Australian cricket team is undoubtedly the most competitive team in world cricket. On the other hand, on its day, Pakistan cricket team has the knack to surprise any opposition. When this blend of competitiveness and unpredictability meets, fans of the game are greeted with some unforgettable moments that are remembered for years to come. So today, let us dive into history and take a look at some unforgettable moments that have taken place between these two teams in test cricket.
- The collapse of epic proportions
As they recently demonstrated in the second test match against New Zealand, Pakistani batsmen can collapse within a blink of an eye. Nowhere was this more evident, than in the second test match of three match test series against Australia in 2002. In the historic Sharjah international stadium, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. It all went downhill from there on, as the Pakistani batsmen were bowled out for 59 in just 31 overs. Accept Abdul Razzaq, no batsmen was able to get into double figures. In reply, Australia managed to score 310 runs with Matthew Hayden scoring a century. Just when the Pakistani fans thought that things couldn’t get worst, the men in green surprised their fans by beating their own record and getting bowled for 53 hence, losing to Australia by a huge margin of an innings and 198 runs.
- Dennis Lillee vs. Javed Miandad
In November of 1981, Pakistan toured Australia for a 3 match test series. During the first test match at Perth, two of the most popular cricketers of the eighties got themselves into a controversy that would be remembered by fans for years to come. On one end, we had the fiery Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, and on the other end, we had the Pakistani batting great Javed Miandad. After setting up a target of 543 for Pakistan in the fourth innings, Australia came out firing, claiming two wickets with just 27 runs on the board. Javed Miandad came in to face a fired up Lillee and just 40 minutes before tea, the two got involved in an on-field altercation. It all started when Miandad collided with Lillee while completing an easy single. Many people point out that it was Lillee who came in the way of the batsman. Regardless, of who was to blame, Lillee immediately confronted Miandad and kicked him from behind while the umpire was trying to stop the two. In reply, Miandad raised his bat as if to strike Lillee. The Australian captain, rushed to intervene and Lillee eventually moved to the boundary. The altercation was later considered “one of the most undignified incidents in the history of test cricket” by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
- Shoaib too quick to handle
Australia was in a dominating position having taken a first-innings lead of 188 and scoring 74 runs with just one loss in the first test match of the 3 match series against Pakistan, in 2002. That is when Shoaib Akhtar stepped in and bowled arguably the best spell of his career to take Australia from 74 for 1 to 89 for 7. Shoaib Akhtar picked up 5 wickets which included the wicket of Ricky Pointing, Mark Waugh, and Steve Waugh. On one occasion during the spell, he also had the chance to claim a hat-trick, however; he wasn’t able to pick up the third wicket. Unfortunately, despite Shoaib’s efforts, Pakistan wasn’t able to chase down the fourth innings score of 315. Even though, Shoaib Akhtar was unable to help Pakistan win the test match, his spell brought life to a one-sided test match.
- Langer refuses to walk off
Chasing a target of 369, Australia was in a tough position losing 5 wickets with just 126 runs on the board, in the second match of the 3 match test series against Pakistan in 1999. Despite being backed into a corner, Australian batsmen Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist fought back and established a partnership. Both batsmen scored centuries and took Australia home claiming a 4 wicket win. However, all could have been over for Australia on the morning of the final day had Justin Langer walked off or given out after edging the ball to the keeper. Instead, he stayed on the crease and despite constant appeal by Pakistani fielders the umpire remained unmoved. Years later, Justin Langer convinced that he absolutely smashed the ball and everyone heard the nick accept the umpire.
- Misbah ul Haq equals the record of sir Vivian Richards
After losing the ODI series 3-0, Pakistan had very little hope of defeating Australia in the two-match test series during the Australia tour of UAE 2014. Despite being down and out, Younis Khan scripted a brilliant fight back by scoring centuries in consecutive innings in the first match, helping Pakistan to take a 1-0 lead in the process. Moreover, his double-century in the first innings of the second test match meant that Pakistan was in a commanding position holding a first innings lead of 309. The men in green now had the task of scoring quick runs to set a fourth innings target on day four. With 153 runs in 43 overs, Misbah Ul Haq walked in and started off with a bang, lofting Smith for a six on the first ball he faced. He then went on to demolish the Australian bowlers, scoring a century in just 57 balls, equaling sir Vivian Richards record and setting up a target of 603 for Australia to chase. Pakistan eventually bowled Australia out for 246 and went on to win the match by 356 runs.
With Pakistan vs. Australia test series just around the corner, fans of both teams can expect to see some great moments that will be remembered for years to come. Which of the above moments is your favorite? Leave your opinion in the comments below and keep following GenY world.