South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town

Injured Junaid unlikely for Newlands

Firdose Moonda at Newlands

February 13, 2013

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Junaid Khan had Tharanga Paranavitana caught at slip, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 5th day, July 12, 2012
Junaid Khan caused South Africa's batsmen problems at the Wanderers, especially in the first innings © AFP

Junaid Khan, the left-arm quick, is a major doubt for Pakistan ahead of the second Test against South Africa. He took a tumble a few days ago and the wounds on his thigh are still healing so he may not be considered for selection.

At the pre-match press conference, Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore initially said Junaid was unavailable for the Cape Town Test. When pushed for confirmation he then revealed that Junaid will be fit for the third Test in Centurion. However, team manager Naved Cheema added to the confusion by saying Junaid has made progress and could be picked for the Newlands match.

If Junaid is ruled out, a second spinner, the left-armer Abdur Rehman could make an appearance on what is expected to be a dry surface. What seems unlikely to depend on Junaid's fitness is the fate of 7ft quick Mohammed Irfan, who is in line for a Test debut at Newlands after his seven wickets in the tour match against the Emerging Cape Cobras.

South Africa have been preparing for the Irfan who Graeme Smith said will present them with a "unique challenge." Jokes about Allan Donald standing on a cooler box to give the batsmen throw-downs are just wisecracks but Alviro Petersen confirmed that the team has done extensive technical analysis on Irfran.

What they have also been studying is Pakistan's batting technique. Sixteen of the 20 wickets in the first Test fell to catches behind the stumps, suggesting that Pakistan did not leave as well as they could have. Whatmore attributed that to insufficient time spent getting used to conditions, a common problem with modern fixture lists.

"The longer you play here, the better you will get. The same applies when teams from here tour the sub-continent. They have got better because they tour there so often," he said. Pakistan played one four-day match ahead of the first Test on an East London pitch that was completely dissimilar to the one they put on at the Wanderers.

They have since had another game, of only two days despite the break between matches extending to 10, against the Emerging Cape Cobras. "We could have had more practice matches beforehand maybe but the schedule did not allow for it," Whatmore said.

While Pakistan attribute their first innings performance in Johannesburg on adjustment, Smith chose to credit the South African attack for who testing the opposition technique and showing it up. "I'd like to put it down to our guys getting good swing. They also allowed us to bowl at them and we managed to control the run rate," he said.

Conditions at Newlands may not allow for the same approach. On a surface that will offer less the quicks than the Wanderers, Pakistan may find it a little easier to judge their off stump. But Smith hopes that will work in South Africa's favour too. "If you come into the game with the mindset to leave, you are going to be tentative," he said.

For that reason, Whamore has spent the last ten days concentrating on helping the batsmen understand the choices they will have to make in this match. "Shot selection is the main thing with any batsman," he said. "If you make 90 or 100 correct decisions in an innings, you are going to score a lot of runs."

Nasir Jamshed was the player Whatmore was most disappointed in after the Wanderers. After playing himself into a position to get his maiden Test half-century, Jamshed pulled a short ball straight at mid-on when he could so easily have played a different shot.

Whatmore singled out the young opener because he showed he had the potential to get the better of the opposition bowlers for a period of time and then caused his own downfall. Jamshed did not get the opportunity to practice rectifying that in a match situation because he turned his ankle before game against the Emerging Cape Cobras but it has healed in the lead up to his Test.

That will come as some good news for Pakistan, who have been hit by a spate of injuries and illnesses on this tour. Taufeeq Umar and Haris Sohail were sent home before the first and second Tests respectively, Asad Shafiq almost missed the first Test with a hand injury, wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed was hit on the nose and Mohammed Hafeez had a viral infection.

Sarfraz and Hafeez have both been cleared to play in the second Test which means Pakistan avoid the need for wholesale changes. It will be down to the same top order to make amends.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by g.narsimha on (February 14, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

syad waqar hasan zaidi -wow what a comparision a mole with the mountain

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Frankly Junaid has to prove himself if he wants to compare himself with Dale Styen, There is no doubt that Junaid is a very good bowler but still Dale is better then him in terms of accuracy and pace.....

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

@Zifan Hai Can we please hold off such tall claims until the end of the first day's play at least. The only team to be humbled, crumbled and put in its place up until now has been ours! Think about how silly your comments will sound if this trend continues God Forbid.

Posted by PadMarley on (February 14, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

You dont need too fancy spinners.... get a spinner who does the basics right and always put the ball in the correct slot and play the mind game well. Learn from Herath, ask him how he went through South African line-up to give Sri Lanka a victory in South African soil!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

I think Steyn is over hyped. He was not successful in every part of the world, in every kind of surfaces. Pakistan have always produced greatest of fast bowlers. More importantly they were innovative. Steyn has to go a long way to prove his mastery. Can he be become a versatile bowler... lets say like wasim ? Long way to go...until then be humble!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

I have this feeling SA will suffer a humiliating defeat and Pakistan will make them humble. SA will crumble and will find their rightly deserved place!

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (February 14, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Junaid is the best bowler of pak who doesnt even get place in the team when Amir n Asif return :P As of Steyn, he is in my top three list of all time best bowlers and i dont care what people say/criticize about him. I guess even SIR VIV RICHARDS would have weared an Helmet when facing Dale Steyn.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Pakistan shud go for Rehman & Irfan in place of Injured Junaid & Rahat. Lets see how Pak can make a come back into the series.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (February 14, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Big blow for Pakistan, now there is no wicket taking bowler in Pakistan side

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 14, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

SA batting is deep it is hard to get 20 wickets in their backyard. Pakistan is not going to score many runs that is fact, how do you win then. SA will not bundle out twice, SA struggled in Australia,they were lucky to be 0-0 starting 3rd test, Steyn and company were struggling to get aussies out twice and almost lost 2nd test, their long batting lineup bailed them out. If Pakistan win toss and play positive and score 400 plus they have a chance with 2 spinners. In that scenario it might be either YK or Hafeez will get quick runs, Azhar, Misbah will block one end, NJ might play quick also, Toss is the key to win, If win toss Pakistan winning chances will get thin, SA do not want to bat significantly in third inning if they win toss.

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 13, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

I'm sorry, but, where does this silly notion that South Africa cant play spin come from? Do people even watch cricket?

SINCE 1990 (92 for SA) IN ASIA: SA MAT 33, WON 13, LOST 10, Draw 10. WIN% 39%, LOST% 30%, DRAW% 30%. Average 34.83 runs per wicket. AUS MAT 37, WON 12, LOST 12, Draw 13. WIN% 32%, LOST% 32%, DRAW% 35%. Average 34.83 runs per wicket. ENG MAT 37, WON 11, LOST 14, Draw 12. WIN% 30%, LOST% 38%, DRAW% 32%. Average 32.68 runs per wicket.

"South Africa always struggle against spin" what are you kidding me? South Africa are the best players of spin period!! Lets take off our comic suits before making uninformed comments please.

Posted by crashed on (February 13, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

I doubt that - if SA will be batting first and they do bat for 2 or 3 days like they did at the oval - irfan will be still bowling at speed I think he will be one exhausted Pakistani - if I am wrong well good for him if I am right I am sure he will be needing some much needed rest :p Reason:-> It is hot in Cape Town and I am sure the SA team (with 4 top batters at their home ground) will not give their wickets up easily nor cheaply. However it would be nice to see him bowling and all the best to him but also all the best to the Protea team may they win the test and seal the series by a good margin

Posted by crashed on (February 13, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

"If you make 90 or 100 correct decisions in an innings, you are going to score a lot of runs." but if you make just one incorrect decision your wickets will be broken - might be added lol good luck to both teams may the best team win

Posted by BG4cricket on (February 13, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Gee soaf that is a harsh assessment if Steyn and not really supported by stats. For a guy who has taken over 300 tests wickets his average and strike rates are right up there with the best to have ever played, and if you look at his stats in winning tests they are even better. He will go down as a great of the game no question.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Taking 20 wickets was never a problem for Pakistan it is the batting that has failed us again and again and it puts extra ordinary pressure on the bowlers. Pakistan must find batsman who can bat, the present lot is not offering much.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 13, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

there u go.. another problem for Pakistan. they need to pull themselves together. Pakistan still havnt filled a gap of Amir and asif. they would have done wonders in similar condition where SA bowled pakistan for 49. But junaid is good bowler. these guys needed more practice on these conditions thats all.

Posted by soaf on (February 13, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

people are hailing steyn as an all time great.No doubt he has a great record and the best of strike rates .But the sole quality that turns you in an all time great is "to perform in crunch situations".I have seen him couple of years ago during australia tour of SAf he couldnt get the tailhanders out and gave away the game to aussies(talking about the last test of 2011 series). Even in wc of t20s and odis he always showed mediocricity in crunch games. he is a great bowler statistics wise but still far behind from an all time great.

Posted by Cricinforma on (February 13, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Cape Town has received warm weather during the last few days, hence dryness and potential of offering assistance to spinners.Therefore pakistan team will probably play two spinners to add to their all round spinner. The Proteas on the other hand will rely on their fast bowlers to bend their back to extract bounce and also utilise full bowling to allow for swing. Good prospect of a game, depending on the preparation.

Posted by supacricfan on (February 13, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

here we go,the excuses are coming up..pak bowling line up has proved it is no better than all the other sub continent bowling line up and less we say about their batting line up,better it is...another severe thrashing on cards..go SA!!

Posted by Thriller_Tiger on (February 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Though, I am I Bangladeshi I am n0w amazed at the Pace batteries of Pakistan. Now-a-days, Pakistan has been creating many good and useful Seamers like Irfan, Junaid, Rahat etc. Amir was an0ther good finding fr0m Pakistan but it was his And Pakistan's misfortune. More0ver, Umar Gul, Tanveer, Wahab, Aizaz etc are there in the national team. SHAPOOR ZADRAN, a seamer of Afganistan who hails fr0m Pakistan. It's good t0 see the pipeline of Seamers of Pakistan.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

play tanveer and irfan and attack southafricans to win and bat long score runs

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

bad luck , and not so good for pak as only junaid has impressed with his bowling. irfan should have been in for rahat not junaid. anyway things happen and the most which matters is , the playing 11.

Posted by getsetgopk on (February 13, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Ok no issues there, it happens, sometimes nothing works for you, the umpires, the pitch conditions, the injuries, no practice matches, the hot spot and all. We can replace Junaid with Irfan and we are still good to go but what about steve davis? Pak aren't going anywhere with that guy in charge.

Posted by Adnan-Ahmed on (February 13, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

This has seriously hurt Pakistan's chances. Their batting really has to come together nonetheless, it remains our biggest weakness.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 13, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

I am surprised how naive some comments over here can be. After maintaining a secrecty of 3/4 days now on the eve of the match, Whatmore has declared and confirmed that Junaid is injured and not likely to play.

still some of the comments here pray that he be well and sufficiently recovered to play this match. What surprises me is that Umar Gul who was considered an injury prone player before 2010, has not been injured since Sept, 2010. He has played all practice games, including practice games against Bangladesh & Afghanistan and all international games , Included bangaldesh & Afghanistan and he does not get injured.


Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 13, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: Dont know about Junaid being an average bowler. May be a lot of past and current international players are wrong to rate him as a good bowler and a great future prospect?? I guess they are wrong and you have past international cricketing and coaching experiece!!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

junaid must not like facing sa batting again so he backed down, interesting thing is that he is the best that pak can offer , without him sa surely gonna hammer the pak bowling attack of medium pace trundlers to win series 2-0 with 1 to go, go sa..

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (February 13, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Playing Eleven in order should be: Nasir and Imran to open. Followed by Faisal Iqbal, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Hafeez, Sarfraz, A Rahman, Ajmal, Ehsan Adil and M Irfan. It is a dry surface and Pak should go for three spinners. Ehsan Adil is the youngest of all and can do longer spells. Irfan should go for short bursts and test SA for pace and bounce. We will miss Junaid, if he would have been fit then I would rest Saeed Ajmal and keep Hafeez and A Rahman as main spinners. Which will be a better combination. Hafeez remained more successful than Ajmal in first test and Rahman more successful than Ajmal in the warm up match. I would rest both Azhar and Younis for this match. Younis made good score in the warm up match but he has not performed well lately and Faisal Iqbal would be a better choice. And Hafeez should play down the order, he really struggled with opening. I am sure he'll consolidate our lower middle order coming after Asad Shafiq. Good Luck to Pakistan. Hope to see closer match

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 13, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Not a big loss as he was an average skilled bowler to put it mildly.

Posted by drlimpel on (February 13, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

To be honest I'm kinda glad this happened, this will be a good lesson for the youngster. Junaid is just too excitable a character, on the field and by the looks of things off it as well. I'll be interested to find out how exactly did he sustain this injury... I mean those loud moans and groans every time the ball passes the bat by less than a foot were amusing the first couple of times, but after a while you just want to slap some sense into the fella. The kid needs to learn to reign himself in. This will probably make him a better bowler too, for I believe the very best bowlers know the art of keeping their emotions in check at all times and only displaying controlled aggression.

Posted by Riz37 on (February 13, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

I hope Junaid will be fit and play. Pakistan top 7 should remain same but they need to adjust their bowling line up. Their bowling didn't perform at all in the first match even in the first inning if Hafeez by chance didn't get 4 wickets the outcome will be 400 plus on the board in first inning also. There was not at all any single bowler other than Junaid who put pressure on SAFers in first inning of last match. In my opinion Pakistan bowling should be Irfan, Tanveer, Rehman and Junaid (if fit otherwise play Ehsan Adil). Yes, you read it right that I rested out Saeed Ajmal and dropped Gul. Firstly, Gul is not at all Test Match bowler so he should never be in team and in his place the experience bowler, Tanveer should play. Secondly, ajmal is not in form in lately specifically in test matches you can see through his last four test matches ( 1 in SA & 3 in Srilanka) and Rehman is in good form lately.

Posted by din7 on (February 13, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

so there goes pak chances of winning the 2nd test. junaid is awesome bowler and we saw that in first test..though he didnt pick up many wicket but he was almost unplayable. pak can not afford to lose junaid from even single test...very disappointing! hoopefully pak can give some extraordinary performances and win the match

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

can understand the batsman slipping from mathc bcos of htreat from fast ball from african..but y ..juniad..he has not to open batting .he is bowler..may be woried of gettign bouncer when he gets bat..

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

thats a major setback... but we have belief in our team , they will rise from these difficulties and perform to their fullest

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

if rehman is playing, hafeez should be asked to sit on the bench as he is also a spinner (we dont need a third allround spinner anymore) and his batting is weak against pacers. instead of him, include another batsman, i believe even an unfit taufeeq or the legendary farhat would be a good option in place of hafeez. using 2 spinners would not be a bad move. it would be effective, as we have seen the opposite in first test. infact, rehman can support the lower order in batting as well.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 13, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

With the injury to Junaid the Pakistan pace attack will take a serious beating. Guys did not realise how good he was. The usual attention used to be on Gul. But now if Junaid misses this game then, the rest of the bowlers will be treated more roughly.

As far as spin is concerned, Hafeez can give very good support to Ajmal, I dont think that on any surface in SA , Pakistan to take two specialist spinners Plus Hafeez. It will be a waste.


Posted by momi_murtaza on (February 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Big setback to us.... my playing XI would be: Nasir,Hafeez,Faisal Iqbal,Younis,Misbah,Asad,Sarfraz,Gul,Ajmal,Irfan,Adil..!!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Whatmore said "two changes are likey" the rest is speculation by Moonda.

By two changes he must have meant that the other injury could be to Gul, after all even Gul has missed this all important practice game. Maybe the other change may be Ehsan Adil or A.Rehman for Gul. By now we know the 1st change is Irfan for Junaid. But then it could mean anything, also out of form Azhar may make way for some other batsman, but that will be a very bad decision.

So according to me except two players, the rest of the team will be the same as 1st test at wanderers. one is the injured Junaid & the other could be the injiured Gul, or may be Rahat being dropped for Ehsan or A.Rehman.


Posted by EAMi on (February 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

The headline for the article should have read " Injured Gul Unlikely For Newlands". Junaid not playing would be a big blow for any chances Pakistan may have of winning this test. Gul on the other hand is mediocre at best and may be replaced by any other fast bowler - not Abdur Rehman! Rehman is a decent spinner, but going in with two seamers and three spinners (Ajmal, Rehman, and Hafeez) in a Test match on South African pitches is beyond ludicrous.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

@billybowden211 mohammad talha has not been performing well lately in domestic circuit for quite a time thats why hes vanished.We cant expect to see him until he starts performing well again AND @Syed Hamid Mukhtar Shah i dont think tanvir should be given a chance as hes too old now 34 and we should now look forward towards future fast young bowlers

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

on a dry pitch playing with 3 spinners is a better choice. I bet abdur rehman would perform. Porteas always struggle facing spinners .Only Kallis and Amla are the specialist batsman against the spinners, so they will be the main hurdles.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Two spinners ? lol they already have 2 (hafeez,ajmal)inluding the 3rd one in a non spinning track .. wow they are now asking for trouble,i don't see this test match lasting more than 3 days . hashim amla alone is enough to crack mockery of pakistaan ,#2-0,probably 3-0!! lol

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 13, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

If Junaid does not play & if Gul is also injured then the attack could be Irfan, Rahat, Ehsan & Ajmal. . OR . Irfan, Rahat/Ehsan, Ajmal & A.Rehman.

But if Gul plays then - Gul, Irfan, Rahat/Ehsan & Ajmal . OR . Gul, Irfan, Ajma & A.Rehman. Expect anything from Misbah. But the Batting may remain unchanged.


Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Good ploy to bring in Rehman. It's a sun baked wicket where there is always something for the spinners.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

if Pakistan work hard especially middle order (azhar younis misbah) so we can win 2nd test..............

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Now it is disclosed that Juanid did not play the practice game because he was injured. Jamshed had turned his ankle & Hafeez had viral infection. - These are the reasons why these three did not play the practice match.

But wait a minute, even Gul did not play this practice match. Prior to this he never missed any practice game and has played in all formats of the game. This was an important match practice which he would not have liked to skip. SO IS GUL ALSO INJURED. If yes then why this secrecy. I hope Misbah does not play a semi-fit Gul in the 2nd test. I say it could be a blessing in disguise if Gul is injured.


Posted by billybowden211 on (February 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

Please people pray that he may be fi to play in the second test! PAkistan need him badly and the combination he makes with Irfan is amazing! If Junaid cannot play then play Ehsan Adil, during the u-19 world cup against India he was helpful with the bat as well as with the ball. And people WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO MOHAMMED TALHA. just a few months ago he was going to play, but I remember he had problems in his back discs so he could bot play during the England series. After that he just vanished completely.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

i say give a chance to tanvir ahmed. he has a good track record in the short time he has played international cricket and also bats decently down the order

Posted by doosra_inventer on (February 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I hope all injured players heal soooooooon specialy Junaid Khan he's the spearhead of Pak bowling instead Umer Gul

Posted by uzairamir on (February 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

dont use 2 spinners give irfan and ehsan adil debut using two spinners would be the biggest mistake

Posted by mzm149 on (February 13, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

That's not good news at all. This means Pakistan lineup would be: Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Asad, Sarfaraz, Gul, Irfan, Rahman and Ajmal.

They should have played with 3 fast bowlers. Junaid is not fit who is our main bowler. All burden now falls on Gul who is not performing. Another thumping defeat on the cards.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

No way .... Pakistan is in deep trouble now, can't see them winning without Junaid Khan.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Big setback for Pakistan, now then Irfan, Gul, Ajmal and Rehman, it gets more tough for Pakistan now

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 13, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Dont play another spinner give chance to young star Ehsan Adill with Mohd Irfan. If not possible give one more chance for Rahat, becuase it was just his past match may be in 2-3 matches he will come good.

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