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Exactly at least with Azhar, Shan and Asad you can say that they are technically better to face the likes of Broad and Anderson…..Fawad is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Was Fawad Alam ready for Southampton?

When i talk about Asad, Misbah or for the fact Azhar, their averages till 2017 outside Asia was over 30; since 2007, only Pakistani players till 2017 had combined averages over 30 in SENA countries. That’s speaks for a fact. Even Younis had less than 30 in that period.

Fawad Alam, for all the praise that we sing, is definitely not in that bracket. He is more like the Khurram Manzoor who failed to establish himself after the Sri Lanka series; and as for his first class stats, it only sky rocketed post 2014 Asia Cup.
First innings in Southampton was a big disappointment and the ironic thing is, this time around it was not his temperament which failed him, but his technique. If he plays the next game(hope he’s not) the series will become a nightmare to forget.

Was Fawad Alam ready for Southampton?

Alam is no Misbah for one thing.Selecting a player in the squad on the basis of public outcry is no good sign, besides whom did Fawad replace in this Test -Shadab Khan, really?That’s how poor this selection was for the match and judging by his stance, his more akin to Dom Sibley and Nick Crompton and even worse rather than closer to Chanderpaul.And what’s wrong to suggest that he’s a flat track bully, I guess you should take a look at this year’s Quaid-e-Azam trophy.
Maybe I should add this as well- players like Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam never got a chance in the team not cause they didn’t score big in Quiad-e-Azam, it was purely because they never showed the temperament in English or South African conditions, unlike the heavily-scrutinized Asad Shafiq or for that matter, Azhar Ali as well.

Was Fawad Alam ready for Southampton?

Alam is no Misbah for one thing.
Selecting a player in the squad on the basis of public outcry is no good sign, besides whom did Fawad replace in this Test -Shadab Khan, really?
That’s how poor this selection was for the match and judging by his stance, his more akin to Dom Sibley and Nick Crompton and even worse rather than closer to Chanderpaul.
And what’s wrong to suggest that he’s a flat track bully, I guess you should take a look at this year’s Quaid-e-Azam trophy

Was Fawad Alam ready for Southampton?

I told you so mate, ever since the start of the Australian series in 2016, he’s way better than De Villiers, who’s more of a mercenary, earning 15 million a year plus cherry-picking the games he wanna play; I mean he’s one of those who will go along to get along, never admitted the guilt of choosing Philander over Abbott in the 2015 semi-final

Proteas exposing England's Ashes frailties

I think much of these flaws have been exposed by Du Plessis’ shrewd captaincy, Ronan. Each innings, Moeen Ali’s wicket , plus the tactic against Cook and root in 2nd innings.

Proteas exposing England's Ashes frailties

Staying up late or ur English

England vs Australia Highlights: Champions Trophy live scores, blog

England does not have a chance, WT20 isn’t everywhere. Much of this optimism stems from their runners-up finish in the previous edition and the WT20. England’s bowling will have to be better than the first XI you’ve suggested

Why England are the favourites for the Champions Trophy

I mean that is the general perception,the chokers’ tag is so infamously connected to South Africa in major events, that any praiseworthy piece highlighting their balance and team culture would often be looked down upon. I wish I could’ve submitted this to SuperSport, perhaps I would have got a payment

The Champions Trophy is South Africa's best opportunity to create history

They have shown it against a quality New Zealand side in their backyard

The Champions Trophy is South Africa's best opportunity to create history

The winner being South Africa, everybody wrote off my prediction that South Africa can beat Australia in Australia despite not having Ab De Vililers, they won it 2-1, Du Plessis proved he was a better captain than De Villiers

The Champions Trophy is South Africa's best opportunity to create history

No doubt about it, mate

Is winning the Europa League an easier way to secure Champions League football?

Yeah so it’s an easy way out for him; and by stark contrast when he took over Chelsea in 2013-14, when Benitez left, he said he would rather make it to the Champions League knock-outs than play all the while in Europa League; maybe this year, he’s got more enlightened

Is winning the Europa League an easier way to secure Champions League football?

If it was Faf Du Plessis doing the same stuff in Australia, opinions would have starkly differed

Steve Smith's "brain fade" was cheating that should be punished

Yeah Elgar is certainly hitting a purple patch

Dean Elgar scores ton as South Africa get on top of Sri Lanka

Sounds good, Ronan, same stuff was expected from Dean Elgar and Stiaan Van Zyl, didn’t happen. If Renshaw opens every innings in India, his average is doomed, and would perhaps be tempted to sign a Kolpak, like Van Zyl

Renshaw is a lock for Test tour of India

Another Stiann Van Zyl waiting to be doomed, if he opens every innings here in India, he will feel very homesick and would perhaps like Van Zyl, sign a kolpak,ha

Renshaw must open every innings in India

Scoring half-centuries like no other .

Australia have a gem in Peter Handscomb

Regardless of the team, India will wallop Australia

Picking a team to win in India

Yet he went on to take 800 wickets.
What’s the problem if he is cleared to play and can take wickets ?

Two targets with one strike: Get Botha on board

He could not get a game, really ?
He played 78 ODIs and 40 T-20s when he was called up for his action.
The only reason he was not pursued longer was because of the racial quotas to get in 4 black/coloured players in the team.
J.P Duminy got the preference as the batting all-rounder, like in any other side- a batting all-rounder like Maxwell.

Two targets with one strike: Get Botha on board

Really a chucker, may be he was, but not now.
He has been cleared by the ICC.

Two targets with one strike: Get Botha on board

His first class average is over 30. He always came at eight for the Proteas in limited overs, which reduced his chances.
For Rajasthan Royals, in 2011, he batted at three and contributed with three successive half centuries.
He is a superb all-round player, someone who was looked down because of J.P Duminy and the racial quotas.

Two targets with one strike: Get Botha on board

I don’t think De Kock should open; If De Villiers comes back, Amla should go to the top with Elgar.
De Kock and Bavuma can stay in the middle-order to add the depth.

What's next for Stephen Cook?

His chances are jeopardized by the quota system, so that’s where the line is.
So, would he be pursued further ?

What's next for Stephen Cook?