Who I thought (and still do) should have been dropped sometime during his great drought.
But did get dropped more times than Bobby Brown.
Still, even with all that fumbling behind him, he held firm and was the man when it mattered.
I once considered going back in time to break his arms as a child.
Got some lucky wickets, one that almost cost him his thumb, and got some tail enders.
His second five wicket haul on the trot. Lucky or not, that is impressive, and I salute anyone who can do that in test cricket in this day and age.
Said he shouldn’t open the batting.
He still shouldn’t be opening the batting, but only because he now gets wickets.
I’ve checked this, and 97 is only three runs short of a hundred, and 3 runs would not have made a difference to this game.
The SCG pitch:
Over the years the MCG pitch has been bagged, quite rightly, but the SCG has got awway with pitches that blind many looking for their cat could score double hundreds on it.
Pakistan might have made this a better pitch by batting on it like it was a forgotten minefield.
Hard to bat on the first day, easier on the second and third, and produces a tight result on the fourth, drop this pitch in every ground in the world.
And finally, Kamran:
Over the years I have bagged Kamran about his appearance but said he is a classy player.
This test might have moved me to the other side.
His three drops were as bad as I have seen from a test match keeper.
And the worst bit was that it looked like the pressure got to him even at the stage when there was no reason for that to be the case.
He was the true hero of Sydney, just not for his side, and he was the only one before this test i would have stood up for.