Yousuf slams selfish Butt

Pakistan skipper seething after being run out by team-mate

Last Updated: 15/01/10 10:45am

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Yousuf: Butt blast

Yousuf: Butt blast

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Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf hit out at team-mate Salman Butt for his part in the skipper's run out in the third Test against Australia.

Butt was at fault for Yousuf's run out but remarkably did not learn his lesson as he then also ran out young gun Umar Akmal to leave Pakistan struggling to save the match.

The two costly run-outs left Pakistan in tatters at 94-4 at stumps at Bellerive Oval in reply to Australia's massive first-innings total of 519-8 declared and still needing another 226 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Pakistan's running between wickets matched their comical efforts in the field as Ponting went on to make 209 after being dropped on zero.

But it was Butt's refusal to run in two instances - costing the wickets of Yousuf and Akmal - that had the Pakistan skipper seething after play.

Run out

The Yousuf run-out occurred after the Pakistan skipper played a splendid off-drive off Doug Bollinger and, having run two, called for an easily-gettable third run.

But, despite the fact it was Yousuf that was running to the danger end, Butt stood his ground at the non-striker's end, leaving his captain stranded - as he would also do later when Akmal called for a single off the bowling of Nathan Hauritz.

Yousuf branded Butt "a lazy runner" after play, and said: "We are not playing for self, we are playing for country.

"I am 35 years old, he is 25 years old, why not take three runs?"

When asked his thoughts at that moment, the forthright Pakistan skipper replied: "I just stopped there and didn't say anything but I was very sad because of him.

"He is just 25 years old and he can't run and that is why I was just standing there."

Big innings

Yousuf said Butt, who ended the day not out on 34, now owes his team a big innings when play resumes tomorrow.

"We will try to lift him and play out the whole day tomorrow," he said of Butt. "We are not out of the match still and maybe both players can bat until tomorrow evening."

But Yousuf admitted his team faced a huge task to prevent a record 12th successive Test defeat at the hands of Australia.

"It will be difficult for us to save the game now but it's a very flat wicket," he said.

"And if we play for country and try to survive sessions and not go for runs then maybe we can save the game."

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