Kamran, Kaneria out. Yousuf not playing either

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 by Sanya Michelangelo in Labels: , , , ,

England vs Pakistan 2nd Test: 6-10 August, 2010

I was really pleased with the patience I bowled with in both innings. I didn't get greedy or try to bowl the magic ball too much.

       James Anderson after taking 11 wickets in the 1st Test

As the drama unfolded after Pakistan's 354 run loss to England, Mohammad Yousuf was called and Danish Kaneria dropped to bring in left arm spinner Raza Hasan. A day before the 2nd Test, Pakistan's captain told the media that Yousuf would not play in the 2nd Test since he has not had much match practice. According to the captain, Akmal has been "rested" because "he is having a run where he is not able to do what he is able to usually. But he now has ten days to just take his mind off the pressures that accompany when you are not doing well at international level. I'm sure he is a champion player and he will work hard to make a comeback." Zulqarnain Haider has replaced him.
                                                                       So what happens after Pakistan is routed for 80, experienced batsman Yousuf called, who averages 53.07 in Tests, Kaneria who took 1 for 171 in the 1st Test, dropped for 18 year old Raza Hasan, who has played 2 first-class games in which he took 8 wickets and averaged 16.12. He has played 9 list A matches, 2 Twenty20s and no International matches. I'm not sure if starting his career in England is ideal. And now that Yousuf, who arrived with less than 24 hours to the match, would not play, Akmal being dropped, in the end, we will see 2 Pakistan players making their debut. The other one, Haider has played one International match, a Twenty20 three years ago.
                                                                    Predictably, England have made no changes to their 12 man squad. Cook and Pietersen need runs. Cook needs them more than KP. James Anderson, who made his Test debut in the summer of 2003, will play his 50th Test today.