Sunday, 31 January 2010

Pakistan prepared for the worst?

The last time a team was found heading to Australia and coming back empty handed was Zimbabwe way back in 2003 when they lost both the test matches to Australia and then lost all the eight matches in the then Victoria Bitter series with 4 loss each to India and Australia. That was the test series where, in the first test Australia's Mathew Hayden scored a world record individual score of 380 runs breaking the 14 year old record held by the West Indian legend Brian Lara. Now, Pakistan after having been defeated in 3 tests and 4 ODIs are heading in the same direction.

It is no doubt that there have been teams in the past as well who have been whitewashed by Australia in tests. There was England team that lost all 5 matches in the Ashes 2006-07 and then there was Sri Lanka who lost both the test matches to Australia in 2007-08. Very few teams like India have been lucky not to have come back without winning even a single test match. India were able to win one test and draw another one on their last tour to Australia. Prior to that, South Africa managed to draw their first test at Perth in 2005-06 thus avoiding whitewash though they were not able to win.

Luckily, the West Indies were able to draw the second test at Adelaide in December last yer. But, when it came to the one dayeres, in the last decade there have been almost all major cricketing nations who have been a part of the VB series which is now played as a bilateral series under the sponsorship of Commonwealth bank. Though India was not able to win a game against Australia in 1999-00, they had a win against Pakistan in that year. So has been the case in the following years where a team takes home atleast one victory from the series be it against any opposition.

But, this time the Pakistan team that is currently under tour of Australia are found to break that jinx in case they lose the remaining one dayer to be played at Perth and the only T20 match that is bound to follow that. And moreover, Pakistan has not been whitewashed atleast in the recent past over almost a decade by any team. even in their last meeing with Australia, Pakistan despite losing the series could manage to win 2 out of the 3 one dayers and the T20 game also with it. Their worst defeat in the past decade has been 4-1 against India in 2006 and against New Zealand in 2004.

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