Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson = Pakistan attack of 2004-2006

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  1. Mercenary

    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

    Dec 17, 2009
    Watching the Aussie pace attack bowl today I was reminded of Pakistan's pace attack back between 2004 and 2006. On paper we had two 150+ kph bowlers in Sami and Akhtar, plus a great swing bowler who hit the early 140k range in Rana.

    Brett Lee - Lee is the Akhtar of this attack. The experienced bowler who still has good pace and who leads the attack. Pakistan used to turn to Shoaib in the same way that Australia turn to Lee.

    Shaun Tait - Tait like Sami has all the tools. Good pace and he can move the ball too. But just like Sami, Tait lacks a bowling brain. He bowls in all the wrong areas and ends up wasting the advantage of his pace by putting the ball exactly where the batsman likes to hit it.

    Mitchell Johnson - Both Mitchell and Rana are very up and down bowlers. When either of them is having a good day then watch out, no batsman stands against them for very long. They can look unplayable and take wickets in bunches. Rana was the top ODI bowler in the world in 05/06. At one point Mitchell was thought to be one of the best bowlers in the world too. But when either of these guys are having a bad day then forget about it, they are cannon fodder for all batsmen.

    Overall the Aus attack is a bit faster but it's striking how similar both attacks are.
  2. Inferno

    Inferno Youngsta Beauty

    Mar 19, 2010
    Akhtar > Lee, despite Lee being fit more often Akhtar would destroy teams much more often, in his peak.

    Tait > Sami, Sami had pace, but tait is much much faster and more intimidating, a half volley from tait and batsmen sometimes struggle. The difference between the two is Tait is encouraged to bowl as fast he could, whilst Sami was turned into a defensive bowler and told to shorten his run up, he bowled well in australia touching 149ks.

    Johnson>Rana, Rana could do things with the ball but then he got injured and lost his way, I rate johnson becuase he was probably faster and like riaz wouldnt bring the ball back in unless he is playing in SA.

    Take the spearhead, Shoaib who was largely injured out, and then take Aus spearhead, Lee. The rana and sami combos looks v weak
  3. Bart

    Bart Administrator

    Dec 18, 2009
    So do Tait and Johnson, Tait gets hit for runs on batting tracks, the quicker it comes the quicker it disappears. A decent batsman should have no problems with pure pace, if it is not swinging). Johnson on the other hand is a bit of a rhythm bowler similar to Rana, who was really good when he had the ball swinging.
  4. Shahzad.Firdous

    Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

    May 29, 2010
    first of all, Pak attack of 05-06 that made Pak into No. 2 ranked team of the world and destroy an England team at home in 05 which had come to Pak after winning Ashes after 18 yrs so it was the most confident English team in the history of the game that Pak totally crushed thanks mainly to Shoaib Akhtar who had English batsmen at his mercy literally with his variations of that mystery slower ball, the yorkers and the bouncers. He had completly devastated Eng team which was the best in the world from the face of the earth. 17 wkts at an average of 24 in the series on dead wkts of Pak plus Rana was having a good series too but that was the only good test series Rana ever had and showed how well he could reverse swing the red cherry. Mohd Asif also emerged in that series but he had so far only showed glimses of what he could do!
    Asif then destroyed the famed indian batting at home in 06 which earned the praise of the biggest cricketing mind of the world in Imran Khan who called Asif as "the bowler of the generation". Imran Khan says in his entire career he has never seen anyone use new ball better than Mohd Asif to which he was asked not even Wasim Akram Imrans reply was Wasim was a different type of bowler Asif is a specialist at using new ball. Imran says Asif has more talent than Glenn McGrath the way Asif moves the new ball both ways.
    Sami is a talented bowler who on his day can bowl a spell that can win u games and he has done that but he is behind tait cus Taits action just like malinga makes him hard to play and he can bowl some unplayable deliveries. Sami is not as consistent but the most dedicated cricketer and team man u will find who bowls 14 overs at a stretch for team and played a crucial role in Pak success on Ind tour in 05 in the absence of Shoaib, Gul Asif having not emerged on the scene , Rana taken to cleaners by Ind bats so Sami being the lone fighter kept fighting to earn Pak success on that tour!
    as far as comparision of Shoaib with Lee, Tait or Mitch is concerned all three combined cant be as good as Shoaib nor those three can compete with magician Asif. however they are better than rana naveed and Sami. Pak 05-06 attack way superior to Aus current attack
  5. Mercenary

    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

    Dec 17, 2009

    I left Asif out because he didn't really emerge as a force till late 2005 whilst Rana, Sami and Shoaib were the main bowlers for that period.

    The Pak pace attack of that period was probably better that this current Aus pace attack mainly due to their ability to get results on flat pitches which only Lee can manage from the current Aus fast bowlers.

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