cook was completely clueless how to exploit death overs as Pakistani bowlers wer bowling poorly.this innings doesnt make cook a good one day batsman.

  • Pak117 on February 15, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I don't mind the Pakfan2012 selection...

  • Pak117 on February 15, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Shoaib Malik needed to be dropped... and I don't understand why Razzaq is not in the ODI squad (who did he ticked off?), plus Misbah needs have a attacking field. Last ODI, I felt Misbah had went very defensive style field set...

  • on February 15, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    My team for the 2nd ODI is, Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-haq, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Adnan Akaml, Saeed Ajmal, Rehman/Riaz, Umar Gul. PAK will WIN!!!

  • gab.pk on February 15, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    The current combination of Pakistani ODI team is horribly wrong.There must be a specialist wicketkeeper in the side in place of a batsman. Wahab needs few matches to get into full form and he did not bowl badly in death overs in first ODI anyway. The technique of our batsmen have always been exposed under lights against decent seam and swing bowling, even the likes of Great Inzi, yousaf used to struggle in those conditions. Despite being a fan of shoaib malik, I dont think he deserves a place in current lineup and Hammad Azam should be given a chance. We must start thinking about building good core of players for WC 2015, while our spinners would most likely be fit and available till next Wc, we must develop sarfaraz as wicketkeeper, hammad azam as all rounder, ahmed shehzad as opener. Further, asad, umar and azhar should be given a proper run in to establish themselves in place of Younis and Misbah who would be the most doubtful of current lineup to last till WC 2015

  • jmcilhinney on February 15, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    When I originally saw the England squad announced, it showed Kieswetter and Bairstow as keepers and not Buttler. Looking at the squad on the page for the previous and upcoming matches shows Buttler a keeper and not Bairstow. I wonder whether the original was a mistake or the new is a mistake or England have actually changed the official designation for those two. If there has been an official change then that definitely suggests that Buttler is a better bet than Bairstow to get a game as a batsman. Bairstow started out strongly but did disappoint in India. Mind you, so did pretty much everyone else. He seemed all at sea against spin though and that has been England's issue here in UAE to date as well, so they wouldn't want to add to that. Buttler's performance in SL suggests that he definitely deserves a game some time soon. As much as KP and Morgan are considered to be dangerous limited-overs batsman, if either fails to perform in this series then Buttler should replace them in SL.

  • landl47 on February 15, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    England's batsmen still have to get their act together. The downside of Cook getting more runs than all the Pakistan players put together is that he also got more runs than all the rest of the England side put together. If three or four England batsmen make runs, then England will win as their bowlers have shown this Pakistan batting lineup is very vulnerable. However, with no-one but Bopara and Cook getting more than 17 they're a long way from where they want to be.

  • Patchmaster on February 15, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Cook's strike rate was better than MS Dhoni on the same day for India, so can we finally put the so caleld slow strike rate of Cook arguement to bed, because he's not the best looking striker of the ball - but he gets the job done, so massive congrats to you Alistair for proving your critics wrong. Keep it up, you have many fans here.

  • PakPacer on February 15, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    ...oh yes almost forgot, Cheema in for Wahab please, Cheema is just better right now, he's more in form and he may lack the pace of Wahab but he bowls smarter.

  • PakPacer on February 15, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Pak needs to bring in AbduRehman. He was considered a one specialist before this test series and after having a great test series they've taken him out of the ODIs, why? He needs to be in the squad in place of Shoaib Malik and i'd open with Afridi, bench Farhat and bring in Azam, but thats just me.

  • jmcilhinney on February 15, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira, then why did you watch it?

  • A_S_M on February 15, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    I think Pakistan should go back to the recent test-winning formula against England. They ought to include Azhar Ali - as a steady and more sedate batsman -, Abdur Rehman - as a foremost spinner - and Aizaz Cheema - a promising fast bowler - at the expense of Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz respectively. Pakistan have strengths in spin apparently, while England perhaps in fast bowling - and playing to one's strengths can make for a very interesting contest between the two sides.

  • Go_Pakistan_Go on February 15, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    we really need back razzaq and kamran akmal

  • playitstraight on February 14, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira - you're a Sri Lankan, I take it? And your great duo of Sanga and Mahela are in the Strike rate of 75 and 78 respectively! Dilshan is the only person who has a strike rate over than 85 currently in Sri Lanka, and overall Jayasuriya had a SR of 91 but his average was very, very poor. Cook is a great batsman and you can't judge a batsman by his strike-rate anyways, it's the way he plays the game and his average is nearly 40, which is pretty good for ODIs.

  • mohammedshuja on February 14, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Selectors need to give Misbah some rest. He is not a T 2O player. With the current batting woe's he will make in the ODI team but not in the T20's

    Test: 1) Yasir Hameed 2) Taufeeq Umer 3) Younis Khan 4) Azhar Ali 5) Mohammad Hafeez 6) Misbah Ul Haq 7) Zulqarnain Hyder (wk) 8) Abdul Rehman 9) Wahab Riaz 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal 12) Junaid Khan 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Mohammad Talha 15) Sadaf Hussain

    ODI: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Younis Khan 5) Umer Akmal (wk) 6) Misbah Ul Haq 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Junaid Khan 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal 12) Sadaf Hussain 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Abdul Rehman 15) Hammad Azam

    T20: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Awais Zia 5) Umer Akmal (wk) 6) Hammad Azam 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Sadaf Hussain 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal 12) Junaid Khan 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Zulqarnain Hyder (wk) 15) Abdul Rehman

  • dmqi on February 14, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    WHEN TEAM WINS, SUPPORTERS WILL SAY, ZINDABAD. MISBAH HAS GOT TOO MANY ZINDABAD. LAST GAME SHOWED TRUE PICTURE OF PAK BATTING AND MISBAH'S FASCINATION FOR OLDER PLAYERS. THIS MATCH WILL DECIDE HOW MANY ZINDABAD MISBAH AND MOHSIN WILL GET. IF PAK LOOSES, THEY WILL LOOSE THE SERIES AND REALITY WILL TAKE ITS PLACE, NO MORE ZINDABAD.WHY NOT TRY NEW PLAYERS RATHER STICK WITH FAILED ONES GAMES AFTER GAMES? CHECK INDIA-AUS SERIES.

  • on February 14, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    JG2704. Cooke is a better batsman, Dhoni the more exciting cricketer. As both are in the entertainment business it is important to note that most people would rather watch Dhoni bat in an ODI rather than Cooke irrespective of yesterdays strike rate. Both matches down under against Australia and SL this week went down to the wire with Dhoni clobbering sixes in the last two overs . If you want to compare Cooke to anybody it has got to be Gambhir or Chanderpaul nurdlers who gets a lot of runs with out raising anybody's heart rate.

  • on February 14, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Wrong batting lineup once again, umar akmal making excuse once again to let his brother do keeping. Misbah is no naive that he is believing akmal again, akmal family is like a snake u can notbtrust on them , if umer have back problem why is he even playing? Another wrong decision to drop Malik, why dropping only Malik? Entire batting collapsed including misbah. Far hat and hafeez need to step down. Let Malik bat at number 3 if this is the batting line up then I wouldn't be surprised to see anotherpak defeat. Bring asad to number 6. As he can't play new ball.

  • on February 14, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Nutcutlet; We are discussing the ODIs here and in that context I found the match to be boring. OK Cooke got a hundred but it was not great viewing Pakistan's effort even more pathetic . I used to be a great fan of test cricket when the matches were played on a level playing field but am a little cynical now as I feel home pitches are doctored. Subcontinental sides are going to get whitewashed in England and Australia and England and Australia are going to be whitewashed in Asia. Add to that the lack of support for the five day game everywhere except England and Australia and you get the feeling test cricket is dying a slow and painful death. I will agree with you that T20 matches are churned out for the gullible masses and the BCCI and the IPL is hastening crickets descend into the grave.

  • on February 14, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Take out Farhat, put in Nazir

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @G.Sri on (February 14 2012, 15:36 PM GMT) If the game is that dull , why bother coming on here to comment on it?

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 15:34 PM GMT) Please look at the strike rates of Cook in yesterday's match and Dhoni in today's match. Kind of contradicts another dose you've just littered these boards with

  • pakfan2010 on February 14, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    please can someone tell me what happened to mohammed yousef, he played in the england series in england then got dropped. has he retired? pakistan team should be azhar ali, hafeez,younis, u akmal, misbah, shafiq, afridi, h azam, gul, ajmal, cheema. here they have balance of attacking and defensive batsmen. also three seamer and three spinners which is important.

  • a.syed81 on February 14, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    For all those who want Wahab out didn't you guys saw his last over of 1st ODI? Didn't you see his reverse swing? He is the same bowler who took 5 wickets in WC Semi final against India. He is a bit off color and short of match practice. What he needs to do though is to learn how to bowl with new balll. Pakistan problem is New Ball. Openers can't bat infront of New Ball and Gul and Riaz don't know how to use it.

  • Nutcutlet on February 14, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    @Gerard Periera. You can have all that slogfest in T20 matches that are churned out for the gullible masses. Frankly, I get bored with all of that one dimensional cricket. You wouldn't be fan of test cricket from you comment. Anyone who says he enjoys cricket but restricts his appreciation to seeing the ball sailing over the ropes (while the band plays ever more loudly and the dancing girls gyrate wildly) has a long, long way to go. I wish you patience; I wish you the power of discrimination.

  • Mohammad_Imran on February 14, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Pakistan needs to play this team in the next match to WIN!!!

    1) Mohammad Hafeez 2) Azhar Ali 3) Younis Khan 4) Misbah-ul-Haq 5) Asad Shafiq 6) Hammad Azam 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Adnan Akmal 9) Abdur Rahman 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

    A Shafiq needs to play lower down the order as he doesn't have the proper technique yet to tackle the new ball... Time for Malik, Riaz & Farhat to be ousted!!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    My team in 2nd odi is, 1 hafeez 2 farhat 3 younis 4 misbah 5 shafiq 6 u.akmal 7 afridi 8 h.azam 9 gul 10 cheema 11 ajmal. All the best my team. Inshaallah we will win this match.

  • Dannymania on February 14, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    if pakistan plays with the same players and the same batting order,then God help them!The batting order needs to be changed.i know misbah doesnt want it to,but it HAS to change.how's this batting order? 1:Azhar Ali 2: Imran Frhat 3: Asad Shafiq 4: Younus Khan 5: Umar Akmal/M.Hafeez 6: Misbah ul haq 7: Hammad Azam 8: S,Afridi 9: W.Riaz 10: S.Ajmal 11: U.Gul..Umar Akmal might not play and in that case Adnan Akmal should be there instead of Hammad Azam.this batting order will give pakistan the balance between attack and defense and will help them win matches.Misbah has many problems right now.He cant draw an ODI,he'll be crushed for including malik,he has to make changes to the line up,he has to change the batting order..so many things,other than being the wise captain that he needs to be,to win the game.good luck misbah!

  • sscricfan on February 14, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    For God's sake, get rid of ALL the Akmals already. I am sure we can find better batsmen. We already have better keepers.

  • tigerkhan on February 14, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Congratulations David Hopps on Alistair Cook beating Pakistan by 7 runs. its a joke ..........

  • Israr75 on February 14, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    In recent press so much about Awais Zia. Well bring him in and give the youngster a chance. More anythign else he has the hunger.....Take a leaf out of englands book. They don't care about who is who they just want winning 11 and willing give new guys a chance.

  • KarachiKid on February 14, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    If Umar Akmal is even remotely feigning an injury to get his brother in the team, he should be rested altogether instead of playing both the brothers ! time to throw out shoaib malik, imran farhat and wahab riaz.

  • nafdan on February 14, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    first get rid of this wicked guy (u. akmal) he plays for his bros and not for his country....he also said that openly in the aussie tour 2010... he fake during the worldcup and now again... i cud clearly see that he plays all his shots but acts like he have strained back, remember if u hav a strained back u cant play a pull shot which he did.. chuck the akmals out neva let them again...

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on February 14, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Just to inform, there is a min typo in regards to Adnan Akmal's name. In Pakistan's probable list of players, it's spelled Adnam instead of Adnan.

  • Mr.Shani on February 14, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    I recommend that we should play with this squad in 2nd ODI 1) M Hafeez 2) A Shafiq 3) A Ali 4) Y Khan 5) M ul Haq 6) U Akmal 7) S Afridi 8) H Azam 9) U Gul 10) S Ajmal 11) J Khan.

  • RandyOZ on February 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Another game for the english fans to wipe a bit more egg off their faces.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Pakistan should replace Imran Farhat with Azhar Ali.

  • X.2. on February 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be replaced with Hamad Azam, Wahab Riaz with Abdur Rehman and Imran Farhat with Azhar Ali or Adnan Akmal in next match.

  • RandyOZ on February 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Who cares about the ODI series. Pakistan have realised that Oz will NEVER be knocked off the number 1 spot so they focused on the tests. As a result they whitewashed a hapless United XI.

  • Misbah_Roxx on February 14, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Pakistan will surely win the 2nd ODI...Imran Farhat in my view makes very little difference, if any...Key to the victory will surely be Younis and Misbah performing in the middle.......

  • Misbah_Roxx on February 14, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Pakistan will surely win the 2nd ODI...Imran Farhat in my view makes very little difference, if any...Key to the victory will surely be Younis and Misbah performing in the middle.......

  • TaylorSwift on February 14, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    England will win again if we continue to play Farhat and Malik. With the players currently available and the back injury to U. Akmal, here is the best XI for 2nd ODI: 1) Hafeez, 2) Shafiq, 3) Younis, 4) U. Akmal, 5) Misbah, 6) Hammad Azam, 7) A. Akmal, 8) Afridi, 9) Rehman, 10) Gul, 11) Ajmal. Once U. Akmal is fit enough to keep, draft Azhar Ali into the XI at the expense of A. Akmal. Carrying a second seamer against England in UAE has been a liability. Hammad Azam can bowl part-time medium pace, if required, and is a good lower middle order bat. The addition of Rehman gives the spin attack more variety. I was really impressed with Finny the other day. He should now be England's third seam option in Tests behind Broady and Jimmy.

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Winning the toss is more important than which eleven are playing. In the last match Pakistan and England batted on two different surfaces. Imran Farhat and Malik should be out of the team for good, bring in Adnan Akmal and Awais Zia. If Misbah insists on Malik, then Misbah should be replaced.

  • Noball_Specialist on February 14, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Shoaib Malik doesn't deserve a spot in the team. Seems a shame that the faction creating guy gets into the team again and again where Mo Yo can't. Imran Farhat should only play in Pakistan A matches against Sub Par teams. The guy is rubbish. Someone should take the Sehwag DVDs off Hafeez and tell him to bat within his own limits. No one in the team should have the surname Akmal. Azhar Ali should be in the team as a permenant feature. Asad Shafiq needs more vitamins in his diet. Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz need to plan a delivery before the ball flys out of their hands.

  • psu19976 on February 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Pak need a specialist wicketkeeper and drop Malik

  • Sinhaya on February 14, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Pakistan will bounce back hard for sure!

  • BellaEdward on February 14, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Hello, Yea, i do agree with most of the comments abt exclusion of Imran Farhath and Malik, both should be replaced by Hammad Azam and Azar ali or Adan Akmal who is decent behind the stumps. Pak must be well discipline on fielding.

    England should give a chance to Jimmy and replace Bresnan for Morgan who has no idea what so ever playing aginst Ajmal.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Pakistan should include Abdur Rehman as that chap deserves a place now in odi's specially in U.A.E conditions. Playing Malik is a bit defensive from Misbah. He should have gone for a specialist spinner. Malik is terribly out of form we need a left arm spinner as there are a lot of off spinners if Malik plays again. Batting needs to be improved. Please give some other opener a chance. Imran Farhat has always been a question mark in the team.

  • Ammar1234 on February 14, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    if malik and imran plays pakistan will lose every match.They are bad luck for them

  • Srini_Indian on February 14, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Yawn, this is one of the most boring series ever played. Zim vs Ban is a lot interesting than this one!!!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Ccoke's hundred was the most boring century in ODI history. People come to ODIs to watch guys like Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dishan, Gayle, Hayden, Warner, Ryder, McCullum, De Villiers, Dhoni to name but a few. Not guys like Cooke, Trott and Bophara. People like to see the ball sailing over the ropes not nurdlers running the one and the twos.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Adnan is definitely better behind the stumps - give Umar a rest with the gloves if his back won't allow him to keep properly. Should be a good game - looking forward to seeing if Pakistan can square the series.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @ Adee.. Pak won 3-1.. 2nd or 3rd match was abandoned due to rain. correct your knowledge :P.. All the best Pakistan.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on February 14, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Please bring Hammad In. he is Like A.Razzaq, Medium pacer & Bats well with long hits. I dont know why they are ignoring him. And Imran farhat really he did'nt deserve to be pakistan A team as compare to the available resources in Pakistan. Nasir Jamsheed Performed but still out of team.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 14, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Ask the Aussies what they think about Cook. Now that is interesting!

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Farhat and Malik should leave respecting their own dignity!

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    pakistan should be + in 2nd game we don't need imran and malik untill they proform will in local matches

  • ICCexpert.... on February 14, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    is Umar AKmal again feiging the injury just to bring back Adnan....and why is Imran Farhat in the team ?? he shouldnt be even in the Pak-B team forget about Pak and Pak-A team.....

  • khurramsch on February 14, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    positive for pakistan in 1st match are that apart from cook & bopara no 1 else in england batting lineup was so comfortable.even bopara was very shaky in start of that 131 run partnership gave 1 stumping chance & almost lbw.malik should not b playing as he is not filling a bowlers role nor a batsmen. instead they should play azahr or rehman if they want a full batsman or bowler instead of him. adan wil i think surely play now as umar suffered.

  • waqar.cz on February 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    wonder if still there is some one in selectors relative of Imran Farhat?

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Get rid of cronies like Malik and Imran, get some fresh blood you have the passion to perform for the country 3 wins I hope were not a fluk as we have seriuos issues with the batting, we were lucky in the test matches scoring below par in most of the innings?

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Pakistan won the ODI series against NZ in 2011 by 3-2 not 3-1, please correct it.

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  • on February 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Pakistan won the ODI series against NZ in 2011 by 3-2 not 3-1, please correct it.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Get rid of cronies like Malik and Imran, get some fresh blood you have the passion to perform for the country 3 wins I hope were not a fluk as we have seriuos issues with the batting, we were lucky in the test matches scoring below par in most of the innings?

  • waqar.cz on February 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    wonder if still there is some one in selectors relative of Imran Farhat?

  • khurramsch on February 14, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    positive for pakistan in 1st match are that apart from cook & bopara no 1 else in england batting lineup was so comfortable.even bopara was very shaky in start of that 131 run partnership gave 1 stumping chance & almost lbw.malik should not b playing as he is not filling a bowlers role nor a batsmen. instead they should play azahr or rehman if they want a full batsman or bowler instead of him. adan wil i think surely play now as umar suffered.

  • ICCexpert.... on February 14, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    is Umar AKmal again feiging the injury just to bring back Adnan....and why is Imran Farhat in the team ?? he shouldnt be even in the Pak-B team forget about Pak and Pak-A team.....

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    pakistan should be + in 2nd game we don't need imran and malik untill they proform will in local matches

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Farhat and Malik should leave respecting their own dignity!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 14, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Ask the Aussies what they think about Cook. Now that is interesting!

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on February 14, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Please bring Hammad In. he is Like A.Razzaq, Medium pacer & Bats well with long hits. I dont know why they are ignoring him. And Imran farhat really he did'nt deserve to be pakistan A team as compare to the available resources in Pakistan. Nasir Jamsheed Performed but still out of team.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @ Adee.. Pak won 3-1.. 2nd or 3rd match was abandoned due to rain. correct your knowledge :P.. All the best Pakistan.