Monday, October 17, 2011

Current Test Batting Line Up Is Quality

They have posted Pakistan's highest ever 4th innings total. They have successfully survived and defended on day 5 wickets 3 times when they were up against it. They have posted totals of above 340 6/11 times. They have only been bowled out once in the 2nd innings in 7 tests. They have maintained the same opening combination for 4 series in a row and it's still going. In the line up they have a player who was a nominee for emerging player of the year, a captain who was voted overseas test cricketer of the year by a popular magazine, a prolific all time run getter in YK and a player who MoYo regarded as the most technically correct batsmen he has seen in ages in Asad Shafiq down at #6. They exceeded expectations against South Africa and New Zealand. They came back hard in the 2nd test at St Kitts during the Caribbean tour and despite misreading the pitch and conceding 412 in the first innings in Bulawayo still managed to score 450 and enforce a result when a win was looking improbable during the first couple of days.

The batting line up is settled and stabled. The batsmen are in form and dependable. There are many grafters and workhorses who can wear out the opposition , dig in long and deep, have a sound technical basis and can grind out the bowlers as well as engaging in long partnerships and providing the stability, consistency and responsibility for each other to feed off. Classical and steady is doing wonders. It's refreshing to see batsmen getting stuck in and working their socks off. Hopefully more of the same.... The line up is that good that we can still easily ignore a class act in Yousuf when he is still available for selection...this is the measure of the strength of the current crop

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