Pakistan A v South Africans, Sharjah, 3rd day October 10, 2013

Quadir gives South Africans something to ponder

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South Africans 345 for 8 dec. (Kallis 70) and 109 for 3 drew with Pakistan A 311 for 6 dec. (Shehzad 66)
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Satisfied with their workout after eight sessions, the South Africans called time on their practice match against Pakistan A at tea on the final day. Their final act was to almost invert their batting line-up to ensure the lower and middle order had time at the crease.

Usman Qadir, the 20-year old son of Pakistan's Abdul Qadir, bowled a testing spell to give the South Africans a flavour of what is to come in the Test series. His googly was difficult for Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson to read and Peterson was eventually foxed by it, feathering a catch to Mohammad Rizwan.

Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel battled as well but were stubborn in their resistance. With the South Africans allowing Dale Steyn to put his feet up, once the other two seamers had faced what management thought was a sufficient amount of the bowling, they decided enough was enough.

That left Graeme Smith as the only batsmen who did not spend a significant amount of time in the middle. Smith was dismissed for 2 in the first innings and did not return to bat in the second. The official line was that he sat out as part of a management process following his ankle surgery in May. The other four batsmen in the top order - Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers - also did not bat in the second dig but scored half-centuries in the first.

Pakistan's bowling remained as disciplined as it was earlier in the match, with the seamers keeping things tight on a flat pitch against batsmen whose aim was to get practice against the new ball. Both Duminy and du Plessis handled the test carefully. Yasir Shah, the other legspinner in the attack, did not trouble the batsmen too much and it was only when Qadir was introduced, that the South Africans experienced problems.

The lower middle-order struggles with the wrong 'un will no doubt be relayed to the Pakistan senior side ahead of Monday's first Test. Ahmed Shehzad, who scored 66 for Pakistan A, Shan Masood, the other opener who reached a half-century, and Asad Shafiq, whose was solid for most of his innings, were added to their group.

Shafiq has been a regular member of Pakistan's Test squad in recent times and will be disappointed with the way he was dismissed in what was a trial for him. Vernon Philander, who looked the most impressive of the South African seamers on the final morning, had him surprised by extra lift and caught in the slips.

Philander was the only wicket-taker for the South Africans on day three but all the seamers got in a spell. Morkel claimed a scalp the previous day but Steyn, bowling within himself pace-wise, went without reward. Kallis had a brief four-over outing while the spinners were all thoroughly worked as South Africa decide on a final XI for Abu Dhabi.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on October 12, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @ Faizan Khan rightly said shafiq is 1 of the best batsmen coming through . i think a batsman of such solid technique should play up in the order but thats not possible cuz u have guys banging on the door to be selected as openers eg shan masood khurram manzoor ahmad shahzad on number 3 azhar ali is fixed num 4 younis num 5 misbah so he has to bat at 6 what a shame, he doesnt get to play a long innings very often cuz he doesnt have much support frm lower order

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    i am an afghan and i have been supporting pakistan team since 1992. i think new blood should be given chance to prove themselves instead of imran farhat, Younis khan, Hafeez, asad shafeeq, they are all out of form, the team should be. ahmad shahzad, nasir jamshid, umar amin, azhar ali, Misbah-ulhaq, Khuram Manzoor, Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Mohd Irfan, Sayed AJMAL, Abdur rahman.

  • on October 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Usman Qadir is not ready he shouldn't play.

  • on October 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @muzamalhasan, bro please check the stats again, Asad Shafiq was a centurion last series he played against SA, was one of the very few batsman that played well on that series. Coming to the Zimbabwean series, why only point out Shafiq, why not Azhar Ali and Adnan Akmal. Asad Shafiq one of the only players today in Pakistan that has a solid technique and temperament, give him some time he will come good along with other players inshallah.

  • on October 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Usman Qadir ? is he a firstclass cricketer ?

  • muzamalhassan on October 11, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Why rhe Hell Asad Shafiq is selected again and again.I dont know why his performence in his last two series against South africa and zimbabve was awful. dont know what selectors are up to.Somebody else should b be playing in for Shafiq.. So So Disappointed

  • keptalittlelow on October 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I hope Pakistan now do the right thing and bring new talent in, and persist with them for a while. Ahmed Shehzad should be given a serious chance now. Questions are being asked why Harris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood are not in the test side, how long will we stick with the horses which have run their course?

  • ICCexpert.... on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood is 100 times better than Misbah and Yunis, why isnt he in the team?

  • ICCexpert.... on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Harris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood are the top pakistan batsmen right now, but non of them are in the team. It becasue we have a cunning and lazy captain like Misbah in the team who doesn't want talented players in the team because that will put his place in danger.

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad should be in the team....

  • on October 12, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @ Faizan Khan rightly said shafiq is 1 of the best batsmen coming through . i think a batsman of such solid technique should play up in the order but thats not possible cuz u have guys banging on the door to be selected as openers eg shan masood khurram manzoor ahmad shahzad on number 3 azhar ali is fixed num 4 younis num 5 misbah so he has to bat at 6 what a shame, he doesnt get to play a long innings very often cuz he doesnt have much support frm lower order

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    i am an afghan and i have been supporting pakistan team since 1992. i think new blood should be given chance to prove themselves instead of imran farhat, Younis khan, Hafeez, asad shafeeq, they are all out of form, the team should be. ahmad shahzad, nasir jamshid, umar amin, azhar ali, Misbah-ulhaq, Khuram Manzoor, Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Mohd Irfan, Sayed AJMAL, Abdur rahman.

  • on October 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Usman Qadir is not ready he shouldn't play.

  • on October 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @muzamalhasan, bro please check the stats again, Asad Shafiq was a centurion last series he played against SA, was one of the very few batsman that played well on that series. Coming to the Zimbabwean series, why only point out Shafiq, why not Azhar Ali and Adnan Akmal. Asad Shafiq one of the only players today in Pakistan that has a solid technique and temperament, give him some time he will come good along with other players inshallah.

  • on October 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Usman Qadir ? is he a firstclass cricketer ?

  • muzamalhassan on October 11, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Why rhe Hell Asad Shafiq is selected again and again.I dont know why his performence in his last two series against South africa and zimbabve was awful. dont know what selectors are up to.Somebody else should b be playing in for Shafiq.. So So Disappointed

  • keptalittlelow on October 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I hope Pakistan now do the right thing and bring new talent in, and persist with them for a while. Ahmed Shehzad should be given a serious chance now. Questions are being asked why Harris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood are not in the test side, how long will we stick with the horses which have run their course?

  • ICCexpert.... on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood is 100 times better than Misbah and Yunis, why isnt he in the team?

  • ICCexpert.... on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Harris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood are the top pakistan batsmen right now, but non of them are in the team. It becasue we have a cunning and lazy captain like Misbah in the team who doesn't want talented players in the team because that will put his place in danger.

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad should be in the team....

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    they have already got zulfiqar babar as 3rd spinner if they want to go with 3rd spinner. Usman is not that much good at moment.

    I do agree shoib should be in but i think he should have been included in place of shaan or umar amin. They will surely go for Ahmed and khurram in 1st test so shaan may not get any chance at all.

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    +1 vote for Sohaib Maqsood from me as well. He seems a solid batsman in the middle order.

  • Dannymania on October 11, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    I really think that Sohaib Maqsoob needs to be in the test team, replacing Asad Shafiq. I think he is way more talented than shafiq & he will be a gem in future. Also, I think going in with three spinners in the way to go in UAE. Pakistani team cannot go without Ajmal and Rehman who've been working great for them. Usman Qadir has to somehow be included in the line up though. But i think Misbah is no where near aggressive enough to play Ajmal, Rehman and Qadir. Misbah will rather play for a draw than going for the kill.

  • t20cric on October 10, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I think the A team selection to begin was not the best. Pakistan should have an A-team filled with players under 30. I suggest: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Fawad Alam, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Haris Sohail, 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Mohammad Rizwan(wk), 8.Yasir Shah, 9.Ehsan Adil, 10.Usman Qadir, 11.Imran Khan jr and backups: Sharjeel Khan, Rahat Ali, Anwar Ali, Raza Hassan, Junaid Khan. This A-team is full of young, talented and emerging players. This A-team should play matches against Afghanistan, UAE, Ireland and A-teams of other test playing nations. This way the youngsters of Pakistan will be good for tests. As soon as one of these players become a regular and establish themselves in the test team they should leave the A-team and other talented youth should be given a chance to be groomed. I think this is the way forward for Pakistan.

  • zzby on October 10, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Sohaib Mqsood , Rizwan and Usman Qadir Should be selected in squad but travel them with team for 6-12 month nad the play the. Otherwise they would be axed without a chance..

  • hamza893 on October 10, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I am very impressed by Sohaib Maqsood ,he deserves a chance in all three formats ,if we want to make preperations for 2015 WC ,we have to groom youngsters like Sohaib.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Please guys stop mixing Test cricket with ODIs and T20. Who cares about strike rates and 4s and 6s in test cricket. If one has the temperament to stay and concentrate and score runs at a SR of 50 he should be in the team.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    oh some Bad Decisions i think Shoaib Maqsood Must Deserve Chance in this Series

  • cricket_craze234 on October 10, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Our middle order needs someone attacking misbah younis and azhar are same, in the way they approach there innings; someone attacking between younis and azhar would spice things up! i think the reason sohaib still is not part of the team is because misbah and younis will feel insecure in his presence they may be great players but time has come. younis and misbah should understand that.

  • NixNixon on October 10, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @zcfoutkast you are severely criticising a team who has been undefeatable over the past 7years

  • ICCexpert.... on October 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Players like Misbah wont give Sharjeel Khan and Sohaib Maqsood a chance, because if they do then they will be a threat to the seniors, Sharjeel and Maqsood have got the real talent. But its not the side of 90's when talent was given chance. This is 2013, only parchi players.

  • Jda123 on October 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Amin was disappointing... some poor decision.

    Sohaib Maqsood is a MUST in the Test squad.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    ICCexpert: Ahmed is already a tuk tuk in all his domestic career. Check his List A Strike rate of 76 and 1st class. we are judging him on basis of t20s. He has more impressive record in 1st class than his list A and as well as his odis. he avg 41 in 1st class.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood should be is the playing eleven. Opener should be Shan because if they select Shahzad then Misbah will make him a tuk tuk and we will lose a good one day batsmen who is a good stroke player. Misbah already spoilt Jamsheed and made hima tuk tuk.

  • wanatawu on October 10, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Some of the guys are going on here as if this was a result based game. This was more of a practice match, .noticed there was 13 players playing

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Guys it was agreed that sides will play 100 overs maximum in 1st innings so there was no chance of getting another hour.

    For pak amin and faisal were the failures. shan, Ahmed, Azhar, Asad, shoiab, & rizwan did good.

    Azhar and amin are already in 12 man squad so choice is 3 of these Ahmed, Shan, shoaib And Asad. ( best will be Ahmed, asad, Shoaib )

    I think rizwan should also be selected as keeper batsman but they may not play him

  • cricket_craze234 on October 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    sohaib maqsood should have been given another hour to show why he deserves a place. the team really needs a good middle order batsman sohaib will be perfect.

    on a side note its good to see sohaib taking jaque's wicket seeing that he is one of his role models.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood and Sharjeel khan are the best 2 batsmen in Pakistan now. They have the same talent and agression as Inzi and Sehwag.

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  • ICCexpert.... on October 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood and Sharjeel khan are the best 2 batsmen in Pakistan now. They have the same talent and agression as Inzi and Sehwag.

  • cricket_craze234 on October 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    sohaib maqsood should have been given another hour to show why he deserves a place. the team really needs a good middle order batsman sohaib will be perfect.

    on a side note its good to see sohaib taking jaque's wicket seeing that he is one of his role models.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Guys it was agreed that sides will play 100 overs maximum in 1st innings so there was no chance of getting another hour.

    For pak amin and faisal were the failures. shan, Ahmed, Azhar, Asad, shoiab, & rizwan did good.

    Azhar and amin are already in 12 man squad so choice is 3 of these Ahmed, Shan, shoaib And Asad. ( best will be Ahmed, asad, Shoaib )

    I think rizwan should also be selected as keeper batsman but they may not play him

  • wanatawu on October 10, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Some of the guys are going on here as if this was a result based game. This was more of a practice match, .noticed there was 13 players playing

  • ICCexpert.... on October 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood should be is the playing eleven. Opener should be Shan because if they select Shahzad then Misbah will make him a tuk tuk and we will lose a good one day batsmen who is a good stroke player. Misbah already spoilt Jamsheed and made hima tuk tuk.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    ICCexpert: Ahmed is already a tuk tuk in all his domestic career. Check his List A Strike rate of 76 and 1st class. we are judging him on basis of t20s. He has more impressive record in 1st class than his list A and as well as his odis. he avg 41 in 1st class.

  • Jda123 on October 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Amin was disappointing... some poor decision.

    Sohaib Maqsood is a MUST in the Test squad.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Players like Misbah wont give Sharjeel Khan and Sohaib Maqsood a chance, because if they do then they will be a threat to the seniors, Sharjeel and Maqsood have got the real talent. But its not the side of 90's when talent was given chance. This is 2013, only parchi players.

  • NixNixon on October 10, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @zcfoutkast you are severely criticising a team who has been undefeatable over the past 7years

  • cricket_craze234 on October 10, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Our middle order needs someone attacking misbah younis and azhar are same, in the way they approach there innings; someone attacking between younis and azhar would spice things up! i think the reason sohaib still is not part of the team is because misbah and younis will feel insecure in his presence they may be great players but time has come. younis and misbah should understand that.