Shoaib who? Asif who?
Well done Umar Gul. He really does love the Gaddafi Stadium.
****ing hell, Geraint Jones back in over Chris Read. I suppose I can understand the logic if it's viewed as a "horses for courses" type selection.. otherwise it seems really quite harsh on young Christopher, given how he's done in Tests since returning.
I don't mind seeing jones back. In fact im glad. Read has his chance, but gashed up on most occasions.
Jones is still a better keeper i believe. He's improved tremendously in that department and takes catches that other wouldn't ever dream of catching.
I'm old school - should have stuck with Read. But we all know Fletch's love affair with Jones.
In other news, Yousuf struck his 20th Test hundred on his home ground to put Pakistan in the driving seat on the 2nd day of the 1st Test against WI. Pakistan closed on 265/4 with the other not out batsman Shoaib Malik on 61.
Law of averages I suppose - he can't get a hundred all the time.
I meant read has had his chance batting in alot of odi's recently, and has failed to make an impact. Granted, it is a different form of the game. But then again jones's failure with the bat in some odi's contributed to the pressure that was placed on him (and added to the general concensus behind dropping him).
ODI's are completely different, particularly given the fact that England are generally a bit **** in them. And Jones got dropped from the Test team because in his last five matches, he averaged 13, with a top score of 19. What exactly he's done to suggest that his form will be better than that now is beyond me.
A part of me hopes he gets a diamond in the first test so we actually have a chance for the others.
Especially if its off unspectacular bowling too...
lol...indeed. He's that good, he wants to handicap himself! Why not use a smaller bat MY!?
Lara back on form, just got out on 122...Windies currently 243-5.
I still fancy Pakistan to win though.
Yes, but it wouldn't be right for someone aged 21 to say something like that...would sound very arrogant. You need to be an old head to say that kind of thing.
Yousuf has only just turned 32...I think he probably has another 3-5 good years left in him, depending on what he wants to achieve. He's one of these late developers...around about 28-29 he started to look world class.
Yeah was a shame to hear about that abuse towards Panesar...it isn't the first time an Aussie fan has done something like this, even though the vast majority of them are very good.