Mohammad Yousuf scores century
Given his batting exploits over the year, that sort of news headline will never attract eyeballs.
But, his batting has made it plainly obvious thatEngland v Australia
and India v South Africa
aren't the only cricket series happening.
Pakistan and West Indies are playing out the third and final test
. Brian Lara is not-out, and suffice to say that with 405 runs to get on the final day and eight wickets in hand, he's definitely
the only one standing between Pakistan and a 2-0 win, because I can't see West Indies drawing the series now.
But, if tomorrow's focus will be on Lara, today's focus was all on TRMFKAYY
. Mohammad Yousuf had already scored a century in the first innings, his eighth for the year
and 5th in consecutive tests. He needed 47 runs in the second innings to get past Sir Viv Richards' tally of 1710, made in 1976
Viv did say reckon early last year that he thought Ponting would get past his record
. He was obviously proved wrong, although Ponting did manage to make 1544 runs in 2005.
He duly made another century, his nineth
in 2006, his 10th in his last 12 tests
, and joined some pretty illustrious company (ignoring Wajahatullah Wasti and Yasir Hameed!) among Pakistani batsmen who've scored a century in each innings
I'm sure the PCB is now wondering why they didn't make it a five test series! He could have gone past 2000 runs for the year, the batsman's equivalent of 100 wickets for a year, which Warne nearly got to last year