Dec 302017
Looking back: A year of #MisYou

Misbah and Younis were carried by their teammates in a lap of honour after the end of their last ever Test match, May 14, 2017 Pakistan’s most successful Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and the country’s greatest batsman Younis Khan bid goodbye to international cricket together in 2017, leaving their fans with decades of memories to cherish.As we see off this year, let’s re-live the ten best memories #MisYou gave us.Top of the world Misbah led Pakistan to the country’s greatest moment in Test cricket, when he lifted the enviable Test mace as the team embraced the number one spot in ICC Test team rankings for the first time in 2016.  Number one and proud of it: Misbah with the Test mace, September 2016Although the top spot was short-lived, the occasion was the proudest moment in Pakistan Test history and, of course, the highlight of Misbah’s career as captain.Push-ups: the new way to celebrate Misbah capped off a brilliant century at Lord’s during England tour of 2016 with an unforgettable celebration: the push-ups. First, the salute. Then came the push-ups. At 42 years old, Misbah became the sixth oldest player in Test history to make a century. But what followed was the highlight of the day: he saluted the Pakistan flag flying above the Pavilion and performed a series of push-ups that left his teammates and fans equally amused.  The skipper later said the Lord’s century was the top inning of his career. He also revealed that the push-ups were for the trainers of the Pakistan Army. “I [Read More…]

Dec 302016
Agar, O?Keefe in Australia squad for Sydney Test

MELBOURNE: Selectors added spinners Ashton Agar and Stephen O’Keefe Friday to a 13-man Australia squad for next week’s final Test against Pakistan in Sydney. While Australia have already clinched the series following Friday’s innings and 18-run victory over Pakistan in the second Test in Melbourne, there was no room in the squad for batsman Nic Maddinson and fast bowler Chadd Sayers. The Sydney Cricket Ground pitch traditionally takes spin and selectors have boosted their spin stocks to complement off-spinner Nathan Lyon, keeping bowling all-rounder Hilton Cartwright. “We have chosen a 13-man squad, including three spinners and an all-rounder to give ourselves maximum options once we see the pitch and determine what our final eleven will be,” interim chief selector Trevor Hohns said. “Both Ashton Agar and Stephen O’Keefe have performed well in first-class cricket this summer and both have bowled well at the SCG this season too so they deserve their selections here. “And having them in Sydney along with Nathan Lyon means that we can have the three spinners working together in the lead-up to the Test.” Hohns said while Sayers was unfortunate to miss out on the squad and not make his Test debut this season, the expectation of a spin-friendly SCG pitch meant the balance of this squad was appropriate for the likely conditions. “Nic Maddinson has been omitted after having a taste of Test cricket, something that will definitely benefit him,” Hohns said. “We now want him to go back to domestic cricket and dominate to [Read More…]

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