PAKISTAN's cricket has once again lived up to its poor reputation and lost the current series to less-than-confident Australians that had not won a series since they defeated Bangladesh some months ago. The four matches so far played (Australia 3, Pakistan 1) tell the same tale of lacklustre middle order performance and a sudden collapse overseen by an insipid leadership. The second match that was well within grasp of Pakistan, with 95 for no less and barely 100 runs more to score, was literally thrown away with what appeared to be an utter lack of planning. The bowlers did not do bad; in fact, they were able to contain the rival side within manageable limits every time. It is the batsmen and captain, who failed to play responsibly and need to improve their performance to come up to expectations.