Butt warns Yousuf alone can't save Pakistan
Pakistan captain Salman Butt insisted recalling Mohammad Yousuf was far from a miracle cure for the team's batting ills after their crushing 354-run first Test loss to England.cricket Updated: Aug 02, 2010 13:00 IST
Pakistan captain Salman Butt insisted recalling Mohammad Yousuf was far from a miracle cure for the team's batting ills after their crushing 354-run first Test loss to England.
Just hours after Pakistan were bowled out for 80 - their lowest Test score against England - at Trent Bridge, the
Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed former skipper Yousuf had been added to the squad.
The 35-year-old, a batsman with 7,431 Test runs to his name at an average of over 53, announced his retirement in
March, having been handed an indefinite ban by the PCB after Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia where the team failed to win a single international match under his leadership.
Butt, speaking before the PCB announced Yousuf's call-up, insisted the team as it stood could turn things round in the
five days between their defeat by England at Trent Bridge yesterday and the start of the second of a four-Test series at
Edgbaston on Friday.
The opening batsman said Pakistan had shown their resilience by winning the previous week's second Test against
Australia by three wickets at Headingley, Butt's first match as captain, after days earlier losing by a huge 150 run-margin to Ricky Ponting's men at Lord's.
Pakistan had no answer yesterday as swing bowler James Anderson wreaked havoc with an astonishing return of six
wickets for 17 runs in 15 overs on his way to a Test match-best haul of 11 for 71.
Consequently, Pakistan were never in the hunt for what would have been a new world record fourth innings victory
total of 435.
Azhar Ali and Umar Amin, batting at three and four, managed just one run between them in the second innings slump
in what was only their third Test after they each made their debuts at Lord's.
Butt though insisted Pakistan had no option but to stick with Ali and Amin who both then played at Headingley where
Pakistan ended a run of 15 years without a Test win over Australia with a three-wicket victory that squared that
two-match series at 1-1.
First Published: Aug 02, 2010 12:59 IST