Pakistan batting collapse shows they’re still the ultimate

Fawad Alam scored 168 out of 320

People in the British media sometimes complain about England being inconsistent, but when it comes to inconsistency, there’s only one side worth talking about. There’s only ever been one team worth talking about.

Having gone from dreadful and seemingly a bit apathetic to World Twenty20 champions in under a fortnight, Pakistan have subsequently unleashed their full, devastating inconsistency on Test cricket.

Having been bowled out for 90 in their first innings, Pakistan fought back. They bowled out their opponents for 240 and then reached 285-1 in their second innings – a lead of 135. At this point, having done all the hard work, they promptly fell to pieces, losing nine wickets for just 35 and promptly losing the Test.

In tangentially-related, but largely unimportant news, Sri Lanka were on the field at the same time as all of this.

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6 Appeals

  1. Suspect that they’re all taking Shahid Afridi’ s declaration that “I would like them to remember me as the craziest cricketer that ever played for Pakistan” as a personal challenge

  2. Don’t think they need any motivation.

  3. which brings to mind my favourite thing on youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5PfCPQnJc4

  4. Surely such predictable levels of inconsistency are, by definition, consistent in their own way.

    I am in danger of disappearing up the backside of my own argument here.

    If you don’t hear from me again for a few days, say by Saturday, please send a search party out for me.

  5. Hurrah!

  6. Ged’s right – Pakistan are at least consistent in their inconsistency. Compared to say, England, where you never know if they’ll be inconsistent or not.

    Is it better to be consistently inconsistent or inconsistently inconsistent? At least with Pakistan you know not to know what to expect.

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