Harsha Bhogle weighs in on Pakistan’s bowling performance in Perth Test

Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle expressed disappointment after observing Pakistan’s bowling performance in the opening Test against Australia in Perth on Thursday.

Bhogle took to social media platform X, noting that Pakistan’s bowling lacked genuine pace, a rare sight in Test cricket. 

“Long time since I saw Pakistan play Test cricket without genuine pace,” Bhogle wrote on X.

Long time since I saw Pakistan play test cricket without genuine pace.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 14, 2023

After lunch on the first day, Australia had reached 128-1, with David Warner and Usman Khawaja providing a solid start. 

Warner, particularly aggressive, remained unbeaten on 76 off 86 balls, including 11 fours and a six. 

Khawaja was dismissed at 47 by Shaheen Shah Afridi. However Aamir Jamal missed a chance to claim his first Test wicket when Abdullah Shafique dropped Khawaja at 21. 

Australia, after winning the toss, opted to bat. Pakistan’s debutants, Aamir Jamal and Khurram Shahzad, featured as pacers. Australia made only one change from their previous Ashes finale lineup, with Nathan Lyon replacing Todd Murphy.