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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 16:36 GMT

Pakistan rue fielding decision
Imran Khan
By Imran Khan
Former Pakistan captain

I think Waqar Younis' decision to ask Australia to bat was wrong.

Just like in the 1999 World Cup final, the Pakistanis handed the Australians the perfect opportunity to win the game.

Once the first 10 overs have been bowled, it's very difficult to stop a good batting team like Australia on a good batting pitch.

Although the Pakistani bowlers did get four Australian wickets quickly, they could not apply the brakes once Andrew Symonds got going.

They immediately went on the defensive, while the Australians continued to attack, helping themselves to a total of more than 300.

It's very difficult for a team batting second to chase a massive total like that.

Just look at the first match of the tournament between South Africa and West Indies.

The home side were outright favourites but they struggled to get a score of more than 270 batting second.

It was the same in the match on Monday between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Group A is a particularly tough group and one of the four top teams, Australia, Pakistan, India and England, are not going to make it to the Super Sixes.

But which team it is, is very much open to debate.

Even if Australia don't play their match against Zimbabwe, they'll still qualify for the Super Sixes.

However, England aren't as a good a team as Australia, so they will struggle, especially now they have forfeited their match in Harare on Thursday.

I was shocked like many other observers to learn Shane Warne had tested positive for a banned substance.

But what I can't understand is why would Warne take performance enhancing drugs?

If he was a fast bowler, that would make a bit more sense.

Warne is a world class player who doesn't need to take any form of performance-enhancing drugs.

I can understand why athletes would want to take these substances because one split second can be the difference between winning and coming second.

But a leg spinner? I just don't get it.

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