Zaheer fails to set the stage on fire

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 15:39 [IST]
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Zaheer lacks extra pace: Cowan

Canberra, Dec 20: Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan's return to the Indian squad did not quite set the stage on fire against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI on the second day of the three-day warm-up game on Tuesday.

The home side, in reply to India's first innings 269 all out, moved to 116/3 by tea, without being unduly troubled by India's pace attack, most certainly not by Zaheer.

The left-arm paceman made an appearance with the team after lunch and bowled six overs on the trot conceding 29 runs but never looked like getting a wicket. He was pulled and driven quite easily by the second wicket pair of Ed Cowan (65) and Usman Khawaja (25) who put on 76 runs for the second wicket.

Zaheer left the field thereafter and did not return by the time tea break was availed by the players.

Cowan, the Tasmanian who is leading the batting charts of shield cricket this season, during his knock of 109, observed Zaheer's deliveries and said,"Coming back from injury, hes (Zaheer) probably lacking that extra yard of pace and its not a fast wicket so hes more likely to be bowling within himself".

"Young Yadav, can certainly get it through and hes got a quick bouncer", he said after an analysis about the Indian bowlers. He also suggested that if Aussies can get in against Indian pacers and if the conditions are right, batsmen can certainly score some runs.


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