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Thread: Pakistan tour of Australia 2009/10

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    Intikhab concerned on poor fielding

    WELLINGTON: Pakistan cricket team coach Intikhab Alam said that fast bowler Mohammad Asif has fulfilled all the expectations which he had in him.

    Talking with Geo News from Wellington, Intikhab Alam said that he is very happy over Pakistan’s splendid comeback in the Test series particularly on the brilliant performance of young Umar Akmal.

    He said he is very concerned on dropping catches by Pakistan fielders in the match.

    Team’s vice captain Kamran Akmal said that his parents pray for him and his younger brother Umar due to which their performance is being improved day by day. However, Umar still needs to learn a lot.


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    Default Pak team arrives in Australia


    Pak team arrives in Australia

    HOBART: Pakistan cricket team captained by Muhammad Yousuf has reached Australia to play Test and one-day series.

    Pakistan will kick off the tour with three-day match against Tasmania on December 19.

    Talking to media in Hobart, Pakistani manager Abdul Raqeeb said Pakistan team is determined to perform well in the series. Replying to question about Younis Khan, he Abdul Raqeeb said he is unaware about come back of former captain. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim will decide this on the basis of Younis performance in domestic cricket.

    Pakistan will play three Tests, five one-day and one Twenty20 match during Australian tour.


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    Default Bowling’ll play vital role in series against Austr


    Bowling’ll play vital role in series against Australia: Yousuf

    HOBART: Pakistan cricket team, led by Mohammad Yousuf, has arrived here on Thursday to play a three-match Test series against Australia.

    Pakistan are confident their bowling attack can put them into winning position against Australia in the series.

    Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf highlighted his team''s bowling as a strength after arriving in Hobart to play a three-day warm-up match against Tasmania, starting on Saturday.

    "Our bowlers are capable of taking 20 wickets but we need to improve our batting and fielding," Yousuf told reporters.

    "I think we''ve got good spinners, the best spinners in the world, and fast bowling also."

    Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who took seven wickets in the side''s last Test against New Zealand, will lead Pakistan''s spin corp while paceman Mohammad Sami''s recall to the Test side for the Australian tour will bolster the quicks'' ranks.

    Sami was requested to help ease the burden on the team''s fast bowlers in what is expected to be a demanding tour.

    He will supplement an attack featuring Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Abdur Rauf.


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    Pakistan’ll face difficulties without Younis: Australian coach

    SYDNEY: Australian cricket team coach Tim Nielsen said that Pakistan cricket team without former captain Younis Khan, would have to face difficulties in playing on Australian wickets.

    Minus Younus Khan, Pakistan''s batting is fragile enough to be exploited by the Australian attack, Tim Nielsen said before Australia’s three-Test home series against Pakistan.

    The tourists have arrived in Hobart for their only warm-up match prior to the three-Test series that starts in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

    While the Australians are still locked in a battle for the final Test against the West Indies at the WACA ground, Nielsen has cast his eye over their next Test opponents that just played out a 1-1 drawn series in New Zealand.

    It has emerged that former captain Younus is still a chance to take part in the tour after initially missing his place in the squad and Nielsen said he was needed.

    "It''s always hard to replace experienced players who''ve been to Australia or played all over the world, that''s what makes them excellent players," Nielsen told an Australian news agency.

    "When you lose someone who''s also had the experience of being the captain and also a leader in their group, it will be challenging for them if we can put them under pressure, for their younger players to have to cope with those things.

    "It''s something we''ll try to capitalise on, the fact they may be a little inexperienced at different times in their middle order, but we certainly won''t be taking them any lighter because he''s not there."

    By their own admission the Pakistanis are stronger in the bowling department with the likes of Umar Gul, Mohammed Asif and Danish Kaneria forming a deep and varied attack.

    "Their bowling attack with the likes of Asif, Umar Gul and Kaneria who bowled very well for them out here in 2004 and Ajmal who is a fine off-spinner, they have got some quality bowling and maybe they have got a little fragility or inexperience in their top order batting," said Nielsen.

    "One of the hardest things to do coming from the subcontinent is to face the ball that bounces and carries a little more, and usually Australian conditions offer us that.

    "They''ve got enough quality in their team to make sure that if we''re not on song, we''ll be under pressure.

    "The big thing for us will be to make sure if we can identify and find some eaknesses the conditions help us expose, we need to make sure we''re disciplined enough to keep charging ahead with those things in mind."


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    Special training for team’s fielding improvement: Intikhab

    HOBART: Pakistan cricket team coach Intikhab Alam said that the national team is undergoing special training for bringing an improvement in its fielding so that to enable the team to give a tough fight to Australia during the Test series.

    Talking with Geo News from Hobart, Intikhab Alam said that keeping in view the Australian wickets, Pakistani fielders are being practiced for catching in slips so that they do not drop vital catches as they did in the series against New Zealand.

    The Pakistan coach said that Australia are the best fielding unit and Pakistani fielders would have to display a better performance in fielding.

    Talking on the National Assembly standing committee’s proposals regarding his termination from the post, he said that he did not know about that and thus he cannot say anything in this regard.


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    Default Players hold indoor practice due to Hobart rain


    Players hold indoor practice due to Hobart rain

    HOBART: The players of national cricket team Friday held an indoor practice session due to rain in Hobart before their three-day counter against Australian team Tasmania, their first on the Australian tour, Geo news reported.

    The manager Pakistan team Abdul Raqeeb told Geo news, players are hopeful of commencement of Australian tour in positive sense.

    Skipper Muhammed Yousuf and fast bowlers Muhammed Asif, Muhammed Aamir are expected to take rest in side match, but however, the final decision, of their exclusion from practice match squad, rests solely with team meeting, he said.

    Newly elected bowling coach former Test captain Waqar Younis has kicked off his responsibilities from today (Friday) here in Australia, he added.

    Pakistan team will hopefully put up good show in every department, he concluded.


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    Default Butt shines with 153 runs vs Tasmania in 1st ODI


    Butt shines with 153 runs vs Tasmania in 1st ODI

    HOBART: Salman Butt ensured Pakistan was in good shape after the first day of its three-day tour match against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval on Saturday.

    The crafty left-hander smacked 23 boundaries on his way to 153 as he led the tourists to 4 for 270 at stumps on day one.

    Umar Akmal (10 not out) and Fawad Alam were the unbeaten pair at the close of play, the latter yet to get off the mark.

    On a cool and cloudy day in Hobart, it was the pacemen that had all the luck with the ball.

    Tim Macdonald was the best of the Tigers'' bowlers with 2 for 40, while in-form quick Brett Geeves was the man good enough to dismiss Butt when he had the opener caught behind.

    Skipper George Bailey had two catches - off Macdonald and Brendan Drew (1 for 43) - to dismiss Faisal Iqbal for 17 and Misbah-ul-Haq for 43.


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    Default Butt shines with 153 in tour opener in Australia


    Butt shines with 153 in tour opener in Australia

    HOBART: Salman Butt ensured Pakistan was in good shape after the first day of its three-day tour match against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval on Saturday.

    The crafty left-hander smacked 23 boundaries on his way to 153 as he led the tourists to 4 for 270 at stumps on day one.

    Umar Akmal (10 not out) and Fawad Alam were the unbeaten pair at the close of play, the latter yet to get off the mark.

    On a cool and cloudy day in Hobart, it was the pacemen that had all the luck with the ball.

    Tim Macdonald was the best of the Tigers'' bowlers with 2 for 40, while in-form quick Brett Geeves was the man good enough to dismiss Butt when he had the opener caught behind.

    Skipper George Bailey had two catches - off Macdonald and Brendan Drew (1 for 43) - to dismiss Faisal Iqbal for 17 and Misbah-ul-Haq for 43.


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    Default Kamran’s ton helps Pakistan reach 437 against Tasm


    Kamran’s ton helps Pakistan reach 437 against Tasmania

    HOBART: Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal cracked a brisk century to help Pakistan reach a big score against Tasmania on the second day of their tour game here on Sunday.

    Later, Pakistani bowlers reduced Tasmania to 132 runs for six wickets, as the local side is still trailing by 305 runs.

    After Salman Butt''s solid 153 on Saturday, Akmal increased the pace with 109 off 81 balls as the tourists reached 437 in their first innings.

    He was the last man out after hitting three sixes and 17 fours.

    The Pakistanis resumed at 270 for four but Umar Akmal (27) and Fawad Alam (33) could only make starts and the best of the bottom four was Umar Gul''s five.

    Off-spinner Jason Krejza took three for 162 off 28.4 overs.

    The Pakistani bowlers enjoyed the conditions with the ball, with Mohammad Aamer striking two early blows in his spell, and when Abdur Rauf chipped in with two of his own Tasmania were 45 for four.

    George Bailey steadied things with 50 before being lbw to Saeed Ajmal (two for 56), who had already picked up Tim Paine for 16.

    Aamer finished with two for 18 off 10 overs while Rauf had two for 21 off 12 as they made life hard for the locals.

    The three-day game, which finishes on Monday, has been a strong hit-out for the tourists ahead of the opening Test against Australia in Melbourne on Boxing Day.


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