Smith wants to square Test series
South African captain Graeme Smith said on Thursday that he wanted to square the two-Test series against Pakistan, leaving behind the defeat in the first Test earlier this week.india Updated: Oct 23, 2003 23:50 IST
South African captain Graeme Smith said Thursday that he wanted to square the two-Test series against Pakistan, leaving behind the defeat in the first Test earlier this week.
"I think in many ways the defeat in Lahore was a bit disappointing and we let ourselves down in lot of areas," Smith told reporters ahead of the second Test which starts Friday.
But he added the defeat has given the South African side a goal. South Africa's top order batting lineup was rattled by speedster Shoaib Akhtar in the second innings of the first Test with four for 36.
But Akhtar will have to sit out the second Test after match referee Clive Lloyd slapped a ban on him of one Test and two one-day internationals for using abusive language against tail-ender Paul Adams on the first day of the first Test in Lahore. His appeal was rejected Wednesday.
Akhtar's absence should relieve the South African batsmen. "A lot of pressure came from Shoaib. He bowled really well and knocked out the top order all the time," said the 22-year-old South African skipper.
At Lahore, South Africa posted 320 in its first innings, but Smith said that was not enough to pressure Pakistan, which notched 401.
"There's five days of cricket ahead of us ... we want to make sure we come through on top in the next five days," Smith said. Smith said the final lineup will be announced Friday morning. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson might replace one the seamers — Makhaya Ntini or Andre Nel.
Meanwhile, Pakistan was facing the absence of a few key players other than Akhtar. His new ball partner Mohammad Sami was also ruled out from the second Test after suffering from influenza and a sore ankle.
Yousuf Youhana, who led Pakistan to victory in Inzamam-ul-Haq's absence, was advised to rest at least two weeks because of a hamstring injury.
"We have quite a few injury problems, but that's part of the game," said Inzamam, who declared himself 100 percent fit from his groin injury.
"Obviously we will miss both our fast bowlers, but I hope Shabbir (Ahmad) and (Abdul) Razzaq would fill the gap," the Pakistan skipper said.
Despite leading 1-0 in the series, Inzamam said his team would go all out to double its lead.
"The boys are determined to do well in the second Test, too," he said.
Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Taufeeq Umer, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Shoaib Malik, Moin Khan, Mohammad Sami, Mushtaq Ahmad, Danish Kaneria, Shabbir Ahmad, Abdul Razzaq, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal and Mansoor Amjad.
South Africa (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Boeta Dippenaar, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Gary Kirsten, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Paul Adams, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini and Robin Peterson
Umpires: Daryl Harper, Australia, Simon Taufel, Australia.
TV umpire: Asad Rauf, Pakistan.
Match referee: Clive Lloyd, West Indies.
First Published: Oct 23, 2003 15:22 IST