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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Winning Ugly...

Mike Hussey at a training session at the Adela...Image via Wikipedia
After conceding a lead of more than 200 runs in the first innings, Australia defeated Pakistan by 36 runs!!!

This is probably the best example of the Aussie-patented way of 'Winning Ugly'. Of course, they did not use their mouth but some smart batting by Michael Hussey and the tailenders helped the Aussie cause.

The Pak keeper Kamran Akmal dropped Hussey thrice !!! Why are the catching standards so dismal for sub-continental teams? From current teams, only Sri Lanka have the best fielding squad of the four test-playing nations in Asia.

Pakistan also had played very less tests over the last 2 years - probably they did not know how to win. When the chase started, I was more confident about Australia winning the match than Pakistan, knowing their brittle middle-order.

Why is Faisal Iqbal playing at No.3 in place of Yusuf? He is not test-match material at any stage in his career. Shoaib Malik is any day a better batsman.

Hopefully, the Pakistan team can save a whitewash by drawing the next test.

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