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

'Chance to show our resilience' - Strauss

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Sometimes it is in their lowest moments that sides find strength. Just as Pakistan, torn asunder both on and off the field, regrouped at the end of 2010, so England used the pain of their humiliation in Jamaica in 2009 to inspire them to build for better times.

Now Andrew Strauss hopes that England will utilise the anguish of the first-Test defeat as a motivational tool. While accepting that England's much vaunted batting line-up had seriously underperformed, England's captain was keen to avoid recriminations.

"In both innings we didn't apply ourselves as well as we should have done with the bat," Strauss said. "You can scratch your head and ask why and come up with so many recriminations and questions. The most important thing is that the batsmen are very clear about their method and that they use that feeling of disappointment as motivation to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"It won't be a huge challenge to pick the team up. There will be a huge feeling that we haven't given a good an account of ourselves, and that will give us good motivation to come back in the second Test. We're a really tight unit. We win and lose together, you move on and it's a chance for us to show our resilience and character. I know we have those in abundance but we have to show that. Nobody likes losing, that is for sure.

"We treated it like an aberration when we lost in Perth and we will treat this as an aberration as well. But we do have to make sure we don't repeat those mistakes. One of the things you have to be, as an international cricketer, is honest with yourself. You have to make sure you ask yourself the right questions and come up with the right answers before moving on."

Strauss has a hard balancing act, however. Several of England's batsmen - notably Kevin Pietersen - fell to shots bordering on reckless, but Strauss is aware that the spirit within the squad will not be improved by blaming individuals. At the same time, though, he wants the players to take responsibility for England's first Test defeat since December 2010.

"When a guy has just come in after a bad shot, you don't expect your team-mates to jump up and down telling you what a terrible shot you played," Strauss said. "But it's important you don't run away from facts and the truth. As batsmen we have to be honest and ask did we play well enough. We have to ask: was our game plan smart enough, were we switched on enough. All those questions are important. But I also think, at times like these the easy thing is to look at everything that went wrong. As a side it's important we keep connected with the fact we've done a lot of good things over the last two years and we will continue to do so."

Strauss made no excuses, though. He accepted that the pitch was flat and dismissed that his side had any inherent problems against the spin of Saeed Ajmal.

"We were caught off guard in that first session of the first day on a very flat wicket," he said. "From then on Pakistan never let us back into the game. You have to congratulate them for the way they played, but we're disappointed with the way we batted in both innings, particularly the first innings as it wasn't a 50 for 5 wicket. We have to learn some lessons and move forward.

"A couple of us contributed to our own downfall, which allowed Ajmal to put more pressure on the batsmen coming in. The ball wasn't turning a huge amount and I think the players who did get in and spend some time at the wicket looked fairly comfortable, but not enough of us were able to do that. We face a lot of good bowlers in Test cricket. I don't think there's anything about Ajmal that we should be unduly worried about. We have to be very clear about our game plan and make sure we don't make the same mistakes.

"It's a disappointing result because we did a lot of things well in our build-up. We played good cricket in the warm-up games. We weren't undercooked or underprepared. I'm certainly determined to come back strong in Abu Dhabi and I'm sure the rest of the guys are too."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Garp on (January 20 2012, 17:32 PM GMT) I'm guessing you didn't see the documentary on England's rise to the top on SKY? Strauss said that after the Australians drew level (Ashes in Aus 2010/11) and being comprehensively beaten they took some time out, played a bit of golf etc and we all know what happened in the rest of the series. It does sound daft to do things that way but I'm guessing they're confident it will work for them again. Maybe they could be putting too much pressure on themselves by going over things all the time and taking their mind of the game could be the best solution. Time will tell

  • on January 22, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    England were skiitled out by passionate Pakistan always hurdled by preplanned controversies. All credit goes to the men in Green. When every moment of the match was so exciting and England felt the pain, suddenly as usual someone tries to use the same tactics to undermines Saeed's performance. Yes again we must emphasise that few wins in your den doesn't means Ur number 1, England's performance in Dubai shows their inability to maintain their number 1 streak. English media should hail Pakistan's performance with brave heart rather than old mud slinging technique, and expect England to bounce back. Otherwise, it's just matter of 3 days to defeat so called number 1 side. Beware of Paki Power. Good luck England

  • Naikan on January 21, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    I am not surprised with the result. A few weeks ago in articles on England's no. 1 test rank, I had predicted that England would not find their matches against Pakistan as easy as they did against India. For pure test skills, Pakistan has an excellent group of bowlers to draw from. If it had not been for the spot fixing scandal, Pakistan probably has the best collective bowling outfit. Evenso, I feel they are a formidable set. The main reason is the bowlers target taking wickets and not containment. That aspect is a must. Unfortunately the popularity of the short forms of cricket in India (Oneday and T20) has transformed most of the frontline Indian bowlers into containment skill bowlers. But containment will not work for long periods like a 5 day test. A good deal of England's victories are based on their excellent batting record of last 2 years. However i feel it never really got tested. If they have to come back their batting has to click.

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    england ll strike back .....lights og KP, TROT,BELL ,COOK N MORGAN RNT GONNA GO OFF........DEY LL COMBACK N CRUSH PAKISTAAN IN DE UPCOMING GAMES .....STRAUSS IS A GUD CAPTAIN MATTY IS DOIN WELLL.....N ENGLAND HAS 3 OF WORLD'S TOP 10 ALL ROUNDERS......DE BOWLIN WAS GUD EVEN IN DE 1ST GAM DEY LL COMBAC N BEAT DE PAKISTAANI TEAM WICH LACKS XPERIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @Garp on (January 20 2012, 17:32 PM GMT) I'm guessing you didn't see the documentary on England's rise to the top on SKY? Strauss said that after the Australians drew level (Ashes in Aus 2010/11) and being comprehensively beaten they took some time out, played a bit of golf etc and we all know what happened in the rest of the series. It does sound daft to do things that way but I'm guessing they're confident it will work for them again. Maybe they could be putting too much pressure on themselves by going over things all the time and taking their mind of the game could be the best solution. Time will tell

  • RVC-38 on January 21, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @garp spot on, the same with their rugby and football teams, they can reach the pinnacle then its jobs finished.

  • crazier on January 21, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    im a pakistan fan. But i hate when someone critice england about their players that they are from other countries. I think its shame to those countries whose players play in england side. so please keep ur mouth shut!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 21, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    With only 15 runs to get, why would any straight person use regular bowlers? What does that tell us about you Strauss. You are a very mild mannered bloke. But sorry Strauss, that was absurd and pretty ordinary behaviour from you.

  • phoenixsteve on January 21, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    England played badly and deserved to be beaten by a really good Pakistan side. It's just 1 of 3 tests though and chickens should not be counted just yet? Even the second rate Aussies managed to win one test at home in the recent Ashes! It's interesting how many fans of inferior sides are revelling in this one result? They don't seem to realise that if Pakistan manage to win a series against England it makes their sides look even poorer.... if this is possible! Whilst I am worried after the first test..... I have faith! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    @JG2704 on (January 20 2012, 10:45 AM GMT) - we said weeks ago that Pakistan fans are, in the main, salt of the earth. Play cricket with Pakistanis; they live the game. Magnificent. There to be admired. Meanwhile, there are a load of graceless leeches from over the border who take delight in jumping onto the coattails of the Pakistan team who, remember, are one of only two sides to defeat England in England in a Test Match in the past 3 years. india are not one of them. Quite why they are here, crowing over their 7 consecutive away defeats has to be one of the biggest jokes in the history of cricket. Please publish.

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Garp on (January 20 2012, 17:32 PM GMT) I'm guessing you didn't see the documentary on England's rise to the top on SKY? Strauss said that after the Australians drew level (Ashes in Aus 2010/11) and being comprehensively beaten they took some time out, played a bit of golf etc and we all know what happened in the rest of the series. It does sound daft to do things that way but I'm guessing they're confident it will work for them again. Maybe they could be putting too much pressure on themselves by going over things all the time and taking their mind of the game could be the best solution. Time will tell

  • on January 22, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    England were skiitled out by passionate Pakistan always hurdled by preplanned controversies. All credit goes to the men in Green. When every moment of the match was so exciting and England felt the pain, suddenly as usual someone tries to use the same tactics to undermines Saeed's performance. Yes again we must emphasise that few wins in your den doesn't means Ur number 1, England's performance in Dubai shows their inability to maintain their number 1 streak. English media should hail Pakistan's performance with brave heart rather than old mud slinging technique, and expect England to bounce back. Otherwise, it's just matter of 3 days to defeat so called number 1 side. Beware of Paki Power. Good luck England

  • Naikan on January 21, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    I am not surprised with the result. A few weeks ago in articles on England's no. 1 test rank, I had predicted that England would not find their matches against Pakistan as easy as they did against India. For pure test skills, Pakistan has an excellent group of bowlers to draw from. If it had not been for the spot fixing scandal, Pakistan probably has the best collective bowling outfit. Evenso, I feel they are a formidable set. The main reason is the bowlers target taking wickets and not containment. That aspect is a must. Unfortunately the popularity of the short forms of cricket in India (Oneday and T20) has transformed most of the frontline Indian bowlers into containment skill bowlers. But containment will not work for long periods like a 5 day test. A good deal of England's victories are based on their excellent batting record of last 2 years. However i feel it never really got tested. If they have to come back their batting has to click.

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    england ll strike back .....lights og KP, TROT,BELL ,COOK N MORGAN RNT GONNA GO OFF........DEY LL COMBACK N CRUSH PAKISTAAN IN DE UPCOMING GAMES .....STRAUSS IS A GUD CAPTAIN MATTY IS DOIN WELLL.....N ENGLAND HAS 3 OF WORLD'S TOP 10 ALL ROUNDERS......DE BOWLIN WAS GUD EVEN IN DE 1ST GAM DEY LL COMBAC N BEAT DE PAKISTAANI TEAM WICH LACKS XPERIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @Garp on (January 20 2012, 17:32 PM GMT) I'm guessing you didn't see the documentary on England's rise to the top on SKY? Strauss said that after the Australians drew level (Ashes in Aus 2010/11) and being comprehensively beaten they took some time out, played a bit of golf etc and we all know what happened in the rest of the series. It does sound daft to do things that way but I'm guessing they're confident it will work for them again. Maybe they could be putting too much pressure on themselves by going over things all the time and taking their mind of the game could be the best solution. Time will tell

  • RVC-38 on January 21, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @garp spot on, the same with their rugby and football teams, they can reach the pinnacle then its jobs finished.

  • crazier on January 21, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    im a pakistan fan. But i hate when someone critice england about their players that they are from other countries. I think its shame to those countries whose players play in england side. so please keep ur mouth shut!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 21, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    With only 15 runs to get, why would any straight person use regular bowlers? What does that tell us about you Strauss. You are a very mild mannered bloke. But sorry Strauss, that was absurd and pretty ordinary behaviour from you.

  • phoenixsteve on January 21, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    England played badly and deserved to be beaten by a really good Pakistan side. It's just 1 of 3 tests though and chickens should not be counted just yet? Even the second rate Aussies managed to win one test at home in the recent Ashes! It's interesting how many fans of inferior sides are revelling in this one result? They don't seem to realise that if Pakistan manage to win a series against England it makes their sides look even poorer.... if this is possible! Whilst I am worried after the first test..... I have faith! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    @JG2704 on (January 20 2012, 10:45 AM GMT) - we said weeks ago that Pakistan fans are, in the main, salt of the earth. Play cricket with Pakistanis; they live the game. Magnificent. There to be admired. Meanwhile, there are a load of graceless leeches from over the border who take delight in jumping onto the coattails of the Pakistan team who, remember, are one of only two sides to defeat England in England in a Test Match in the past 3 years. india are not one of them. Quite why they are here, crowing over their 7 consecutive away defeats has to be one of the biggest jokes in the history of cricket. Please publish.

  • Sports4Youth on January 20, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Yes MrStraus. Please show your resilence in Asian Subcontinent like conditions. You tried once in your ODI series last in India. Now try once again.

  • Sports4Youth on January 20, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @ Valavan .. regarding the old legs in indan team i completely agree. Old performaces and records look good in the record books, but these players are no more required on the field. Some one should tell them sports is meant for Youth and cricket is no different. I am fed up with ths thing of the 100th Ton. Also among the younsters i am getting sick of Ishant's good bowling efforts without any luck. Since 2 years this lad is bowling hard with a lot of heart without any luck. I think Ishant should take a break get married, freshen up and then think obout his mistakes and then have a second go.

  • keecha on January 20, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    @nutcutlet: oh I never doubt Broad's bravery for it takes a very brave man to endure 6 sixes without breaking down. and I disagree the view that Indian fans lack humor and grace. When are beaten by worthy opponents, we do salute them, but sorry not England and by the way, I know what I am and where I and going to..Time will tell how humourous the English fans are in the next series in India

  • Garp on January 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    This is what happens everytime England come off a break and go oversea's. They never seem to catch on that your not going to go from being on vacation and not having touched a cricket bat in months to hoping on a plane run through a couple of meaningless warm up matches against club cricketers and be properly prepared for an International Test side. Why is it so impossible to start preparing for a series at least 4 weeks before you leave? The Aussie team that ruled all forms of cricket for nearly 3 decades would go into a training camp after their off time and before a series started and stayed successful because they were always prepared. English cricketers always want to have off time and never want to prepare properly, case and point Flower stating that they have off days after this first test debacle, just insane. How can anyone of them after that pathetic performance they put in even consider taking an off day? I mean seriously the match was over in less than 3 days!

  • Sports4Youth on January 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @ sheenu . same here. By now every one in the world knows how the Brits start crying when they loose to any Asian countries.

  • RandyOZ on January 20, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Without the South African, Trott, they would've been rolled for double figures. Bell is useless and should never play against spinners. The talent is really thin in England, I mean what young batsmen are coming through?

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on January 20, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Majr - "the economic context of the game" has been directly responsible for the club cricket standards we are witnessing from the Indian cricket team. It is dragging this wonderful sport through the mud and seriously endangering test cricket's future IMO. I wouldn;t be so arrogant or proud my friend. What do you have to be proud of right now? Any fool can create a market simply by dint of having a large population but can the same fool pay due care, respect and attention to the golden goose or will that fool continue to abuse OUR (the fans) game?

  • sheenu on January 20, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I am a die-hard Indian fan. But I am so happy that Pakistan thrashed the England team!! As expected, when the hapless English players could not bat against the spin guile of Saeed Ajmal, they (Bob Willis, rings a bell?) promptly point fingers at Saeed's bowling action!! They did EXACTLY the same when the great duo of W&W mastered reverse-swing, until of course their own bowlers started doing it.

    As Sunny Gavaskar says, the Brits are "Chronic Whiners"

    Go Pakistan!! Thrash the Brits 3-0, possibly by an innings in at least one test.

  • RandyOZ on January 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I agree with jonsey2, Strauss has to be one of the worst batsmen going around, and his stats back it up. Surely there are far better batsmen in England, and someone like Cook could take the captaincy.

  • ihaq1 on January 20, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    ajmal is rebounding from lacklustre performances but his leg spinner or offcutter has always had players in trouble..although few people get out to his straighter deliveries...england have a very bad record in asia and have only one test in eighteen...strategies against spin should be to forward more than stay at the crease...it is always better to read a spinner off the pitch or playing forward...since there are no spare batsmen...ravi and stephen davies donot seem likely to be slotted in although anyone can replace pieterson theses days...maybe playing Prior who plays well against pakistan up the order might be a better bet and probably slotting in Finn and another spinner as well...its best to let teh spin beat the bat rather than push teh bat towards the spin

  • asimkhanalizai on January 20, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    reason for england lost was poor bating, all bastman's palyed like they never played cricket before every shot with cross bat even 90% ball was straight and low, basically england took it very easy, comparitivly england is strong team in sense of management,team work,excellent bowlers tall and good free arm actions young in age,bowling coach,batting is only good for english conditions,players should be prepared for international pitches, they should do more tours, pakistan team management is worst,there is a lack of teamwork,coaching issue,players are old,batsmans aren't disciplined they dont set thereself a milestone ,no doubt all players are telented if they want to win they can kick anyone means they play well if they want ,management doesn't have set targets for all players...this series will be now more interesting because england will try to comeback more presure...

  • Match-winner on January 20, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @plod: Relax buddy, you seem to have taken Pakistan's win, and their fans' jubilations personally against yourself! You have got this all wrong! Pakistani fans are happy about their team's performance, and are congratulating them for that. Any anger or sarcasm that is coming is primarily because of the unsportsman-like comments by some English commentators/seniors. Whether we the fans feel overconfident or not is a different story & reflects only their happiness, what matters is that our team realizes what lies ahead - which they do as acknowledged by Misbah. We had a great year 2011, & what ur opinion is about other teams that we played/beat, news for you buddy - it doesn't count, because we don't like to call anyone a minnow. As for how good Australia is, we'll cross the bridge when we get there....All in good time buddy, have patience....enjoy your cricket summer & best of luck....

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    1st test was ajmalz show ......... but i know surely in upcomming test gul will be the wicket taking bowler !! proud 2 be a pakistani =)) ............ prays wid u boyss !! crush them!!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Srauss has to be practical. Unless his batters can pick Ajmal he will lose this series. Ajmal is a far better bowler than Mendis & once u have a bowler that can easily take 20 wkts u have real problems. Bowlers win matches, batters save matches. Regardless the amt. of runs your team makes, if yr bowlers can't defend that total, the opposing will get it & possibly surpass it. For ENG, it's about mastering Ajmal, & doing so quickly.

  • GoGyRao on January 20, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    i m totally agree with kasyapm ajmal dosra can,t be pick bcoz he bold with same same action no change of hand or style of delivry even the grt sachin did,t pick him up well how u expect the english man to pick up the mystry ball and secondly they never known as good player of spin ,they beat india in england recently but we all have seen what happen with them when they went to india to play ODI .They give example they beat Australia in ashes but thier were no quality spiner after warne if their is 1 that will be a different story .See their record in asia Last 18 test they played against any asian team (excluding Bangladesh ) they did,t won any thing .In asia its different ball game mates .Sorry to say but english batsman can,t play spin simple. losing 3 wicket to spiner in first session of ist day and captain is admiting that its not turning grt deal and he not giving the credit to bowler that means u accepting that you are not good enough player to counter the spin bowling

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @Nutcutlet: Well, we all know who lacks grace on the field. India lost in England, but their on field behaviour was far better than England when they got thrashed in India. Just shows the character of the captain and his team.

  • Mian.Invader on January 20, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    i am amazed how some people are saying pakistan can't be no1 because they can't beat england in england, and england are the no1 because they are performing well just on their home soil (except for the last ashes)... lol thats pathetic... only australian's were the one who were to be the real no1 side, they won home and away series... i know england can still win the series but such a shameful loss for the no1 side... i am just saying this because some stupid kids are pathetic with their thinking... if pakistan or india can't be no1 so is the case with england, they can't play good cricket on spinning or flat tracks... don't say pakistan is not a good team or they are only playing well on flat pitches... so is the case with england... just enjoy the series rather being blunt with your words...

  • reality_check on January 20, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @plod. You and Bob Willis should be locked up in a room to break anything in sight out of frustration. No one is saying that England is not #1 team but they got beaten in the first test by a better team and that too comprehensively in all departments. I am sure England will bounce back in the second and third tests but if they are as cocky as you are then who knows, it could be 2-0 in Pakistan's favour. Be humble and enjoy quality cricket when you see it instead of burning in your own frustrations.

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet on (January 19 2012, 21:31 PM GMT) Spot on there , although I fear you it may be falling on selective deaf ears

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @ 5wombats on (January 19 2012, 21:11 PM GMT) - I do slightly fear because although we were hammered by Australia , we had already beaten them in that series so had the confidence from that. I'm not saying we can't bounce back but that it will be harder. I do find it funny that so many postees from a country which is in cricketing turmoil are coming on these boards to slate our team. As you say the majority of the Pak fans have been fair and celebrating their win rather than our defeat which is the way it should be

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @Riad Hosein on (January 19 2012, 20:14 PM GMT - England are number 1 side because they have won the matches and gained the points to get them there . Maybe it's partly because other teams have been so poor/inconsistent and maybe England will be toppled before long but they are there on merit , based on form and results from the last few years. Even with the dominant Australians , their longest unbeaten run was between 2001 and 2005 and they drew home series vs India and New Zealand and from 94/95 (which I'm guessing is when their dominance started after a defeat to Pakistan) through to 2001 they lost 4 series in India 3 times and SL once and drew in WI. Since early 2009 (approx 3 years) we have drawn one series away in SA and won every other series. So if we lose vs both Pak and SL which is a way from happening , we'd have lost 2 series in just over 3 years , hardly a pathetic side you and others are making us out to be. BTW I'm not trying to compare us the that Australian side

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    It seems to be very tight contest here on...

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @plod well brother i agree that recent pak record against aussies is very disappointing but still we managed to drew last series 1-1 in Eng and this Pak outfit is completely changed and resurgent .I hope we get some tests against aussies soon(though not in FTP in near future) and then you will feel the difference. We drew with aussies when we had 7 new players (yousaf younas misbah taufeeq hafeez) were not playing and i am certain we will fair well than your expectations.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on January 20, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    An abject batting performance from England , the kind of which I thought we'd seen the back of - certainly in test cricket. Still , credit where it's due - for Ajmal's 10fer , well played Sir !

  • pak-cric on January 20, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    There is no doubt England are a competent team, having world class players like prior and trot. but we all expect close contest between these two cricket giants. befinitly better performars get better results. wish best of luck for both teams.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 20, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    The resurrection of the Pakistan team under the new captain has been astonishing. I wonder how other nations would have coped with 3 leading players going to jail and never being able to play at home. I'm sure England WILL bounce back as dogged determination and discipline has been the key to their rise. The batsmen have the ability and my only concern would be the Captain who seems to be slipping into a mid 30's pattern that afflicts opening batsmen/Captains ie Mark Taylor. He needs to pull out of that tailspin to carry on for another couple of years. The other major problem of course is Kevin Pietersen. I suspect he will get less leeway to turn it around and less tears would be shed in the dressing room at his demise.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:32 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

  • Valavan on January 20, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Congrats PAKISTAN, and Indians can continue to concentrate on their own flaws rather than howling here. As simple as that. INDIA would also loose to PAKISTAN if they would go to UAE with current bunch of old legs. cricinfo please publish.

  • Aura123 on January 20, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Englan is always very supportive to Pakistan Cricket and its like a second home for most of the Pakistani crickers

    and totally agree what Riaz Qureshi said

    "Strauss, I alawys like your humble personality and today you have accepted defeat with grace. I am a huge fan of Pakistan but I am thankful to you and england that after 2010 debacle and flood of controversy, you and your country have supported Pakistan. I request you for a Pakistan tour as well for the sake of world cricket. People in Pakistan love you and would expect your support for the revival of the game in Pakistan.Hope that series will be well contested and lessons learned on both sides will come into play for a nail biting competition "

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    A plod andt anybody who says Pakistan has not beaten the strongest team in 2011, GET REAL. Pakistan itself was such a weak team, remember?

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    WELCOME TO ASIA......! MR StrausS AND COMPANY......!

  • Captain_Crick on January 20, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Can England make a comeback? It remains to be seen!

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Plod that is just an arrogant comment and I as a fellow aussie am embarrassed. Tall Poppy.

    I am amazed and impressed by the first test result. I think the performance of Pakistan has been awesome. Any result against South Africa is very impressive. They have a formidable attack (as we saw when humbled for 47... did you forget that plod.) We fell against NZ at home. How was our 2011 better??

    Looking forward to seeing Ajmal bowl but we will not get pakistan for the test in brisbane sadly!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @Plod : i have no doubt that you r a bias person, not only bias but not good enough to utter a word of wisdom..... from the outlook you look like a bald parakeet who has plucked all his feather in frustration that its girl friend is living in another nest...... grow up

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    It is evident here that a defeat at the hands of team Pakistan is turning out to be a hard to digest fact for some Aussies,Brits and our neighbourly Indians. Pakistan is catching up surely, and will be in the top 5teams this year. England are a good side, and they are bound to come back hard, that makes the 2nd test all the more interesting,as currently they are the most well balanced side in the world.

    England and Pakistan will seek one change each in their line up, tremlett will get the axe, and aizaz cheema for Pakistan, most likely wahab riaz will get a go, he is now clocking 150kmph consistently, and that will be an advantage for us, as he has had a good show in 2010&2011 together, both internationally and domestic season..

  • DadaCricket on January 20, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    C'mon plod!! Forget NewZealand, Zimbabwe, Windies and S.Africans and look at Pakistan playing against Srilankans and Bengalis where they completely dominated all 3 formats of the game. And here in this very first test match, they dominated england completely in all the skills of the games. And that be from team selection to on-field game plan execution. The world knows that Pakistanis somewhat struggle against left-arm spinners(e.g Herath and Vettori ) thn why not play Monty against Pakistanis?? Going with 3 pacers on a sub-continent alike track against Pakistan will always but you in trouble!! The so called number 1 team deserved an innings defeat against superb Pakistanis but luck came to their rescue to put them 15runs ahead!!

  • Elliott_Tree on January 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    As an Eng fan I apologise to Pak for our shabby batting - ruined an otherwise cracking test match. Good times for Pak cricket - much more solid batting than last time we played, and still dangerous bowlers, with good captaincy. And from reading the Pak posts there is competetion for places as well. From Eng perspective: I thought the bowling was very promising - kept the pressure on and used what movement there was in the air and pitch. Will be very difficult to turn the series around after that batting, though I'm not panicking yet - this team have been resilient in the past.

  • kasyapm on January 20, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    While it is true that England have come back after such defeats, I disagree with Strauss' assessment of Ajmal. There is something about Ajmal that so many teams have faced issues - picking his doosra. As an Indian fan, I was nervous through out India's batting in the WC semi-final. None of our batsmen seemed to pick his doosra. While it is to be seen whether batsmen (the world over) read him better the more they play him (as it happened with Mendis), I feel England have an up hill task against Ajmal.

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    England must win the next two matches to win this series to establish that they can dominate on non seaming, flat pitches. (A first step before doing the same on sub-continent spinning pitches.) To do that they need to bowl pakistan out four times. Since their batsmen are unlikely to suddenly acquire the ability to read Ajmal, I suggest that they should concentrate on simply bowling Pakistan out for less than England scores. To increase the chances of achieving such a low scoring win, England should drop Morgan or Peiterson since they don't contribute anyway, and include Panesar along side the bowlers who did a great job in the first test. If six specialist batsmen can't score the runs, it really doesn't make any difference if there are only five of them!

  • Munkeymomo on January 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Well, I'm annoyed by the result. Not because England lost but because they lost in three days, before the weekend started and I could actually watch some of it! :p Regardless I saw the highlights and Pakistan were terrific, not seen Cook so uncomfortable against anyone in years as he was against Gul. Hope the next tests last a bit longer and England fight back a bit.

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @neil simpson

    Same applies to england as well you have to start winning in Asia as well to prove that they are the real number 1

    In case you dont know england havent won a test series against india, pak or sl in last 10 years in subcontinent

    So say all u want to abt ajmal and pak but the fact will not change, and the fact is Pak have defeated the so called number 1 and we are feeling very good abt that ...

    Cricinfo plz publish

  • landl47 on January 20, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Strauss said what he's expected to say, but the fact is that England should have batted much better in the second innings in Dubai and they didn't. England has made lots of runs against subcontinental spin bowlers and this one didn't even turn that much. There's a mental issue here that England must get to grips with if they are to make this series competitive. Pakistan has shown that they are tough opponents and if England are hoping they'll have a bad game England will likely be disappointed. We had a long time as England fans where the team underperformed and we thought that this group had overcome that problem. I don't want to see us going back to the bad old days. Flower and Strauss need to get a grip and ensure the side plays to its ability. The next test would be a good time to start.

  • musa441 on January 20, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @plod so u still are not accepting that u were beaten by a better side well shame on u becoz ur arrogance is still their i think when ur team will be at no 5 at the end of this year then u will open ur eyes and understand that arrogance always goes down with humiliation and i bet pakistan will humiliate england in this series just as in 1st test!! cricinfo plz publish plz!!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    The stadium would have always been full, on the decisive day (day 3 here), if it had been played in any corner or stadium of any size in pakistan.

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Great team work by Pakistan. Misbah & Company should keep this momentum for the next in the series. Best of luck for the English team.

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Great team work by Pakistan.Misbah & company should keep this momentum for the Future. Wish you all the best Pakistan. Best of luck for English team for next time.

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    At those who think Pakistan cannot be number 1. We are not trying to be number 1 we are just trying to get positive results amidst all the negativity that has been surrounding Pakistan. Number 1 status is a long way. i would be happy if Pakistan remains consistent and occupies top 3 positions. In recent time only Australia has proven that they were number 1 in home and away conditions, India faltered in Australia and England. if England lose the series they also lose their top spot. so i guess criticizing teams is futile. And we are also not saying that we are better than Australia. I must agree that OZ are bouncing back.

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

    to all those guys who say PAK cant be no.1 untill they win in aus/eng... yes its true...but the same thing goes for eng, they cant be considered no.1 untill they win in subcontinent conditions.1 more thing PAK in there last tour of eng, drew with aus(in a home away series), and lost to eng 1-3, atleast they won 1 match.

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @ PLOD..first try to appreciate when a team performs well,yes we have beaten the number one test side,the side who had beaten OOOoooOOzies at home in the last Ashes!!2ndly send the kangarooss to UAE,Pak will thm a lesson too...Pak will tear Aus apart whn they tour UAE..Aus is not the team which they used to be 4 or 5 years ago...They ruled the world of cricket like no one but now they are beatable..Aus got beateb by Kiwis toooo..hahaha!!Eng,Aus,S.A all face tough challange whn they come to subcontinent...U talk like a typical stubbron Aussiieee!1I dun say tht Pak will race to the number 1 position,but we r playing very good cricket thts it!!

  • AidanFX on January 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Can't believe all these LBWs - they were all fair calls mind you - which leads me to think Warne could have had an ave of 19 if umps gave LBWs the same frequency the same way they do today. Great effort though - clear Eng batsmen not face that sought of bowling

  • Percy_Fender on January 20, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    It is not surprising at all that England were brought down to earth the first time they played in a Test Match outside their comfort areas. They may lose the series as well like they did in the ODIs in India. Abjectly and yet pretend that ODIs. Or playing in Asian conditions hardly matters. England Australia and South Africa know that the money and the spectators come only from India and elsewhere in the sub continent. So they should really be bothered about how they play on Asian wickets. All this talk of the game of cricket necessitating being good only on bouncy wickets is irrelevant in the economic context of the game today.If a Test championship is held in the sub continent it will be the sellout that will make the ICC relevant again. So the Gabbas and the Wanderers of the cricket world will have to take the back seat. England is basically a very good team. But so is Pakistan. It is sad that just the curator and his dog in Dubai are watching the game being played.

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 20, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Strauss you or any future english captain will never win a series in the sub-continent....

    England is probably the worst against a particular style of bowling.....which in their case is spin...

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    mr plod....you are good in england and may b somtime in australia....but in asia, pakistan and india are DON....you must know what hapend with you guys in india last year....dont mess with us in ASIA...

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    dear plod..whatever your name is....take it easy bro accept the defeat....no doubt that england is at no.1 position right now...but u've seen that no matter if u are at the top or botom...the team which play beter cricket actualy wins and we played beter cricket thats why the result is oposite to your expectations...and i m wory you guys have a long way to catch our spin... cheers mate..

  • jonesy2 on January 20, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    how the not very mighty have fallen. how is strauss in the team? if it was a decent side he would have been dumped ages ago, phil hughes got dropped and he was scoring wayyyy more runs than strauss. we'll have our ashes back, cheers.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    nice man Pakistan kep it up dont lose focus and win the series

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 20, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Strauss is a very humble person. Talks very softly with humility. Feel for him though. He is very mild and polite. Great guy to look up to if one has to learn how to behave. Good luck Strauss. I will be glad if Pakistan wins this series but good luck to your team and especially to you Sir.

  • jmcilhinney on January 20, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    I think that the England batsmen really psyched themselves out of this contest before it began and they have also failed to adapt to the conditions adequately. They have been far too tentative against the spinners for a start. They need to get forward and play with a straight bat. The biggest problem though seems to be an inability to read the length of the ball and the bounce of the wicket. A perfect example was Cook in the second innings. He was in a tangle by the time he tried to play that shot. I'm sure the one from Cheema that hit him in the stomach was still playing on his mind too, so Cheema can probably take some of the credit for that wicket. I think that they can be positive and cut out the irresponsible shots for the next match, but it's reading the length and bounce that is the greatest concern for me. I believe that they can come back but I'm not sure that they will.

  • SamRoy on January 20, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @plod Nobody is saying Pakistan is better than England. Absolutely nobody. And nobody will say Pakistan is better than Australia. But what we say is England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa can't handle quality spin (with the exception of one or two batsmen in each side). The reason why Australia won in Sri Lanka is very simple. After Murali retired no more good spinners in that team (Herath is steady and getting better). I am pretty sure if England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa play in Kanpur against India or Pakistan they will be hammered in the same way India is being hammered currently in Australia.

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    hi well done Pakistan .... I think its bit harsh to criticise the english team on just one loose . they just need to play cricket according to their potential than it will be a greate series.....i think they just need to use their feet as much as they can . if you see micheal clark he always comes down the pitch of ball and play it . i am sure england got quite good batsmen who can make big hundreds.....but full marks to pakistan bowlling...Everyone who like cricket cant dislike the bowlling of Saeed Ajmal and plz stop making an excuses ....i really feel sorry for those who are making or thinking to report Ajmal's Action... its fine and try to develope a spinner like him in your side .....

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    world no.1 team out for 192 and 160. shame ...why these guys cannot play spin bowling.

  • on January 20, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    At prod no doubt England are a world's best side at the moment but they still need to prove they are worthy enough to remain no. 1 tell me when was the last time ur so called best team in the world beat Asian teams in the sub-continent apart from Bangladesh,England haven't defeated Pakistan India or srilanka in the sub-continent they are best only in their home ground or pitches that are similar to England e.g Australian pitches or new Zealand pitches. And don't get me started even more 1st get ur facts right and then back ur statements dumass

  • shamlaatu on January 20, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Its time that Cricket Australia puts an end to the comedy show called "Border-Gavaskar" tropy, and play some REAL TEST CRICKET by inviting Pakistan cricket team to instigate a yearly war of test cricket skills under the banner of "Imran-Lillee Trophy". The fans yearn to watch some quality test cricket.

  • dan_loves_cricket on January 20, 2012, 2:34 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!!!!

  • BravoBravo on January 20, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @plod: I agree with you for most of the part apart from your digressing. ENG is a very talented team, and I am pretty sure that they will comeback very strongly. Now I want to digress for a moment. Recently ENG (against PAK in just concluded test match) and SL (against SA in their 3rd Test match) have been able to avoid inning defeat while the MIGHTY BATTING LINE and HYPED team succumbed to pressure and meekly surrender to ENG (few months ago) and now biting the dust in AUS. Not a longtime agoIND (Test against SA in Centurion 2010/2011, inning defeat for IND) where Tendul make a century and preferred to be remain not out, rather than saving IND of inning defeat humiliation. What I meant to say that ENG has quality players and even SL does too. While hyped up team IND does have only record hungry and brainless batsmen devoid of any national pride. Having said that ENG will come back strongly and I believe PAK team is well aware of that. Congratulations PAK team, superb performance.

  • polonga on January 20, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    I can remember that Mahela and Sanga were telling that they could not pick Ajmal. These guys were experts of playing spin. Poor Poms. Pakistan should play all their home matches in the middle East. It seems all these teams are only good in their own backyards other than Pakistan. Look what is happening to India and SriLanka.

  • polonga on January 20, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka did lot better against Pakistan than English guys. Pakistan keep Asia flag flying. India and SriLanka at rebuilding stage so you are our only hope.

  • on January 20, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    This is great sense of character shown by Andrew Strauss. There is nothing wrong in getting defeated as it is part of game but learning from mistakes and not repeating them is the buy. I guess Dhoni and his men should take a leaf out of Strauss book and come up something motivational in 4th test. If you are a great batsmen then it should not matter to you whether you are playing on a flat strip of Mohali or grassy pitch of WACA. You need to show the character and the steel you are made of.... I guess now the time have come for Indian Team to get out of their comfort zone and play some quality cricket.....Give a fight and please dont be vulnerable.....

  • bouncer3459 on January 20, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    First learn to play THE PEHLA properly than worry about playing the DOOSRA AND TEESRA.

    SALMAN

  • cricket_lover777 on January 20, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Feel sorry for the cricket lovers in Pakistan, missing out on great cricket not being played in their home ground. No wonder the stadium was empty in Dubai- but if it was Pakistan am pretty sure it would have been half packed to say the least.

  • Manush on January 20, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Ridiculous and poor show from the No.1 team. Main culprit is very poor and spineless batting from the heroes.For England the batting really started from Prior and Swann in both the innings. Pakistan nicely capitalized on the fear of the spineless English !! Congrats to Pakistan which has come out well after all the damaging issues to their cause.

  • on January 20, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    worth waking up 6 in the morning for 3 days. thanks misbah

  • Jaggadaaku on January 20, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Why all batsmen captains say the batsmen have to play well? Looks like they themselves omitted from those batsmen don't play well. Mr. Cold-Dhoni used to say our batsmen don't play well and therefore, we couldn't even save the game. The captains never talk about their own selves. The captain should make a century or half than should talk about the failing batsmen of his team.

  • RiazQureshi on January 20, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Strauss, I alawys like your humble personality and today you have accepted defeat with grace. I am a huge fan of Pakistan but I am thankful to you and england that after 2010 debacle and flood of controversy, you and your country have supported Pakistan. I request you for a Pakistan tour as well for the sake of world cricket. People in Pakistan love you and would expect your support for the revival of the game in Pakistan.Hope that series will be well contested and lessons learned on both sides will come into play for a nail biting competition

  • Ms.Cricket on January 19, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    O how England could do with Collingwood now! You cannot drop an asset like him. Bell is over-rated and Strauss is terribly out of form for ages to show his batsmen how by example. Cook can be Test captain.

  • on January 19, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    welldone pakistan. Strauss has the acception of losing and where the flaws are

  • KashifMuneer on January 19, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I have mentioned this before that Ajmal is the first bowler in history that not a single batsman in the world can read him from his hand. Batsmen can only survive by going on to the front foot or the back foot correctly after judging the length. I doubt England will "figure out" Ajmal. Having said that they can adopt a better approach. It will be extremely tough for England to win any test in this series. Pakistan need the return of Amir to be No.1 team in the world. Hope he returns in 2012 after CSA (court of Sports Arbitration) trial.

  • plod on January 19, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Pakistan, I can't believe you are talking yourself up so much. I tip England will come back and beat you. Pakistan's so called great results; beat Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, drew with the Windies and South Africa at home. Who is saying you've had a great 2011? Give me a break. Australia are rebuilding and we've had a better 2011. England are overconfident at the minute, not use to being number 1, which will be short lived. However I digress, England to either win 2-1 or draw 1-1. Pakistan, you have a long way to go before you can start saying your a good side. Waqar Younis, and his fellow Pakistan commentators are not helping, listening to them during this test, you would think that this series was for the number 1 spot, give me a break. Its First versus Fifth. And don't get me started on how superior OZ is to Pakistan.

  • A.Ashraf on January 19, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    i agree with Muhammad Sharjeel. They should come up with three seamers. Wahab, Junai, and Gul

  • Zahidsaltin on January 19, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    CONTRADICTIONS in his speech. He says we have to ask ourselves the right questions and then he says we should not be worried about anything in Ajmals bowling. And the fact is that they all are afraid of facing him. If a failure could make you perform then why didn't you get that working in the second innings. Actually your batsmen faired even worst

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    mmm where to start!! No.1 status Aus cant win at home for a start so they wont be no.1 - they drew with NZ and lost to ENG. Do not even consider the WI yet, they are improving but green seamers in England will deal with them as will big turners in the sub continent. England are the only viable no 1 with the exception of SA - they are the only teams to of recently won away, IND im afraid play far too much ODI cricket for their batsman to be good test players. Specifically on this test match - In fairness to Strauss he told the full truth - Pakistan were solid if unspectacular, England were not good enough, They werent in JoBurg or in Perth or at the Oval against Pakistan but those results were not the norm. Saeed Ajmal was the difference, the bottom line is, he like any other bowler who bowls an offspinners doosra chucks it. But either way the rankings say England are Number 1 and so they deserve to be there, Pakistan can never be considered number 1 till they win in England! Unlikely!

  • MasterClass on January 19, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Good to see some humility and hurt in Eng team & determination to work hard and come back. Wish Dhoni & Co would have same sentiments rather than "team spirit is still good" after 7 straight losses. But realistically I don't think Eng will be able to overcome their spin weakness and Pak has a pretty good bowling attack (Ajmal is the best spinner in the world by a huge margin, no doubt!!). Goes to prove that a good bowling attack is far better to have than a good batting squad to win matches.

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

    England dont lose 2 in a row often....

    Pakistan can only win on slow low boring pitches...they'll never be number 1

  • wrenx on January 19, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    If anyone can rally the troops, it'll be Strauss. Expecting a much higher calibre of performance from England in Abu Dhabi, which should make for a good contest.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Comparing the two sides, Swann is much more fragile while Ajmal bowl within himself with variations like doosra. You got to have extreme command on that particular delivery. Swann have tried doosra ln mid of 2011 but never came close to perfection as Ajmal or Ashwin. It would be very hard that England maintain their No: 1 test status at the end of this series.

  • Kolpak1989 on January 19, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    I'd love to see England bounce back from here and make a real contest of this series. England definitely has the quality to push Pakistan, they just need to get those batsmen firing.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    England are struggling to bat well on flat tracks against spin similar to their ODI defeats in India. They were bowled out for around 165 in a particular ODI during that series. I expect Pakistan to win this series comfortably and also i expect India to dominate against Aus in India. You must adapt to both types of pitches; slower flat tracks and faster bouncing tracks.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Incredible performance by pakistani players - Considering In all the adverse conditions they play cricket , sidelined by IPL, can't play in front of home crowd ...Amazing performance ...

  • kempson94 on January 19, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    @Muhammad Sharjeel, I hope the talk of a three seamer wicket is true, as that is what England will want. However I am half hoping it is a flat, potential late turner as England really need to learn to win in such situations. Strauss certainly talks the talk and is undoubtedly one the best captains in the world as, along with Misbah, he is able to back up tactical intelligence with superb man-management and leadership skills. I only hop that, again like Misbah, Strauss is able to score big runs despite being in his 30s, England cannot afford to lose such a great man due to bad form.

  • sirECB on January 19, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    great to see the "english" cricket team spanked by the pakistanis and long may that woe continue for England in the sub continent this year maybe her majesty will hand out the knighthoods for them this year!!! the batting chokes like the south africans under pressure....... i wonder why.....?

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    What a fantastic performance by pakistani players.. amazing stuff ..They are not getting opportunityto play in their own country, being sideline in IPL, not getting glare but afte rall ..they emerged as ROCKSTAR .... amazing performance.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    its so pleasing to see some really good comments below. specially from eng and indian fans. i hope cricket helps kill hatred . and yes Ajmal has done wonders during the year and should be appreciated .For some reason all the controversies (umpire decisions or bowling actions) just ruin the game for me .i really hope all this ends and cricket lovers such as below get good fair cricket to watch. btw a Pak fan here. :) Go Greens!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Interesting Fact: Saeed Ajmal rank 'Pehla' in ODIs, 'Doosra' in T20s and 'Teesra' in Tests.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Needless to say that as an Indian, i must praise our biggest rivals Pakistan in cricket. Yes they are a country full of turmoil, and what made matters worse for them was the Md Aamir and Md Asif incident in 2010, yet heroically Pakistan has proved a point that they are on track towards becoming the top team in all formats, regardless. And after all their sad turbulent circumstances, they (Pakistan) are without doubt cricket's biggest heroes today. Well done Misbah, and my support for your team will always be there!

  • Nutcutlet on January 19, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @keecha: one thing English fans have learned recently is the vast majority of Indian fans lack humour, lack grace or any degree of generosity in their hearts. If an English player is injured, he is injured. This may be very difficult for you to understand, but English players do not fake injuries. Faking may be true elsewhere in the world, but believe me, England always puts out the best players available and fit for any given match. Your comments say more about you than Broad, who is a fine and fearless cricketer, and beginning to grow into a responsible adult. You may have a way to go, however..I hope that you do complete the journey successfully and learn to think carefully before expressing playground-type prejudices. Best wishes.

  • 5wombats on January 19, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    @subbass on (January 19 2012, 19:36 PM GMT). Dead right. Royally stuffed. No excuses. Have to say 2 things; 1) better be careful about "aberration". 2) absolutely right that Strauss; "congratulate them for the way they played". Totally appropriate. Test cricket = nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. On the other side - we got stuffed in Perth, and then look what happened after that. BTW top comments from you Pakistan fans. You are good sports and play the game the way it is meant to be played, with keen spirit. Applause from wombats!

  • screamingeagle on January 19, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Good luck England, I am sure you wont lose as badly in the next. :D It is probably the heat, thats why they dont stay out to bat that long in Dubai, is it?

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Pakistan did excellent job. Don't make an excuse give them credit. In sports every does Very is paper Tigers fan . Say some thing You ahl.

  • billbowden311 on January 19, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    The third test will be a pitch, best suited for seamers, I think it will be a chance for Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz to prove what kind of seamers they really are. One more thing to point out, remeber Imran was 40 when he won the world cup for Pakistan and it was in Australia? Misbah will be 40 when the next world cup starts (2014) and it will be held in Australia. Similarities?

  • keecha on January 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Strauss can talk till the next match starts but no way then can beat Pak in the gulf. Just waiting for the next Ind Eng test series in India. I suggest India prepared rank turners and let ashwin, Rahul Sharma and Ohja do the rest. We can see how resilient Eng are then..I definitely want the hero Broad to be on that tour without faking an injury before the series like he did for the ODI series in 2011

  • binojpeter on January 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Strauss, I am an Indian fan, but I have to tell you that Ajmal is the most wily spinner that I have seen during the last few years. His variations are so subtle. I really wish that India had such a spinner. Do give credit when it is due.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    well done pakistan team you really deserve that LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    NO. 1 WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEITHER INDIA NOR ENGLAND ARE WORTHY NO1s. Aussies yes WI yes. YOU HAVE TO DOMINATE BOTH HOME AND AWAY.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Excellent Speech + boost for every player! Thou I love the way Pakistan regrouped and came up against the world # 1 test team but it will be vary exciting to watch Reloaded England's team VS Psychologically winning Pakistan's team Hope for the Best Cricket for every one!

  • Itchy on January 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Not much resilience shown here, Andrew.

  • shahbazhussain on January 19, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    A very very positive show from Strauss. Any team can face such situations in fact india are also facing it. The way Strauss has express Dhonic completely lacks. I saw him showing similar attitude after 3rd test defeat of India but strauss, from the first loss is highly motivated to come back hard. That should be the spirit. I dont know why people always think about the ideal plan

  • Big_Chikka on January 19, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    i cannot wait to see how england come back, a series win from here would be a turnaround for sure. these pakistani boys look determined and it makes for a compelling series. may the best team win........................

  • subbass on January 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Hopeless batting. I feel for the bowlers who actually did a good job, not too confident the batters can correct things in time to save the series. 2-0 Pak is how this will probably end. Having said that Pak do look a good team and you have to remember they were not even at 'home' ! Ok the conditions are similar but it's still not a home series for them, so, well played to them we were hammered.

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    England is number one side and it can bounce back but the things not in theirid favour are pakistan attack is not totally depended on ajmal. pak has wahab riaz and junaid khan like bowlers in waiting and if cheema didnt play due to injury than we will add one more strike bowler to our attack.Good thing is that openers are performing well that is the key to success and Big gun younis has yet to fire one big inning.I personally think that abu dhabi is very flat as compared to dubai and three seam attack will help both teams .Anderson Broad and Finn for eng and Gul Junaid and Wahab for pak.Rehman did wonders but abu dhabi will not favor spinners alot.

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  • on January 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    England is number one side and it can bounce back but the things not in theirid favour are pakistan attack is not totally depended on ajmal. pak has wahab riaz and junaid khan like bowlers in waiting and if cheema didnt play due to injury than we will add one more strike bowler to our attack.Good thing is that openers are performing well that is the key to success and Big gun younis has yet to fire one big inning.I personally think that abu dhabi is very flat as compared to dubai and three seam attack will help both teams .Anderson Broad and Finn for eng and Gul Junaid and Wahab for pak.Rehman did wonders but abu dhabi will not favor spinners alot.

  • subbass on January 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Hopeless batting. I feel for the bowlers who actually did a good job, not too confident the batters can correct things in time to save the series. 2-0 Pak is how this will probably end. Having said that Pak do look a good team and you have to remember they were not even at 'home' ! Ok the conditions are similar but it's still not a home series for them, so, well played to them we were hammered.

  • Big_Chikka on January 19, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    i cannot wait to see how england come back, a series win from here would be a turnaround for sure. these pakistani boys look determined and it makes for a compelling series. may the best team win........................

  • shahbazhussain on January 19, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    A very very positive show from Strauss. Any team can face such situations in fact india are also facing it. The way Strauss has express Dhonic completely lacks. I saw him showing similar attitude after 3rd test defeat of India but strauss, from the first loss is highly motivated to come back hard. That should be the spirit. I dont know why people always think about the ideal plan

  • Itchy on January 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Not much resilience shown here, Andrew.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Excellent Speech + boost for every player! Thou I love the way Pakistan regrouped and came up against the world # 1 test team but it will be vary exciting to watch Reloaded England's team VS Psychologically winning Pakistan's team Hope for the Best Cricket for every one!

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    NO. 1 WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEITHER INDIA NOR ENGLAND ARE WORTHY NO1s. Aussies yes WI yes. YOU HAVE TO DOMINATE BOTH HOME AND AWAY.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    well done pakistan team you really deserve that LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

  • binojpeter on January 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Strauss, I am an Indian fan, but I have to tell you that Ajmal is the most wily spinner that I have seen during the last few years. His variations are so subtle. I really wish that India had such a spinner. Do give credit when it is due.

  • keecha on January 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Strauss can talk till the next match starts but no way then can beat Pak in the gulf. Just waiting for the next Ind Eng test series in India. I suggest India prepared rank turners and let ashwin, Rahul Sharma and Ohja do the rest. We can see how resilient Eng are then..I definitely want the hero Broad to be on that tour without faking an injury before the series like he did for the ODI series in 2011