Pakistan’s middle-order – what we want from them

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Azhar Ali - don't know him from Adam, but hope he does well against our team

As anyone who’s read a newspaper in the last week or so knows, Pakistan have picked a batting line-up made entirely out of number 11s.

Apparently, Azhar Ali only started playing cricket in February and Umar Amin was spotted trying to affix his batting helmet to his elbow a couple of days ago. When facing the Pakistani bowlers in the nets, most of the top six take guard behind the stumps.

As far as we can tell, there’s very little to go off when judging these batsmen – albeit partly because they keep getting out for jacksh. Nevertheless, we’d really like to see each of the under threat batsmen make huge hundreds in this Test, forcing Mohammad Yousuf to spend the rest of the summer doing Sudoku in his hotel room.

Nothing against Yousuf. It would just be funny.


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  1. Surely you mean CONTINUE to spend the rest of the summer doing Sudoku in his hotel room? Between that and taking care of his beard (lather, rinse, repeat, dry, comb, condition, rinse, dry, comb, glossify) he’s not exactly been up to much else this year has he?

  2. Salim Malik’s making sure they don’t refer any of the OUT decisions – so they are all out. He’s got money on it.

  3. Everyone knows this post’s about the newspaper coverage of Pakistan’s batting and not actually about Pakistan’s batting itself, right?

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