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WHEN PAKISTANIS WERE LORDS OF LORD’S

As someone said, the game was lost by Joe Root (and his advisors) when he chose to bat on a pitch which had been under covers due to rain a day earlier, and had a tinge of green on it. Perhaps he was smitten by the words, attributed to WG Grace, who had said once, “When you win the toss – bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague – then bat.” Continue reading

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Nerves on Both Sides – A round-up and preview of Pakistan’s strategy against Ireland

He will be hard pressed to decide what his batsmen’s true worth is – Canterbury or Northampton. For that matter is Hobson’s Choice for both are Division Two Teams. Worse, Pakistani batting fared poorly against Kent who were placed fifth in Division Two last season.

Yes, it was overcast, the ball was seaming but if one watches the dismissals of top batsmen there was the perennial playing over the inswinger, the dab to the wicketkeeper or first slip and the mistimed cut for a play-on to the stumps.  All reeking of lack of technique and a limited overs attitude. Continue reading

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Yesterday Australia, Tomorrow New Zealand?

Perhaps what equally surprised everyone including the Pakistanis was the way their spinners performed in the absence of Ajmal and the perceived absence of Abdul Rehman, both heroes of the whitewash against England on these pitches back in 2011. After the Dubai Test coach Darren Lehmann might have rued the fact that his batsmen were out to straight balls by the spinners but his best buddy Shane Warne used to bowl them to great effect too. And if it comes to that one can say what the great England fast bowler Fred Trueman once said to a batsman who tried to play down his dismissal with an in swinger saying it was just a straight one. “Aye, and a straight one was good enough for ye,” came the sharp retort from the Yorkshireman. Continue reading

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