Yousuf’s Keystone Kops
(Left: In case you weren’t aware the Keystone Kops was a series of silent film comedies about a totally incompetent group of policemen.)
Throwing away the Sydney test was not enough for Mohammad Yousuf and his Pakistan team.
Despite the comical serial dropping of Michael Hussey by Kamran Akmal and the ultra-defensive tactics of Yousuf on the final morning in Sydney, the team has now decided it needed to provide more hilarity.
It has decided to be cricket’s answer to the Keystone Kops – funnier even than Shane Watson’s quest for his maiden test ton.
First, there was the ‘will he’, ‘won’t he’ play soap saga of Kamran Akmal – there were even reports that Umar Akmal had refused to play if his brother was dropped.
Then Mohammad Aamer decided to drop a dolly off Ricky Ponting when he was on 0. He went on to score 209. So that wasn’t too costly a drop then.
Salman Butt then decided he wanted to be the team jester and managed to run out Yousuf and Umar Akmal, the two best batsmen in the team, in quick succession.
Everyone laughed except for Yousuf. He was extremely pissed off. First he stood glaring at Butt after his opener had run him out.
Then after the close of play he called Butt a “lazy runner” and added that “We are not playing for self, we are playing for country”, which sounds a pretty strong accusation.
No pressure on Butt to score a huge century tomorrow then.
It all certainly provides some light relief from the Johannesburg test, which is an unmitigated bloody disaster.
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