Pakistan v England, 4th ODI, Dubai February 21, 2012

Pietersen century seals whitewash for England

The Report by Andrew McGlashan
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England 241 for 6 (Pietersen 130, Kieswetter 43) beat Pakistan 237 (Shafiq 65, Dernbach 4-45) by four wickets
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What a difference a few days makes. It was suggested that Kevin Pietersen had the last two matches of this series to save his one-day international career and less than week later he has back-to-back hundreds to his name - the second a career-best 130 - a spring in his step and a strut at the crease as he guided England to a whitewash against Pakistan with four balls to spare.

Pietersen became the second England batsman in the series, following captain Alastair Cook, to hit consecutive hundreds and it was the second time Pietersen had achieved the feat, following the South Africa series in 2004-05 at the start of his career. It's long been a criticism of England's one-day game that there aren't enough individual three-figure innings so it will provide huge satisfaction for Andy Flower and Graham Gooch, shortly to become the full-time batting coach.

The series, too, is a huge feather in the caps of Flower and Cook. The 4-0 scoreline is England's first whitewash against anyone other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe since they beat Australia before the 1997 Ashes. That was one of many false dawns for England's one-day side and there needs to be more evidence to find out how this unit develops, but having lost 5-0 in India last October this has been the ideal response.

This was a better display from Pietersen than his hundred on Saturday and it was also his longest ODI innings. Early on his lost regular partners - Cook fell second ball of the innings - and the pitch, used for the second time in three days, was worn and a touch slower. Pakistan packed their side with five spinners and just one quick but only Saeed Ajmal, who removed Eoin Morgan and the debutant Jos Buttler in the space of three balls to leave England wobbling on 68 for 4, posed a significant threat.

Pietersen's main moment of concern came when he was saved by the DRS on 80 after getting into a horrid tangle trying to scoop Abdur Rehman over his shoulder. He was given out lbw by umpire Zameer Haider but replays showed he'd been struck outside off stump. Last week Pietersen spoke about DRS being his biggest challenge; here it was his biggest saviour. The review system made an important intervention when Samit Patel, on 5 and with England needing 44 off 40 balls, was given lbw by Haider but had also been struck outside the line. It wasn't a great evening for the umpires with Cook earlier given not out before Pakistan reviewed.

Patel, on the day he was given an ECB incremental contract, played a calm hand after Craig Kieswetter - who produced his first substantial innings in the middle order - had been run out to end the crucial stand of 109 that turned the chase around. Pietersen went to 99 with a pulled six off Junaid Khan but the hundred was celebrated in far more subdued style than the first. He was aware the victory hadn't been sealed and proceeded to rubber-stamp the result with a flurry of boundaries off Junaid and a straight six off Ajmal. He couldn't quite finish the game, skewing a drive to point with two needed, but the process of restoring a reputation was well advanced.

Again, England had shown the value of one player getting a hundred. In contrast Pakistan's brittle batting line-up again cost them the game, failing to make the most of a solid base provided by Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, the future of Pakistan's batting, who added 111 for the second wicket. England's reshuffled bowling attack, including debutant Danny Briggs and the recalled Jade Dernbach, stifled the middle order with Misbah-ul-Haq left to gather what he could.

It was another tale of Pakistan's batsmen failing to build on starts as four of them passed 20 but none bettered Shafiq's confident 65. On a surface being used for the second time in three days it was difficult for new batsmen to force the pace straight away, demonstrated by the way the innings fell away. England rested James Anderson and Stuart Broad while Graeme Swann had a minor calf strain, which gave the chance to Briggs claim a commendable 2 for 39 and Dernbach 4 for 45. The latter cleaned up the lower order with Pakistan losing their last six wickets for 35 runs.

Dernbach had a difficult tour of India, where his obsession with variation worked against him, and then had a tough experience in Australia's Big Bash League where he was dropped after two games for Melbourne Stars. Consistency still proved an occasional problem for Dernbach but he also maintained the happy knack of picking up wickets, including Mohammad Hafeez second and Azhar for a stubborn 58.

Shafiq had the perfect opportunity, against a weakened attack, to score his maiden ODI hundred but chopped on against Bresnan in the 23rd over. From there life became much tougher for Pakistan. Umar Akmal was promoted to No. 4 with the chance to build an innings couldn't gathered momentum and provided Briggs with his first international wicket when he lofted a catch to long-off. Briggs showed calmness and control in his first appearance, quickly recovering himself from a couple of loose deliveries against Azhar.

The scoring rate had seized up as Azhar approached his maiden ODI fifty and Shoaib Malik struggled to time the ball. The sense with Azhar, albeit in the very early stages of his career, is that he doesn't have a range of gears to move through in the one-day game. Malik does not have the excuse of inexperience to fall back on and his return to Pakistan colours has not been a happy one in this series. Having used up 33 deliveries for 23 he missed a sweep against Briggs in the spinner's last over. When a team can win without three of their main bowlers it bodes well for the future.

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • Taimur111 on February 23, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Pak lost because in 1 day u cannot bowl your best bowlers more than 10 overs and no team wins 1 day without good fast men. 1 day is about momentum and gul & co gifted it to England every time except n the last 1 day when Peterson won it rather than Pak losing. The other problem is that the bits & pieces players like Hafeez & Malik, & weak players like Farhat have no chance against quality opposition. Pak for the first time in 30 years have no fast bowling talent. Spinners are the best and batsmen are not bad as long as we select the proper team. My team (reluctantly adding Gul since we have a dearth of talent). 1. Azhar. 2. Asad. 3. Umer Akmal. 4. Younis. 5. Misbah. 6. Afridi. 7. Sarfaraz. 8. Rehman. 9. Ajmal. 10 & 11. Gul / Junaid / Wahab *In t20 Umer Akmal can keep and we can play Hafeez as an all rounder at No. 7.

    But for 2015 we need Amir back and Junaid / Wahab need to step up. Plus who will replace Younis and Misbah? Blood Azam & try Sami, Shahzad & Nazir on BPL evidence

  • Purple-Patch on February 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @Long-Leg on (February 21 2012, 22:47 PM GMT), Agree that most England fans would swap results re Tests & ODI's but why are you surprised that Pakistan Fans are down on their team? Step into the shoes of a Pakistani Fan and you'll know exactly why. A team that promises so much yet delivers so little consistantly. You say they are a really good young side and all they need is time to develop....Well TIME is what the Pakistan Cricket team has had in spades and they havent developed or learned yet.

  • Meety on February 23, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - KP needs to be kept at the top of the order to counter the "slower" (relatively) Cook & Trott. With KP, Cook & Trott at the top, that to me looks like an ODI top order that carry England up into the top 2 positions on the ODI rankings. Kieswetter IMO, is a walking wicket, he might get away with a bit of a whack every now & then, but as an Ozzy KP is held in pretty high regard for his abilities in this part of the world. It could/should be the top 3 that go to the 2015 W/Cup.

  • on February 22, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Hafiz is failing again and again, while the kids, Azhar and Shafiq held up the fort gracefully. Malick and Afridi are just to hard too believe, when are they going to play for the team/country, reckless shots all the time is what Afridi does, hit out or get out , the tail end contribute little to nothing, all the time. Afridi is as irresponsible as ever when the team needed him to add just 25 runs more that would have saved a defeat /whitewash. He hits with his eyes closed, keeps making the same mistake ,can some one tell him that a six or two is not what the team needs. Bowlers have suddenly become in affective is another concern, fielding needs to be tightened up too. Misbah did his best to keep the team from winding up in less than 40 overs

  • on February 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Well Played England!!.....biggest rollercoaster in the world: The England Cricket Team

  • wrenx on February 22, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @rock.rockyin: um... the UAE isn't in Pakistan....

  • Dr.Hasan on February 22, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Misbah and Co. got carried away by their test victories and in their mind just laid back and expected Eng to roll over against spinners. However Eng on the other hand did their homework and planned to perfection. In the second match had either afridi or umar akmal played for the team instead of trying to score all the runs in boundaries to satisfy their ego then Pak could have won that game as witnessed by the calm and safe playing style of the English batsmen in the last ODI. But most of these "stars" just play for personal glory. Also its time to get a keeper who can keep as well as bat properly...Sarfaraz Ahmed was widely believed to be the replacement for K. AKmal but politics and player power have kept him out which is immensely harming Pakistan team balance. Shoaib malik needs to be sent home for good as well as Imran farhat.Why Hammad Azam was not given a game is beyond comprehension. Also get rid of Mohsin Khan&get Whatmore who is a PROPER COACH!

  • rock.rockyin on February 22, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    ONLY PAKISTAN CAN BE WHITE WASHED AT HOME

  • Herath-UK on February 22, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    England are deserved winners and even when Pakistan won against Sri Lanka in ODIs,I said it was more of Sri Lanka not doing well due to internal strife than Pakistan 's ability.Except for Gul,Ajmal and Younis,others are run of the mill type.Even Umar Akmal seems to have 'faded'away. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • imrankhan76uk on February 22, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    England's current team is always better than Pakistan's current squad. Test matches were different story because England didn't play well. it was never that Pakistani batting was outstanding. I can safely bet that if any team (including minnows) socre 400 against pakistan in first innings then Current pakistani team will always loose. its a fun team...be captain and play your friends mates relatives and all....specially play Shoaib Malik million kisses to Misbah..Play I.Farhat trillion Kisses to Misbah...and play himself as ODI captain..mmmm shitrillion kisses for Misbah....just cant stop laughing

  • Taimur111 on February 23, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Pak lost because in 1 day u cannot bowl your best bowlers more than 10 overs and no team wins 1 day without good fast men. 1 day is about momentum and gul & co gifted it to England every time except n the last 1 day when Peterson won it rather than Pak losing. The other problem is that the bits & pieces players like Hafeez & Malik, & weak players like Farhat have no chance against quality opposition. Pak for the first time in 30 years have no fast bowling talent. Spinners are the best and batsmen are not bad as long as we select the proper team. My team (reluctantly adding Gul since we have a dearth of talent). 1. Azhar. 2. Asad. 3. Umer Akmal. 4. Younis. 5. Misbah. 6. Afridi. 7. Sarfaraz. 8. Rehman. 9. Ajmal. 10 & 11. Gul / Junaid / Wahab *In t20 Umer Akmal can keep and we can play Hafeez as an all rounder at No. 7.

    But for 2015 we need Amir back and Junaid / Wahab need to step up. Plus who will replace Younis and Misbah? Blood Azam & try Sami, Shahzad & Nazir on BPL evidence

  • Purple-Patch on February 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @Long-Leg on (February 21 2012, 22:47 PM GMT), Agree that most England fans would swap results re Tests & ODI's but why are you surprised that Pakistan Fans are down on their team? Step into the shoes of a Pakistani Fan and you'll know exactly why. A team that promises so much yet delivers so little consistantly. You say they are a really good young side and all they need is time to develop....Well TIME is what the Pakistan Cricket team has had in spades and they havent developed or learned yet.

  • Meety on February 23, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - KP needs to be kept at the top of the order to counter the "slower" (relatively) Cook & Trott. With KP, Cook & Trott at the top, that to me looks like an ODI top order that carry England up into the top 2 positions on the ODI rankings. Kieswetter IMO, is a walking wicket, he might get away with a bit of a whack every now & then, but as an Ozzy KP is held in pretty high regard for his abilities in this part of the world. It could/should be the top 3 that go to the 2015 W/Cup.

  • on February 22, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Hafiz is failing again and again, while the kids, Azhar and Shafiq held up the fort gracefully. Malick and Afridi are just to hard too believe, when are they going to play for the team/country, reckless shots all the time is what Afridi does, hit out or get out , the tail end contribute little to nothing, all the time. Afridi is as irresponsible as ever when the team needed him to add just 25 runs more that would have saved a defeat /whitewash. He hits with his eyes closed, keeps making the same mistake ,can some one tell him that a six or two is not what the team needs. Bowlers have suddenly become in affective is another concern, fielding needs to be tightened up too. Misbah did his best to keep the team from winding up in less than 40 overs

  • on February 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Well Played England!!.....biggest rollercoaster in the world: The England Cricket Team

  • wrenx on February 22, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @rock.rockyin: um... the UAE isn't in Pakistan....

  • Dr.Hasan on February 22, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Misbah and Co. got carried away by their test victories and in their mind just laid back and expected Eng to roll over against spinners. However Eng on the other hand did their homework and planned to perfection. In the second match had either afridi or umar akmal played for the team instead of trying to score all the runs in boundaries to satisfy their ego then Pak could have won that game as witnessed by the calm and safe playing style of the English batsmen in the last ODI. But most of these "stars" just play for personal glory. Also its time to get a keeper who can keep as well as bat properly...Sarfaraz Ahmed was widely believed to be the replacement for K. AKmal but politics and player power have kept him out which is immensely harming Pakistan team balance. Shoaib malik needs to be sent home for good as well as Imran farhat.Why Hammad Azam was not given a game is beyond comprehension. Also get rid of Mohsin Khan&get Whatmore who is a PROPER COACH!

  • rock.rockyin on February 22, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    ONLY PAKISTAN CAN BE WHITE WASHED AT HOME

  • Herath-UK on February 22, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    England are deserved winners and even when Pakistan won against Sri Lanka in ODIs,I said it was more of Sri Lanka not doing well due to internal strife than Pakistan 's ability.Except for Gul,Ajmal and Younis,others are run of the mill type.Even Umar Akmal seems to have 'faded'away. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • imrankhan76uk on February 22, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    England's current team is always better than Pakistan's current squad. Test matches were different story because England didn't play well. it was never that Pakistani batting was outstanding. I can safely bet that if any team (including minnows) socre 400 against pakistan in first innings then Current pakistani team will always loose. its a fun team...be captain and play your friends mates relatives and all....specially play Shoaib Malik million kisses to Misbah..Play I.Farhat trillion Kisses to Misbah...and play himself as ODI captain..mmmm shitrillion kisses for Misbah....just cant stop laughing

  • jmcilhinney on February 22, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I wonder whether they really do have a different plan for KP as opener than they did with Kieswetter. CK was really aggressive and hit over the top regularly in the first 10 overs. That's risky and did lead to some dismissals. I wonder whether, instead of CK's all out attack, they are really looking at giving KP more time to play long innings. He may not score as many early in the innings but he is the sort of player that you that, if he's in for a long time, is going to score at a very good pace. When he's going well, he'll usually be striking at 100 or more by the time he reaches 100. I may have misjudged the motivation for promoting him up the order so I may have misjudged the results. I just hope that it's not too detrimental to CK's output. I'm guessing that they'll still be opening with CK and Hales for the T20s with KP coming in at #3, followed by Morgan, Bairstow and Buttler. Follow them with Patel, Bresnan, Broad and Swann and that's a fairly impressive batting lineup.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I am a pakistan supporter but happy that pakistan lost 4-0 because i am not happy with the team selection and stubborn defensive approach of Misbah. Pakistan played Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but never given any chance to any youngester which is not good enough. 1 year since world cup has gone but we are for from discovering a good wicketkeeper batsman, good allrounder, couple of good batsmen and bowlers who can perform in Australian conditions in next world cup. This loss is a reality check to show where we stand. It's still not too late but PCB has to change approach and stop giving chances to friends and in-laws

  • smjr on February 22, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    I did not agree with some of the comments here for replacing Misbah as ODI captain. I believe no one else has the potential to lead in ODI. Misbah performance with bat is not all bad, however he is not an attacking captain which seems working for him in Test matches but in ODI it is the other way round. The Pak fans were surely disturbed to see 4-0 white wash in ODI but that's the way thing goes. Remember England lost all 5 ODI's against Australia after winning Ashes test series 3-1 and subsequently performed poorly in World cup in India last year. England whitewashed India 4-0 in test series last year but then lost ODI series in india later in the same year 5-0. India won ODI World cup in 2010 but got two whitewashes in test against Eng and Aust. This clearly shows that a team is more inclined or have a hunger to win in one format than the other which seems to be true for at least Eng and Pak teams as far as winning of test match series is concerned.

  • MrBrightside92 on February 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Glad England played their reserves...and they got a whitewash..can't understand criticism of KP, even before his hundreds...Trott has been the only Eng ODI batsmen with any consistency over the last 2-3 years (even Morgan is starting to really lose it...)..Bopara is ok but not the future IF Eng want to do well in ODI competitions. KP is class..changing his technique to adapt to different bowlers/conditions..compare that to Sehwag who's view is if it works in India, it must work everywhere else! I've been a defender of Misbah, but he was poor yesterday, not helped by being let down by his bowlers. Should've attacked Kieswetter at the start of his innings..also not left Junaid with 5 overs at the end..introduced Malik in the middle so he had more options. As for the post about comparing us to India, we had a bad loss in the tests (which I agree was the main event) but I was proud they picked themselves up off the floor to win handsomely, not wait until they got home! Pak did beat SL!

  • Match-winner on February 22, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Great performance by Kevin Peterson, a very impressive century - last night was absolutely brilliant in terms of pacing his innings, concerntration and what not! A lot to learn from this for our Pakistan team. I am Misbah fan but there were a few very disappointing things done by him & team management, especially the inclusion of Shoaib Malik, and the unnecessary defensive approach at times. So a lot to learn for our team to improve at this level. I agree with most of the suggestions by my fellow commentors, but yet I won't discredit our team Pakistan entirely, instead need to credit England team more - they worked hard on their faults. Misbah was undefeated in last many series and not all of them were against minnows. And the performance in tests was outstanding too. So all part of the learning curve and I am sure new players will be inducted to fix these issues. Best of luck Pakistan, Misbah & Co for the T20s. InshaAllah we will rise again....

  • myaqoob on February 22, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    MY ODI Team will .

    Mohd Hafeez Nasir Jamsheed Kamran Akmal Imran Nazir Azhar Ali Umar Akmal Abdul Razack Asad Shafiq Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Wahab Raiz Saeed Ajmal Mohd Sami

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @trickstar - PS I'm not trying to lambast England too much , but just not to get carried away thinking all is well. If you read the post Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 22 2012, 05:00 AM GMT) he says that we scored 298 vs India in one of those games and still lost. I just feel there are always areas where we can improve and looking for/running singles is certainly one think I feel we can improve upon.

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 21 2012, 19:03 PM GMT) Do you really think so? This is only a 50 over competition and even if we win the T20s we have to start over again with the tests in SL. While it's nice to win an OD series it can't take away the fact that we were whitewashed in the tests and may lose our number 1 ranking because of it.

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Posted by JG2704 on (February 21 2012, 21:46 PM GMT) @samincolumbia on (February 21 2012, 19:27 PM GMT) and maybe your team ought to learn from Pakistan among many others , how to play or even be competitive in test cricket. What is it about folk like you , waiting for anothe team to fail just so you can have a dig?

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Patchmaster on (February 21 2012, 20:12 PM GMT) Not sure re Trott. He has held an inns together in the past and isn't always the slowest. Patel was pretty slow today too. I notice Duminny from SA often being a slow starter and then he picks it up and by the end of the inns he's scoring at a run a ball. When he stays there you can judge it as a well paced inns. If he gets out after 30-50 balls having scored 15-25 then he's just basically wasted valuable overs.

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Posted by noplay on (February 21 2012, 21:01 PM GMT) Most of the Pak supporters have been very restrained/respectful in their comms. Let's also face facts Pak won the series which mattered the most.

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty on (February 21 2012, 22:08 PM GMT) So you're happy to win the ODI series 4-0 and get whitewashed in the series that mattered most?

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @satish619chandar on (February 22 2012, 04:12 AM GMT) why can't your fellow countrymen manage to post balanced material like yourself?

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Trickstar No one is right or wrong it's just opinion.Wasn't there a point where KP (cant remember what he was on )hooked a ball out towards Rehman and Rehman was maybe a bit slow to react and the ball landed slightly in front of him and through him for 4.Had he got out then it could have been a different story.While I see a big improvement in form I still don't think he looks as convincing as I have seen him in the past when he scores at a run a ball. England needed 2 off the last over so I suppose you could say that it was a well paced inns but IMO it was cutting it a little finer than necessary. Also if you take the boundary balls out KP scored 70 off 139 and CK 27 off 58. I still think taking singles is another area where we could improve. I just call it as I see it.I said before the tests that Eng should go for 5 bowlers and Monty was currently bowling better than Swann and folk doubted me. Maybe there are still doubters but I guess those opinions don't look so bad now

  • Ammy_rd on February 22, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    This is a timely wake up call for Pakistan that an ODI side needs to be built around youngsters who can play aggressively. It is hard to believe that a team which was overflowing with exhuberance some 5 to 10 years back now finds itself short of a genuine fast bowler and last overs dasher! What Adnan Akmal is doing in the side with his limited batting abilities is also a mystery. Why not try someone like Sarfaraz Ahmad who can atleast score a run a ball or Fawad Alam who can save a few runs besides being able to rotate the strike constantly. Misbah should let go of ODI captaincy as his own batting puts the game into an ugly hold-up phase that the likes of Umar Akmal and Afridi struggle to survive through. IT IS TIME TO BLOOD YOUNGSTERS NO MATTER WHAT THE RESULT (IT CAN NOT GET WORSE THAN 4-0 for sure)

  • on February 22, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Do you think current pakistan T20 squad good enough players to beat any T20 team in the world. Imagine this T20 team. 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Imran Nazir 3. Nasir Jamshed 4. Shehzab Hassan 5. Ramiz Raja (jr) 6. Mohamed Hafeez (C) 7. Umar Akmal (WK) 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Navid ul Hassan 10. Umar Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal. I think this young and fresh team can easily beat any team in the world.

  • on February 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    how many chances hs been given to shoaib malik on the cast of some better batsmen, and that due to the phone calls he arranged for his selction,why the mangement always play deaf and umb and never listened to the public.It is public who provide you people this lavish style to be the selectors and chief selectors and bal bla what did you ever care about it and see what is the sentiment in the people of Pakistan against you ,only selecting on the bases of your relations and on account of the phone calls and more over this Mr Raja is critisizing the player who stayed at the crease for some time,instead he is still showering his prays to Umar akmal and not any thing for the guys like Asad Shafiq and Azhar ali.What will you do with us who spent more money to go to the stadiums and to waste our time for these type of (bating Prospect) batsmen. to his

  • on February 22, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    yousuf,ahmad shahzad,nasir jamsheed, sarfraz ahmad, sadaf hussain should be in , misbah should only in test, no place for mailik, adnan should be in tests, gul should be in test and t20's , hafeez should be warnned to perform, umer akmal should be in top order, bring some one with real pace.

  • wrenx on February 22, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Behind_the_Wicket Agree with your points generally, if not the specifics. Ahmed Shehzad is too much of a hot head, and Pakistan don't need their own Sreesanth in the team. Hafeez needs to get his form in order before he think of captaincy - it would be difficult to lead a side when you can't justify your place in it as a player. That's where Misbah is strong - he is a (moderate) but consistent performer and usually plays his role as a holding middle-order batsman well. This is the second long period in Hafeez's staccato career where he is just not making any runs, and his bowling has been mediocre. But yes! let's get some fresh players in - 3 years away from the next world cup, and T20s are still meaningless, so they shouldn't be afraid to experiment - we want the Pakistan test side to go on winning first and foremost.

  • SuperSharky on February 22, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Mostly when KP is doing good, England is doing good. I can't help to realize that ever since this cocky-attitude KP joined the England Team, their positiveness mostly shines thru. They have started winning the Ashes again. They've won an 20/20 World Cup and has rise to the number 1 Test team in the world. During the nineties, that looked impossible. And after Pakistan thrashed them with a Test-series whitewash, I could not have foreseen that KP would rise again and England would come back strongly and immediately.

  • Yevghenny on February 22, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Probably not best tactic to go short to KP on a worn pitch with an older ball. To all the "Drop KP" brigade, KP's innings was by far and away the best of the match, look at the score cards! When he's on song, he's one of the best to watch in the world along with de Villiers, Gayle, and Jayawardene

  • wrenx on February 22, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Considering how poor Pakistan's batting has been, it's remarkable that the bowlers were even able to take this game to the final over. In the one day game, England will probably face stiffer challenges later in the year, as both India and Sri Lanka possess batting talent that Pakistan do not - India's recent 5-0 victory and Sri Lanka almost clinching their last ODI series against England (but denied by Dernbach) show that. Pak have really lost the rhythm of the ODI game - at no point did they show they knew how to construct a large total. There wasn't a single passage of play of even 5 overs where England were even remotely troubled by the Pakistani batmen; Pak did not once dictate the terms of play, and were always reactive or passive. That's just asking for Cook & Pietersen to ruin you with the bat, and Finn to dominate with the ball. Fielding was unusually poor too, even for Pakistan's low standards. Need a new approach/lineup for the T20s, or England will boss those too

  • on February 22, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    the recent display of english team has reminds me of sea saw game they lost the test series with 3-0, pakistan would have wished that the test matchs were never over, englang has turned the table and never let pakistan come back in the one day series, steven finn and reemergence of peterson has been the find for englad in the recent series, pakistan have to be serious and ask them self are the realy buildind team for 2015 world cup hammad azam must be given chance instead of shoib malik, give that guy ample of oppertunity

  • on February 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    at mr.please dont get white washed ,man absolutely right ,that eng. Should stop playing tests ,as they get whitewashed even by minnows ,below average guys like malik .akmals and hafeezs are such a garbarge that even kenya like teams wil not take them in their team to carry drinks,this pathetic tuk tuk insists on inclusion of malik, tuk tuk will disappear in deep gloom.

  • jmcilhinney on February 22, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @Rob Heinen, apparently you neglected to notice that he also scored a hundred in the previous game, when the series was not over and the pressure was not off. You also failed to notice that the series was over and the pressure off for the Pakistan batsmen too and none of them got close to a hundred. A century is always an achievement regardless of circumstances. Some may be more impressive than others but they are all impressive, unless you are incapable of appreciating good cricket.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on February 22, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    We need a good Keeper who is good keeper and batsman , Old horses should play only Test match.Misabah Should not be captain of ODI Team , Umar Gul did nothing from last 2 or 3 years , Bring new fast bowlers , Axe Misbah , Younas , Adnan , Farhat , Shoiab Mailk , Umar Gul and Abdul Rehman from the ODI squad and Give chance to fresh blood.Mohammad Hafeez should be captain of ODI team and he should play on 5 number.If you can't find any good keeper then bring back Kamran Akmal.Nasir Jamshaid and Ahmad Shehzad played good in BPL bring them back , Selction shoud be on performance not like Shoaib Malik.

  • JB77 on February 22, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    I feel sorry for the Pakistani bowlers - you could get a five-for and not dismiss a single Englishman.

  • KiwiRocker- on February 22, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Further adding to my comment...I am literally sick and tired of watching these Akmal Brothers. Kamran Akmal lost world cup for Pakistan. Umer Akmal has to yet win a single match and he is touted as next Viv Richards and Adnan Akmal is as clueless against bowlers as Suresh Raina againt anything short..or Ian Bell against Doosra...Pakistan keeps calling these medicore players like Farhat, Malik, Sohail Tanvir...These are all tried, tested bonafide failures. Pak needs Azhar Mehmood, Rana Naveed, Razzaq, and a mixture of younger players like Fawad Alam, Nasir Jamshed, Shahzaib, Ahmad Shahzad and Khurrzam Manzoor. Obviously, these players are always fighting as they are from Karachi and not Lahore...Senior Players like Umer Gul, Hafeez need to be put on notice. Pak can take a leaf out of Australian selector's book but thats why Australians are excellent as performance is the ONLY criteria in Australia..They do not care who it is..Watching Imran Farhat in Pak team was laughable but now V.Sad

  • KiwiRocker- on February 22, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Misbah Ul Haq needs to understand that Pakistani cricket fans have a short memory and they do not forget defeats ( especially against England). Misbah is responsible for this ODI defeat. I am at loss as to what exactly Shoib Malik is doing in team? Shoib Has scored nothing since forever. I have lost hope that Imran Farhat will ever leave Pak team. Pakistan has to learn from this defeat and learn from what England has done. A fine example is SL team that was all over the place against Pak but Jaywardene has shown superb leadership and SL is back to their best. Misbah needs to focus on his being a captain and not a selector as he is NOT Imran Khan. He himself is an above average batsman. It saddens me that Rana Naveed, Azhar Mehmood, Razzaq, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, Sarfraz and M. Yousaf are all being wasted! Pak should recall Rana and Azhar as thats what Pak needs. I am also at loss as to why poor Junaid had to wait so long for a match and what sin Hammad Azam has comitted?

  • jonesy2 on February 22, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    i love OhhhMattyMatty, he is obviously the most sarcastic guy ever. worlds best side hahaha love the sarcasm. by his logic england still havent won an ashes series for 30 years!! hahaha

  • ste13 on February 22, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    After Pakistan series, test cricket should be banned, ODIs are the ultimate form of the game, as this is what England is best at

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    For a team like England that bats to numbers 9 and 10 , 237 is never going to be enough. If Pakistan is given ten (10) opportunities to defend 237, Pakistan will fail 10 times. that is to say 10/10 they will fail.

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Also the big mistake that Misbah committed during the easier series's of Bangladesh, SL & Afghanistan was that he kept persisting with failed players like Sohail Tanveer, Shoeb Malik, etc, who had to be dropped anyway. So the progress made was zero. I hope in the future they dont bring back Sohail Tanvir etc. and move on with the younger players who have good track record in the domestic games.

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    During the first ODI Nasser asked Waqar Younis if any new fast bowler are comming up in Pakistan. Waqar Younis replied with the the name of SADAF HUSSAIN and said that he is doing very well in the domestic and is highly regarded. I checked the stats of Sadaf Hussain and was hightly impressed. a bowling average of 18 in the first class matches was unbelievable. I compared his stats with the other Pakistan bowlers and was surprised to see that none of the Pak bowlers were even close to him. That leads me to wonder why isnt he in the team? After all, All the other Pakistani bowlers play the same domestic competition and in the same competition if one bowler is way ahead in terms of figures then he should be definately better than the others, thats logic. But somehow top decisions always defy logic.

  • PeterDrucker on February 22, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    NOW we want change in Pakistan cricket team. There is no more place for Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik & Adnan Akmal etc in any form of cricket, Younis khan should play test only. New players must be taken in the team like Ahmad Shehzad, Nasir Jamshaid, Hammad Azam, Talha etc. Junaid khan must be polished & trained properly. We want changes. Shame on PCB always taking referenced players, like Imran Farhat (son in law) of selector Ilyas, Shoaib Malik & Akmal brothers etc. There is no merit in PCB.

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    The first change that the ODI team needs is a change of guard. A new ODI Captain with an attacking mindset is required, otherwise his bowlers will always go wicketless. Also Imran Farhat needs to be dropped for one last time that is to say for good. Pak should not keep going back to previous failures. Also the Pak managment will have to realise that the poor performance of Gul was comming because even in the easier matches of SL, Bangladesh & Afghanistan his performance was not good at all. He did not perform like a strike bowler against the weeker teams. First of Misbah should have given the opportunites of playing weeker teams to younger bowlers. You cant expect the younger bowlers to be warming the bench for a year and then suddenly deliver good performance against a good team in the very first match. But inspite of that Junaid Khan had performed well, he had good agrression. the spanking that he got towards the end was no surpirse because by then the match was virutally over.

  • on February 22, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Misbah is simply pathetic with his captaincy and batting in ODI's.

  • on February 22, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    England should be called as Whiteland, for there are lot of white-washes involving them.

    Ind-Eng = 4-0 in test Ind-Eng = 3-0 in odi Ind-Eng = 0-5 in odi Pak-Eng = 0-3 in test Pak-Eng = 4-0 in odi

  • Truemans_Ghost on February 22, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I'd swap all 4 one day wins for one win in the tests. Well maybe a win and a draw....

  • on February 22, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Misbah must admit publically that he does not have a batting line up that can win his team ODIs T20s. With players like Shoaib Malik included in the team how can one hope to win. Shoaib may only be good enough to play for Sialkot Stallions.

  • on February 22, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I hope Misbah follows Atifus comments.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 22, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    It's so sad. KP does what everyone has demanded of him and still people seek to criticise his performance. "No pressure on him". "not dominating". England were in a hole and there was very little batting to come. There was great expectation of a whitewash. Had he got out early England would have lost the match very heavily, taking away from many of the positives of the first three games. If England had lost everyone would have forgotten the three wins and used this match to show that nothing had changed. Now Ebgland have to sustain this form in the T20s and, even more important, in the SRi Lanka Tests, where the ICC points table needs us to win 2-0 to avoid losing even more ground.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 22, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I THINK UMAR AKMAL & ROHIT SHARMA ARE IN SAME CATEGORY . CRICKET EXPERTS BELIEVE THEY ARE TALENTED BUT THEY HARDLY SHOW THEIR TALENT IN THE FIELD .

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on February 22, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    England should stop playing TESTS and only play ODIs because they get whitewashed in Tests to even Minnows like Pakistan!!! :P

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 22, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Mervo on (February 22 2012, 02:50 AM GMT) I remember you Australia fan from The Ashes. Australia lost the tests 3-1 with 3 historic Innings defeats. That is what history shows and they will recall. If "ODIs mean nothing", why are you here? Were you saying ODI means nothing when Aus were winning all those World Cups? I bet you weren't. i am pleased you take Test match so seriously it means the pain of last 2 Ashes defeats for Aus is still in you.

  • smjr on February 22, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Pak ODI team need changes Hafeez is now more of a liability as he is batsman first and then bowler, his batting is awful. Farhat and Malik stands nowhere and should be dropped for all time to come. Gul is not a ODI bowler any more . Afridi create lot of hype but he took only 3 wickets in 4 ODI and batted poorly, he should be axed to give him lesson that no body is above the game of cricket. Enough is left in Misbah to last upto next world cup. Bring Nasir Jamshed and Shahzad as opener, Azhar to bat one down and shafiq at 4. Bring Fawad Alam at 6 Misbah at 5. We need young legs and mind for better fielding. Also Hammd Azam should replaced Afridi. Junaid and Talha should partner the new bowl with Cheema also available. Bring left arm spinner Reza hassan as he give no width. Ajmal and Rehman should be part of ODIs. There is alrounder named Umar Amin who is suited to ODI bring him. We want to bring players who are young, show promise and have quality rather those with reputation.

  • on February 22, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    KP they boy with blue hair in ashes(2005-06), was dominant poweful and talented has matured enough, i guess this was his best one day inning and one of the best i have seen in last few year, the big guy has able supress his ego and produced quality inning, this was most controlled inning, the way he played the spinners was treat to was he was never over agreesive and never played a rash short, the balance of pakistan side was again terrible the played an extra spinner and extra batsmats man and juniad was too young to ball in debth over and peterson played his at will, umar must open for pakistan with hafiz for next 20 odd match, ashad shafiq at no 3 and pakistan must realise that adnan akman is just not handy enough with bat

  • sweetspot on February 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    England cannot be resting on these small laurels. It has taken mercurial high performances from Cook and then KP to put England on top against Pak. Pakistan needs to do some quick hitting at the top to reduce the pressure on the lower middle order.

  • smjr on February 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Well played England and congratulations to English team and their supporters. They played like champions. For Pakistan it is all miserable whether it is fielding bowling or middle order batting. Pitch is fine but the mindset and will to perform is not there as the same has been diminished after winning 3-0 in Test series. Of course the weightage of test match is more than a bilateral ODI series, exception being ODI World Cup but on the other hand it is very disappointing to loose ODI's without showing fight. In ODI there is less pressure on batsman to free their arms and play shot. Pak bowlers, as always, give at least 2 to 3 balls each over that width which enables England batsman to execute the stroke with lot of time and placement. In ODI there is no close in fielder and use of two new bowl meant the spinners are not menacing, in addition Gul and company are not good at using new ball they heavily rely on reverse swing of ball which is 30 overs old.

  • on February 22, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    PAK surely missing a batsman like Saeed Anwar...!

  • Atifus on February 22, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Misbah sets his batsmen a target of 250 and believes he would defend it with his bowlers. Result is they dont even reach 250 and these days with so much of t20 in place, even 300 looks a shaky total. Gone are the days when once you make 275, you start celebrating that match is yours... Misbah, please give hafeez, u.akmal, asad afridi a free hand and give them target 325 at least , you might end up getting 280 which could be of some use at least to put up a fight. Playing against their natural game is even affecting their game. We are perhaps the worst team in the world when it comes to take advantage of all 3 power plays:( its just about changing the aproach, these guys are very talented. I hope Whatmore could bring some sense of aggression into Misbah and his men and should not just act like a dummy as Mohsin giving catching practice only

  • Atifus on February 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    It again goes to highlight that with defensive approach such as Misbah's , you can manage to win Test matches with quality spin bowling comes into play on 3rd or 4th day. but to win one day or t 20, there is no room for any hold till sold philiosphy. YOU HAVE TO ATTACK AS ONE DAYS ARE WON BY BATSMEN. Even after the partnership they got with Asad and Azhar, they should have gone to 300 plus but again they are afraid to attack due to fear of loss of wickets but even then what results they are getting???? Pakistan is the only team in the world which scores less than 8 an over in batting power play even with wickets in hand. I dont remember when pakistan last scored 300 plus in an odi playing against a strong team??? I am sure certainly not under Misbah at least and he tries to prove the world that his approach is right and its better to draw with defensive approach than loose playing wildly. Well, Mr. Misbah you cannot draw a one day or t 20 . In my opinion this is the only Problem

  • on February 22, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    The pressure is off. The series already won. The game a dead rubber. Pietersen scores a ton. Am I the only one to notice?

  • on February 22, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Standing Ovation for KP! What an innings. KP, Cook & England fielding made the difference. Well played England.

    As for my country men, lets work on our weekness & fight back. We have the potential.

  • landl47 on February 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I just want to say that for once I agree with Mervo. The ODI win in no way makes up for losing the tests. After all, Australia beat England in the ODIs following the last 2 Ashes series and no-one thinks that made up for the test defeats. England's a better side than Pakistan, so they have to analyze what went wrong and put it right. Until they do, the bragging rights are with Pakistan even if England go on to sweep the T20Is as well.

  • landl47 on February 22, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Some positives for England but also some negatives. Pietersen batted responsibly as well as with flashes of brillince. That's what England needs from him. Patel showed again that he has a cool head under pressure, keeping the momentum going after Kieswetter was out. Best of all, Briggs looks the real deal- very good action, read the pitch well and didn't go to pieces after some early boundaries against him. Negatives were that nos. 3, 4 and 5 didn't get many and Buttler was out to an awful shot; it seemed like his nerves got the better of him. Patel didn't bowl very well after looking pretty good in the earlier games and Bresnan wasn't on top form either; his action looked a lot less smooth than before his injury. Dernbach looked better and may have finally realised that he is a quick bowler with a good slower ball, not a slow bowler with a quick variation. However, his accuracy isn't good enough and against a better batting side that will hurt him.

  • on February 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @ Sameera Ramasinghe : It is not only the supporting of a team matters, what is even more important is the fact that you pick up a right team, i am not impressed by the team selection, they have picked only one fast bowler who does not have experience or the pace to be reckoned with, where as Wahab Riaz who is such a talent has hardly been given any chance which begs the Question. Further More, Misbah ul Haq has proved time and time again that he has not batting skills (by batting skill, i mean the calibre to step up the gas). Pakistan can be reckoned as a force only when they remove misbah not only from captaincy but also from the team. Kamran Akmal, who is a far good player than his brother Adnan Akmal should be called in.

  • on February 22, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    LOL i was expecting England to win the test series and Pakistan to win the ODI series god i was wrong. Anyways important thing is I get to watch good cricket. Pakistan batting need to improve seriously this aint going to work. Pakistan need pace bowlers drop gul bring in the new gunsssss!!!! Gul baba is old now. Shoaib Mailk god knows how many connection he got and how much he pays or what he does to make the selectors happy so that they select him. Azhar looked good in both matches but if he should improve his strike soon because if he doesnt then I do not see his place in ODI squad. Pakistan has to find pace bowlers you cant rely on spinners in ODI. England played good. Petierson i say showed his talent, and Cook the man hats off to him for his centuries and Congrat Peiterson u r back in form. good luck to both teams in T20.

  • Eapen1 on February 22, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Before starting the ODI contest PAk thought that they can sweep england by 4-0, but the vice versa has happened. So many PAK fans told that they will never ever loss like India. But it had happened. If they go to Aus, England or South Africa it will be worser than this. Good Luck my dear neighbours for yet another white wash. Cheers and i am happy and I was so happy yesterday.....

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 22, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    That is a staggering result really after India. It's been revelation time as far as Cook and Finn are concerned, and renaissance time for KP after feeling the axe near his neck. Still top players usually come back with a bang. Yhis last win was doubly impressive given the team put out- good day for D'bach and Briggs. Given that after the Tests victory at 0's and X's would have been palliative, this result at least has me feeling happier. It's great to win!!!

  • zulfikarachi on February 22, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    England whitewash has not changed facts i.e.Pakistani batting is brittle against pacemen especially when the ball is swinging. English batsmen cant read spin especially when the ball is turning.I bet even after the ODI whitewash if england are given to bat on a turning surface the results will not be much different from the test series.

  • jmcilhinney on February 22, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    This game and this series are a good result for England but, when you look at the scores in this series and the scores India made in the last ODI series in India, you can see that England still have some work to do. England scored 298 in one of those games and it wasn't enough. That said, England fielded inexplicably poorly against India while they looked generally very good in the field against Pakistan. Also, having played quite well against the Pakistan spinners, hopefully the Indian spinners hold no terrors for the England batsmen next time around. I would like to see England be competitive at least against India in India next time around, like they should have been last time. An in-form KP would be a big asset toward that end, so let's hope that these last two innings signal a purple patch that can last until then.

  • on February 22, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    @ohhmattymatty-where were you during test series and you played an almost fullstrengh team against our second string team and lost 5-0 so dont get proud by beating pakistan who are a uselss team 4-0 ,you are a more useless team who lost 3-0 to them is test matches and by your scoreline you should have lost the ashes tour i think 8-5 and wait for the t20 matches . but its great to see KP doing well and i have always belived that misbah is not a good odi captain he is too defensive ,he can do well with that in test but not odi ,i think if pak wants any chance to beat us on 18 match or win the asia cup bring back boom boom

  • looloogun on February 22, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    hi .pakistan played well ,umargul junaid &wahab along with ajmal &rehman looks good bowling attack but batting need to click .dont change the team even england fastbowlers looked bad in test when batman failed.if shoaib malik &younis come back to form will great for pakistan batting.over some years no same captain or coach for pakistan misba building team well need some experience in batting bring imran nazir ,yasir hameed ,or taufeeq umar etc in oneday not young kids and put pressure on them they do well in one series and fail then they out of team

  • cyniket on February 22, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Agree entirely with long-leg. Pakistan fans should be very happy, the test series is the main event. Does anyone else think the odi series should be played before the test series? It would give the touring team a better chance to acclimatise, in this era of short tours, and it would give the odi's a bit more of an edge. Pakistan- well played, you won the main event, be happy.

  • anver777 on February 22, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    A sweet revenge !!!!! but can't understand how Eng went down to Pak in tests ???

  • satish619chandar on February 22, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Really good win for England.. Hope this win puts them on track to concentrate on the ODI well and improve their performance in this format.. Great batting by Cook and to use KP as opener paid rich results for them too.. Will KP continue as opener in all kinds of tracks in ODI?

  • on February 22, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    England: Even by coincidence, don't follow India blindly. After reaching No 1 status, India got whitewashed in the test series and then whitewashed the same team in the ODIs. Now England followed the same sequence with Pak. I am giving this friendly advise, seeing the plight of India subsequently. England, do you want to follow India in that regard too?

  • kp289 on February 22, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    england have successfully avenged their whitewash in test series by whitewashing pakistan.....kevin pietersen has proved that he is one of best player in the world in all three formats!!!!. it would be great if england whitewashes pakistan in t20 series...of course they have pietersen to achieve it....

  • bharath74 on February 22, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Adnan Akmal, Farhat, Shoaib Malik got enough chances probably they might have to give chance to new guys who have good technique like like Azhar or Asad. Why is Md yousuf still not in the squad??? Zulqarnian Haider should be given a chance and Kamran Akmal should be on sidelines for few months so that he realizes the importance of playing for a national side.

  • Mervo on February 22, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    ODIs mean nothing. England lost the tests in a white wash. That is what history shows and they will recall.

  • on February 22, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    cmon Pakistan..u guys have an amazing team..u just need some to stabilize. The team will regroup and attack like anything in the near future. But never stop supporting ur team. Never stop standing by them. We sri lankans went through a similar disastrous period losing one series after another, players are not delivering old and young alike. But we always stood by them. And we eventually progressed. And look where we are now. Crushing aus in home, and crushing world champs. Stop criticizing ur own players. They have done much to ur country. and they will com back strongly. Good luck for pakistan(My second best team) from Sri Lanka.

  • on February 22, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Summary of a series: 4 Hundreds from England, 0 from Pakistan. Hence 4-0 is a final result.

  • on February 22, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    pak oneday unit is very weak. No quality oneday batsman. Obviously scoring 237 on placid pitches never gonna be enough. Hope pak batsmen become little more aggressive in their approach. A score of 300 would definitely test england on any pitch.

  • on February 22, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    i think all us Pakistani fans need to cut Misbah some slack. he does deserve his fair share of criticism but he deserves one more chance to come out as an improved captain. if he does not learn from his mistakes than it could be a different story.he really has done wonders with a bunch of ordinary batsmen at his disposal and his spinnign options, he has done well with them. having said that he really needs to utilize his pace options and have more confidience in them. there is also an issue with coaching, the fast bowlers looked totally different bowlers when they had Waqar younis working with them.Mohsin Khan needs to go for good, the guy might be a soft-spoken sympathizer but he is no good for a professional coach

  • pie314 on February 22, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    pietersen finally scoring when it doesn't matter

  • pie314 on February 22, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @OhhMattyMatty lolololololol....based on your logic, england lost the last ashes tour to australia 7-4 (6-1 in ODIs)

  • on February 22, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    Well Well Well. Pakistan having their own test hangover, thinking they could take the momentum into one day cricket. England exacted revenge. In the tests, no one in the England team scored a century, here no one in the Pakistan team scored a century. This will not make Pakistan the world's best team. Because of this, Pakistan are thinking of hiring Dav Whatmore instead of keeping Moshin. They better sort their one day batting out.

  • RaMin90 on February 22, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Saw the highlights and yet another excellent hundred by Pietersen. It was just unfortunate he didn't stay unbeaten towards the end as it would've been a great achievement to remain not out from the very beginning all the way to the end but never mind anyway as us English again have beaten the Pakistanis for the fourth consecutive time. Pakistan really need to play at home because again in this game, there were hardly any fans and this can be very damaging to the sport because a big crowd of supporters makes the game live and exciting with all that buzz.

  • Trickstar on February 22, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @JG2704 I'm sorry you are nitpicking and are also very wrong, we had Briggs coming in at 9 and Bresnan at 8 would has not played in months. KP knew that if he gave his wicket away, being too aggressive the tail would collapse in a heap. Why try to score faster and put your wicket in jeopardy, not needed at all, he scored faster than a run a ball in the last game but that was because he had a huge opening stand, today it was 69/4. He absolutely did the right thing and played within himself and chased down the total almost single handed, that he should be commended for but as ever people will always find reason to moan at the bloke.

  • dontlikecricket on February 21, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Ok, so England white washed Pakistan in ODI however this is the one of the weakest ODI team from Pak in last 3 decades. Paksitan clearly has probelms in batting dept. I think Pak test team is much more balanced then OD. I am aware KP and Cook scored centuries, however I still think on Asian wickets KP in particualr will continue to struggle in Tests. Pak needs a seperate Test and OD/T20 teams with youngsters need to brought in. Unfortunately I dont see future Inzi, Yousf, Miadad, Saeed Anwar coming through Pak cricket ranks in near future. I am not sure what Shoib and Farhat are being kept slected. It will be much better to give young players a chance as new players cant do much worse then these two!!

  • Deuce03 on February 21, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Really good news for England. A top-class ODI side is slowly starting to take shape. Cook, Pietersen, Bopara, Kieswetter, Finn, Broad and Patel have all staked their claims to be taken seriously; there's still a bit of work to do on the rest of the side but things look promising especially with some new talent. Trott has been out of sorts lately but until the India tour he was impeccable (an enormous average and a respectable strike rate despite his reputation). Morgan has disappointed for most of the tour but is too good an ODI batsman to omit. Even better news is that Cook is maturing into a good captain and it doesn't seem to hurt his batting. I hope Strauss plays on for another year or two yet but it's nice to know that we have a captain-in-waiting if the worst happens. A shame for Pakistan, though, especially after the Tests. This doesn't look like a *bad* team but they let themselves down with silly mistakes. Hopefully they will turn around their ODI form like they did in Tests

  • hamqad on February 21, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    I cannot understand the rationale for not giving Hammad Azam even a single game, when Shoaib "worn-out" Malik was considered good enough to get two games. When Razzak came to the scene in the late 1990s, his domestic performances were pretty similar to those of Hammad. Wasim had the GUTS to draft him in. Sadly, the management right now is too defensive. It is not imaginative enough to take these risks. Hence, we were ruthlessly found out by a much more exciting English team.

    The team is clearly missing the flair required in ODI cricket these days, both in terms of seam bowling and middle/late order exuberance that has historically been the hall mark of Pakistan cricket. Misbah is a good captain and we should stick with him. But the reason for bringing in Dave Whatmore is now more apparent; Mohsin Khan is not as imaginative a coach as required to complement Misbah, who is tactically strong but requires a creative mind to look over him.

  • shizam on February 21, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    England played very smart and sensible cricket even when they were down 4 for only 68 runs. The way the English batsmen built their innings from there was remarkable. On the other hand Pakistan has no idea how to play one day cricket, what pace should be kept and when to take the PP. Just imaging Misbah knocking the ball for singles and dot balls in the batting PP and on top of that smiling about it. What a goof ball character. As a matter of fact Misbah, Afridi, Malik, Hafeez they are just worthless cricketers. They should just retire and give chance to new blood. I am sensing a T-20 whitewash as well in favor of England.

  • on February 21, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Yeah I guess it shows that England needed a bit more preparation before the tests! Now that they're used to the conditions, they're getting a bit of form. (Of course, tests are different to ODI, but form is form!).

    Is it just me, or does KP only ever pull out big scores the day after everyone wants him sacked??

  • on February 21, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    I was surprised to see why England lost 3 tests from Pakistan. People saying Pakistan's bowling is the best i say Pak bowling is the worst and of course Pak batting is the worst in all cricket playing nations. Hafeez is a total useless player can't save his wicket Shafiq and Azhar are merging players,Adnan Akmal,Cheema and Junaid Khan are USELESS. Bring back Kamran Akmal all those who are playing in BLP right now. and why Umar Gul was not playing in 4th ODI?? stupid selectors are mohsin khan were to hyped by test whitewash.

  • hamqad on February 21, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty... When i read your comment, my initial reaction was.. "Ohh Matty Matty:...Just to put things into perspective .. England indeed played extremely well.. but the result is not 4-3 .. its 4-0 and 0-3 .. If you cannot understand the intricacies of cricket and the stark differences between different forms of the game, then you should refrain from making such absurd comments. England is only the best side in Test, as the rankings says. Pakistan hammered them brutally in the test series. Question marks duly raised? England is ranked higher than Pakistan in ODI; England justified that ranking. period! So stop getting overly excited.

    Lastly, lets ban international cricket from England and make them play their home games in Canada for a few years and I will see how the team holds up.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 21, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    PAKISTAN needs to analyse their batting line and fastbowling. All of the batsmen are low class 30-40 batsmen. The players who have averages of sub 30 after years of playing are being praised as big shots. It's a shame that on wickets which are suited to 300+ score, not even one batsman could score a century and the team couldn't post 250 even once. Personal favours like in the case of Farhat and Malik should be stopped on any cost. New young batsmen like Usman Sallahuddin, Ahmad Shahzad, Nasir Jamshid and Afaq Rahim should be given at least 10 matches to show their worth while playing at batting spots where they are not made to bat last few overs of slog hitting. Misbah and Younis should retire from ODI team and Farhat and Malik should be taken off the shelf. Hafiz has to get a warning that he cant just count on having a place in the team with bellow 30 average only because he can bowl. We need bowlers who can bat. Misbah again did a personal favour to Malik by playing him and not Ham

  • on February 21, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    My sincere congratulations to English team and their fans. They really played well, and left behind the disastrous test series. Pakistan on the other hand may have been a bit over confident after their success in the test series, but the side looked really unbalanced. Batsmen AND the bowlers didn't deliver in a series which they were expected to do a lot better than the test series. England has the momentum now, and T20s will be tough to win for Pakistan. Not to mention that England are the current champion in that format. But all in all it's been a good series so far, both sides have something to show. KP found some form and Cook transformed into a proper ODI batsman. Finn made most of his chances. Good on them. Cheers

  • Long-Leg on February 21, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Surprised that Pakistan fans are so down on their team. As an England fan I would happily swap results with you. Most England fans I know would rather have won the tests than the one day series. Pakistan are a really good young side. All they need is a little time to develop.

  • DaGameChanger on February 21, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Looks like Whitewash is the flavor of the season...same teams whitewashing each other in different formats of the game...wonder how many times this has happened earlier..getting whitewashed and whitewashing right back..earlier England and India did to each other and now England and Pak...

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 21, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    4-0 OUCH! Even an England Youth side containing Briggs (Outbowled Ajmal, Patel, Hafeez and Rehmann today), Buttler, Patel, Finn, Bresnan, Dernbach and Morgan absolutely HAMMERED Pakistan! 4-3 in the overall series score to England. World's best side!

  • AnotherCricketer on February 21, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Congrats to England for the series win. England was clearly the better team and they deserved to win. Both Farhat and Shoaib Malik are being schooled in national colors in hopes that they learn to play while several deserving players are languishing at the domestic level and not getting a chance to play. Ahmed Shehzad, Hammad Azzam, Sadaf Hussein, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Khalil, Kamran Akmal ... The list goes on and on. I hope the prospective Australian coach will bring about a change of fortune for these players who will otherwise continue to be ignore by "unqualified" coach-wannabee like Mohsin.

  • phoenixsteve on February 21, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Another great win by a highly motivated and very professional looking England. They thoroughly outplayed Pakistan in all departments and it's hard to fathom just WHY England lost the all important test series so heavily? Of course we can all speculate that IF a new test series started this week it would be a lot different...... It doesn't change the fact that Pakistan were far too good for England a few weeks ago! England were soundly beaten and this ODI success doesn't make up for it! Well done Pakistan and COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • soyl187 on February 21, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    So many players Pakistan have wasted. Incredible talents like Imran Nazir and Azhar Mahmood. All because of a lack of patience from fans and selectors or because of player backgrounds and lack of 'diplomatic influence'. Unfortunatley the PCB doesn't seem to have the best for the team at heart, but who they know plays... It's the only answer as to why people like Imran Farhat keep playing. If Shazaib Hasan or Ahmad Shezad played they would have done as much as Imran Farhat, and fielded better. Also they're young and would develop. Hafeez I'd play down the order, not against a new ball. An average in the 20's is not that of a consistent opening batsman. If I could select the team it would be Owais Zia, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz. balanced batting, young team to develop, 3 seamers, 3 spinners, younger team means slightly better fielding.

  • Dannymania on February 21, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    i wont write too much.will just say that this result was exactly what i was expecting.

  • NomZia on February 21, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Pak batting is the real issue. Our top 5 batsmen should be capable to score hundreds. Bowling can not win Pak. Less than 10% of the matches are batting wins for pak. Our management fails to see that this is the main issue... when bowlers are performing no one sees the batting weaknesses. We must have batsmen who can score in 3 digits and have have a healthy average. We can see the level of merit AUS cricket has .. Ricky Ponting dropped after not performing although he has an excellent past record. Those who r performing in domestic should be given chance to play and they should be given a continuous stretch of 10 matches at least to prove themselves. Umar Akmal and others should desist from playing aerial shots .. he can real 50+ score.. he has been mostly out caught playing big shots ...

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Good that England won but I was disappointed for Jos. I still hope they'll give him a run in the side. I was pleased that they rested Broad,Anderson and Swann even if we had lost. Briggs did really well and Dernbach also did ok. KP also played well but (nitpicking I know) I still don't see him as positive as he could have been. I also feel that we cut it a bit finer than we needed to and Patel's SR was a bit of a worry. As was CK's and KP's even. Maybe I'm nitpicking again but if we had to chase a bigger target which Pak threatened to post at one stage.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    @samincolumbia on (February 21 2012, 19:27 PM GMT) and maybe your team ought to learn from Pakistan among many others , how to play or even be competitive in test cricket. What is it about folk like you , waiting for anothe team to fail just so you can have a dig?

  • soyl187 on February 21, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Pakistan need to look at the notion of two different captains for the one day side and test side. Can't false Misbah for he leadership in the test format. However, I've felt in the one days he's always been waiting for something to happen rather than make something happen. As for the batting, it's not his fault we don't have the calibre of batsmen to perform long patient innings. That is a selection problem. Imran Farhat has consistently made comebacks to the national side and has never proven himself to be international class. If they had given Imran Nazir this many chances he would now be a world beater. They need to look at people like Afaq Raheem and Owais Zia. Hammad Azam should play to improve. Azhar i believe should play to develop. Look at Alistair Cook, I remeber, being in the UK, when everyone said he's a hopeless one day player. He's a little better than that... Why? Because England don't just throw out their players after a bad stint or they're not from the background.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Good that England won but I was disappointed for Jos. I still hope they'll give him a run in the side. I was pleased that they rested Broad,Anderson and Swann even if we had lost. Briggs did really well and Dernbach also did ok. KP also played well but (nitpicking I know) I still don't see him as positive as he could have been. I also feel that we cut it a bit finer than we needed to and Patel's SR was a bit of a worry. As was CK's and KP's even. Maybe I'm nitpicking again but if we had to chase a bigger target which Pak threatened to post at one stage.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 21, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Humbly to excellent Pakistan fans "well played". This has been really good cricket. Really good sportsmanship excellent spirit on field and here on the forums. I would like to say that Pakistan fans have much to be proud of. Pakistan beat England in Test matches in a real fight. Give England real good bloody nose just like 2005. Then totally unexpected and out of the blue England get up and play fine stuff odi. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT!! Like Mr @subbass I hope this is not another false dawn for England! But one thing, it shows real good spirit and character from England to get up after awful Test series and bring home this odi series in style. Congratulations to both sides!

  • on February 21, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I can understand the disappointment of our Pakistani brothers and sisters in losing the ODI series against England,but I fail to understand their concerns for the future when they got some brilliant young players playing at BPL in Bangladesh.

  • yasser211 on February 21, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan!!! Where does one start? Playing one fast bowler and 5 spinners? The selectors and the captain seem to have their heads up their backside. Enough of this nepotism - Farhat needs to go. I wanted Malik to get a chance in place of Hafeez but not at the expense of Hammad Azam. People will start ridiculing Akmal again but in the context of the game, he had to take an aggressive approach. Hafeez needs to be dropped for good. I have never liked Misbah or his approach to cricket and captaincy. we need to bring back some stalwarts who are proven ODI performers. My team would be: 1)K Akmal 2) A Shehzad 3) A Ali 4) M Yusuf 5) U Akmal 6) Razzaq (C) 7) F Alam 8) Afridi 9) U Gul 10) S ajmal 11) J Khan. Further, I would have Yunis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Abdur Rehman and wahab Riaz in the reserves. There may be other players in the domestic circuit, but from what I have seen, the team should be structured around these players.

  • Love-Pak on February 21, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Remove Misbah from ODI And T20 captaincy, with his pathetic defensive captaincy. He don't even deserve to be in the side for shorter version of game.Malik and Farhat have given so many chances but never proven worth it, they must never be considered again. Azhar and Adnan do deserve to be in limited over game. You can play with 5 spinners in the sub continent but remember next world cup is in Australia and what will ahppen when Pakistan's team will go abroad to countries like Australia, England and South Africa. Theremust be 3 differnt taems for all 3 formats. They must bring some talented and young players.

    ODI TEAM

    1- M.HAFEEZ 2- NASIR JAMSHAD 3-UMER AKMAL 4- YOUNUS K.5- ASAD S. 6. S. AFRIDI (CAPTAIN) 7-HAMMAD AZAM 8. SARFRAZ AHMED (WICKET KEEPER)9-U.GUL 10 SAEED AJ.11 WAHAB RIAZ

    T 20 TEAM

    1- M. HAFEEZ 2- NASIR.J 3-SHAHZAIB H. 4-UMER AKMAL (WICKET KEEPER) 5-ASAD.S 6-S. AFRIDI (CAPTAIN) 7-HAMMAD A. 8-M.SAMI 9-U GUL 10-SAEED AJMAL 11.WAHAB RIAZ

  • nadeem-toronto on February 21, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Congratulation's to England team for their well prepared wins. On other side Pakistan need to think a lot. I am expecting similar result in T20 as well, because team selection is not balanced. Pakistan has got one of the best T-20 players but most of them are playing in BPL and not included in squad. PCB have to think seriously about correct team combination and different teams for all three formats. Misbah should be captain for only Test and Afridi should be for One day and T-20. This series is Pakistan home series and they should still bring Razaq, Nasir Jamshed, Rana or Azhar in team. Performance of Mohd. Sami is also not bad he is still bowling with 90 miles per hour. Lets hope PCB will take some action before another loss in T20 games.

  • on February 21, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    You wait four years and then two come along at once...

  • bigdhonifan on February 21, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Why Adnan Akmal in team, if Umar Akmal can keep. Adnan doent know, how to bat. Why Shoaib Malik? Why Imran Farhat? Why Hafeez?

  • Imad_K on February 21, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Batting wise Pakistan have to play players like Y Khan, A Ali, Misbah because otherwise they won't even last 30 overs. The others will play stupid shots and get out. Pakistan really need to forget about strike rates and just bat. Occupy the crease the runs will come. 80 off 20, 130 off 30, 190/200 off 40 and then game on. You don't even need to hit crazy shots to achieve targets like that. The key is to take the game to the last 10/15 overs with wickets in hand. Pakistan will never learn. Misbah really needs to sort his captaincy out - his defensive fielding is a complete joke. A Akmal should be replaced with U Akmal because Adnan Akmal cannot bat especially against pace.

  • Imad_K on February 21, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Part 2 - Without even hitting any stupid shots and just rotating the strike you can take the score to around 190/200 off 40 overs easily and with wickets in hand you can quite comfortably finish with a very good score. That's how to win games and score big. Anyway to sum up Pakistan's mentality when they were around 130 off 29 overs for the loss of only two wickets even Ramiz Raja was saying that A Ali really needs to get a move on and come out with big shots. What a load of rubbish. There was no need to play any big shots. They should have taken the game to the last 10/12 overs with wickets in hand and then played the big shots. Then U Akmal hit the ball straight to the fielder playing his big shot and got out. No wonder they lose when they all have the same mentality. With a bit more of a sensible approach they could easily have got 30/40 runs more minimum - would that not have helped them? Pak need to bat-forget power plays, strike rates, just stay at the crease the runs will come.

  • Imad_K on February 21, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Part1 - The problem with Pak is their batting which has been the case for the last 10/15 years. Pakistan's victory in the test series against Eng means nothing and won't make any difference to Pak until they sort their batting out. Pak normally give their wickets away playing stupid shots, chasing wide balls, get run out, hit balls needlessly in the air and get caught, lose their wickets at the wrong time, 20/3 or 30/3 and then rely on 2/3 batsmen to score runs for them. Todays match-they were 100 odd off 21 overs for the loss of one wicket. When will Pak ever realise that in this format even being around 70/80 runs off 20 overs is sufficient. You could see they were itching to get out/do something stupid. A Shafiq who is an excellent batsman then decides to cut a ball that is too close and gets bowled. So ok, no big deal. Then when they are around 130 off 29 overs - which again is a good score because even scoring around a run a ball will get you to 190/200 off 40.

  • Shazia_Javed on February 21, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    I am really missing Mohsin Khan's comments and interviews... he was so vocal when they were able to...somehow... win the test matches. I didnt able to find a word from him in news/web pages etc since ODIs started. Giving chance to youngsters... like Mallik, Farhat ??? Playing Malik, Imran Farhat, Adnan Akmal in ODIs is so pathetic. Congrates to England !!

  • BowledYa on February 21, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    All you guys complaining about Misbah are probably misguided Afridi fans. Just look at the facts - Misbah scored among the most runs for Pakistan in the ODI series at the highest run rate. And Afridi? Well let's just not talk about his performance. So you want to get the best batsman out of the team and give the captaincy to a failed all-rounder? You have bought too much into the hype and not looking at FACTS!

  • noplay on February 21, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    England won without Anderson, Broad and Graeme Swann. Pitiful Pakistan, the bubble has burst and the supporters are spouting hogwash after the whitewash, the same as they were before when they were claiming a 4-0 drubbing of England. I am waiting for all the old talk about the boys, the boys, boys... and how they were chastised kindly. This is professional sport for heaven's sake

  • Guernica on February 21, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @montys_muse a whitewash means winning all games. There was one tie and one washed-out draw in that series.

  • Stark62 on February 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Disgraceful, absolutely DISGRACEFUL!!!!

    Misbah is a hopeless captain in the shorter format and he along with Younis should just solely focus on Tests.

    If Azhar gets dropped for his performance today then, so must Farhat because he played similarly and Pak desperately need some aggressive batsmen like Shezhad and Jamshed at the top.

    Shafiq looks like a good prospect at no. 4 but Umar should be tried at no. 3 and that way he won't pressured like he was today by Azhar to up the tempo.

    Also, Mohsin and Misbah are killing pace talent in Pak with their stupid selection plus, it's time to give the young 19 yr old Mohmmad Rizwan a chance behind the stumps and why wasn't Hammad given a chance?

    OUT: Farhat, Younis, Misbah, Malik, Adnan, Cheema, Gul, Riaz, Azhar (maybe), Rehman

  • hhillbumper on February 21, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Oh God does this mean we have to put up with Dernbach in future. Pietersen did well and it was good to see Bresnan back again.Jos Butler needs sticking with as he will improve as time goes by.Lets face it after that duck he really will get better

  • BowledYa on February 21, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    @ Eglets. You cannot compare the tests to ODI strategy. One main difference is tests are all played in sunlight and in ODIs team batting second is playing under flood lights, which makes it difficult for the batsmen. That's why both captains chose to bat first winning the toss - not just Misbah.

  • Guernica on February 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    I've been thinking for a while that there has to be a case for KP and Strauss swapping places in the test team. KP always looks pretty good against the new ball. Strauss has been struggling against the new ball - especially against left-arm seam, but has actually looked okay (in relative terms) against the spinners. You would also create a left-hand/right-hand partnership up top and get a left hander into the middle order to break things up.

  • on February 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Excellent performance by KP. He won England today single handily today else at 69 for 4, I thought England is done there. Pakistan well, needless to say scoring just 237 at this 280 pitch. Umer Akmal, a complete over rated batsman who cannot bat up the order where he has to curb his hitting, he is better off to play last 15 overs only. Neither he is Inzi or Yosuf infact some one like Suresh Raina. Looking at our opening spot, I believe we need to include Kamran Akmal back into the side for limited overs.

  • on February 21, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Pathetic performance by Team, Pathetic team selection, pathetic captaincy, fielding pathetic as always, after a memorable whitewash to England, a pathetic series. Now i can feel what English fans gone through in TEST series. Congrats to all of you guys coz I am loving it. Pakistan deserves this

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on February 21, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Wow 4-0! Wish I'd put a bet on.

  • on February 21, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    not surprised at all, mohammad hafeez has a one day average of less than 30 and continues to play...., i cannot think of a any cricket rationale that malik is still playing international cricket. imran farhat pulled a groin muscle otherwise he would be playing as well..... with incompetents of this nature, what else do you expect?. where is hammad azam or awais zia?. finally, shahid afridi has long relinquished the right to be called an all rounder. what a huge disappointment.....

  • CricketingStargazer on February 21, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Sport4youth, with the series won, England were looking at preparing for future matches. Tim Bresnan can't play in the T20s without playing a match beforehand and Jos Butler, who is a likely starter also needed a game. Briggs is an investment for the future: you have to see what they can do. Briggs definitely came out of it better than Butler and Craig Kieswetter made his own point there too. Briggs is a possible third spinner for Sri Lanka, so I can understand the management wanting to look at him. Just possibly Jade Dernbach has saved his England career too today by taking his chance, although I still wouldn't take him to Sri Lanka. I wonder where the Pietersen-bashers are tonight? Form is temporary, class is permanent and today he won the match from a difficult position. That should end the ridiculous comments about "one good innings to allow him another 20 failures".

  • Patchmaster on February 21, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Trott now looks VERY VERY out of place - his low scoring rate ALWAYS puts pressure on the team, and this was the case last night, 15 of 32 balls just isn't good enough in a run chase. Ponting was dropping for exactly the same reason in the AUS team.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on February 21, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Good selection by Selectors < Same Test , ODI and T20 Team ? I said that Pakistan is going to lose all matches in ODI before starting ODI Series , Same thing happened and now Pakistan will lose also T20 series. Remind my prediction.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    What is captancy of ODIs ... Misbah does not know.. Yunus and Misbah should play test only

  • subbass on February 21, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Well that was impressive, probably another false dawn in our ODI team but I'll take it anyway, Pakistan in fairness to them, have been away from Pakistan for a while and are not truly at 'Home' anyway. So I wouldn't be too harsh on them if I supported them, there still a good side and, overall anyway, the best current Sub Continent side imo.

    But it would be fair to say they look a much better Test team at the moment.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    line up for T20 against ENGLAND

    PAKISTAN SQUAD T20 01.Mohd Hafeez 02.Owais Zia 03.Asad Shafiq 04.Umar Akmal (wkt keeper) 05.Misbah Ul Haq (Captain) 06.Shahid Afridi 07.Shoaib Malik 08.Hammad Azam 09.Umar Gul 10.Wahab Riaz 11.Saeed Ajmal..

    InshaAllah PAKISTAN will win da T20 series

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I think it is time to move on, Pakistan have to discard the likes of Malik, Younis and Misbah to have any chance of winning the world cup in 2015 . Even Azhar does not look to be a one day player. There is a need to select cricketers who are performing well in the domestic ODI competition.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Pakistan's legacy of express pace bowling and reverse swinging yorkers have gone into the history books for burial into eternity. Playing 1 fast bowler in ODIs? are you kidding me? and whats going on with this so called Pakistan team that we've been hearing boasts of natural talents in all departments of the game? The batting is under-ordinary, the bowling is gone away with Asif and Amir, and the fielding is of a gully cricket standard.....Pakistan should not play the Asia cup, because the only win they can hope is against Bangladesh...Pakistan is nothing better than the likes of bangladesh or zimbabwe...Mr Salman Butt you have made a Butt out of the Pakistan side by sacrificing Asif and Amir whom Pakistan desperately needs most today !

  • montys_muse on February 21, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    England also white washed India in the ODI series too, when India toured England.

  • kazizain on February 21, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    atleast win nw t20 & whitewash to eng,go pak go,u cn do it,

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    KP took this game over, put the team on his back and wouldn't let England lose as big wickets fell. Did what he had to do.

  • kazizain on February 21, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    pak lost gain,when they lost 68/4 y allowed kp to set,y didnt use junaid in 36-40 powerplay over,in t20 my team will be awais zia,hafeez,safiq,umar(wk),misbah,afridi,hamad,malik,junaid,rehman,ajmal,so thay hv 7 bowler option & batting up to 8th no,pls atleast win t20 whitewash england in t20,it will be revange for oneday,go green go

  • kazizain on February 21, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    pak lost gain,when they lost 68/4 y allowed kp to set,y didnt use junaid in 36-40 powerplay over,in t20 my team will be awais zia,hafeez,safiq,umar(wk),misbah,afridi,hamad,malik,junaid,rehman,ajmal,so thay hv 7 bowler option & batting up to 8th no,pls atleast win t20 whitewash england in t20,it will be revange for oneday,go green go

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Apart from the poor batting & fielding, it was Misbah's poor captaincy that made this white-wash possible. Misbah just cannot come to grips with odi cricket. it does not suit his style of thinking nor does it suit his style of batting. If Pakistan will continue with him in the shorter version of the game they will just not improve. Misbah is a good Test player and Captain, but from the shorter format he needs to be removed. He does away with the close catchers and the single-savers ASAP, that is to say the moment the field restrictions are removed he just likes to spread the field. This does not give his bowlers an opportunity to pick up wickets. Pakistan will have to quickly take some tough decisions if they are to improve in 50 over cricket.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    KP is a class act, he proved it..ONLY problem as far as this England squad is concerned is concerned is their inability to handle quality spin... i think the problem is they are trying to be too defensive against spin.. if they can fix that they can easily dominate world cricket for next few years , may be they should look at how guys like hayden used to handled spin..

  • samincolumbia on February 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Pakistan made England ODI team a world class team- Hilarious!! They need to look at how to play ODI's by watching India's 5-0 whitewash of the english to begin with.

  • demon_bowler on February 21, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    This was easily the best game of the four. I thought Pakistan were very good in the field, very animated. They made life quite difficult for England, but Pietersen judged the chase superbly. Pakistan were just one wicket away from the England tail, so there wasn't any sense of inevitability about this victory. 4-0 is a big achievement for England's one-day cricket, but doesn't even begin to compensate for the test whitewash!

  • nogginthenog on February 21, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Seems a shame that Pakistani fans here are so hard on their team. They did very well in the Test series...don't they deserve a bit of patience? No team can get everything right all the time.

  • ayazahmedsk on February 21, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Superb Innings by Kevin Peterson... I dunno why Shoaib Malik is playing cricket....How many chances he is been given... Ufff...

  • CricIndia208 on February 21, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    pakistan have been whitewashed at home.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Pakistan played very poor cricket, and I feel they got what they deserve, they've been winning matches all last year without batting well, due to some excellent bowling and luck less oppositions, so it was just about time when a better team do this to Pakistan. Misbah's captaincy, poor middle order, below average fast bowling attack and worst fielding. All were on display this series, I hope they learn from this and at least won't repeat such performance.

  • KarachiKid on February 21, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Misbah should immediately be dropped from ODI and T20 teams. Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik should never ever be played again. Wahab Riaz should dropped for a long time. Umar Gul should be rested. Hafeez should only be played as 5th regular bowler, not as a batsmen, not as an all rounder. His batting results are pedestrian at best. Adnan Akmal should be replaced with perhaps Sarafraz Ahmed as Adnan cannot bat even as a tailender. Umar Akmal should be dropped and rested for a year or two. If they do all this Pakistan team will improve !!!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 21, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I would like to thank England for an excellent whitewash against Pak. A great improvement after the Test series whitewash. This should teach us that a whole hoard of spinners don't win matches for us and that we should have chosen 3 seamers and 3 spinners. Investing in youngesters is better than choosing old stars like Malik. I flipped out when I saw that Junaid was the only seamer in the squad and that even if England have spin trouble, they will just take singles due to a low total from Pak. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Hafeez is a low scoring batsmen and has tight bowling. He bowls all 10 overs with no wickets and I think it's time to move on from him. I mean c'mon, Misbah didn't let Hammad Azam play even when Eng won the series. WE HAVE ENOUGH SPINNERS! Well played England and looking forward to the T20's series... I hope...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 21, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Even with a 2nd XI England won. Having slapped every other team into silence in the last two years and the uncontested number 1 test team in the world, despite a rusty start to the last couple of months, we can all safely say that they're just getting started.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    We are fools because what PCB has done, no one has point out, PCB need a strong reason to change couch, it was a couch changing but they couldn`t change him because PAKISTAN was in good touch in Test and could also in ODI but if it was good so how could they find the reason to change couch. And now, they got it, if you see all matches closely that the body language of PAK team was very poor even their fielding was worse and they dropped main catches. do you think this is that team who whitewash england in Test. I must Pakistan is a Team who can beat any team in any time but if they want.

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    somebody asked why Hammad is not playing what about other new guy. Well answer is pretty straight forward, as long as you have safaarashee kuttaa around like Malik, Misbah and Imran Farhat we can never bring the real talent in our full of talent country. I am glad in a way that England beat us 4 - 0 and if this does not gives us a wake up call ............than we are like zoombies ...............

    Asif

  • voma on February 21, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Unbelievable really , if someone had said England could win 4 -0 . They would be regarded as mad ! , personally i got it the wrong way round . I thought England would win the test series 3-0 . Well done lads

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Due to you Mr. Misbah-ul-Haq: T20 WC 2007 lost league match against India, Again in Final and most importantly lost a definite won Semi Final in 2011WC. But, thanks to almighty Allah for this white wash as hopefully we shall get rid of all pathetic Tuck Tuck (Masbah, Younis, Azher, Malik) in shorter version of game. Congrats Hammad Azam, Awais Zia, Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad as your era is going to start soon insha Allah :)

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Congl ENG great performance by Pietersen running machine back in form

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    I can not believe that shoeb malik played this game for his batting alone. What was wrong with Hammad Azam? Even after getting early the dangerous Cook, Misbah quickly fell back to his defensive ways. He does not stop the singles, does not try to get wickets by having catching men. In every match catches go down abeging, and that is besides the bad fielding efforts of Pakistan. He just allows the batsmen to settle down by offering easy singles and then he gets hammered real bad. BUT HE DESERVS IT. A VERY GOOD TEST CAPTAIN, BUT A VERY POOR ODI CAPTAIN. I HOPE HE DOES NOT GET AN EXTENSION IN HIS ODI CAPTAINCY.

  • Cyrus68b on February 21, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    This proves one point. ODI team should be different from Test team.

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    ROFL ROFL....Whitewash complete

    Wake up calls going all around, first in tests for England, then in ODIs for Pakistan. BTW Hammad Azam's domestic stats stink like rotten eggs. He shouldn't even get a chance in national team, but then again, the current XI is questionable as well.

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    With his overly defensive captainship Misbah desered to be white washed. He never gives his bowlers a chance to pick up wickets.

  • mansoorJ on February 21, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    I guess now is the top time for Misbah to OPEN HIS EYES REALLY WIDE to understand wots cricket is and especially ODI. Still he can learn from ENGLAND how to play cricket especially ODI. Misbah's decissions are really worst to compete the match. His and his team mates slow batting ruins the ODI SENSE. WE WANT TO ENJOY CRICKET they way ENGLAND playing. He should accept the result of ODI and sel resign from the captaincy of ODI / T-20. Please MISBAH do the nation gud favour

  • Ozzbozz on February 21, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Unbeleivable ddecision making by Junaid Khan why bowl hafl way down on a slow, old, used pitch. Lessons are not being learned, rediculous. That is why a coach is needed by Pakistan and a new one day captain, just to improve the choices we make.

  • on February 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    hahaha they are rediculous don't know when to play............... after losing 3 matches they are playing this game ..... it seems like WWF

  • Love-Pak on February 21, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Ther should bring young and talented players instead of players like Malik, Farhat and Misbah.These players have no place in short version format.Azhar Ali did score 59 runs but once again he have proven that he don't have range of shots and variety in his batting to change the gears which is so important in the limited over games.Adnan Akmal by no means suits for ODI or T20,Wicket keeper batsman like Sarfraz must be in the side specially for limited over games.Misbah is 38 yaers old,with patehtic strike rate of around 40 to 50 and he is very defensive capatian. No other 38 years old player in the wolrd is palying ODI and T20 except Misbah and what a big joke that he don't even deserve place in ODI nd T20 but he is the captain. They need to bring young and talented players like Nasir Jamshad, Fawad Alam, Shahzaib Hassan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hammad Azam etc.Young player can save lots of runs in the fielding.Team needs attacking and positive minded captain like Afridi in limited over format.

  • on February 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    CAN IT BE ANOTHER ALASTAIR COOK SHOW

  • on February 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    i personally think misbah did good today again, i dont understand what people expect from him/? play like afridi 6 every ball??? umar was so disappointing again today....we keep saying that hes a talented play he should be moved up the order but im starting to think hes one of those one good performance in 10 matches kind of a person....and i really think its time to choice between hafeez or afridi, why do we need two spin allrounders. thank god farhat didnt play today and rahman touched the ball!! we really need a good finisher all rounder in the team and another opener.

  • on February 21, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    ppooor performance and poor decision making bi misbah

  • on February 21, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    this pathetic team is bound to be destroyed, medicore ,average bunch of guys , hafeef star bats man 25 aveeage and pathetic malik a garbarge , this team should be given games only against likes of zim,bngd,ken irlnd ,they will make a good copetition with this medicore team.

  • wrenx on February 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan making changes. Moving Umar Akmal up the order is a positive move, bringing Shoaib Malik is more of a backwards step. I too would have though England wouldn't want to tinker to much with a winning formula, as I'm sure they're desperate for a whitewash to remove the taste of the test match defeats, but injuries must be accommodated, I suppose. I think there'll be a similar pattern in this match like the others: Pakistan below-par with the bat, will make too many mistakes in the field and hand the game easily to England. Would be delighted to be proved wrong, obviously.

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    If team is mentally strong it does not matter to bat or ball first. ODIs are all about playing intelligent cricket.

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    atleast good move by captain to bring 2-ali 3- asad 5- umar ..... i hope umar come at no. 4 and afridi at 5...... don't make sense why only one fast bowler!!!!!

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Surely Hammad must have done something really bad to earn the ire of Misbah.. I just cant understand why he isnt playing... Does anyone know the real reason...

  • khurramsch on February 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    i think paksitan should have selected hamad azam instead of malik. he could have been 2nd seamer & also usefull with bat malik is in no form these days as bowler or batsman.

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    i like it you like it........................................................................................................................................................................

  • eglets on February 21, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Misbah start making mistakes,I want to remind him that in Dubai wicket the first secssion with bat is difficult.He won the toss two times and both time he batted first, i do not understand that,If he remembers that first test match england got trouble with the bat,and second time Pakistan bowled out for 99.Is any thing wrong in the player,s dressing room?

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I am surpirsed at the number of changes that England have made to their side. Pakistan's changes are understable. I though England did not believe in disturbing a winning combination.

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  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I am surpirsed at the number of changes that England have made to their side. Pakistan's changes are understable. I though England did not believe in disturbing a winning combination.

  • eglets on February 21, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Misbah start making mistakes,I want to remind him that in Dubai wicket the first secssion with bat is difficult.He won the toss two times and both time he batted first, i do not understand that,If he remembers that first test match england got trouble with the bat,and second time Pakistan bowled out for 99.Is any thing wrong in the player,s dressing room?

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    i like it you like it........................................................................................................................................................................

  • khurramsch on February 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    i think paksitan should have selected hamad azam instead of malik. he could have been 2nd seamer & also usefull with bat malik is in no form these days as bowler or batsman.

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Surely Hammad must have done something really bad to earn the ire of Misbah.. I just cant understand why he isnt playing... Does anyone know the real reason...

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    atleast good move by captain to bring 2-ali 3- asad 5- umar ..... i hope umar come at no. 4 and afridi at 5...... don't make sense why only one fast bowler!!!!!

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    If team is mentally strong it does not matter to bat or ball first. ODIs are all about playing intelligent cricket.

  • wrenx on February 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan making changes. Moving Umar Akmal up the order is a positive move, bringing Shoaib Malik is more of a backwards step. I too would have though England wouldn't want to tinker to much with a winning formula, as I'm sure they're desperate for a whitewash to remove the taste of the test match defeats, but injuries must be accommodated, I suppose. I think there'll be a similar pattern in this match like the others: Pakistan below-par with the bat, will make too many mistakes in the field and hand the game easily to England. Would be delighted to be proved wrong, obviously.

  • on February 21, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    this pathetic team is bound to be destroyed, medicore ,average bunch of guys , hafeef star bats man 25 aveeage and pathetic malik a garbarge , this team should be given games only against likes of zim,bngd,ken irlnd ,they will make a good copetition with this medicore team.

  • on February 21, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    ppooor performance and poor decision making bi misbah