England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston, 4th day August 9, 2010

Strauss and Trott secure nine-wicket victory

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England 251 and 118 for 1 (Strauss 53*, Trott 53*) beat Pakistan 72 and 296 (Haider 88, Ajmal 50, Swann 6-65) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott hit unbeaten half-centuries to guide England to an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test at Edgbaston to give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Both batsmen finished on 53 with the second-wicket pair making light work of a potentially testing surface as the hosts completed their sixth consecutive Test victory midway through the afternoon session.

England did the hard work before lunch and when they resumed 47 were needed with the bite gone from Pakistan's attack. Strauss went to his fifty from 108 balls then Trott brought up the same milestone, his second fifty of the match, with a powerful cover drive which levelled the scores. Strauss secured victory via a rather inglorious inside edge but he'll be highly satisfied by another successful outing,

The day began with thoughts of Pakistan continuing their resurgence from the third evening, but in the end it proved a stroll for England. The visitors had left themselves far too much ground to make up after crumbling for 72 on the opening day and they couldn't create enough opportunities to defend the low target. Two more chances did go begging off Strauss, both to the hero of the previous day Zulqarnain Haider, although the first was very difficult and the second came with less than 50 needed.

It took England just 11 balls to wrap up Pakistan's innings as Stuart Broad, lighter in the wallet after his fine for throwing the ball at Haider yesterday, had Mohammad Asif taken in the gully. However, Pakistan managed the early breakthrough they desperately wanted when Cook's poor run continued as his stumps were demolished by Mohammad Amir. Cook's footwork was nowhere and he is becoming a serious concern, although with Ian Bell still injured and the England selectors not keen on major structural changes he is likely to have the remainder of the series to revive his season.

Amir's eight-over opening spell was another eye-catching display from the 18-year-old and he could easily have collected a second scalp as he beat the outside edges of Strauss and Trott. Saeed Ajmal was introduced for the eighth over and nearly followed Graeme Swann's lead by striking straight away, but Haider couldn't gather Strauss's thick outside edge. It was a tough chance, but the type of opportunity that needed to stick if Pakistan were to stay in the contest.

The pitch was also offering uneven bounce for both the spinner and the quicks. Trott was beaten by consecutive shooters outside off stump, while Strauss received a grubber from Ajmal that just missed the timber. However, the two batsmen displayed impressive watchfulness and rotated the strike well with regular quick singles.

Boundaries were hard to come by, but both Strauss and Trott timed the ball nicely when the opportunity came. Trott produced the shot of the morning when he flicked Asif through midwicket, and he continues to develop into an increasingly reassuring figure at No. 3, while Strauss produced a sweet cover drive off Ajmal shortly before the break.

Much had been expected of Ajmal after his five-wicket haul in the first innings, but he wasn't able to provide the same threat as Swann. He couldn't quite find the right pace for the surface to extract the optimal turn and, tellingly, couldn't send down a maiden until his tenth over. Once again England proved far too strong for inexperienced opposition and Pakistan will have to show more of their second-innings spirit to avoid a whitewash.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 11, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Since not good enough, Pakistan cricket (Batting) has taken a backward step. Some credit need to be given to the bowlers who have at least givent the team a chance, yet only a chace

  • sawan9695 on August 11, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    hey karthikfromchennai...look..don't criticize anyone caz i just play cricket fun.......... By the way India lost to New-Zea land by 200 runs........oops that is bad isn't it but i enjoyed watching every game....so chill out dude.

  • pakistani_flair on August 10, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    After India's performance against New Zeland today maybe the Indian fans need to look at their own team before pointing fingers at pakistan!!

  • on August 10, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    the selection of team is poor players like umer amin and azhar ali do not desreve to be international cricketers as they just ordinary 1st class players, secondly the reserve includes yasir hameed who is anotjer faliure at this level, pakistan is missing their back up players like khuram manzoor, faisal iqbal as both are a blend of eperiance and talent as well, shoib malik and imran farhat are also a spent froce relaying on them is just a disaster, umar akmal must be dropped from all formats that he can get a lesson to be responsible, if he thinks he is star then he must play like a star and putting too much sun block on his face will not make him play like english players it needs comitment and hardwork.

  • ice6430 on August 10, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    r the moderatorson here biased its alright for indians to write anything were as i cant say anything.you lot are set of jokers on here .indian lovers

  • salmankhan1234 on August 10, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Indian supporter will always be on the mercy of Pakistan team to keep winning against Australia. Champions trophy they were on the mercy of Pakistan. Last test they prayed that Pakistan win so India retain their position. And now praying that they win against RSA in Dubai.

  • smjr on August 10, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I respect ray-jay proposal but I cant agree entirely. I think there should be some procedure where teams are not divided on league or tier basis rather the low performing teams should play less with high performing team. Teams may be divided into two groups but they should be allowed to play each other. The relegation and promotion system should also be in place. In this way we bring interests for public and competitive cricket will be seen. The other thing which needs to be seen is the current ICC test ranking system where the position is determined on the basis of time span which I think is bit unfair. For example a team is performing better for some time cant be labeled as best team.The ranking should be based on all test played since given test status for each country.

  • on August 10, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    hey u indian mates!!! dont forget...PAKISTAN on their day r the Best team in the WORLD..!!! its just the mis-management that is causing problems for the team!! let the new staff come and then see!! We'll get our previous status back!! just wait and watch buddy!! Slow and steady always wins the race!! ;) who knows the next WORLD CUp winners might be Pakistan!! I thyink u have forgotten the campions trophy defeat!! :P learn from ur past rather than pointing to others!!

  • karthikfromchennai on August 10, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Recently Asif Zardari said all the problems with England sorted out...may be he forgot to sort out their problems in cricket filed. Hello England ..please have some mercy on Pak

  • karthikfromchennai on August 10, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    they say sania mirza disturbed shoib malik's cricket...should be the other way round ;-)

  • on August 11, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Since not good enough, Pakistan cricket (Batting) has taken a backward step. Some credit need to be given to the bowlers who have at least givent the team a chance, yet only a chace

  • sawan9695 on August 11, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    hey karthikfromchennai...look..don't criticize anyone caz i just play cricket fun.......... By the way India lost to New-Zea land by 200 runs........oops that is bad isn't it but i enjoyed watching every game....so chill out dude.

  • pakistani_flair on August 10, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    After India's performance against New Zeland today maybe the Indian fans need to look at their own team before pointing fingers at pakistan!!

  • on August 10, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    the selection of team is poor players like umer amin and azhar ali do not desreve to be international cricketers as they just ordinary 1st class players, secondly the reserve includes yasir hameed who is anotjer faliure at this level, pakistan is missing their back up players like khuram manzoor, faisal iqbal as both are a blend of eperiance and talent as well, shoib malik and imran farhat are also a spent froce relaying on them is just a disaster, umar akmal must be dropped from all formats that he can get a lesson to be responsible, if he thinks he is star then he must play like a star and putting too much sun block on his face will not make him play like english players it needs comitment and hardwork.

  • ice6430 on August 10, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    r the moderatorson here biased its alright for indians to write anything were as i cant say anything.you lot are set of jokers on here .indian lovers

  • salmankhan1234 on August 10, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Indian supporter will always be on the mercy of Pakistan team to keep winning against Australia. Champions trophy they were on the mercy of Pakistan. Last test they prayed that Pakistan win so India retain their position. And now praying that they win against RSA in Dubai.

  • smjr on August 10, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I respect ray-jay proposal but I cant agree entirely. I think there should be some procedure where teams are not divided on league or tier basis rather the low performing teams should play less with high performing team. Teams may be divided into two groups but they should be allowed to play each other. The relegation and promotion system should also be in place. In this way we bring interests for public and competitive cricket will be seen. The other thing which needs to be seen is the current ICC test ranking system where the position is determined on the basis of time span which I think is bit unfair. For example a team is performing better for some time cant be labeled as best team.The ranking should be based on all test played since given test status for each country.

  • on August 10, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    hey u indian mates!!! dont forget...PAKISTAN on their day r the Best team in the WORLD..!!! its just the mis-management that is causing problems for the team!! let the new staff come and then see!! We'll get our previous status back!! just wait and watch buddy!! Slow and steady always wins the race!! ;) who knows the next WORLD CUp winners might be Pakistan!! I thyink u have forgotten the campions trophy defeat!! :P learn from ur past rather than pointing to others!!

  • karthikfromchennai on August 10, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Recently Asif Zardari said all the problems with England sorted out...may be he forgot to sort out their problems in cricket filed. Hello England ..please have some mercy on Pak

  • karthikfromchennai on August 10, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    they say sania mirza disturbed shoib malik's cricket...should be the other way round ;-)

  • ray-jay on August 10, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Pakistan have really embarassed themselves in the last two test matches it seems that they are a side with 3 maybe 4 professionals, those being onlly the bowlers ofcourse. the rest of them seem to be amateurs at best. in order to prevent embarasments like this I believe a league sructure needs to be created in cricket. With a premier league initially consisting off Australia, England, India, South Africa & Sri Lanka. It should run over a two year period with equal home and away matches for all teams involved. After 2 years the team that finishes last will be relegated. Note simultaneously a 1st division league should be running consisting of Bangladesh, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies & a fifth team maybe even a sixth ( either Zim, Ireland, Kenya or maybe even an all star team combinig these players from these nations). The winner of first division is promoted to the premier league. There even could be lower leagues with afganistan etc. and the same process with happen .

  • IC_M on August 10, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @rocky.roshan, spot on, you read my mind. I can't agree anymore. Very well said.

  • Fan84 on August 10, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    @Rohan4U3K_U .. Hey brother,, cool.. u know ONLY A PEA NUT about the MIGHTY AUSTRALIA,, the cricket world knows OZ as the REAL number 1,, have u huys forgotten the ways ur FAVOURITES POMS doing TIME TACTiCS during ..when my MIGHTY OZ were about to bowl them out in LORDS,,OZ needed only one wicket for the victory with little time left,, what did u guys do,, playing time tactics and u speak ah !!OZ are OZ,, they are world champions,, remember that ,, if they play with full potentials,, u guys are gone,, WATSON,WARNER ,, HUSSEY,PONTING TAIT AND SIDDLE are enough ,, go aussie go...

  • karthikfromchennai on August 10, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    I would love to see this depleted Pak bowling to the great Indian batting line up. Sehwag and Gambhir will finish them off....Probably Sehwag is enough to all the domestic bowlers you have. Better Pak play with Zim or Bangladesh which will bring some cheer to Pakistan fans.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 10, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I predict 4-0 white wash by England. Pakistan should go back home, learn cricket, play plenty of domestic matches before taking on Test matches. It will take many years to win matches against strong teams...but with this bowling and batting thay cant even dream of winning, guys dont argue you have great bowling attack ....its not the names that win matches...its the performance. Look at the Indian bowling in the third test match Vs SL..no fearful names but they took 20 wkts to win the match backed up by the great Indian Batting ( though Sehwag scorde a duck in the chase) Performance matters and the zeal to win. Thats why India is no1 at the moment. Pakistan should learn from India on how to win in TEST matches.

  • on August 10, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    thats just the sad bit....the BEST bowling attack in the world currently, yet the poor fielding ruins it. ok so we have a pathetic batting lineup, theres no denying that. yet still had chances not been squandered in englands first innings, matters could have been improved. i would also put it down to lack of temperament. if the debutant zulqarnain could show grit everyone else could have.

  • on August 10, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    While delighted that England have won six tests on the trot and that may be eight by the end of the summer, the quality of the opposition has to be borne in mind; Bangladesh, though undoubtedly enthusiastic, lack discipline and depth, while Pakistan are suffering with a range of issues on and off the field. I do wish that the media would focus on the matches in hand, rather than always looking forward (or back) to The Ashes. Yes they are important, but not all-important. If England truly want to be the best team in the world (and that isn't certain given the state of cricket admin in England) then they need to be able to beat any other side home or away. A quick glance at recent winter tours suggest we have a long way to go... but we are going in the right direction. I do feel for Pakistan and I hope the fortitude shown by their lower order in the Second Test seeps into the rest of the team, so that the next two tests are genuine contests.

  • AnksRaj on August 10, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Real disgrace from Pakistan ,they were totally outplayed by Englishmen ....I wonder what would be the next step PCB will take....God Bless em !! :P

  • Rohan4U3K_U on August 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    @fan84 first you prove then you bark..!!..Your team number one status is over..nobody care australian attack..this is the worst team at the moment..the number one status in all format wil be only in your day dreams bro..!!.. cheers..!!

  • smjr on August 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    In Pakistan cricket there seems to be one point agenda of personal likes and dislikes of management that why deserving players are not given opportunity in batting department. Khurrum Manzoor played well in last inning at Hobart and is a better batsman than Salman Butt in Test matches but he is not selected. Fawad Alam holds the national record of first Pakistani to score hundred on debut overseas and played just three test, his average in both ODI and Test is above 40.There is a player name Khalid Latif under whom captaincy Pakistan won youth World cup, he has slightly resemble Sehwag but he is not groomed and tried consistently in the manner like Malik, Amin, Azhar, Farhat. I think If he given chances as given to present lot he will prove himself. All the above three mentioned players are from modern city of Karachi of 17 million people and completely ignored despite their proven record at domestic level. It seems conspiracy has been hatched against deserving batsman from Karachi

  • smjr on August 10, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    The situation is becoming now or never for Pakistan cricket especially when one looks there will be no home test series in Pakistan batting wickets due to security reasons for some years. Due to that the novice players will have no chance to score freely in easier home batting wickets.Seen Pakistan batting having difficulty in playing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. One cant forget Pakistan team bundled out for less than 100 runs twice against Australia in Test matches in U.A.E some years ago. These Azhar, Amin are brought from nowhere depriving some quality players who are young and better first class records. Farhat, Salman Butt and Malik playing for quite a years has not prove themselves as match winner or say match saver in Test matches, although they played one inning here and there but never seems to be improving as the time progress in Test matches. We need match winner batsman. We never groomed Afridi in Test matches I have saw him playing a brilliant innings at Chennai and we won.

  • rocky.roshan on August 10, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    All credit to England. Expet bowling, pak were good for nothing. The team is filled with politics and religion sentiments. you hit 1 fifty and make religious drama in center of the ground.

    And I don't understand why pakis always bring religion into everything. Plz understand that cricket has no religion. Grow up!!! Be mature

  • satanswish on August 10, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    @Fan84- Just before ashes, India will be beating Aussies on turning hometracks.

    And your REAL BATTING LEGEND(?) RICKY PONTING is in POOR FORM OF HIS LIFE, also under constant pressure from Australian media for RETIREMENT.

    ENGLAND defeated Aussies in T20 format earlier this year, if England play to their full potential AUSSIES are not that hard team to beat with its AGEING players. LOL

  • hashu6 on August 10, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @ satanswish..England are no way a strong test side.There bowling was exposed when pak showed sum fight.and they will be exposed in this series more.If younis and yousuf comes in and pak get a good start then you people will see the real face of greame swann.beating austrailia in austrailia is too harder job for english people.there wont be this kind of swing.

  • Fan84 on August 10, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @satanswish: and you say that SACHIN TENDUKAR has predicted ENGLAND as winners of ASHES 2010 DOWN UNDER ??? ,, for your information REAL BATTING LEGEND RICKY PONTING has predicted to hand them(ENGLISH) yet another white wash ,,did u know that ,, this time,, the OZ will be even powerful,, with WATSON, KATICH,RICKY,CLARK,HADDIN,HUSSY,HUGHES,MITCH,SIDDLE,SMITH,BOLLINGER , Look how they will be beaten this time ,, this is BIG BIG OZ fan from india.. NO DOUBT ,, OZ will be NUMBER ONE SIDE IN ALL FORMATS OF TEH GAME,,

  • crashbang on August 10, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    We read comments abot Englaand, and a lot are saying they beat no one wait till they play so and so, you can only win, and that is what they do, Australia 2/1 south Africa 1/1 Bangladesh 2/0 and again 2/o and at the moment against Pakistan 2/0 so then 20 20 world cup then 3 /2 defeat of Australia ODI and they beat South Africa in ODI and Bangladesh in Odi so what if this was Australia, all we would here is the world champs Australia beat Pakistan which they could not, so give England credit they have done well , i am an Australian i live in Adelaide South Australia, and i will give credit where it is due.

  • on August 10, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Pakistan is a new team and they will surely take time to settle...non wonder they have lost but they could easily have won that if they would have held on to the catches...to me if they improve there catching and show more temperament in batting like zulqarnain they will level the series ...!!!

  • on August 10, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Stark62-Ohh ur whinig that atleast a pakisatani player shuld have gt a mom,Haider scored 88,but only in one innings,and he dropped catches,his wicketkeeping was bad.This is test match,not a twenty-20 or one day,wher a 88 in any innings will win u mom

  • Nerk on August 10, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    The sad thing about Pakistan is that they have one of the best pace bowling attacks in the world. Their bowlers obviously train hard, they show massive amounts of heart and work hard to get that pure potential translated into real figures. If only their batsmen showed half the amount of stomach their bowlers do maybe Pakistan would not be losing so many matches so easily.

  • satanswish on August 10, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    England should have chosen better strong opponent like India, SA for this summer. Playing with weaker teams like Pakistan & Bangladesh, may not prove good just before Ashes battle. Aussies will come all guns blazing, beaten by Paki Paki minnows. But I feel England is better side to win Ashes this time. However, England should work on weak links in current team like Alastair Cook. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar have already predicted England as potential winners for this Ashes season.

  • way_too_cool on August 10, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    @Shakaib Baig: "PAKISTAN'S TEAM BEEN ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE"

    Actually the word you are looking for is "fluke".

  • KiwiPom on August 10, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    This, on the face of it, was an emphatic England victory. But dig a bit deeper and you'll realise that everything that could have gone England's way did:

    1. Pakistan's decision to bat first 2. The pathetic - that's the only word for it - Pakistan fielding. How many chances were dropped? The new keeper didn't do a lot to improve it either even if he did have a good innings with the bat. 3. The pitch had settled down a bit for the last innings. Admittedly there was still some variable bounce, but there wasn't anything like the turn that there had been earlier.

    To be honest I don't think England batted that well at all. I beleieve that had they batted first and had Pakistan held the catches they could well have lost. As it was, Pakistan were only one top order partnership away from a winning position. Don't get me wrong, England fully deserved to win. But I'm thinking of a bigger picture than winning this particular game with its particular circumstances.

  • khurramsch on August 9, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Full of mistakes from pakistan 1- batting after winng toss on these conditions with this type of batting line up. 2- poor batting no doubt about it 72 all out , it was never easy from there. 3- then poor fielding droping 10 chances and alowing more than 100 runs in england total 4- again poor batting apart from ajmal , amir haider. BUT after all these mistakes they could have made more runs Amir, haider, Azhar, farhat played almost 500 balls. BUt scored only about 150. so this is not about pateince & technique. they played lot of overs. Problem is strategy by not scoring more.only 150 off 500 balls is very low.

    118 target was never a chance as 1 bowler short on a sunny day with normal batting conditions.

    now its time to bring yasir & yousaf. if u want to kep youngster then keep 1 from Azhar, umar akmal & Amin. if u lose like this, this combination wil not remain same & this is not practical "kep them together to make a team"- this does not work.

  • ManHOOS on August 9, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    congrats eng but i still believe hindus are jealous of pakistani bowlers u can clearly see that in current senario...

  • landl47 on August 9, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    The result was really never in doubt, but if it came a bit harder than expected, that's probably a good thing for both sides. Hopefully for the next test the Pakistan batsmen can come up with as good an effort as their tailenders and England's bowlers and fielders will play (and act) as professionally as if they were playing a top side. Although they are happy with the result, England's selectors must be worried about the form of Alastair Cook. He isn't just failing to get runs, he doesn't look like a test player at the moment. He simply missed a straight ball from Amir in England's second innings as a result of not getting his feet in the right place. Maybe Carberry, who has been in great form, should be given a run in the test side and allow Cook to work on his game at county level. Well done Haider, Ajmal and Swann and also Jonathan Trott, who is looking very solid as England's #3. As for KP, I'm not sure whether 80 at an average of 10 is quite what he was hoping for!

  • olepolice on August 9, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Congrats to England , Pakistan reminds me of West Indies , much talent no focus . But tell me how can Chris Broad intentionally hurl a ball at Haider , strike him and get away with a fine ! yet Benn was suspended for a verbal confrontation , and please do not tell me about first offense , the intent was to harm the batter ! Daddy obviously has a lot of influence , absolutely ridiculous !

  • CiMP on August 9, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    This Pak side has shown signs of a fight back. Inexperience shows thru but that is something which can be remedied only thru letting this team play unchanged the next two Tests and thereafter for some more time. No need to get back those divisive seniors and go one step back again.

  • La_Bangla on August 9, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    How dare some one fine Stuart Broad? He is not just a son of Chris Broad, but he is from England.

  • IndianAnalyst on August 9, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan is f the hilarious cricket team in international arena these days.few weeks back they were world beater after beating new look Aussie team and even their new captain went on to say he got the best bowling attack on the planet.. !!! I can't stop my laughter

  • on August 9, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Is somebody going to give England a game this summer?

  • smjr on August 9, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I have made analysis of Pakistani Bats having test average of above 40 and having played more than 10 test matches. Here it is, Hanif, Javed ,Inzamam, Yousaf, Younus, Zaheer, Saleem Malik, Saeed Anwar, Shoiab Muhammad & Saeed Ahmad. One could see that Hanif & Saeed Ahmad played in 60s then Zaheer, Miandad, Saleem Malik, Shoiab played (most of the time together or in in some combination) in 70s, 80s and early 90s. This is the most successful period of Pakistan in Test. Saeed Anwar and Inzamam played together quite often in mid 90s to early years of 2000. After that Younus and Yusaf take the charge but unfortunately due to politics in the team they are not considered. India, Australia and South Africa having abundance of test batsman having test average of 40 and are the best three test teams. While looking at Pakistan, their top six batsman has average less than 35. Of course Yousaf and Younus were together in the Sri Lanka but player politics and personal interests let the team down

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 9, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    England made sure they won this in fine style after a very patchy latter half of the bowling yesterday. Under clouds England are fine, or any helpful wicket, but on a flat wicket under a blue sky the seamers look lacklustre. I am glad they were challenged because they will have to look in earnest at their methods and come up with something more challenging. Pakistan need new hands-should keep surgeons happy for hours! Seriously their bowling is tops, the batting too limited for this country. And Swann with Murali gone is a serious contender for World No.1 spinner.

  • clutch28 on August 9, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    118 runs wasn't too much of a hard struggle for England to get to go 2-0 up. Note to Pakistan, if you top order can pull off the same type of girt as was shown by your lower order in the second innings, you may get somewhere

  • satanswish on August 9, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    This result was no surprise. Pakistan with its pathetic batting & fielding don't really deserve to win any test match.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on August 9, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    I think they must need to replace Umer Amin, Shoaib Malik and Umer Akmal with Younis Khan, Yasir Hameed and Muhammad Yousaf. They all three failed to prove themselves as test cricketer.

  • smjr on August 9, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    The inevitable happens for England. Now we have lost 9 test matches out of 13 since winning the T-20 World cup. There are two victories one required a miracle at Leeds against Australia, however the other one in New zealand is quite comprehensive. There are two drawn games one against Sri Lanka where honours are even but in the draw against New Zea land we narrowly escape. In one day scenario the story is not rosy as we lost the series to New zealand in UAE then whitewashed in Australia and then outplayed in Asia cup. Where is Pakistan cricket heading, do someone has the character to re build Pakistani team, do we ever come out of favouritism, nepotism and wishful thinking. Do some one at the PCB management, Selection Committee, Tour management feel the pain of Pakistan slipping down at the bottom of Test ranking, take responsibility of these losses & resign as often happen in the world sports, recent example resignation of football coaches after the World cup.

  • on August 9, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    As usual, Pak proved themselves to be the third rate team that they are!

  • Silverstar on August 9, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    two South Africans do it again!!!!! go RSA! ... i mean England :-)

  • on August 9, 2010, 16:18 GMT

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  • george204 on August 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    "Cook's footwork was nowhere and he is becoming a serious concern, although ... he is likely to have the remainder of the series to revive his season."

    & that is a major problem for England for two reasons: 1) Cook has serious technical deficiencies & no form. He needs time in county cricket to work on both. 2) Where's the strength in depth? With Vaughan & Trescothick retired, England have no other openers with test experience. What happens if Coo'ks form DOESN'T improve by the end of the summer or (god forbid) Strauss gets injured? Are we seriously planning to not take a space opener to Aus? Or to blood someone in the heat of an away Ashes tour?

  • QuarterMILE on August 9, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    I really pity Pakistan team fans. Batting in Test cricket requires not only talent, but also patience and tolerance to see off tough periods when you can't score freely. Maybe this has something to do with the cultures of respective countries.

  • Something_Witty on August 9, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Well done the Poms. I wish the match had been closer, but you can't always get what you want. Some real problems with the England batting lineup are hidden by Pakistan's horrible fielding. If they'd held onto their catches then the match could well have ended up being much closer than it was. Hoping to see a better contest next match.

  • Cricfan27 on August 9, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The way Shoeb Malik and some other batters were playing smells treason.

  • Fifthman on August 9, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Cook can't seem to buy a run at the moment. His technique seems shot to pieces. I really think he needs to be dropped and sent back to Essex for a spell, as the Aussies will home in on his weaknesses and exploit them ruthlessly. If Bell was available I'd say push Trott up to open and drop Bell in at no. 3, but in his absence I'd recall Bopara. He can't do any worse than Cook is doing at the moment.

  • was33m on August 9, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Dont you think that as far as keeping is concerned, we havnt seen better results in this match as well....

  • was33m on August 9, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    sooner or later it was supposed to happen, it just shut the mouth of people who were thinking that Pakistan would snetch the victory out of this...

  • jackiethepen on August 9, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    The problem is that terrible fielding does flatter our batsmen although the wicket was difficult. But if you can hit it up in the air or edge the ball and not be out then your chances are you will look good by the final reckoning. I thought Pakistan's fielding was just as bad on day 4 as previous days. Bangladesh had one bad fielding day at Chittagong but after that they mended their ways. Can Pakistan mend theirs? What we know for sure is that when Australia bowl if chances do come then they will be taken. Our batsmen can't rely on fumbled catches or hopeless fielding. In fact the opposite will be true, sometimes Ponting and Katich take catches that mere mortals can't get anywhere near. We just haven't been put under pressure by the opposition. If Pakistan post a total and hold their catches then we can judge how our batsmen are doing - and of course the Oval and Lords will provide better batting pitches for both sides.

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on August 9, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Congratulation to England for the victory in the second test match. Foolish & childish act done by Pakistan captain Salman Butt by winning the toss & batting first has robbed the team from a possible strong match & may be a win…We have many foolish persons like this, one recently visited London, Zardari and shoes were thrown at him in the meeting last Saturday… Silly stuff by many Pakistanis and it makes the whole nation look like a bunch of idiots…Batting first Salman Butt made 7 & Zero… are you a captain or a silly street-playing kid…? There was NO need for Shahid Afridi to resign from Test matches. He could have opened with a quick-fire 2O or 3O in 3 to 5 overs and to give way for the next men in… He is in greed for smaller versions and to collect dividends in the form of quick money…Silly…I'm very unhappy with the decision making of our so-called 'leaders'…

  • on August 9, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    PAKISTAN'S TEAM BEEN ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE LETS SEE WHAT THEY GONNA DO IN THE NEXT TWO MATCHES ! WE MIGHT SEE THE OPPOSITE AND SEE ENGLAND SUFFER ! NEVER LET GO OF HOPE THAT IS WOT PAKISTAN TEAM SHOULD BE CONCERNED OF ! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !

  • karthikfromchennai on August 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Thanks England for the easy win....You have put Pakistan in its place. Congratulations

  • nataraajds on August 9, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Another Big win for England. extreemly good team effort this is. The test was over first day before lunch, rest of the play was just formalities. PAK still to find their batting problem unsolved.Their top 6 including skipper & Shoaib malik is uttar flop & have no answer to english bowling. it's better to call off the tour and comeback home to avoid 4-0 white wash.

  • Stark62 on August 9, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Swann motm WTF?!?!

    It should have gone to some like Haider, who fought hard for his well earned 88 and didn't do too badly behind the stumps either plus he played the best innings of the game (KP was dropped at least 4 TIMES).

    Swann got the wickets in the second innings but Anderson got 4 wkts in the first innings so, shouldn't he be man of the match for putting Pak on the back foot right from the start of play?

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  • Stark62 on August 9, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Swann motm WTF?!?!

    It should have gone to some like Haider, who fought hard for his well earned 88 and didn't do too badly behind the stumps either plus he played the best innings of the game (KP was dropped at least 4 TIMES).

    Swann got the wickets in the second innings but Anderson got 4 wkts in the first innings so, shouldn't he be man of the match for putting Pak on the back foot right from the start of play?

  • nataraajds on August 9, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Another Big win for England. extreemly good team effort this is. The test was over first day before lunch, rest of the play was just formalities. PAK still to find their batting problem unsolved.Their top 6 including skipper & Shoaib malik is uttar flop & have no answer to english bowling. it's better to call off the tour and comeback home to avoid 4-0 white wash.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Thanks England for the easy win....You have put Pakistan in its place. Congratulations

  • on August 9, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    PAKISTAN'S TEAM BEEN ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE LETS SEE WHAT THEY GONNA DO IN THE NEXT TWO MATCHES ! WE MIGHT SEE THE OPPOSITE AND SEE ENGLAND SUFFER ! NEVER LET GO OF HOPE THAT IS WOT PAKISTAN TEAM SHOULD BE CONCERNED OF ! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on August 9, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Congratulation to England for the victory in the second test match. Foolish & childish act done by Pakistan captain Salman Butt by winning the toss & batting first has robbed the team from a possible strong match & may be a win…We have many foolish persons like this, one recently visited London, Zardari and shoes were thrown at him in the meeting last Saturday… Silly stuff by many Pakistanis and it makes the whole nation look like a bunch of idiots…Batting first Salman Butt made 7 & Zero… are you a captain or a silly street-playing kid…? There was NO need for Shahid Afridi to resign from Test matches. He could have opened with a quick-fire 2O or 3O in 3 to 5 overs and to give way for the next men in… He is in greed for smaller versions and to collect dividends in the form of quick money…Silly…I'm very unhappy with the decision making of our so-called 'leaders'…

  • jackiethepen on August 9, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    The problem is that terrible fielding does flatter our batsmen although the wicket was difficult. But if you can hit it up in the air or edge the ball and not be out then your chances are you will look good by the final reckoning. I thought Pakistan's fielding was just as bad on day 4 as previous days. Bangladesh had one bad fielding day at Chittagong but after that they mended their ways. Can Pakistan mend theirs? What we know for sure is that when Australia bowl if chances do come then they will be taken. Our batsmen can't rely on fumbled catches or hopeless fielding. In fact the opposite will be true, sometimes Ponting and Katich take catches that mere mortals can't get anywhere near. We just haven't been put under pressure by the opposition. If Pakistan post a total and hold their catches then we can judge how our batsmen are doing - and of course the Oval and Lords will provide better batting pitches for both sides.

  • was33m on August 9, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    sooner or later it was supposed to happen, it just shut the mouth of people who were thinking that Pakistan would snetch the victory out of this...

  • was33m on August 9, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Dont you think that as far as keeping is concerned, we havnt seen better results in this match as well....

  • Fifthman on August 9, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Cook can't seem to buy a run at the moment. His technique seems shot to pieces. I really think he needs to be dropped and sent back to Essex for a spell, as the Aussies will home in on his weaknesses and exploit them ruthlessly. If Bell was available I'd say push Trott up to open and drop Bell in at no. 3, but in his absence I'd recall Bopara. He can't do any worse than Cook is doing at the moment.

  • Cricfan27 on August 9, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The way Shoeb Malik and some other batters were playing smells treason.