England v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Rose Bowl September 22, 2010

Morgan and Swann lead England to series glory

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England 256 for 6 (Morgan 107*, Shoaib 3-40) beat Pakistan 135 (Broad 3-25, Swann 3-26) by 121 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Eoin Morgan produced his second superb century in consecutive ODI appearances at the Rose Bowl, before Graeme Swann bamboozled Pakistan's middle-order with another top-class display of offspin, as England signed off for the 2010 season with their sixth consecutive series win across all formats this summer. Despite a strong start in their pursuit of a stiff target of 257, Pakistan's challenge tailed off into the September night, as Swann and the England seamers overcame a ropey first ten overs to secure a handsome 121-run victory with 13 overs to spare.

The victory also secured a hard-fought 3-2 series scoreline, and given all the off-field shenanigans of the past week, with accusations of match-fixing flying like the fists in the Lord's nets on Monday, that result was especially sweet for an England team who have already vowed to clear their names in court after the inflammatory comments from the chairman of the PCB, Ijaz Butt, in the wake of the third game at The Oval.

However, England were made to wrestle for the ascendancy throughout their own innings and for long periods of the reply, before the challenge was effectively snuffed out in Swann's fifth over, the 28th of Pakistan's innings. Having already struck with his fifth delivery of the match to bowl Fawad Alam for 1, he followed up with two more in two balls to extract Mohammad Yousuf for 20 and Shahid Afridi for a duck, and came agonisingly close to a hat-trick as Abdul Razzaq propped forward to another tweaker, only for the ball to balloon into the hands of short leg without touching the gloves on the way.

Swann finished the match with figures of 3 for 26 in nine overs to take his series tally to 11 in five matches, and he was also responsible for the run-out of Umar Gul, who was called through for a suicidal single as the ball bobbled to short leg, and was beaten to the punch by two feet. The end, when it came, was rapid. Saeed Ajmal succumbed to another lame run-out eight balls later, before the coup de grace was delivered in the same over by Stuart Broad, who had earlier removed Hafeez and the dangerous Asad Shafiq in consecutive deliveries to launch England's bowling fightback.

Swann, however, remained the stand-out bowler. He didn't concede a single boundary in the course of his night's work, which was especially noteworthy given the slew of fours with which Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez had launched their night's work. Between them, they knocked off 11 in nine overs as Pakistan romped to 57 for 0 against some wayward new-ball fare, but thereafter they didn't reach the ropes until Paul Collingwood was paddled over the shoulder by Umar Akmal in the 33rd over, some 139 balls later. His brother Kamran was Pakistan's main aggressor with a hard-hitting 41, but with the score on 80 he was adjudged lbw to Luke Wright despite a massive inside-edge onto his pads.

The day's outstanding batsman, however, was Morgan. Against Australia in June, he had announced himself as a one-day cricketer of the highest class by guiding England to victory on this very ground with an unbeaten century, his first in the country after a similarly cool-headed 110 not out in Dhaka back in February. Both of those performances, however, came while batting second. This time, his challenge was to chart an unknown course through some seriously choppy waters, and by the end of the contest, his methodical brilliance could be seen in all its glory.

Morgan struck eight fours and a six in the course of his innings, two of which came in the space of three balls from Gul as he accelerated past his fifty from 58 deliveries with a cut past backward point and a pull through square leg. His last 54 runs came from 43 balls, and in the course of his innings he offered just the one clear-cut chance, when Yousuf at long-on back-pedalled towards the rope to take a fine catch over his shoulder, only to throw the ball back into play as he toppled over the boundary's edge, and ended up turning his ankle in the process.

Morgan finished his innings with the sort of flourish that sets the finest one-day batsmen apart from the rest, as he battered Saeed Ajmal for 19 off the final over to bring up his hundred and carry England past 250. But in between whiles, the going for England was much tougher than that. Led by Shoaib, who belied his 35 years to claim 3 for 40 in a furiously wholehearted performance, Pakistan took control of the opening exchanges as England limped to 96 for 3 in 25 overs - literally in Ian Bell's case, as he required a runner after tweaking his groin mid-innings. To make matters worse, Collingwood was forced to retire on 5 after succumbing to a migraine, and lay down in a darkened room before returning to make a gutsy 47, his best ODI innings in eight attempts.

Amid all this, Morgan was left to guide the tempo of the innings with his nerveless assurance, first in a 93-run stand for the fifth wicket with Collingwood, who survived a massive let-off when Gul nailed him on the pad on 28, and then through his superb eye for an opportunity in the closing overs of the innings, as he and Tim Bresnan snaffled 48 runs in the final four overs.

The day started as promisingly for England as it finished, with Strauss winning a vital toss that enabled them to avoid the challenge of chasing under the lights. He then built on that advantage with two fours in Abdul Razzaq's first over, and though his partner Steve Davies repeated the dose one over later, Mohammad Hafeez lured him out of the crease with his fourth delivery of the day, for Kamran Akmal to complete a simple stumping with his victim not even in the frame.

That brought Jonathan Trott out to the middle, Pakistan's new bête noire following his altercation with Wahab Riaz in the nets at Lord's, and he was greeted with a raucous chorus of boos from a vocal and passionate Pakistani crowd. After scores of 2 and 4 in his previous two innings of the series, Trott was under pressure from the scoreboard as well as the crowd, but he could do nothing about the ball that eventually did for him. Working up a considerable head of steam for a man who had been labouring with a side strain, Shoaib bowled him through the gate with a glorious nip-backer, to leave England struggling on 46 for 2.

One over later, and things got worse for England. Strauss had picked up two fifties and a hundred in his previous four innings of the series, and he showed his eye for an opportunity when he slotted Razzaq over long-on for six - the 22nd of his one-day career, and his 13th this year alone. But Shoaib's unrelenting line and length soon did for him, as he grazed an edge through to Akmal and trooped off for 25, his lowest ODI score in eight appearances.

At the end of the 15 overs of bowling Powerplays, England were awkwardly placed on 59 for 3, whereupon Collingwood - who had already been visited by the physio, Kirk Russell - decided that a darkened room was the best place for him as his migraine kicked in with a vengeance. When Bell went in the groin three overs later, England were facing all manner of problems, but he and Morgan - who made a fine hundred on this ground against Australia in June - dug them out of immediate danger with a measured alliance of 47 in 12 overs. That stand ended when Bell was bowled off the inside-edge by Afridi, but Morgan was only just getting started.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • on September 27, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    @kartikfromChennai and all other Indians and Brits who think Pakistan should be banned from cricket plzz do read this....

    I think the whole world should be banned from cricket...

    http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187

  • reality_check on September 26, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: "players from very backward poor countries are easy preys to bookies" Thanks for acknowledging the fact that Indian players are also prone to falling prey to the bookies.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    @agus, when ws the last time pak host a match at home? why they are playing home matches away from home?

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    whatever, the game is clean until these tainters play again.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    as bookies own your team, shall we start BPL? bookies premier league

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    players from very backward poor countries are easy preys to bookies...even a less amount of money will buy them. its proved in the concluded series

  • rambadi on September 25, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Despite all the controversy surrounding the series and the Pakistan cricket scandal, I cannot help thinking that we are seeing a big time resurgence in English Cricket. They won the World T-20 this year, and are also doing incredibly well in 50-over and Test cricket. I hope they keep at it. Australia is still a good team. But, I really am sick of seeing Australia win every four years when world cup starts. I really hope England pulls of a win next year. They deserve it the way they are playing right now, and the founders have never won a world cup. It is time they did. Having said that, all of England's victories have come at home. And England does have a terrible record in India. So, they really have to work ten times harder to win the world cup next year.

    Pakistan has not much of a chance next year. They have too much other stuff to worry about right now. SL has a good chance. India is incredible inconsistent. So, who knows. It will be an interesting world cup!

  • Agus2010 on September 24, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai How much have you got it from Mr. Modi (Lalith)? and tell me how many centuries Sachin made while chasing a big target? How many times he won the match for India while batting 2nd

  • Agus2010 on September 24, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Dear English Fans here we go about your hero Broad Furious England deny ball-tampering row as Stuart Broad is accused of cheating England were implicated in a ball-tampering storm as they struggled to save their hard-fought Test series lead over South Africa.A miserable third day of the third Test ended with England staring at a series-leveling defeat and Andy Flower, their coach, being forced to defend their integrity over claims that Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson had cheated.South Africa 'made their concerns known' to match referee Roshan Mahanama over the state of a ball with which they believe Broad attempted to tamper by treading on it at an early stage of the South African second innings.Flower denied there was any 'sinister' intent and added: 'Over the years we have seen a lot of tall fast bowlers stop the ball with their boot.' The controversy was sparked off by local television pictures which also showed Anderson allegedly trying to alter the condition of the ball to aid re

  • dmqi on September 24, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    As long as you will have criminals investing money in the game you will not have a fair result. As long as newspaper/journalists will play their games, you can not have a fair game, it will be manipulated by rumors. The series could have been much better if some conspirators were not allowed to be active and Pakistan had a good PCB, not a joker's heaven. The umpiring was very biased and poor, especially with Billy Doctrov. One decision can change the outcome. But the last match showed that England can really fight and Pakistan can break down. 47 for 3 to 265. Where were the Pak bowlers? Akaml's out was bad but that does not mean a procession to pavilion. Poor Pak batting. ICC did not do right by appointing Billy as umpire in the final match. Remember India-aus Test? why double standard?

  • on September 27, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    @kartikfromChennai and all other Indians and Brits who think Pakistan should be banned from cricket plzz do read this....

    I think the whole world should be banned from cricket...

    http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187

  • reality_check on September 26, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: "players from very backward poor countries are easy preys to bookies" Thanks for acknowledging the fact that Indian players are also prone to falling prey to the bookies.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    @agus, when ws the last time pak host a match at home? why they are playing home matches away from home?

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    whatever, the game is clean until these tainters play again.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    as bookies own your team, shall we start BPL? bookies premier league

  • karthikfromchennai on September 25, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    players from very backward poor countries are easy preys to bookies...even a less amount of money will buy them. its proved in the concluded series

  • rambadi on September 25, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Despite all the controversy surrounding the series and the Pakistan cricket scandal, I cannot help thinking that we are seeing a big time resurgence in English Cricket. They won the World T-20 this year, and are also doing incredibly well in 50-over and Test cricket. I hope they keep at it. Australia is still a good team. But, I really am sick of seeing Australia win every four years when world cup starts. I really hope England pulls of a win next year. They deserve it the way they are playing right now, and the founders have never won a world cup. It is time they did. Having said that, all of England's victories have come at home. And England does have a terrible record in India. So, they really have to work ten times harder to win the world cup next year.

    Pakistan has not much of a chance next year. They have too much other stuff to worry about right now. SL has a good chance. India is incredible inconsistent. So, who knows. It will be an interesting world cup!

  • Agus2010 on September 24, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai How much have you got it from Mr. Modi (Lalith)? and tell me how many centuries Sachin made while chasing a big target? How many times he won the match for India while batting 2nd

  • Agus2010 on September 24, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Dear English Fans here we go about your hero Broad Furious England deny ball-tampering row as Stuart Broad is accused of cheating England were implicated in a ball-tampering storm as they struggled to save their hard-fought Test series lead over South Africa.A miserable third day of the third Test ended with England staring at a series-leveling defeat and Andy Flower, their coach, being forced to defend their integrity over claims that Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson had cheated.South Africa 'made their concerns known' to match referee Roshan Mahanama over the state of a ball with which they believe Broad attempted to tamper by treading on it at an early stage of the South African second innings.Flower denied there was any 'sinister' intent and added: 'Over the years we have seen a lot of tall fast bowlers stop the ball with their boot.' The controversy was sparked off by local television pictures which also showed Anderson allegedly trying to alter the condition of the ball to aid re

  • dmqi on September 24, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    As long as you will have criminals investing money in the game you will not have a fair result. As long as newspaper/journalists will play their games, you can not have a fair game, it will be manipulated by rumors. The series could have been much better if some conspirators were not allowed to be active and Pakistan had a good PCB, not a joker's heaven. The umpiring was very biased and poor, especially with Billy Doctrov. One decision can change the outcome. But the last match showed that England can really fight and Pakistan can break down. 47 for 3 to 265. Where were the Pak bowlers? Akaml's out was bad but that does not mean a procession to pavilion. Poor Pak batting. ICC did not do right by appointing Billy as umpire in the final match. Remember India-aus Test? why double standard?

  • cyniket on September 24, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    the idea that England benefitted from this media furore is ludicrous. The story broke with pakistan following on in the final test. England were just completing an overwhelming victory, which was then largely sidelined. Pakistan had all their, supposedly marvellous, players and were getting smashed on a regular basis. The story detracted from how superior England were. If the notw could uncover an england or an australian spot fixing then they would, it would be a bigger story and would sell more papers. Pakistani fans should stop moaning at England or India and concentrate on putting pressure on Pakistan cricket to get it's house in order. Do you really want this shambolic business to continue? The other teams don't need pakistan, if it continues like this pakistan will lose their place at the table.

  • reality_check on September 24, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    @nlambda: Get your facts right. Even your own media accused IPL of corruption from Modi down to everyone else and NO, Pak players didn't beg to be picked in 3rd IPL, they were INVITED by Modi because franchises showed interest in Pak players and after going thru all the hassle of getting NOC's and visas, they were intentionally not picked at auction time just to diss Pakistan. That only showed, once again, narrow minded Indian mentality. India just has more money then Pakistan but not much else.

  • reality_check on September 24, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: "@reality_check....no answers from u?". I don't generally give answer to dumb questions but since you insist here we go. This is not the first time or the last time that an Indian will point finger at Pak for whatever. If it's bookies then Dawood is the biggest of them all. I am sure he has Lalit Modi and 1/2 dozen IPL teams on his payroll as well. Wow what a genius he is. Next you will blame Dawood for paying off CWG2010 construction engineers as well. As for Veena Malik... she clearly said in an interview on NDTV that she spoke to a bookie in Mumbai and last time I checked Mumbai was still part of India. Comprende!!

  • pakwellwisher on September 24, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    These pak fans can only cry foul. They continue incriminating BCCI, ECB,ICC and what not. The incorrigible faults in their team are convinently overlooked. Accussing the umpires of being biased?? Have you guys forgotten the disgrace that shakoor rana brought to the game when he picked on a decorous English captain like Mike Gatting.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 24, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Lame excuses!!!. Not because English media, ECB,ICC,BCCI or Umpires but because of traitors within the team you lost. Pakistan players want only money.

  • on September 24, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    morgan is not a top player it was not his game that took pak lost, but it was the poor batting from pak that gave easy match to british people. pak needs to change there middle order come on guys we can kick ecb rear any time.

  • on September 24, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket sucks................its time to suspend then 4m ICC

  • mustafaisonline on September 24, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    I totally agree, the way Englishs are playing they are showing they can win next year's worldcup.

    But i must say the umpiring was horrible in 5th ODI. Following are worst umpiring mistakes i seen in long time which would definitely have changed the course of the game

    1) Afridi asked for thrid umpire decision for the stemp but leg umpire didn't accept. In the end, replay showed it was out. Every team has the right to call for third umpire. 2) A plum LBW by Hareez not given. 3) Kamran Akmal had a mega edge but given LBW.

    As we know one chance like a drop catch can change the match, well this time there were three cases.

    Do you really think it was a clear win by English team this time which i really feel is a very professional team to play with.

    I hope ICC will take action againt this kind of Umpireship.

  • fisher2 on September 24, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    if a pakistani umpire would had given a massive wrong decision against an english batsmen nowaday's he been draged to the court anyhow i don't blame the english umpire it's actually natural if you look back umpire david shepherd once gave imran khan out in a world cup semi-final match against australia even allen border admitted imran was'nt out if they ain't gonna beat you with that media they gonna find some other way's to do it the e.c.b will announce it was a pure human error and every thing be fine tomorrow.

  • ADB1 on September 24, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    @ragsfan I'm with you. The insight I have had into the Pakistani psyche here offers a complete explanation as to why Pakistan is the corrupt, poverty-stricken country it is.

  • funi.kriket on September 24, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    i have a question for my indian friends.if u really think pakistan is a bad team why do u bother watching their games when ur own superstars r all playing in 20/20 champions league? is it becoz u think pakistan cricket is more exciting? or u didnt even watch the ODI series and just commenting here to diss pakistani fans? lol well in both cases its a win for pakistani fans. period about this series, i think england is definitely a better test side and pakistan is a better limited overs side.engand chased down 290 target becoz decisions did go in their favour. but still congrats to them and these results r good for pakistan too before world cup. they didnt win so they will not get over confident but still managed to do enough to carry some confidence n enthusiasm into the world cup.

  • nlambda on September 24, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Funny to see so many people calling IPL matches fixed... there were charges around administration not about the matches... but since Pak players were accused of match fixing, their fans are throwing muck around everywhere. What is really funny is that when next year's IPL rolls around, all the Pak players will stand in line with begging bowls hoping to be picked... and these fans will initially support it, and then protest later when the players are turned down once more :-)

  • pk_cric_rox on September 23, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    my comment is for indian n pakistani fans. guys open ur eyes n look at wat is happening. when indians were robbed in australia pakistanis were laughing at them n now pakistan is robbed in england. indians r laughing at us. this is how they ruled india n this is how they r beating us in cricket now. we keep laughing at each other or pointing out each other n these guys take advantage of that.we gotta support cricket and fair umpiring no matter who wins. and my message to english fans is, pakistan would have been 3-1 up in series before the start of last ODI if strauss was given out in 2nd ODI when he scored almost 100 runs after that thick edge taken by akmal. england hardly managed to achieve target in 50th over so just imagine the result if ur most inform batsman was given out on 25 while target was 294.lets not talk about javed miandad becoz we know umpiring wasnt fair in those days thats why pakistan was the first country to use neutral umpires when everyone else rejected the idea

  • SurlyCynic on September 23, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Have a look at the mail, Shoaib caught on camera tampering with the ball. SURELY this was one game to keep things clean?

  • on September 23, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Now i guess from here on England will have to rely on such tactics to win 1. Favourable umpires 2. Intense media campaign against the oppostion 3. Implicate the best players of the opposition in match or spot fixing or whatever. If this is the case, England may well win the Ashes.

  • ragsfan on September 23, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    I'm logging out of this. The lack of sportmanship by many Pakistani followers here is apalling. Thankfully, Afridi, etc have more grace than their blinkered fans.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    @agus ...any share in 150000?

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    @reality_check....no answers from u?

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    150000 for just 2 no balls,,can u count how many no balls bowled totaly?...mindblowing lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    thanks pakistan players for all the entertainment this summer....that was a eventful series in eng and hope you EARNED enough from it...enough even if you dont get to play until world cup ....lol

  • roy_rage on September 23, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    klobania: dude go learn some english first ur comments dont make any sense and u guys need to be greatfull that england agreed to play with a godforsaken country like yours..go and cheat some more.. maybe thats in ur culture.. to sell ur motherland for some more pounds.. losers..go play bangladesh and afghanisthan maybe u will win some matches against them..

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    disheartening to see why none from pak is willing to comment on fix, tampering, veena malik, bribe, ijaz butt

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    just a lbw would have made no difference... kamran wud have done what he did in Sydney test....and he is no sachin or sehwag to win the match.

  • Somerset-Richard on September 23, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Before I forget, England have another department where we are superior over Pakistan; wicket keeping. Our keeper held almost every chance presented to him in the tests, whereas Kamran Akmal dropped most of his edges. Perhaps he couldn't catch properly because his gloves were stuffed with tenners? I was at the 5th ODI yesterday and really enjoyed it. Sportingly I clapped every good bit of play by both sides, though I have to say that England provided most of the reasons to get off my seat. It's just a shame that the Pakistani supporters weren't there at the end to applaud Englands victory, but they'd started trooping out of The Rose Bowl when their 7th wicket fell, to choruses of "We can see you sneaking out!". By the time of nine, ten and jack falling, there were only English fans there to witness the coup de grace! I can't wait for the real deal, The Ashes in 2010/11 and to the visits in 2011 of those great cricketing nations Sri Lanka and India-proper cricketers and great sportsmen

  • Ish_ on September 23, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Pakistan should calmly examine what happed between Kamran and Hafeez, one ball before Hafeez was out? Hafeez wanted to run, Kamran advised him not to. But the way he advised was impolite. That turned Hafeez off and he lifted a catch. I would like to know if anybody agrees with me. Thanks.

  • on September 23, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Shahid afridi should have tightened the field when england lost there 3 batsman and morgan and bell/collinwood were new on crease. He spread the field and they easily managed to get the singles. By tightening up the field, i believe we could have restricted the england to 215 runs.

    I believe umpire Doctrove know that there is always a doubt on LBW decisions and therefore he does not pay attention to any of the LBW decision and fooling ICC by helping himself to prolong his carrer as umpire. He didn't declare out collingwood when it was plumb. Ian Gould did much more than that by not hearing any inside edge of Kamran Akmal. I think ICC should act proactively to improve umpiring.

    M. Yousuf really messed up, He is no more the oneday player; he helps the run rate gets high and then get himslf out. Fawad Alam is another wrong inclusion in one day squad. i don't understand, whenever Pak Batsman go for chase and looses few wickets, they allow the counter team to exert pressure on them

  • klobania on September 23, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @ all indian fans i have only one thing to say "GET WELL SOON"

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    With the support of Umpires England will win Ashes and World Cup 2011 as well all the best

  • on September 23, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Quite frankly Pakistan lost because they are a third rate side, being continually dismissed for less than 100 in the test series, they would struggle to beat Bangladesh.

  • reality_check on September 23, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006: Indian fans shouted the loudest when Steve Bucknor missed Symonds caught behind in Sydney test. Bucknor's whole career was ruined after that one event. BCCI even threatened to call the team home like cry babies. Talk about pot calling the cattle black...

  • reality_check on September 23, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    @VivaVizag: Same daily mail had this to say about Stuart Broad's stepping on the ball http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-1240774/Furious-England-deny-ball-tampering-row-Stuart-Broad-accused-cheating.html same action by Stuart and Shoaib yet Shoiab is tampering with the ball and "England was furious" at the same suggestions against Broad. Thanks for bringing it up and exposing the blatant double standards of British media.

  • klobania on September 23, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    @roy_rage as far as ur forgiveness is concerned we have already forgiven trott for his actions then u r such a unknown little knowing about cricket englishman then how come we not forgive u

  • qayamali on September 23, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    well done english cricket team, umpires and the English media, ECB nexus.

  • Somerset-Richard on September 23, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    On the subject of dodgy umpiring, I have a question. Perhaps a cricket buff somewhere could provide the answer: "How many times was Javed Miandad given out LBW in tests in Pakistan by Pakistani umpires?" Anyone know the answer?

  • Somerset-Richard on September 23, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    I'm grateful to you Agus2010 for giving me the opportunity to agree with you about Mushtaq Ahmed, and his positive influence on Graham Swann. Mushy has been one of my favourite players, since he played for my own county, Somerset, years ago. Swann got into the England side on his own merits, but he's obviously benefitted from Mushy's expertise. It's just a shame that Pakistan didn't actually realise that they had a world class spinner in their midst; he was in the top three (possibly top two) in the world in 2003 when Pakistan thought they didn't need him any more. Maybe he didn't fit into the national side because he gave the impression of always being a good sport, and his smiling face looked at odds with the rest of his team-mates! I should also point out, Agus2010, that your knowledge of English and world cricket is poor; in fact England are the current holders of The 2020 World Cup, won less than 6 months ago. Keep up, there's a good chap!

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Congratulations! England won the series with the help of their Media, Umpiring error, with the help of ICC, all the best England! Well done what a fantastic victory

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    ECB should arrange to Organize the same umpires to Ashes series as well then they will be able to Win this Ashes as well lol! Maybe ICC mad(e) new rules for Pakistan vs England series I guess, it seems Strauss LBW vs Hafeez, Umar Gul's No ball (foot was clearly online) and Kamran's LBW (even there is a clear inside edge), best umpiring of the series, if these kind of Umpires working for England means they will win all the series including World Cup 2010 (ICC should investigate Ashes 2005 thoroughly to find all the errors including "Umpire error")

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I have a suggestion for ICC to give a "Umpire of the series" award it should be goto "Billy" and umpire of the math should goto guess who?????? who else the famous English umpire Ian James Gould, what a sensational umpiring, West Indies and England should be proud of them to get this kind of best people as an umpires

  • on September 23, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    who was the man of the series? billy doctrove, ian gould or Kettleborough i think Kettleborough deserved it the no ball he gave of umar gull was impressive and few lbw decissions too

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    I don't understand who is this guy karthikfromchennai because whatever he write it is getting published, but for us??????????? maybe he is the hehehehehe

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    @Somerst-Richard Board bowling straight and fast because he never feel any pressure (Always having support from Media and his father mate umpires - even he do any mistake), so never in mind pressure because he has all the support from ECB, ICC and from Umpire Elite panel, Swan was not a great spinner until Leg Spin legend Mustaq Ahmed (from Pakistan) joined as a Assistant Coach of England team, even though England play as a united team they never can win any International cup shame on them

  • on September 23, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    For england it was important to register a comprehensive series win over pakistan before world cup as it will build a psychological pressure on pakistan as well as player,s morale will also be increased and they will pay more attention towards the preparation of world cup. This time round england team has the good chance of becomming world champion as they have the balanced team including good all rounders like paul colliwood, tim breseman and so on. on the other phase this is the second for pakistan team when it has been defeated by a team in all formats of series. Earlier austriliya did the same thing.

  • on September 23, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    England got the trophy, Billy Doctrove and company got the money, Pakistan got the footage.

  • vaks on September 23, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    pakistan lost full matches in aus,they lost series against nz.....they lost test series against eng,lost ODI n 20-20 series....in test ranking their place is at 6th n in ODIs 7th...still pak boasting of their team.....really funny to see hw they see themselves....they r really a laughing stock...hehehehehe........

  • sajjodaalman on September 23, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    pakistan shouldhave won this series, bad umpiring decisions cost them. when staruss made that century to win the match earlier on, he was out on 38 and not given. that is how eng won that match when pak should have won.. pakistan was robbed otherwise they would have been 3-1 up already going into the last match. why do umpire decisoins most of the time go in favoyur of england and australia? especally when they play aganst west indies or asian teams? it happens all the time

  • Agus2010 on September 23, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai Hello Mr. S/O KSK tell me how many genie fast bowler & match winners in your Indian team, I know Indian batting is the big plus of their victory, if they fail how many of your fast bowlers can win the match for you, why all the English median cameras always targeting the Pakistani fast bowlers, because they are the match winners and they can change the game anytime with their fast bowling ability, why they didn't watch the England bowlers so closely, because they are English, How many English players in the winning list, how many patriotist playing for their old country (like Strauss, Trott, Peitersen, Morgan) all here playing for money, if they really partioitist they should play for their own country, then we can count who will be the match winner, ECB always like to buy the talented players and buy the victory as well, Swan was not a great spinner until the Leg spinning legend Mustaq Ahmed joint in England as a assistant coach, see the history

  • on September 23, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwRzYthJyPU watch and decide for urself...Sorry for english speaking ppl but u can still understand watz goin on.....

  • on September 23, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Lol its funny england fans definding english team, and the ball tempring aligations i was waiting for that whole summer but came out to be at the end (dont forget S Broad in South Africa) any way let me see what team england do in the ashes.

  • roy_rage on September 23, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    LOL listen to yourselves pak fans.. no tour team didnt loose because of umpiring decisions or because of english media, or because of BCCI and ICC so called nexus.. u lost because u deserved to loose..well forgive me but a team that sells their own mother country for few pounds doesnt deserve my respect.. a bunch of crying , cheating loosers.. put ur house in order first pakistan .. ur a disgrace..

  • khurramsch on September 23, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    @dscoll: u said 1 against pak & 1 against eng?do u know counting?kamran akmal given out & colingwood given not out allowing him to add 49 runs in that vital partnership so that makes 2 decisions against pak & 1 hafeez for pak. & did u miss trott in 1st ODI, strauss in 2nd, luke in 3rd, strauss in 4th? all erors going against pak? thats to corect ur record. i personaly feel that in last ODI umpiring IS NOT the only factor. Eng played well & if kamran was given out after him there are 9 other palyers who could have done lot more better. so its not umpire decisn in 5th ODI however, in 2nd ODI Strauss added 88runs after tht bad decision. match won by englnd in last over by bresnan & yardy SO tht 2nd ODI was surely won by ENGLAND by UMPIRES.....

  • Thirdman3 on September 23, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Medical test specially eye and ear test r important 4 umpires selection b4 match.. Umpires were unable to see and hear the 2 big deflections but both times the deflection was in favour of the Eng side and effect the series result to unfair one. Strauss deflection ( Notout caught behind in the 2nd game) and Kamran deflection ( Out LBW in the last game).. There were lot of unfairness towards Pakistan but as a Pakistani I want to point out mistakes of our team throughout the series 1. Field Plan ( Whenever we are in the attacking position why we had the spreaded field ) 2. Not studying the weaknesses of the match decider player of the otherside like Morgan , Hussey through video tape of their previous innings. Most of the matches Pakistan has lost due to one man show of these players. So forget everything whatever is done by umpires & media keep eye on the future b/c whatever Indians and other said about you just their Calibration and Jeleousy is enough to prove that you r dangerous side

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on September 23, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    it makes me laugh at reading teh comments of the pakistani suporters blaming the umpires well even haffez and razzak were out given not out and we all know how pakistani umpires were in the 70's and 80's your team lost to australia, lost in asia cup, lost to new zealand and now here, you cant win...and well you are blaming english media etc etc ecb helped your team to atleast stay and play cricket against aus and england but you guys think they are cheats we know the real cheats are which is nothing new for eg we alll know abou qayuum report in 1994..

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Right through, the series had everything...fixing, spot fixing, bribe, fight, fine, ban...execept ball tamperning...thanks to shoib akhter for making it too in the list.

  • VivaVizag on September 23, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Shoaib was caught ball tampering? Surprise, no!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-1314414/Shoaib-Akhtar-caught-camera-ball-tampering-row-sours-Englands-win.html

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    for all those who jump for Kamran Akmal....we know his credentials in cricket since the famous Sydney Test :-) ...dont forget his missed catches in the test series in England..

  • swat1999 on September 23, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Thats the end of another POOR UMPIRING game!! but english bowler bowl exceptionaly wel & certainly SWAN is one of the best & my favourite

    Seems young Pakistani crickets played wel despite bearing some controversy, I'm sure they have good future ahead...

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    @reality_check, funny that you contradict your name huh...dint you know that half of your tainted team is owned by bookies controlled by dawoo in karachi and by the escort veena malik. reality bites mate...please check... lol

  • Thirdman3 on September 23, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Some of the Indians and Eng fans are referring to the not out LBW decision of Hafeez in the last match to prove umpires fairness. Umpires are human and mistake are acceptable but too much mistakes against the average side and specially favouring some key and match decider players of one side not only one time is not acceptable. Some of them are saying only Kamran can win the match yes it is true when you are chasing the target it is a game of nerve some time you are chasing very well but one wicket boast the moral of the other team. For example check 3rd match Morgan played in the air short and this wicket turn the game towards Pakistan side but his out was fair as compare to Kamarn out. England is difficult place to tour because of Media and Umpires are terrorist of other type.. Lack of sportmanship in the England captain in the 2nd match so keep quit all Ind and Eng fans because umpiring was not only the reasons there were lot of other reasons behind pak defeat understant 200ondebut

  • Somerset-Richard on September 23, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I've read all 156 comments posted so far (how very sad of me!). It is now apparent why, where in a world where people take great joy in playing competitive international sport, very few take any delight in playing cricket against Pakistan. Apparently England cheated and won games 1,2 & 5, England cheated and lost games 3 & 4, the umpires cheated so that England would win, etc etc. Get over yourselves chaps! You lost. England won because they bowled, batted and fielded better than Pakistan. Broad bowled faster and straighter than Akhtar, Swann is currently the best spin bowler in the world BAR NONE, England are a highly professional outfit in the field as witnessed by superb catching and ground fielding and England play together as a united team, which, if you hadn't worked it out, is what is needed for team games! Referring to Zia Hassan's "British Asian" jibe about Ravi Bopara, Ravi is as English as I am. We have no policy on selection of players according to ethnic origin!

  • ash556 on September 23, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Let's face facts folks. We lost to a better team. England has a genuine match winner in Swann--a worthy heir to the great Jim Laker. Here are a few suggestions for the PCB. 1. Announce a $1000 reward each time a Pakistani fielder effects a run out of a batsman through a direct throw. (I am pretty certain the proportion of direct hits for run outs must be the lowest for Pakistan as compared to any international team so this won't prove financially onerous for the PCB and may somewhat mitigate the "bookie effect".) 2. Get your players to the gym daily for at least an hour. At least three of the players in the Pakistan team are carrying spare tyres. It's quite obvious who they are. Incidentally even the skipper Afridi is showing signs of "prosperity". 3. Bring Umer Akmal down a peg. He's highly overrated and boorish to boot. 4. Show some gratitude to your hosts, the ECB. If you have a beef take it out on the newspapers who made the allegations or else u dont have a case.

  • reality_check on September 23, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: "Broad took two wickets in two balls ...did he really bowl well? or the bookies did their part?". All the bookies are in India and as hosts of IPL "the cleanest fix free tournament of all", you can best answer your own query. LOL

  • reality_check on September 23, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    @Mahesh4811 and @Suresh Shukla: Not surprising that Indians are supporting anything against Pakistan, but can either or both of you please explain one thing since both of you accuse Pak of fixing matches (blink IPL) and at the same time think Pak team is just an ordinary club team. Either Pak is so much better then rest of the world that they can only loose when being paid for it or Pak is just an ordinary club team that can never win and NOTW, Sun and ICC are just lying thru their teeth? So which one is it guys? Now they are being accused of paid to win the 3rd ODI. I mean talk about a super team... Pakistan can win or loose on demand as long as the price is right. BTW... congrats to England for winning the decider on back of Morgan's century and Swann's spin and a bit of help from Gould didn't hurt either. For Pak to win two matches even after all the media spotlight is a victory in itself.

  • on September 23, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    The umpiring was absolutely poor in this one day series Strauss was out twice and not given out in the series isnt that cheating? and afridi why the hell did he let that no good of a spinner bowl the last over is beyond me and by the way no way england beat us we were beaten by a cosmopolaten team which is made up of reject south africans an irish man a british asian etc

  • rockon16 on September 23, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    the umpires were soooo on england's side !!!!!!!!!!!

    or

    they were paid money!!!

  • ShKhan on September 23, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    I had respect for Strauss until he called this win judicious... your team played better than Pakistan, undoubtedly, but your own efforts were turned sour by the bias of your umpires and you have the gall to call this justice? Even given a fair chance pakistan would probably have lost this match, they really aren't good enough yet, but a fair chance was their due and it was denied to them. Clearly victory is far more important to the english team and its fans than fairness. So rejoice, you have your triumph and perhaps the fall from grace won't really effect you either for grace is not what interests you. Poor colly was 'soooo' upset over a senile old fool calling his bluff that he developed a migraine? While the Pakistani players have been emotionally and even physically bludgeoned by the entire United kingdom for months without so much as a furrowed brow... My god! if one was to base victories on character alone Pakistan have won several world cups worth this horrid english season.

  • dscoll on September 23, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    There was one bad lbw decision against pak and 1 against Eng (which the Pak fans seem to forget), so overall it was fair and the umpires had a reasonable game, anyone claiming the umpires are biased is clutching at straws. Pak fans are so used to their team cheating that they think everyone else acts the same. They don't, the rest of the world plays within the rules.

  • on September 23, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    The above comments are multi-facet. If Pakistan is denied Home Tours due to security concerns, England should also start playing Home tours at neutral venues due to seriious security concerns-TERRORIST MEDIA OF TABLOIDS.

    Rember ur mentality during Bradman period???? Please dont be racists against Brown Asian Skins and play the game of Gentleman

  • on September 23, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    I TELL U THE DEFINATION OF ENGLISH MEDIA:

    " ENGLISH MEDIA IS ONE OF THE FAKKEST MEDIA IN THE WORLD"..

  • 200ondebut on September 23, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Yeah right - Pakistan was the best side and only lost because of biased umpiring! (LOL!) I'm sorry but did all of you who think this not watch the summers cricket? Or are you really saying that Pakistan are a brilliant side and only lost those other matches because they chose to do so? Pakistan is an average side that was missing key players. England were the better side and deserved to win. Whilst I applaud the passion the supporters show for their team - they do need to learn to lose with a bit more grace and dignity.

  • dhagdu on September 23, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    this match was fixed but this time no player was involved but umpires

  • nlight on September 23, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    It really is time for all international games to enjoy the benefits of the available technology. The costs should be borne by the ICC.

    Having said that, I'm getting fed up with Pak supporters crying "fix" at every moment things don't go their way. However, I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise, given the lamentable comments of the PCB chief.

  • on September 23, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    haha. Told you guys, Pakistan will have to play against 13 players if they want to win the decider. It had been the case throughout the series and it happened in the final match too. Umpires living up to their reputation as being bent on favoring the home side. Had it not been the case, Pakistan would already have won the series by winning the 2nd ODI when Doctrove didn't give Strauss the cheater out caught behind when he hasn't even scored a 50. Well played Pakistan and Kudos to Swann for reinventing the art of off spin. He definitely makes you feel for the game of cricket with his lovely loopy deliveries.

  • goodman4504 on September 23, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    He..He...He....Pak lost the series.....? No...they were defeated by EXCELLENT UMPIRES. Not giving Collingwood LBW by senile Billy Doctrove helped them to pile the runs. Giving Kamran LBW by the other JOKER made Pakistan to lose their momentum for run chasing. Dont you have any code for umpires in ICC? Utterly worst umpiring.... they deliberately destroyed Pak. How Eng won the series? 1) playing 13 ( 11+2) 2) one sided media in Eng. 3) idiotic ICC. 4) influence of BCCI. BCCI and ICC are purposefully playing the game against Pak. Hey JASLOG... one ball/one wicket/one run can change the game upside down....u dont know that.....? That is cricket........

  • bumsonseats on September 23, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    i thought the time, when i was happy that an English summer of cricket would never happen. but this year it could not happen soon enough. also that the ECB would not allow another team to play neutral test matches would end. in a season were 5 one dayers are played in sept with 3 played as day/night matches as crazy. win the toss and win the match. in future they must be day matches if taking place at this time of year. has there been a series in this county against Pakistan were there has been trouble free not in the last 25 years that i remember. dpk

  • klobania on September 23, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    @pak fans lets celebrate how good cricketers our players are see how many indian fans commenting abt our match it showz they r desparate to see quality cricket u know likes of shoaib's pace n swinging yorkers of gul n huge sixes of afridi that is all missing in their cricket so do not worry whatever they comment just move on as inshallah pak will win world cup 2011 that is too in india. n what abt having a voting here that who deserves to be man of the series n nominees are billy doctrove, IJ GOuld, english media, english board, ICC (run by bcci ofcourse) n again billy doctrove for his consistency

  • scccHERO on September 23, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    well played england the best team one out eventually! ok it was a poor decision for k.akmal but out how long before he would throw it away!!!! the runs he scored was from extremly poor bowling. i think some pak fans comments are very ill advised, do they think ecb will offer them any more neutral venues? maybe they should start looking to zimbabwe and afganistan!!!!

  • on September 23, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    When one side wins by 120+ runs with 13 overs to spare I don't think one umpiring mistake can be the cause... Good contest over the 5 games, great cricket played, let's salute that and keep the focus on the world's greatest game please

  • ShKhan on September 23, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Yes Pakistan has a weak batting line-up that was always prone to failure when set up against the odds. Yes Swann bowled so beautifully that even a better batting line-up would have struggled against him. Yes Morgan's century was wonderful and the Pakistani bowlers did not bowl as well as they should have. Yes, england probably played better cricket on the day and deserved to win the match but none of that can erase the stigma of the horrid and blatantly biased umpiring on display. Sure Pakistan could have performed well enough to overcome the umpiring as they did in the matches before, but that doesn't change the fact that the umpires cheated. England's victory, therefore, is less judicious than Strauss would have you believe and shame on the entire english team for being proud of such a victory. Pakistan may not have deserved to win this match but they sure as hell deserved a fair chance. Billy doctrove and Ian gould ought to be banned for life, if, that is, justice is desired.

  • indoorminer on September 23, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    India trying to Pakistan cricket? I've heard it all now. Pakistan don't any help from India - they can manage it by themselves. And Pakistan supporters talking about biased umpires. The reason why we've got neutral umpires is because of your lot. Javed Miandad was ancient before he as ever even out LBW in his own country!! I like the Pakistan team, but many of the fans here are as ridiculous as their officials. So Akmal got a bad decision - so did Anderson bowling. I've seen teams - including England - get loads of howlers. You got one - get over it and learnt to lose with a bit of dignity. Pakistan had to contend with what Eng had to in the previous two day/nighters - that batting under floodlights in Sept in UK is difficult. Play in the day in future! Eng offered your country a cricketing lifeline, and more importantly many people here have sent money over to help with the disaster in your country and yet the anti-English sentiments here are unbelievable.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Broad took two wickets in two balls ...did he really bowl well? or the bookies did their part? hmm..who knows this was the final match in the tour and a last opportunity to make some money before leaving England

  • on September 23, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    THE UMPIRE WAS PAID..I WAS WATCHING THAT LIVE ON TV ..WHEN THEY WERE APPEALING FOR KAMRAN'S LBW...I KNEW THAT WAS A BIG INSIDE EDGE....BUT HOW CAN THE UMPIRE GIVE THAT OUT ....!

  • on September 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    THE UMPIRE WAS PAID..I WAS WATCHING THAT LIVE ON TV ..WHEN THEY WERE APPEALING FOR KAMRAN'S LBW...I KNEW THAT WAS A BIG INSIDE EDGE....BUT HOW CAN THE UMPIRE GIVE THAT OUT ....!

  • StarveTheLizard on September 23, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Under the current system, umpires really can't be censured for howlers. They can bumble on as long as they want. This English series didn't have the "two-referrals" system in place, which made things worse. It would have made things nasty for Strauss, I'm sure. The umpires would have looked pretty dumb as well.

    No series should be held without some technical assistance in place! Human error, on the part of the umpires is holding the game back!

    Oh yeah! Congratulations to the English team. Good luck in Oz. You'll need it.

  • usmanq4 on September 23, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Enough is enough! england won, well played! Goodluck for the ashes!. We have to stop with these accuses such as umpiring mistakes cost Pakistan, the main bowling attack was destroyed by the media etc etc. Its not going to achieve anything. The truth is Pakistan team showed fighting spirit to get the series 2-2, but England was the better team on the night. What now for Pakistan? They must reshuffle the administration… forget about the ICC, BCCI and ECB conspiracies … it may be true, it may not be true… but the fact is the PCB must be strong enough to deal with these allegations. Ijaz butt showed the world the clown he is and at the moment PCB are not as solid as they use to be. Also, can someone please explain j.trott actions to w.raiz? I don't understand why people are calling Pakistan a disgrace due to his actions. btw.. ICC PLEASE DONT BAN AMIR FOR LIFE, CLEARLY HE BEEN DRAGGED INTO THIS MESS. 1YR BAN IS JUSTICE FOR HIM NOT LIFE. anyways WELL PLAYED ENGLAND AND THANKS. GOD BLESS!

  • on September 23, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Congrats to English umpires to won the series for england! watch by urself:

    http://thecurrentaffairs.com/english-umpires-match-fixing-against-pakistan-cricket-videos.html

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 23, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Inshaallah..the fixers lost one more game. You gave good punishment for traitors.

  • rachits on September 23, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    oh my lord!! my ears hurt from all the shrill whining from the pak fans!! i dnt believe i have ever seen so many excuses coming up for a defeat...i'm from india, and we have our fair share of whiners...and we also blame the umpires in certain cases...but to say that u lost the series due to BCCI and IPL (as many posters hv stated) is hilarious!! its a conspiracy theory bordering on paranoia! own up to the incompetence of your batsmen and the useless catching and fielding. India is at number 1 right now, and cnt care less abt bottom feeders like pak, who we wont even be playing against (just as well, i say!!) here's another excuse for ya...your batsmen got weighed down by their beards, which skewed their center of gravity, which in turn impacted their footwork! :D

  • ROLAYH on September 23, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Good display overall from England, they deserved to win. The real difference was Morgan's inning. However considering the fact that Pakistan had very inexperienced team so cricket wise this tour can't be termed as complete disaster.

    Bowling Aussies out 6 times, created many batting collapses (had many against them too ... :-) ), Winning a test against England team. Brilliant fightback in ODIs.

    Pakistan need to forget off the field incidents of this tour and concentrate on further improving themselves against South Africa and Newzealand to perform their best in the upcoming World Cup.

    England need to protect Swaan, the way he is performing I think he'll be their trump card in the World Cup. They need to take good care of him so that he doesn't get injured in or before the big tournament.

  • Zorpian on September 23, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Congrats to England, Umpires have won the match for you convincingly

  • Hindh on September 23, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    What about this no pak has guts about this in 9 over of pak innings. 9.2

    Anderson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, 138.5 kph, huge appeal from Anderson for lbw...he implores Billy Doctrove but it's not-out call, maybe an edge? Nope, relays show it was two pads and that was plumb. Second one of those Doctrove has missed today

  • gnomeorram on September 23, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    It pains me to say it, but the simple fact is that the kneejerk tendency of some Pakistani cricket fans to cry 'cheat!', 'bias!', 'corruption!', 'conspiracy!' etc says nothing about the way cricket works in England and everything about their own values and expectations. Shame really.

  • abhi151515 on September 23, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    i thnk pakistan again had taken money frm the bookies and lost the matchhhhhh....... this is highly ridiculous .. if england win a hardfought match then they should be encouraged .... but the damn pakistanis have found a word "fixing" .. And its not good for cricket .. please ICC ban this pakis frm cricket ... then only cricket can be saved ... pls do it fasttttttttttttt ...

  • moh_adnan111 on September 23, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    England is not player with 11 player in this series they are playing with 13 player coz 2 umpires were also in their squard

  • lucy82 on September 23, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Pakistan lost to the better team, stop being bitter and move on.

  • vsvinuraj on September 23, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    USMAN-- not sure y u r crying..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7CjptAaT58 please see the link.. other than afridi, i believe evryone was out... there were 2/3 bowled.. 2 or 3 catches in slip and silly point... i hope u know the rules of cricket.... anywys its anytime better than Aquib Javed hatrick.....

  • KarachiKid on September 23, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Guys - dont forget Pakistan has been at the receiving end of 95% of umpiring howlers in these five ODI's. Even if we had lost today, we could surely have one AT LEAST one of the first two matches....Billy seems to be on ECB payroll...but yesterday's Kamran Akmal decision was the worst of the worst umpiring errors. I wonder why most of the umpires target Pakistan ?

  • on September 23, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    To be frank , Pakistan has done it so many times and it would not do any justice to the loss if we blame it on the poor decision of the umpire. It has become so much precitable their unpredicatability and their poor techniques in the batting became manifested once again. A cricketing team who aspire to become a world class cricket team bundles out in 120 odd runs and that too not a one off cases is very disheartening to note for the fans like me. Pakistan should pull up their socks , pick up their games or their aspirations will only become wishful thinking and over a period of time Pakistan will only be remembered as a country as any other country but not a country where and whose no 1 sport is cricket. Cricket will be forgotten by their people and fans alike.

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on September 23, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    england win because of Morgan & Swann... and poor batting of pakistan.. they have brilliant start... but how can a team losse from 70/1 to 130 all out... dats a shame

  • Imran_Panjwani on September 23, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Pakistan Lose the match due to umpiring error Paul Collingwood plumb out by Umer Gul but Billy not given that out and also kamran akmal get inside edge on the pad and umpire given that out Geo Pakistan Cricket Team and Afridi

  • vaks on September 23, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    pak couldn't win 5th odi even though dey tampered d ball.........hahahahaha

  • jaslog on September 23, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Why did pakistan Loose ? Ans :- Pakistan Lost because of following reasons.1)Umpires were paid By ICC,Bcci and the ECB 2) Aamir and Asif were purposely set into trap by BCCI and ECB.This is all we hear from miserable pak fans you dont have a solid reason for christ sake.You lost because your batsman cant bat your top order is hollow.Your Batsman cant even defend well,pakistan sly needs to think abt their batting woes.And if this behaviour of the PCB and Ejaz butt continues no country wud invite pakistan for a match its utterly ridiculous to say the least. And one decision Kamran Akmal LBW doesnt matter he would have threw his wicket in nxt 20 runs n e ways.

  • Aura123 on September 23, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    I wanted Pak to win but England played better cricket last night , specially Morgan was class. Marketing department must be thinking why not start Pak vs Eng Ashes in future

  • USMANJAVED on September 23, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    just i say that , there had been many factors , which harmed the GAME OF GENTLEMEN , but have anyone talked about the poor umpiring , causing the damage to the competition , if some player is found guilty for bowling or batting careless than what would you say about an umpire if he commit a wrong decision , i can code many examples here , Indian umpire jayperkash gave 5,6 wrong decisions against Pakistan team , which helped kumble to took 10 wickts in an test match inn , Billy Doctrove once commit a very very poor decision against Pakistan team , at the series decisive moment , he gave not out jimmy adams when he had a thick adage to keeper , lastly , i would recommend there are many umpires whose attitude is very very biased and suspicious in the ground

  • on September 23, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Haroon Langoat should quit. Indian board and current ICC chief should stop doing what they r trying to do to destroy pakistan cricket. Indians and pakistanis dont get along and the world knows about it. Indians banned pakistani players from IPL. Now that they r holding the top post in ICC they r doing their best to destroy pakistans cricket. BCCI & HAROON LARGOT QUIT DESTROYING THE PAKISTAN CRICKET. WE LOVE HOW THEY PLAY & WILL CONTINUE TO LOVE THEM. NO MATTER WHAT YOU GUYS DO. WE HATE U AND WE WANT THE END OF THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THEM.

  • TheSmudge on September 23, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    I managed to watch about 3/4 of the match live. The Kamran dismissal was certainly an umpiring howler and I really wish it hadn't happened. But I didn't see a match where Pakistan outplayed England and the only reason for their defeat was this one wicket and one in which the 120 run deficit would certainly have been overturned had the decision gone the other way. Am I posting on the wrong bulletin board? Were other watching a different match?

  • safwan_Umair on September 23, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    england played better cricket on the night.....but the umpiring was a disgrace, utter, total disgrace.....about time the PCB refuses to play when this hilly-billy clown is umpiring their matches!

  • monkeymayhem on September 23, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Hahaha!! Yeah the umpires cost Pakistan the win, by all 121 runs. No you lost because you can't handle pressure. Doctrove got 2 decisions wrong, one for each team!!

    A subcontinent side who can't handle spin on an English pitch!! Obviously the umpires fault??

    The 2 matches Pakistan won, Gul and Ajmal bowled brilliantly, the 3 they lost they bowled terribly. Great win England, all 3 formats and complete dominance over a poor side with little moral fabric.

  • DustyBin on September 23, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Pakistan collapsed from a position of strength, therefore a. they must have thrown the match for betting reasons OR b. in England in Autumn, the ball moves around prodigiously after dark when dew falls, which explains England's 2 losses when batting second..if you're Ijaz Butt then surely a. must be correct..Pakistan we love your players but your officials are a complete joke (as are those fans of yours that see bias in every corner)..get the great Imram Khan in charge of Pakistan cricket, you'd be taken seriously then, or risk being marginalised by the rest of the cricket world.

  • on September 23, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Well,

    First of all i would like to congratulate england umpires to win the match for england and then the england team, if 1 decision at critical situation of match can go in your favor, then whole match can be turned, what happened yesterday.

    I would say, this is a poor show of cricket, biased umpiring, one sided umpiring by english umpires, ICC is also biased and against Pakistan, ICC and ECB should be ashamed of their behaviour as if they want to give series to england then they could have given it without playing.

    Poor umpiring by english umpires, you should be ashamed of your characters, you english umpires. You are there in ground to judge decisions on merit rather than giving one sided decision.

    Shame on you english umpires...

  • mani419 on September 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Well most of the English supporter are supporting the fact that Kamran Akmals wrong dismissal whould bot have effected the outcome, and many others are also supporting the fact. But they are forgetting that most of the times it is the performane of one player that maeks a difference. Even in the English side, it was nly Morgan who performed, or Collingwood, who again scored 47 with the help of Umpires. Even today British media having no control over the Racist Nature, saying that Akhtar did Tempering!!! Gawd, for god sake, dont you guys have anything else to catch!!!

  • on September 23, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    i agreed with u espacially geetee ang Khurram. i want to add something in ur comments that InshaALLAH u'll see Pakistan will win World Cup 2011 with the help and Merci of ALLAH. we should have the faith that if ALLAH is with us, then no one can defeat or harm us or our country. we must support Pakistan. and again if there will fair play in coming world cup, then u'll see that InshaALLAH Pakistan will win that.

  • on September 23, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    BR Doctrove (West Indies) and IJ Gould (England ) Lead England to victory.

  • on September 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Cricinfo I'm Correcting One of your mistakes. It wasn't Morgan and Swann who Lead England to series glory. The Headline Of this page should be:

    BR Doctrove (West Indies) and IJ Gould (England) The two Umpires Lead England to victory.

    And I smell The 5th One Day was fixed. ECB & ICC probarbly paid the umpires to do what they dad the worst possible umpiring in the history of world cricket in this series. And I have proof.

    The proof is BR Doctrove (West Indies) received the present from ECB for his 100th odi standing. Good job billy. Atleast ur greatful to ur masters(who slaved you for years).

  • vaks on September 23, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Congratz to england...pak fans will never accept defeat...hahaha.....lol...once a jack fruit fell down n a rabbit died...bad luck for rabbit....hehehe...pak victories were like dat...hahahaha....lol..but a rabbit won't die everytime a jack fruit falls.....

  • mani419 on September 23, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    The way english media and the ECB have defended Trott's Racist attitude, I wonder had this been vise versa, with Wahab showing attitude, ECB and Media would have created a Big Havoc. Since they were at fault, the incident received a Normal Rating. The kind of umpiring, even Nasser Hussain was compelled to say that Pakis have been unlucky with the umpiring. The only point is why does Pakis tour to England are given this ugly face everytime. WHy not at other venues! Its just that Pakis bowlers have always disturbed the ENglish Team, and Media, which is evident from Bothams remarks. Humilation of 92 world cup final is still surrounding him. In the end, I would say apart form all the controversies created by the media and ICC, it was a good tour and ENglish tema undoubtedly perform well. Swann, Morgan, Strauss did perform well. Their team played unitedly and they deserve the credit, even though they have received full sport from Umpires, ICC and Media.

  • A.CRICKET.LOVER on September 23, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    NO DOUBT ENG PLAYED VERY WELL AND THEY DESERVE TO BE WINNER, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I LIKED THE WAY MORGAN PLAYED, AND AS FOR STRUSS, I DID SEE THE LACK OF SPORTSMEN SHIP IN THIS FELLOW, BCOZ EVERY TIME HE SCORED RUNS, HE WAS AWARDED BY UMPIRES, EVEN WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT BEHIND WAS DID NOT WALK TO PAVILION WHICH IS QUITE DISAPPOINTMENTS.

    PAK PLAYED NOT WELL BUT KEEPING IN VIEW ALL THE PROBLEMS THEY FACED I THINK THEY PLAYED FAIR ENOUGH BUT THEY MUST LEARN HOW TO STAY AT WICKET,

    MOREOVER, ICC BIG GUNS SHOULD BE STEPPED DOWN DUE TO LACK OF ABILITIES, THE WAY THEY HANDLED THE SPOT FIXING ISSUE, REALLY DEMAGED THE REPUTE OF THE GAME, LET SPOOSE IF THE BANNED PAKI PLAYERS ARE NOT INVOLVED IN SPOT FIXING, THEY MIGHT BE CLEARED BY ICC BUT THE GAME RESULT WHICH HAS BEEN PLAYED, CAN NOT BE CHANGED.

    IN THE END, I MUST SAY, SWANN BOWLED REALLY WELL AND DESERVES TO BE CHEERED.

    I WISH TO SEE SOME GOOD IN NEAR FUTURE !

    COMMENTS WIL BE AWAITED !

    REGARD * A CRICKET LOVER

  • mani419 on September 23, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Finally the tense season has come to an end. It was a good start in the beginning but with the British media showing their Hostil and Bias nature, has definitely change the mood. Though thanks ot ECB for thier full sport but Ijaz Butt remarks have definitely ruined the relations.It was not a Paki English series, infact Paki versus ECB, ICC, Umpires and the Hostile British emdia. British media has always shown the same hostility for Pkais even since 80s. When Ws were doing Reverse Swing, it ws Ball tempering, but when English learnt it, it became an art and ENglsh bowler bestowed with this wisdom, is treatd as God. My full applauds to Pkais for putting up such a good show emid the hostile attitude of ICC, Umpires leading by the British media. They hav undoubtly strong Nerves. otherwise as the English side was shaken by Ijazz Butt and Strauss himself admitted that this incident has disturbed the whole team. What bout Pakistanis who are being constantly disturbed by the Hostile Media.

  • A.CRICKET.LOVER on September 23, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    WELL, AS A CRICKET LOVER I LOVE TO WATCH ANY PLAYER ANY TEAM PLAYING GOOD CRICKET, THAT'S WHY I LOVE TO WATCH CHRIS GYALE, CAMRON WHITE, ADAM GHILCHRIST, BRAIN LARA, SAEED ANWAR, HANSEY CRONEAY, GIBBS, SACHIN, ETC

    IN BOWLING SIDE, I LOVE TO WATCH WASIM AKRAM, MURLITHERN, MACGRATH, MUHAMMAD AMIR, MUHAMMAD ASIF, COUTNY WASH, AMBROSS, ETC.

    IN RECENT SERIES BETWEEN PAK & ENG, I AM VERY MUCH DISAPPOINTED BY THE POOREST DECISIONS MADE BY UMPIRES, WHICH HAS EFFECTED THE TASTE OF CRICKET, I WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE YOU FRIENDS THAT UPCOMING SERIES BETWEEN ENG & AUS, THE TOP CLASS UMPIRES WILL BE SELECTED TO SUPERVISE THE MATCH, WHICH IS QUITE FAIR ENOUGH, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO RECENT SERIES I DONT KNOW HOW DID ICC MAKE THE SELECTION OF THESE SUB STANDARD UMPIRES, CAN ANY ONE TELL ME ABOUT IT?

  • on September 23, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    I am a big fan of Cricket but for last one year I noticed that International cricket is in the hands of Indian & English lobby including ICC,ECB and BCCI. ICC is getting most of the sponsors by Indian lobby that is why no action takes against this politics. I think if ICC can not take action against these politics and also can't get sponsors from every part of world, the time is coming very fast when nobody will be fan of Cricket. As far as 5th ODI concerned every cricket fan easily decided the bad decisions of English Empires if the Empires took neutral and fair decisions then the match result definitely in the favor of Pakistan.

  • on September 23, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    gud win by banglore..i think petersn or morgan wld have made the team much stronger,,can;t think the same about White who despite being such a dangerous hitter of the Aussie team never seemed chargd playng for banglore..maybe his heart still wid Victoria..Pterson was always involvd.....leavg White wld be a better option for Petersn or even Morgan who is so innovative ......

  • -Aila- on September 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    hahahaha I am really laughing at some Pakistan fans. Pakistan have lost and they start crying about the K. Akmal decision straight away. Surely, it was a shocker. No URDS is horrible.

    But as expected, they simply forget another shocker a few moments before --> when Mohammad Hafeez was PLUMB lbw and given not out. I don't hear any whining about that?

    So, no you didn't lost because Kamran was given out. You lost because Pakistan were not good enough.

  • on September 23, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    baseless facts and needless blames....never accept faults....whn will people stop supporting the uncapables..........feel sorry for the pakistan supporters.

  • jtstriker9 on September 23, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    A great series with lots of drama!! Superb innings from Morgan, showed the others how it should be done. Can't wait to have KP back, i think we missed him in the middle order. This form of the game is more suited to his style. The only sour point for me is how short-sighted the PCB are. Pakistan are not allowed to play international matches at home, England do them a favour and they are repaid by Afridi's terrible attitude. Lets not forget his 'ball-biting' incident in Australia. Get off your high horse Boom Boom and get back to doing what you do best, smashing cricket balls outta the park......

  • on September 23, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Well done pakistan well played.I have never seen a bad umpiring like this by ICC umpires.man of the series is belly and other english umpire.they cant stop emerging pakistan through these things.well played Afridi and his boys

  • on September 23, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Umpires made 2 grave mistakes which were in favor of England this match. If the referral system was in place it would have been a different story with K. Akmal continuing from 41 and Collingwood our for 3 or so. Also Struass's century in a earlier match was made after a glaring umpiring error, if not for that Pakistan would won that match and it would have been 4-1 or 3-2 in favor of Pakistan. Were umpires bribed by England is the burning question. I am a Sri Lankan by the way.

  • on September 23, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    "WELL DONE PAKISTAN YOU THE BIG HEART AND PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT ONLY GOOD HOST BUT WONDERFUL GUEST AS WELL" So Asif Iqbal, you think this? pakistan have brought the most controversy over to england for a summer again! yesi say again because last time your guys came over your team were cheating then, now they are fixing the games, and worse spilling out totally unjust accusations about the england team fixing. Nobody wants to play in pakistan, and i can see why, and as far as great guests go, im glad they are getting on that plane, good riddance! I also see the usual "its the umpires fault" as an excuse again too

  • cricpolitics on September 23, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Pakistan has done reasonabley well in this long and harsh England tour. No one had given them a chance to win any matches there but they have proven everyone wrong. Their performance is even more commendable considering all the off field attacks by the notorious and scandal hungry British media. Everyone was predicting 15-0 whitewash but it turned out to be 6-9 for Pakistan. Winning two T20 and a test against Australia, and winning one test and two one dayers against England under toughest conditions and even with under strength team in the ODI series is not bad at all. Let's forget about England now and get ready for the South Africa series.

  • cricpolitics on September 23, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Thank God the series is over. The British media has broken all the records of morality this time around and has shown no shame in defaming a visiting team. Pakistan should think twice before making England as their neutral home. Job well done Umpires rather than England. You would see this English team being whipped in Australia in couple of months. After seeing England's performance in this series now I don't think that Ricky Ponting's prediction of a 5-0 was all that far off.

  • Cricfan27 on September 23, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Congratulations England! But if a key player at a moment is unjustly punished the whole game's course flows in reverse direction. For example the Fifa world-cup's Serbia versus Germany. And umpiire Ian Gould and Billy Doctrove know that very well.

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Eoin morgan will be a agreat player........

  • geetee10 on September 23, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Reasons why Pakistan lost (1). Umpires were bought, (2). BCCI influenced the result, (3). Voodoo spell cast on Pakistani players, (4). Pitch was mysteriously damaged during innings break .............. As long as the pakistanis do not accept the one real reason, i.e they were outplayed by a better team, they are going to end up in the bottom of the heap, if they are not already there. A bunch of childish, whining, ungrateful supporters, hope they are not accorded the decency of being hosted by any other country in the future.

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    The end result was win by England, no doubt that Eion Morgan bat superbly and Pakistani fielders did the fielding of such class for which they are known. But I am really feeling sorry for England players ECB and English fans who are very happy and celebrating the victory of One Day series with courtesy of both the Umpires who also tried to do the same thing in 4th ODI but did not achieve something good but in final match they dominated all the Pakistani and English players. Well done Pakistan, all the teams face the opposition of 11 players but Pakistani team last night face 13 players opposition two of them were dressed in red jackets by mistake, they should wear English team uniform so that Pakistani players mentally prepared not to appeal from them. I have never seen such kind of poor umpiring by ICC umpires, which forced us to think that they done it on behalf of ECB and ICC. I am challenging the world that no one can stop the Pakistani cricket by such kind of stupid acts. God ble

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Yeh i agree with the Pak_Tigers that originally the person you should be declare as Men of Match and Men of the series are Billy and all English Umpires who contributed 100% for the wining of England team. I also like to add here that England Team will be punished in Australia and Australia will win the series of Ashies.

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Yeh i agree with the Pak_Tigers that originally the person you should be declare as Men of Match and Men of the series are Billy and all English Umpires who contributed 100% for the wining of England team. I also like to add here that England Team will be punished in Australia and Australia will win the series of Ashies.

  • Asif_Iqbal on September 23, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    England must be thanks to Pakistan as Pakistan gives all the luxuries to their two key unfit players to play the game, and I'm not surprise neither English commentator nor English media notice this or say a single word about this. If Pakistan play with two unfit players then they all making notice and reminding us the rule of the game that if a player caring the injury before the game can't be take luxury of injured Player but if apposite captain allow they can. WELL DONE PAKISTAN YOU THE BIG HEART AND PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT ONLY GOOD HOST BUT WONDERFUL GUEST AS WELL

  • BMDeep on September 23, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Thnx, Its all over.. Admist the umpiring rows, a brilliant one day innings was left back.One should acclaim Morgan for his excellent innings under pressure, cool and composed. I personally want to mention something about RED37 who is very critical about his views. If u r a real fan of pakistani cricket, pray for them so that they cud come out of the evil shackles of shameless board members who r misleading its own cricket players to doom. I really wonder whether Pakistan has never been favoured with faulty umpiring decisions? C'mon..Its all part of the game and i pity the person who commented that the toss was rigged, if it so, then wat about the earlier 2 matches? The better team has won and thats all it have to be. lastly, no one would disagree with the amount of talent Mohd Aamer had it was his own fault who kept his bright cricketing career back of some filthy easy earning money. some ppl here are absolutely insane.. God, plzz save this game.

  • Manningham on September 23, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    THE UMPIRING WAS ATROCIOUS AND BIASED! THE CURRENT BUNCH OF ENGLAND UMPIRES ARE SECOND RATE (AT BEST) AND DOCTROVE SHOULD BE RETIRED (AS HE'S OBVIOUSLY PAST HIS SELL-BY DATE). IN THE SAME VEIN IJAZ BUTT (THE IDIOTIC OLD FOOL) SHOULD EITHER APOLOGISE IN PUBLIC OR HAVE HIS PANTS SUED OFF.

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    well done english team.it could be 3-2 win for you but you must thank to doctrove,who has been with any team who plays against pakistan,especially when england is playing with pakistan.who will forget the test match when darell hare and doctrove created history of worst empiring and partiality...why dont you accept the empiring which helped you to win as many as three matchs in this series.you people can never play neutral cricket....

  • hero09 on September 23, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    PAKISTAN PLAYED BAD CRICKET.UMPIRING WAS VERY LOW STANDARD.I AM GLAD THAT THE 2011 WORLD CUP WILL HAVE UDRS.AND AFRIDI PLEASE TRY TO LEARN THAT HOW TO PLAY SPIN

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Englands Celebrating its Success in taking 3 of our players out and adding 2 umpires to the squad..wonder if theyd want the umpires to travel with the squad for the Ashes as well...Lousy one time winners in 250 years of cricketing History..PROPER UPSTARTS...Just cant get over the fact that how theyve forgotten there own cricketing History and feel they are world beaters...Thank God the Pakistan team is coming back home before Trott went to JAIL ahahahahah That wouldve been so funny :P Fugitive !!!

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    I am a big fan of Cricket but for last one year I noticed that International cricket is in the hands of Indian & English lobby including ICC,ECB and BCCI. ICC is getting most of the sponsors by Indian lobby that is why no action takes against this politics. I think if ICC can not take action against these politics and also can't get sponsors from every part of world, the time is coming very fast when nobody will be fan of Cricket. As far as 5th ODI concerned every cricket fan easily decided the bad decisions of English Empires if the Empires took neutral and fair decisions then the match result definitely in the favor of Pakistan.

  • shigri on September 23, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Dear Miller, With full of respect I want to tell you, I read all your articles in this ODI series and I'm very grate full after read'g these one sided articles. If England lose you just discuss the weakness of English player you never discuss the out stand'g and superb deliveries of of Gul and Ajmal in you all privous and current article. And if England win you just named only one paragraph for Pakistan and remain'g article the great English player's have been taken. It show the nature of your English press and electronic media. At the end me from Pakistan thanks for all England fans and England for play'g with us.

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I think a couple of the Pakistani supporters need a reality check. Yes there was one very bad decision in this game but its extremely unlikely that Kamran Akmal would have made up the 120 runs required to make the difference. It was England's game and anyone not supremely biased would realise this.

    Umpiriing decisions unfortunately go both ways - they're only human - so all you people calling the conspiracy really ought to get real and stay quiet.

    You feel people are at Pakistan - the reality is that everyone has been very supportive up until the point where the PCB chairman made some entirely juvenile and offensive comments. Seriously it was school playground stuff. Despite all this it was an excellent one day series and hugely enjoyable.One positive is that at least this crisis has brought the Pakistani's together as previously they resembled a team made up of individuals.If they can stay as committed to each other and remain professional, avoid controversy - poss excellent side.

  • on September 23, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    England won the match just because of umpire support....

  • DINESHCC on September 23, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    What to say? A full strengh Eng team struggled to beat highly inexperienced pakistan team that too in their own soil. Had Amir & Asif played we could see a 5-0 white wash. Pak XI lost to Eng XIII 2-3 margin

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    cricket is clean until the tainters play again at neutral venues...england wont host them for home away from home matches because of spot fixings.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on September 23, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Some of the comments by Pakistani supporters are honestly plain amusing. The conspiracy theory ranting I read reminds me of similar conspiracy theories we Indians used to conjure up in the 80s or 90s everytime anything went wrong- including the performance of our cricket team. With passage of time and improved circumstances, its plain to see that we did badly as a team and as a nation simply because we weren't good enough. Its about time Pakistanis too got over the persecution complex and faced harsh reality.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 23, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    what ijaz butt would say now?

  • cricarch on September 23, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I wish the series was discarded after the controversy, to save the sports but management thought otherwise. And here is the result, instead of appreciating player's efforts, people are making excuses and blaiming umpires!! Well done England, and good luck Pakistan!

  • DINESHCC on September 23, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Red37 what you have written I don't understand. Please write your comments in English

  • Trickstar on September 23, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    @ Acting_Career What a load of rubbish,if there is one person who has acted with class through out this,it is Strauss.But you wouldn't know nothing about that.How would you have reacted if the roles would have been reversed and England had been invited over to Pakistan to play and were then caught cheating,but even after that, have the cheek to start calling your hosts names and just generally been rude about the teams fans, country, just generally everything. I tell you what you would want to do to such a team, you would want to burn them alive and call them every name under the sun..It's about time you looked in the mirror and thought, is it us that is wrong,but I suppose that would be too easy,I mean some one below says England only won because of ICC and the Indians,maybe it's because you can't bat and made lots of records for worst dismissals in tests then followed it up in the T20's,5 times bowled out for less than 100.Some Pakistani fans are just straight up conspiracy nuts.

  • on September 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    English Players are making a fool of themselves by considering themselves a better team, instead they should be thanking ICC Management and their Umpires who seem to be the worst in every respect. Strauss;s melodrama about justice dosent make any sense nor does it seem to impress anyone. Its been a shameful tour for English media, team and the true and ugly face of ICC has been exposed. Lets see for how long they can keep Pakistan Cricket at Bay. Be aware of these cornered tigers, we will fight back.

  • ABeautiulMind on September 23, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Pakistan played well against BAD umpiring!!!!!. On behalf of English Team I pay salute to all umpires. I also extend my gratitude to english media for putting so much enegy and fabricating whole drama of SPOT FIXING. Still Pakistan is Pakistan we have servived more than this .. we will come out of this walking TALL. In the last ... Thanks to our neighbours for helping their britain lords.

  • on September 23, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    I feel there should have been more words about Collingwood, who amidst migraine created an awesome partnership that set the score for England and created a stunner to get the first wicket for England.

  • m.usmanaleem on September 23, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    ya England were playing with 13 players 11 in team and 2 of empires. they really did a wonderful job for English team, and took aprox 5 or 6 wickets in this series.

  • tpjpower on September 23, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Why are so many of the Pakistani fans on here so determined to undermine England's victory? Firstly, to accuse the English team OR the umpires of cheating is completely hypocritical given Pakistan's recent behaviour. A less mature and forgiving team than England would have refused to play a team so badly tarnished by match-fixing allegations. Furthermore, the Pakistan team were accepted into the UK as guests, and given the chance to resurrect their international prospects thanks to a generous ECB programme; the damage to Pakistan's reputation as an international team is COMPLETELY down to the Pakistan players and management, and has nothing whatsoever to do with their hosts. Guys, please: pull your heads in and acknowledge that Pakistan really, really didn't deserve to win this series.

  • Thirdman3 on September 23, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Man of the series" Strauss" Oh! no why not Umpires.. To hindh88 Eng were lucky they have umpires on their side otherwise results were 0-5.. Because of Evidence of match fixing three pakistani players were out of the game.. But we have the evidence of Strauss cheating in the second match he is not a good sportman and he should learn from the young Pakistani player who left the ground without waiting for umpires decision on very minor deflections..Victory only give pleasure when opponent accept it and it is thru fair game.. I think if you want to give this award to any player except Strauss or well deserved umpires Emorgan is the right person or Pakistani bowler because they have to clean bold the players to avoid umpires wrong decisions.. Play fair cricket otherwise ICC should be band. its just like WWF where everything is drama and now in cricket everything is drama only Pakistani players are not responsible for it last five matches are the evidence of ICC & ECB cheatings..

  • A.R.Zaidi on September 23, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Ahhhhh! after Constant, Hair, its was turn of Billy Doctrove and Ian Gould to snatch away a match from Pakistan. We all are stunned by decisions of Collingwood and Kamran. Just dream a bit about English writers nailing Shakoor Rana who was a more dignified person as compared to Billy and Gould. I can simply request ICC to go through the comments given by former England captains on these two decisions and then tell us if the match was not fixed. Both decisions were crucial and they spoiled the match for Pakistan. Mr Strauss, Justice has been done but u will repent on this fixed match by umpires at Rose Bowl and u will see Aussies won't let u do the same in Down Under. Pakistan was unlucky to play against 13 English players. What a way to rig the match, who will investigate the umpires, the hand in glove ICC? Can i know who was ur Mazhar Majeed? I suspect whole British media played Mazhar Majeed. Where r those now who give us sermons of morality? This victory stinks!

  • Morpheus100 on September 23, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Here is why Pakistan lost the game

    !) no unity amognst players 2) lack of planning by the captian, and know how about how to apply pressure 3) good performance from morgin and swan 4) three umpiing decions against pakistan

    btw i have never seen such pathetic umpiring in my life pakistan has been singled out and leftout to dry

    i suggest pakistan leave this corrupt ICC which only supports Australia/Eng for power and india for money

    the rest of the teams are just out there to please the above

  • Mahesh4811 on September 23, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Fixing team like pakistan doesn't deserves even 3-2 scoreline. Their own opener hameed said that all their matches are fixed. See some of the catches/stumpings missed by akmal in sydney test. Pakistan supporters must hate all of these fixers, because they are being cheated by these fixers. Instead, they are supporting them. This support encourages the fixers more, because they know they'll be supported by their fans and they continue to cheat. Some people are saying if 3 banned 'players' were playing, it would have been tough for England. But 3 of them, are they 'Players?' no, they are 'Fixers.' Pakistan supporters must not encourage bad things.

  • on September 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Thank god this tour is over. And let me tell u guys, like some other fans I also dont have any inclination to watch any match Pakistan plays in any more. I know some of you would say they are very talented team and cricket will be less interesting without them, but I would prefer that dull cricket over an interesting cricket which has WWE feel to it. I am a fan of cricket before being a fan of any particular team or player.

    As Ian Chappell said if a player once gets in the clutches of fixers than he will never be able to free himself from them. and while many pak fans are in denial mode, we have jsut about enough evidence to not trust many (if not all) in this pak team.

  • on September 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    9.2 Anderson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, 86.0 mph, huge appeal from Anderson for lbw...he implores Billy Doctrove but it's not-out call, maybe an edge? Nope, relays show it was two pads and that was plumb. Second one of those Doctrove has missed today

  • Alchemy on September 23, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    @ Fatfingers, you people are bad losers..., shame on BR Doctrove and IJ Gould, you forgot the plumb LBWs of Collingwood and Eion Morgan, not given out by these two assistants, as Ramiz said tight wides (clearly hitting the Morgan's thigh pad), unnecessary warnings to Pakistan players for their 'confrontation' with Eng team but nothing for Stupid Broad. Well done Pakistan, and thanks to conspiracies, Pakistan team has reunited and i pray these sentiments last long...

  • boom1000 on September 23, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    When the game was going on I posted a comment "Sure England was going to win this match and the series with help of umpires", but cricinfo did not bother to post my comments"

  • VivaVizag on September 23, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Truth won, Justice delivered!

  • Pakirulzz on September 23, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    England won... lolz... Umpires were the main difference in pak-eng odi series.. England won jst becoz of umpires.. one thing more england have no players.. Troot nd pietrsen african players... Morgan irish player.. swap these players wht u hv in team imagine.. shame on eng media....

  • Krish987 on September 23, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Well done England!!! Bravo!!! It would be better if it was 5-0. But no problem, very soon Pak cricket team will be banned from ICC as they are the shame for the whole sporting world. i advise Pak team management to introduce a course of ETHICS for the players.

  • on September 23, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Thank god the series is Over and I hope neutral series are discontinued .

  • vinmon143 on September 23, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    pakistan spoiled the spirit of 'ATHITHI DEVO BHAVAH' (guests are none but god).I have never seen any visiting team behaving the way this so called green team did.One thing is proved never give your home to them,them will rape its sanctity by misdeeds..Ijaj Butt..ufff my god..does he have brain?..congrats to england..they were so disturbed but performed when really required..heloo britishers never make your land a second home for them..

  • BigApple on September 23, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    A precedant has been set... Use any of the tabloids to accuse the home team of match fixing... start an inquiry and send their key players back home... extend the inquiry till the end of the series... if that doesnt work, buy the umpires..lf the players turn out to be innocent and sue the press, how much would they have to pay for the damages? 100k, 200k? At the end of the day, its a pretty good bargain..

  • BigApple on September 23, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    The series didnt mean much once two spearhead bowlers i.e. Amir and Asif were sent back home on account of match fixing allegations. If they had been in the team, then the English victory would have meant something. At least it would have been called a true competition of balanced sides and it would have been a FAIR and SQUARE victory. The umpiring also played a huge role in the 4th one day as well as the 5th one day. The cricketers are forced to respect umpires such as Billy Doctrove whose character can be judged from the last test match between Pakistan and West Indies when Jimmy Adams captained the West Indian side. The Man of the Match was clearly Billy Doctrove there. Anyways, a precedent has been set by England. When things look bleak for them, ask a tabloid to accuse the home team of match fixing to bring the whole team in pressure. Even if the home team sues the news paper, how much would they have to pay 100k, 200k? At least their star performers would be eliminated. Pathetic.

  • on September 23, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Before all you English fans get all excited, you should be thanking the empires rather than thanking Morgan for today's game. Umpires were with the English team through out the ODI series as we all know.

    Special thanks to Umar Gul, Pakistan won the 3rd and 4th ODI's by shattering the stumps or else Umpires would have turned those decisions against them as well. If the Umpires are paid by England, what can your opposition do.. nothing really to be honest.

  • ADB1 on September 23, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Thank God that's over. At last we can bid farewell to this Pakistani team and their legion of whining, persecution complex-afflicted fans (the gentlemanly Mansoor Iqbal and a few others notwithstanding). Let's hope you don't darken Albion's shores again - the UK can do without such ungrateful guests. And when you go, can you take your Low Comissioner with you?

  • Acting_Career on September 23, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Strauss justice talk is nothing but rubbish and it shows his actual face. He hates the entire Pak team. Why in the world Billy Doc and Gould are allowed to become umpire at this level? Billy is one of the worst umpire who makes at least 2 bad decisions in every game. This English team is average and if Amir and company were allowed to play the results would have been 5-0. The Ashes will be a very different story. This English team can not win in Australian condition. Shame on English press and English team for playing a very negative role. I must praise the English supporter who were able to see through the dirty politics and supported Pakistani team. Butt head actually damaged Pak cricket team more than anything else. This guy should be out of his job.

  • on September 23, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    i am a fan of pak cricket team and i am also pakistani.i woould say openly england win all the 3 formats by cheating they were helped by icc and indian cricket board.the spot fixing allegations were implemented by the people who dont see pakistan going up in the ratings.IPL is the place where black money is converted into white money why ICC dont take any action there and also no player is asked for his dope test while the tournament is underway.and when england lost the 4 ODI strauss said we can't concentrate on the game because of PCB chairman's statement.y no one ask them what pak has been through due to the spot fixing allegations.our attack was demolished and still the momentum cannot be set...ICC,ECB and BCCI all r cheaters...

  • Hindh on September 23, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Congrats england and what a slap on the face for some who were saying they could not beat this sloppy pak team. Pak were lucky they won 2 tosses or else it wud have been 5-0.

  • fatfingers on September 23, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Why is there so much animosity on here from Enam, Red and Asra? The article clearly mentions Kamran's bad decision, but one bad decision isn't why Pakistan got hammered. England won comfortably because they were the better team, 3-2 is the right scoreline I think for the series.

  • cyniket on September 23, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    There are some seriously one eyed comments on here. Pakistan got beaten by 120 runs, that is a massive margin in an odi. Moaning about umpiring is sour grapes. It was clear that pakistan were reaping the advantage of bowling under lights in the previous two matches, then england showed just how big the gap is between these two teams. If you're honest with yourselves, Pakistan were already starting to struggle before Akmal was out, they were clearly outplayed by a much better team, that has outplayed them in every department of every format.

  • simon_w on September 23, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    @Red37 - thanks for your contribution. Don't come again, will you.

  • pk_cric_rox on September 23, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    england team should throw a huge huge party for umpires.without those umpires england was easily down 3-1 before start of today's match. only 2 english players deserve any appreciation. swann and morgan. infact one english n one irish player :P

  • PAK_TIGERS on September 23, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Job well done to ENglish man for winning the TEAM and I am congraulating the entire 13 players ( 11 in blue shirts and 2 in Red).. I think instead of Morgon Doctrov should of been man of the match and man of the series. I know the got that wrong other then that every thing was in line ! Miller I like you articles but this one you didnt mentioned anything about akmal out.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 23, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    STRAUSS THANKS UMPIRES FOR JUSTICE DONE.

  • SurlyCynic on September 23, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    The only conclusion one can reach is that the umpires were obviously mentally disturbed by Ijaz Butt's accusations. And don't get me started on that grassy knoll.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 23, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    @RED37. All wrong dude, better team lost due to 9-1 umpiring errors. Strauss must be feeling being in a casino winning a lottory as each of his big innings was awarded to him by biased umpires. 3 biased decisions in the last ODi made it possible for England to call them winners. What you think would have been England total if Morgan was wrongly given out while on 15, if Paul Collingwood had been rightly given out when he was LBW with ball hitting midle of the midle stump and if Kamran was not given out wrongly.

  • eire on September 22, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    As an irish fan i always initially marvel at morgan's brilliance but then feel annoyed & little upset at the system that allows him to play for another country. Also i couldnt help grind my teeth when the sky commentators were asking him if he enjoyed his 1st summer of international cricket, it felt like they were saying 'Are u glad u joined us & turned ur bak on ur country'.....However he is a class player& an exceptional talent &i wish him all the best in the future...i just hope he eventually puts sumthin bak into irish cricket or in the immediate future speaks out against the injustice that is the current proposals for the 50over world cup.....Also didnt watch all the game today but collingwood was plumb lbw n not given out, disgraceful decision

  • Zahidsaltin on September 22, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Every English man knows that only reason for Englands wins are umpires who were bought to fix in englands favour or they just were mentally on Englands side after all the things that were going on around pakistan cricket. Strauss' every big innings was offered to him in a plate. Last ODI had 3 umpiring favours to England. When umpiring errors go in one teams favour by figures of 9-1 than there is something wrong going on. Haroon Lorgat are u insane to see that. Pakistan could have easily won this series by 4-1. WHEN AN ENGLISH UMPIRE CAN'T SEE A BALL HITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF STUMP, MEASURED FROM ALL CORNORS AND DOESN'T GIVE THAT OUT, AND WHEN HE CAN'T SEE A BAT&PAD WHICH FAN COULD SEE FROM LAST ROW OF SEATS THAN SOME ONE HAS TO INVESTIGATE THIS CHEAT. SHAMEFULL ACTS OF UMPIRES.

  • chakay-pay-chaka on September 22, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Pakistan may have their faults but nothing seems to go their way when it comes to umpiring, does it? While Collingwood is given not out plumb LBW, Kamran, in form & batting like a king is adjudged LBW after a massive inside edge. Surely, that was the turning moment of the match. England played well to win but I wonder how well they would have done without poor umpiring (who would deny the value of a Review system in ODI's after this series which has seen howlers against Pakistan???) & a depleted Pakistan bowling attack.

  • pyramidz on September 22, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I was hoping for a more competetive match, but there were a no of reasons pakistan lost. i.e poor umpiring doctrove :S captaincy shahid afridi should have applied pressure on new batsmen morgan & collingwood with fast bowlers instead of using spin to allow them to settle in. least not razzaqs batting order, although he can be useful in the lower order like in 3rd ODI, however today he was left stranded before the real hitting began. Perhaps pakistan could promote him up the order as a free hitting aggressive batsmen. I dont think pakistan have utilised him well compared to how hampshire and dominic cork applied him. Scandal or no scandal, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ODIs & it looked real enough for me

  • Assasinator_007 on September 22, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Here we go again...all pakistan fan winching about one poor decision.I admit that was poor and bad but what 9 other players in the squad...what about Afridi,Yousuf,u akmal...no one score and thats the reason you lost. Just Admit rather making stupid excuses.

  • khalidSami on September 22, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Congratulations to the English Team on this victory. Their fielding, catching, Morgan's batting and Swan's spin attack was tremendous and deserve the victory. I think the winning of the toss was indeed a great psycholigical edge for Strauss's men and with Morgan's century it was tough for the Pakistanis and they lost the match.

    The umpiring was poor throughout the ODI series and Pakis was mostly on the wrong side of them. The Pak board should never play a match without UDRS system. They suffered in Asia Cup, Australia and now in this ODI series. India has money, Australia and England have powers, Sri Lanka are good hosts, the umpires also know which Boards they need to please.

    Finally, there is lot to learn from this series in preparation for the World cup. Yusuf is done. Shoaib may lose weight and improve fielding. Razzak bowling and fielding is bad, can he make the team on batting. U Akmal needs break from cricket and whole team needs catching,fielding and diving practice.

  • manasvi_lingam on September 22, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    The overall margin of defeat was over 120 runs. Even if Kamran Akmal had been given not out, it wouldn't have made much of a difference. The better team won the match and the series.

  • on September 22, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Mhmmmmm. One wonders how much the umpires must've earned for umpiring today's match right to England's favour.

  • VivaVizag on September 22, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Thank GOD this series is over.

  • PCB420 on September 22, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    England got lucky with the umpiring decisions. Otherwise it would have been 4-1 for Pakistan. It seems countries that win based on wrong umpiring decisions are resisting to implement review system-what a shame-I can no believe that in the series 10-12 umpiring decisions went in favor of England and same number to Australia-does it mean umpires are cheating or just doing it deliberately. Some one has to answer this.

    Well played Pakistan despite all the opposition.

  • 2.14istherunrate on September 22, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Well done England! Thank God there were no new controversies. Set against the cricket these awesomely tedious matters are doubly irksome. Maybe one day there will be a non-controversial series against Pakistan!! Cloud cuckoo land maybe, but a just and necessary thought, given that the cricket itself is always rivetting. Morgan is a great entertainer,full of invention so I was really happy he made a ton, and Swann as ever is compelling viewing. Beating Yousuf through the gate and then Afridi was really special.

  • KSidd on September 22, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Series is done and England came out winner....at what cost? No one will ever want to talk about that...poor umpiring or I'd say umpires were also paid? ICC wake up and scrutinize your umpires too....Bravo to biased English media and Mr Miller from Cricinfo...at least you should have been honest in mentioning the bad decisions....Good luck to Pakistan in getting back to the form and ALAS cricket has lost a lot of credibility :(

  • on September 22, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Pakistanis have exceptional talent in not only controlling their own batting, fielding and bowing but also its opponents (in this case our Englishmen) batting, bowling and fielding, oh before I forget they also made sure the umpire I mean the English umpire give Kamran Akmal OUT. What a ridiculous series this became, and thE English found a new Gospel truth in the tabloisd stories...

  • on September 22, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Mansoor Iqbal,

    Thanks for your sportsmanlike congratulations of England. What has gone on over this summer is very sad, but the relations between the fans have been very good throughout, and in spite of everything, I look forward to Pakistan (under a new PCB chairman, hopefully) returning to these shores in the future.

  • gudolerhum on September 22, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    The umpiring of Doctrove and Gould has been totally abysmal. I hope the Umpiring Board reviews their performances in this series and gives them a major talking to and some comprehensive re-training.Doctrove appears not to have been following the plot at any time. England were the better team, just, but Pakistan, despite their problems, largely self inflicted, managed a brave showing. England had better shape up before the Ashes, Oz won't be an easy kill down under.

  • soaf on September 22, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    england didnt win this game it was pakistan who lost it deliberately. watch the dismissal of hafiz he tried two times to get runout and then played a strt ball towrds legsde and was dead lbw in frontwhich doctrove didnt rule lbw. then played a shot in air to loose his wicket(which he was aiming for from last3 to 4 balls).then next ten ovrz cost only 26 runz. on this wicket and on this condion 257 waz a below par score and even ireland or kenya could give eng an upset here.i think england bowling was at their worst today and surprise to see pakistan made swann threat. no way in the world there was any spin or swing in the wicket coz of huge amount of dew factor.mindboggling stuff from pakistan and something smells very fishy inside pak cricket. for any sane person this display of pathetic batting is unbearable and signalling towards the internal politics btw players and management .

  • on September 22, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    ENGLAND PLAYED REALLY .. I CONGRATULATE ALL OF THEM TO 13 PLAYERS ( 2 WERE IN RED SHIRTS WHILE THE REST IN BLUE)..... but Miller forgot to mention the horrible umpiring, however if this was the other way around, the MEDIA EVERY ONE would of been all over that...poor pakistan, if we had money like idea this would not been the case. One last comment ijaz butt get out and please bring back Younis Khan

  • unclecricket on September 22, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    In response to a number of comments, the article clearly mentions the umpire's decision against Kamran Akmal in paragraph 5: "but with the score on 80 he was adjudged lbw to Luke Wright despite a massive inside-edge onto his pads.".

  • Tom_Bowler on September 22, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Despite the frequently vibrant cricket, despite Englnad ultimately winning in every format I am, for once, glad to see the back of a Pakistani cricket team. A season that should have been memorable for all the right reasons is going to go down in history for all the wrong ones and the instant whining from a few of Ijaz Butt's puerile fanboys about a couple of 50/50 decisions is a fitting epitaph.

  • leo787 on September 22, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    I wish australian press and umpires do the same with england what they did to pakistan.....then i will love to read the comments of english fans on this platform ....u see english fellows its comming ur way ......than i will see how much it hurts when somebody get 120 in an innings and he was out two times before he even reached fifty than he also get atleat one life in every match and lolllllll on top of that this cheater is man of the series as well it hurtsssssssssssssss yes it hurts because they didnt win on the basics of there abilities rather they win because they are playing in there home.....what a joke....atleast I am bieng honest

  • usmankhan001 on September 22, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    cngrats englnd team , icc ,ecb,british media,billy doctrove and ian gould really it was a combined effort to beat pakistan and todays it not pakistan who is loser its cricket who lose well done all of u

  • on September 22, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    Well Billy Doctrove has apparently been overcome by age through harof hearing--poor eyesight. Pl provide him free of cost Medical assisstance. I am prepared to foot the bill.

    Kamran--are you having Heavy Feet?? Any particular reason?? You were deliberately denying singles to put extra pressure and stress on Hafeez. Hafeez you need to keep your cool. Why in the world did you allow anger engulf you after idiotic responses of Kamran Akmal on singles. You have a great potential----Why lose it for nothing. Afridi--Aap kay damagh mein bahaut kuch hai---os ko bahir nikalo and start thinking strategical leadership.

    A very dissapointing watch--Nerve wrecking. I have started hating cricket once again.

  • MorgsJones on September 22, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Welldone England!That'll show that rubbish speaking Ijaz Butt and the whole Pakistani team.He must have a 3 year olds mentality to think "OH I'll make up a story claiming I heard through bookmakers that England was match-fixing aswell".It's a disgrace to cricket.I wonder how much they got paid to throw the test match against Aus that they should have easily won.They probably all got a decent payout for this match too,because the bookies were paying good money for Pak to get trashed by 120+ runs.

  • stationmaster on September 22, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Ian Bell and his DISMAL run rate are a real worry, twice in a row he has scored at a run every two balls or less, which is just not good enough.

  • leo787 on September 22, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    to red37 i would love to read ur comments if morgan was given out like kamran akmal today ..... lol u know what i mean....u definately know what i mean (if u are honest to urself, anyways well played england today i wont say they deserve this victory but still well played..... I am happy that sky news commentators have got the guts to say the truth at least for once ......... its a miserable summer and I think both teams are happy this series finished .

  • CaptainPedant on September 22, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Shahid Afridi showed real class by congratulating England on playing well, though he must have had hopes of completing a remarkable turn-around from 2-0 down in the series. One or two posters here, not so much. Hearing all the complaining about the umpiring, I'm forced to ask, say, how many times Javed Miandad was given out lbw in home Tests... and when you fall 120 runs short and are bowled out 13 overs early, you need to hold your hands up and admit it's not the one dodgy wicket that did you, it's the nine or so that had nothing wrong with them.

  • on September 22, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    it was nice series only umpring was poor.england team should thankx 2 umpires 4 their victories

  • on September 22, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Finally the scandal hit series has come to an end!..and it was a great effore from England!...the only positive that Pakistan can take from this tour is they have found a leader in the name of Shahid Afridi who can lead the team to some glory en route to the world cup!..even though he dissapointed with bat and ball, he showed great skills as a leader and made sure his team would be focussed, otherwise it could be a 5-0 sweep to England!

  • on September 22, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan i commend this great English feat of winning ALL the six series they played this Summer. (Make it seven if include the t20 World Cup). This England team beat Pakistan fair and square in all 3 formats which no other England team in the past can boast off. This one-day series was a hard-fought one. But England came up triumphant because of Morgan's century and those class deliveries which Swann bowled, which got rid of Alam, Yousuf and Afridi. England look all set for the Ashes Down Under! Good luck :)

  • on September 22, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Strauss given life s by umpires , then Akmals got out Not through only bad umpiring but Unbelievable Umpiring especially the no ball of umar gul where His foot was half inside the crease , English umpires helped their team well , although i really like english team and enjoy them playing . They are very very good side we all already knew but that doesnt means umpires start helping them , While pakistan , a team that really didi needed some decisions their way never got but one today of hafeez , and that too he was out after scoring two more runs .. Very competitive series much better then australia england and other series ... Pakistan doing well even without their main pacemen and under all the pressures in england .. Although they should learn that being united and performing like professionals is very important otherwise no matter how much talent they have , it might not be of much use ... Thier Selectors and cricket administration needs to be with someone like IMRAN KHAN ...

  • Red37 on September 22, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    As an afterthought, perhaps it is Gnasher and co who are unable to write anything accurately and merely write about the sudden demise of the Pakistani innings in such a way that remaining batsmen couldn't get the idea of failure out of their heads as they made their way into the middle? Oh! Silly me. I forgot! It all goes back to the removal of Amir etc from the scene in order to ensure this series victory from Day 1 with the England team throwing games 3 and 4 in order to make it appear to the gullible English fans that there really was a contest.

  • on September 22, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Where is the mention of Kamran Akmal's NOT OUT given OUT? Where is the mention of Doctrove's short sightedness? I am really amazed, how could you forget to meantion such stuff in your piece, dear Mr. Miller? I mean, it keeps coming back and you haven't wriitten a word about ICC's champion umpires' "wrongly judged", or rather intentionally biased decisions. I am not a cynic and certainly not out here to defend the ills of Pakistan cricket, however I do feel strongly against what happened in this ODI series. Kindly let some good sense prevail - at least here on Cricinfo.

  • Red37 on September 22, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Was this game rigged? I await the conspiiracy theories now tha the game is over. Was Doctrove once again paid off? Was the toss rigged? Was the pitch set up accordingly? Did the Brit press put undue pressure on the Pakistan team in order to ensure an England win? Did the ECB provide some incentive to Pakistan to fold in order to ensure that England go into the Ashes series on a high? Were Bresnan and Anderson paid to bowl so loosely at the opening so that Pakistan could then fold in the interest of good relationships and to appease Ijaz Butt? Perhaps there are other theories extant that go beyond the old-fashioned view that on this occasion, as in the previous two games, the better team won on merit?

  • Stark62 on September 22, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    All I can say is that we were cheated by the umpires again!!!!

    It was MASSIVE deflection from the bat and yet K. Akmal was given out!

    It would have been a different story because he was settled and playing really well.

  • PatrickJM on September 22, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Disappointing end to a fantastic series. Congratulations England - Swann in particular is a fantastic cricketer, and has had a golden summer. Morgan played well, though I'm sure Ireland fans can only look on with dismay as he makes match-winning runs for a foreign team.

  • KHAN_169 on September 22, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    shamy bating by pakistani team

  • javed95 on September 22, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Turning point of the match very bad decision by umpire to give LBW to Kamran Akmal key set player specially thick edge so visible & right infront of the umpire still he raised his fingure with absolute no hesitation .

  • on September 22, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Oh bravo! why dont say something about lousy umpiring?? or you think they were also mentally disturbed by Ijaz butt's accusation.

  • on September 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Last day of the cricket season and nice to finish with a victory.

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  • on September 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Last day of the cricket season and nice to finish with a victory.

  • on September 22, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Oh bravo! why dont say something about lousy umpiring?? or you think they were also mentally disturbed by Ijaz butt's accusation.

  • javed95 on September 22, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Turning point of the match very bad decision by umpire to give LBW to Kamran Akmal key set player specially thick edge so visible & right infront of the umpire still he raised his fingure with absolute no hesitation .

  • KHAN_169 on September 22, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    shamy bating by pakistani team

  • PatrickJM on September 22, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Disappointing end to a fantastic series. Congratulations England - Swann in particular is a fantastic cricketer, and has had a golden summer. Morgan played well, though I'm sure Ireland fans can only look on with dismay as he makes match-winning runs for a foreign team.

  • Stark62 on September 22, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    All I can say is that we were cheated by the umpires again!!!!

    It was MASSIVE deflection from the bat and yet K. Akmal was given out!

    It would have been a different story because he was settled and playing really well.

  • Red37 on September 22, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Was this game rigged? I await the conspiiracy theories now tha the game is over. Was Doctrove once again paid off? Was the toss rigged? Was the pitch set up accordingly? Did the Brit press put undue pressure on the Pakistan team in order to ensure an England win? Did the ECB provide some incentive to Pakistan to fold in order to ensure that England go into the Ashes series on a high? Were Bresnan and Anderson paid to bowl so loosely at the opening so that Pakistan could then fold in the interest of good relationships and to appease Ijaz Butt? Perhaps there are other theories extant that go beyond the old-fashioned view that on this occasion, as in the previous two games, the better team won on merit?

  • on September 22, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Where is the mention of Kamran Akmal's NOT OUT given OUT? Where is the mention of Doctrove's short sightedness? I am really amazed, how could you forget to meantion such stuff in your piece, dear Mr. Miller? I mean, it keeps coming back and you haven't wriitten a word about ICC's champion umpires' "wrongly judged", or rather intentionally biased decisions. I am not a cynic and certainly not out here to defend the ills of Pakistan cricket, however I do feel strongly against what happened in this ODI series. Kindly let some good sense prevail - at least here on Cricinfo.

  • Red37 on September 22, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    As an afterthought, perhaps it is Gnasher and co who are unable to write anything accurately and merely write about the sudden demise of the Pakistani innings in such a way that remaining batsmen couldn't get the idea of failure out of their heads as they made their way into the middle? Oh! Silly me. I forgot! It all goes back to the removal of Amir etc from the scene in order to ensure this series victory from Day 1 with the England team throwing games 3 and 4 in order to make it appear to the gullible English fans that there really was a contest.

  • on September 22, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Strauss given life s by umpires , then Akmals got out Not through only bad umpiring but Unbelievable Umpiring especially the no ball of umar gul where His foot was half inside the crease , English umpires helped their team well , although i really like english team and enjoy them playing . They are very very good side we all already knew but that doesnt means umpires start helping them , While pakistan , a team that really didi needed some decisions their way never got but one today of hafeez , and that too he was out after scoring two more runs .. Very competitive series much better then australia england and other series ... Pakistan doing well even without their main pacemen and under all the pressures in england .. Although they should learn that being united and performing like professionals is very important otherwise no matter how much talent they have , it might not be of much use ... Thier Selectors and cricket administration needs to be with someone like IMRAN KHAN ...