In a repeat of what had been a regular picture of a test match involving Pakistan and Australia over the last one decade, Australia convincingly defeated Pakistan by 150 runs in the first of the two-match test series which is currently going on in England.
In the aftermath of the defeat at Lord’s, Shahid Afridi retired from test cricket just one match after coming back to test format following a four-year absence in the longer version of the game. Now, his deputy on the tour, Salman Butt, would lead
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Leg spinner Danish Kaneria is the most experienced member of the current squad with 59 test matches to his credit and interestingly there is a possibility Kaneria could be replaced by off spinner Saeed Ajmal who has played just 5 test matches so far in his career. Shoaib Malik could be the replacement for Afridi.
Overall, Salman Butt is facing perhaps the toughest job in his career. He must make a very good contribution with his bat and get the best out of a pool of inexperienced players, many of whom are playing just because the experienced player are missing. However, Butt could also be inspired to accomplish something that even many of his great predecessors could not achieve.