South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Centurion, 2nd day

Debutant Abbott destroys Pakistan

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

February 23, 2013

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Pakistan 156 (Abbott 7-29) and 14 for 1 trail South Africa 409 (De Villiers 121, Amla 92, Philander 74, Rahat 6-127) by 239 runs
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Kyle Abbott took seven wickets on debut, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Centurion, 2nd day, February 23, 2013
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It's been a heady couple of days for Kyle Abbott. On Friday, he got the exhilarating news that he would make his Test debut, after Jacques Kallis was ruled out with a calf injury. On Saturday, he grabbed that chance in the most spectacular manner, ripping through Pakistan's brittle batting to end with 7 for 29, the best figures by a South African in his first Test innings.

He's still only South Africa's sixth-choice fast bowler, but at Centurion he was the one proudly leading the team off the field after Pakistan were bundled out for 156. Dale Steyn, the premier quick bowler in the world, walked across and gave Abbott the innings ball to treasure.

Over the past year, Abbott worked on his fitness and shed plenty of kilos, before forcing his way into the national reckoning with a chart-topping haul of 49 wickets for Dolphins in South Africa's domestic competition.

A bustling bowler operating in the mid-130s kph range, he was accurate around off stump and consistently got the ball to zip away from the right-handers on a pitch that had variable bounce. It was that movement that confounded the Pakistan batsmen, with six of his victims edging to the slip cordon or gully. It was also a damning statement on the technique of some of the batsmen, as they regularly tried to defend with an open blade, resulting in outside edges that were eagerly snapped up behind the wicket.

Unlike every other innings in this series, Pakistan's openers actually managed to provide a solid start. Their highest partnership in four previous innings was 10, but this time Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat, taking the place of the struggling Nasir Jamshed, kept out everything South Africa threw at them for over an hour.

South Africa's bowlers, yet again, showed their ability to turn the game around in a jiffy. From a steady 46 for 0, Pakistan slipped to 56 for 3 in the space of the 13 deliveries. Vernon Philander started the slide, by getting Farhat lbw with a full delivery. Abbott then became the second debutant in the game to get a wicket in his first over as Hafeez slapped the ball to gully where Dean Elgar scooped up a low catch. Azhar Ali followed next ball, as a Philander delivery stayed low and Ali's limp attempt at defence ended in an inside-edge onto the stumps.

Asad Shafiq, one of Pakistan's more successful batsman this series, was then trapped lbw by a pumped-up Steyn in the first over of the final session. Sarfraz Ahmed, whose batting has looked woefully short of international standard this series, resisted briefly, and with the help of Younis Khan, Pakistan's perennial saviour, he took the score to 132 for 5.

Just as Pakistan fans were beginning to hope that the follow-on could be avoided, Abbott took over, and the final five wickets were rolled over in 40 deliveries. He began by getting Sarfraz to nick to Graeme Smith at first slip and the very next delivery it was an action replay as Saeed Ajmal went for a golden duck. The smile kept getting wider as the spell continued and more lower-order batsmen gave catching practice. The final wicket was that of Younis, who had hung around gamely for 33 before falling lbw.

Younis didn't have much time to put his feet up, however, as Hafeez's horror tour ended with a golden duck in the second innings after Smith enforced the follow-on. Less than 15 minutes after having stuck around with the tail, Younis was back out to battle South Africa's fearsome pace pack.

Pakistan had had a bit to smile about in the morning session. Rahat Ali hadn't earned too many admirers after his lacklustre debut in Johannesburg earlier this month, and his shelling of an absolute sitter off AB de Villiers made him a laughing stock, but he silenced the doubters with a six-for that ended South Africa's first innings at 409. With debutant Ehsan Adil struggling with a leg injury, Ajmal understandably not at his most dangerous this early in the Test, and Mohammad Irfan tiring towards the end of the innings, Rahat was the most successful in an inexperienced Pakistan attack.

Before Rahat's strikes, de Villiers completed his 16th Test century, and Philander went on to his career-best score of 74 as they stretched their seventh wicket partnership to 129, and South Africa reached a total that they could be satisfied with.

Abbott made certain they had nothing to worry about, as he exemplified the depth of South Africa's talent pool and put them on their way to complete a summer of total Test success.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by AKS286 on (February 24, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Another Armour, Lethal Weapon is loaded in THE AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (STEYN, MORKEL, PHIL, TSOTSOBE, DE LANGE, ABBOTT). This is weapon of BATTING MASS DESTRUCTION anywhere, anypitch. WITHOUT spinner SA is a NO. 1 team. No shame to say SA don't have quality spinners but having SIGMA 6 certified, Ultimate destruction certified PACE bowlers which destroys any fortress. what in UAE SA will trouble really really come To NORTH pole SA will produce same result.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

What a performance on your test debut, well done Kyle!

Posted by Rumour on (February 24, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Kyle Abbott is not our sixth choice seamer. The current list is: 1. Steyn, 2. Philander, 3. Morkel, 4. Kallis, 5. De Lange, 6. Lopsy, 7. Kleinveldt, 8. Abbott

Although he might have jumped Rory in this test. When Delange and Lopsy are fit, they will be the backup bowlers.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Great too see a debutant `Star`, awesome bowling effort from Abbott, the `Saffer`s, have another fast bowler, who is world class. Hat`s off too Graeme Smith, for handing the ball to Abbott, too run through the Pakistan batting order, great Captaincy. Also Rahat Ali`s, performance should not be under-estimated, great too see so many young hungry, bowlers, doing well in International Cricket. As an Aussie supporter, but a die-hard Cricket tragic, i follow all test matches, and really enjoy seeing players from other countries do well. We just hosted, the Saffer`s, in an unforgettable, 3 test series in `OZ`, awesome Cricket all round from both teams, Saffer`s came out on top, but Cricket was the real winner. Both teams gave it there all, and played splendid, tough, high pressure Cricket, yet at the end of the series, both teams came together over a few Beer`s. That`s how much they respect each other, that`s the Spirit of Cricket, in a nutshell.

Posted by almeda_riddle on (February 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT)


do you mean like last time SA played Pakistan in UAE when Smith, Kallis, Amla & de Villiers all made centuries in a 2-test series. I remember de Villiers being so overawed by the brilliant attack he panicked & made 278*.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

mzm149 - A similar thrashing to England? Really? Perhaps you forget that Pak did not steamroller SA in then UAE quite recently. In 2010 there was a 2 match series and the result was 0-0 with Smith, Amla, Kallis and de Villiers all making good runs. High scoring affairs. Morkel and Steyn bowled well considering the flat track Pak got 12 wickets in mach 1 and 15 in match 2 - Nowhere close to a result either way.

Make no mistake Ajmal and Younis Khan are class players and will be even better in home conditions. But to predict a thrashing. Come on

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

what is going on with pakistan??? we have lot of young talent in bowling and batting but IQBAL qasim always chose wrong player where is anwer ali .. and gays the rest of the world is going good becz all country played in his home ground and this is huge advantge...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

I find it funny that the Pakistani supporters are still making excuses, rather than just accepting that SA are by far the superior team, in all departments. Swallow your pride and accept this fact. Newlands was a pitch hand crafted to Pakistani strengths- they pushed SA(albeit briefly), but simply didn't have the players to beat this SA team. So whilst i accept a 5 day series would be harder vs Pakistan in the UAE, this team is more than capable(in fact, odds on) of making it another 3-0 series whitewash. The only Pakistani player that would make it into the SA test side is Ajmal, without this player Pakistan cricket would be in dire straights.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

Posted by mzm149 on (February 23, 2013, 21:07 GMT): Are you kidding??? Philander is a genuine swing bowler with very accurate line and length.He will pick wickets in all parts of the world, not in heaps of-course but will surely contribute in useful nos. Just accept that you side is nowhere close to SA, i predicted a 2-0, or 2-1 in favor of SA before series, but Pak seems even worst than that.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

Whilst we were busy humbling and humiliating New Zealand, Pakistani fans were all over NZ and were saying let's just wait for February they will show us what Pakistan is made of.. Now it's February and we humbled them greatly and they are now saying let's wait until Saffas tour the Sub Continent.. Are you always this full of excuses? Can't you stick to one story? Man-up and admit you have been thrashed.

At the New Wanderers Stadium(JHB) you blamed LACK of Practice, at Newlands(CT) you blamed the BALL Change, so what r u gonna blame HERE? Pakistan is no match to S.A with or without a spinner. S.A can beat any team anywhere and Evidents do support that. Aus in Aus, Eng in Eng, NZ in NZ and You

Posted by farhan4050 on (February 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

We know SA is a great test team. They currently have the best batting, bowling as well as fielding side. But they are yet to be tested on sub-continent wickets, when they face Ajmal and Rehman in UAE and Ashwin, Ojha in India. That is gonna be their real test. However, I can't blame Pakistan. They've lost to a better team in every aspect. Moreover, SA has defeated Australia and England in their own homes, while Pakistan no player has ever played in SA except Younis and Hafeez! The only mistake Pakistan did was to not add any aggressive batsmen, Umer Akmal was the best choice. However, you'll see a total different Pakistan side in the ODI's and the T20's. I bet!

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

this morning I believe will be a morning where SA will come out with the Steyn & Co guns all firing and blazing Pakistan is in for some bad time if they last up to teatime they would have done well - I know I say if but that will be seen what is about to happen good luck to both teams :)

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 24, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

well done SA ..You are the best of best ...Even an debut is taking 7 wickets against you can imagine how top is their test cricket is :) It is party time fro cricket south africa ..This confidence will make further new and young talents as abott for CSA.Well played SA.You utterly deserve no.1 for long time.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

this is biggest defeat for any team in world for last 10 years.....defeat was expected..but day by day pak team becomes bad to worse condition.. every team struggle in first match but all that team atleast give some fight in some stages as toiurnament progress...but pakistan went in opposite ...bad to worst... waht is the use if yoiu cnat show atleast some fight ..atleast some individual fight back !!!!!!!!...come on... 15 days cricket and we have not got single players to point out for future ..thats so sad..,. big disapointment..

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 24, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Its nothing .Hafeez is dreadfully out of form(as he is always), Safraz is a flat track tailender against poor quality attacks. Only Misbah is the batsmen in his wickets colunm, Pakistani tailennders are the not the best (Rahat,Irfan,Ehsan,Saeed) in batting.All of them were guiding to slip no genuine edges. Only Steyn,Philander are worth mentioning.

Posted by SICHO on (February 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

already Pakistan fans are talking about "wait till they come to UAE" clearly shows that their team is pathetic outside the sub-continent. Would you believe it the same fans who were saying Pakistan is going to win this series because of their "lethal" bowling attack are the ones who are actually whinging about the UAE. I actually thought the Pakistan fans were going to appreciate good cricket by our boys and give them credit for 'moering' them on the field, but like most opposition fans they are bitter, stubborn and arrogant. Some are still living in the past, thinking they still have the likes of Wasim and Waqar, add that to overrating their bowlers i.e. Irfan, Khan.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Present South African team is awesome and brutal bunch - "The Invincibles" of modern era ! Terrific/devastating/sensational all round display from Proteas. Head and shoulders above the Pakistanis. Highly unlikely if Pakistan will win anything on tour especially with the induction of more dead wood for ODIs and TTs ! Now that the tests are over, hope / wish Pakistan recover from the psychological battering/impact in time to put up an improved show in shorter version.

Posted by irfansyed on (February 24, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

pakistan was never a good test team, we know we dont have consistant batsman who can bat in fast track, fortunatly we have ajmal otherwise we would have disqualified for playing test, we badly miss wasim akram, waqar and miandad, saeed anwar, but we will forget all these failures when we play ODI and 20/20

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 24, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Pak can never win out of subcontinent. They r very ordinary when it comes to bouncy wickets. I still remember Pak fans were claiming a easy series win before the start of series.

Posted by riz309 on (February 24, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

What a team it will be very intresting to see which team will be able to beat SA they just outplayed Pak team in every phase of the game there was no evidence of any planing how to deal with SA bowling attack well i don't want to undermine SA team's total dominance but mismanagement of Pcb played a role in such a horror show by team Pakistan the management and selection pple need to be sacked somebody has to be held accountable for such a poor performance.

Posted by dmqi on (February 24, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Pakistan is paying for Mr 10%'s appointee previous PCB chairman, Ejaz Butt and PCB's continued failure to recruit right team from prospective young players. This team neither has a world class batsman to face fast SA bowlers nor any quality FAST bowler to bow out top class SA batsman. So, the inevitable result is on the deck. I am not surprised. Pak dabutant bowler 6 for 127, SA dabutant bowler, 7 for 27. Case closed.

Posted by azurecharms on (February 24, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Pak team's biggest problem in nerves. They cannot fight it out! Players struggle in difficult situations but good players anchor down and face it. Those who overcome, become great. Hafeez, Misbah, Imran Farhat, and Gul are not of that material. Yunus is a good player, but not a great one. Last Pakistan great players were Inzi, Yusuf, Wasim and Waqar. Amir was lost to greed! In this team, only Jamshed and Shaiq could become good enough and can venture towards greatness if they will focus. A leader is needed who has self belief!

Posted by cricexpt on (February 24, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Hello everybody who are criticising Pakistan. First of all they are not playing any matches at home, but still are competing against the best. which team in the world does that. stop blaming bowlers becoz in the previous match they had bundled out the same batting side. With a little more exposure they could become the best attack in the world.

Posted by quittthewhinging on (February 24, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

A lot of talk from the Pak guys about the selectors. I think you must appreciate that any country's team must be selected as a constant. You can't select Team A if you are going to play in Country A, and Team B if you are going to play in Country B and so on. The team must be selected to play in Countries A to Z. You might select an extra spinner or an extra seamer of course. It is the players who have to learn to adapt to the conditions where ever they play. When SA go to the UAE they will I'm sure select basically the same team; the players will learn to adapt as they have done before. Their record in the sub-continent is quite good anyway although that was an earlier version of the team. So please stop whining, the pitches in SA reward both good bowling and good batting; they have always been the same, each having it's own peculiarities. See Wanderers/Newlands. They are not specially prepared to bugger up the opposition.

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 24, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

@ mzm149 With poor batting lineup and very poor bowling attack, I dont see Pakistan having any chance against India in UAE or a phonebooth. But as the saying goes, you are entitled to your opinion on one of the weakest test team that is being humiliated and toyed around as if they are a schoolboy team. The mismatches are unbearable. Pakistan should play and beat Bdesh/ Zim and if they win then only India should give them a chance to play them. Test cricket cannot afford more huge mismatches

Posted by Robster1 on (February 24, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Just how deep are SA's bowling resources - a quite outstanding debut by Abbott.

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 24, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

Sri Lanka's 2011-12 tour of South Africa where they won a test and finished the tournament 2-1 and finished the ODIs in a very close 3-2 looking better by the day!

Posted by Shahsa on (February 24, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

Read my lips " Pakistan is an ODI and a T20 team ". The only reason they are still playing Test cricket is because ICC requires it. LOL

Posted by perl57 on (February 24, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

I said it before the series began and am saying it again. Beating a jaded Indian team which was tired was not a good sign for Pakistan. Irrfan is looking like a wwE bowler already, not able to move quickly. Junaid is a fantastic joke, Ajmal, lone warrior whose talent never got recognised. Batting wise they though professor and Shoaib Malik will torch SA like they did against India. Nasser Jamshed the whiz kid in Indian series has just forgotten where to hold the bat.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (February 24, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Big deal that Abbott got 7 Pakistani Wickets. The way Pakistan bats, you can give the bowling to any south african seam bowler and they'd get atleast over 5 wickets, debut or no debut. Rahat's 6 wickets for 125 runs, that too a big whoopin deal. Had younis khan bowled 26 overs, he too would've eventually had 6 wickets. Someone's going to get them. The batting of Pakistan is truly its greatest weakness. You put any Pakistani team in a bowlers paradise and they will crumble faster than any other team. I think its a cultural thing for Pakistanis. Ramiz Raja once said the batsmen simply Do NOT put in the hours of training required to be good batsmen. You can have the greatest bowlers in the world, but they cannot win you matches if you cannot score any runs.

Posted by PureProteas49 on (February 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

@mzm149, Let me remind you yet again, the last time we toured the UAE the result was a drawn test series, You lost both limited overs as well, What make you think you can beat us this time around? Stop comparing england to south africa, there is no comparison as we all know how england struggle in the uae, Cant wait to see what you have got, You also seem to have forgotten the magnificent 278 AB scored against your glorious team, where, ah the uae

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Yet ANOTHER emerging great South African Fast Bowler - decimating Pakistan again - well done chaps!!! I had never hear of Kyle before - but 7 wickets in an innings!!!

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 24, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

@Posted by Imsrk on (February 23, 2013, 17:37 GMT) you said "Pak team shoud play only in subcontinent as they r no better than. BD outside". PAK has won series in NZL and also in ENG on few occassions in past. As IND lost 4 -0 in AUS and ENG it means IND is worse then BD??

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 23, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

@Siddharth Katragadda on (February 23, 2013, 16:49 GMT): You are right Azhar has an average of nearly 37 in first class however his test ave is 43. He will stay in the team and has a good test temprament, he hopefully will continue to learn. @Mujahid Ali on (February 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT): It does not prove anything who is better or not. SL and IND played before SA was no:1. The same argument can be reversed as IND lost at home to ENG, and PAK won against ENG at UAE. IND lost 4-0 in AUS and ENG and PAK won 2 tests (1 against ENG and 1 against AUS) in ENG in 2010. So which team is better? Your argument is simplistic and lacks weight. PAK batsmen traditionally have weakness on fast/ bouncy wickets which stems from lack of good coaching at the club and first class level.

Posted by yasser211 on (February 23, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

The selectors have a lot to answer for. Pakistan was never going to achieve much with 2 players in the top 7 who cannot bat - namely Hafeez and Sarfaraz. This was a big tour for Pakistan and it needed some imaginative selections and an aggressive approach. Mohammed yousuf should have been in the team. It has never been explained why he was ever dropped back in 2010. Abdul Razzaq is a far better bowler than Tanvir or Adil with a solid batting technique to boot. Umar Akmal would not have gotten bogged down and taken the Saffas head on. Nasir jamshed is a long term prospect and should have played this test. Maybe the myth of Mohammed Hafeez has finally been shattered. An opener needs to score big hundreds, not hide behind his part time bowling!!! Pakistan need to build the team around Ali, Shafiq, jamshed and Akmal and have Yousuf and Younis for guidance for the next 2 years.

Posted by t20cric on (February 23, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

Another thing is that although SA bowled well they have to keep their extras down. SA gave away 27 runs in extras just in 46.4 overs. Then again 1 extra in just 9 overs. On the other hand Pakistan gave 25 extras from 103.2 overs.

Just too strengthen my argument about dropping Hafeez instead of Nasir compare the numbers. From the 4 times Hafeez and Nasir opened together Hafeez was dismissed 1st 3 times. Nasir scored 2, 46, 3, 0. That still adds up to 51 which is more than Hafeez's total 43 runs across 6 innings and he only got 5 wickets.

Back to the match, if Pakistan can bat for the whole 3rd day then that itself is an achievement. If Pakistan last the whole 3rd day then atleast they won't have to be embarrased by losing by an innings. If they want to win then they need 2 or 3 partnerships similar to the one that younis and shafiq did in the 2nd match. We need to make atleast 500 runs then bowl as good as SA did against us. In other words we need a miracle to win.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 23, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

A great performence by SA team. No doubt this SA team can stay on top for a long time. They have top quality batsmen and bowlers. They have defeated AUS and ENG who are better equipped to deal with swing and bounce at their home. Not entirely sure why PAK fans are so disappointed? I dont recall PAK ever winning a series in SA and AUS and it's unlikley to change due to totally different set of playing conditions. It will be interesting to see how SA will perform in Asia now. I suspect SA will do OK against PAK and SL when they play them in Asia. Playing PAK in UAE will be a little tricky with PAK strong spin attack, however I do believe SA did draw agaisnt PAK in 2010. However it was before recent success of PAK team though. Some people commenting on PAK players getting old and where they will find the new players from, they do not need to worry, for some strange reason PAK keeps on producing exceptional players and I doubt it will change.

Posted by t20cric on (February 23, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

I think Pakistan's main goal right now should be able to avoid an innings defeat and that isn't impossible. They need 240 more runs to do this and we should really try to do that. I think some people are being way to hard on Pakistan Mohammed Irfan, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil and Sarfaraz Ahmed are all pretty new to tests so how much can you expect for a team when a third of them are playing their 1st test series. And then there's the sickness/injuries that are keeping out all of our other options and forcing our new players to play.

Also I don't understand why Hafeez wasn't left out instead of Nasir. The only good reason I could think of is cuz Hafeez is an allrounder who might take some wickets but he only bowled 5 out of the 103 overs SA batted, even Younis bowled better then Hafeez.

Congrats to Abbot for an outstanding debut. Rahat Ali bowled well too but he wasn't economical.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

mzm 149: At least SA prepared a dry turner to favour Ajmal in Cape Town. Ajmal got a 10-for, and Peterson was turning the ball a lot more than he usually does.

So fair game to SA, we prepared 2 green tops and one turner in a three match series.

Posted by Tripswitch on (February 23, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

@Shayan Ibn Shakeel I second what CricketingStargazer has said. Consider where your cricket was a few years ago and compare it to now. Yes Younis may be reaching the end of his career but my oath he is still a very fine player with much to teach the youngsters in your side. There is a good mix of youth and experience which is only doing you good (My example of Younus being just one). Misbah-ul-Haq has been the captain when you needed him the most. I believe your team will continue to improve.

Posted by crotisn on (February 23, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Ali: "This Pakistani pace attack neither has pace nor swing. I hope i am not being too critical of the youngsters but at least I don't see any great talent. What's worse, come tomorrow, the Pakistani batsmen will show how to make a good pitch look like an unplayable one." Somebody wrote this in live commentary on cricinfo.. I laughed because I knew that.was quite right. If South Africa open with Robin Peterson and Philander, they far good batsman than entire Pakistan team and probably then there ll be some competition. Being a cricket fan I would say South African just playing there natural game what they capable of. And Pakistani fans and PCB should realise now they not have quality players in their stock as country struggling with corruption & poverty & other issues, kids there haven't got good food & enough energy to throw ball fast now and they don't have batsman to play or practice against fast bowlers..

Posted by righthandbat on (February 23, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

in 4 years time, if the team remains the same as it was today the ages will be:

Smith (36), Petersen (36), Amla (33), du Plessis (32), de Villiers (33), Elgar (29), Peterson (37), Philander (31), Abbott (29), Kleinveldt (33) and Steyn (33). Morkel will be 32 and Kallis 41.

Unearthing talent like du Plessis, Abbott and Philander is going to be crucial for the team moving forward. de Kock at 20 is a future opener, hopefully phasing in for Petersen over the next year or so. SA should focus strongly on using Robin Peterson as a number 7 - and work on his batting. Abbott, Morkel, Steyn and Philander will be more than capable of doing the damage between them. Duminy is a nice choice at 6 when fit, due to having useful spin.

Otherwise, SA look pretty unstoppable at the moment, with very few weaknesses.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

What a brilliant debut for Abbott but what has happened to Marchant de Lange, as he did well in his few Test matches from what I remember?

Posted by crashed on (February 23, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

preparing wickets to negate the other teams bowlers have the tendency to bite back in unusual ways for instance the Oval test in England where SA score 600/2 plus runs and bowled England out with an innings to spare and Australia having struggled in the first 2 tests to get SA out (18 and 20 wickets respectively) they just could not get the job done with both matches where SA had injuries and did not perform at their best. Yet Pakistan want to prepare flat wickets - at the coming series in UAE. May i guess they plan to use ONLY SPIN BOWLERS ... if not i already foresee a bite where they do not intend to get bitten - good luck on the series and think deep and long before you prepare those flat wickets - it may just come back and bite when and where you least expect it

Posted by Riz000 on (February 23, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

My Team if i was in charge first bye bye MR Hafeez foreva!! 1 Jamshed, Imran Nazir,Harris Sohail,Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Asad shafiq,Umar Akmal,Zulqranian Haider,Junaid,Umar gul,Saeed Ajmal Res bowlers Rahat & irfan

Posted by shovwar on (February 23, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

This SA team is a way better in form then the 1 that toured UAE few years ago. I hope Pak can give us some competition in the upcoming UAE tour. Last time they could not beat us at their turf it would be harder for them this time. As long as it is in our turf its boring beating teams this easily. I dont think Pak can do what we did to them at home. We may even win a test there or even the series. We are good when we tour. But the T20 and ODI i am pretty sure would be even on any turf. Cant wait. T20 is completely lottery so its always 50/50 whether u play SA or Zim. But ODI would be interesting. Last time we beat them in the series in UAE let see what they can do here. Go Saffa.......

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 23, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

7 for 29? Shame on you Misbah & co. You have fallen so low that any kid they add, would tear you apart AND any tail-ender they may have, will tear your bowling apart. A big shame..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

South Africa will easily win in U A E , they can play spin , and there fast bowlers will take wickets easily , pakistan batting is weak , Australia beat pakistan in U A E few years back

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 23, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

Wolfpack ( German :Wolfsrudel ) is a term refers to the German U-boat units who hunted enemy vessels as a unit during the WW 2. And It was a highly effective naval tactic. I think that current South African bowling unit deserves to be called "The Wolfpack". The way they are attacking batsman with their pace n bounce as a unit is impressive. I felt sorry for the Pakistan team as Steyn's very 1st delivery of the 2nd innings penetrated Hafeez's defense after their disappointing 1st innings. But the message was loud n clear. "Expect No Mercy"...

Posted by Just_be_fair on (February 23, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Remove Misbah not only from captaincy but also from the team, remove Azhar Ali as well. Hafeez is not for test matches.

Make Younis captain of test team, bring Sami and Wahab Riaz with Juniad Khan and M. Irfan for Pakistan tour for England and Australia.

Pathically defensive and non sense captaincy of Misbah, his personal liking for few players which lead to injustice to deserving players is the most important reason for this series shamful defeat.

Misbah, Azhar and hafeez don't have techinique to play test matches on lively and fast pitches.

Make Afridi ODI and T 20 captain.

If Pakistan team wants to do well in future specially on bouncy and fast pitches, they have to make these changes otherwise Players like Misbah, Hafeez and Azhar will continue to lead to defeat to Pakistani team.

Posted by DocBindra on (February 23, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

Can ALL the Pak fans who think Pakistan is one of the top sides please raise their respective hands? 35 year old Younis Khan is the best batsman and 35 year old Ajmal the best bowler on the team. ...only if Ajmal could bat...Shafiq and Azhar Ali are the ONLY young players who look the part as batsman. Hafeez is on the wrong side of 30 and a joke, Misbah is near the end just like Younis...Ajmal can't bowl forever as he is overworked and 35+, Gul is a joke, some of the younger bowler are decent but they can't do anything when the batting repeatedly collapses for under 200 and can't even bat 50 overs! On the other side, this SA side is built for the long haul as Morkel goes down, they just plug in Abbott. Philander is not fast by any standards but he is definitely one of the best in the game right now. Amla, DeVilliers, Du Plessis are young and here to stay for a while and Kallis is still around. SA will stand out for the near future, heads and shoulders above everyone else.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 23, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

@Shayan Ibn Shakeel You are hard on your side. They have been disappointing yes, but better sides have been made to look poor by South Africa who have just won series in England and Australia and made both look rather ordinary.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 23, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

South Africa will never take Philander to sub continent because he will be thoroughly exposed there. Can't wait for South Africa's tour of UAE where they will get similar thrashing as England got in early 2012. England had good spinners in Swan and Panesar. Who will SA bring along? How will SA survive magic of Ajmal in his den with support of Rahman and Hafeez?

To all those Indian fans who are bashing Pakistan: Why is your team shying away from playing a test/ ODI series with Pakistan in UAE? Reason: Pakistan is ahead of India in head to head matches. Clearly they are fearing a similar spanking they recently got in your backyard.

Posted by Fandecricket on (February 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Even being an Indian I feel sorry for Pakistan. More wickets were just given away instead of taken by the new bowler. Why Irfan wasn't as good as Abbot as there was so much hype about him? I think Pakistan will win the ODIs easily.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

vineet36 , those players are out only because of our crappy system , no where in this world u will see the selectors picking 3 new fast bowlers when u r going to play against no 1 team n wahab riaz is the second fastest bowler of Pakistan currently , how can u win a match againt no 1 team when ur fast bowlers have played 2 matches in total n the other one is on debut

Posted by 12thUmpire on (February 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Too bad, Ajmal is in the wrong team! But…Smithy surely would have considered facing him, while batting last! If it goes to a fourth innings, saffas have 'nuf batting insurance, can afford to lose 6 wickets, yet make it through, weather permitting. Following up on a recent Chappello's interesting observation…Against Pup's Aussies, God will certainly make a few more runs under home-series condition, even break a few more records. But the prospect of facing saffa attack under South African conditions could be far from appetizing, than the comfort of air-conditioned commentary box! He might take a leaf off of Straussy's page!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

shameful performance by bowlers and batsmen from pakistan i just lost hope in pakistan team i dont even watch matches anymore it just waste of time i think i can tell that to the team on there faces i think PCB should give me and my boys a chance we might be able to better.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 23, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

This was comperatively a slow pitch. It is such a shameful performance from Pakistanies that they must be sorted out. And that goes for the selection committee too which has been selecting the same mediocre players again and again. The fact that South African tail-enders have much better batting averages than most of our batsmen is the hight of it. Hafeez is never meant to bat where the ball swings even a centimeter. His batting stance tells it all and even then he dreams of becoming captain of the team. Isn't it funny? The selection committee should be shown the door for selecting 3 out of 5 fast baowlers who had never played any test prior to this series against the number one team playing at their backyard. Chairman PCB should learn something too, he needs to send A-teams to South Africa, Australia and England. Watmore must know that he is not appointed as coach for mere having holidays, his choices were mediocre and amature, specially not playing Rehman in the second test.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 23, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Miandad, Yousuf, Inzi, Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Saed Anwar and Younis all have a FC average above 45+!!

They were the most successful batsmen in Pak's Test history and is that any coincidence?!?!

Currently, there are at least 4-5 young players with a FC average above 45+: Umar Akmal, Alam, Salahuddin, Harris and you could potentially, add Naved Yasin (44.88 with rounding).


Lastly, I can't wait to see Afridi and the Akmal bro's in the playing 11 because we have badly missed some aggression.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

Pakistan has lost the series but they have done well despite the conditions the country is facing , well done Pakistan. The selectors failed to resist the pressure and they have sent 3-4 parchi players(un-justfied may be in english) and the team selection by Misbah was totally wrong . 1st test Irfan missing,2nd test Abdul Rehman missing and in third test Hafiz&Ajmal should have been sitting out....

Posted by redcat on (February 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

I watched from the grass of Centurion today and besides all the obvious things in the article and various comments of praise....the thing that stood out most for me was how relentless the Proteas were all day....even when Pak got a good start and it was boiling hot work in the sun, they kept up the attack. Ali impressed me as well. He bowls great lines and has a fabulous seam position I suspect he will get a lot of wickets in time to come.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 23, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Dear PAK fans, fear not and dont get perplexed as you will probably win the ODI series easily with the squad that SA has picked - very ordinary team. The SA T20 squad is a bit more interesting as management are actually using some younger talent that is readly available.

Just watched the highlights - WOW !!! What a debut !!!! Who are they going to pick for the next Test match - Steyn, Morkel, Philander, De Lange (back from injury), Kleinveld, Abbott...?

Posted by vineet36 on (February 23, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Does anyone here know what happened to other Pakistan bowlers like Wahab riaz and Aizaz Cheema? I feel they are more effective than the current squad.

Posted by zesh92 on (February 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@sir.ivor please check PAK overseas record as compared to Ind & Srilanka and yes we have been beaten by Australia & Enland but since MIsbah has taken the captaincy it has been pretty good for PAK with only one series defeat which was against srilanka. & yes i admit poor display by the pakistani side against Saffers in this series

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 23, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Very poor fight by the Pakistanis in the whole series;Sri Lanka managed to pull a win out of Samaraweera's guts during their tour but no Pak batsman shown any class during this tour.Much fall on Younis shoulder because of poor openers. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 23, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

What u want from an opener, everything Hafeez doesn't do: 1) Temperament to see the shine off the new ball 2) Make the bowlers earn u're wicket, pride and respect you're wicket preciously 3) Regularly be there after 25 overs so the change up bowlers or spinners cannot bowl with the pressure on the batting side when they r introduced into the attack 4) Play within ur limitations 5) Have a clear game plan about how to approach proceedings 6) Concentration, Patience,old fashioned test match virtue Mohammad Hafeez is a joke of a test match opener against seam and swing of any real pedigree, particularly outside Asia He has been most disappointing on this tou: A) He is one of 2 batsmen who have previous playing experience of red ball cricket in SA B) He struggled here in 2007 in all 3 tests and hasn't learn from his experience C) He is the vice-captain of the side D) In the absence of Taufeeq Umar he really needed to step up. E) He was supposed to be guiding a debutant in the first 2 test

Posted by Spelele on (February 23, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

People bashing the Pakistani openers should bear in mind that It's been a really tough series for batsmen from both sides, especially against the new ball. Our own openers (Smith and Peterson) have struggled and average 26 and 15 respectively. That says to me that it's been tough to get through the new ball (although the SA openers will feel upset because they got a few starts and did not kick on).

The South Africans have definitely raised the standards, and are looking all class. It will be interesting to see how the side continues from hereon. If they continue playing the kind of cricket that we have seen from them over the last couple of years, then I don't see any team that can beat them.

I know a lot of people will start saying that we came close to losing in Cape Town, or in Adelaide, or in England, or 5 years wherever. The point is that we DIDN'T lose! To come out of tough situations is as much a trait of an excellent team as is dominating.

Posted by wrenx on (February 23, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

@Affan Tahir. That's an impressive list of players you've named. Can you tell me how many of them are playing in this series? It might help answer the question on which of us is delusional

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 23, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

No Comment Regarding Paksitan Just Support. Support and Support Only.Well Bowled Young Man Abbott All the best for Future...No need to be worried sometimes That kind of Match will be happened My Pak Friends Fan....

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

unbelievable batsmen we got..Just unbelievable

Posted by crashed on (February 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

@billybowden211 De Lange had been injured and off the cricket scene for a very long time only recently returned to domestic cricket so do not hang your hopes on him disappearing from International cricket yet.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

i dont know why some people come up with such comments that 3-0 is the worst from Pakistan? If a no 1 team with plenty of runs & experience gets 3-0 in UAE from no 5 team. OR if a no1 team with some of the cricket's great batsmen like vvs, tendulkar, dravid, sehwag gets 4-0 twice in 2 overseas outings.

Then a no4 team with average batting line up getting 3-0 isnt something worst? comparing england's & Indian batting stats with those of this pak team ,( total runs, 100s , 200s , matches ) i dont think this 3-0 from pak isnt that worst like some comments come here.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 23, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Posted by Pupun Jena on (February 23, 2013, 18:09 GMT) South african team is talented and settled but the problem with them is that they become overly confident in big tournaments.Last T20 worldcup and 2011 one day world cup they were good but they choked.In T20 world cup they were pathetic.

Papun, South Africans couldnt care less about T20 cricket. As you can see, weaker teams like PAK and NZ can hide in the shorter forms of the game because in Test cricket your endurance, stamina, concentration and skills are tested to the limit. Thats why is called Test cricket and not 'hit and giggle'cricket. I would however like our team to perform better in ODI cricket and win some siliverware but based on the current ODI squad selection, this isnt going to happen.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 23, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Zesh 92. Pakistan was beaten 3-0 in Australia 3-1 in England and 2-0 in Srilanka between 2010 and 2012. Now they are heading for a 3-0 thrashing in South Africa. I am not clear what overseas record you are talking about. Yes Pakistan has beaten Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 23, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Cupboard = full. Cant say the same for a team I know that has slide down a very steep slope recently.

Well played Abbott, take a bow. What a dream debut, 7 wickets and the test match isn't even finished yet - unreal !!!! This is the kind of talent we need to be exposed to Test or ODI cricket. I've been saying it for months, Klienveld doesnt deserve his spot, get these youngsters in and there are few more of them too - Gguamane, Morris and de Kock.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 23, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Have to say SA are starting to look the force they should be with the talents at their disposal. The mark of a top side is how they respond to pressure. Vs Australia they probably should have lost the 1st 2 tests but they came back to snatch the win. I've also noticed on several occasion that the lower order/tail have dug the team out when they have been 5 down for not too many. VP is making useful contributions with the bat now - we all know what he does with the ball.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

SA have a batting line up like none at present. Their bowling attack, especially in their home conditions, is superb. Amla, AB, Kallis, Steyn and Phillander will easily make it to the World test XI, speaking volumes of their strengths. A delight to watch them play. Pakistan needs to sort out their batting, they haven't got enough batsmen who can score big in test matches at present. Consistency is lacking.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 23, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Well bowled young man, fantastic figures on debut, I'm sure you'll never forget it.

Posted by billybowden211 on (February 23, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

To be honestly speaking this Kyle Abbot isn't really something big. If you looked carefully he was bowling an ordinary line and length and the pakistani batsmen were just playing poorly. MArk my words, this guy will disappear and then return after like 8 years when he is 30+ and he will perform poorly on foreign conditions. Remember Marchant DE lange, now that was something excellent he was bowling at a perfect pace and he took 8 wickets. Where is he now? Gone, vanished just like Kyle Abbot's future. Wicket hauls against the pakistani batting line up shouldn't count at all anymore.

Posted by AmkNJ on (February 23, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

There is no doubt that South Africa has a lethal and probably the best bowling attack in the world. Similarly there is doubt that Pak batsmen performed much worse than their normal standards. Hafeez scored (supposedly Pakistan's premium batsman scored 6, 2, 17, 0, 18, 0 in the last six innings an average of just over 7 runs with a median score of just 4 runs per innings. How can a person of this ability should persist with playing cricket and not opting to take a break and give someone else a chance. Of course it is not just Hafeez to be blamed for the Paki Collapse but he is the senior batsman and Pakistan team rely on him heavily.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

If Abbott can bay a bit, it'll be the reprise of Eddie Barlow

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

@People who are saying that NZ is better than u have one thing in u known as thinking power NZ lost both the tests with an innings margin and Pakistan have still not lost any with an innings margin, may be they lose this one with an innings and as per all the world these days Test cricket is the real cricket so don't take into account ODI's results of NZ against SA Pakistan have raw young players at this time...i hope in next 2-3 years Pakistan will improve batting and bowling as they get more experience and losing to SA is one of those learning experiences

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

I look forward to how our bowlers are going to perform in the UAE... Flatter pitches are obviously going to be prepared meaning that series will most likely finish nil nil like the last one.. but if these guys can turn up the heat there, then we'll know that they trully are the real mccoy..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

The vultures are out,it is not the time to dismantle Pakistan cricket team .The glass is half full,not half empty.Minor adjustment is required.We'll see South Africa in Dubai and see how good they are.It's not over till it's over.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

South african team is talented and settled but the problem with them is that they become overly confident in big tournaments.Last T20 worldcup and 2011 one day world cup they were good but they choked.In T20 world cup they were pathetic.

Posted by zesh92 on (February 23, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

@samincolumbia Pakistan has the best overseas record as compared to other asian team. no doubt Pakistan's performance in this series has been misrable but that doesnt mean that PAK are a poor side, we will get to know about how strong Saffers are when they will be playing against PAK in UAE let see how well Saffers will cope with spin of AJmal, Rehman and haffez

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

I guess Pakistan has surrendered this test today.As Inzaman ul haq had commented recently these batsmen are blocking every ball without attacking even after getting good starts and being at the crease for more than an hour. I guess Pak needs a batting coach urgently as most of the batsmen don't have proper technique to counter the worlds best pace attack. Zaheer,Miandad, Inzi etc were are you guys.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

RSA is on their top and everything is working for them.. Pak batting has been issue all the time. Credit goes to RSA how they playing every game.. This would have been tough if we may had Akhtar Junaid Yousaf playing this series. We were not in the competition before the series started but a lot of changes to be made after this.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (February 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

As expected, Pakistan batters jumped and hopped to a rookie bowler.LOL at some fans trying to compare Rahats 6 for 127 to Abbots 7 for 29...thats like 1 wicket more and 100 runs less.

Posted by BaasHerman on (February 23, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

It's gonna be the same story in the UAE!!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

i had said that earlier yesterday game over pak lost by innings and 150 runs :(

Posted by kshitijheroes on (February 23, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

No wonder another SA quick bowler grabbing 5 wicket haul!!

Well the pitches in SA are so beautifully crafted for these bowlers that every bowler gets wickets like anything.Your magician Mr Philander could not do well in England and Australia,although these nations produce seamer friendly wickets,so what he will do in India?just guess guys!!

Posted by rocket123 on (February 23, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

True, Pakistan's batting has not been up to standard. Nevertheless, Pakistan can have a serious batting line up in future: Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, and Umar Akmal. We need to find one opener. And Younis has a couple of years in him. I think we need to get Zulqarnain Haider back or find a batsman wicket-keeper and strengthen his skills as a keeper. As far as bowling is concerned, it is unfortunate that Irfan, Junaid and Umar Gul could not bowl in all three test in tandem. To hunt in pack, and develop chemistry the bowlers need to play together for sometime to understand each other. Future is bright but it needs that these players are nutured and given a long rope to establish themselves. One last point, the batting has been terrible so at least giving Umar Akmal an opportunity, he may have attacked well and paved way for Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. He is fearless and aggressive and in these conditions we needed such a player of talent with Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

In the last test in Australia,South Africa became a great team,a really great team.Credit has to go to Smith who is one of the greatest test captains given the length of his tenure and circumstances,politics,his batting average and team results.A bowling attack of Steyn,Philander,Morkel and Abbott might not be a bad one!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 23, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Pak team shud play only in subcontinent as they r no better than. BD outside

Posted by Fahim_Dar on (February 23, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Pathetic bowling/Fielding/Batting Hmm i would have said fire them all but unfortunately this is what we have.. At least they should give the SA some fight instead of bowing under pressure, If they played aggressively and took the attack to the bowlers my be they could have got 250+ come out of your crease and minimize the swing and seam instead of Gluing the feet to crease negative Tactics, psychologically they have made SA bowling Impossible to handle, if this attitude prevails in ODI's we may well be White washed by SA on all formats..

Posted by shakaibkhan on (February 23, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Why in the world does Pakistan stick all time and long time losers Younus Khan and Imran Farhat? Its time they should be rested and new comers given chance who I am sure must be much better placed in the national squad.

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 23, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Even rookie SA bowlers are made to look like the next Steyn - thanks to minnow Pakistan!! Pakistan's overseas record are laughable and this series is another addition to the dubious record.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

In modern era NZ & Pak team is having very much similarity. both teams don't have permanent players always hit & trial method. if any pak player bats well or bowl well against india he becomes a hero same for NZ against Aus. both always experimenting with the teams.Injury is common. they also produce some world class players like Bond, Ajmal.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 23, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Philander,Styen,Morkel,Abott,who next?Any bowler they unearth makes Test cricket like a piece of Cake! Only if they can find a awesome spinner then the crickting world will be ruled by them.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Lol, More like Pakistan batting Destroys Pakistan. If Pak batting had been upto the standard SA wouldn't have won the 2nd test and this win(ofcourse anyone can see which team will win by an innings).

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 23, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

@ 2nd_slip very good point, agreed. Pertaining to the dead rubber's, they should definitely have taken the opportunity to expose new talent. 1 or 2 players at a time. When the Aussies dominated for a decade they were very good at this. Their team was alway evolving and it appeared seamless. Until a few premier players checked out at once and old mother hubbard's cupboard was bare.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@Fahad Sub continent should also start preparing wickets suitable for Seamers so that test match will become ineteresting there. :P

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Pakistan batting is always going to struggle outside the subcontinent (and most of their recent success has been on the subcontinent). Hafeez should be a T20 specialist and stretching it for ODIs - he should not be in tests. Azhar Ali is overrated - how can someone with a first class average of 36 plays tests? Younis and Misbah are outdated and old ...the only international quality batsman for the future is Jamshed...

Posted by ihaq1 on (February 23, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

pakistans selection was pretty surprising...with both openers failing they dropped one and brought back imran farhat...they surprisingly brought in their three new fast bowlers but with the spinner failing they could not restrict teh south africans...rahat bowled much better than teh first test...however irfan not as difficult to play as in teh second...most people expected teh return of teh other left armer junaid khan...while the pacemen did not bowl badly they could not restrict...there probably was a need for abdur rehman or a fourth paceman...mohd hafeez has now failed six times out of six and should be dropped for teh one days series just as a reprisal...imran farhat at least hit three fours...we think teh team should open with imran farhat and nasir jamshed in teh one dayers and play abdur rehman for hafeez as well

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

I dont understand why hafeez is in the test team. he is only good on flat tracks. azhar ali should be groomed to take misbah's place. this mess was bound to happen as this lineup was new to these conditions. pakistan never used to impose good totals but then their bowling was too hot to handle. once the greats of the 90s retired, pakistan is struggling. pakistan's key to success would have been pace like akhtar, swing of 2 Ws, opening like that of anwar and some decent performance by tail which is missing critical members like razzaq, moin, rashid latif.

Posted by Spelele on (February 23, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Lol @Waqas Ahmad Janjua: are you being serious!? SA pitches provide equal opportunity for both good bowlers and solid stroke-makers. Unfortunately, bar (to a limited extent) Khan and Shafiq, PAK does not have any good stroke-making batsmen. This pitch (like the last two) is perfect, and SA showed that runs can be scored on it.

PAK need to abandon all the excuses and give credit to SA who have been simply too strong. Those who said that SA does not have depth can think again! We kept on telling them about Abott, Gqamane, Morris, Viljoen, Birch etc. but they didn't listen. Oh well, I guess one has to see for themselves. Well done to Kyle, but SA fans are not really surprised by his feats in this match.

If there was any doubt as to who is 'next in line' between Kleinveld and Abbot etal, then seeing one of the latter bowl in the same match as the former has surely settled the matter! However, the former can be unplayable and if he was from any other country, he would be a star.

Posted by crashed on (February 23, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

I guess SA must put out the pitches with an menu card for every visiting team Centurion please select choice of wicket a spinning / b Swinging /c bouncy Next Wanderers a b c .... but then Cape town were very close to UAE pitch even the Pakistani's said that so maybe SA is already doing it lol who knows and I am sure the grounds men will not say anything lol

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Sis, didn't Lance Klusener get 8 on debut? Taking nothing away from Abbott - gonna be an interesting tussle between him and Kleinveldt

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT)


"...Pakistan aren't blessed with players of the calibre of Amla, de Villiers, Steyn, Philander..."

Are you serious? How can you be that delusional?

Heard of Inzi, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Akram, Amir, Asif?? We just have a very inexperienced side with us atm; however, the present batting side is also fairly brittle as well.

Things might be different in UAE.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 23, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

i dont know why some people come up with such comments that 3-0 is the worst from Pakistan? If a no 1 team with plenty of runs & experience gets 3-0 in UAE from no 5 team. OR if a no1 team with some of the cricket's great batsmen like vvs, tendulkar, dravid, sehwag gets 4-0 twice in 2 overseas outings.

Then a no4 team with average batting line up getting 3-0 isnt something worst? comparing england's & Indian batting stats with those of this pak team ,( total runs, 100s , 200s , matches ) i dont think this 3-0 from pak isnt that worst like some comments come here.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Pak bowling is decent (at least in patches)but batting leaves a lot to be desired..Can YK take the match to 4th or 5th day?

Posted by SachBro on (February 23, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

South Africa, a clear number 1 today. Rest of the world is so far behind, be it Eng or Aus.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 23, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Oh man, the Green Machine rolls on! Well done Proteas, you guys have been awesome and a thrill to watch! A very bad day at the office for Misbah and his chums.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

@Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT i think you mean to say Losing Morkel instead of Kaliis. Now really a tough picture for selectors. Tsotsobe, De Lange & Abbott what to do. I really afraid if they try Australian style of rotating fast bowler in every series & matches- which is not good, it hampers confidence of the bowler if any match or series is going not soo good then you will be replace. If any bowler is not selected with this performance then this will creates Frustration; Really very tough for selectors & Talent Mngt. team

Posted by kc69 on (February 23, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

With a 2-1 win in ODI and 1-1 draw in T20 against India,Pak batsmen got so over confident(Especailly Hafeez and Jamshed).I hope now they see even without a 100% complete SA team they are looking towards a loss.I hope Pak atleast salvages some pride in limited overs cricket that coming up after this test.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Poor display of cricket by Pakistan. Certainly there are selection problems, I wonder why Ehsan Adil, who just played only one season, was selected. Sami or Wahab could be better choice. Sami could be effective with its pace and its out swingers, Wahab can certainly swing better than Rahat. Secondly, when opening is long standing problem for Pakistan. instead changing opening pair, they should have strength middle order batting by adding Faisal Iqbal. Jamshed should have opened with Azhar. Irfan has also disappointed, he could be lethal, but the application by captain Misbah was pathetic. I also smell lack of harmony, and some sort of rift between captain, vice captain and coach. Anyway, brilliant cricket by South Africa in all department. Certainly, they deserve number 1 position.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

S.A should prepare spinning wickets for subcontinent teams so that test match become interesting

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

once again very poor show from pakistan . & this time they cant hide behind new ball thing. Openers gave stand of 48 in 16 overs so it wasnt a new ball.

Rahat took 6 wickets but not that much impressive in between. too many loose balls and too many runs. It was a selection disaster from pakistan to choose such bowling attack for SA tour.

brilliant bowling from Abott on debut. That shows SA has some good options available on bench.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

SA is having good back bench of batsman & fast bowlers who proved again & again everywhere in the World. SA is no. 1 team without a spinner set an example in the world- Believe in your strength, don't always think what you don't have. the only thing in which SA is lack behind is the genuine Test, Odi all rounder. After Kallis no one is there. Albie, Mclaren still not proved themselves and looks like finishers of the T20. I remember one of my favourite B.Macmillan, Cronje, Klusener, Kemp.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

bet my bottom dollar that kyle abbot will never get another 5 for in test cricket.

Posted by Riz000 on (February 23, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Here we go again pak rolling over again Hafeez with a wonderful start wat a batsman sackthis guy for eva for once plz

Posted by crashed on (February 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

@gsingh7 or SA is THAT GOOD. So much for those critics who say SA do not have the resources if (or when) Steyn and/or Philander don't make it to a match. Pakistan to follow on and already lost a wicket :p but as for those head hunters on the Paki side there is some positives yet if this is the standard Pakistan take to UAE I doubt if SA will struggle to have some say in those matches - especially if they cut the young guns from the team

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (February 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

Lol @Waqas... But SA just made 400+ on the same dodgy wicket

Posted by Smahuta on (February 23, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

@Waqas Ahmad Janjua only good batsmen score runs on these wickets. How did SA get 400? And what about preparing spinners wickets? should that too be not allowed? You wont be saying that come the return tour later on in the year will you? Go cry me a river about dodgy wickets and tell your players to learn to bat!

Posted by wrenx on (February 23, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

@mzm149 this is harsh on Azhar. He has an average of 43 and has NEVER played a test at home. That's a substantially better average than someone like a Kohli, yet you'd be mad for saying that Kohli should be dropped from his side. Azhar just needs more experience like the rest of our side do.

There are a lot of harsh words coming from Pakistan fans - we shouldn't be too hard on the team. Yes, there were mistakes made in preparation, selection, tactics, umpiring etc. but it overlooks the more obvious issue, that Pakistan aren't blessed with players of the calibre of Amla, de Villiers, Steyn, Philander, who have been a treat to watch this series. We've proven that we can compete with less impressive sides like England and the rest right now, but teams like Australia and SA are better sides, and South Africa have fully earned their commanding wins this series.

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

@dontlikecricket. 3-0 is not a disaster. But it is as much as possible. Pakistan did not give fight to SA, that's the problem. For example with Australia SA won 1-0 but the series was evenly contested. This series is as one sided as possible with two traditional Test teams.

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Everyone seems to be taking 6-7 wickets last few weeks. Steyn,Ajmal,Ashwin,Abbott,Philander,Rahat,Pattinson(likely). Strange.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Lol Hafeez goes for a golden duck and Younis walks out after having been out 2 balls ago. Is this a first?

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Performance of Asian teams in SA. In tests.... India drawn the series 1-1, SL lost the series 2-1 but Pakistan whitewashed 3-0. In ODIs.... India and SL lost closely by 3-2 margin but looking at this performance by Pakistan I dont thing Pak could win even a single match. there is a great chance that SA will also whitewashed Pak in ODIs also. In T20I India won its match against SA but I dont thing Pak can win even single match from 2 match series. So it shows that India is the best team than SL and Pak, and SL is better team than Pakistan. Even NZ, such a weak team won ODI series in SA but Pak cannot win the series. This clearly shows how poor Pakistan team is when they play outside subcontinent. Pak team is worst than NZ.

Posted by Tamimfan on (February 23, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

20 overs left least play like a t20 and score as many runs as possible in this innings.

Posted by Neuen on (February 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Just 1 word. Team work Pakistan should try it

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

I've said before and I'll say it again. There's no lack of depth of fast bowlers in South Africa. This perception came about because all the world ever saw was our consistently fit 1st choice bowlers. I salute you, Kyle Abbott!

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

OMG he is the another leathal weapon of AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (Steyn, morkel, phil, tsotsobe, de lange and now abott). now batsman don't face trouble guess who?- THE SELECTORS.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 23, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

what can i say, all out 156 , i thought pak can reach 200 but how wrong can i be?? their batting is worst in world alongside bangla and zimbabwe. 3-0 whitewash is now imminent.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

ICC should take notice of South African grassy and doudgy wickets. Australia, Newzealand, India and now Pakistan have been beaten by an inings by Southafrica due to seam friendly grassy wickets. Soon Test cricket will be lost in history due to one sided conditions suiting South Africa. South Africa should have 50 50 wickets, more favourable to batting than bowling to revive test cricket.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 23, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

And he gets Khan, 7 for Abbott on debut!!! Outsanding! Follow on has been enforced. Lets go again!

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (February 23, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@SC: Really? I thought Kleinveldt bowled well in both his last two matches even if he didn't get the reward in terms of wickets. Beat the outside edge a heap of times, and that LB was mm away from being in-line... That said, I think it's safe to say Abbott is ahead in the pecking order now!

Great lack of decision by Oxenford wrt Sarfraz. If there's any doubt stick with the onfield call. That's how DRS is meant to work!

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 23, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Just had the feeling Abbot would succeed. Stats never lie and his domestic stats were fantastic. The guy has control, can swing and has decent pace. South Africa still need to find more depth though.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 23, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

6 for abbot (so far) on debut. What a great performance after having his first ball go for 4! So much for woeful depth huh? Just the great Younis standing firm and his was the head the Pak supporters are always calling for. Shows how much fans know about the game sometimes hey? Go on Abbot and get the last one too son, you deserve it!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Pakistan has to take positives out of this tour. Their batting is still young and they need to sort out a few combinations from here. Teams are not built overnight and I think Misbah is doing his best with the available options.

mzm149 wants Azhar Ali out --- but Azhar is an investment. He showed it in England and he's among the top 3 run getters for Pak here, too. He should stay in. The batting definitely needs a huge score from the openers --- all opening partnerships have failed. Plus, I feel they're one batsman short.

Good luck for futrue games.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 23, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

PAK are 7 dow now with Younis still hanging on. What should he do? Just go for it or hope that one of the tailenders will hang there long enough for PAK to avoid follow on? Look at the bright side. Atleast PAK is not going to be all out less than 100!! Looking through SA recent performences, they won away 2-0 in ENG and 1-0 in AUS, two of the best teams equipped to play bounce and swing. So 3-0 for PAK is disppointing, but not exactly a disaster. SA no doubt has best fast bowling attack and may be ENG and AUS second best.I may be wrong but I still think despite lack of experience PAK probably has 4th best fast bowling unit???

Posted by crashed on (February 23, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Hmmm stand aside philander here comes Abbott lol Gr8 bowling from SA

Posted by Smahuta on (February 23, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

5 down now for less than 100. Pak are just being blown away by a much better side in this tour, no point blaming the umpires for that.

@mzm149 dont worry, the SA odi and T20 side are nowhere near the quality of the test team so you will probably get s series win in at least one of those formats.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (February 23, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Are they batsman or not??? Pakistan batsman are falling like 9 pins in innings after innings. SA just 1 wicket away from taking huge lead.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Pakistan moving forward should look for change

hafeez is good to stay as captain, then u need to have attacking openers like abdul with experience and u also need ajju and hafeez afridi to bowl so three spinners and u can then pick 2 fastmen rather than 3

over all it will mean 3 specialist bowlers and 3 fast alrounders with 3 spinning alrounders so that makes it 9 u can pick two batsmen in umar akmal , malik and one keeper in kami so u can open with kami and abdul, then hafeez then umar and malik so that is ur 5 ppl get hammad ,anwar and afridi so finih with flourish with gul ajju can bat and junaid/irfan can be last ppl but to be honest if they were as good as shoaib then irfan gul and irfan play but unfortunately they are not so only 2 of them and hammad, anwar and abdul gets in to bowl 20 overs i really think that is the way to go no other way

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 23, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

billy bowden and steve devis are the worst umpires at the international cricket now

Posted by mzm149 on (February 23, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Bringing Imran Farhat was a useless decision. I am happy he has not scored runs. Otherwise he would have cemented his place ahead of Nasir Jamshed in coming ODIs. Azhar Ali is a useless player. Nasir Jamshed became Misbah's victim. Azhar Ali should have been thrown out instead of him. Previously I was of the opinion that Azhar Ali should open but now it seems he is not worthy of playing at any position. I hope Pakistan will play much better in ODIs and T20s.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 23, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Disappointing from Kleinveldt again. Hope he proves me wrong but he is now in his 4th test and is averaging nearly 50. I would rather see De Lange, Gqamane, Morris.

For those who say Steyn was also disappointing in his first few tests, yes he was, and was dropped for over a year. But he was a raw 21 yr old who was blessed with great pace and was still developing - so worth being patient with. Kleinveldt is near the end of his career and has average pace and limited skill.

Posted by docsunny on (February 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Pakistan does not possess the wherewithal to perform against SA and save this test. The difference in quality between the two teams is so evident.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 23, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

its younis and shafiq again i just wish pakistan doesnt follow on so that rahat can get a 10 for

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (February 23, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Nice debut so far from Abbott! Not as much as pace as I've seen but good seam movement and a heavy ball!

In other news, ICC stop the farce of referring low catches, the evidence is always inconclusive!

Posted by uzairamir on (February 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

@gsingh7 dont compare ajmal with ashwin.He cant even take the wickets of englishmen lol

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

Why is hafeez in the side? It's not for his batting as he only scores runs against BD and Zim and not for his bowling either by the looks of it. Bowling 5 overs out of 100 and this is with pakistan a bowler short. Unbelievable!!!! We should have continued with Jamshed. I have little time for farhat but hafeez makes him look like a world class opener.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Do Pakistani cricketers practice batting at all?

Posted by bored_iam on (February 23, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Frustrating is the ONLY way to describe this Pakistani team currently! Just when they seem to begin doing a good job, WHY do they mess up so?

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 23, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Took my ostrich for a walk and when I got back Pakistan had lost 3 quick wickets and Misbah had raced to 5 off 19!

Posted by Smahuta on (February 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

House of cards is starting to tumble after a solid start from Pakistan. 2 more and the tail is exposed. All up to Younis and Misbah here to salvage this innings. That was the best opening stand of the series for Pakistan, but the writing is on the wall now for a series whitewash I'm afraid.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 23, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (February 23, 2013, 12:14 GMT): Sorry Ajmal failed on a decent wicket? That particular ground is known for fast bowling surface. Ajmal cant perform miracles and yes he needs some assistance like all spinners do. Ashwin is ok bowler but he failed on Indian spinning wickets against England and Indian wickets are most spin friendly wickets around the world. Will you say if a good fast bowler fails to take a wicket on slow turning wicket they are failure as well?? Many good fast bowlers of past and present failed to take a single wicket few times in an innings so according to your theory and limited cricket understanding they will be failure too??

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

@Solid_Snake its started now.....

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 23, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

unbelievable batsmen we got..Just unbelievable

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

lets see if pak can get 210 runs to avoid follow on..... looks lik another low score for them......

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 23, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

cricketstarbest:Pak collapse started? They started well

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 23, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

ajmal failed on decent wicket , like ashwain he needs turning tracks, lets see if pak can score 210 to avoid follow on , hope then atleast draw this test , i dont wanna see another whitewash

Posted by ftimez on (February 23, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

they played best inning and lets see in second inning

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 23, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Yet another one sided match where one team decides when to finish off the opponents easy! ICC must review Pakistan's test status and make them play with suitable opponents like ZIM/ IRELAND/ CANADA o make the game more competitive and marketable. If such mismatches are allowed to carry on, the already test version of cricket being under fire will die a natural death

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

the so called best spinner wicketless after 29 overs???????? wow...

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

I don t like Farhat but he is doing good job. Looking solid

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 23, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

400 batting first at Centurion, going at 4 an over is a great performance. Quality from Amla, AB and the lower order.

But a solid start from Pakistan so that's an improvement from them. The problem, though, is with the variable bounce I don't think batsmen will ever be out of danger, even with the old ball.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 23, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

rahat ali should bowl at pace because i remember he put in some extra effort on a ball although it was a no ball the speed was 146.1!

Posted by Riz000 on (February 23, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Here we go again Grt8 hafeez yet opening again Im so So Fed up wid this guy my special request to president of Pakistan and chairman of Pcb plz plz get rid of Hafeez 4 ever from all 3 formats of games he is not even a club cricketer after playing for years he is still far away frm being a average batsman!!!!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 23, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

cricketstarbest:Pak collapse started? They started well

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Enough of Dean Elgar. SA need a genuine allrounder like Albie Morkel at 7 even when Kallis is back, giving them 6 bowlers.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 23, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

whatever happens i dont want imran farhat to make runs.If he makes some runs it will be very hard to get him out of team

Posted by khurramsch on (February 23, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

its big total for pakistan. they will have to bat very very well to reach there. Good effort and 6 for Rahat. but it isnt something special. But in this bowling line up it was an achievement.

Pakistan had a solid chance in 2nd test and looks like that was the only chance they may get this time. They got no option this time to go with so inexperienced bowlers. this is what selection committee selected. 3 debutants, inconsistent gul & poor tanveer to accompany junaid.

Hope they show some fight here.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (February 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Pakistan collapse just started and if Smith enforces a follow-on then match will be over by tomorrow. Good bowling by Rahat Ali but his 5wkt haul will end in big defeat.

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