Get Taufeeq back :D
Last time I was at a test....
The purpose of home games is to win and improve rankings and not to ensure Umer Akmal might grow as a batsman. Asad and Azhar may never end up as being elite test batsman but they sure have the right attitude for test cricket something that Pakstan batsman has been lacking for a good part of decade.
I am not supporting Umer Akmals inclusion because I think he will be our savior I am just pinning my hopes on something out of the box which might surprise SA. Over the last 12 months the only batsman who have had success against Steyn n co are those that took attacks to this bowling unit once the ball got soft Clarke, KP, Hussey and Bairstpw comes to mind so Umer Akmal is probably the only guy that is capable of doing it even if there is a higher possibility he throws his wicket away after a quick 20 odd.
The bottom line is Pakistan needs a miracle to avoid a 3-0 whitewash so they may have to take some risks that may lead to a miracle or two.
2 test matches over so guys what you say about the third one ???:blink:
the same as the first 2 :p
What 2 matches? Are you counting the tour match?
no....he is counting the cape town match as a pakistan loss for sure
Pakistan playing a 2-day game against a Cobras XI starting tomorrow. There might be some rain around tomorrow though.
We need the practise so I hope it doesn't ruin the match.
Cheers. Was sort of wondering if the pitch conditions were a decent facsimile , but since they're so close I suppose it just depends on whether the curator tries hard enough.