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Pakistan batsmen must raise their game tactically: Zaheer Abbas KARACHI: Former captain and batting great Zaheer Abbas has said that Pakistan batsmen must raise their game tactically and technically to avoid further embarrassment in the Test series against South Africa.   "The 49-run batting crash in first innings by Pakistan caused the trouble and made the difference in the match," he told APP in an interview on Tuesday.   "It was a highly frustrating batting show. It wasn't a bad track. But off-stumps weakness was the main cause of defeat," Zaheer Abbas, titled Asian Bradman for consistent scoring firepower, said.   "There was seam and swing in the pitch. But batsmen failed to work out a plan coup with out-swingers," he observed.   "I know victories and defeats are part of the game. But the way, our batsmen caved- in in the first innings it was definitely very disappointing and alarming," he commented.   Dale Steyn was Pakistan batting's main tormentor taking 6-8 in the first innings, 5-52 in ...

South Africa comfortable at number one   JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's cricketers are increasingly comfortable as they look down on the rest of the cricketing world from their number one spot in the Test rankings.   A 211-run win in the first Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium was their fourth win in a row -- all achieved within four days -- and it extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches, going back more than a year.   Not only are South Africa on top of ...
Amla modest despite rare rankings honour   JOHANNESBURG: Hashim Amla occupies the top spot in both the test and one-day rankings but would not call himself the best batsman even in the South African dressing room.   Amla's 74 not out in the second innings of South Africa's 211-run win over Pakistan on Monday elevated him above Australian Michael Clarke to the top of the test batting rankings.   It also made him the first man since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in December 2007 to ...
Broad hat-trick as England win N.Z. tour warm-up WHANGAREI: Stuart Broad claimed a hat-trick Tuesday as he led England to a comfortable 46-run win over a New Zealand XI in the visitors' first hit-out of their two-month tour.   England made an imposing total of 186 for three after losing the toss and being sent in to bat in the Twenty20 match, with Jos Buttler top-scoring on 57 not out and Eoin Morgan contributing an unbeaten 48.   Broad, the T20 captain for the tour, then skittled ...
South Africa defeat Pakistan in first Test JOHANNESBURG: South Africa beat Pakistan by 211 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.   Scores: South Africa 253 and 275-3 declared. Pakistan 49 and 268.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Australia defend rotation after Warne attack SYDNEY: Australian cricket chiefs on Monday backed chief selector John Inverarity after stinging criticism from Test great Shane Warne and other ex-players over the controversial rotation policy.   Warne used his website to speak out against resting players -- particularly fast bowlers -- to guard them from breaking down as a result of the relentless demands of international cricket.   But Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards insisted Australia were on the right track after meeting under-fire Inverarity and ...
South Africa close to victory     JOHANNESBURG: South Africa needs six wickets to win the first test match against Pakistan at the Wanderers.   Pakistan finished day three on 183-4, still needing 297 to avoid an innings defeat.   Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...


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