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Waqar slams 'ridiculous' Younis dismissal

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Laine Clark

A worrying slump is finally over for Younis Khan.

But that didn't stop Waqar Younis from delivering a mighty spray to the fellow Pakistan great in the first Test against Australia on Sunday night.

Pakistan needed someone to stand up after moving a step closer to a crushing Gabba loss by losing their inspirational skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for just five.

And the 39-year-old Younis looked determined to be that man, ending a lean run by moving to a measured 65.

Which made what came next all the more surprising - especially to Waqar.

In what can only be described as a brain explosion, Younis attempted to reverse sweep off spinner Nathan Lyon but only managed to spoon a simple catch to first slip Steve Smith.

"That is ridiculous. That is so irresponsible," ex-Pakistan speedster Waqar said in commentary on the Nine Network.

"A man with so much experience, you don't need to do that.

"What was the need? Pakistan needed you to be out there and you've played a false shot.

"Yeah, he's got 65 but a very poor shot."

It left Pakistan reeling at 5-173 with two new batsmen at the crease under lights on day four chasing a world record victory target of 490.

Not a good look.

At least Younis snapped his run drought.

He had arrived in Australia with a disappointing recent Test haul of zero, two, one, two and 11.

And he got dismissed for a golden duck in the first dig at the Gabba.

It was hard to believe they were stats owned by the same man who averaged 156, piling on 468 runs in two Tests, against Australia in UAE in October 2014.

Overall he has an impressive 9,744 runs at 52.67.

His slump had prompted Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur to admit there "was a little doubt in my mind" about the 113-Test veteran's future.

Younis' timely half ton - his 32nd in Tests - will provide him breathing space with selectors.

But it seems it may take a while to get back into Waqar's good books.

"I'm concerned about how Younis played (spinner Lyon)," Waqar said.

"Two balls before, the ball had landed in the rough and spun sharply, the extra bounce was there.

"Then this (reverse sweep)... he was not in control at all.

"I'm lost for words."

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