Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day January 19, 2012

Pakistan spin England into debacle

520

Pakistan 338 (Hafeez 88, Akmal 61, Swann 4-107) and 15 for 0 beat England 192 (Prior 70*, Ajmal 7-55) and 160 (Trott 49, Gul 4-63) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England began the third day imagining they had done the groundwork for a momentous recovery befitting the No. 1 Test side in the world. They finished it with a demoralising defeat more in tune with their Asian disasters of old, as they suffered a second batting debacle against a resurgent Pakistan.

The end was swift. Pakistan secured a first-innings lead of 146 by lunch before dismissing England for the second time in 57.5 overs, needing only 15 for victory. Umar Gul's new-ball incursions eventually brought him four wickets and Saeed Ajmal finished with 10 for 97 in the match.

Everywhere you looked there was English angst: the continuation of Andrew Strauss' desperate batting form, the abject folly of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell's appointment as Ajmal's bunny as he succumbed to his doosra in no time for the second successive innings.

Only in the closing overs of their bowling triumph did Pakistan's players show the excitable tendencies more associated with their cricket and when they did, the seasoned captain who has restored discipline, Misbah-ul-Haq, restored order with the stony expression of a Russian president surveying the march past of the troops from a wintry Moscow balcony.

England's mediocre record in Asia is well documented and they face a formidable task to regroup for the final two Tests of the series. There was much talk of how conditions in Dubai were tipped too heavily in favour of the batsmen. England have certainly disproved that one. This proved itself to be an excellent Test surface and Pakistan outplayed England from the outset.

Andrew Strauss came as close as he has to dissent during his imperturbable reign as England captain at his dismissal shortly before lunch. He was given out caught down the legside against Gul, a decision by umpire Billy Bowden that was upheld by the DRS. He walked from the outfield with a regal shake of the head. Actually, he allowed himself several regal shakes of the head. For a conservative sort like Strauss that was akin to rebellion.

There was definitely a woody sound as the ball curled past Strauss' bat and there was a brief delay before he called for the third umpire, although that was probably not as much a clue to guilt as proof of Strauss' determination that England should gather their thoughts before using the review system. Hot Spot revealed nothing - but then Hot Spot is not infallible. The third umpire, Steve Davis, as the guidelines state, saw "no conclusive evidence" to allow him to overturn Bowden's decision and he had no option but to follow such a course.

Pietersen was suckered. He has always been a liability on nought, a batsman on heat, desperate for his first run. 'Here it is,' invited Gul, banging in a short ball. 'Here you are,' responded Pietersen, hooking it to Abdur Rehman at deep backward square. The eerie calm of an empty stadium might undermine Pietersen more than most, because he has an ego that feeds off big crowds. Somebody suggested on Twitter that they should tell him that all the spectators have come painted as empty seats.

Ajmal could not be kept out of the picture for long. He bowled Bell first ball in the first innings and he was soon bamboozled a second time, so disorientated by his failure that he wasted a review in confirming the inevitable.

Trott stood firm for nearly two hours for 49 but even his dismissal was disappointing as he carved at a wide one to give Gul his fourth wicket. All that remained was for Pakistan's spinners to terrorise the lower order. Abdur Rehman was on a hat-trick after Stuart Broad holed out in the deep and Chris Tremlett's golden duck, caught at slip to complete a poor game. Rehman almost got it too, as James Anderson allowed a ball to slip by, perilously close to off-stump

Fittingly, though, the final moment, in the field at least, rested with Ajmal, smiling broadly as he lured Swann into error. He left brandishing the match ball towards the smattering of spectators in what has felt like a made-for-TV Test. Dubai's newspapers had promised a bigger crowd on Saturday. There won't be one now.

England had conceded another 50 runs on the third morning in removing Pakistan's last three batsmen. Adnan Akmal, one of seven brothers, three of whom have played Test cricket, chanced his arm to carry the game out of reach, advancing his overnight 24 not out to 61 before he was last out, stumped by three yards against Graeme Swann as he sought a single to farm the strike. If Mrs Akmal had managed to provide a full team, the Akmals would have constituted the most unpredictable side in the world, half cricket team, half circus troupe.

Saeed Ajmal, even more than Strauss, had reason to rue his misfortune as Hot Spot, as it tends to do from time to time, seemed to be taking a day off. "Nobody claims the DRS is perfect," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, had reminded everybody in Dubai on the previous day. DRS, according to Lorgat, had improved decision making to 99% accuracy. Ajmal got the 1% as the third umpire Steve Davis this time put small print ahead of commonsense.

Billy Bowden, on the field, adjudged Swann had dismissed Ajmal at short leg, the batsman called for a review, and TV replays showed no flick of the glove as the ball deflected off the pad to Alastair Cook at short leg. According to Sky TV, Davis then told Bowden that because Hot Spot was obscured he had "no conclusive evidence" to overrule his decision.

Long before the end, Pakistan had forgotten that. They had destroyed an England side, which has had few peers over the past couple of years. The series is alight.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @ gerard periera! Pakistan have beaten england in a test in england and drawn with australia there. So only india can go down 7-0 in eng and aus. Even bangladesh can do better. And pakistan are clearly the best test team in subcontinent at the moment. I know that it is difficult for u to digest but it is the undisputable fact! Cheers!! Cricinfo plz publish !!

  • 5wombats on January 22, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (January 22 2012, 09:50 AM GMT) - hallelujah! Thank God for sensible posters like you!!!

  • on January 22, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @ gerard perera ! U must be very frustrated at india's 7/0 loss away but for ur information pakistan drew with australia in england and did beat england in one test in their backyard unlike ur over hyped team who suffered consecutive whitewashes(second one is about to be inflicted). So don't be ridiculous and accept that pakistan are easily the best test side from subcontinent at present!Cheers!

  • CandidIndian on January 22, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    JG2704- Completely agree with you,this brotherhood logic is pseudo.India has not beaten Eng in a test match, Pak did,if we do beat Eng in coming future then celebration is justified(not the trash talking)Indian team has been quite competitive against Eng(even Aus) since 2001,but reality of today is we got thrashed badly,many fans failed to digest it, hence this reaction which is ludicrous.About this series,we might see a different approach from Eng, a more attacking one that is.Pietersen has to lift his game ,he is the best man if Eng takes that attacking approach.Cook and Trott can hold up one end.

  • pak94fan on January 22, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @ Posted by Gerard Pereira on (January 20 2012, 20:16 PM GMT)

    Please, do not compare the current Indian team and Pakistan team. Misbah may be on the wrong side of 30, but he is in the team due to his cricketing brain, not because he has 99 centuries. He has restored pride to Pakistan cricket. Ajmal may be over 30 too, but when it comes to spinners, that's nothing unusual. The difference between the current Ind/Pak teams is, that we have backup batsmen to replace the old ones, like Azhar Ali. Your youngsters may have done well against Eng in ODIs, but they flopped in foreign conditions. Azhar has made countless 50s in foreign conditions, and is definitely one for the future, Umar Akmal made a 100 against OZ where everyone failed. Pak keeps producing more fast bowlers and I'm sure we will see some good young spinners too after Ajmal has excited all cricket fans in Pak. The younger Indian batsmen should practice more on green-ish pitches so that they can cope with foreign conditions....

  • rawcrickettalent on January 22, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    allright!!! Ive Had enough!!! INdians...cut the 'we congratulate our Brothers' blah blah !!! you are only saying this to spite England....as 5wombats rightly says We would beat you hands down if we play with you InshALLAH.....England is a great team and im expecting a comeback from them BUT not one from INDIA against Aus........they are gonna get trashed 4-0 and then maybe come to India and make 300 in an ODI or something like that and show off.....@5wombats beginning to like you :D

  • CandidIndian on January 22, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    g.narsimha-Well if trash talking is the yardstick, i think whether India lose or win there are lot more virulent comments from Pak as compared to Eng. Best example is the issue of DRS, first of all they rubbish stand of BCCI on DRS, and on other side they claim that BCCI misused DRS during WC semis when Sachin was given not out ,so if BCCI is capable of misusing DRS in their favor, why are they reluctant to use it?point is either way we are in firing line so why should we be happy just becoz victory comes against Eng,we will just get insults in return .In case of Eng, same guys which u mentioned that is Boycott , Nasir had appreciated India in the past, and if we do well they will do it in future too, same applies on Eng fans,while in case of Pak we will see hate comments on every article even if the topic has nothing to do with India,hope you are getting the drift.Only thing which should matter to us should be our victory and not Eng loss,this was not Europe vs Asia match.

  • karthik_raja on January 22, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @5wombats.. If it doesn't make sense for u 5, it doesn't mean that it don't hv sense at all.. There is every possibility that, "u r the five talking without sense.."

  • karthik_raja on January 22, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @5wombats.. Will u ask the same question if Indians r supporting England now..??

  • on January 22, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    VERY GOOD BUT KEEP THIS ALL THE WAY GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

  • on January 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @ gerard periera! Pakistan have beaten england in a test in england and drawn with australia there. So only india can go down 7-0 in eng and aus. Even bangladesh can do better. And pakistan are clearly the best test team in subcontinent at the moment. I know that it is difficult for u to digest but it is the undisputable fact! Cheers!! Cricinfo plz publish !!

  • 5wombats on January 22, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (January 22 2012, 09:50 AM GMT) - hallelujah! Thank God for sensible posters like you!!!

  • on January 22, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @ gerard perera ! U must be very frustrated at india's 7/0 loss away but for ur information pakistan drew with australia in england and did beat england in one test in their backyard unlike ur over hyped team who suffered consecutive whitewashes(second one is about to be inflicted). So don't be ridiculous and accept that pakistan are easily the best test side from subcontinent at present!Cheers!

  • CandidIndian on January 22, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    JG2704- Completely agree with you,this brotherhood logic is pseudo.India has not beaten Eng in a test match, Pak did,if we do beat Eng in coming future then celebration is justified(not the trash talking)Indian team has been quite competitive against Eng(even Aus) since 2001,but reality of today is we got thrashed badly,many fans failed to digest it, hence this reaction which is ludicrous.About this series,we might see a different approach from Eng, a more attacking one that is.Pietersen has to lift his game ,he is the best man if Eng takes that attacking approach.Cook and Trott can hold up one end.

  • pak94fan on January 22, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @ Posted by Gerard Pereira on (January 20 2012, 20:16 PM GMT)

    Please, do not compare the current Indian team and Pakistan team. Misbah may be on the wrong side of 30, but he is in the team due to his cricketing brain, not because he has 99 centuries. He has restored pride to Pakistan cricket. Ajmal may be over 30 too, but when it comes to spinners, that's nothing unusual. The difference between the current Ind/Pak teams is, that we have backup batsmen to replace the old ones, like Azhar Ali. Your youngsters may have done well against Eng in ODIs, but they flopped in foreign conditions. Azhar has made countless 50s in foreign conditions, and is definitely one for the future, Umar Akmal made a 100 against OZ where everyone failed. Pak keeps producing more fast bowlers and I'm sure we will see some good young spinners too after Ajmal has excited all cricket fans in Pak. The younger Indian batsmen should practice more on green-ish pitches so that they can cope with foreign conditions....

  • rawcrickettalent on January 22, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    allright!!! Ive Had enough!!! INdians...cut the 'we congratulate our Brothers' blah blah !!! you are only saying this to spite England....as 5wombats rightly says We would beat you hands down if we play with you InshALLAH.....England is a great team and im expecting a comeback from them BUT not one from INDIA against Aus........they are gonna get trashed 4-0 and then maybe come to India and make 300 in an ODI or something like that and show off.....@5wombats beginning to like you :D

  • CandidIndian on January 22, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    g.narsimha-Well if trash talking is the yardstick, i think whether India lose or win there are lot more virulent comments from Pak as compared to Eng. Best example is the issue of DRS, first of all they rubbish stand of BCCI on DRS, and on other side they claim that BCCI misused DRS during WC semis when Sachin was given not out ,so if BCCI is capable of misusing DRS in their favor, why are they reluctant to use it?point is either way we are in firing line so why should we be happy just becoz victory comes against Eng,we will just get insults in return .In case of Eng, same guys which u mentioned that is Boycott , Nasir had appreciated India in the past, and if we do well they will do it in future too, same applies on Eng fans,while in case of Pak we will see hate comments on every article even if the topic has nothing to do with India,hope you are getting the drift.Only thing which should matter to us should be our victory and not Eng loss,this was not Europe vs Asia match.

  • karthik_raja on January 22, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @5wombats.. If it doesn't make sense for u 5, it doesn't mean that it don't hv sense at all.. There is every possibility that, "u r the five talking without sense.."

  • karthik_raja on January 22, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @5wombats.. Will u ask the same question if Indians r supporting England now..??

  • on January 22, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    VERY GOOD BUT KEEP THIS ALL THE WAY GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (January 21 2012, 13:21 PM GMT) - Cheers man - will always have respect for you even if you might have incurred the wrath of your fellow countrymen. I'm sorry , but I don't buy this "Supporting Our Brothers" stance because most are not coming on here to cheer Pakistan but to snipe at England. If Pakistan were playing SA , I can't believe most of these guys would be supporting Pakistan. The Pakistan fans have been celebrating their own team's success and rightly so but most have been respectful. So if I make any generalistic statements about Indian fans you know I'm not including you. Oh and decent comms re the test outcome although it will be a very hard job to bounce back against this Pak team. Hope your guys restore a bit of pride vs Oz

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 20 2012, 20:16 PM GMT) - Pakistan have just beaten the number 1 side in the world - the first time ANY COUNTRY has gone up in a test series vs Eng in 3 years and your old boys are going into the 4th test with Australia , losing 7 away tests in a row with 4 of the last 5 being by an innings and India's older generation are performing better than Pakistan's. How do you work that out?

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 20 2012, 13:32 PM GMT) Excuses , excuses . excuses , sore losers. At least the English fans are either criticising our own players for being bad or giving Pakistan credit for playing well. None of these players have claimed to be the new WI bowling attack and Swann hasn't claimed to be the number 1 spinner , ICC recognise him as the best spinner , even if on current form Ajmal and possibly even Monty are better.

  • 5wombats on January 21, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (January 21 2012, 15:02 PM GMT);.."every team is pathetic once it comes out of its conforts zone only india is not exception"> SO, according to your logic, England coming out of its comfort zone to play in Australia, and then thrashing Australia - that was "pathetic" was it?? Or perhaps it was some sort of fluke. The same England team then flogged india in England and now the same Australia team is continuing the flogging of india in Australia. If india's record outside its own confort zone isn't pathetic - then, prey tell what is? It is india who are pathetic outside of their comfort zone. Thanks for reminding us. india are hailing this win in order to cover their national embarressment after all the floggings they've been on the receiving end of lately. Pakistan aren't even playing at home either. IMO Pakistan would comfortably beat india if they played right now. That would be fun to watch. indians wouldn't be so friendly to Pakistan in that event.

  • on January 21, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I used to bowl TEESRA when I was kid;) VERY FEW people(commentators, experts, fans) have picked what it really is or are pretending they haven't picked it!

  • g.narsimha on January 21, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    one of the main reason for indians hailing this win of pak over england is now it is proved beyond doubt that every team is pathetic once it comes out of its conforts zone only india is not exception .

  • CandidIndian on January 21, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    JG2704-Full respect for you too ,and firing back from you guys is totally justified.I dont support this silly idea of enjoying the loss of England just because they have beaten us recently.

  • kamal.adnan on January 21, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Hi,Well no doubt that it was a great display of Off Spin bowling from Saeed Ajmal, but I have seen the highlights of his bowling spells atleast 3 times, but not been able to find what TEESRA actually is. There is someting new but I am unable to figure it out. Can any one please help me out by giving the actual specifications os Saeed Ajmal new mistery ball ? looking forward.

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan, for a great win at a neutral venue.

  • g.narsimha on January 21, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    CANDIDINDIAN,There are lot of reasons to justify our support to pak , first of all when our team fared badly in ENG last time that after dominating them for the last 2 decades as they won nothing in ind , where as we won series there , their so called experts called our players donkeys, dogs , boycot even gone to the extent of saying his mom can bat better than indian , one off bad series, these experts rubbished our greats as if they never scored a run out side india & our team never won a match in abrpad ,compare thier top players performance in india or out side eng , that with our players they stands no where near to our players, stats sre far superior to them when compared ,they also rubbish us branding home tigers , now same thing applies to them as they cant winmatches out side their home ,we are happy as pak is showing their RIGHT PLACE .

  • on January 21, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Why can't the umpire who took the wrong decision himself reverse it, after he sees the replays, that it was a mistake. The third umpire may go by the letter of the law --"no conclusive evidence" to reverse the obvious mistake. Should not the field umpire have the honesty / professional integrity and courage to correct his own mistake. I expect that from world class umpires. The respect for them will only be boosted by the display of such honesty; not by clinging on to their misplaced egos!

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta on (January 20 2012, 08:01 AM GMT) Rubbish. True blue English (sic) Wombats don't support Ireland when they play Holland. So why do india fans support Pakistan? It doesn't make any sense. We have said many times that Pakistan are a fine admirable cricketing country with great history. Very dangerous. Very good team and good fans. Now Pakistan beats England in most deserved way and india fans resume their bragging!!! Pakistan does all the work and india takes the credit!! Doesn't this seem unfair to you, at all? Please publish.

  • maddy20 on January 20, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    @PakEditor Taking nothing away from Pakistan, who have put up a magnificent performance. Let me put things in perspective for you 1)Dubai is like the adopted home of PCB. The pitches there are prepared keep in mind the strengths of Pakistan. I am sure you will agree to this. That is exactly why PCB was lobbying for Dubai hosting their share of the WC matches. Now that you know "which monkey to spank" (like you put it) look in the mirror and you will know who to spank. As for Indian fans commenting on this post , are you trying to tell me no Pakistani comments on threads where India plays some country other than Pakistan? Do you realize how silly that sounds?

  • on January 20, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    othello22: I think you are wrong about SA, Australia and Pakistan. South Africa cant play spin and have just lost a home test against Sri Lanka. add to this fact that they are notorious"bottlers" means they will always buckle in pressure situations. Australia are following the English formula of pitch doctoring although they seem to have unearthed some fast bowling talent their best batsmen Ponting and Hussey are nearly forty and the others are just good enough. Dust bowl turners await they when they visit India so I can see a reversal of the 4-0 thrashing they are about to inflict on India. As for Pakistan Misbah, Yunis Hafees and Ajmal are all on the wrong side of thirty, turning over over a poor England is not a good yardstick to measure their greatness.

  • on January 20, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    PakEditor: There is no hard and fast rules as to who posts what on cricinfo conversations. Lets get one thing straight just because Pakistan beat England does not make them a great side it just exposes England as a mediocre side that thrives on especially prepared grass bowls. Most of the Pak team including Ajmal are on the wrong side of thirty and if you compare your old boys with our old boys our old boys are miles ahead with daylight second, Only Hafees, Gul and Ajmal are automatic choices to walk into the Indian team. OK India lost 7-0 to England and the Aussies but if Pak were playing in similar conditions the result would have probably been the same if not worse. Dust bowls await these two great side when the visit India so lets see how they cope. Dubai is not a typical subcontinental track and there was neither turn or bounce for the spinners. Hats off to Misbah for restoring some pride to Pakistan cricket and to Ajmal for playing with a smile on his face.

  • IshaqMalik on January 20, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    To All Pakistanis saying Indians are hypocrites: People, ever heard of diversity, difference of opinion? There are indians who support us because we are an asian team and there are indians who hate us because … well, they just hate us just they way some of Pakistanis hate them.

    To all Pakistanis saying we avenged India: Grow up, it's a sport, we avenged no one. learn to enjoy the game, England is a great team, India was also a great team, they need to rebuild. At the end of the day it's a sport, enjoy it as such.

    To Sri Lankans: Bros, you are the guys that stand with us through thick in thin (case in point: in 2009 no other team wanted to visit us and SL did). Trust me, you have just as much support in Pakistan as our team as there i.e. plenty. Lets hope SL team starts the crest of the wave again.

  • on January 20, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Love this Picture & his magician :)

  • anuradea on January 20, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    @brittop. It should be set as home and away games or series like soccor European cup style. You will get more points for winning the away matches. I am sure the ICC can make it extremely interesting so that there will be a huge following like the super bowl in the US.

  • RandyOZ on January 20, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    hillbumper, ohmatty, spence - where are you guys? cat got your tongue?

  • RandyOZ on January 20, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I really hope Pakistan give Australia a call and thank them because this win is down to Oz. England are so worried at how good we are becoming they forgot how to play cricket!

  • Amu7 on January 20, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    The series isnt over it may well end 1-1.As for people saying Aussies dont play well in subcontinent .They won last two series in SRL which even India hasnt been able to do.I think England is dreadful against spin cause there batsmen dont attack at all.They just try to defend.All the wickets Ajmal took were either defending or playing sweep across the line.They werent classical dismissals beaten in the air or the pitch just jaded batting without lack of intent.And so much for harping about pakis they lost to lowly windies last year.And for english fans saying 47 all out to aussies i give 51 allout lost by innings in Jamaica to windies to english fans in 2009

  • tarikimam on January 20, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    England's mediocre record continues in South Asia,as England A team also lost to Bangladesh A team 3-2 in a one day series which concluded just few days back

  • Sipahi_Pak on January 20, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Lesson well learned by Pakistan from 2010 and came strong - Well Done Green Team

  • mallamange on January 20, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I am originally from India, but have begun to root for Pakistan for the past 10 years or so. Maybe living in the US gave me perspective. Anyways, i have always maintained with friends who follow circket here (there are very few) that Ajmal , for my money is the best spinner going around, i LOVE watching him bamboozle batsmen. Ofcourse when India Plays Pakistan, i root for Pak to loose badly :) , but i found myself enjoying the tiny battle going on betwn Tendya and Ajmal in the WC. Anyways, congrats Pakistan !! loved following this match, i want Pakistan to win more, and bring back cricket to their native, its a huge loss to the people of Pakistan that they dont get to see their heroes in international matches, hope the authorities realise this and work on the Law and Order situation ... congrats again Pakistan ! I'll be watching you. P.S - Anyone miss Inzy like i do ? such lazy elegance and power, best Pak has produced IMHO.

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Pakistan has lost only once in Karachi in history of test cricket. These are "the home conditions" we are missing. Starting form NZ tour Pakistan is consistently playing on away or neutral venues and winning but certainly NOT HOME.

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    JG2704 We are not discussing India here the discussion is about England. We know how poor India were, due to a part ageing squad, part injury ravaged team and part pitch manipulation. England on the other hand were hailed as this wonder team set to dominate world cricket for the next ten years their success based on West Indian type fast bowlers. Well we all know that Broad is no Holding, Anderson no Marshall and Tremlett no Ambrose so this was always going to be a pipe dream.The South Africans and Irishman in the England team were always going to struggle against spin, Cooke also looks limited on turning tracks and Swan's claim to be the worlds number one spinner was always a joke.Lets get things straight this was not a turning track and it was a paceman not a spinner that did all the damage in the second innings. If England cant play Gul what chance have they got against Styen, and the new breed of Australian bowler, We wait and watch

  • othello22 on January 20, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @maddy20 (a) - 3 back to back home series? Err, England's number 1 ranking came in part by beating Australia - In Australia. Something, I might point out to you, India has never done. You lose. (2) "no current team can beat their opponents away from home" - Sorry bud, but Australia has very recently beaten SL and drawn against SA - Both on their home soils. You lose again. (3) "Aus got spanked 2-0 by India and they saved one game on a pure flatbed" - 2010 BGT was a 2 match series mate, not 3. So which match did we "save" on a flatbed? Isn't drawing matches on flat pitches the sole domain of India? Seriously, India didn't win Mohali, Australia lost it. 2-0 may have been the end result, but it was very nearly 1-1, and it was definitely no spanking. 3-0 (2 by an innings) with a match to spare is a spanking. Anything else you wish to discuss?

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @PakEditor on (January 20 2012, 08:56 AM GMT) - Full respect sir. As I've said before , I like seeing constructive comms/criticism from all countries people. When I first came onto ESPN I thought that , the little banter we (English) would get would be from the Aussies , but apart from the 2 bad comedians we get some good constructive debates going with the few that come onto our threads

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    The ball wasn't spinning much in the first innings and Umar Gul who destroyed England top order is not a spinner last time I checked. I don't know why the picture is being painted that England lost to spin. In 2005 when Michael Vaughan's team lost in Pakistan it was primarily because Shoaib Akhtar destroyed their top order batting in most innings. In my mind it is the quality of bowling with the plan being to keep bowling in good areas all day and not give easy balls for batsmen to hit. This will build pressure and sooner or later the bad strokes would come in to play by the batsmen in attempts to score runs. When a batsmen plays a bad stroke I think it's usually because the bowlers have put a stranglehold on them and you have to give credit to the bowlers for doing that. We will have to wait and see how England comes back in the next game but for this test I think England didn't loose because of Saeed Ajmal but due to a very disciplined bowling unit and decent batting by Pak.

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (January 20 2012, 08:48 AM GMT) - Full respect to you bud. If I offend you with my responses to your fellow countrymen postees , please don't take it personally. If we keep getting rubbish aimed at us we'll fire back. I have been on some Indian threads to post criticism , more of the team selection than anything but some of your fellow postees seem unable to post anything other than gloating/sniping comms on our boards. Constructive criticism from any postee , I'll always have respect for

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @maddy20 on (January 20 2012, 08:46 AM GMT) - You're absolutely right. Things look very bleak for England. It's a good job your own side are/have been performing so well in recent away test series otherwise your words would look a little empty

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @Posted by brittop on (January 20 2012, 00:12 AM GMT) I have said loads of times the reasons why - and that was before this test match and before this tour even. I have always felt that our balance was wrong - even though it has always been successful in the past. But my points are that 1 - I have always felt that Monty or Finn or Onions (depending on the pitch) would add more to the bowling line up than Morgan or Bopara would to the batting line up. Even when we were dominating India Bopara and Morgan didn't contribute that much. So I think that by adding an extra bowler we'd reduce the Pak totals by more runs than we'd increase our runs by with the extra batsman. Also if the workloads are shared among 5 bowlers rather than 4 there is less chance of injury or burnout (due to strain)

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Pakistan has lost only once in Karachi in history of test cricket. These are "the home conditions" we are missing. Starting form NZ tour Pakistan is consistently playing on away or neutral venues and winning but certainly NOT HOME.

  • Ifty_Khan on January 20, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    The better team won on the day, and Pakistan is a strong united unit. Only thing is for long-term plans we need to replace a mountain of a captain Misbah I cant see any obvious candidates apart from Haffiz but I hope that does not hamper his batting. England No.1 tag has been a curse, and has put unwanted pressure on them, and played in the favour of Pakistan. I am sick of hearing this No.1 just play cricket however its good to see Pakistan capitalise on this. GO GO Pak..!

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Woow Green Shirts!! You made us proud! We are getting our good days back after huge controversies and problems..i bet no other team can recover and shape up so fast!Thank you.

    To Indians: Thank you for suppoting us but dont make it a mess and start abusing Pakistan team if results would be either way in upcoming matches!

    To English: We respect all of your players but we played well in this test! No doubt your batting is damn strong...strauss,cook,bell,peitersen,trott,morgan,prior even swann can bat!! there will be a tough competition in upcoming matches between the bowling greats and strong english batting line up! but Insha'ALLAH we will win the series!

  • wrenx on January 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @slmn Couldn't agree more, Akmal deserves every bit as much praise as Ajmal & Gul. Anyone else here think that denying Pakistan players participation in the IPL has been the best things for the test side? Sure, it hurts their pride, dignity and their wallets, but for the rest of the world, the IPL has done nothing but harm.

  • Ifty_Khan on January 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    The better team won on the day, and Pakistan is a strong united unit. Only thing is for long-term plans we need to replace a mountain of a captain Misbah I cant see any obvious candidates apart from Haffiz but I hope that does not hamper his batting. England being No.1 tag has been a curse, and has put unwanted pressure on them, and played in the favour of Pakistan. I am sick of hearing this No.1 just play cricket however its good to see Pakistan capitalise on this. GO GO Pak..!

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    where did Usman samiunddin go, the pak writer ? how come we only see to happen only English article theres no one from pak to cover this series on cricinfo after all this is so Called Home series for pak..

  • class9ryan on January 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Its a ELECTRIFYING win for pak as i feel they can even beat India or South africa in their home

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    I dont want to compare India and Pakstan and surely we are not here to fight on which of these 2 team is best .. But one thing we need to take from this victory is , England would struggle in Sub continent conditions and that now proved once again ...they struggled in India and would continue to struggle in UAE.

    Their best man in this conditions Ian Bell is struggling and one man who is dangerous in any condition, KP is awfully out of form .. I never considered Strauss as a class batsman..

    Well , congratulations to Pakistan, they are here to prove that investing in new fast bowlers like Azeez Cheema is always worth its weight and he proved them right .. They dont have a very experienced batting line up but they have a line up where the batsmen want to prove themselves

    Hope BCCI is listening , They should find a quaity fast bowler who can consistantly bowl at mid 140s and take wickets. I dont think Zaheer is going to last long , so is Ishant.. they are injury prone ..

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @ Max Eddy .. Hi, nice meeitng you. Feels very good go interact with criccket lovers all over the world. I totally agree with you that the present score line in Australia is 3-0. Also in my comments about pak i have said that if Y.Khna and Misbah would have been in 2010 tour of England, England would have still won in their HOME CONDITIONS, only the margins could have been different. Now in recent times I have come to the conclusion that Australia was the last Super Power of Cricket (after WI of 70's and 80's) till 2009-10. Since then all the No.1 Rankings are always achieved in HOME CONDITIONS and get lost on travelling abroad. This is what cricket has come to. Regarding your comment about 7 in a row again i agree with you it is bad on India's part and they should replace their ageing players. I have written in many blogs about this. Even i dont expect the English Team to go down 7 in a row, infact they may reverse some (Pak's mercurial nature). But u c the WINNING habit is lost.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @ Snick_To_Backward_Point .. regarding your comments about my comments getting plastered all over the place, this is what i thought of others when initially i thought that most of my comments get ignored/cencored.. But now i understand that due to the huge volume of comments on CricInfo, these guys are pikcking the comments on Random basis. you can see in blogs where the number of comments are less you will definately get posted, otherwise lucky draw. Any way buddy gives me great pleasure in interacting with the cricket lover half way across the globe. so long.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @ Snick_To_Backward_Point .. first of all hello and nice meeting you. It gives me great pleasure to meet a brother (in cricket's love). I am fascinated how CricInfo can bring together cricket fans from all over the world. From your comments i can gather that you are in England. I am in India. Hope to have more interactions. regarding my comments, Sir, you will agree that there can be many views on one point. And since we are in the different parts of the world and in a vastly different culture, it is quite possible that we may not share the same view. But sometimes we may agree with each other after hearing the respective views, even if not then still we can understand the others view and yet not agree with it. However, least we can do is to atleast respect each other's view. After all the cultural biases that we come from will not be wiped out so quickly. Once again buddy nice meeting you, have a nice day.

  • bobmartin on January 20, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    During this first test, did anyone notice that the DRS protocol appears to have changed. I've always believed that the sole reason for DRS was to give the players protection against an on-field umpire's mistake. Judging by two of the decsions in that match, (one that went against Saeed Ajmal and the other against Strauss), when both decisions by Billy Bowden were clearly shown to be wrong, but were not overturned by the third umpire, it now appears to be being used to protect the reputation of the umpires. On the evidence of those two decsions, there seems very little point in having DRS.

  • reality_check on January 20, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    This was a good, nay great, victory for Pakistan but Pak fans should not get too cocky. England are a #1 team and they did not get to that position after a stroll. I don't think England will become supermen and Pakistan will just fold in the enxt two tests so I predict either a 1-0 series win for Pakistan or a 1-1 draw. In either case it will be great for Pakistan cricket and the fans to be able to come out with such a result against the #1 team in the world and that too after the 2010 turmoil. Pak fans should also appreciate the fact that Indian fans are rooting for Pakistan. This is a good thing so please stay above the school yard mockery. If England thrashed India 4-0 in England then India is also capable to return the favour in India. I don't see England as dominant across the conditions as WI or the Aussies were of yester years.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    A mark of a real winner is making a home away from home.. like a Lion or Tiger.. everywhere you go you're the king of the jungle.. Pakistan has done just that! They fared very well n came within touching distance in previous overseas series'. This time, with no cricket at home, they've made a home away from home in the middle east. For that reason alone, they deserve all the plaudits in the world! Well done team Pakistan.. way to go!

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Reading these comments are disappointing is this what cricket has become when Sub continent teams don't mind losing all they can say is as soon as you you come to our country than you will see, the truth is Aus, SA have a far better record in the sub continent than what the sub continent teams have in SA and Aus a reminder Aus and SA has won series in the sub continent but the sub continent teams has never won a series in these two contries again I say never

  • smjr on January 20, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Many congratulations to Pakistan Team for this resounding triumph. This stand as equal to their famous lords victory in 1982 against England. There is lot of comments about rankings and No. 1 teams in world. To be honest the ranking system of ICC is not fair. They must differentiate the current point system on home and away series,say double the points for away series win as compare to home series. Alternatively the pitches all over the world should be prepared under the control of ICC. I cant see England to win a single test in this series. Pak will inshallah win series 2-0 and will have to play consistently and extraordinary in all department of game to win 3-0. I would like to say to indian fans to be patience and not get rue about whitewashes. The indians record in test matches in home conditions is excellent. I cant see Eng or Aus to win test series in India in their coming tours. I wish their could be Pak-India series this year may be in UAE or in India.

  • dmqi on January 20, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    LATEST NEWS: BOB WILLS AND DARYL HARE WILL BE NEXT ICC OFFICIALS. INDIA HAS AGREED TO PLAY 2 TESTS IN PAKISTAN AS INDIAN FANS ARE HAPPY WITH PAK WIN. MUSHTAQ REMOVED AS ENG BOWLING COACH, WHY NO TEESRA FOR ENG. NO TEST MATCH IN ANY HOME GROUND, ALL IN 3RD COUNTRY TO GET RIGHT RANKING.

    next match, pak will win by smaller margin at the end of 4th day/begining of 5th day.

  • ste13 on January 20, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    great win for Pakistan, as many said with this batting, England does not deserve no. 1 ranking; also I believe none of the the current teams is better than the others - which is good for the game. I would still rank Pakistan, Australia and SA as the top teams. England is behind and will struggle later this year again in SL and India. While India needs overhaul of their batting department.

  • atrivedi101 on January 20, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    India should concentrate on its own test cricket and not worry about who beats whom and where. It does not matter. We should improve our own cricket. Since when did we become so friendly with Pakistan?

  • cric_monster on January 20, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistan team on this wondeful victory, and as a Pakistani fan I hope the charge will continue! Also the awful performance by England highlights the fact that the recent criticism directed at Sri Lanka and India is unfair to say the least. Performing in alien conditions is not even the No.1 rated teams cup of tea, then why single out the Asian teams?

  • PakEditor on January 20, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Like to point out that this section of the page was meant to be "ESPNCricinfo Conversations". English and Pak fans would have been ideal parties to this conversation but which was hijacked nevertheless. 1) England fans - you have an excellent Test team, and thanks for hosting Pakistan 2) Pakistan fans - man o' man, what a win 3) Indian fans - what do you want? Pak to start winning on your behalf now? PUHLEEEZ! The bubble called 'India' has burst.

  • azhar_hassan on January 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    As a true "green" blooded Pakistan fan, this victory is very satisfying. For all that our team has had to go through, all the controversy - to turn it around like this is absolutely amazing. Hope the guys will keep their focus and continue playing with the same spirit. England is a good team - no doubt about that - they have issues playing away from home like most teams do. I fully expect them to adapt and come back stronger in the next two games. Pakistan will have to remain at the top of their game to continue their success.

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I will just compare England batting for past year which bought them to number #1 level. They scored lot of runs against Indian bowling which was expected because it was their home ground and plus India has never been good in bowling department its their batting that I love to watch and which wins them matches not sure what happened to them now but I hope they can bring back strong in next test match good luck to them. England crushed Aus, Aus bowling was miserable at that time but now its good and getting better. finally England met new Pakistani team with healthy bowling attack. Pakistan bowling has always been and will be their strength it was the batting i was worry about and guess what England were crushed by good bowling attack so im guessing English batsmen cant handle good bowling unit. Good luck to both teams in next match in Abu Dhabi hope to see a good contest and cricket!

  • PakEditor on January 20, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    This is now beyond ridiculous by Indian fans. How is playing on a Dubai pitch reflective of a home pitch? If India plays on a pitch in Sri Lanka, can we say they have home advantage (barring the crowd)? I mean who's monkey do we have to spank to get a little cricketing respect around here people? Pakistan played supremely is all!

  • CandidIndian on January 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas-Hey mate ,i cant get a single reason why Indians should be happy with this English loss.They beat us fair and square, they exposed the flaws in our cricket system and team ,same flaws on which BCCI used to close their eyes and continued living in state of denial for so long.Just because they thrashed our team last year, that's not a good enough reason to enjoy their loss.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on January 20, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I am really surprised @ My Indian Brothers comment , I didn't see any comment against Pakistan or Pakistani Team , They all are giving "congratulation" . Really ! Really ! Really! This is Really Sportsmanship. Good Luck for All Teams (Pakistan V England),(India v Australia) and (Sri Lanka v South Africa )

  • maddy20 on January 20, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @5wombats We crow because of all the things your players and ex-players, not to be mentioned your fussy media said of our team after we lost. True it was a disastrous performance despite of the circumastances but what ever happened to "Be graceful whether you win or lose?". And that was the reason despite of the Pakistanis being our arch-rivals I have supported them from the start of the series and teach your cricket team a few lessons in playing and bowling spin. Guess what they just did exactly and they will continue to do that for the rest of the series! With another tour to spin friendly SL coming up things don't look so rosy mate.

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Alot of people dont understand that this pitch was not even turning lol this is was just a flattest pitch i dont understand how these english great batsmen cant score runs on straight pitch like seriously it had nothing in it for anyone this test match just showed us one thing that is Pakistan has got the most skillful bowlers in the world. England lost the test cuz their bowlers just dont have that much of skill if somebody with lil bit of knowledge of bowling would see the first day of the test and tell me the way they bowled it was just unbelievable that it was Pakistan so dicipline and amazing variations on flat pitch u need skill and English team clearly lacks that at the moment. My fav. English Batsmen Ian Bell was just out of sorts i mean he just couldnt play Ajmal thts just crazy.

  • ssanam on January 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    The result will discourage India to play with Pakistan.BCCI must find an acceptable excuse .

  • CandidIndian on January 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan, good for their cricket and their team ,since they have beaten no 1 team in the world.However writing off this English team just due to one loss will be a mistake,a big one actually,as they are still no 1 by fair margin and more than capable in bouncing back very strongly.I am sure we will see good fightback from Eng in next test.My money still on England for next test support and regards from an Indian fan,cheers.

  • imransmalik on January 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Congratulation and it is great to know that Mianwali can produce the right kind of Captain of cricket. This area is under served but always has the potential. First Imran Khan and Now Misbah-ul-Haq. My other feeling is that education plays an important role being a good Captain.

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Why are some people insisting in calling this a "Home" victory? First of all, HOME for us is Pakistan and last i checked Dubai is in UAE! Nothing outside of Pakistan is "home" for Pakistani team! Secondly, there were more English supporters at the ground than Pakistani supporters, where in the world does THAT happens for a HOME side? It doesnt, hence it was NOT a home victory. Thirdly the conditions of the game are completely different in pak, from climate, to the pitch behaviour, the curators, all are different from UAE (aslo known as NOT Pakistan). Lastly, this pitch was a completely different wicket from what we would have had at HOME! At best this can qualify as a neutral venue on which we have played most of our home games, other than that i dont see any similarities in DUBAI and PAKISTAN! BRING BACK CRICKET TO PAKISTAN!

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @Nutcutlet@OhhhMattyMatty@SiBaker@5Wombats@landl47@davidpk@JG2704@yorkshirematt and a few more. Please remember, in the current international cricket scenario, there is no team which deserves the No 1 status. Everyone is an emperor in his own kingdom. When they step out to other shores, they all wobble and sometime even crumble. Though I am an Indian, I am also a supporter of Pakistani cricket. I wonder ( and feel for) how well our brothers from across the border, Pakistan, would have fared, if their circumstances were more favorable. Congratulations to their team for the fine victory. That too within 3 days! Excellent show!

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    What a relief to finally read a positive narrative on Cricinfo about the Pakistani victory.

    Seems like it was a very long time ago when commentators like Andrew Miller and Osman Samiuddin provided a balanced view. Where have they gone ... why are they not covering this series for Cricinfo.

    David Hopps and George Dobell both sound more like an extension of the Barmy Army!! Despite the result, they keep harping about how English batsmen have "gifted" their wickets to Ajmal & Co.... and adding undeserved unsavoury remarks (worst was Hopps - about the Akmal family!). Need to realize they are not writing for a provincial paper - this website has an international reach ... and a more balanced approach will only help their own credibility with the readership.

    Honestly - give the Pakistan fans a break - allow them to savour this moment .... have they not had enough of a heart-wrenching time already.

  • Egarus on January 20, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    The reality of Indian Cricket and Pakisthan Cricket:

    Pakisthan plays as a winning unit nowadays. The position of India is

    Gambir, Sehwag Plays for money, Sachin plays for records, Laxman plays for honor, Dhoni plays for luck. But the real truth is no one play for India. That's the reality of Indian Cricket and a worst thing to digest for an Indian fan. Sachin should never receive Bharath Ratna in his life and should never ever think of it, if receives it will be an insult to the highest civilian award and for the nation.

  • shaannnnnn on January 20, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @5wombat You said exactly what i was thinking even before start of this series. As a pakistani i agree with you. Cant trust indians they can turn their back any time. We have experienced it many times and most recently in 2011 and they will prove it again in near future. Mark my words

  • Captain_Crick on January 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Flat pitch/Spinning track champs - Pakistan, India, Srilanka Seaming/Bouncy track champs - England, Australia, South Africa Evergreen champs - Windies of the golden era and Aussies of 90's and 2000's Noone else could truly claim to be No 1 like Windies and Aussies were unless they win consistently at home and away.

  • shikari_pk on January 20, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    To the Indian fans on this post, its good to see you are enjoying yourself vicariously in Pakistan's win, i'm sure it would be much more pleasing for you if you were to do it yourself next time. Have fun but lets not play buddy buddy please. Lets keep it to cricket. As for Pakistan performance, its about time guys, and there is a feeling that cricket hasn't seen the last of us. Keep it up, i'm sure you'll do great under Misbah's captaincy.

  • brittop on January 20, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @JG2704: Why do you want an extra bowler when the bowling was not the problem? If the batsmen had done their job it would have been OK.

  • dunger.bob on January 20, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    @ Pradish Haridas: You said ' Sure that if Ausies come to India they will have the same fate what they are giving to India.' ... That's the thing isn't it. .. That will be the telling of it all. The point, as far as I see it at least, is that if Australia can avoid a 3-0 (maybe a 4-0) disaster in India and also avoid a minimum of 2 innings defeats (maybe 3) then they will have outplayed India in the home/away context. If the Aussies can actually manage a win in India, they will have massacred India in all conditions, at least according to your parameters. Careful what you say old mate, it could come back to bite you.

  • vidyasagar06071993 on January 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    pakistan played fantastic cricket and thoroughly deserved the victory!!well done pakistan!!

  • Des_65 on January 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    First ranking test team in the world has lost to the fifth ranking team. How's that? England & Australia will surely struggle in the subcontinent. They should make spinning tracks in England & Australia.

  • easwarc on January 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Highly compelling cricket... Nothing much between the top 6 teams... The no.1 status is becoming a comical crown of thorns.. Well played Pakistan... please maintain the momentum and blank 'em :)

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @ atthipatti .. absolutely nailed it. england / united XI / World XI , just look at the composition of the team. . Straus, Trot, Petersen, Prior - South Africans and Morgan -Iriish. only six players are english.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    A 10 wicket win is great. But an inninngs defeat is an innings defeat. At the press conference Misbah had said that after Abdur Rehman broke the partnersip of broad and Swann by removing swann & Tremlett off successive deliveries, he (A.Rehman) approached Mishbah and told him that Gul deserves his fifer and Ajmal deservers his 10for so if he wants to go back to them he can. And Misbah accepted the offer and gave the ball back to Gul and Ajmal. Well this thing about unity and confidence boosters for the indivisual bowlers looks nice but it would have been a bigger confidence booster for the entire team if they won by an innings.

  • VinodGupte on January 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    takeaway - all the teams are home track bullies but are lambs abroad. that applies to IND, ENG, SA and AUS as well.

  • Rage468 on January 20, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    othello22:: well said...

    interesting to see how indians supporting pak to console their defeats against Aussies.......

  • Rage468 on January 20, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    othello22:: well said...

    interesting to see how indians supporting pak to console their defeats against Aussies.......

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    congratulate Pak team for the marvelous victory. we proud of our team. keep it up.

  • FLying.Horse on January 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Well Deserve Victory For Pak ,,,, But V R xpecting Strong Resilience From English Team in 2nd Test,,,

  • heshan666 on January 20, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Well, congratulations PAK here from SL.The reality is ENG can't win test matches in subcontinent.Against a clinical side with lots of strengths and ability(PAK) ,it will be more tough for ENG.You can't go with TREMLETT or ANDY because the conditions are lot different than in overseas.I think STEVEN FINN is the ideal man to replace for TREMLETT,because he played in IND before this series.He can generate more pace and bounce than others.But however it ''ll be tough 4 ENG comeback,because likes with AJMAL,GUL and others.Normally PAK is a difficult side to beat,when they have got their rhythm back.Thats why they are a different side ,if u compare to others.

  • mhk21 on January 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @blueangle very well said ....these people are hypocrites and they are only praising because they sufferred some embarrassing losses in aus and eng .....england defeated aus in aus ....they just want to criticize let this be their own players or the pak team and now eng ....when pak was winning against sri they said they were minnows ....bottom line indians are HYYPOCRITES

  • Arjun_CB on January 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    ha ha ha..... hoo hoo hoo.... Eng Fans... where are you??? Face the reality.... Eng batsmen yet to learn how to bat against Spin in sub cotinental conditions..... Cricket is not only green top wickets... not only for fast bowlers....

    heeh he he .. hoo hoo ho.. loved it

  • Tiger-Khan on January 20, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal you beauty!!! just saw some no name (sikh) past indian left arm spinner complaining about Ajmal's doosra.....same as some no name past it english bowler...pity!!!! both india and england want to call themself number 1 yet not face the music when time comes to fight it out...which is why you will never be number 1!!!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 20, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    completely random question: who came up with the googly?

  • peshawarwazir on January 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Well played Pak..if Pak wants to win the next match as well then Umer gul inclusion in the team should be looked in...He took wickets in second innings but his bowling was not impressive..no pace,no swing etc...i would like to include Wahab Riaz or Junaid khan..Rest team is ok...Commentators were praising Umer gul that he took wickets but all were Awkward selection by English...not satisfied with him..Wahab has pace and swing and he can put in troubles the left handers..Umerr gul often hammered .....in the long run he is not a reliable bowler anymore..who agrees?

  • rahulcricket007 on January 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    PAKISTAN, IF YOU ARE NOT INCLUDING JUNAID KHAN IN PLAYING XI FOR NEXT TEST THEN PLEASE GIVE HIM ON RENT TO OUR TEAM INDIA , WE WANT TO REPLACE HIM WITH WKTLESS ISHANT SHARMA IN ADELAIDE TEST SO THAT WE COULD HAVE A CHANCE TO BOWLED OUT AUS AT LOW SCORE .

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    very good to see pakistan's cricktet success!!!!!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Well Done Team Pakistan you proved once again..... After this performance i dun see those comments people were saying Pak is winning because other teams are minnows even they called Sri Lanka a minnow

    Whr r u guys now Pak won against number 1 team of the world and in three days Misbah and team wat a performance and Ajmal number 1 bowler of the world :)

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on January 20, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Wow..!I'm Loving This..! MY HEARTIEST WISHES TO MA PAKISTANI BROTHERS..AS ALWAYS SRILANKANS DO LOVE YOU PEOPLE (AND YES,AS ALWAYS WE HATE THOSE "BIG HEADED" INDIANZ)

  • rahulcricket007 on January 20, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    @NEO THE SAVIOUR . "AUS WILL QUICKLY BECAME NO.1" . ONE THING THAT YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT IS IF ENG LOSE THIS SERIES & IN SL THEN SA WILL BE NO.1 NOT AUS . ALSO AFTER DEFEATING OUR HOPELESS INDIAN TEAM( JOKE) WHICH MY STREET CRICKET TEAM CAN ALSO DEFEAT YOU R RIDING ON MOON . DON'T WORRY MATE . WAIT TILL YOU PLAY AGAINST SA IN DEC . YOU WILL FIND HOW GOOD AUS ARE AGAINST GOOD SIDES . AND BY THE WAY YOU ALSO HAVE TO TRAVEL TO PLAY 4 MATCH SERIES AGAINST INDIA IN INDIA IN FEB 2013 . BCCI HAS ALREADY SAID THAT WE WILL PREPARE DUST BOWLS SO , WE CAN WIN.

  • SaneVoice on January 20, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    5wombats - have you ever ventured outside of your own little so-called real world? Ever realized that there are different people with different views in the 'real' world? Or do all people in England have the same views? Are English so bland? If anything, you spoke too early on England being the no. 1 team. I thought that meant crowing and gloating. I feel for you but you have yourself to blame having put your money on such a weak team!!!

  • atthipatti on January 20, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Why Am I seeing the "fans" of England limiting their writing to just a couple of lines, who otherwise would go on crowing pages after pages? Would it matter only when they win? JG2704 has been an exception though! Have good regards for your comments mate, Keep up!!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    @Ram Kumar: thanks Bro, i hope Pakistani team will do as you wanted him to do and no doubt your Indian team is also very good but they are simply going through a bad phase and they've all the abilities to recover from it, its just matte of one good match.

  • sweetspot on January 20, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    How nice! Now Pakistani brothers, please keep your concentration and finish the job properly. You have all the support of Indian fans, and we will pray to our gods of all religions, to give you consistency. @5wombats - nice to see you acknowledge Indians have managed to get under your skin! Of course we're gloating, but trust me, we won't enjoy Pakistan going through any hardship against the overrated England team. Fully relaxed we want them to win 3-0, four more innings for England, just two for Pakistan - that is the way we would like to gloat. Hee hee hee!

  • satnam4cric on January 20, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Congrats & warm wishes from India, well done Pak. I hope India can learn something from you. Good luck for the remaining series.

  • SaneVoice on January 20, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    What happened here? Was the pitch flat like the ones in the subcontinent? Or are the English batsman 'weak attack bullies'? Umar Gul took top order wickets and the so-called best bowling attack in the world struggling to take any against a relatively weak Pakistan batting? Indians making 160 in perth and England making 160 on a flat track? Virat Khli made 75 at perth and what did the English do? Can see English fans coming back to the reality!!! Normal service resumes for the English!!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    England will come back in series

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal's warning that he is about to unleash his new mystery delivery, Shane Warne style, upon England in the first Test in Dubai has not left England's batting coach, Graham Gooch, fretting over how his batsmen might combating it.

    "We'll wait and see about the teesra," said Gooch. "Saying one thing and doing it are two different things in my book. Now Graham Gooch should add new logic into his cricket-book.

  • atthipatti on January 20, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Thanks for the confirmation that England/united 11 are not even flat-track-bullies!!! Probably this team can beat India in the worst-away-team trophy!!!

  • Kruti.agarwal on January 20, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    can any body tell me what is Teeessssraaa...... tesra.. by Ajmal .. im bit of confused so as English Batsman.... help me ?

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    It showed once again that no body can stand against pakistan when they play as a team. talent has never been a problem for pakistan. cricket is in tha blood of every child here... the main issue has been the descipline in the team. that was a well deserved victory and the team has every reason to celebrate it. for the English team i think they should think about the rest of 19 wickets rather than complaining about the DRS. These decisions are made by human and there can be an element of doubt everynow and then.

  • NeoTheSaviour on January 20, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Hoopla around no 1. I guess which ever team plays in their home conditions more will be no 1. There are two blocks here A) Spin friendly (or pace unfriendly) India, Sri Lanka, BDesh, Pak (or UAE) and WI (more of). How worst India might look right now but I feel they are better then other three of this lot the other Block is (B) Pace friendly Aus, Eng, SA, NZ. Now considering that section A plays very less test cricket so India would not be able to earn enough rating points to be no 1. Eng might be enjoying NO 1 status by playing half fit Indian side at home (as India were No 1 they earned a lot of points by beating them) BUT the quality pace attack AUS is about to dish to the world they would be undoubted winner in Section B and in turn will be NO 1 pretty soon.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Congratulation to my pak brothers... Pak shuld finish this series with 3-0 white wash.. Indian Team shuld learn from pakistanis... great work, great team spirt from pak team.. good to see.. England is a overated team.. not deserve for NO:1 rank..

  • malickabdul on January 20, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Great test sides of the past west indies and australia all had great bowling attacks and this bowling attack which is a class apart will compel pakistans batting to click and im sure we will see more such feats in the future. this side has got the indians thanking!. what more do u want.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    congrats pak 4 dis sensational victry over d no.1......... hope our indian team can learn something 4m u nd atleast win d adeliede test 4 d fans like us........ kudos to pak nd all d best 4 india

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    What about a 3-Day Test format?

  • justnaveed on January 20, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Team Pakistan has a potential to beat any team at the moment and I am pretty sure that by putting more efforts they can win the series 3-0.

  • George13 on January 20, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    That was brilliant work from the Pakistani Cricket Team..Well Done..I never thought that England would lose within 3 days..Good to see that a subcontinent team is peforming well..Pakistan truly has produced some world class bowlers always..Your performance is more amazing considering the recent turbulences that the team had gone through..Keep it Up..from an Indian Fan..

  • anver777 on January 20, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    While Eng struggles in Asian pitches, Pak's rich form in test continues.. captain Misbah is leading the team very well !!!!

  • jonesy2 on January 20, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    ok now for a more contructive comment. as i said before the series, i said pak would win 1 or 2 nill. englands batting is just amazingly one dimentional, in that the only real strength in defence and there are very basic ways to stop england scoring and get their bland batsmen out. the irishman at 6 is no where near test standard and nor is the captain. the bowling just shows that they also are one dementional and are very futile on such pitches. none of them bowl fast enough for test standard, india's bowlers are far quicker, thats saying something. im at a loss how anderson got wickets in aust, but he did and that cant change but i think that was due to ridiculous batting among other things. i will say that i like swann and think he is a good bowler, like the way he goes about it and hope that lyon can become as good as him then hopefully much better, i think he will soonish. but most of all, well done pakistan, its a treat to watch them play when they play well.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Gr8 victory... I am waiting for English commentators and Media to make another Conspiracy against Pakistan to overcome their terrified defeat ...

  • bhrangi on January 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    @ 5owbats : Here after i never expect any ENG fan to comment / crow on other team performance right LOL ??? ENG team dont even know to play in spinning tracks, at least IND proved in past that they play well in fast pitches.

  • Nigah on January 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Pakistani players prove that if they play for cricket and for their country then no one in the entire universe who can beat them. Its the matter of will actually.

  • ravi-1967 on January 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    A truly amzing win for Pak. After what they have gone through the past 18 months as a cricketing nation hats off to the team to pull this off. Looks like there is enough team bonding and a fire to prove something to the world.

    Hope England understand that they are not that good in Asia (0-5 loss in India) and if they have to be number 1 for a long time that is something they need to work on.

    If you look at all this the AUS team of 1990s and 2000s had the ability to play around the world be it the bowlers or batsmen and hence they were number 1 for a very long time. Eng should take a leaf or two out of the AUS books and learn.

    Pak is expected to come to India in Mar and that series would be interesting.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    keep it up Pakistan and win the series by good margin !

  • bhrangi on January 20, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @othello22 : I agree that ENG is slightly better than INDIA's TEST TEAM. When it comes to sub continent pitches, ENG ll play like minnows we saw that in last tour in INDIA (5-0 whitewash ) complete surrender. Every team is home tiger, only suitable pitch conditions define the victory, i think still more humiliation to come now its others turn. Congrats PAK - from Indian team FAN

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I hv told this b4.. repeating again here.. Taking no credit away frm England, they r indeed a very good Test side.. Bt, not as good as they seemed to b.. They got helpful conditions and played better cricket against helpless/injury hit/rebuilding teams in last few years @ home.. The real test for thm @ top has started now.. I am proved right in their very first Outing to foreign conditions(failed to score 200 twice within 3 days in a flat pitch).. I will wait for another 2 tests for thm to prove me wrong.. If they prove that they r top side in subcontinent, by winning this series(after all they r expected to, since they r world beaters and playing a low ranked team in flat pitches - mind it.. this was not a turner as u find in Ind/SL.. ), I will b d first to accept to accept that they can do better in foreign conditions(unlike my own Ind team).. gud luck England..

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    hahaha..no1 test team in the world just loss the test in 3days...england on the corner of whitewash...lol

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Nowadays all teams are good at home, England did India in , when came to India they were return the favors in similar fashion. No 1 team was supposed to roll over Pakistan , but given the home condition England looked like no 7 team like India in Australia. Sure that if Ausies come to India they will have the same fate what they are giving to India. A good team should be that which beat home team in home condition, else all are lions at home. Like India , Ausies , England .. may be all

  • AidanFX on January 20, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    I think many of these "sub-continent" statements are off beat - simple case of Pakistan outclassing Eng - Swan is a very good bowler but he is a straight forward off spinner; fact is Eng are not used to that standard of spin bowling. Pakistan always find good seamers so I am not entirely fazed by the result.

  • KingOwl on January 20, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Well, I said before the series that England will bite the dust. They did, big time! What a crushing defeat. England can only win when wickets are tailor made for them. They have got a bunch of useless home track bullies. Remember how they got hammered in the one days series in India just after their test win in England? Same will happen against Pakistan, and then against SL in SL! The downhill slide has begun. Same thing will happen to SA once they start touring the sub continent. Aussies will be #1 soon. Pakistan can be at the top too - if they don't get into one of their usual messes.

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Red Man: Mike Hussey went after Saeed Ajmal two years back and since then Ajmal has improved in leaps and bounds. Also that was a carnival T20 match where on a given day any bowler could get hit. Remember this is real cricket and test match cricket. When Misbah was appointed captain there were many critics who thought he would not last that long. Others thought Pakistan need to groom a younger captain. This shows age is not a barrier and it is the performance that matter. This is a good eye opener to new SL selectors who are going to name the captain and team to tour Austraila for the tri series soon. The indications are that they are going to name another non-performer as captain ignoring one of the world's best who helped to salvage some pride out of a dismal SA tour. To win matches you need batsmen who score runs and bowlers who take wickets. and captain who lead by example Not captains who talk a lot and blame the whole team instead of taking the blame on himself for not performing

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Great win for (under controversies )Pakistan. Thanks a lot from those supporters who have applauded Pakistan WIN.

  • Dr.Farhan on January 20, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Maybe the Worlds #! team should play the #2 team. Playing the Greens shirts is clearly unfair

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    There were lots of talks that pakistan recent victories(in 2011) against the medicore sides, well this will certainly close down those speculations.All the best green pakistan

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    What does this defeat of the No 1 Test team prove. W#hat determines one's ability is the kind of wicket on which you play. Every country tries to prepare pitches to suit the bowlers. England ,Australia, South Africa and New Zealand prepare green tops while Asian countries prepare wickets to suit spinners. Test rankings do not mean anything with this kind of pitches prepared which are not standard. Similarly, in ODIs, matches decoded on the D/L method is grossly unfair however fair the method may be proclaimed to be.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @Desihungama, respects here from India. Aah how much I love that 'G' word! I didn't know that Pakistanis use that word too. Congratulations to you and your country on this remarkable win. Savour this moment bhai! And last, but not the least - "A big thank you" to your team for making many many Indians like me happy.

  • Amitaabh on January 20, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    @bobmartin:

    >You might well have guessed that all the Indian supporters would be crowing.. They seem to be claiming Pakistan's victory as some sort of consolation prize for the thrashing England gave them and indeed the one Oz are now inflicting on them

    No sir, it is more than that. For one thing we love to see good game played by pakistan..... But, also the fact that this proves that Eng and Aus (current) team are no better than India team, since they, like India, are also Tigers at home.

    I am sure Eng will also lose their no. 1 ranking if they played enough away matches like India played....

  • maddy20 on January 20, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    @othello22 You got that all wrong mate! We comment because this supposedly the no.1 test team playing. Some performance that. The fact remains that they have got the no/1 rank by playing 3 back to back home series'. Hence its proved that no current team can beat their opponents away from home. Remember that Aus got spanked 2-0 by India last time they were here and they saved one game on a pure flatbed. As for England being no.1 by the end of this series they will see how no.1 they really are. They will be up against a resurgent SL side in their own backyard and even if SL draw one game SA'A'(Read England( will be down to no.2 and the REAL SA will be No.1

  • on January 20, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    england openers where r the daddy hundreds? pace battery where it is?needs some recharging!come on guys they can't play spin they can never be the no.1 side.may b "andy flower report" for reforms?

  • Amitaabh on January 20, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @bobmartin:

    And how many matched have England played away and how many have they won away-from-home ? India has not played a single Test match at home since playing England in England, for you info..so now you do the math..

  • Amitaabh on January 20, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @bobmartin:

    Did you forget Englands' 0-5 defeat in 2010 in sub-continent ? Just wanted to remind you in case you forgot..

  • dan_loves_cricket on January 20, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    well done pakistan!!!! you guys rock...best wishes from Sri Lanka.but be aware,England team is not a bad one at all...keep it going!!!!

  • dunger.bob on January 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @kentjones : Beautifully said mate. I'm an Aussie but I couldn't agree more. I've said before that I am chock a block full of admiration for the way the Pakistani's have regrouped and turned things around so quickly. I believe they have exactly the right attitude in that they seem to have used all of the horrible things that have been happening over the last few years as a way of sharpening their focus. I'm pretty sure we (Aus) would have wallowed in our own misery for a lot longer than these guys have. In fact, I can see no evidence at all the they have felt sorry for themselves at any point during all this. .... A word about this series. I think England can still win it because (through gritted teeth) they really are an excellent side. ........ A small apology to the Eng. players. In a previous post I may have mentioned fig-jam. I didn't really mean that the players themselves were spreading it about, my comment was actually aimed at the press and about 80% of the England fans.

  • on January 20, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Ajmal now ranked:

    PEHLA in ODI DOOSRA in T20 TEESRAin in Tests

    wow awesome ♥

  • Wyrrawaul on January 20, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Looking forward to seeing your guys play in Australia rather than just reading the articles. Best of luck in the next tests (though if you continue to play like that, you won't need luck).

  • Meety on January 20, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney - re: UDRS, well said! @dungar.bob - LOL! Ayup!!!! @othello22 - maybe now that there is so much love coming from India for Pakistan they could, 1) allow Paki players in the IPL, 2) Resume bilateral tests between the teams???????

  • on January 20, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @5wombats.. i understand ur logic.. exactly the same one employed by English in current Ind-Aus series.. lol.. :))

  • samincolumbia on January 20, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Othello22,

    If the english team can be 75% foreign and the playing XI looks like an International XI, what's the harm in Indian fans praising Pakistani victory?

  • disco_bob on January 20, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    @bigben_bigben, the difference between India loss in Perth and the England loss here, was that the Indian loss was the third in a row, it was the second series innings defeat and it also lost the series.

  • iRaf on January 20, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    well done... keep up the good work...

  • Blueangle on January 20, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    enemy's enemy is your friend. Good to see that Indian fans got some comfort in England's beating from Pakistan. These are very same (not all but some) people who were rating Pakistan third tier team with Zim,WI BD and asking for a ban on Pakistan cricket. What a change of the hearts? Dear Indian fans remember, when you laugh every body laughs with you but when you cry, you cry alone. Nothing is permanent, ups and downs are part of the life, learn to support the people when they are down because those memories are more lasting.....BTW good luck with your australian tour.... I am from pakistan and cheering for australia

  • smileyplus on January 20, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Good solid performance by Pakistan. However the real test of character for the team and the captain will be in the second test. Will they try to put the series beyond doubt or will they try to defend their one nil lead?

  • swat1999 on January 20, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Congratulation and wel done Pakistan, Keep go on.... Next match want to see Umar Akmal instead of Azhar Ali.

  • S305 on January 20, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Wrong mental set by England here: From the way he got out, was KP thinking he was in an ODI?

  • Patchmaster on January 20, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    We never here from the ENG batting coach, Graham Gooch. What does he think of this epic collapse on a flat pitch ? What are his plans, how is he preparing them for the next test ? He's responsible as much as the players surely ? What, as coach, does he make of KP's dismissal ? How will Bell cope with being so much at sea with spin ?

  • jaguar7777 on January 20, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    i wonder what swan has to recommend about the future of test match cricket.may be he wants only 20-20 games to be played at international level,after their miserable showing against pakistan.well done pakistan jithender

  • Liontamer on January 20, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Pakistan, thank you for beating the tar out of England. -India.

  • Marcio on January 20, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    A great win for Pakistan. Congratulations. Will be interesting to see if they can carry through with this form, and equally how well England pull themselves together. I have nothing against the Eng team. They deserve their #1 status. But there's a few smug Eng. supporters on this site. Of course a 10 wicket loss to Pakistan is not as terrible as a 7 run loss to NZ ;-) .

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on January 20, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Congratz my pakistani frnds!!! you have shown that no player is bigger than the team. Afridi did not want to play test fine got Misbah in. Asif, Aamir, Butt suspended fine get new players in. what a win. hopefully SL can learn a lesson from this great efforts.

  • Gizza on January 20, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Great win by Pakistan. The UAE is becoming their fortress. Imagine if all seven Akmals played in the Pakistan team at once! Add a few cousins and you can get an Akmal XI.

  • kentjones on January 20, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    I am a West Iindian and Congratulations to Pakistan, your cricketers are truly amazing. It is indeed mind boggling to comprehend that a team devastated by the recent bribery scandal and decimated in its ranks of talents, were able to rise above the negatives and doom and gloom and perform like true champions. The fact that they comprehensively trounced the NO1 team in world in three days, illustrates quite graphically to me the depth and talent of Pakistani cricket. I daresay, no other team, not even Australia would have been able to bounce back as positively and emphatically as they have done. This is no mean feat and not just another test victory, this is a performance of immense proportions and comparable to any of the great comebacks we have witnessed in world sport. I say this without fear of contradiction that if Pakistan can maintain consistency in their performances, Pakistan and not Australia could be soon be champions of the world!! Nuff said.

  • othello22 on January 20, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    How funny is it to see the Indians coming here praising Pakistan for beating England? I suppose it helps them take their minds off the flogging they are receiving at the hands of Australia at present. England are still the world's best test side, they have earned their number one ranking, but I do not see them as being a champion side who will rule the roost for years to come the way WI and Australia did in years gone by. Their weakness on slow, turning pitches is their Achilles Heel and will be their downfall. The only three sides I see right now who seem to be able to really compete on all playing surfaces are South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, which is interesting considering Australia and Pakistan only twelve months ago were in complete disarray and didn't look like winning a match against anyone. Next world number one will be one of these three sides.

  • rust01 on January 20, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @whip you got that right. And it has every thing to do with the arrogance and English supporters on these comments pages.

  • No_1_again on January 20, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Nothing wrong in here #2 lost in 2.5 days and #1 lost in 3 days. Go OZiiii

  • Gizza on January 20, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @bigben_bigben, you can't compare England's one test failure to India's seven test failure. If England lose another six away tests consecutively, I'm sure their fans will be calling for massive replacements of their substandard players just like the reasonable and non-attached Indian fans have realised their older players need to go sooner rather than later.

  • Stevo_ on January 20, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Pakistan will win till the odds offered for an England win are long enough, then they will throw a game.

  • brittop on January 20, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @JG2704: Why do you want an extra bowler when the bowling was not the problem? If the batsmen had done their job it would have been OK.

  • AQ87 on January 20, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Really Mr.Hopps, have you no more dignified insult in your arsenal left that you had to go after the mother of the players? I could have expected this from a U.K tabloid but not from a respectable source like ESPN or has ESPN just decided to not uphold standards anymore about what's being said on their articles. I just wanted to read a summary on the match events, keep your bitter rants restricted to your blogs. England is on the top for a reason, they will bounce back, you need not stoop so low.

  • brittop on January 20, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    @anuradea: if to be #1 you have to win in all conditions, how will a test championship like the world cup help? Presumably it will be played in one country!

  • bobbo2 on January 20, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Despite England being my second favourite Test side (I still suffer with the Black Caps), well done to Pakistan. I love the way you play and great to see a good clean game. Keep it up for yourselves, your fans and cricket.

  • on January 20, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @dunger.bob - totally agree. The English Team and the English Press have been spreading far too much figjam.... Can't wait for the next Ashes series....

  • Desihungama on January 19, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    @the_blue_android - Buddy, Ignore the ignorant. Cheers from PakCric Supporter. Wish India all the best in upcoming matches with Australia. let's beat some Goras. :)

  • san339 on January 19, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Good job. Hope you guys do a complete sweep.

  • on January 19, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, great team performance... I love how India were only no1 for a very short period and now we're seeing that the poms will be no1 for a very, very short period and people here say they've borrowed most of their players from overseas, shouldn't be allowed, but hey that's how england have done things for hundreds of years, lol.....

  • on January 19, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, great team performance... I love how India were only no1 for a very short period and now we're seeing that the poms will be no1 for a very, very short period and people here say they've borrowed most of their players from overseas, shouldn't be allowed, but hey that's how england have done things for hundreds of years, lol.....

  • on January 19, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Funny how there seem to be a lot of Indian fans commenting and mocking the result of this match.It's pretty pathetic really seen as how the majority of English fans don't seem to be doing the same despite India's struggles in Aus.

  • on January 19, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Funny how there seem to be a lot of Indian fans commenting and mocking the result of this match.It's pretty pathetic really seen as how the majority of English fans don't seem to be doing the same despite India's struggles in Aus.

  • WeeBee on January 19, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Hurrah !! .. This test match was for all those who never believed in PAKISTAN , who dont believe in PAKSITAN and who will never believe in PAKISTAN! ... Saeed Ajmal did not use his teesra yet and he got 10 wickets , he would use it in next then see the magic! ... this result was already predicted by many of the cricket fans.

  • wrenx on January 19, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan - a well-earned victory against a tough opponent. I think England said all the right words like they were supposed to, but in truth, I think they massively underestimated this Pakistan side. Why else would we have a result in 3 days, when everyone was predicting draws on flat pitches? I think this also tells us England don't need to mess around with their selection, they just need to swallow their pride, humbly put their heads down and do the hard work they know they must in order to be competitive. That is to say, go back to doing exactly what allowed them to claw their way up the rankings in the first place. I'd stick with Tremlett too, he's a fine bowler who will trouble batsman like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafique with the bounce he can extract. I think we can expect a much closer contest in Abu Dhabi.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 19, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    David Hopps, best report of a Test match day's play in ages! Nicely written.

  • sailani on January 19, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Mr .Hopps how many kids did your mother have? You sure are a stinky one!! And where is Mr Bob Willis now . Is he watching clips to find faults in Umer Gul's bow;ing action too? You guys simply cannot accept the fact that your team was bamboozled and comprehensively beaten by Pakistan. Good job Pakistan and Misbah for his role . We are proud of you.

  • haq33 on January 19, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    The DRS truly IS flawed....and fatally so.....I PERSONALLY ASSESSED ALL the camera angles, ball trackers and hotspot videos, and NOT A SINGLE ONE of them could either confirm or deny the presence of long shirt sleeves on Saeed Ajmal. I conclude that until DRS is at least 95% accurate in picking up blatant cheating such as long shirt sleeves, it should be banned.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    so no 1 beaten by no 5... another example on how pitches are being made to suit 1 team all over the world so only the home teams can win (dubai can literally be said to be pakistans home ground)... not taking away the fact that pakistan does have some really good bowlers anyways

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Well Done MEN IN GREEN , this is just the beginning

  • A.Ashraf on January 19, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    i am a Pakistani and I would like to thank all indian and sri lankan brothers for supporting our team! We have to hold together and inschallah we weill have success.

  • sathish008 on January 19, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Im an Hardcode Indian Fan. Really feeling good to see Pak's victory after all those demoralizing spot fixing scandals. Way to go greens. You always have good fighting spirit!!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    India don't play any overseas tests for the next two years.... Who cares?? they will prepare pitches in India to suit them like Australia and England did and destroy the teams who visit them for the next two years.. we will see after two years then when there is a resurgent new team..

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    So great to see Pakistan get up and give it to the poms. I'm an aussie who's still sore from the ashes defeat, GIVE IT TO 'EM PAKISTAN!!

  • cric7 on January 19, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    that old era was over way back. Nowadays. every team is Lions at Home;Lambs abroad.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Mercurial Pakistan......!

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Thnx for all indian ans oz d mn friends of backing pakistan

  • abdulrazzaqfc on January 19, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Many here saying that England and Australia are the master of their home condition, and poor else where.. They r wrong about Australia, Auzzie can play gud cricket just about anywhere, and so does South Africa. England and India can only play in their backyard... no offense but its a honest opinion

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Very well played Pak Team.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Congratulations to a superb perormance by the Pakistan team. I have always maintained that the Pakistan team, for a long time now, is bristling with talent. What has been lacking has been solid leadership - after Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, the team has been without a significant individual who can galvinise their efforts and correctly apply their talents to the game at hand. Misbah has been a tame captain in the past, but his performance in the role in this match must be applauded. Moreover, the batting resisted and posted a decent total, and the bowlers, the heart and soul of recent Pakistan success, were brilliant. Can't wait for Pakistan to tour Australia next so we can all get a look at Saeed Ajmal.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on January 19, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Haha. Finally, happy to see Indians happy with Pakistani success!! Go Pakistan!! Inflict more pain to England. More doosras and teesras and chouthas please! LOL.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    A similar demise of the England team to that during the ODI series in India. English batsmen must be able to play spin on flat tracks and conversely Pakistan should be able to play on faster more bouncy pitches.

  • Ross_Co on January 19, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    The problem is that there are still one or two Englishmen in the English team. Got to get rid of them. Maybe they could get some of the Pakistani players to play for England next test.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Six to eight months ago, it was the time when Pakistan was still struggling from internal conflicts, and Pakistani fans used to wish their country played as good cricket as their neighbor country, India. But now the scene is reversed. I'm an Indan fan, and I very much wish that India is playing as well as our neighbouring country Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal, what a bowler.

  • ice6430 on January 19, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    pakistan team can win anywhere in the world, they beat australia in england, also beat england in england won the world cup 20/20 in england.1992 world cup in oz.pity the english media are against thye could have played so many tests in england.but hey englands loss.

  • Moiz1 on January 19, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @ FreddyForPrimeMinister: an excellent post. It is always nice to read sensible and sane comments that are purely cricket in nature.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    So it is a reality check .whose batting is worse India or England? 5 down below 50 in first inning and 5 down at 75 in second. All English batsmen flopped. It is all in playing in favourable conditions. England and Australia doctored their pitches and India lost ,simple.in india they will loose.

  • Whip on January 19, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    I bet all Indians and Australians were supporting Pakistan to win, and are now celebrating the victory.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Congratulation to all our indian friends at England's Miserable defeat. I assure all of my indian friends that Pakistan team will try its best to avenge India's pathetic and grovelling defeats inflicted by England. Best of luck from the bottom of my heart in Adelaide test.

  • dunger.bob on January 19, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Maybe the Englishmen couldn't stand up properly because they kept slipping on all the fig-jam they've been spreading about the place.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    The comment regarding the Akmal family was totally out of place, and completely destroyed the otherwise good-ish article. It is in a bad taste, and completely out of place in a cricket commentary. I hope Mr David Hopps refrains from such needless digressions in the future.

  • jmcilhinney on January 19, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    The DRS debate rages on. I am in favour of DRS but like many people I am concerned about how it is used. The third umpire said that there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the decision against Ajmal but I think that any reasonable person who saw those replays would happily stand up in a court of law and swear that he didn't hit it. The front on shot showed that the ball didn't hit the bat and the side on showed that it didn't hit the glove. If that's not conclusive then it's the rules of DRS, not the technology or the third umpire, that are at fault. Even if HotSpot was available would the lack of heat on the bat and gloves have been conclusive, given that it wasn't for Strauss? I think the critical issue for Strauss is whether the sound and video were in sync because if they were then the sound occurred as the ball passed the leg, not the bat. That said, were those decisions howlers? Strauss certainly wasn't and I'm not sure Ajmal was either.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Getting players like strauss/cook/bell/pieterson/trott/morgan out twice by bowlers like ajmal/rahman/cheema/hafeez/gull is amazing because our bowling unit is excellent but not experienced as their batters are.. Being a pakistani the best thing i like in the our team is that whenever we were underestimated we proved the critics wrong by putting up combines and skillfull effort... Srilanka was tuff team than england on current condition they had better player of spin and well aware of asian conditions but we beat them on same grounds at all the formats england are aliens they will remember this tour all their life with heavy hearts..

  • alib on January 19, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!!!!! Supporting you is like being on a roller-coaster, but it is worth it when you give us victories as sweet as these. But please keep your feet on the ground, as we know full well a 'different' Pakistan team can turn up in the next match! Also this England team cannot be underestimated- they are mentally a very tough side unlike many Test teams nowadays. I know Pakistan have a great bowling unit, but they do not score enough 100s against the big boys. England's top 7 are all capable of scoring them- the same can't be said about us - yet anyway. Hope we win the series inshallah- 2-1 I predict.

  • jmcilhinney on January 19, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan who bowled well and batted very sensibly, although I do think England flattered the bowling a bit. People will say what they want but England did earn their #1 ranking, but they didn't play like #1 here. They completely failed to adapt to conditions with apparently no idea about the length of the ball or the bounce of the pitch and they were far too tentative against the spinners, who were good but far from unplayable. They showed poor judgement in many cases in both innings but the pressure applied by the Pakistan bowlers was in good part to blame for that. England bowled OK but Tremlett was ineffective and I think should be replaced for the next game by Finn or Monty. If Monty comes in I'd consider Bopara for Morgan as an extra bowling option. Morgan didn't do much with the bat but he was hardly the worst culprit there though.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Fast bowlers are not allowed to play against England, ICC should ban Umar Gul because he thrashed England Cricket Team in 2nd innings. Bob Wills (Joke of the day :D)

  • wahla101 on January 19, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    well done pakistan love u... and thanx to all indians who conrats us it is very nice to see positive comments from an indian.

    best of luck pak for the next matchs best of luck india for the odies becuz truly speeking you are not gonna win the 4th test you need some transformation for your test squad

  • rahulcricket007 on January 19, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @ABM BIDDUT . NO. THE MATCH WILL BE ENDED IN 3 SEESIONS WITH INDIA LOSING THE MATCH BY AN INNINGS . & BY THE WAY I M INDIAN .

  • pak78 on January 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    congrats team pakistan on a brilliant win, shame off the very poor attendance though millions of fans across the world enjoyed it. v love yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa keep up the hard work.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    well done Pakistan..But it is the time to be on the same way....

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @FreddyForPrimeMinister: You hit the nail on the head, i find that most subcontinent users on this forum to be far too disgusting.

    Makes me not want to comment anymore.

  • VivGilchrist on January 19, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Even with the help of 4 South Africans and an Irishman the no1 team fail. Maybe you could poach a few more foreigners... after all there is still 2 Englishmen left in the top 7.

  • vivek464 on January 19, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    as an indian fan, go pakistan go go whitewash them become world beaters cause i like u (just don't beat india too badly). destroy england, so we can whitewash them @ home just like u guys will.

  • ajmal1988 on January 19, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    "FreddyForPrimeMinister" : pakistani fans are not not being disrespectful towards the England team. I am aware of that the team under Strauss and Andy Flower has been down to the earth and recognized that they are not number 1 until they win in Asia and against SA at home. However, the english media along with english "cricket pundits" are being arrogant, thinking that they are unbeatable in any conditions. Just turn on the latest version of "Switch Hit" and you will see what I am talking about. Arrogance like that and not respecting the opposition will come and bite them in their asses , which it has already done. Thanks to Strauss for giving credits to the pakistani teams performance.

  • cricket_pak419 on January 19, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Pakistan played great. Also England were great. The part that I liked isthat England admited that they were out bowled or what I can call it doosred!

  • swingstowin on January 19, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I think England abject batting caused this defeat...Not saying Pakistan bowled badly,but i were to blame anything,it would be England's batting... More so in the 2nd innings,where they handled much more purposefully,but faltered against the others!! Pakistan batting leaves alot to be desired..Get Shafiq out and Akmal in.. They need to work hard on their batting if they wanna win this series, coz England will bounce back and expect them to come hard in the next two matches...they are still a very very good team!! None the less,a great victory for TEAM PAKISTAN and good luck for the next two matches...And thanks for all the felicitations from India!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    The Picture posted is ridiculous but doesn't cease to reflect bitterness, thus making us fans more GRITTY... Dave.

  • screamingeagle on January 19, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Just a simple reminder for the well behaved English fans who were screaming how ydeserving their No.1 status was....Well played Pakistan.

  • Chipwich on January 19, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Great win by Pakistan, but I do think England will bounce back. They are the best team in the world for a reason, and one loss in the subcontinent shouldn't determine that are on the downward.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on January 19, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Pakistan were excellent in their batting, bowling and fielding and England's batting was woeful. That's it - and it's depressing to see so many stupid comments on here. We've had one Test and every team in every sport loses games sometimes. England have never claimed to be the greatest team in history - it's simply that under the ICC system, they are currently the number one ranked team in the world. That does NOT mean they have to win every match, home and away, to mean they are currently number one!! They have never been arrogant and certainly not underestimated Pakistan, so why do people on here have to be so vitriolic and disdainful? If you truly love cricket then acknowledge the success and abilities of each side - don't let your blind prejudices lead you to making stupid, inflammatory statements. There are two Tests to go - regardless of one result, two very fine teams are competing and I still think the series is far from over. Jem

  • Yevghenny on January 19, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    fair enough Indians, here to swallow the medicine, but you still got the 4th test coming up so I guess you better make best use of regional success as you can! England bowlers still did a good job, batsmen played horrible shots. Pakistan taught England a lesson in this test

  • criclover112 on January 19, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    As a Pakistani, exremly happy to see my team win, but I am seeing a lot of Indians here thrashing the English, I think that it is unfair as England have been playing some exceptional cricket for the past two years. Their bowling unit actually performed really well in this match and showed that they can bowl well in any conditions. Credit to the Pakistani bowlers though for outwitting the english batsmen but it would be foolish to write the English off.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Firstly, Well done pakistan. As an Englishman I have to admit that they outplayed us. Secondly, Indias team's problems are different to ours. They have players coming to their end naturally, and while Strauss is 34 he still has a few years left, so comparing us is like comparing air with a car. Thirdly, I think that Eoin Morgan has to go. A Test Team may not be changed when they're winning, but a batsman with an average of less than 35 clearly is not a test player, Michael Bevan repeat. Panesar could come in and fill as a specialist spinner, or Prior could be promoted to 6 to bat, and Davis could keep (Not likely but still ;)). Lastly, I think we have seen a case of "Typical Pakistan" and will be interested to see how they fare in the next test. Thats all! :)

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    "Mr Anderson, what good would a new ball do if you are unable to swing"--Matrix

  • Patchmaster on January 19, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    If I was the ENG coach, I would be having serious words with Peterson, what a stupid shot, showing no regard for his team mates.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    pls next test plyed umer akmal and this pak is good if afridi include u think pak can beat any team well done pak

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    keep rocking Pakistan Zindabad

  • Kaze on January 19, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Lol Aus is the true #1 all the others are imitations :)

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    SUPER PAKISTAN ... SUPER PERFORMANCE .... SUPER WIN !!... HATS OFF GREEN TEAM !

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    @luck002 - I agree with the sentiment, but need to point out that SA won thier last series in England.

  • Aberdian on January 19, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    This is what Test cricket is all about. Congratulations to Pakistan, a good bowling effort but shame on England for an abject batting performance, hopefully there can't be any more of those left in the tank! I do think all the Pakistan fans are being a bit premature in their predictions of a 3-0 whitewash though, and the notion that England got to #1 ranking by playing in their home conditions is nonsensical (Australia is home conditions??). Anyway, playing like this they deserve to be busted down the ratings...... I think for the last two tests it's all about charcter from England, it'll be interesting to see how they cope with being under the cosh a little :)

  • Serene247 on January 19, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I strongly believe one needs to realise that this series is far from over, even best of teams can lose when they are at their top, I am a Pakistani and strong fan of Green team [and also fan of Indian batsmen] my heartiest congratulations to Pakistan but at the same time would say that English team is excellent, and they have the capability to come back strongly at any time. I also appreciate and thanks, as a Pakistani, all the congratulations and appreciation received from everyone specially Indians, and wish they come back strongly against Australians !

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    its a remarkable performance by Pak and it reflects that they are jelled together and playing better cricket. Eng legged behind in batting, their batting was appalling they were not respecting the brilliance of Ajmal and were cynical about his past performances hence paid the price. This has been English team's style to show arrogance however, this time it backfired and lost it miserably. I am happy for Pak and wish that they accomplish the clean sweep series. well done Pak Team. Mykhan

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    How can you people say, that every team is the best in their own home turf.. Pakistan havent played any matches at home for years, our success have come touring abroad, and those of you that say UAE is similar to Pakistan then honestly you guys know nothing as dubai is a barren desert area nothing similar to Pakistan.. You guys sure do know how to avoid praising us, but we people know that we're the BEST :D and indians it may be hard for you to digest but we have always been the better cricketing nation

  • chamalqif on January 19, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    well done guys. you are playing great cricket compare to us (SL) and our neighbors (flat track bullies).

  • iNsiDers on January 19, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, we are proud of you. You have tough many countries how to play cricket. I have seen some indian channels asking to ban Doosra. I just want to tell them to go and concentrate on your cricket first. Dont try to create controversial statements like Eng did in 2010.

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I can't believe that some of the pakistan fans have already started to make speculations and predictions on how this series will turn out. Also, some are even confident enough to start thrashing England, and some are even making offensive comments about the Indian team. In my opinion, the reason that Pakistan shines for just a little while and then falls back into the slumps is because we forget, very quickly, what we have been through. And we think that it will never happen again. A little modesty in behavior and a little respect for other sportsmen shows good character. Please respect all the great players out there and don't write someone off just because of few bad innings. The matches between test playing nations are like clash of titans. They are all great players, and that's the reason they are all in the field competing. Let's show some respect to everyone please. I don't mean to take anything away from Pak players. We played superb cricket out there and I am proud of Pak!!

  • Aura123 on January 19, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Well done pakistan , celebrate the win but not too much and England will bounce back really hard as they are number 1 for a reason. I still believe England is well balance and strong unit only their batting is letting them down. Coming matches will be more interesting and competetive i am sure. Now i can't wait for the 2nd test to start :P. Come on Pakistan

  • bohurupi on January 19, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    The commentators were repeatedly telling that the pitch was like " flat pitch", "good batting condition" bla bla. How come the match was over within 3 days and 30 wickets, in total, fell during that time?The highest score was only 88. Even, Pakistan could not bat showing their full batting potential. There were record number of LBWs, which rather suggests-at least- it was not so batting friendly wicket. Were the commentators sure about their remarks about the pitch or they were just making wild guesses based on ground stats?

  • addipakistani on January 19, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    i was watching last test match against bangladesh on sky sports when pak had won that match the english experts started discussing about pakistan and engalnd series the experts were saying that the series would definitly won by england because they have match winners from no 1 to 10 and the result will be 2-0 or 1-0 for english pakistan don't have no chance to win a test match against this english team and i was smpling at that time time and lughing rite now .... but iam dam sure that they dnt have any words to say somthing now lLOVE U PAKISTAN TEAM by the grace of ALLAH u will make this 3-0 INSHAALLAH

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    feeling sad that we are unable to gift a inning defeat to England

    Hats of to pakitanis Congratulation once Again

  • SyedRushan on January 19, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    welldone Pakistan.. we are proud of you :)

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    If pakistan faces India, India wuld be demolished in 3 days.

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. Outplayed England, who will struggle to come back in a 3 game series. However, one test victory against an underperforming side does not mean that they are the best in the world. Let's see what next week brings (it may be more of the same, or not - that's the beauty of test cricket).

  • ReverseIt on January 19, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Great to see Pakistan all over Englishmen! Job well done Misbah and Co.

    PS: I found it pretty comprehensive review of the match but Mr. Hopes would you like to answer what made you add "If Mrs Akmal had managed to provide a full team, the Akmals would have constituted the most unpredictable side in the world, half cricket team, half circus troupe" to this article? If you were just trying to be funny to ease your nerves after England losing the match in this pathetic manner, I'm convinced that this might be a good joke according to English standards, but millions of cricket followers will find it absurd and a serious disrespect to not only the Akmals, but the whole Pakistan cricket team. Also I'm surprised to see the note at the end of the review that says: "David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo", because to me people of this sort of humor don't deserve to be the COUNTRY EDITORS for a website followed by cricket lovers all over the world. Peace!

  • SyedRushan on January 19, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    well done Pakistan.. our teams just outplayed England.. but this is so disappointing for cricket.. world no1 side lost the game in 3 days for me its boring to see the one sided matches like this .cricket would be more interesting if the teams play competitive cricket .and it prove that this ranking system not shows the true picture.. icc should maintain both the home and away Series ranking separately..this will give the better view of teams performance ..and it would become easy to rate the teams in respect of conditions ...!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I have no doubt that England will come back hard. But IF Pakistan keep up the intensity, THEN it'll be a brownwash for sure. This is not a wish but the proof is in the pudding. English batsmen were horrible. How they lift themselves from here? Pakistanis have tasted English blood here. Hard to see how they are going to let off their catch. At the beginning, I thought Brits are going to take a hard fought series. But if what we saw in the first test is a prologue to what is in store, then there is no way on Earth England can comeback in this series though they try and comeback hard. I strongly believe that England won't play like clueless amateur school kids twice in a row. This is a very talented English team, especially three of their middle-order batsmen. This is the right time for them to make their pitches sportier in England, practice on them and try to win on sportier tracks that they are facing now and will face in the Subcontinent.

  • drnaveed on January 19, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    well done Pakistan Cricket Team.we all are proud of you.now, what mr bob willis will have to say? it was not his job to point at the bowling action of Saeed Ajmal ,he already has been cleared once by icc in 2011. the commentators tried to cover poor performance of their batsmen in the first innings. .one of the expert said,before this test match that though Pak played well in 2011, they didnt faced a top playing side, see what Pak did when they played one.this Pakistani side has no big names as some other sides have, but each one of them contributing his part.mind you this is not our home ground,but a neutral venue.

  • khan-touch-em on January 19, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    So typical of Pakistan...totally unpredictable, maybe thats why the bookies are always after them, well, to try and bring some balance to betting odds. I did not expect such a convincing victory, as i thought the weakness in their batting and batting depth would be shown. England as side are very solid lets not forget that, despite them crumbling to bits in this test mach, i would expect them to come back strong in the next two matches.

  • Riazi on January 19, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Stari09: I think it has to do with the fact that the ODI kit is the color of the Pakistani flag

  • intrepid_khan on January 19, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Ajmal is AWWWwesome !! plzz let the world first digest your DOOSRA :) imagine if only he had come at an early age to the international world of cricket.... there is so much talent masha'ALLAH :)

    P.S. please help me locate some english FANS who were predicting 500+ runs from their batsmen earlier ...

  • KKNIAZI on January 19, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Funny thing about comments section is, there are more Indians ridiculing England's no. 1 status then Pakistanis praising their team's performance.

    Well Done Pakistan

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    World no. 1 test team the Green track bullies have eaten dust inside 3 days in Dubai; & people say India cant win outside home..well played pakistan!

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Well i am not agree that Pakistan is win this Match on Home Coniditions as Pitch is made by an Indian Groundsman, Secondly Pakistan also win the Series in New Zealand with almost the same time where pitches are also seam friendly so i think in next a year or so the Pakistan Team is very hard to beat as their overseas record is much better then India and Sri Lanka

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    @bigben_bigben on (January 19 2012, 15:12 PM GMT) - I think the big difference is that India have lost 7 away test matches in a row (4 of the last 5 by ann innings) and their senior players are more senior than ours. This is the 1st time we've lost a test in a year and the 1st time we've been behind in a test series for about 3 years and it's against the 2nd best form side of 2011 . Still a very poor display and I certainly hope the selectors change the system for although I don't like to panic , this is just a 3 match series and we're up against it even if we play our best 11.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    The only person missing in the team is Mohammad AAmir... aaahhh we miss you mate. Your mistake has hurt more to Pakistan than to you.

  • Udendra on January 19, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    everytime a Green-track-bully looses, it's a debacle. this shows England aren't true number ones.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    What was good to see in the match was the good spirit between the two teams, much has been written about the acrimony between Pakistan & England ever since the 1982 series in England, so this good spirit currently is great to see and long may it continue regardless of the results...:) I was fortunate to grow up in the era of many a world class Pakistani cricketer playing in county cricket, Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammed, Zaheer, Imran Khan, Sarfraz, Javed Miandad to name but a few,and thrilling english crowds with their skill, so it's good to see the current crop doing well, even as a proud England fan, and as a cricketing purist I understand that test cricket needs a strong Pakistan team, although I must add that I do hope that England will be the stronger of the two teams in the remaining test matches! ;)

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    @Nutcutlet on (January 19 2012, 16:11 PM GMT) - Agree that Monty should come in but why should Tremlett miss out? It was our batsmen who were particularly woeful and Tremlett didn't bowl badly. Why shouldn't a batsman lose his place? Morgan has had a series of poor scores , averages significantly less than all the other batsmen and can't even bowl a few overs. I know that he didn't look too bad at the crease but he's still not doing it. Less overs per bowler will more likely add to each bowlers freshness (nevermind lessening the chances of picking up injuries)and also add to the dimension of our attack. They probably will just turn a blind eye to the batsmen's shocking performances and just make the change you suggested in which case they deserve to fail. They'll have a hard enough job from here with 5 bowlers but if they want to try to change the course we have to make these changes - otherwise we are doing exactly the same as the Indian selectors in Australia

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    @Arron Dore on (January 19 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) - Great post bud but I fear it will fall on blind eyes/deaf ears @SBJ_SBJ on (January 19 2012, 17:14 PM GMT) decent comms bud , enjoy the success , your team thoroughly deserved it.

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    @ Precioustar84 on (January 19 2012, 16:54 PM GMT) re "England had a dream run last year primarily due to the misfortune of their opponents. Also most importantly most of these matches were played in HOME conditions" - Right so England can say the same about Pakistan and Sri Lanka if we lose these 2 series - is that fair? And I thought we were supposed to be the nation that was coming up with excuses...

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (January 19 2012, 16:10 PM GMT) Kavindeven and others- If my country was performing as bad as your country , I'd be holding my tongue on slagging ANY other country off. What was it - 2 innings defeats in a row , or 4 innings defeats in the last 5 away test matches. Even though this is a shambolic performance it's kind of dwarfed by how India are doing right now in the shambles stakes. Even in this shambolic performance we made the Pakistan openers get their pads on again. Please publish @ Irfan Ahmed - If you actually follow the sport of boxing you'll know that boxers make more excursuses for defeats than any other sportsmen , inc HOMETOWN decisions. Pakistan won this match fair and square and there have been no excuses.

  • 5wombats on January 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    How wonderful it must be to be an india "fan". If Pakistan lose india fans can crow and gloat and say - "Well Pakistan always lose". And if England lose india fans can crow and gloat and say; "Well done Pakistan, shows it was a fluke that England beat india in a whitewash". For india fans it's a true win-win situation. Either way, india fans get to crow and gloat. An opportunity they'd never miss. Meanwhile, in the real world; wombats tributes to Pakistan - who thoroughly outplayed England. No excuses.

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @Kami Chaudry on (January 19 2012, 15:06 PM GMT) - On what grounds do you say England players are cocky? The rest of your post is fairly good.

  • dulabhai on January 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    So, here is the line up for 2nd tier test teams...India, England, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh.

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. We were outplayed both with bat and ball but particularly with the bat. Obviously as an English fan I have to hope that we can sort our act out in the next test. I have been saying for before this series started that England needed to change their formation from a 6/1/4 to a 5/1/5 and I thought that Monty's performance in the warm up game combined with Morgan's performances in the warm up games would make this an easy choice. Morgan wasn't as bad as some of our batsmen but a 5/1/5 is surely now a must. I believe even more firmly that Monty would have helped England dismiss Pak much cheaper. Obviously the batsmen need to do a much better job - but please 5/1/5 for the rest of the series. We need to give ourselves the best chance.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    No doubt it has been great victory by Pakistan, but I would like to congratulate both teams about their on field behaviour which was great and nice to see. The only Hiccup was " Mr Willis" remarks about Saeed Ajmal`s action which has been disregarded not only by sensible ex England cricketers but England team as well which shows greatness of England team.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Awesome performance by Pakistan. The best thing Pakistan is did is to keep the things simple and concentrate on basics.

  • shamlaatu on January 19, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    It's time that Australia calls an end to the comedy show called Border-Gavaskar trophy and play some REAL TEST CRICKET by inviting Pakistan under the instigation of yearly war called "Imran -Headley" or "Warne-Ajmal" trophy.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    So, it took a certain Pakistan to cane and slaughter the no.1 team in just over 2 and a half days. Where's one certain David Lloyd, The Bumbles? I hope this is what he is going to tweet -"England will probably have one of those "reviews". These are their best players but they can't play pace AND spin in challenging conditions on sportier tracks, even after 150 years of playing cricket. Solution: pitches at home." Well done Dear Pakistani Brothers - a Team India fan here.

  • oze13 on January 19, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    The next test is the crucial one. If England are really the no.1 team in the world they will come out and crush Pakistan. If they don't they're mere pretenders and their reign will be short lived. This is the biggest challenged they've faced since Strauss became captain. Don't forget they were thrashed in Perth 12 months ago. Let's see if they've got the bottle to bounce back!

  • anuradea on January 19, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Looks like England can win only in their conditions with low clouds and grren tops. If you want to be # 1, you need to be able to win in all conditions and even losing look great as did the graet clive lloyds and the australian teams. This clearly shows the glitch in the ranking system and the only way to find the true #1 is to have the test championship like the WC no one can dispute the winner.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Well, i would like to see some names here, Swombats for example, they were vociferous in their claim of England being the true champions of today's cricket, that England is the only one who can play top cricket in all conditions, i know it is early to conclude, but i think its been fairly proved that forget being champions, England are perhaps the best examples of 'lions at their backyards', they capitulated here, and before here, in India too. But no point pointing the fingers only at them, i guess the recklessness in cricket, especially batting is the root cause.

  • mustufa on January 19, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @starii...Its not the one day kit, its their prac kit. You will see the diff when they play odis.

  • Street_Hawk on January 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    England is as no. 1 as India was...they are nowhere near to be seated with Auzzies and Windies...they can dream about it all they want but their dream will always remain a nightmare...About the ranking system, I think multiplication factor for points should be larger when Aus, SA and Eng win in the subcontinent (and also in the carribeans) and when India, SL and Pak wins in Aus, SA and Eng..End and NZ has similar condition, so does SA and Aus..so multiplication factor they get winning there should not be too high..Similarly, point multiplication factor should not be high when India wins in SL or vice versa..Also, congrats to Pakistan..they have always managed to produce good bowlers even if their first choice bowlers are behind bars...they continue to amaze me

  • positiveindian on January 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Gr8 work Pakistan!! We are proud of you. Undoubtedly, after going through what you have gone in the past 2 - 3 years (especially in the last year), I cannot think any other team can rebound this strongly. Hats off to you!!. A brilliant disciplined performance. Please dont get carried away and display this discipline and aggression and soon you will be number one. Hopefully India can show some fight in Adelaide.

  • imtiaz-jamal on January 19, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and i am so happy to see that all Indian fans are supporting us thanks for that thanks you all thank you so much and love for all INDIANS.

  • truth1 on January 19, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    If this is the #1 side in Test cricket then standard of cricket must be humiliating abyssmal to allow this collection of international cricketers to rise to this position. Just pull out score cards of Pak's recent test matches against Zm and BD, both BD and Zm performed much better.India were ill prepared against this team otherwise result would have been totally different-FYI Eng got thrashed in India (ODIs) staright after winning all ODIs in England.Is that a coincidence? Also aus were in a change mode when they lost ashes otherwise it would have been otherway round.ICC need to abolish ranking system. How come Eng is playing max no of matches in next 8 yrs? what is the justification? 80 % of their future matches should be reschedulled with Zm and BD.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    wWELL WELL...ENGLAND NO 1 TEAM DONE IN 3 DAYSS!!!

  • yorkshirematt on January 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Well what can i say. Didn't see much of the match but seen a few of the dismissals and have to say I have never seen such dreadful batting, not even from Saltaire under 11s. Two caught down the leg side and as for plonker pietersen....

  • yorkslanka on January 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Congratulations to PAkistan on a great win..they thoroughly outplayed England and fully deserved the win..I am so pleased that Pakistan won this match as they deserve it(I am not anti english,I said the same when they beat us) because of the turmoil they have had recently and the fact they can't play at home due to terrorism risks..I am sure England will come back strong and makes this a fascinating series for us neutrals..cric publish

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    congrats to the all the brothers of pakistan.....now don't waste the golden oppurtunity...go on to win the series !!!

  • sumit.nuke on January 19, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    great victory by pakistan...they truly deserved it..time to show the english they so not deserve the No.1 ranking

  • Amitaabh on January 19, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Way to go Ajmaal ! Many Many Congrats to Pakistan !

    It was a treat to watch Pakistan bowling in this match, how they demolished opposition.

    This Test proves that England is nowhere near to No. 1 ranking when it comes to playing in sub-continent. They are just another Tigers at home. So just do not blame Indian team for being Tigers at home. Virtually every Current team is like this.

    Again, very well done Pakistan team ( and do not let the guard down..)

    -Indian Team Fan

  • Rajeev129 on January 19, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    This is not a surprising result. I have been expecting a white wash by Pakistan in this series but never thought that this England team will handover the game in 3 days. I just wish England to improve further in next 2 tests but Pakistan to clean sweep this series. I still rate England, Australia and Pakistan are the best test teams at the moment with balanced bowling attacks and batting order. I cant say about South Africa as they did't play many games on non-bouncy tracks in recent past.

  • Night_Fury on January 19, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    India held to no. 1 position for 2 yrs.. I hope English do that for 2 quarters... We went to no.1 cause we beat eng in eng drew with AUS in AUS and also drew with sa in sa ..but in last 20 yrs we have one lost 2 home series one against AUS and one again sa .... Next time when eng and AUS will tour India....I hope it wld be a carnage

  • the_blue_android on January 19, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @ Sanaullah Khan, Indian fans should not enjoy a Pakistan victory? Why so? I'm enjoying it thoroughly as I have done in the past. I have always been a big fan of Pakistan cricket and its extremely talented cricketers. Always waiting for you guys to find the next exciting fast bowler. I still get very depressed thinking about Asif and Amir. They could have been one of the best opening bowling pairs ever. Have been a fan of Imran, Wasim, Waqar,Shoaib Akhtar and others.Cheers from India.

  • mksreeram on January 19, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Wow Pak great job. Show these guys. I am waiting for Eng and Aus to come to India, Pak and SL to get thrashed. No time ENG will lose No 1. Except for SA i don't see any other team to play good in Ind, SL and Pak. If we can't play good away so do Eng and Aus. They are more lousy than other teams to play away.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 19, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    To all the pakistani cricket fans.. must listen to this discussion and you will enjoy more to this victory of pakistan ... " England's final frontier?"

  • bplusa on January 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Magnificant performance by Pakistan team; out classed the world # 1 test team in all three deptts. Keep it up for rest of the series .Let's see how English Media 'll react to this humiliating defeat.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    good to see indians and pakistanis ONLY commending a good performance, rather than fighting as always...

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 19, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Congrates to pakistan.. i hope writters will find other things to disscuss about this pakistani team which they deserve rather then mentioning spot fixing agian and again.. nice to see both teams playing with-in sports spirits.. i am expecting better performance from azhar and shafeeq in next match.. and expecting better show from england as well.. i wish this series was getting played in pakistan... anyways good luck to both teams and best of luck to pakistan x

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Performance is the best revenge. :) well played Pakistan.

  • Chymera on January 19, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @Liaq Ali.. I agree with you bro.. cricinfo showing it's bias again by displaying a funny picture of Ajmal like that.. Mr Hoppe either change the picture or hang your head in shame for seeking gratification for Englands loss in such a feeble manner. Also to all Pak fans out there.. please respect the fans of other teams as we are judged on how we treat those who are inferior to us and many thanks to our brothers across the border for the well wishes.cricinfo pls publish.

  • bobmartin on January 19, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    I'd just like to remind all those Indian fans who are gloating over England's defeat... Since becoming the number one team in the ICC Table, England have played away once and lost. However they have not lost their number one ranking. India on the other hand, since they became number one, have played away 7 times and lost all 7 and not only have they lost their number one ranking but are in serious danger of losing their number two ranking as well. So I would respectfully suggest that you Indian fans worry about your own teams performance, and not try to bask in the reflected glory of Pakistan's victory. Then you can let us England supporters rue our teams performance against a revitalised Pakistan team.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Thanks to all Indians who are supporting Pakistan :)

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I think it is big Win because Pakistan Beat Newziland, Bangladash, Irland,Sri Lanka, But beat Test No 1 team England, its great reward for hard work, keep it up, Allah help you

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    A good and solid team effort by pakistan team, England though have the ability to bounce back. if it happens this series would become more interesting. i firmly believe that No 1 test side status is actually working against english team by putting them under more pressure. Credit should be given to groundsmen as well for preparing a better test wicket in Dubai than the ones used earlier. Congrats team Pakistan, you have surprised many.

  • CricketFundas on January 19, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Kudos to Pakistan! I expected Pakistan to win, but they absolutely demolished England.

    Well, i guess it is time for the English to go take a look at their team and wonder if all their gloating about this team being world beaters is really true. If the subcontinent teams struggle on the seaming wickets, the English struggle on any wickets that dont seam.

    now let's wait for the English to start whining - waah, it was a spinning track and it favored the pakistanis, waah there was nothing in it for our bowlers, waah only seaming tracks are the fair tracks for world cricket.

    Let's hope that Pakistan continue to thump this sorry English side right through the series. Go Pakistan!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Dear Arron Dore. England is a great team and real fighters lately.I know they will try to come back very strongly.But I'm glad that this is not a mismatch as some pundits in Pakistan and abroad had written off Pakistan. Thanks for your compliments about Pakistan. English spectators love sports and appreciate performances from whosoever it might be. Its only the drunk few who spoil the fun.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Now Banagladesh's performance against the same team does not look so bad. You would think Pakistan has an uncanny ability to crank out seamers and now they have two world's finest spinners.

  • suNNy2107 on January 19, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    pak vs eng 2012 test series result: pak beat eng 3-0 odi series result : pak beat eng 5-0

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @ Muhammad Waqas: That lingo was totally unnecessary. You should apologize for that. As for as the victory of Pakistan is concern, it sure was good to watch and the whole team proved to be as good as it can be. England is number 1 team in the world and sure there is no doubt in the mind of anyone. They may find it hard to fight in Asia but sure they have done great jobs in England and in Australia. They have beaten the two best teams in the world to become number 1 and sure they deserve to be there. Pakistan in fact, rehabilitated after the 2010 English Summer and thanks to Younas Khan, Shahid Afridi and all senior and junior players for putting efforts to make Pakistan a competitive team. But Pakistan can only be tested against the finest like England. 1 test done. 2 more to go. Clash of the Titans has begun. 3 rounds. Pakistan have won one. England has the ability to fight and win. Pakistan will resist. Grounds have changed and England have become a challenger in the next tussle.

  • KMalik on January 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    England is good team wait until the series end but really disappointed by the comments by my fellow Pakistanis especially by Muhammad Waqas.what kind of language is this??is there no check system by cricinfo site when they open comments section????The old 1996 cricket.org web site was better at least there was no such pathetic word wars iwe have to endure.Shame on you @Muhammad Waqas you brought shame to all of us who support Pakistan team it does not give us the license to insult others favorite team or in your case worst,other nation.

  • sanjay37b on January 19, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    End of Test Cricket is near.Most of the tests getting over in 3 / 4 days.Eng vs India, India vs Aus,SA vs SL and now Pak vs Eng clearly proves that.Cricket is not for records but to play consistantly this most scientific game with Technique and Talent.That's what missing with the players of all test playing nations at the moment despite all modern facilities made available at all venues.Looks like the players falling in the trap of 3 W's.

  • knan on January 19, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Seems to be a jinx with the no 1 test teams. Of late, they seem to be going on a free fall after reaching the no 1 status especially when playing away from their home conditions. Well done Pak. Keep it going . Hope you win the series 3-0. Eng should accept the fact that they were outplayed by a team that played better cricket. One hears of teams not being used to playing in conditions where the ball swings/seams/bounces but it is not expected of a no 1 team to crash in 3 days on a flat wicket. Hope they pull up their socks and put up a better fight in the next 2 tests

  • Swingit on January 19, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Wow England the European Indians!! Hahaaha , now English fans has no right to say boo to Indians fans you are just mirror images of each other - number ! in conditions that suit you. @Big Ben is absolutely correct, the only two teams in the history of cricket that could legitimately claim to be world number 1s were the Windies team under Clive Llyod and Viv Richards and the Ozzies under Waugh and Ponting before his epic fail. These are the only teams that should ever be discussed when we are referring to true world champions or number ones because they dominated in every condition against every opponent (Windies with the more dominant performances in the subcontinent but the Aussies still proved themselves there). I think the ICC should discard with this ranking fiasco cuz it makes a mockery of what true champions are they should just ask "could this team come close to beating the formidable Windies or Ozzies in any condition?" unless the answer is yes you do not get to be number 1!

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal king of Doosra is ranked 'Pehla' in ODI's, 'Doosra' in t20 and 'Teesra' in tests..!

    :D

  • stari09 on January 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Barmy Army singing ''No. 1 Test side, your havin a laugh, No. 1 Test side your having a laugh'' deep into day 3. Question for Pakistan fans. Why do the Pakistani players knock about in the one day kit when out of their whites? At the after match presentation they collected the cheques wearing the one day kit.

  • Whip on January 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    No team in the world can accomplish what Pakistan has achieved. Their top two bowlers are serving their term in prison. Their best batsman retired a few months ago. Their skipper also behind bars. The country ravaged by terrorism. And yet. This bunch of talented cricketers beat the top test team in the world in 3 days. Well done, Pakistan. If India was not partitioned they would have remained indomitable cricket team ever.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    There has never been doubt about the talent of Pakistani Cricketers. Harnessing their energy and talent has always been a challenge. Credit to their Captain Misbah-ul-Huq for bringing THE one thing Pakistani Cricket has always lacked- DISCIPLINE. As for England- if you want to be Test Team Number One- you have to be a bully at home and away. You have convincingly won in Australia. The next frontier is the Sub-Continent. The 'Fly Buy Dubai' should be a WAKE UP CALL. It will be very difficult to come back from 1-0 down in a Three Match Series- but that is where the challenge lies as a Number One Team. England- pull your socks up. All the best for an ignited series.

  • luck002 on January 19, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    WI & AUS were the most dominating no.1 teams ever.IND were no.1 for nearly 18 months.They were never dominating but they deserved it as they had defeated everyone(except SA drawn series) and simultaneously were victorious or had drawn overseas(except AUS).But now NO ONE can claim to be the no.1 side in world in tests. EVERY TEAM IS MASTER OF THEIR OWN HOME CONDITIONS,BUT BAD OVERSEAS. AUS only won against SL in abroad but drew against SA.ENG yet to win in subcontinent.IND pathetic in last 2 overseas tours,but monsters at home.The most impressive teams at present are SA & PAK(but they do not deserve to be no.1 as PAK have to win outside UAE and SA have to win in ENG andSL0.

  • Desihungama on January 19, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Today! I have felt relieved for the first time ever since that fateful 2010 England tour. Actions of some of our players brought shame and disrepute to the beautiful game of Cricket. With this win and the way they went about winning the game will go miles in restoring the lost pride. We should put all debate to rest and conclude Pakistan and Australia are the two top teams in World Cricket right now. Great Victory.

  • risky on January 19, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Where r those people now who was crying loudly that Pakistan got success only against weaker teams? I think Bangladesh were tougher than England, who fought atleast for 4 days in a test.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Mr david hoppe , although i like your article ,however the picture you post of Saeed ajmal ,looks funy ..not happy on the fact that he has been presented by you like that!!!!!! congratz z z z z z to pak team for their extraordinary performance..

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 19, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Wow!!! Pakistan is well underway to dethrone England from the top ranking pedestal as Pak also did to Australia in World Cup 2011 by blocking its 34 winning streaks!!! Bravo Pakistan!!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Another good news that shahid afridi sold for $700,000 in BPL auction, (A big slap on IPL orgniser..:P)

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    On be half of India..Congratz Pakistan team for the wonderful performance against undeserved world champion England. England have to prove on upcoming tests that they really deserve to be at top after this debacle in Dubai test. England need to beware of teesra bowl of Saeed Ajmal other wise they are going to loose every match..:)

  • slmn on January 19, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Adnan Akmal should've been praised by Misbah for his performance in 2nd innings. Suplerlative degree of Cricket by Pakistan. I can't find enough words on keyboard to congratule Pakistan.

  • loveipl on January 19, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    (contd..) It takes a lot of skill and application to bat and bowl well in sub-continental pitches like it does in green tops else where. This variations pose more challenges to the players and their effort to cope with that is what makes home-away matches so exciting and fascinating. This adds extra flavor and context to the whole game of cricket, otherwise cricket could have been played on artificially made/engineered pitches where there won't be any specific flavor or variety on offer. Wonder what would have happened if all the tennis court in the world were "Grass Court" and Roger Federer winning GS after GS every year...boring...it is the other types of courts that brings out the best in other players and makes the game competitive and exciting. Wonder what would have happened if we were left with the choice of eating "burgers" only, no chinese,thai,continental,mughlai or indian dishes ?? ...one dimensional...right...cricinfo pls publish...

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Great Victory ! MashALLAH

    as cheema ix not Fit for the next game .. Junaid would b a better choice . as Waqar younis also said during the last session ..

  • Stark62 on January 19, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Oh I forgot to mention:

    There were a lot of comments saying "we need a two tier system" but in that system Pak should be in the second one.

    Now, they have beaten the best in tier 1 and made them look like fools plus, that too from a "second tier" team! LOL

  • gfgffhhfh on January 19, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I BET ENGLAND CAN NEVER WIN A TEST SERIES IN ASIA UNTIL THEY LEARN HOW TO PLAY SPIN.THEY ARE PLAYING SPINNERS LIKE A TEN YEAR OLD ROOKIE.THREE MONTHS AGO WHEN THEY VISITED INDIA THEY PLAYED SPIN SO BADLY THAT EVERY TIME A SPINNER CAME TO BOWL THEY TRIED TO PLAY UNORTHODOX SHOTS. .AJMAL BOWLED REALLY WELL AND HE DESERVERD TEN WICKET.ANOTHER THING I DON'T LIKE ABOUT ENGLAD IS THEIR PLAYERS, FORMER PLAYERS AND MEDIA ARE SO ARROGANT. THEY DON'T RESPECT TEAMS FROM INDIAN SUBCONTINENT AND USE BAD LANGUAGES IF SUBCONTINENT TEAMS PERFORM BADLY IN ENGLAND BUT WHEN THEIR TEAM LOOSE IN ASIA THEY MAKE DIFFERENT EXCUSES LIKE AJMAL'S BOWLING ACTION etc .MY PREDICTION IS 3-0.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on January 19, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan for a great performance from an English fan but first and foremost a cricket fan. AbdullahShaikh are you a freelance reporter for Cricinfo or something? No matter what you say or how much you troll your comments get plastered all over these threads even when you;re rude and you talk nonsense.

  • mhb1 on January 19, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    now ppl who were underestimating pakistan should go first ask the minnows and then the no 1 team i think the english team wouldnt answer because the got more hammered and they cant with stand the pain LOL

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    I wish this was 5 match series!

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, well done. But please stop bashing England. ECB has been so helpful in offering England as a home ground for Pakistan's series against Aus. Thank you England.

  • SBJ_SBJ on January 19, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Here is a true 200% green shirts fan...but i agree with arron. England has played exceptional cricket over the past year and just by one performance nobody can judge them. And it is very disappointing to see some of the people making this into a war. We won against them simply because as a unit our balling attack was stronger and the strategy was well though of and executed. Even our batting clicked. Enjoy it.:D. Ajmal was splended. And this victory also washes the dark spot against pakistan that they have only won against weaker sides. England certainly is one of the best. So guys...admire the talent of our players...rather than discrediting the other team. be All hats of to excellent performance by PAKISTAN

  • suNNy2107 on January 19, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    well englishmen were saying that they wants to be world beater and remembered as great side in the world just like great australian and west indian team now how can they be remebered as great team.........

  • loveipl on January 19, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    I am an Indian fan but my hearty congratulation to team Pakistan !! Well Done. Once again this victory revealed the double standard of Eng/Aus media about how they treat the teams and playing conditions of subcontinent as a whole. When ever a team from subcontinent fares badly in Eng/Aus condition they will unleash all kind of trash talk on how bad our players are and how good are theirs. What now ?? The so called no 1 test team of the world has been thrashed within 3 days and they will now blame the slow and low and spinning track of subcontinent as "dust bowls" and their green tops as the best cricket pitches. Come on..the great teams and players have always played well in all circumstances like the great WI team of 70-80's which this Eng team is no where near. You have to accept that every team thrives well in their home condition and there is nothing shame on preparing pitches according to your strength. Cricinfo pls publish

  • mustafa14 on January 19, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    now ajmal is claiming to use his "TEESRA" in the next match...hope england will cross 200 in the next match.good luck team england:)

  • Waseem.Ather on January 19, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN keep up the good work in series and dont let England to comeback, 2-0 will be good 3-0 will be awesome after this series England players will stop behaving like invincibles as i said before also England will lose no.1 ranking even much quicker now dream run is over for England welcome to reality for downhill slide in future SL and India tours SA tour will decide further as the conditions will be similar to English and dont see them winning there as well, then Ashes Australia will be eager to win back

  • mustafa14 on January 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    poor english team....in the first innings they were destroyed by wearing full sleeves saeed ajmal and in 2nd innings umer gul demolished them wearing hald sleeves....:) show some sports man spirit and accept that you are completely out classed by pakis...

  • suNNy2107 on January 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    No.1 ranked team in the world lost in 3 days............... I have to say well done pakistani team. I m indian but i always been great fan of the pakistani bowling line up.

  • Ajmalnumber1 on January 19, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    make two changes for next match. Bring umer akmal o asad shafiq and Junaid replace with Cheema....you guys are best in the world...well played Pakistan...INSHALLAH pakistan will win by 3-0

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. We are really happy that at least one Sub Continent Team is playing like a Champion..Both India & Sri Lanka are getting thrashed. Keep it up Pakistan...I am an Indian and whenever India does not play I support pakistan..

  • azhar_hassan on January 19, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Wow - morale boosting win for Pakistan - very well played to them. They have been playing well under Misbah and the bowling looks really good. Wonderful to see Pak do so well. England perhaps did not get a chance to adjust to the conditions plus they have problems on sub-continental wickets in any case. But Pakistan will need to be be wary of a strong come back as the English team adjusts to the conditions.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    brillaint,pakistan.I guess the number 1 title was doubtful only when India was number 1 ,hu.Thanks for taking England down a peg,Pakistan.Good luck for the rest of the series:)

  • JustIPL on January 19, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Well it is not resurgency by Pakistan. They are as good and as bad as they were. With this bowling lineup any team in the world will find it highly challenging. Pakistan fielding and sometimes batting lets them down and that is why they lost the 50 over world cup. Any wonderful performance by Pakistan in the face of dirty politics.

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 19, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Majority of people commenting on how garbage England are, do not understand cricket. It is not a fair refelction to judge a team on one dismal performance, yes it was dismal. But to write a side off at this stage is foolish. England, unlike India, have mental toughness and can come back. Well played to PAK though, a very professional performance.

  • hifayas on January 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    hahhaha , huhuhuh , hhhehhe, world's best team??????? test team!!!!! it's the best evidence, that u don't rank the teams in terms of matches, which were played in their home soil. i was waiting for this excactly....giv me a answer, plz guzs frm england, where hav u all gone, and ur brilliant bowlers and batsmen...

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Lol @ No.1 test team :D

    Well played pakistan :)

    Greeting from INDIA!!

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on January 19, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Hahahahaha..... No.1 team - England??????? ..... Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

    DRS - "Donkey" Review System !!!! ..... BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Precioustar84 on January 19, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    @AbdullahShaikh - Very well said!! "England had a dream run last year primarily due to the misfortune of their opponents. Also most importantly most of these matches were played in HOME conditions. " -- this is exactly how I've viewed Eng team but not enough is said about it because media is too focused on the losing team's issues. Pakistan team did exactly what many had predicted considering their abysmal record on certain pitches. Please make it deserving 3-0 Pak win and don't ever let them get used to the turning tracks. :) Congrats Pakistan for first win from Team India fan.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    nowadays teams only perform in they home country.......ex. india england australia

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    still a long way to go for the series. good job by pak & england very poor. it was their batting which let them down. this 2nd inings they didnt fell to ajmal but gul & rehmans simple balls so this time they cant say action was illegal.& those who criticise drs of struas need to understand that rule says if umpire cant find propr evidence by hot spot he has to stay with field umpire. ajmals was diffrent as you can see with simple replay that it didnt touched anything but umpire went with the same rule that hot spot was inclucive. i think next match pak should bring left arm semer & try umar akmal as next time it will be more hard. & pak should now build advantage on this win.

  • ranjit.sg on January 19, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @5wombats: On a different note, as an Indian fan, I can now understand what you must've gone through after the 2007 ashes! :P

  • PakistanZindabaadAlways on January 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Simply AWESOME Pakistan! We are anxiously awaiting English Team's and Media's Crying response and all too known excuses like, oh the weather was too hot, it was too sunny so because of the brown faces we couldn't see the ball too good, the bowlers were wearing tight shirts and some with full sleeves so we got distracted etc. etc.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Well done Pakistan,very happy for you,Show them the way how it is done. When the teams from Sub Continent fails outside the territory lot of fuss is made of it,but when so called number one teams like ENGLAND fails in subcontinent then WE are always accused of wining in home condition!!! I mean WHY THIS KOLAVERI DI???

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    blame it on ajmal now :P it's not something new with english media..

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    HAHA..England is still a minnow.They have never won in subcontinent (not a single match for last 10 yrs ) and they never will be.They are much worse than Asian teams in graan pitches.they came to no 1 without winning a single match in SL or India ! what a joke of a team !

  • NaniIndCri on January 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan!!! Great win against the so called #1. Start the whining "POMS"

  • satheeshkumar.m on January 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Congrats Pak !! ..England the most undeserving No.1 team..Thanks for putting England team in its place,,,

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    again, hearty congratulations to Pakistan from a true blue 100% england fan, you played an absolute blinder out there and deserve all the plaudits....I would like to take issue though against the posters/trolls on this board who continue to paint both england players and fans in a bad light, i.e we're arrogant, cocky etc etc..This is not true, well for the most part, we're magnanimous is victory, gracious in defeat unlike many who post here...England were beaten by the better team on the day, but lets wait until the end of the series before we judge england...Regardless of where your loyalties lie, you can't deny the success Eng;and have had over the past two years and they've given out some serious beatings to the likes of Australia & India in test cricket, so can't suddenly become a bad team overnight...Personally I think this defeat is just what the england team needs, a good kick up the arse, and a lesson on how to adapt to sub-continental conditions.Once again, well done Pakistan!

  • Mahaanama on January 19, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Recently cricinfo published test team of the year 2011. Half of the team was England players & almost other half was Indian players. But there was no place to players like world number 1 Sangakkara who was the man of the match in Pakistan test series & who also scored centuries in both England & South Africa series. By 3 weeks after 2011 Indian players have already justified their selection to world team & now England players are also justifying the same thing.

  • cric_fan__ on January 19, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    test matches this year have become too short as the indians and the english men tumble like cards in away games...

  • honestno2 on January 19, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    This is how we play test cricket....either victory in 3 days or or a loss in 3 dayz ;) :P

  • AnasK55 on January 19, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan !!! They deserved this after big work.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    hahaha.. England the so called #1 team in the world. Their days are numbered. They are just "green track bullies"!!! bwaahahahahahaha

  • rocknroll123 on January 19, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Thanks Anshul Saini and Thampuran T Thampuran............ I don't watch cricket that much but I like to read about cricket. What I like to see is some Indian supporters and pakistani cricket fans congrat and appreciate each other teams. Cricket is loving sport. We all should appreciate good teams and good cricketers regardless of their association. I felt bad how India lost Australian series but admire the way australia played. I think Pakistan did good in first test and should keep up the good work for next two tests cuz England is a good team and will try to bring their best game in the next meeting.

  • the_blue_android on January 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    This is the world's # 1 test side? hahahaha....Landl47, where are you?

  • MUBBASHIR_AMIN on January 19, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    GOOD LUCK ENGLAND FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES.. AJMAL WILL THRASHED YOU IN THE REST OF THE SERIES AS WELL AND ENABLE PAKISTAN TO WIN THE SERIES 3-0.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    nirsty, keep going pak.. go ahead, insa allah we hav bright future

  • honestno2 on January 19, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Happy and excited by this Victory of Pak, way to go....but how genius geoff lawson is when he said that Misbah is the best cricketing brain in Pak right now...n we all were laughing that time.....

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Great Win By Pakistan!!!... All we demand is some respect!!!

    The one Complain we have from International Press is that they have no respect for quality Pakistan brings to cricket... Pakistan bowling attack is one of the best (if not the best in all conditions), but all everybody talks about is how good is England. In balance we have equally good seamers (if not better), and better spin attack (again people don't appreciate the control and quality of Rehman, he makes Ajmal much better and in second innings he would be more dangerous)... I do agree that our batting line is not well rounded, maybe that is the reason for lack of respect...but our bowlers are as good as it gets at this time in world cricket. You have to admire Pakistan for build a bowling unit like this, after loosing two of the most exciting bowlers in test cricket... Anybody who has seen 2010 Pakistan's English summer would understand what I am talking about.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    nirsty, keep going pak.. go ahead, insa allah we hav bright future

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    How boring can you get

    1. England are no.1 in the world there is no such thing as World Champions in test match cricket.

    2. Yes England lost - so f'in what? - didn't see Pakistan winning when they played "away" (without cheating)

    3. ALL test teams will be "TESTED" when playing out of their comfort zones - christ isn't that what TEST CRICKET is about?

    4. Have not seen any EXCUSES from any of the English players and I doubt very much there will be any.

    5. England will learn from their mistakes and move on - why can't so called cricket fans do the same....zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • ChuckyDoll on January 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    As an Indian team supporter, I am very happy to see England being dismantled this way. Provides some redemption for what they did to us earlier this year. I hope Aussies get the same treatment.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Not a great Pak fan but Im really happy for pakistan because they have a real good team. Overrated England u will be stripped of the No. 1 status soon dont worry Aus,SA and Pak one of them will def take this status soon

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Indian fans should not enjoy Pakistan winning as much as this because Indian team is slipping down in ICC TEST RANKINGS while Pakistan is climbing up.I don't think that Indian fans can digest this.In future the no.1 team will be Either South Africa or Australia and at the end may be Pakistan who knows especially if the current setup is not too much disturbed apart from the head coach who is not doing bad either.Test matches are won on good bowling not on good batting.You can win a test match if you have a slightly weaker batting unit and good bowling unit but you cannot win a test match if you have a mighty good batting unit and ok or poor bowling unit.The current match is a good example Pak had slightly weaker batting and good or even the best bowling unit and won the match.They scored only 338 in the first innings but didn't allow England to score those even almost in 2 innings. At the same time if you scored 750 and allowed the other team to score 500 or 550, the result will be draw

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Ajmal now ranked:- Pehla in ODI Doosra in T20 Teesra in Tests. :p

  • PatrioticArcher on January 19, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    The team who can't play in his own country , whose players are behind the bars & entangled in lot of other controversies still such type of stuff, its really appreciable.....Well done Pakistan.....

  • tahir989 on January 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Ahem, how do you like them apples now. I mean 3 days and some overs to spare and we have an outcome. Good drills Pak what an outstanding performance.... Now if only Misbah can perhaps notch up a bit and try something more aggressively. I mean he has a terrific blend of talent at his disposal. Umar Akmal defo needs to be back in the squad....... He is the one who can defo ante the run rate and bring some special effect to bedazzle the spectators.. Need the run for the money as well... Overall jubilant performance and a chin up and start focusing on the upcoming matches. Good Luck ..........

  • Romenevans on January 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    LOL if this hopeless England team keeps playing like this, then they are going to lose their No.1 ranking to No.2 Hopeless Indian team....So India as usual, without doing anything will become No.1 again...Hahahaha What a joke. So the the Drama continues...Flat track bullies can't be Green Track Bullies..and green track bullies can't be Flat track bullies../

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Congrats Pakisthan team; all teams are formidable in their home so as England.

  • TestDaBest on January 19, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I think now the english media will blame umar gul's thick eye brows they distracted them, lol. Gr8 work team Pakistan, if they keep performing as a team and not depend on one or two players I am sure they can win again.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Very well done pakis, you done a great a job, but game is not over yet.Go on and keep dominating england by having great command over them.

  • harsh123456 on January 19, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    were is Mr. Botham now.....hehe...now u can understand what home conditions means to ny side...nd ur nd how shane warne all over his carrer has tormented england like a puppy...English batsmen except then KP are dancers to gud spin..bt they can only dance can`t play...hehe...gud win for pakistan cricket...congrats nd go on....

  • bobmartin on January 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    You might well have guessed that all the Indian supporters would be crowing.. They seem to be claiming Pakistan's victory as some sort of consolation prize for the thrashing England gave them and indeed the one Oz are now inflicting on them. Sure.. all visiting teams suffer in the sub-continent, just like all Asian teams suffer when they play away. . So nothing new there. That's why India lost their number one ranking and look like losing the number two spot as well... The major interest will be when India face Pakistan... that will be interesting. But back to Pakistan v England. England were thoroughly outplayed and all credit to Pakistan. However, their victory should have come as no surprise given the crest of the wave they are currently on. Whether England can play as badly again and Pakistan can continue their run of success, we shall find out in the next two tests.

  • Desi_In_US on January 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. Victory is so sweet especially after the darkest hours. Credit to the entire Pakistani outfit including current management. Everyone knew this was going to be a testing tour for England given their horrible sub-continent record, but I don't think even Pakistan expected to win the test within 3 days. Celebration is in order, however there is still work to be done. Series is still to be won and will require similar determination and discipline in the upcoming test. England is a good side and they will regroup. There is no room for complacency. I just hope rest of the series is played in good spirits without excuses and allegations.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    well done team Pakistan. The no 1 test team in the world couldn't resist for 3 days in a match supposed to be played for 5 days. Dose England deserve to be the no. 1 team?

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    nirsty, keep going pak.. go ahead, insa allah we hav bright future

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Go ahead Pakistan. I want a 3-0 win in test series.

  • cric4lyf on January 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    @ SnowSnake...this was neutral venue...with no expectator....this is the answer of paki team to BCCI and ICC who tried to corner a talented pak team...now go and look for culprits in indian and english team

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Actually I like the results happening in the cricketing world all around...... It is good to see IND winning a test in SA,ENG winning Ashes in AUS, PAK beating NZ WI winning a test against PAK, ENG beating SL, IND winning in WI, ENG beating IND, AUS beating SL, PAK beating SL, IND beating WI, , ENG beating IND, SA beating AUS, AUS Beating SA, AUS beating NZ and NZ winning in AUS, SA beating SL, SL winning a test in SA, AUS beating IND and PAK beating ENG. Nobody is dominating completely.. but are capable of dishing out punches and counter-punches...

    The scenario may be attributed to lack of quality and consistency by the losing sides...and some exemplary cricket by the winning teams....

  • AS123098 on January 19, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    OMG I can't imagine how good the pakis will be when young Amir comes back!! How many moths does he have left? What about Asif? When does he come back?

  • Khan1983 on January 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Hahahaha, to the Landls,spences,wombats,sirvivs of the world ! Yes as promised - number ones beaten by ten in three ;)

  • Romenevans on January 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Well done pakistan, from an Indian Fan. Ajmal's bowling was superb. It was a flat track, No spin at all, and still he crushed Eng batting order with his top class variations. In the air, trajectory, or flight he is the best spinner. On the other side, ROFLMAO! No.1 Test side? What happened? Jimmy Anderson is so horrible outside england or Australia. He seriously needs to get out of his cave and start performing away from home. England is just a yet another pathetic teams that can win at home only.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Now england fans should stop ripping on india that they r flat track bullies and home champions, coz i knew England would come tumbling the moment they step out of their home.

  • igorolman on January 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Firstly, great kudos for Misbah for turning a team of talented underachievers into a very difficult side to beat. But let's be honest here, England's batting was abject. For all the talk of restricting Pakistan to 250-ish a day and playing attrition - and the bowlers didn't do a bad job at all - we looked like we were never going to get a run against Ajmal and some frankly fairly average trundlers. We have to be more positive, but KP, that does not mean holing out at deep square! Foot movement is the key (and I say that despite being the most leaden-footed batsman in the world). Huge improvement needed for the next 2 games, and they won't change any of the batsmen - although I'd love to see Morgan dropped, Bopara is a busted flush. Shame about Bresnan, but if we don't win the next one, we have to go 5 bowlers else it's going to be a struggle to bowl Pakistan out twice.

  • ReverseSwing20 on January 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Well,well,well ! So all the warmth that the Barmy army posters here got from the warmup matches would hopefully be gone by now. I wonder if they have woken up from their slumber. Yes! Pakistan have won! And that too within 3 days!

  • mustafa14 on January 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    ohhh dear..... now umer gul has destroyed the english batting by half sleeves....:)

  • Nutcutlet on January 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Before anything else, hearty congratulations to Mr Misbah and his team! That was a tremendous team performance. Before the match, I thought that Pakistan's batting would be brittle; in fact it was more than equal to the task of posting a score that all but beat England by an innings. I have long thought that Saeed Ajmal would prove England's nemesis - & so it proved. I maintain that Gooch is not the batting coach England needs for this winter's tours (that is the nth time I've said that!). Were he playing, Ajmal would have him quick-time, probably lbw sweeping! Can someone pls get Graham Thorpe out there? England's bowlers toiled manfully, but the batting showed up glaring deficiencies in technique. Humbly, I submit that playing straight and late would be sound. Changes? Yes, CT out and Monte in. They won't tinker with the batting yet, but another brainless effort from KP and I'd dock his match fee AND give Bopara his place! What was he doing? Preparing for the IPL, perhaps. Strewth!

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    adding to comments posted above, what is going to be the excuse of the team, ranked No1 in the world, for crumbling within 3 days?? they are lucky for sneaking past an innings by defeat. I am sick of biased reports endorsed by the likes of David Hopps. I dont understand the fawning over "home Ground" advantages. A champion will beat anyone, anywhere, thats why they are called World Champs. England walked in with a defeatist mental attitude which underlined their weaknesses and inablities to handle unfamilar conditions. Come on, its like muhammed ali or Tyson saying well i lost because I didnt have the Home Advantage, though starkly different, but you catch my analogy.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    World number one boys or world whipping boys? at least those other great pretenders managed to hold on to their number one spot for eighteen months before the slowing reflexes of their pensioners got the better of them. England have always been a team of journeymen who managed to turn over on over the hill India and an Australia in the process of rebuilding primarily on especially prepared grass bowls.Take away the grass bowl factor or on a pitch with no swing and suddenly Anderson and co are reduced to toothless bulldogs. England's short comings against spin was evident in the ODI series against India but that was put down to ODIs and not proper cricket. Bearing in mind these were far from sub continental conditions how will England fare on the rank turners that await them in India. Home turf manipulation is hastening the end of an already dying sport.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    No 1 team in the world out for less than 200 in both innings hmmmm

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    being a strong Pakistan fan I was not very optimistic about this series. but oh dear such a result in three days amazing . now I am convinced this bowling has the sharpness to inflict deep incisions . how much pakistan has progressed after discarding kamran akmal is encouraging. great job done and keep thrashing the number one ?

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Strauss is a gentlemen. Unfortunately that cannot be said about some other biased Englishmen(Botham, Willis etc.) England will be harder to beat, second time around. And Pakistan's batting still lookds brittle. Should have made 400 in the first inings to take the game away from England. Junaid for Cheema, Umar Akmal for Asad Shafiq in Dubai???

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    England was first to question the #1 status of Indian team. What do they have to say now?

  • Divinetouch on January 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    NEVER AGAIN!

    After the total humiliation of the #1 test team in the world by the Pakistanis I do not expect any english supporter to ever gloat and crow again as well as abuse other teams.

    Take note 5wombats, Yorkshire Lad and JG2074.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Gr8 Win......Well Done Team

  • A.Ashraf on January 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Very good perfomance by pakistani players! I am proud of you! That shows that ranking does not necessarily shows which team is the best!

  • dhchdh on January 19, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    The English commentators on Sky really do my head in. They have such a skewed vision of our team. We have won at HOME & pretty much ONLY AT HOME! Just wait till we land in Chennai/Mumbai/Colombo or Lahore. Our team will look pretty average there.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Pakistan has truly been a soul of this game. In every aspect of Cricket there are Pakistanis who keep the blood running in heart of Cricket. Some of those overwhelming records are Bowler Sayed Ajaml--- off Spiner- Inventor of Tesra Saqlan Mustaq- Off spinner- Inventor of Dusra Abdual Qader-Leg brake- Inventor of Guglee Sarfraz Nawaz- Inventor of reverse swing Great Wasim Akram- King of Swing - Master of Reverse swing- most hat-tricks by any bowler in world, Most "Sixes" by batsman in an innings of a Test Great Waqar Younas- Fast and furious-Master of Reverse swing Yorker Shoaib Akhtar- Fast and furious - Broke the 100 mile barrier-Fastest delivery 161.38 km/h (100.3 mph) Aaqib Javed-- Youngest bowler to take hat-trick in ODI Cricket Bating: Shahid Afradi --- Most "Sixes" in ODIs and International Cricket - 367 SIXES Fastest century in ODI Cricket Mohammad Yousuf --- Nine centuries in a ca

  • Peterincanada on January 19, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    @ Muhammad Aftab Right on. The Pakistan batting does leave a lot to be desired but it's amazing how bowlers come rolling off the assembly line. Aamir looked like becoming the best in the world and I thought they would not bowl teams out on good wickets without him. If the batting ever matches the bowling they will be world beaters.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    OK, Pak may have won this battle convincingly, but they haven't won the war. Our batting was nothing short of abysmal, not once but twice, and I never saw this result coming. Ajmal didn't even spin the ball, Mike Hussey showed him up in the T20 world cup 2 years ago, so he isn't exactly a Shane Warne. But we were our own worst enemy in this match, as our batters just looked confused and baffled as to where they were, for goodness sake, if Swann can get 30+ in both innings of the match, then that really showed how pathetic the batting was. If, and judging by this match, a big if, we sort out the batting, then I am sure we can come back and win this series 1-2, as I was proud of our bowling efforts. But before we can even think of that, SORT IT OUT STRAUSSY AND CO.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    @AbdullahShaikh Interesting comments considering most teams do perform better in home conditions. England could only play the players and teams put in front of them. India are playing Australia at the moment with no injury problems. Whats the score in that series?... I will remind you 3-0 to Australia.

    The best time to pass judgement will be at the end of the year when England will have played 9 times on the sub continent. I would be very surprised if we mange to lose 7 in a row like some teams have.

    On another note. Its great to see Pakistan playing like they are. They are a real credit to there country, especially after all the problems they have had.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    I wonder what Mr Geoffry Boycott has to say now? He totally dismissed Saeed Ajmal as a potential threat. Most of the English commentators on Ten Sports were biased. I watched the game here from TV only a little bit. But when Tremlet was given LBW to Ajmal in first innings one English commentator commented that for an opening batsman umpire would not have given that out but for a No. 10 he would have decided differently. I have never heard of such silly absurd remark in my life. I wonder where in the rule book of cricket which points out that umpire should consider the batting position of the batsman before making a decision? Pakistan is a team on the rise partly due to Ajmal's bowling and partly due to having a good captain who lead by example. Sri Lanka could take a leaf out of that book.

  • samudralakiku on January 19, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Keep up the good work. You have been consistent and you can keep climbing.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I like this do you agree.?

  • shrastogi on January 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. For a country savaged by internal strife its a good news for its people. But dont underestimate England. Pakistan team is full of youngsters and would have to maintain the form displayed in first test. Some commentators are already predicting more swing friendly conditions at Abu Dhabi. But still why England didnt play two spinners is beyond me.Only thing is empty stadiums dont make good examples for test cricket. The pitch wasnt as bad as England batted. Obviously they dont like subcontinent like conditions even though it may actually not be subcontinent. At this rate how long would be their run at top is moot point.

  • Haleos on January 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    This shows England as good only in the conditions suitable for fast bowling. In Asian conditions they struggle.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Pakistan completely deserved this, England have not been this woeful in a long time. I had thought batting collapses like this were a thing of past, same with their inability to play spin. Questions also need to be asked about why Ravi Bopara is their only backup batsman, neither he nor Morgan are up to it at the moment.

  • reality_check on January 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    This wasn't a home win for Pakistan but a home loss for England as the barmy army out numbered the Pakistan fans in the stadium. Can cricinfo please publish a still of Bob Willis immediately after Hafeez hit the four runs to secure the victory?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Very well done Pakistan. Proud of you all. I don't want to say Congratulations to Pakistan. I want to say Thank you to Pakistan. Can't thank enough for the happiness your team has given to many Indians like me. This victory of Pakistan is no less than India beating England. Jai Ho Misbah. Jai Ho Ajmal. Jai Ho Gul. Jai Ho Hafeez. Jai Ho Pakistan - from India. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Who is the best spinner now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    great performance by pak team.well done.but beaware england will bounce back.i m sure so keep on playing this cricket

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    english media...... lagay rahooooo..... we have won the match........ hehehehehehehe Well Done Pakistan. Grow up.

  • g.narsimha on January 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    WOW match finished in 3 daays , no heavy weather , seaming condition , just fair weather , true wicket beatiful bowling , now whom they blame , writing is on the wall , now pak , next sl, final nails in india , cant wait for the next match,well done pak

  • birdz_eye on January 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Its just a beginning for a long way back to the days of Pakistan Cricket Glories. Currently undisputed number one Asian cricket side. Well played Pakistan

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    It looks Mr.David is finding it difficult to digest a Pakistan victory over the English. Akmals are an integral part of Pakistan team for many years now and we are all proud to have these fighters is Pakistan team ranks. The way mighty English have played no Akmals are required our street players are enough for them. Well done Pakistan we are proud of you.

  • Stark62 on January 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Also, the headline should have read "Classy Pak beat Eng" but instead they add "gritty" to sound as if Eng had made Pak work their socks off for this victory.

    Once again, blatant bias against Pak and the wonderful effort of the team!

  • ranjit.sg on January 19, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Such a spineless batting display by England. But they're the best team in the world currently, and I'm pretty sure they'll fight their way back into the series. There are still two more matches to go. But well played Pakistan!

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    NOTHING WRONG WITH SAEED AJMAL'S BOWLING ACTION, ICC SHOULD BAN ALCOHOL DURING THE TEST MATCHES SO THAT THE DRINKERS CAN SEE THE BALL WELL. (ONE BALL INSTEAD OF 4)

  • dmqi on January 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I expected a much closer game than this one sided play. Pak has certainly improved a lot. Waiting for the English media to pick up from here, " something fishy is there".

  • BRAVEPAKISTAN on January 19, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    WOW !What a great performance by Pakistan ..they deserve this win.I hope they continued this in another test matches.Superb team effort, I thought we were playing against england but this team looks like kenya painted white!!! :D

  • tick on January 19, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    congrats to pakistan.. awesome display.. number 1 team beaten in 3 days is outstanding... love to see it 3-0 .. more of this proves to all who were whinnying about last year pakistan success was against lesser teams.. hats off to ajmal.. and shame on to all those who brought out his action is illegal... get some life.. ajmal the great...

  • sreeg on January 19, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Mr.Botham and other past England Greats, congrats on England's win abroad, that is outside of England. You did what India did a few months ago in England. You really are the #1 in World Rankings. Just a few months ago, you won 0-5 in the ODI series in India, and now this test win against Pakistan in Dubai. Keep it up!

  • Ulitmate_stars on January 19, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Great to See the Paks, hunting as a pack of wolves... Where are the jubliant English fans who were over the moon on the #1 reign a few months ago.They thought they were the best in all conditions and they are proved to be incorrect YET AGAIN!!!!. They are not even playing in sub continent cricketing country, and their batting is termed as poor, imagine them touring Srilanka later this year... Losing in Abhu dabi means losing $175K from ICC.

  • JayPmorgan on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. All credit to them for keep coming back from adversity after adversity. Not many team can lose pretty much their front line attack and still be, not only competitive, but pretty much dominant. The team is much greater than the sum of its parts and credit must go to the captain. One key factor in the turn around in its fortunes is the departure of Ijaz Butt whose tenure was the single most disastrous episode in Pakistan Cricket. No doubt we will have off days, but let us savour the occasion. On another note , let us not write off this England side. They did not get to Number 1 by accident. Expect them to come back hard in the next test .

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Even,recently(2nd Test at Dhaka) Bangladesh went down to Pak, fighting till 5th day, only 10 minuties were left in the game.Now how could no- 1 test team lose with in 3 days against Pak.Its a shameful result for Eagland & it will be more shame if someone talk about test status of Bangladesh

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    England demolished today. Pak need to keep playing same formula cricket with other teams as well.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Pakistan has truly been a soul of this game. In every aspect of Cricket there are Pakistanis who keep the blood running in heart of Cricket. There are some astonishing and mind-boggling world records held by Pakistan. Some of those overwhelming records are Bowler Sayed Ajaml--- off Spiner- Inventor of Tesra Saqlan Mustaq- Off spinner- Inventor of Dusra Abdual Qader-Leg brake- Inventor of Guglee

    Sarfraz Nawaz- Inventor of reverse swing

    Great Wasim Akram- King of Swing - Master of Reverse swing- most hat-tricks by any bowler in world, Most "Sixes" by batsman in an innings of a Test

    Great Waqar Younas- Fast and furious-Master of Reverse swing Yorker

    Shoaib Akhtar- Fast and furious - Broke the 100 mile barrier-Fastest delivery 161.38 km/h (100.3 mph)

    Aaqib Javed-- Youngest bowler to take hat-trick in ODI Cricket

    Bating: Shahid Afradi --- Most "Sixes" in ODIs and International Cricket - 367 SIXES Fastest century in ODI Cricket

    Mohammad Yousuf --- Nine cen

  • SAcricFan on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, dont u love it when the underdog wins, England were outplayed and outclassed, and that on a very good cricket wicket, something in it for all the bowlers and if you knuckled down then runs for the batters, over-confidence is a dangerous Pill to swallow as the English have found out!!!

  • hungrybunny on January 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    More than the victory, the manner in which the defeat was inflicted was WONDERFUL,

  • brittop on January 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Oh dear! I did believe that England's problem against spin was now confined to ODIs where you need to score at 5/6 an over. Seems I may be wrong! Well played Pakistan. You won't get any complaints of cheating from me. So far I've only heard Mr Willis complaining about Ajmal. Won't call for wholesale changes to the team either - not even sure they need Monty, the bowling attack was fine except Tremlett may have been a bit off the pace. @shan156 according to the ICC ratings predictor, http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/test_predictor.php , Englad will still be #1 even if they lose 3-0. Phew!

  • SHIVYADAV59 on January 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Well dön pak,england hav made no1 due to poor decesions of selectors of ausis and india only.!

  • NeoTheSaviour on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    England are back to their NORMAL state. They are highly overrated. They were luck to be playing half fit teams at their home. I guess SA and Aus are WAY better teams then Eng. I guarantee Eng (with best in ages) cant beat India (at their pathatic worst) in India.

  • kirenpatel on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    @bigben_bigben Well said! This post should go to all "can't play on bouncy pitch = not a good team" promoters (aus,eng, nz, sa). Good cricket is played evenly on all kind of pitches including flat and turning pitches!

    I would say if a team can't play flat track is not a cricket team because you start learning from a flat track! Isn't it?

  • RoshanF on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    England arent that bad - its just that they were thrashed by what could well be 'the' team of 2012 and if they keep their heads and of course places the best team for a couple of years at least. They do strike a good balance especially in bowling. Watch out everybody. This could well be the reincarnation of that late 70s to early 80s Pakistani team which was the only side to really challenge Clive Lloyds Windies at their full pomp. Give them a little more time and breathing space.

  • indianzen on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    FROM INDIA - Dear Pak bhais, blow off the english in all the matches, world champions ? ha ha england can never get that name in Cricket for long...

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Pakistan were brilliant but the balance of England's side will now be questioned again, despite the fault lying squarely on the shoulders of the batsmen (though I think our bowlers were competent rather than brilliant to restrict Pakistan to 338). There does seem to be a strong case to include Monty but at the expense of whom? Whilst I'm no fan of Bopara, with the loss of Bresnan, maybe there is a one off case for bringing him in for Morgan and bringing in Monty for Tremlett. Whilst Monty is a total rabbit with the bat, Tremlett has also looked way out of his depth as even a Test tailender. Neither will awards for their fielding. This does however allow us to play two spinners (and Monty comprehensively outbowled Swann in the warm-ups) and with Ravi at 6 we have at least a half-decent seamer, along with Trott, to back up Anderson and Broad. Thoughts anyone? Jem

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    India and England seem worthy opponents. They are lions in their own den and lambs outside. Fortuitous circumstances helped England win against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Australia at home. Their track record and capabilities reflect their economic situation. The sub-continent rejoices at this wonderful Pakistani victory. Waiting for the English excuses........

  • Zain_A on January 19, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan! A very comprehensive victory over the no. 1 team in the world. The triumph has at least rejected the claims from so many not-so-optimistic cricket fans round the globe that Pakistan's victories earlier to this match are mere reflection of beating the smaller and weaker kids in your own backyard. Having said that, Pakistan need to show more grit and command over their strengths in the rest of the matches because England are no 1 not just for their talent but also their mental strength - so beware, they will come hard. Good luck for the next match and too bad that Pakistani fans in Pakistan can not enjoy the rise of the team in a home series. P.S. Its a relief for us (Pakistanis in UK) specially after 2010 termoil and aftermath. There is still hope and we will ride on that. Good Luck.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Thank God we are not playing against any Minnow this time around, and England Played with full strength, It feels really good, Most joyous moment after t20 triumph in 2009. Good to see Old Pak back, Go Green Go, 3-0 on cards

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan, always one of my favorite team. Back to the drawing board for the England (Imports) team. Number on in the world and got trashed, wow...

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Salaam To All, Very good performance by M. Hafeez, T. Umar, Misbah, Adnan & all the bowlers. Nobody was expecting a quick finish (within 3 days). Guys keep the good work as England will comeback very hard. Best of luck & you may win again, Insha Allah Asif Noor, Al-Ain, UAE

  • MeAsFan on January 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Welldone!!! Pakistan, i alway know this series belongs to Pakistain and only to Pakistan... Pakistan wins first test but also i feel that in place for Azar Ali or Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal should play for atleat one match what he can offer...

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Whatever the ICC rankings say, Ajmal is a far better bowler than Swann. Congrats!!! to Pakistan for this Win

  • Rohit... on January 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I would really like to congrats AJMAL. I have always claimed that he is the best spinner of the present time and he proved me right. Swann and his entire team is highly over-rated. Hopefully the world can now see their condition when they are put against a fully fit team even though the opponents does not have half the experience as they have.

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on January 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    First off, congratulations to Pakistan for their outstanding and consistent performance in winning the test match. Also special mention to Saeed Ajmal for his huge contribution that pretty much decided the fate of the game. England have an opportunity next match and the will surely come back harder. Their batting was a let down but I think Stuart Broard bowled a tight line and didn't allow any leakage which was a great positive from their performance. Second, something I felt was worth noting was England not being able to play Saeed Ajmal. This was a real let down and I was disappointed because of the fact that England have two great Former Pakistani spinners, one being the inventor of the doosra. In past articles that lead to this first match, I read things on how Musthtaq and Saqlain were giving pointers on how to play spin especially the doosra, but those advises came to know avail based on England's performance. All the best for both teams in the next test.

  • SaudAliPk on January 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Superb Performance by Pak Team. Pak team has got real talent and is among top 4 teams in world. Hat off to Misbah and Mohsin Khan for their support to Team. I still think asad Shafique is not good enough for test cricket. Umar Akmal or Fawad alam could be a better choice. Also, I will select junaid khan/ wahab raiz ahead of Aizaz Cheema.

    For England, I will say that there are only good in seeming and bouncing tracks in England and Australia but they are a mediocre team in these conditions. Same case is for India lions at home and cubs away.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    asian players get very easy runs,they are flat track bullys, this match was perfect example,tons of runs were made by english team haha

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Also the present lot of boys in Pak team are compleately different to the ones that played the 2010 series in england. Only Azhar Ali, Gul & Ajmal are from the old lot. Even the senior players Misbah and Younis were not part of that team due to some shoddy selection. If the present boys had been in the 2010 team probably the English team would have still won the series in their home conditions, but not the way they did in 2010. The mauling it gave to those Pak boys is a thing of the past. These are a different set of boys. Fortunately for england again due to shoddy selection/politics Mohd.Yousuf is not in this team. We had seen what his presence didi to the team in the 3rd test. . Any way Congratulations to the Pak team & best of luck for the English Team. I am sure very soon they will adapt to these conditions, they have top class batsmen and bowlers & the best fielders. But the problem on the dead pitches with two good teams is a draw. i dont see a reversal except by Miracle.

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on January 19, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan for a great win. What a match , people who have played their life in cricket are telling that wicket was not good. I think Pakistan have showed then in batting and twice in bowling that they have worked hard to achieve this goal. Couple of things I would like to discuss about the drs technology. If a person like me can observe then why can't third empire can do the same, I m talking about ajmal and straus wickets. The angle they have showed 2 overs later for ajmal dismissal . Why third empire looked that camera angle on the first place. Second if u look the reply of straus as soon the ball passes the bat it's rotation becomes higher which means he nicked it. On hot spot although ball went so fast as a blury image but u can noting the white spot on the ball . Any way I m not trying to offend some one but point is cricket should be played in high sprit and if u lose you should give Credit to others. Good luck Pakistan for next match.

  • mfer on January 19, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Where are two chucks...Haven't seen them for while

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on January 19, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan for a great win. What a match , people who have played their life in cricket are telling that wicket was not good. I think Pakistan have showed then in batting and twice in bowling that they have worked hard to achieve this goal. Couple of things I would like to discuss about the drs technology. If a person like me can observe then why can't third empire can do the same, I m talking about ajmal and straus wickets. The angle they have showed 2 overs later for ajmal dismissal . Why third empire looked that camera angle on the first place. Second if u look the reply of straus as soon the ball passes the bat it's rotation becomes higher which means he nicked it. On hot spot although ball went so fast as a blury image but u can noting the white spot on the ball . Any way I m not trying to offend some one but point is cricket should be played in high sprit and if u lose you should give Credit to others. Good luck Pakistan for next match.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan.... Well played Saeed, gul, adnan and ajmal.... you have shown the world that we can beat any team not weak sides only..... congratz

  • vivaelmore on January 19, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Way to go Pakistan. I wonder whose action Bob Willis will suspect now....Ajmal, Gul, or Abdur Rehman. Shame on English Media and so called experts.

  • Long-Leg on January 19, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Firstly, well done Pakistan! You thoroughly deserved your win. I have followed England since the 1970s and have become a connoisseur of the batting collapse. This is like a return to the bad old days of the 1990s and is hard to take after so much recent success. How can they be so clueless? The only good thing from an England point of view is that they now have a couple of extra days to practice their batting. I suggest they use the extra time wisely or they will be on the receiving end of another thumping in a few days time.

  • PrasPunter on January 19, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    pakistan has always been an exciting team to watch !! Just recollecting those days when Wasim Akram, in my opinion, the best fast-bowler ever, charging in and rattling the timber of many a batsmen. Hope Pak gets back soon to those golden days !! Congrats on a well-deserved victory !!

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Congrats Team Pakistan, and thanks Misbah for reuniting a shattered team. Well done..!! Hopefully English team will bounce back with competitive cricket..!!

  • landl47 on January 19, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    That was ugly. When only one player scores more than 20 in both innings and that's Swann, England are in deep trouble. They're going to have to think long and hard about their approach to the next game. However, congratulations to Pakistan on a fine performance. Cricket needs a strong Pakistan side and this side is very impressive all round. Special congratulations to Misbah, who captained well, batted well and inspired his players. This side is unrecognizable from the group that played in England in 2010 and it's all credit to him. Great job.

  • Omarrz on January 19, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Now what will English commentators, spectators, bloggers say about this English performance? Another self inflicted damage? Another gifted effort? Suspicious actions of Pak bowlers? The fact is, which I have been saying ever since, that England is no different than India. Just a home bully and that's it! See it for yourself, home bullies are getting thrashed in 3-4 days outside their den.

    England can only fancy their chances in ODIs and/or T20. All they will manage as per my prediction, "a" win in ODI and T20. For test series, I don't think Pakistan will try to push for victories in the next 2 tests.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Brilliant play by Team Pakistan. The team played just as they have been playing under the captaincy of Misbah, calm batting and swift bowling.. Would be interesting to see how England fight back from here on..

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    great victory Pakistan Zindabad

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan!

  • Waqasahmed92 on January 19, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Ok a couple of things England did wrong I guess, Why so defensive ??? We just did what swan, Broad and Andreson did to the last 50 runs, the English top order should have atleast tried to go after the bowling and maybe maybe it would have exerted a little pressure on Ajmal, Gul and co....I am just saying that it was practically a walk in the Park for Pakistan and even though I am by birth a Pakistani and all my alligiences are with the Green shirts I surely do not want to see an uncompetitive series like the one in Australia and in England Last year. For the green shirts well done boys and I wish you keep on performing like this throughout the series. Anyways England need to really think long and hard on how to bouce back and I wouldn't be surprise if they really come after us in the 2nd test...They are the no.1 side in the world right now and I am pretty sure one test defeat would not really make a difference in thier confidence so Pak should be focoused on 2nd Test even more now

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Fantastic victory! Junaid Khan should be included in the side for the next test. Middle order must start performing. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Excellent performance by Pakistan. They dominated England through out the match. There were lots of talking before the series that, Pakistan's recent victories have occurred against mediocre sides lately but this match will end those speculations since they are truly playing as a professional side now. England well again they have to coup spin attack on Asian pitches to be really declare as true world best test side which I am afraid, wont be happening easily looking at their skills against Ajmal and company. One thing they must do is to include Panesar may be this will make their bowling attack much more conducive to Asian pitches. All in all, next two matches will be really interesting. Pakistan's tails are up and looking really dangerous. England will and they have to strike harder now but it wont be easy for them.

  • Major_Hammad on January 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Congratulation to Pak Team and Pak fans on this victory. Top class and excellent article by David Hopps, very interesting to read this.

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I really hope this shuts up many former english cricketers who have been commenting on india's twin failures recently....

    English team is probably the worst player of spin.......i have ever seen.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! 1 down 2 to go , now forget that we played this match and go in on the 25th like its a 2 match series and repeat this performance.

    Allah Bless You!

  • Y2SJ on January 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    England is a good team. They can not be called great unless they can win in SA and Asia. I dont see them doing that.

  • Stark62 on January 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Good performance from Pak!

    But I don't see any reason to play Shafiq in the next match and I don't think he should have been in the initial squad.

    Compare his FC average to the likes of Umar, Fawad, Yasin and Sohail.

    Shafiq= 41.21, Umar= 47.93, Fawad= 57.94 (phenomenal), Yasin= 46.19 and Sohail= 46.70

    But it will be really interesting to see which of Junaid or Riaz is picked as the second seamer or maybe if three seamers are picked.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    I cannot wait to hear the excuses from the so called pundits and the media, Umar Gul was reverse swinging the ball, only England are allowed to do that. Wonder what one so called Mr Willis has to say about this, perhaps too busy eating his humble pies. The English players were suffering from cramps due to the dodgy food they had, uhmm Pakistanis were crowding them way too much, there wasn't enough crowd to lift their spirits. Ajmal was allowed to bowl too many overs at the tail end, since Gul had got the top four.

    Well played pakistan, time for everyone to recognise that this No 1 thing is a bit over-rated since all the present teams are really only good in their home conditions, was and is being proved by India's tour of England and their current tour of Australia and now England's defeat today. This is not to say Pakistan should relax because England are a quality side and will come back hard at them in the next 2 tests and ODI. A good game played in good spirit by both teams.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    In cricket an old saying is " history often tells you what is going to be the future. Englands abysmal subcontinent run continues. SL and India came to england with half of the team injured and youngsters not yet settled. Pak came to england in 2010 even worst with some traitors in thier own ranks. Austrialia was in the bad shape during the last Ashes series (Now Cummins & Patiinson are there). England had a dream run last year primarily due to the misforture of their opponents. Also most importantnly most of these matches were played in home conditions. What home conditions mean ??? Well now you can ask that to Straus and his boys. The Rankings and the stats can look very skewed.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. What an outstanding performance specially from bowlers. Keep it up! all the credit goes to saeed ajmal. what a gem player. All the best for the rest of the series!!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN.KEEP IT UP

  • crow_eater on January 19, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Oh dear............... how the "mighty" have fallen. Didn't take long for the house of cards to come tumbling down. We might have only made 47 but at least we gave them a target to bat to. #1 for how many months? When you can count your domination in years you might have something to crow about, let the whinging begin!

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    good work pakis !! but england will try to bounce pak !! dont take them lightly just takhe the 2nd test as a fresh start !! and ajmal certainly u rock !!

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    well done Pakistan. Pakistan need more depth in Batting. Middle order should get at least one century from Misbah,Younis or Asad. Bowlers bold ex termly well. England should play with Monty Pesner in next match.

  • SKKhan on January 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Good win, hopefully they win another one and seal the series.

  • mxj461 on January 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan. Now wait for the excuses from the English team, Ajmal cheating, long sleeve's, too many brown faces in the Pakistan team......hahahaha...

  • Wazzi on January 19, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Congrats!!!!!!! Pak gr8 win.

  • Green_Shirts on January 19, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Finally THE WORLD CHAMPIONS got GULLED,AKMALLED,AJMALLED,HAFEEZED etc etc :D :D :D :D

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    love you guys....you rocked...keep it up...good luck for the next game.....

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    its going to do a world of good to Pakistan's cricket. Second test is going to be very interesting,would be good to see Umar Akmal,Wahab Riaz playing in the next one but its a tough one for Umar Akmal as Asad Shafiq has also deserved his place and would not be fair to rest him for one odd failure,This might just be the Pakistan's strength.Resting Cheema is relatively an easier task for W.Riaz.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Great performance from pakistan i think it would be over b4 if cheema would not get injured but at the end pakistan rockss . so best of luck for the other game

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    mann loved it, love you green shirts,,you really are unpredictable,,

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    first of all I'm an huge England fan, and secondly, well done Pakistan!!...A handsome victory for Pakistan, and they played us off the park, our batsmen were clueless against Ajmal, and in the second innings they seemed to forget how to play against pace as well!.....I suppose the board will be full of posts lambasting the english, and today deservedly so, but the glimmer of hope for us English fans is that there are still 2 tests to play, a chance for england to show some grit and resolve with the bat, also our bowlers showed that the Pakistan batting line up is somewhat flawed, but the worry for us england fans is that unless our batsmen adjust very quickly, and play to their potential, then england would be staring down the barrel of a 3-0 defeat, which on paper does not reflect the true strengths of the teams....I wish we had an easier test series currently, like against Australia or India, at least we'd give them a good kicking!!....lol

  • SnowSnake on January 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Congratulations for Pakistan, the #1 team beaters. England's fans will now take a beating just like Indian fans last year. I think all teams have specialized in playing in home conditions. Any team that plays several series in home raises in rankings and falls when they play outside. No real surprises to the outcomes.

  • pragmatist on January 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Shocking performance by England. While they say they won't panic, I'm tiring of Morgan and Tremlett didn't look up for it. But who's the reserve? Run-out Ravi. Oh dear.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Unless England prepare sportier tracks in England I don't see much hope for their players and team. The history continues......falling like nine pins on sportier tracks and thriving on unidimensional tracks.....Honestly, I was surprised by KP and Bell failing. Trott did well in the second outing. I hope KP and Bell come out all guns blazing in the second test.

  • bigben_bigben on January 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    As much a debacle as India's loss at Perth. Will all the pundits now come calling for Strauss, Anderson and Pietersen to retire and induct young blood?

    Laughable how Indian fan's overreact. And laughable how Aus, Eng, NZ supporters whine about subcontinent teams not winning in seaming/bouncing tracks while they themselves stink even more in subcontinent/Asian conditions.

    Aus team of the 2000s was as much a legend as the WI team of the 1970's-1980's, so shouldn't be included in this. But any other team? Puhleeeze!

    And I won't even get into the debate of whether Eng is a true No 1 team, which accompanied India for 2 years when they were No 1.

    Hope Pak demolish Eng by an innings in the next 2 tests and expose the hypocrisy seen in recent times.

  • sal485 on January 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Owesome display by pakistan cricket team.Both with bat and ball

  • haseeb.ahmed on January 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    England is totally outclassed by Pakistan in 3 days. It was a classy display by Pakistan even though they were facing the toughest team in this format but they played as a unit and result has to be in Pakistan's favour. Good match overall and with that being said i think the series will become more interesting in next two games.. best of luck to both teams especially to Pakistan :)

  • Zeus777 on January 19, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Great game :)

  • M.Y.Ali on January 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Mr. David Hopps would you please like to inform us all if your mother had given one more birth "a twin" beside you, would you have changed the result of this match? Pay some respect please. @ If Mrs Akmal had managed to provide a full team, the Akmals would have constituted the most unpredictable side in the world, half cricket team, half circus troupe.

  • Fayss on January 19, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Not even the Pakistani supporters predicted this kind of result. Its a new year Treat from Pakistan Team for all the disheartened fans and damning statement to the all time critics. The people who call DUBAI being same as 'HOME' are fooling the world. The pitches in Pakistan are not what we see in Dubai and there is no home crowd backing the team. Its a win at a neutral venue AWAY from home so it is worth looking them at as a great achievement against all the odds.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Well , so it gotta be 25 characters mimimum right? I got just got 2 words for ya : Pakistan Zindabad! :D

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    marvellous achievement by PAK team, well done Pakistan..... jeet k jeo

  • Shan156 on January 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. I expected England to fight back but they failed miserably for a second time. Bell had a great year last year and so a failure was imminent (law of averages) but what is more worrying is the fact that he appears clueless against Ajmal's doosra. Pakistan bowled very well but you got to say that some of the England batsmen contributed to their own downfalls in both innings. On current evidence, they aren't playing as a #1 team should. And, the ICC won't rank them #1 if they lose by more than a 1 test margin. Pakistan have a very good attack. They keep producing quality bowlers. They will be tested away but on current form there is no reason to suggest that they won't come out successful.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    England, the world #1 side mauled by Pakistan on a batting friendly wicket. What a comeback after being thrashed by England and the English media in 2010. Our team was in shambles then due to the antics of Salman, Asif and Amer but today is a different side. Well done! The cocky Englishmen will strike back and strike back really hard so beware Pakistan.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Well done Pakistani boys, I am proud of you all..............Jai Pakistan

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    for me its nothing less than indian victory... hope pak will make it 3-0..cricinfo pls publish

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    well done team Pakistan we are proud of you.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    well done pakistan :) good performances from everyone ...

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Great win for pakistan. well done !

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Congratulation Team Pakistan!......you did it again and this time against the best side in the world....it was all good team effort.....I wish i had sky sports available so i could see the face of Bob Willis :(

  • 5wombats on January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Deserved win. Absolute tripe from England. Almost forgotten what it's like for England to lose a Test Match. I know what we'll get now though..... watch..

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Hmmmmmm Great It's time to celebrate for corner Tigers..... May Allah bless Pakistan forever

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  • on January 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Hmmmmmm Great It's time to celebrate for corner Tigers..... May Allah bless Pakistan forever

  • 5wombats on January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Deserved win. Absolute tripe from England. Almost forgotten what it's like for England to lose a Test Match. I know what we'll get now though..... watch..

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Congratulation Team Pakistan!......you did it again and this time against the best side in the world....it was all good team effort.....I wish i had sky sports available so i could see the face of Bob Willis :(

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Great win for pakistan. well done !

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    well done pakistan :) good performances from everyone ...

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    well done team Pakistan we are proud of you.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    for me its nothing less than indian victory... hope pak will make it 3-0..cricinfo pls publish

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Well done Pakistani boys, I am proud of you all..............Jai Pakistan

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    England, the world #1 side mauled by Pakistan on a batting friendly wicket. What a comeback after being thrashed by England and the English media in 2010. Our team was in shambles then due to the antics of Salman, Asif and Amer but today is a different side. Well done! The cocky Englishmen will strike back and strike back really hard so beware Pakistan.

  • Shan156 on January 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. I expected England to fight back but they failed miserably for a second time. Bell had a great year last year and so a failure was imminent (law of averages) but what is more worrying is the fact that he appears clueless against Ajmal's doosra. Pakistan bowled very well but you got to say that some of the England batsmen contributed to their own downfalls in both innings. On current evidence, they aren't playing as a #1 team should. And, the ICC won't rank them #1 if they lose by more than a 1 test margin. Pakistan have a very good attack. They keep producing quality bowlers. They will be tested away but on current form there is no reason to suggest that they won't come out successful.