Thursday, 07 Jan, 2010 If only Kamran Akmal could catch one. -Photo by AP (file) Cricket
From the Aussie press NEWS AND COMMENTS
From the Aussie press News, comments and features from the Australian press during Pakistan's tour down under.
Sydney Morning Herald
Yousuf takes blame for his side's capitulation
Pakistan's soft-spoken captain Mohammad Yousuf blamed himself for the team's implosion on the final day of another gripping Sydney Test.
Triumph of the thrill
A scorching summer proves Test cricket still has plenty to offer...
Cometh the hour: Hussey's heroics save his skin - and 10 others'
Mike Hussey might have saved his own skin at The Oval but at the SCG he saved Australia's.
How the SCG became home of the thriller
The SCG has become the home of nailbiting Test cricket finales. Hosting some of the tightest contests in memory over the past few years, the New Year's Test has provided welcome relief in an era of one-sided contests and frequent draws.
Referral system shows its worth as umpiring howlers abound
The referral system was introduced to eradicate the howler. A decent example of the howler came when Nathan Hauritz received a favourable response to a leg-before shout against Faisal Iqbal. Faisal knew he had hit it onto his pad and perhaps the Australians knew, too, but they were entitled to find the full voice of a Renaissance choir because, let's get fair dinkum, part of cricket is the attempt to con the umpire at any given opportunity.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting says he has to make runs
Australia captain Ricky Ponting's Test average on his home ground, Bellerive Oval in Hobart, is a little below his career mark. On current form, however, he'll take it.
Brad Haddin's peach trumps Kamran Akmal's lemons
Brad Haddin conjured one of wicketkeeping's greatest catches to leave Kamran Akmal feeling more like the Edward Scissorhands of glovemen.
Pakistan got themselves out: Hauritz
"I probably didn't bowl better than Melbourne but the batsmen got themselves out."
Many sides would have fallen: Ponting
Ricky Ponting has tried to cushion the pain for Pakistan following their SCG batting meltdown by saying plenty of international sides would have succumbed to the pressure.
Punters do dough on visitors
Heedless punters risked hundreds of thousands of dollars in "live betting" on cricket, unwisely chasing small odds for tiny profits by backing Pakistan to win the SCG Test.
Hauritz determined to make Hobart trip
Australia's match-winning spinner Nathan Hauritz is determined to play in next week's third Test against Pakistan despite a thumb injury.
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