Pakistani cricket team in Australia in 2009–10

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Pakistan cricket team in Australia in 2009–10
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Dates 19 December 2009–5 February 2010
Captains Mohammad Yousuf
Shahid Afridi (5th ODI)
Shoaib Malik (Twenty20)
Ricky Ponting
Michael Clarke (Twenty20)
Test series
Result Australia won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Salman Butt (280)
Umar Akmal (199)
Mohammad Yousuf (178)
Ricky Ponting (378)
Shane Watson (346)
Michael Hussey (267)
Most wickets Mohammad Asif (13)
Danish Kaneria (9)
Mohammad Amir (8)
Nathan Hauritz (18)
Doug Bollinger (12)
Mitchell Johnson (12)
Player of the series Shane Watson (Australia)
One Day International series
Results Australia won the 5-match series 5–0
Most runs Umar Akmal (187)
Shahid Afridi (127)
Fawad Alam (117)
Cameron White (245)
Michael Hussey (220)
Shaun Marsh (176)
Most wickets Mohammad Asif (6)
Shahid Afridi (6)
Naved-ul-Hasan (6)
Clint McKay (14)
Ryan Harris (13)
Shane Watson (6)
Player of the series Ryan Harris (Australia)
Twenty20 International series
Results Australia won the 1-match series 1–0
Most runs Kamran Akmal (64)
Umar Akmal(21)
David Hussey (40)
Michael Clarke (32)
Most wickets Umar Gul (3)
Shoaib Malik (2)
Shaun Tait (3)
Shane Watson (2)
Player of the series Shaun Tait (Australia)

The Pakistan cricket team toured Australia for a 3-match Test series, a 5-match ODI series, and 1 Twenty20 International from 19 December 2009 to 5 February 2010.[1]

During the final ODI match, the stand-in captain, Shahid Afridi, was involved in an alleged ball tampering incident, when he was seen biting the cricket ball.[2][3][4] He was immediately called by the match referee after the match was over. There Afridi pleaded guilty to ball tampering and he was banned from two Twenty20 Internationals.[5]

During the Twenty20 International, Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait bowled the fastest delivery ever recorded in Australia (160.7 km/h).[6] Tait achieved the feat on the second ball of his first over. It is also the third fastest delivery ever recorded behind Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar.[6]

Australia registered a clean sweep by winning the Test series 3-0, the ODI series 5-0 and the only T20.

During the tour, speculation was rife that captain Mohammad Yousuf was involved in a power struggle with former skippers Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik and that team morale was low.

Following the tour, the Pakistan Cricket Board conducted an inquiry and announced that Yousuf and Younis would not be selected for the country in future, implying a life exclusion, and banned Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan for a year each. Afridi and the brothers Umar and Kamran Akmal were all fined and put on probation for six months.[7] Kamran had been dropped after the second Test because of a string of dropped catches, but spoke out against the decision and insisted that he was not dropped, while Umar was accused of disruption by feigning injury in an attempt to go on strike in solidarity.


Test squads ODI squads Twenty20 squads
Australia   Pakistan[8] Australia   Pakistan[9] Australia   Pakistan
Ricky Ponting (c) Mohammad Yousuf (c) Ricky Ponting (c) Mohammad Yousuf (c) Michael Clarke (c) Shoaib Malik (c)
Michael Clarke Salman Butt Michael Clarke Shahid Afridi Cameron White Fawad Alam
Doug Bollinger Khurram Manzoor Doug Bollinger Umar Akmal Travis Birt Iftikhar Anjum
Nathan Hauritz Imran Farhat Nathan Hauritz Imran Farhat Dirk Nannes Mohammad Aamer
Mike Hussey Misbah-ul-Haq Mike Hussey Fawad Alam Ryan Harris Imran Nazir
Mitchell Johnson Shoaib Malik Mitchell Johnson Younis Khan David Hussey Khalid Latif
Simon Katich Fawad Alam Cameron White Saeed Ajmal Mitchell Johnson Mohammad Asif
Clint McKay Faisal Iqbal Clint McKay Umar Gul Shaun Marsh Naved-ul-Hasan
Brad Haddin (wk) Kamran Akmal (wk) Brad Haddin (wk) Kamran Akmal (wk) Brad Haddin (wk) Kamran Akmal (wk)
Marcus North Danish Kaneria James Hopes Shoaib Malik Steve Smith Saeed Ajmal
Peter Siddle Saeed Ajmal Peter Siddle Khalid Latif Shaun Tait Salman Butt
Shane Watson Umar Gul Shane Watson Mohammad Aamer David Warner Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)
Phillip Hughes Mohammad Asif Shaun Marsh Naved-ul-Hasan Shane Watson Umar Akmal
Mohammad Aamer Adam Voges Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) Umar Gul
Abdur Rauf Ryan Harris Salman Butt
Umar Akmal Shaun Tait Rao Iftikhar
Mohammad Sami[10] Mohammad Asif
Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)[11]

Tour matches[edit]

3-day tour match: Tasmania v Pakistanis - 19–21 December[edit]

19 December – 21 December
437 (127.4 overs)
Salman Butt 153 (266)
JJ Krejza 3/162 (28.4 overs)
193 (67.6 overs)
GJ Bailey 50 (91)
Saeed Ajmal 4/84 (26 overs)
141/4 (33.0 overs)
Umar Akmal 55 (50)
JJ Krejza 1/27 (5 overs)
Match drawn
Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia
Umpires: Steven John (Aus) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
  • Tasmania won the toss and elected to field.

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

26 December – 30 December
454/5d (128 overs)
SM Katich 98 (226)
Mohammad Asif 2/86 (27 overs)
258 (99 overs)
Misbah-ul-Haq 65* (120)
MG Johnson 3/36 (22 overs)
225/8d (73.1 overs)
SR Watson 120* (220)
Mohammad Amir 5/79 (24 overs)
251 (72 overs)
Mohammad Yousuf 61 (140)
NM Hauritz 5/101 (24 overs)
Australia won by 170 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Attendance: 60,000 (Day1), 40,000 (Day2), 37,000 (Day3)
Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WI) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: SR Watson (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat

2nd Test[edit]

3 January – 7 January
127 (44.2 overs)
MG Johnson 38 (57)
Mohammad Asif 6/41 (20 overs)
333 (96.5 overs)
Salman Butt 71 (164)
DE Bollinger 4/72 (21.5 overs)
381 (125.4 overs)
MEK Hussey 134* (284)
Danish Kaneria 5/151 (47.5 overs)
139 (38 overs)
Umar Akmal 49 (81)
NM Hauritz 5/53 (12 overs)
Australia won by 36 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SL) & Billy Doctrove (WI)
Player of the match: MEK Hussey (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat
  • Rain delayed start of play on day 1
  • Bad light ended play early on day 1
  • Play resumed half-an-hour early to make up the overs lost on day 1

At an inquiry after the series was completed, the management of the Pakistan team testified that they suspected that some of the Pakistan team conspired with bookmakers in match-fixing events during this match. Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal missed four catches and a run-out in the Australian second innings as Australia turned around a substantial first innings deficit to win the Test. However, the Australian captain Michael Clarke stated that he "certainly had no suspicions".[12] Several months later, Mazhar Majeed a man who had accepted a bribe to provide information about spot-fixing during Pakistan's summer tour of England, stated that the match had been fixed and that the fixers had made more than a million pounds off of Pakistan's loss from a commanding position. There has been no other corroboration of Majeed's statements.[13]

3rd Test[edit]

14 January – 18 January
519/8d (142.5 overs)
RT Ponting 209 (354)
Danish Kaneria 3/189 (42.5 overs)
301 (105.4 overs)
Salman Butt 102 (234)
SM Katich 3/34 (10 overs)
219/5d (48.4 overs)
SM Katich 100 (138)
Shoaib Malik 2/16 (3.4 overs)
206 (86.2 overs)
Khurram Manzoor 77 (239)
PM Siddle 3/25 (15.2 overs)
Australia won by 231 runs
Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia
Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SL) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: RT Ponting (Aus)

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

22 January 2010
13:25 (D/N)
274 (49.4 overs)
275/5 (48.3 overs)
Salman Butt 72 (81)
SR Watson 4/36 (10 overs)
CL White 105 (88)
Mohammad Amir 1/29 (9 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane, Australia
Umpires: EAR de Silva (SL) and RJ Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: CL White (Aus)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd ODI[edit]

24 January 2010
14:25 (D/N)
267/6 (50 overs)
127 (37.3 overs)
SR Watson 69 (71)
Mohammad Amir 3/53 (9 overs)
Mohammad Yousuf 58 (94)
CJ McKay 3/15 (7.3 overs)
Australia won by 140 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: EAR de Silva (SL) and RJ Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: SR Watson (Aus)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.

3rd ODI[edit]

26 January 2010
13:55 (D/N)
286/6 (50 overs)
246 (47.4 overs)
SE Marsh 83 (113)
Naved-ul-Hasan 2/57 (10 overs)
Umar Akmal 59 (76)
RJ Harris 5/43 (10 overs)
Australia won by 40 runs.
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Umpires: EAR de Silva (SL) and SJA Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: RJ Harris (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

4th ODI[edit]

29 January 2010
12:20 (D/N)
277/8 (50 overs)
142 (37.5 overs)
MEK Hussey 67 (75)
Mohammad Asif 3/42 (10 overs)
Umar Akmal 38 (60)
RJ Harris 5/19 (9.5 overs)
Australia won by 135 runs
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, Australia
Umpires: EAR de Silva (SL) and RJ Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: RJ Harris (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

5th ODI[edit]

31 January 2010
12:20 (D/N)
212 (49.3 overs)
213/8 (49.2 overs)
Umar Akmal 67 (102)
CJ McKay 4/35 (9.3 overs)
RT Ponting 55 (78)
Shahid Afridi 2/31 (10 overs)
Australia won by 2 wickets
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, Australia
Umpires: EAR de Silva (SL) & PR Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: CJ McKay (Aus)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Shahid Afridi filled in as captain after Mohammad Yousuf suffered a knee injury.
  • Afridi banned for two T20Is after ball-tampering incident.
  • A pitch invader crash tackled Khalid Latif

Twenty20 International series[edit]

5 February 2010
19:35 (D/N)
127 (18.4 overs)
125/9 (20 overs)
DJ Hussey 40 (31)
Umar Gul 3/20 (3.4 overs)
Kamran Akmal 64 (33)
SW Tait 3/13 (4 overs)
Australia won by 2 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia Attendance: 60,100
Umpires: PR Reiffel (Aus) & RJ Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: SW Tait (Aus)

Media coverage[edit]




  1. ^ "Fixtures, Schedule: Pakistan tour of Australia 2009–10". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Australia complete one-day series sweep over Pakistan". 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Controversy mars Australia win". Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Shahid Afridi in ball-tampering scandal during wild night at the WACA". Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Afridi banned for two T20s for ball-tampering". Cricinfo. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Australia beat Pakistan in thrilling Twenty20 match". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Rana, Malik get one-year bans, Younis and Yousuf axed from teams". Cricinfo. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  8. ^ Osman Samiuddin (8 December 2009). "Mohammad Yousuf retained captain for Australia". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Younis Khan returns for Australia ODIs". Cricinfo. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
  10. ^ Cricinfo staff (15 December 2009). "Mohammad Sami recalled for tour of Australia". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  11. ^ Cricinfo staff (6 January 2010). "Pakistan rush Sarfraz Ahmed to Australia". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  12. ^ Lalor, Peter (20 May 2010). "SCG Test between Pakistan and Australia may have been fixed". Herald Sun.
  13. ^

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