Afghanistan Cricket team carries Best Bowlers

The Afghanistan Cricket team is fabulous in terms of fast bowling. If they work a bit on their discipline and start pitching more balls on line and length, they can cause some issues for even the test sides in Australia/New Zealand.

They played a practice game against India at Adelaide Oval the other day and though the score line of that game does speak too highly of them, the fact is that they had the men in blue under a bit of pressure.

They were clocking 90 miles on the speed gun with new ball and were beating the Indian batsmen in pace.

Had the boundaries been a little more stretched and had some of the top edges gone to hand, India might have been bowled out for not too many in that game. Continue reading “Afghanistan Cricket team carries Best Bowlers”

James Anderson absense got Australia Win against England

The England bowling line up could not quite come to the party in the One Day International game against Australia yesterday in the absence of James Anderson.

England only had 234 runs to play with. So, they needed to get into the Australian middle order early, but, that did not happen.

They instead lost the plot in the first power play. David Warner attacked, as he normally does, and the visitors seemed to surrender pretty soon.

Broad, to some extent, bowled with fire, but, Steven Finn was a disappointment and the questions would be asked now if a left arm fast bowler would have been a better choice than him as he would have brought some versatility to the attack as well. Continue reading “James Anderson absense got Australia Win against England”

Mohammad Hafeez – Pakistani Master Blaster

Mohammad Hafeez scored a century on the first day of the third test match between Pakistan and New Zealand. The right hander had not played in the last game in Dubai because of being injured and he was missed at the top of the order as his replacement Taufeeq Umar failed in both the innings.

Hafeez is unbeaten at the crease and will resume his innings tomorrow. He has the chance to get his first double hundred in test cricket. He is 178 not out at the moment.

Hafeez’s bowling action has recently been reported by the ICC elite panel umpires and he will have to get his action cleared in about three weeks’ time to continue bowling in international cricket. But, that setback hasn’t fazed him it seems. He looked in a good frame of mind while batting and was ruthless in his approach especially when he was up against the spinners.

Hafeez was quick in picking the flight and getting it lofted straight down the ground. He has so far hit three sixes and more than 20 fours,

The Pakistan team management has already made it clear that Hafeez would bowl in this match despite his action being reported.

Earlier, it was understood that even if Hafeez gets into the XI, he would play as a specialist batsman, but, that’s not going to be the case.

As far as Pakistan’s overall score on Day 1 is concerned, it was 281 for 3 at the stumps.

The run machine Younus Khan, surprisingly, couldn’t score heavily, probably for the first time in the last few months for Pakistan.

The captain Misbah-ul-Haq is alongside Hafeez. He is playing at the score of 38 and it’s important for him to carry on till lunch on Day 2 to make sure Pakistan posts a match winning total on the board.