Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day August 17, 2014

Many questions for Pakistan's batting

Following yet another Pakistan batting collapse, it's time to take a good long look at team composition and strategy
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Misbah-ul-Haq has scored 67 at 16.75 in the series © AFP

The tale of the Pakistani batting slump is nothing new. A combination of poor shot selection, insecurity, lack of confidence and a fear of Rangana Herath led to a familiar story repeating itself at the SSC. Pakistan was given a target of 271 to chase down in four sessions but it took only one session for their batting to unravel to an extent where victory was only a remote possibility.

The famous victory in Sharjah this January is a one-off in recent years as Pakistan have rarely been strong chasers. It isn't a lack of ability, but more about losing it within their mind.

On day three, Grant Flower tried to make sense of Pakistan's problem, but Herath dominated his answers; several times he applauded Herath and put Pakistan's first-innings collapse down to his skills. Perhaps his responses reflect the sense prevailing in the dressing room, that the opposition can dictate their fate.

Flower was also confident Pakistan could do well the second time around. That did not happen; their top order did not look comfortable at all. Sarfraz Ahmed is the only positive Pakistan can take forward. The average opening partnership in their previous 13 Tests is 26.15, and the experiment with Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor does not seem to be working. Both have been guilty of throwing their wickets away with poor shot selection. While Shehzad will be persisted with, Manzoor is not likely to get too many more chances.

Azhar Ali suffered a dip in form in 2013 and was replaced by Mohammad Hafeez, but his impactful hundred in Sharjah pushed him up the pecking order once again. Expectations of him grew as well, but he hasn't been able to meet them. He resisted hard while scoring 32 in the first innings, before falling to an inadvisable shot to Herath in the second.

Younis Khan, apart from his 177 in Galle, has scored just 34 in three innings. Being a senior player, the attempted sweep which led to his dismissal today, with the side already reeling, could be termed erratic. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has scored 67 at 16.75. He is having a hard time as captain, too, with Pakistan not having won a Test series since beating England in the UAE in early 2012. A 2-0 defeat here could be decisive for him.

While the defeats must hurt, what could hurt Pakistan more is if they do not learn from them. It is vital that the team management gets the team selection right. The likes of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq seem to be the future for Pakistan, but Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam could probably work well too. The captain and coaches have also rarely been critical of the batting in public.

Minutes after the stumps today, the team had packed up its stuff and left the ground. The media had requested that coach Waqar Younis attend the press conference, but they were told none of the Pakistan contingent would be taking questions. Even if they do not do so for the media, one hopes that Pakistan is answering the many questions that persist over their batting for themselves.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on August 18, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    It was lack of imagination that Pakistan lost First Test.In second inning at least 2-3 players should have been told to play their natural game to drawn the game. In second test Pakistan was beaten fair and square. Herath was great but Sarfaraz showed that Herath is not unplayable. It was one off bad series for Misbah. He is bound to bounce back. Unfortunately we dont have a back up for Misbah other than tired and tested Yunus and Hafeez both served well and now past their prime to be captain again. I can not understand the fuss about Asad Shafiq. Among under 28 he is probably the most technically correct test batsman in Pakistan with Azhar Ali and Fawwad Alam falling distant second. Umer Akmal is very good for ODI. The moment Umar Akmal walks into playing Test Eleven there will again be a strong lobby to bring back Adnan Akmal. Pakistan bound to bounce back against Aussies they must have settled vice captain,Asad or Azhar as Misbah will not last long. Good Bye Great Mahela

  • mzm149 on August 18, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    I am tired of hearing that Asad Shafiq is very talented, future of Pakistan cricket, next captain and what not. They say he has not been given enough chances.

    How many chances does he need? HE HAS NOT MISSED A SINGLE TEST SINCE HE CAME. I think he should be given more than one chance in all of his innings.

    How many matches has he won for his team? Please come up with numbers. Everyone can score when platform is set. Even Rehman scored a half century in first match of this tour. If he is so good, why does he not open and face the new ball or come one down or even two down.

  • Damageinc on August 18, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    I am baffled and gobsmacked to see people in here are bashing Asad Shafiq, are they in their right minds?Asad Shafiq is the brightest prospect for Pakistan, he is being treated unfairly ever since he made his debut.Pakistani cricket fans need to mature a bit, you cant just axe everyone on the basis of a two match series, Asad Shafiq performed admirably, he and Sarfaraz were the only one who stood up to the challenge and offered some kind of resistance.

    Did Indian batting not collapse in England? so should they drop Kohli and Pujara too on the basis of one bad series?

    Pakistani fans need to grow up really.

  • malepas on August 18, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    The thing amazes me is the inability of our batters to improve as a unit against a bowler who only have 2 balls and some variations, Herath's main wicket taking ball is the one which spins out from the middle and off stump to keeper and slip, this is not a surprise delivery but can't understand for the life of me that how come our batters just couldn't read it at all, even I can judge the variation and his angel & hand position when he delivers this ball, why can't PAK batters and their support staff have not been able to get them to read this delivery. AMAZING:

  • on August 18, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Pak cricket team lacks temperament, technique , strength of mind and fair selection. Most cricketers in Pakistan learn cricket in streets , their mistakes in technique grow so strong that even the best coach cannot correct them .If coaching starts at primary school level then only in the next five years a breed of batsmen can be produced, otherwise history tells that in every decade a batsman emerges purely on talent ,performs on few occasions & go away. A.Rauf KSA

  • kbilgrami on August 18, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    No replacement of any kind is required in Batting. It is the same team that scored 450+ runs and then 330+ in the second test. The reason of failure was that they couldn't handle just one bowler, Herath. Even if Fawad Alam or Umar Akmal were in the team, they would have struggled all other Sri Lankan bowlers were mediocre. Nothing wrong with Saeed Ajmal's bowling. Sri Lankan team plays very well against him and we should acknowledge that. If this was England or Newzealand or for that matter South Africa they would have struggled against him on this same pitch. Please hold your comments against Pakistan Australia series. I am sure we will be much better and penetrative with the ball.....

  • haqster499 on August 18, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shahzad need to play one full county season in England. Wasim Akram was talking yesterday, how a full season of county cricket playing on different surfaces makes the difference.

    All of Pakistan's top bats learnt in county: Miandad, Zaheer, Saleem Malik, asif iqbal (inzi and yousuf being the xecpetion)

  • malepas on August 18, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    There are some questions and couple of answers for PAK now, the big positive is Sarfraz, he played like a dream in this series and hope he continue with it, Wahab showed lot of heart and I think good enough to partner with Junaid, the biggest worry is our aging spin couple, I think and many have mentioned here that the time has come for Rehman, this guy has lost his confidence completely and should be replaced immediately, we also need to think about Ajmal as well, he is getting old and wary and batters picking him with ease now so may be a good idea to have him pass his knowledge to some youngsters for future, Misbah's form dropped in this series, I'm not panicked yet but I know for fact that in older age when form deserted you,it is very hard 2 get back, it goes quickly and that will be my concern. The problem with middle order is our young players are not consistent, may be lack of tests they play or culture, Khurram's technique is awful & on Herath, good but not great as Murli.

  • on August 18, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    It's bit surprising that Pakistan have produced only 18 left hand batsman at test level who have played more than 5 matches . There was is no one in the current line up . I think it's a major reason behind there batting collapses .

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I dont know why people are criticizing ASAD SHAFIQ the only batsman with SARFRAZ who survives He is the future we should grooom him Like INDIA are doing with KOHLI PUJARA RAHANE they have class but needs to b polished only failure for me ARE TALHA KHURRAM they are not test level players please get rid of these two and made a new team like ENGLAND i am really loving them we sholud give our players time And we deadly need Fawad Alam in test ASAD SARFRAZ AND FAWAD one of them is future captain Junaid Khan is always heroooo but noone ever appreciating him

  • on August 18, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    It was lack of imagination that Pakistan lost First Test.In second inning at least 2-3 players should have been told to play their natural game to drawn the game. In second test Pakistan was beaten fair and square. Herath was great but Sarfaraz showed that Herath is not unplayable. It was one off bad series for Misbah. He is bound to bounce back. Unfortunately we dont have a back up for Misbah other than tired and tested Yunus and Hafeez both served well and now past their prime to be captain again. I can not understand the fuss about Asad Shafiq. Among under 28 he is probably the most technically correct test batsman in Pakistan with Azhar Ali and Fawwad Alam falling distant second. Umer Akmal is very good for ODI. The moment Umar Akmal walks into playing Test Eleven there will again be a strong lobby to bring back Adnan Akmal. Pakistan bound to bounce back against Aussies they must have settled vice captain,Asad or Azhar as Misbah will not last long. Good Bye Great Mahela

  • mzm149 on August 18, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    I am tired of hearing that Asad Shafiq is very talented, future of Pakistan cricket, next captain and what not. They say he has not been given enough chances.

    How many chances does he need? HE HAS NOT MISSED A SINGLE TEST SINCE HE CAME. I think he should be given more than one chance in all of his innings.

    How many matches has he won for his team? Please come up with numbers. Everyone can score when platform is set. Even Rehman scored a half century in first match of this tour. If he is so good, why does he not open and face the new ball or come one down or even two down.

  • Damageinc on August 18, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    I am baffled and gobsmacked to see people in here are bashing Asad Shafiq, are they in their right minds?Asad Shafiq is the brightest prospect for Pakistan, he is being treated unfairly ever since he made his debut.Pakistani cricket fans need to mature a bit, you cant just axe everyone on the basis of a two match series, Asad Shafiq performed admirably, he and Sarfaraz were the only one who stood up to the challenge and offered some kind of resistance.

    Did Indian batting not collapse in England? so should they drop Kohli and Pujara too on the basis of one bad series?

    Pakistani fans need to grow up really.

  • malepas on August 18, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    The thing amazes me is the inability of our batters to improve as a unit against a bowler who only have 2 balls and some variations, Herath's main wicket taking ball is the one which spins out from the middle and off stump to keeper and slip, this is not a surprise delivery but can't understand for the life of me that how come our batters just couldn't read it at all, even I can judge the variation and his angel & hand position when he delivers this ball, why can't PAK batters and their support staff have not been able to get them to read this delivery. AMAZING:

  • on August 18, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Pak cricket team lacks temperament, technique , strength of mind and fair selection. Most cricketers in Pakistan learn cricket in streets , their mistakes in technique grow so strong that even the best coach cannot correct them .If coaching starts at primary school level then only in the next five years a breed of batsmen can be produced, otherwise history tells that in every decade a batsman emerges purely on talent ,performs on few occasions & go away. A.Rauf KSA

  • kbilgrami on August 18, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    No replacement of any kind is required in Batting. It is the same team that scored 450+ runs and then 330+ in the second test. The reason of failure was that they couldn't handle just one bowler, Herath. Even if Fawad Alam or Umar Akmal were in the team, they would have struggled all other Sri Lankan bowlers were mediocre. Nothing wrong with Saeed Ajmal's bowling. Sri Lankan team plays very well against him and we should acknowledge that. If this was England or Newzealand or for that matter South Africa they would have struggled against him on this same pitch. Please hold your comments against Pakistan Australia series. I am sure we will be much better and penetrative with the ball.....

  • haqster499 on August 18, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shahzad need to play one full county season in England. Wasim Akram was talking yesterday, how a full season of county cricket playing on different surfaces makes the difference.

    All of Pakistan's top bats learnt in county: Miandad, Zaheer, Saleem Malik, asif iqbal (inzi and yousuf being the xecpetion)

  • malepas on August 18, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    There are some questions and couple of answers for PAK now, the big positive is Sarfraz, he played like a dream in this series and hope he continue with it, Wahab showed lot of heart and I think good enough to partner with Junaid, the biggest worry is our aging spin couple, I think and many have mentioned here that the time has come for Rehman, this guy has lost his confidence completely and should be replaced immediately, we also need to think about Ajmal as well, he is getting old and wary and batters picking him with ease now so may be a good idea to have him pass his knowledge to some youngsters for future, Misbah's form dropped in this series, I'm not panicked yet but I know for fact that in older age when form deserted you,it is very hard 2 get back, it goes quickly and that will be my concern. The problem with middle order is our young players are not consistent, may be lack of tests they play or culture, Khurram's technique is awful & on Herath, good but not great as Murli.

  • on August 18, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    It's bit surprising that Pakistan have produced only 18 left hand batsman at test level who have played more than 5 matches . There was is no one in the current line up . I think it's a major reason behind there batting collapses .

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I dont know why people are criticizing ASAD SHAFIQ the only batsman with SARFRAZ who survives He is the future we should grooom him Like INDIA are doing with KOHLI PUJARA RAHANE they have class but needs to b polished only failure for me ARE TALHA KHURRAM they are not test level players please get rid of these two and made a new team like ENGLAND i am really loving them we sholud give our players time And we deadly need Fawad Alam in test ASAD SARFRAZ AND FAWAD one of them is future captain Junaid Khan is always heroooo but noone ever appreciating him

  • golgo_85 on August 18, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    I don't understand Pakistan's team selection. Why would you sit out a batsman of Umar Akmal's calibre? People like to talk about his "irresponsible" batting at the beginning of his career when he was a teen and after scoring some runs he was unfairly treated as if he had to be only one responsible for the failures that followed. He should have been in the test team alongside Fawad Alam all this time instead of Azhar and Shafiq. Ultimately, Pakistan have wasted time with those two after all the test matches they've played. You cannot call them established test batsmen. Pakistan are ruining careers of Umar and Fawad who should've easily been in the last 8-10 test matches at least.

  • mzm149 on August 18, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    I don't get it what was the point of letting Junaid Khan bat. When he came Pakistan was trailing by mere 5 runs. There is no difference between a trail of 5 runs or a lead of 12 runs. Misbah should have declared. Had Sarfraz been batting, it would have been understandable to let your tail enders bat to support him. But Ajmal and Junaid are completely useless with bat as we all know. We would have saved our strike bowlers and may be the match with that declaration. I know it is easy to make predictions in hind sight, but it must be lesson for us to learn for future.

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Good Morning from Saudi Arabia

    I am not an expert on the Subject, but i guess if PCB is looking forward to make an impact with there side in the Test Format, identify talent within Pakistan and than they need to have more test tournaments in Pakistan and these young crickets should be allowed to play county cricket as well - specially the crickets who are going to be future batsmen for Pakistani Cricket Team.

    So they can both mentally and technically have the strength to play International Cricket that is quality cricket for Pakistan.

    Have a nice day everyone.

    Regards Umar

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    misbah must go now because he & his team is total failure players like manzoor,azar.shafiq & rehman are should be droped from the team pak team need afridi as a capton & as a player.

  • CricketFirst on August 18, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    As an SL fan I've always enjoyed PAK's brand of cricket which is fearsome bowling and fearless batting. But in this series their batting had been too nervous, and as a result they succumbed to the pressure. A positive mindset would have given them more runs, to effect a win.

  • amumtaz on August 18, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Where is Taufiq Umar, our established opener and who has the ability to score big and stamina to stay at the wicket. Where is Fawad Alam? These are the players a good team needs to win Test matches. Khurram Manzoors need to get their technique right before they can establish themselves in the team

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    So is this the result after playing 6 batsmen. The keeper has been the most successful batsman so what are the 6 specialists doing ? Misbah has failed in the series probably the first time . Azhar Ali only starts but nothing else. Khurrum totally useless. Shahzad just ok probably one more chance and then should be kicked. Shafiq averaging 27.7 in his last 10 test matches with 5 of them in UAE and Srilanka and 7 of them against Srilanka or Zimbabwe is absolutely pathetic and yes this is not his bowling average that is his batting average and he is playing as a specialist batsman hidden under Misbah and MYK after the new ball is gone. Umar Akmal, Fawad , Sohaib, Taufeeq , Sami Aslam and Inamulhaq should be the future !!

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    I think pak should look for replacements for Rehman, Khurram, even one of asad or azhar. they can be selected with team but in playing 11, there should be umar akmal and fawad alam. Ahmed shehzad played ok in patches but doesnt work like that in test matches.

    Misbah has been in good form for an year or so. But this was total failure. Lets see what he does in ODI series. Younas always scores once in a series & that he did with a chance.

    This 2nd game was lost because of top order. in 1st innings top3 thrown away their starts & chances of lead. in 2nd innings top 5 contributed only 39 out of 270. other contributing factor was junaid's injury otherwise target would have been a bit less. But still 39 from top 5 when margin of defeat was 105 is big time failure.

    No improvement under new Moen-Waqar-Flower formula. cany put everything on captain. Moen was in sharjha & here as well. Flower talked about such things no improvement.

    question marks on Khurram, Rehman, Asad, Azhar & Ajamal

  • banglafan on August 18, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Test cricket cannot depend on two batsmen , well past the prime playing age, to shoulder the entire batting responsibilities.. It is time for PCB to sit down at the drawing board (much like BCCI will have to do, also) select a small group of batsmen in their early twenties with proven potential, and nurture them properly on a continuous basis, say next two years. Let there be losses, but at least ensure that you are consciously doing the right thing. It is demoralising to the lesser cricketing nations when the sub-continental cricket powerhouses, of which one professes to be among the current leaders of the game, succumb without the semblance of a fight.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Its not only Misbah or captaincy. It is whole lot of failures. Khurram Manzoor cant play spin-cant play fast bowlers. done nothing since that 146. need to be out. Ahmed has had starts but throwing them away. Lacks the test match temperament. Azhar Ali also had couple of starts but not effective.

    Younas khan's scoring pattern is mostly 1 innings per series & exactly that happened. 177 and then 34 in rest of series. Asad had a competition with umar for place. done ok in patches but 30s 40s may not be enough at this level. Misbah failed for first time in a series. Looks out of his usual form.

    In bowling, Rehman is totally finished after that 0/8. & i think its over for him as well. Ajmal was ineffective as well. Bowled ok in patches but not much effectiveness. Talha also has been off color. no pace. Wahab did ok on come back. Junaid was superb. Unlucky that he wasnt available in this innings otherwise target will be low.

    Only positive was sarfraz. consistent & by far the best batsman

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor and Asad Shafiq will never produce the goods. Also, Pakistan needs to get rid of the ageing Rahman. Pakistan is very well served as far as left arm spin is concerned so their persistence with Rahman is befuddling. As for the openers, picking Khurram is perplexing. They should have gone with Fawad instead. Fawad can also replace Asad. Disappointing result for Pakistan cricket to lose to Sri lanka which isnt the strongest test side. I wonder how will the pak team fare against better oppositions.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    I think rather giving chance to KhurramManzoor,they have should given the Shan, for Middle order Batting please get rid of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq bring Fawad Alam, Sohaib Masqood, Umar Akmal for pacer department,please Try Mohammad Sami,Sohail Khan, Najaf Shah, Talha is not bowler Flat Wickets.

  • afzal501 on August 18, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    I have to admit not surprised by the result, Pakistan bowled well specially Junaid and Wahab. When I saw the batting line up I couldn't believe it same failure were there again, like Manzoor Asad Shafiq Azar Ali who is not consistent enough. Everyone saw how good Fawad Alam is who is made for test matches and Umar Akmal, umar Taufeeq should have been selected but no they are consistent in choosing the team which is consistent in performing bad. I think its time for Misbah to go he has done well in past and he cant do anymore, younis should be the captain. In spin Abur rehman should be dropped iam sorry he is average bring Raza Hassan in the team and develop these new players before they get old.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    I don't understand the reasoning of including Khurram Manzoor in place of Taufeeq Umar who has a very good test batting record. Why is he not being considered? He got unfit before the South Africa series and was not considered after that, why? He is far far better than Khurram and Shan Masood.

    What is Misbah doing? He should be kicked out immediately and replaced by a fighting leader, who takes the team with him.

    Similarly what is Grant Flower for? Is he a batting coach or a watching coach? Its a shame!!!

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    It raises eye brows when an Asian team fails such badly as we did while playing the spinners on our own traditional pitches. This definitely has to do something more with the attitude and approach. We need to shun the defensive approach and bring in mental toughness in all parts of the game. Lack of discipline and fighting spirit has done the damages to us. It's also time to review selection & action acts.

    Hats off to Sangakkara,Herath for their class performances, angelo Mathews for his disciplined captaincy. Farewell to Mahela Jaywerdene. He will be remembered as an incon for years to come.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Openers set the tone of a test match and looking at all the teams at present, I don't find a single world class opener in any test team! wonder where have all the openers gone.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    1. Azhar and Asad, both have been given a bulk of chances and they proved useless, so is Umar Akmal.

    2. Fawad Alam should be given some opportunities to prove his worth.

    3. Yonus and Misbah can not be expected to perform in every match.

    4. Can't rely too much on Ajmal and Abdul-Rehman, should be finding some back-ups.

    5. The only shining elements of the test series are Sarfaraz,Wahab and Junaid.

  • Milan31 on August 18, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    As International Cricket is banned in Pakistan, have Pakistan also stopped its domestic cricket ? There are not many new names coming for selection, we are seeing the same faces from last 5 years. To select from the current bunch, I think Azhar Ali should open the batting, Pakistan is not making a good start anyway and Azhar is coming at 5 or 6 overs of play. With this Pakistan can play Umar Akmal. Pakistan need his aggressive approach. Pakistan does not have the flow in their batting, they either play too aggressively or too defensively, both the cases losing the plot. Also they need a left handed batsman in the line up, it will stop bowlers to bowl continuously in one particular line.

    My line up 1. Azhar Ali 2. Ahmed Shezad (Pakistan must groom this kid) 3. Younus Khan 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah Ul Haq 6. Fawad Alam / Asad Shafiq 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed 8. Wahab Riaz / Mohd. Talha / Umar Gul 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Zulfiqur Babar / Abdur Rehman (his best time over) / Raza Hassan 11. Junaid Khan

  • Faz63 on August 18, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Do central contracts have a negative impact on the Pakistani test team.....after all, they get paid irrespective and they are happy to enjoy the mega rupees paid for inept performances.

  • razaqaiser on August 18, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan has to make serious selection changes. Why they are not selecting Fawad Alam with a first class average of over 50. He is a good fielder and a decent bowler. It gives them an option of a left handed batsman in middle order. A veteran like Younis Khan does not know how to sweep and also how to catch in Slip. He keeps his hands on knees whereas they should be in catching position to give him extra time. Close in catchers are same way like Younis. Our coaches have least ideas of coaching. Zulifqar is much better bowler than Abdul Rehman. Our batsmen need one month batting practice against left arm spin. Misbah should change his habit of occupying crease and should now revert to scoring at a decent rate. Khurram Manzur is not a test level batsman neither Shan Masood. We need to look for a reliable opening pair. Azhar Ali should learn how to bat beyond 30 runs.

  • Informatics on August 18, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    I wonder what Grant Flower has been teaching our batsman. If Pakistan had only controlled Hearath , things would have been different, he has just two variations the straight one and the off spinner. Hats off to the batting coach who was a worthless batsman himself. Finally i feel shan masood who was accompanying in the tour was a better option, as he is technically better than khurram manzor.

  • on August 18, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Regardless of whatever people say but we will need Misbah for the World Cup to be held in Australia and NZ. Yes, we do need a new captain and an aggressive one, the way we lost the first game was just like digging your own grave. Fawad did brilliantly in Asia cup and he is much suited for tests, then what is the excuse for excluding him from the 11?

  • on August 18, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Misbah, khurrum, shafiq and yonus should be out. If azhar fails in next series then he should follow. Shafiq has scored at an average of 27 in his last 10 tests. 5 of them in either dubai or srilanka. 7 of then against the most poor bowling lineups like Zimbabwe and srilanka. He doesn't even face the new ball. He is hidden under misbah and myk but still isn't performing. What has u.akmal , sohaib or others done wRong ? Sami aslam or shan masood in place oh khurrum and uakmal, sohaib in the middle order. PLus they should have an all rounder in place of shafiq. It's ridiculous that they are playing with 6 batsmen on batting friendly pitches

  • Zahidsaltin on August 18, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Misbah has been the most consistant batman for 4 years now and one failure in only 2 match series isn't the right yard stick to be applied. Younis Khan is the only batsman who scores big when he does. All others are bit and pieces players. When they get going, a fifty is like scoring a triple century for them. No one is good enough to score centuries. Scores of 30s, 40s and 50s are not enough from Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, they need to play big innings whenever they get settled. I feel sorry for Azhar Ali who is a victim of our opners lack of ability to stay at the crease. Azhar is made to play new ball in 80% of the innings. I will rather prefer to have Sami Aslam and Taufeeq Umar opening the innings and Umar Akmal replacing Asad Shafiq at 6. Starngly, Abdul Rahman and Said Ajmal were totally ineffective in this series. We need to unearth new spinners and hope that Irfan comes back too.

  • on August 18, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Time for Misbah, Younas, AbdulRehman to go home. No place for Khurram Mansoor either. Enough is enough. Give chance to new players now. Bring in U19 openers Inamullah and Sami Aslam. Bring back Umar Akmal in tests and Raza Hassan in place of Abdul Rehman

  • Sachit1979 on August 18, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Playing lethal Herath against SL in SL is a daunting task. Moreover this series was tailor made for Jayawardene's retirement. I agree Pakistan could have done better but they should still get benefit of doubt of not getting enough International Cricket exposure in last few months. I wish they do well in ODIs. Feeling bad for Misbah, he is a fighter who perhaps had first bad series in last 4-5 years. Younis had a great comeback but could not capitalize. Ajmal also struggled to find the form and later Junaid's injury compounded the problems. But still Sarfaraz Ahmed is real find of the series. I hope he keeps doing well in future too.

  • on August 17, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Rubbish batting as usual. There needs to be a complete overhaul. I would rather fail with juniors than seniors.

  • on August 17, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    This Pakistan XI is a team with defunct batting order, devoid of any talent, spirit or class and handicapped by muddled thinking. Azhar and Shafiq who have now been in test team for sometime need to take personal responsibility and start scoring BIG on a consistent basis, their 30s and 40s is not going to win tests for Pakistan. Senior players too need to be more consistent. Younis Khan scoring just one decent score in four innings is not sufficient. Misbah seem to be hopelessly out of form and perhaps it is time he retires and so should Rehman. Manzoor is not a test batsman. On the bowling front whilst their trump card, Herath has taken 22 wickets so far and equalled Muralitharan's record in two test series and should go on to beat it tomorrow, our trump card Ajmal has been ineffective and has been reported for illegal bowling action. The only players who have done justice to their ability is Sarfraz, Junaid and Wahab. I cannot understand why Umar Akmal continues to be excluded.

  • amuni12 on August 17, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Regardless of the outcome of this match, both teams played in professional manner in keeping the spirit of cricket during lows and highs of the match. I think both teams get along very well compared to most other teams. Congratulations to both team!

  • on August 17, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Simple Misbah should give way to Umar akmal and its time for Misbah to retire From International Cricket and in bowling i think we need a quick blower that can bowl around +90mph and then Pakistan team will be balance

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Misbah should quit Test Cricket and leave Captaincy to a younger fellow, like Azhar Ali or Umar Akmal. Re-building should take place. Younis, Misbah, Ajmal, Rehman are approaching 40 or above it. How long?

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    well, this is not nothing different from all of those usual batting collapses that we tend to witness from Pakistan batting line up, the fragility of their batting has some what increased ever since Flower has taken over the batting coach.

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Misbah as captain is one of the major reasons for defeat. He is always in a negative mindset getting defensive all the time. Please get rid of him Pakistan team.

  • SaleemHatoum on August 17, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    This is testing phase of Manzoor, Shahzad, needs to stop. Bring back Taufeeq Umar, Hazeef, and M. Yousuf

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  • SaleemHatoum on August 17, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    This is testing phase of Manzoor, Shahzad, needs to stop. Bring back Taufeeq Umar, Hazeef, and M. Yousuf

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Misbah as captain is one of the major reasons for defeat. He is always in a negative mindset getting defensive all the time. Please get rid of him Pakistan team.

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    well, this is not nothing different from all of those usual batting collapses that we tend to witness from Pakistan batting line up, the fragility of their batting has some what increased ever since Flower has taken over the batting coach.

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Misbah should quit Test Cricket and leave Captaincy to a younger fellow, like Azhar Ali or Umar Akmal. Re-building should take place. Younis, Misbah, Ajmal, Rehman are approaching 40 or above it. How long?

  • on August 17, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Simple Misbah should give way to Umar akmal and its time for Misbah to retire From International Cricket and in bowling i think we need a quick blower that can bowl around +90mph and then Pakistan team will be balance

  • amuni12 on August 17, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Regardless of the outcome of this match, both teams played in professional manner in keeping the spirit of cricket during lows and highs of the match. I think both teams get along very well compared to most other teams. Congratulations to both team!

  • on August 17, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    This Pakistan XI is a team with defunct batting order, devoid of any talent, spirit or class and handicapped by muddled thinking. Azhar and Shafiq who have now been in test team for sometime need to take personal responsibility and start scoring BIG on a consistent basis, their 30s and 40s is not going to win tests for Pakistan. Senior players too need to be more consistent. Younis Khan scoring just one decent score in four innings is not sufficient. Misbah seem to be hopelessly out of form and perhaps it is time he retires and so should Rehman. Manzoor is not a test batsman. On the bowling front whilst their trump card, Herath has taken 22 wickets so far and equalled Muralitharan's record in two test series and should go on to beat it tomorrow, our trump card Ajmal has been ineffective and has been reported for illegal bowling action. The only players who have done justice to their ability is Sarfraz, Junaid and Wahab. I cannot understand why Umar Akmal continues to be excluded.

  • on August 17, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Rubbish batting as usual. There needs to be a complete overhaul. I would rather fail with juniors than seniors.

  • Sachit1979 on August 18, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Playing lethal Herath against SL in SL is a daunting task. Moreover this series was tailor made for Jayawardene's retirement. I agree Pakistan could have done better but they should still get benefit of doubt of not getting enough International Cricket exposure in last few months. I wish they do well in ODIs. Feeling bad for Misbah, he is a fighter who perhaps had first bad series in last 4-5 years. Younis had a great comeback but could not capitalize. Ajmal also struggled to find the form and later Junaid's injury compounded the problems. But still Sarfaraz Ahmed is real find of the series. I hope he keeps doing well in future too.

  • on August 18, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Time for Misbah, Younas, AbdulRehman to go home. No place for Khurram Mansoor either. Enough is enough. Give chance to new players now. Bring in U19 openers Inamullah and Sami Aslam. Bring back Umar Akmal in tests and Raza Hassan in place of Abdul Rehman