Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day January 28, 2012

One of my most painful defeats - Strauss

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Andrew Strauss has described England's defeat against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi as among the most painful of his career.

Strauss, the England captain, top scored with 32 as his side was dismissed for 72 in pursuit of a target of 145. It was England's lowest total against Pakistan and only the second time they failed to chase a target of under 150 in the fourth innings in more than a century. The result condemned them to their first series defeat since losing in the West Indies in 2009 and jeopardised their reign as the world's No. 1 Test team. If England fail to win the final Test and South Africa inflict a 3-0 defeat upon New Zealand, then South Africa will usurp England.

To make the defeat all the more galling, England had several opportunities to win. Not only was their target modest but, had Kevin Pietersen hit the stumps with a simple throw on day three to run out Asad Shafiq, Pakistan's key second-innings partnership would have been ended. In the context of a low-scoring game, the extra 49 runs the pair added were vital.

"It is a struggle to think of a loss that has hurt more than this," Strauss said. "It's bitterly disappointing to lose a game you should have won. These are the games that hurt the most, because you feel like you've done everything you can to win the game - and then you aren't able to nail the final nail in the coffin.

Strauss' disappointment was increased by the sense that England had failed a significant challenge. Winning in Asian conditions remains the Holy Grail for England and, after the success of the last couple of years, they felt they had an excellent opportunity on this tour. He was, however, frank when assessing where England had gone wrong.

"I said at the start of this tour, this is the final frontier," Strauss said. "England teams haven't done very well out here [in Asia] in the past. We felt like we had a great chance to win this series, but I think the fact that we got rolled over twice in Dubai meant that there was some baggage there going into this final innings. Test cricket is hard and it exposes any vulnerability or weaknesses you have.

"As a batting unit we have to hold our hands up and say we haven't done well enough. We have been rolled over three times in four innings this series. There are no excuses - we need to be better than that.

"We just didn't play well enough, individually or collectively. Individually we've not been clear enough in our game plans against spin, we've not been clear enough in our methods of where our scoring areas are, and we've allowed pressure to build."

Strauss admitted that England's cautious approach might have contributed to the defeat. England were almost strokeless at times, with Alastair Cook labouring for 15 overs for his seven runs.

"It is easy to get caught between two stools," Strauss said. "You don't know whether to be patient or to take the bull by the horns. There is always a balance to strike between attack and defence and ultimately we didn't do it right. I'm a strong believer that players should play their natural game in positions like this, but it was a bit unfortunate that our attacking players were out very quickly."

Strauss was also keen to credit Pakistan for their performance. "It's very important in circumstances like this, and particularly after this game, to give a lot of credit to Pakistan," he said. "They were outstanding. They've been a good, close-knit unit - and they've got some very good spin bowlers. Ultimately, they've played better cricket than we did."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • MN-USA on January 30, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Strauss was also keen to credit Pakistan for their performance. "It's very important in circumstances like this, and particularly after this game, to give a lot of credit to Pakistan," he said Strauss: atleast you have the balls to accept your defeat without blaming someone who was in a sleeless shirt to ran through Team England's defenses. Thanks for crediting the opposition team for playing a better game than yours.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Commiserations on the loss but England played well three quarters of the time. Both teams produced a wonderful game of cricket and the series. England reman one of the best teams there is. Adaptation is an issue for any sportsman/sportswoman - be it cricket, tennis etc. International travel and destinations do matter irrespective of the background. For Pakistan Middle East is as alien!

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @LillianThomson on (January 29 2012, 03:00 AM GMT) - Regardless of what I think of your comments there is nothing to say that England can't drop one of their out of form batsmen and bring in Finn who is in form and would strengthen our bowling further. To be honest I do slightly worry about our bench strength in batting which is why I'd prefer them to adopt a 5/1/5 formation. I would say right now our whole batting line up )possibly bar Trott and Cook are a big worry and I feel the problem could now have become as much mental as physical

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @RoJayao on (January 29 2012, 02:19 AM GMT) - You say team England is arrogant. Give some examples please? If you find none ,please refrain from posting such empty meaningless comments

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Garp on (January 28 2012, 18:15 PM GMT) - Thought I read on ESPN Strauss and co went to do a boot camp in India just before Christmas. Not noticing any complaining from the England boys here although sometimes it seems that schedules dictate that we squeeze a massive amount of cricket into a short space of time and then possibly have too much time off rather than scheduling it evenly

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @iBilal on (January 28 2012, 18:20 PM GMT) Bud , decent comms again , but personally I feel worse than after the 1st game. In the 1st game we were never in it. In this game we were slight favourites throughout until our bowlers reduced our target to less that 150. I was out for most of the collapse in the 2nd inns and followed it on the radio and was not mentally strong enough to watch the highlights or should I call them as an Eng fan lowlights? Anyway , regardless of how I feel about our batsmen , full credit to team Pakistan for fighting with passion. Something which maybe England have been missing in terms of attributes from opposition

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @USA_XI on (January 28 2012, 18:40 PM GMT) - Pak are the best form side but England's win ratio over recent years ensure they stay at 1 at least until SA play again. Pak - because of results pre 2011 - had fallen behind in the rankings so do not automatically leapfrog everyone to get to number 1. It's like a continual league table format and if the top team has built up a significant lead , then if another team is so far behind then it is impossible for that team to catch the number 1 side until they have played a certain amount of games whereby they continue to win and the team they are chasing don't win. BTW you say you would give anything to see Pak become number 1 side - so would that include the possibility of India returning to number 1?

  • birdz_eye on January 30, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @ warnerbasher: I think you have forgot the beating Pakistan gave you in recent past mate (2 Test draw in england & WC 2011 defeat) what you just said? home doctored pitches? this is not subcontinent this is gulf make it clear in your head (if you do have something between your ears) at the moment the side jumping and dancing is the Kangaroos enjoying their wins on home tailor made pitches against an expired Indian bunch of dead stars. Weren't You all out for 47 just a couple of month ago & similar was the beating you took from an OK sort of NZ side? So stay away from this contest between two good fighting sides. All your doubts will fade away when you face this new transformed Pakistan side.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    (cont'd - 3) The only way out of this thicket of potential failure is the proposed Test Championship. But then comes the kicker: Under what ground conditions should it be played? As things stand now, that question is literally unanswerable. It turns out that the TC is a mirage, at least until the crucial matter of equitable ground conditions is addressed. Either the ICC takes charge of ground preparation throughout the cricketing world and sets enforceable global standards, or Test cricket is liable well and truly to sink out of sight into frustrated irrelevance, its claims to being the pinnacle of the sport shot to pieces by fast bowlers on grass and spinners on dust.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    (Cont'd) The absence of a 'final frontier' weakens Test cricket dramatically at the very moment in its history when the Test player resource base is most in doubt due to the enhanced revenue and salaries associated with ODI and especially T20 league play. This could really prove FATAL, because it could seriously damage viewer interest in Tests even in places like England, Australia and South Africa where such interest is currently sufficient. Only the Ashes would likely survive due to its long-term context and the relative parity of English and Australian ground conditions. South Africa lacks the context, but reasonable parity with England and Australia conditions would likely preserve at least moderate interest. As for the Asian nations, it would be the ultimate crisis arising from a lack of meaningful context combined with unplayable conditions to tourists in the subcontinent and Asian sides touring overseas. ... (TBC)

  • MN-USA on January 30, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Strauss was also keen to credit Pakistan for their performance. "It's very important in circumstances like this, and particularly after this game, to give a lot of credit to Pakistan," he said Strauss: atleast you have the balls to accept your defeat without blaming someone who was in a sleeless shirt to ran through Team England's defenses. Thanks for crediting the opposition team for playing a better game than yours.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Commiserations on the loss but England played well three quarters of the time. Both teams produced a wonderful game of cricket and the series. England reman one of the best teams there is. Adaptation is an issue for any sportsman/sportswoman - be it cricket, tennis etc. International travel and destinations do matter irrespective of the background. For Pakistan Middle East is as alien!

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @LillianThomson on (January 29 2012, 03:00 AM GMT) - Regardless of what I think of your comments there is nothing to say that England can't drop one of their out of form batsmen and bring in Finn who is in form and would strengthen our bowling further. To be honest I do slightly worry about our bench strength in batting which is why I'd prefer them to adopt a 5/1/5 formation. I would say right now our whole batting line up )possibly bar Trott and Cook are a big worry and I feel the problem could now have become as much mental as physical

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @RoJayao on (January 29 2012, 02:19 AM GMT) - You say team England is arrogant. Give some examples please? If you find none ,please refrain from posting such empty meaningless comments

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Garp on (January 28 2012, 18:15 PM GMT) - Thought I read on ESPN Strauss and co went to do a boot camp in India just before Christmas. Not noticing any complaining from the England boys here although sometimes it seems that schedules dictate that we squeeze a massive amount of cricket into a short space of time and then possibly have too much time off rather than scheduling it evenly

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @iBilal on (January 28 2012, 18:20 PM GMT) Bud , decent comms again , but personally I feel worse than after the 1st game. In the 1st game we were never in it. In this game we were slight favourites throughout until our bowlers reduced our target to less that 150. I was out for most of the collapse in the 2nd inns and followed it on the radio and was not mentally strong enough to watch the highlights or should I call them as an Eng fan lowlights? Anyway , regardless of how I feel about our batsmen , full credit to team Pakistan for fighting with passion. Something which maybe England have been missing in terms of attributes from opposition

  • JG2704 on January 30, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @USA_XI on (January 28 2012, 18:40 PM GMT) - Pak are the best form side but England's win ratio over recent years ensure they stay at 1 at least until SA play again. Pak - because of results pre 2011 - had fallen behind in the rankings so do not automatically leapfrog everyone to get to number 1. It's like a continual league table format and if the top team has built up a significant lead , then if another team is so far behind then it is impossible for that team to catch the number 1 side until they have played a certain amount of games whereby they continue to win and the team they are chasing don't win. BTW you say you would give anything to see Pak become number 1 side - so would that include the possibility of India returning to number 1?

  • birdz_eye on January 30, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @ warnerbasher: I think you have forgot the beating Pakistan gave you in recent past mate (2 Test draw in england & WC 2011 defeat) what you just said? home doctored pitches? this is not subcontinent this is gulf make it clear in your head (if you do have something between your ears) at the moment the side jumping and dancing is the Kangaroos enjoying their wins on home tailor made pitches against an expired Indian bunch of dead stars. Weren't You all out for 47 just a couple of month ago & similar was the beating you took from an OK sort of NZ side? So stay away from this contest between two good fighting sides. All your doubts will fade away when you face this new transformed Pakistan side.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    (cont'd - 3) The only way out of this thicket of potential failure is the proposed Test Championship. But then comes the kicker: Under what ground conditions should it be played? As things stand now, that question is literally unanswerable. It turns out that the TC is a mirage, at least until the crucial matter of equitable ground conditions is addressed. Either the ICC takes charge of ground preparation throughout the cricketing world and sets enforceable global standards, or Test cricket is liable well and truly to sink out of sight into frustrated irrelevance, its claims to being the pinnacle of the sport shot to pieces by fast bowlers on grass and spinners on dust.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    (Cont'd) The absence of a 'final frontier' weakens Test cricket dramatically at the very moment in its history when the Test player resource base is most in doubt due to the enhanced revenue and salaries associated with ODI and especially T20 league play. This could really prove FATAL, because it could seriously damage viewer interest in Tests even in places like England, Australia and South Africa where such interest is currently sufficient. Only the Ashes would likely survive due to its long-term context and the relative parity of English and Australian ground conditions. South Africa lacks the context, but reasonable parity with England and Australia conditions would likely preserve at least moderate interest. As for the Asian nations, it would be the ultimate crisis arising from a lack of meaningful context combined with unplayable conditions to tourists in the subcontinent and Asian sides touring overseas. ... (TBC)

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira: You perceptively observe that all the top Test nations are 'lions at home and lambs abroad'. This is a direct result of deliberatly unequal ground conditions, ranging from grassy, bouncy Australian and South African wickets to Asian turners and dust bowls. This has been tolerated, even cherished in Test cricket. The question is, should it continue to be so? If Test squads met each other more than once every two to four YEARS (the one notable exception being the Ashes), the answer might reasonably be yes, because there would be sufficient opportunities to adapt to and master overseas conditions. The sheer volume of cricket in all three forms of the game is bound to cause two things to happen: 1. shorten Test careers; 2. reduce Test squad stability and continuity. Both factors mitigate against mastering conditions through experience. Put simply, the oft-mentioned 'final frontier' of mastering overseas conditions is receding out of reach for ANY Test squad ... (TBC)

  • rocky2801 on January 30, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Can i just ask all Indian fans to shut it guys!! I am an Indian and it absolutely pains me to see the state of our test cricket... not even an ounce of fight back in the last 2 series and we have our one -off captain swaggering on a home record... that after being absolutely shambolic in his opening role... with the way Indian team is playing I am sure that we would loose in India too. Adelaide resembled an Indian pitch and who prospered? And to English/Pak readers/fans.. I am not here to gloat (about what?) I am here because personally i enjoyed the Pak-Eng game more than Ind-Aus..because it was more competetive and made for a great game to watch.. Well done Pak..

  • IAJpak on January 30, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    A good and fantastic win, no doubt. All praise to Pakistan team, the captain and the two spinners. Yes we can do it again and make the score 3-0 in the series. We have to look at our weakness as well. Batting as our No 1 weakness, for the next test can we go in with one bowler short and bring in another batsman but who Umar Akmal or? Second my personal view is that we have to find a good wicketkeeper as well. What about Sarfaraz keeping in the 3rd tes. Fielding yes we have improved a lot but still room is there for improvement. Remember the English Fast bowers exploited our weakness on this dead and dry pitch (8 wickets) what will happen when we go to AUS or ENG.To be No 1 Mr Mohsin we need to address a lot on this issue first. As a board we have to take up the future tour program with the ICC as well and get our side more matches.

  • on January 30, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    3-0 will more painfull than this....so waitt for white wash

  • Harishonthemic on January 30, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Have to admire the effort put in by the English pace bowlers even on a difficult pitch like Abu Dhabi. Its their batsmen who failed this time around. But if they can bat as they did in the Ashes, they will roll over India in sub-continent for sure. Ravi Bopara is a good gamble on sub-continent tours as he always plays well on Indian tours. After the fixing and terrorist attacks (on SL cricketers) that affected Pak badly, they showed real grit and determination to rise from it. Hats off. @All mocking Indian fans: If the english or aussies are criticizing our players, it is because we played so hopelessly. Heck, we even got a flat track in a test in each of the series & we didn't even manage a draw. Let's just credit where it is due.

  • notvery on January 30, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @jonesy2 - the worst captain in the world has been dumped, Pup took over after ponting got dumped after he lost the ashes for the 3rd time in 4 attempts, and to 3 innings defeats at that... still hurts does it? or is it a case of no brain no pain for you?

  • Sports4Youth on January 30, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    well Mr.Straus, I can understand your fealings. But havin said that did you count the donkeys in your camp this time ? If you have not counted, Please ask Naser Hussain. He likes to keep a count of the donkeys. Also in this match your spinners got a lot of wickets. specially Monty, Please ask Bob Willis if his action is OK. Because Bob seems to have a problem with spinners taking wickets, or is it just Asian bowlers.

  • on January 30, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    c'mon England you are no good against spin you cannot be number 1 for long if you cannot win on sub continent may be time up to change coach captain

  • Meety on January 29, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @ azmaftab - settle matey. On the count of Oz v Pakistan in UAE, Oz twice bowled Pakistan out for around 60 & whitewashed the series. If you are referring to the last time Oz played Pakistan in a series - it was in England & it was 1 all. The Oz side - like Pakistan, have improved a lot since then & the next time the two sides meet it should be a cracker. Remember, Oz do a lot better across Asia than England do! @emrates - great point, the difference between England & India is, that India in uncomfortable envirornment fought through to the end. Even after losing the 1st test. They will turn up for the 3rd test & attempt to win, unlike India who really appeared to give up on the 2nd day of the 2nd test in Sydney.

  • on January 29, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    spoken like a true sportsman..and an honest committed leader...who is keen to bring change in his UNIT but only after accept his failures...

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @LillianThomson on (January 29 2012, 03:00 AM GMT) - Regardless of what I think of your comments there is nothing to say that England can't drop one of their out of form batsmen and bring in Finn who is in form and would strengthen our bowling further. To be honest I do slightly worry about our bench strength in batting which is why I'd prefer them to adopt a 5/1/5 formation. I would say right now our whole batting line up )possibly bar Trott and Cook are a big worry and I feel the problem could now have become as much mental as physical

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @ranjit.sg on (January 29 2012, 02:11 AM GMT) - Can't comment on what Sehwag is saying but thanks for the comms. Full respect sir. You are a breath of fresh air and a credit to these boards.

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @USA_XI on (January 28 2012, 18:40 PM GMT) - Pak are the best form side but England's win ratio over recent years ensure they stay at 1 at least until SA play again. Pak - because of results pre 2011 - had fallen behind in the rankings so do not automatically leapfrog everyone to get to number 1. It's like a continual league table format and if the top team has built up a significant lead , then if another team is so far behind then it is impossible for that team to catch the number 1 side until they have played a certain amount of games whereby they continue to win and the team they are chasing don't win. BTW you say you would give anything to see Pak become number 1 side - so would that include the possibility of India returning to number 1?

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 28 2012, 18:36 PM GMT) Regardless of what I think of your comms re umpires help , it was certainly not an overconfident England batting line up which was bowled out for 76 - the opposite in fact

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    @iBilal on (January 28 2012, 18:20 PM GMT) Bud , decent comms again , but personally I feel worse than after the 1st game. In the 1st game we were never in it. In this game we were slight favourites throughout until our bowlers reduced our target to less that 150. I was out for most of the collapse in the 2nd inns and followed it on the radio and was not mentally strong enough to watch the highlights or should I call them as an Eng fan lowlights? Anyway , regardless of how I feel about our batsmen , full credit to team Pakistan for fighting with passion. Something which maybe England have been missing in terms of attributes from opposition

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    @Garp on (January 28 2012, 18:15 PM GMT) - Thought I read on ESPN Strauss and co went to do a boot camp in India just before Christmas. Not noticing any complaining from the England boys here although sometimes it seems that schedules dictate that we squeeze a massive amount of cricket into a short space of time and then possibly have too much time off rather than scheduling it evenly

  • mix-grill-united on January 29, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Can you hear the English sing.......

    It's all gone so quiet!

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • Mutukisna on January 29, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    As a cricket lover and having read all the comments about Pakistan's performance and potential to be No 1, I think this is likely to happen if young ( but naive) Mohammed Amir is allowed back into the team after he completes his sentence and learnt his lesson. I hope the ICC and Pakistan Cricket will allow him back into the side, considering the fact that he is an 18 year old who was probably misled. If he is debarred for life as corrupt cricketers should be, World Cricket will be deprived of an exceptional talent. Just imagine this Pakistan bowling side with Amir in the team. They will then have the potential to be world beaters and the No 1 team in the ICC rankings. Will we see that day with Amir in the team?

  • funkycrispy on January 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Wow....It was simply awesome to watch 2 best spinners in action together....Lot of lessons to be learnt for our Ashwin and Harbhajan singh....

    Thanks a lot Pakistan for bringing the so called "Genuine Number-1" England back to earth. Where are all those barking dogs and donkeys of English ex-players and commentators. We were able to reach 200 at least in most of the innings in England where as their superstars are even struggling to go past 100, 150....I am dying to hear from them.....

    I suppose when on song, Pakistan is one of the most exciting teams to watch. Look at their team, not a single star but still what a collective performance and look at our team, full of stars but getting thrashed everywhere...

  • kp289 on January 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    england will surely bounce back and strauss , a player with lot of commitment... will have to perform with the bat....and his batsmen have to be attacking in their approach!!!! k.p and morgan have to deliver the runs!!!

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    your pain is us Pakistanis' gain :P

  • Kookaburra on January 29, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Australia is a weak team with the worst top order imaginable! India will be strong at home. SA deserve to be no.1 as eng is overrated. Pak has the best bowling attack in the world (even w/o Asif nd Amir) and deserve to be in top 3.

  • purposeful on January 29, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Pakistan's win is payback to England for what they did with pak team in 2010. What goes around comes around. Pak cricketers faced great humiliation back in england and even those not involved were treated badly, now face twice and thrice of that humiliation and embarassment. And india's performance simply proves how they won or to be true bought the world cup. Pakistanis are just loving every bit in cricket these days.

  • mspaloda on January 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Pakistan played really well to defeat a England which is currently visiting the #1 position on Cricket rankings. They are so spooked with spin, that they will probably loose all upcomming series in this year. SA will soon reign their well deserved position & England team is nothing compared to SA 's lethal pace attack & batsmen!

  • spence1324 on January 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @rust01,totally agree they always bring up there own version of history!

  • MrBrightside92 on January 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    First off well done pakistan...superb job and I'm glad (in a way) you guys have such a superb series win after all your troubles. Ajmal et all deserve tremendous credit but in my view the main discrepancy is Ali-Misbah-Shafiq Vs KP-Bell-Morgan. The young guys got Pak up to a score which gave them a fair chance which with excellent bowling, pressure and no English batsmen standing up meant a clear win for the 'home' team. As an England fan it was extremely frustrating as we were a mediocre partnership away from laying a few sub continent ghosts to bed....but now they are even more frightening! Our last hope is that Herath et al and Ashwin et al are not in the same ballpark as Ajmal et al(though I do feel SL/India have better batsmen). And can we leave the pitches alone...it's quality bowling against suspect batting techniques PLUS pressure/momentum of the game situation. Only 7 subcontinent test matches to go....

  • aafishah on January 29, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Arif Hanif// Imagine if Shahid Afridi was playing that test match instead of Junaid Khan

  • jplterrors on January 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    easy on ppl we all know NZ has the best attack in world cricket while u lot make up the numbers. 20 wkts in 1 day is evidence enough!!!!

  • Nutcutlet on January 29, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I'm beginning to wonder whether England's management & selectors shouldn't be beginning to think about becoming more flexible in the picking of teams: horses-for-courses-type mentality. I can see where The two Andies are coming from. Take the 1st test of this series. The eleven who've seen off Oz away & India at home put out again (Bresnan missing, but Tremlett back) in Dubai. Now CT is absent for 2nd test and after much agonising, Panesar gets the nod over Finn. Monty stars in 2nd test, but might well have sat it out! Panesar is now undroppable for this winter's tests, considering the venues. England batting is failing esp. KP & Morgan (NB the only two Eng. players to command a price in IPL - go figure!), but no one is ready to take their places. There should be genuine competition for places, or Eng. will fall into the Indian mindset trap, where a side ossifies after picking itself for too long. Change - but keep the positive ethos -this is the challenge that faces England now, IMO.

  • on January 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    What a day in world cricket, number one test team lost the series to Pakistan and India, the number two team lost the series 4 - 0 to Australia same day.Keep it up Pakistan you are great, you filled our heart with joy, you are the best.

  • Nutcutlet on January 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @ Capt. Meanster: I have nothing but praise for the Pakistan team. They show tremendous team spirit & great spin-bowling skill - therefore I rejoice for test cricket and its future, if not for England at the moment. I do not buy into the excuses of Ajmal's elbow, or the unfamiliarity of Arabian strips. If England wants to underscore their tentative #1 status, they have to perform better than 74 all out on them! A side's not worth much unless it meets challenges & takes them on successfully. Always tests character as well as skill, does this gt game of ours! You are right, world cricket is in a very interesting place right now, with no side dominating, although it is clear that Pakistan is on the rise & India is sinking like a lead chapati. Saffers will reckon that their side is the heir apparent, but their pitches are not too dissimilar to UK & Oz pitches on which England thrives. In sum, we're in for many test match treats in the next few years! Pity India's paranoid & in denial!

  • RohanMarkJay on January 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I really like Andrew Strauss as a cricketer and Captain, he seems to be a fine ambassador for his sport and his country, he is really an old fashioned gentleman sportsman a very rare breed these days.Captains and cricket fans of other countries, please take note of how to handle defeat in sport and be gracious when you lose.Plus I am pretty sure the reason for the good spirit between the two sides is purely down to England Captain Strauss.Because he is that type of person, this series had the potential to flare up. It certainly would have if someone else was captaining England. Nothing happened and I am sure the 3rd test will pass without any controversial or unsavory incidents.Also finally it funny to see non England or Pakistan fans come on cricinfo and gloat and write quite hate filled comments on England's defeat.India, Sri Lanka and Australia fans have no right to criticise England, when their national cricket teams have been so pathetic themselves in recent times! Well Done Pak!

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 28 2012, 17:56 PM GMT) - Thanks for your classy comments. Who is the Indian in our side? Or squad even?

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @USA_XI on (January 28 2012, 18:40 PM GMT) - Pak are the best form side but England's win ratio over recent years ensure they stay at 1 at least until SA play again. Pak - because of results pre 2011 - had fallen behind in the rankings so do not automatically leapfrog everyone to get to number 1. It's like a continual league table format and if the top team has built up a significant lead , then if another team is so far behind then it is impossible for that team to catch the number 1 side until they have played a certain amount of games whereby they continue to win and the team they are chasing don't win. BTW you say you would give anything to see Pak become number 1 side - so would that include the possibility of India returning to number 1?

  • SirEngland on January 29, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I am a Pakistan fan. I am getting bored with people having a go at England's No.1 status. Please bear in mind that they ARE No.1 and don't insult them because the ranking system quite rightly makes them No.1. To all Pakistan fans, just remember that England supported Pakistan when they were going through hard times. What did other cricketing nations do for Pakistan? Nothing!! They were hoping for Pakistan's demise!! We should be pleased that Pakistan are playing well but at the same have respect for England. Good luck to both teams.

  • Asafar on January 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    It is indeed pathetic to learn about Strauss bitter disappointment over England's defeat in the Second Test against Pakistan.It is quite justifiable for him, as the captain ,to feel so.But his claim that it was a match that England could have won if only Petierson had succeeded in hitting the wicket and running out Asad Shafiq at the beginning of his innings. I would like to draw the attention of Strauss that if Ajmal had called for a review against Trot for a LBW decision in the first innings when he was on 22 runs at a crucial stage of England's first innings I am sure England would have suffered a worse defeat.Trot went on to score 94 which helped England to gain a lead of 70 runs in their first innings.

  • jonesy2 on January 29, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    surely the worst captain in the world has to be dumped? but do england have a replacement? dont think so, maybe thats why he has been kept on for so long

  • itsthewayuplay on January 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @inzisaloos I agree with you. England have a far better chance against India in India than their performance suggests here for the reason you mentioned. I would also add that Swann and Panesar bowl spin at pace which the Indians are not used to and their pace bowlers are far superior to India's. The main challenge is for England to overcome is the mental block against spin if indeed there is one as has been widely suggested by several commentators. Whilst the England team and their supporters will no doubt be disappointed with the result and performance with particularly the 4th innings England did well to get themselves in to a position where they need 144 to win.

  • on January 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    It was a nice game.

    England also played well in the first inning.

    congratulations to both reams for presenting a good a show.

  • SydneyIndi on January 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @ valvolux & warnerbasher. You two have the same SAS (smart alec syndrome) as Ch9 commentators in OZ. Pakistan outplayed England, that is the truth & accept it. This shows England beating India in England is really due to its pitches. It is amusing to read UR comments. "England will not face spinners of this quality against india - i'll back them to win that series" really? even a blind freddy can tell that is wishful thinking. "As for pakistan its ok to win on doctored home wickets but the real trick is winning away." Look who is talking. This is real classic SAS. Just recently, OZ prepared greentop at Perth and dead non spinning SCG for India! Perth was never a greentop before and SCG always turned before! That is known as pitch doctoring and OZ is the worst. U always say U never doctor the pitches! Perhaps UR pitches have minds of their own and prepare themselves? If U want to post sensible unbiased learned comments that is fine, but please stop your SAS talk! It is nauseating!

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    india is scoring atleast 200 but shame on england they tumbled for just 72.If the pitch is in england probably the no. 10 batsman can chase the target 144.............

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Enormously frustrated as an England fan. Our bowling is certainly No1. in the world, to match and out bowl at times our pakistani counterparts on unfamiliar pitches was a terrific effort, however batting wise, simply nowhere near good enough in away conditions.

    Our failings in this series so far are indicative of our problems in one day cricket - an inability to rotate the strike and understand risk/reward strategy against good spinners, which is bread and butter for our sub continental cousins.

    Having said that, I fully expected us to chase that score as only one person really needed to get a score.

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @B.C.G on (January 28 2012, 18:30 PM GMT) - mate england just choked on the last day im surprised your gloating as im sure you are well placed to know how that feels.... SA for number one look at your record over the past four years only won two series wins before SL in 4 years against AUS and WI! you couldnt even beat india in your own backyard... your best batsman and spinner are Asian!

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Enormously frustrated as an England fan. Our bowling is certainly No1. in the world, to match and out bowl at times our pakistani counterparts on unfamiliar pitches was a terrific effort, however batting wise, simply nowhere near good enough in away conditions.

    Our failings in this series so far are indicative of our problems in one day cricket - an inability to rotate the strike and understand risk/reward strategy against good spinners, which is bread and butter for our sub continental cousins.

    Having said that, I fully expected us to chase that score as only one person really needed to get a score.

  • azmaftab on January 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @warnerbasher You think Pattinson, Cummins, Siddle arent average out of their home? get your butt out of your head and watch the game with an unbiased approach! If i remember correctly Pakistan drew a series here against australia, and if Australia is so formidable after ONE good series against a declining india ON HOME CONDITIONS then why is there so much hype about your average bowlers? Let them come to Pakistan and we will see then who has average bowlers! Tell you what, we wont get out 47 all out at home! I hope to see another good performance from Pakistan in the last test.

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Ausralia beaten India 4-0 is nothing significant if you see Indian performence overseas , Australian has avreage bowling attack with any good spinner. There real test would be outside home. I think Pakistan would also have the same situation going outside but remember they have better seamers then spinners who could perform in Autralia,England,SA. I think Australia would beatne easily by Pak..

  • maddy20 on January 29, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @ Raheel Akhtar The Ranking is due to the 2 1/2 years where India has not lost a series at home or away and have won or saved everything. And the rating that Pakistan was in after all the controversies(7 or 8) was the result of their own "faults". Bowling no-balls, eating cricketballs etc., Pakistan was always a good team that always let itself down due to the the team members' extra-cricket activities. Anyways back to the ratings, you can see they are climbing up coz they are winning. If they can perform for another 3-4 months consistently they will make it to the top 3. So stop trolling! Winning one or two series or losing a couple does not put you at no.1 and no.2 respectively!

  • rust01 on January 29, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    I don't know if this will get published but I have got to say that some of the comments on here from Indians and Pakistanis are really bordering on racism.

  • syedahmed91 on January 29, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Why all indians getting excited over a Pakistani win? Remember, indian team did not win a single match in last two series played outside of India and even Windies managed to draw a game in india against India. Pakistan is a much stronger side than india at this moment and england has a great chance of winning against india this summer with the likes of monty and swann in the team and broad and anderson staying healthy.

  • on January 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @warnerbasher. I can't believe you australians still not accepting Pakistan win and attributing it to "doctored" Pitch. Come on Man. Pakistan have beaten Australia & England in England not a long ago. Be positive. If Pakistan, India, Srilanka can't do well at Australian & English pitches. Australia, England had to work hard on sub continent pitches. As far as "ethics in play" are concerned, we all know what is right and what is wrong. Since 1992, there is always a scandal involving pakistan players when they visited England. Why? Why it didn't happened when they visited other countries. very amazing; So enjoy cricket??

  • on January 29, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    pakistan have match winning bowler's on any conditions and on any country they have the pace bowlers who are very talented as we know pakistan produces the best fast bowlers but now pakistan have 2 good spinner's considering that hafeez is a part time bowler and afridi is a sensational odi bowler . hats off to saeed ajmal who played mind games before the series but unlike other cricketer's who play mind games saeed ajmal delivered as we can say he terrorised england .

  • Meety on January 29, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    "It is easy to get caught between two stools," - never heard that expresion before. It could be taken on so many different levels!!!!!! @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff - LOL! Dominated for 4 days??? Get a hold of yourself matey! England worked their way to be on top at the end of the Pakis innings, smart money would of been on it being tough to chase anything around 150. Therefore they never dominated. Better after 4 days? Yes, but not by enough! @inzisaloos - SL will be a tough assignment for England for many reasons. 1) the pitches in SL can be more spin friendly then the UAE, 2) SL have a better batting line up. 3) SL have a bowling line up suited to SL conditions. Mark my words - it will be just as tough as in the UAE. (Also SL are a better fielding team!). @ warnerbasher - sorry mate, I think your plain wrong on a number of levels. 1) Its not a Paki pitch to doctor, 2) The Paki unit combined very well (Eng 0/13 off 14overs), 3) Junaid, Gul & Cheema, Ajmal & Rehman are very skilled!

  • blackerthanyourhate on January 29, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    England with its so called bunch of pampered players are mostly involved in finding flaws in hosts nations rather than playing cricket.I am sure pakistan will whitewash them in this series..

  • on January 29, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    agreed with inzisaloos nasir Husaain other day said'' Batsman sets you a Test match, But its the bowling tht actually Win you a Test Match'' and Pakistan always have tht bowling attack... tht can demolished any batting attack''...Wat happend with India is the same''... they dont have bowlers tht can bolwld out australa for less thn 300 '' as a result batsmans face immense pressure ....

  • on January 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    To the guys who are saying India wont be able to beat England in India and we dont have quality spinners are talking utter rubbish. Its all about home support and condition and we dis beat England in India 5-0 in Odis. I dont think that was fluke. England are terrible against spinners. End of the story!

  • Cric-enthusiast on January 29, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @Warnerbasher: Stop this nonsense about 'doctored pitches', and accept the reality. England are mediocre against even half-decent spinners. And what's that nonsense about 'even' pitches? If the pitches in Dubai, Mumbai, Colombo are doctored to suit Asian teams, the same is true of pitches at Lords, Perth, Durban to help their home teams. Fact of the matter is after the 80's WI n late 90's n early 00's Aus team, we don't have any team that is even close to being the World beaters. Almost all the teams except WI (and to a lesser extent NZ; ignore BD, it's a joke) are pretty close to one another in quality...rankings don't tell much here, except statistical jugglery!

  • wc1992 on January 29, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    WOW indian and none indian dudes Pakistan just humilited the NO1 team So bow down and show some respect .. remember they are not home and england had the best bowler and to world class spinner, remember sawan was ranked 1 or 2 for some. ITs the ability of Pakistan bowler that show england dirt ....remember Gull ...love this India humiliated and Pak humiliated england ....... one stone 2 victim (p***)

  • CharlesCrasto on January 29, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @ Sameer Ashraf: Buddy, 'caught between two stools" means the resultant failure by trying to combine two different types of thing that cannot be combined (The Free Dictionary). :)

  • CharlesCrasto on January 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    As expected, Mr Strauss the true gentleman. Honest with his words. Well said. As a Pakistani, I must say, that I have always had the greatest respect for Strauss and Ganguly. Better luck England, in the coming games. Now I will go and continue with the merry-making. Thank you my team; we all needed this dearly!!!

  • Rage468 on January 29, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Nice to see good sporting spirit by a Brit....

  • farhan.hs on January 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Being Pakistani I'm very proud and happy on Pakistan's amazing response in last 1.5 year(including inspirational performance in WC). Mind they had horrible incidents off the field, still they came out and proved that they are what Brazil is for soccer. Their bowling has always been among the best if not the best. Be it spin bowlers or fast bowlers they have always been rich in this is. However Indian fans' comments are really disappointing. Instead of accepting that Indian batting greats have always been average on seaming pitches they are celebrating on Eng's defeat. It's that mindset of Indians that reflect in Indian team as well, not accepting their shortcomings. Eng played fantastic cricket in 2nd test and it was memorable test match in terms of quality cricket. Pak in the end finished victorious. But it does not mean Eng is not the best team. They are still the best. Aus only defeated Ind(who are worst when playing away) so lets wait what Aus can do against other big teams.

  • on January 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    pakistan zindaabad...............................................................................................

  • waz_1992 on January 29, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    @ warnerbasher

    Saeed Ajmal has taken 100 test wickets in only 19 matches - that's hardly average, is it? Lets face it, he makes your spinners - Doherty, Beer, Lyon et al - look like the club cricketers they are. Also, have you forgotten Headingley 2010 when we knocked you over for 88? A 4-0 win against a very average India doesn't mean that Australia are suddenly world beaters - don't get too big for your boots MATE.

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Cpt. Meanster........Mr. Mr. Boycott has decided to boycott the english team. By the way its clear now english team can't beat Pakistani team in England, in Pakistan, or on Neutral grounds without involving any controversary.... they sure did win the series 3-1 when Australian born Bristish umpire (who remember his name now) gave 5 penalty runs and then the game to england. Next tour and they got Pakistani players in spot fixing.....can you imginie Paki's were kicking their behind with spot fixing, what would have happened if there was no fixing??? Well here is the preview...this would have happened even on their home ground........

  • ajayrcs on January 29, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Australia are NO.1 No More Comments.

  • 5wombats on January 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    @ranjit.sg on (January 29 2012, 02:11 AM GMT) ABSOLUTELY first class post. wombats know there are some true fans of Test cricket in india, hell we've even sat in Chennai watching Test cricket with some of them. So we agree with you @ranjit.sg - True fans have both eyes open, make no excuses and give praise where is due. This is why wombats heartily congratulate Pakistan who have played with top skill and passion to defeat England. Wombats will always praise these Test match qualities. But then there are other people who have interest not in the game, but only in the chance to gloat. @Cpt.Meanster - why are you even here? Only reason can be to gloat. Shouldn't you be attending the funeral of indian cricket being held over there in Australia? People like you and Mr @chokkashokka have probably also posted on the NZ v Zimbabwe threads posting gloating comments all over the Zimbabwe fans as well. @chokkashokka - your comment, put simply - is rubbish.

  • dean100 on January 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @warnerbasher. No one, including "most international teams" cares what you "see." Apart from the obvious, there's an "average" bowler playing for Pakistan who currently ranks 1st and 3rd in the WORLD in ODI's and Tests. Not bad for an "average" player. There's no need for ignorance and stupidity. With less uninformed people we'd have a lot less bickering and a lot more productivity.

  • class9ryan on January 29, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    could the banned players could be a part of pakistan cricket team pakistan would have been champions in home and even abroad

  • danmcb on January 29, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Pakistan played great, England batting got caught in the headlights and just blew it. Congratulations to Pakistan! Tough lesson for Strauss and co., I hope they will learn ... dead rubber or not, next test will be interesting.

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Misbah you are the true leader Pakistan needs and it is sad you are getting the chance so late on but you have great presence and the men are playing for you and the country, I only pray that no corruption or jealousy creeps into your unit. The team is good, now we need the batsmen to score a lot more runs and i wish you all the best. As for England, rather than try and check the bowler's deliveries, please look at your teams ability to play and withstand a very good attack. I do hope 2013, Australia will wrestle back the ashes from you. Good to see Swann fail miserably. Perhaps he can keep his shower dance to himself!!!!

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    u r rite @vikneshwar elango; as journalists says "U need a big heart to play fast bowling U need a better skill to play spin bowling" u pommies fans try to praise ur teams performance after tour of subcontinent (they ll be thrashed after this year)......... sum1 says india has lot of probs ofcourse they have but when it comes to spin bowling in subcontinent they can spin the ball even while sleeping... READY for a 4-0 this winter.... :)

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Pakistan can won at every venue in the world they are the bowlers to bowl out the opposition 2 times even very cheapelly and have good enough batsmen .

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Well we all know fixing exist in England too even at grass root level. They tried to save their players by offering immunity. May be their test cricketers are fixing too? Or may be since Pakistani are scared of fixing so their second grade team is playing better then English Champions? We all know fixing exists in every team but only Pakistani team had to feel the burn b/c of weak board and stupid "BUTTS" yes the captain Butt and PCB chariman Butt. If we didn't have these butts we might have been much better off. Anyways Brits do some investigation looks like your players are fixing :).

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    haha england, await for more in Sri Lanka. Well played pakistan!!

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    This defeat was no surprise. England have been totally inept at playing sub-continent spinners since leaving home shores after the glory of their summer season. In India, it was Ashwin, a bowler who has looked rather ordinary in Australia, and Ojha. Of course, England's batting woes in Asia are well documented and much lamented by those who have followed the team. Alas, the solution remains distant. English batsmen are as bamboozled as ever by South Asian spinners.

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Yes indeed it is. Best of luck for the 3rd...

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    i always believe that if pak makes 250-300 runs in 1st innings theywill surely going to win the game bcz they have quality spin and pace attack

  • simpleadmin on January 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Well done pak,,,,I am from India,,,but this is victory of subcontinent,,,,now its our turn to make fun of so called no 1 team england....How former english commentators and former cricketers insulted indian team by giving harsh comments..one of them even told some indians r donkeyss....now what you say mr nasser hussain and wher is botham,vaughan,,,fact they must realise is eng,aus.sa are good only in their home conditions,in subcontinental conditions like spin friendly conditions they r also wanted,,,dont make fun of subcontinent teams when they tour abroad,,,well done pak,,,,

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Yes indeed it is. Best of luck for the 3rd...

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Great Pakistan keep it up dont play with india they will ruin our team!

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Great show man ! getting Peterson 4 times in just 16 runs so far in series is great Pakistanis great thats where greatest fall ! every time they face gutsy Pakistan history of 2006 series win of Pakistan is repeated again hahhaaa

  • on January 29, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Mr. warnerbasher, the fact is the englishmen having batting averages between 40s and 50s were unable to put bat on ball against these"generally average bowlers". Your point of winning away also goes for England because almost all of the time they won at home. And make no mistake even if india don't have mystery spinners but england will lose the series in india. And you will see the English bowlers will suffer and people will say they were made to look far better than they actually are (average medium pacers). I am a pakistani and i know what india will do at home to the english side

  • Rajchamp on January 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    LOL Green track bullies bundled out for 72. If anybody had any doubts about it, England confirmed that they are absolute JOKERS when it comes to playing in subcontinent. Yet another series defeat for England in subcontinent.

  • on January 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    I personally think it wasn't Pakistan that won the game but it was England who lost the game. If you look at the way they got out many of the wickets were thrown away like an amatuer. The bowling was fine but it wan't un-playable.

    Pakistan despite all their bad luck with loosing Amir and Asif still are decent team as the performed well in T20 and made to Semi-final in world cup and have done a reasonable job tieing to Aus in england, defeating NZ in NZ and they won a test in the ill-fated series in England in 2010 which actually would have been tie 2-2 if we didn't have an ignorant umpire who is actually a "British National" (and I am saying that cuz I thought test cricket has both nuetral umpires then why british national umpire of australian origin with pre-judice against Pakistan was in that game?) umpiring in the game and giving away penalty runs without explaining the reason. England is on top ranking only by crook as they couldn't beat Pakistan without misdirections in cric

  • here2rock on January 29, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    72 all out, makes the Indian fans very happy! Well done Pakistan, let's do it again in the next match to make it 3-0.

  • on January 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Well said Guys i am an indian but i was supporting pakistan team they really played well, but u shoud know the fact that now cricket become one sided game deoending on the condition and place theya re playing. for example if pakistan go to England they will face have the same result like what england is having now, same applies to all other team .

  • csowmi7 on January 29, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    India has been a dominant side in the past 10 years winning comfortably at home and being extremely competitive abroad. England has also enjoyed success in the past 3-4 years and that is why they are currently number 1. But now it is fair to say both teams are in strife though India look much worse than England. But it is a keen point to note the approach followed by England in defeat as opposed to India. Instead of making excuses and complaints india should look to rectify the issue as soon as possible and make their way close to the top once again.

  • SamRoy on January 29, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Well England are not that good travellers as they are being made out. Truth is, they would have been hammered 3-1 in SA had in not been stubborn resistance twice from Graham Onions. Their top order is fragile and can collapse any time in helpful bowling conditions (but then so can any other international cricket team at the moment). Broad, Bresnan and Swann's all round abilities make them a very good batting team. But even they have problems against spin. If one excludes the three just pure class wise SL, SA, Australia are much better batting units.

  • Hold_the_line on January 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    "As a batting unit we have to hold our hands up and say we haven't done well enough. We have been rolled over three times in four innings this series. There are no excuses - we need to be better than that. "

    The Indian Team and BCCI could learn a lot from Strauss. Full credit to him for his honesty and accountability.

    Having said that, England are not looking like a long term No 1 they way they have played these last 2 tests.

  • rockee1980 on January 29, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Looks like all teams are tigers at home and rabbits abroad...anyway we indians dont mind losing all test series as long as we win world cup every 4 years ..LOL

  • Guduji71 on January 29, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    One of the indian supporter said England is most over rated team, it is not # 1 team, it lost from #5. He also said india at least got beaten by # 2 Austraian team. For your kind information Australia is # 4 team not # 2. It makes me laugh when indians say England is overrated team I and millions other believe indian team is the most over rated team in the world, they can only play in india under conditions favourable to them. English team is very good team, they have beaten recently Australia in Australia, they have won in South Africa and Newzealand. Their record will get better in Asia when they visit india next. England got to # 1 bec they played well. Ill informed people should think before they write any thing.

  • stark-truth on January 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    @Warnerbasher, your ideas are very simplistic when you say English batsmen should not have gone on backfoot to play the spinners. You fail to realise that the bowlers were constantly changing their lengths and were keeping it teasing. Add to that one is a right-armer and the other a left-armer. And both bowl at slightly faster pace than the conventional spinners. From your batting line-up, save Clarke and Ponting, the rest would have found it very tough. And did you even watch the match to be calling the pitch "doctored"? It was praised by all and sundry as it was not a rank turner or a traditional dustbowl at all. However, your lone spinner Lyons would have been clobbered here as he hardly has the nuance at this level.

  • wc1992 on January 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @inzisaloos pls tell if you are the guy who got his backside kicked from Great Inzi ... that was one of the most statisfing moment of my life 1 Pakistani beating a indian among thousands of them and noone have courage to stop him ...hahhahaah

  • on January 29, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @warnerbasher. I think Australia should appoint you as captain/coach. then they won't lose to these same poms who surrendered to "average" Pakistani bowlers.

  • stark-truth on January 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    I find the mirth and the merrymaking of many in Indian camp a bit amusing. They have been absolutely walloped into submission 8-0 with massive defeats after defeats. At least the English put up a brave fight for vast majority of the Test actually having the upper hand till the last day wore on. Yes, they were abysmal in the second innings but they came up against two world-class performances from the mystical duo of Ajmal / Rehman. I doubt if Indian batting line-up would have fared any better judging by their streak of capitulation when put under pressure in helpful bowling conditions. England is a potent team which goes around their business in a professional manner, unlike the rag-a-tag ageing Indian team whose followers are far more focused on individual batting milestones.

  • ilovusenthil on January 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    ROFL!!! Here comes the home side bullies. Come on champions play like a champions. Win a test series in sub continent(except bangladesh) and then roar. I am in Indian and feel really happy for the pakistanis for competing like this after all controversies surrounding the team. Good luck guys!! way to go!!

  • stark-truth on January 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    I was at the ground yesterday. the verve and the fanfare of Barmy Army evaporated soon after tea when Rehman started slicing through the middle order. Strauss got an undeserved reprieve when he stood his ground despite a neat catch by Azhar - much to the disapproval of the more senior England cricket lovers - amongst them an MCC Member who did not appreciate such a move by the skipper.

  • stark-truth on January 29, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    I can tell it was painful for him - he got out twice himself chasing such a meager total and still the team fell well short.

  • longlivecricket on January 29, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    I am seeing lots of comments by Indians hiding behind Pakistan's win to vent their frustration. Please get your own and than talk.

  • on January 29, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Given the stresses of captaincy, it takes a heart to accept defeat while giving the opposition its due. Captain Strauss, is entitled some apathy being in such situation. But continually harping on the Asian disadvantage is not a very convincing argument given its huge performances, say in West Indies - historically a bowler's grave yard. Besides, it just as risks a reverse argument of England's own home wickets. To spin bowling, perhaps they need to look back to once producing their own combination of Laker and Lock. On the face of it, England should have taken the obvious victory - the target was small with one of their best batting combination. In hindside, England's real defeat laid in the inescapable fact that they approached the victory not as winners - but losers.

    One would hope there is no complacency in Pakistan quarters, but it would be nice to see England put a good fight with confidence than vengeance to perhaps take the next test. It should be good shot in the arm

  • criccritez on January 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Mr. George Dobell be a writer not a Politician! @bob Wilis, All day long i was waiting for your Insight Expertize in regards to Abdul Rehman action!!! Was he Throwing the ball?

  • wasimiq on January 29, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    India is not a deserving world champion they got this title by force not by self victory.So, All Indians should thankful to BCCI & rest of the world cup participants.

  • on January 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    this is most funny thing that India still no 2 in ranking where as they lost last 8 test!!!! This ranking system is totally wrong & unethical....shame on it

  • Belltower on January 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    How are they still number 1, first series loss since the Windies in 2009, wow 2 years, they probably have drawn a series or 2 as well, it just shows the vagaries of the whole system and schedule. I think England have beat Bangladesh home and away in the last 3 yrs, Australia haven't played them since Gillespie retired, Australia have been on the wane but have continued to play all the top ranking sides, SAF 3 times and again later this year, england again next year, india away twice and now at home. We wouldn't mind a bit of minnow bashing like india and england have enjoyed. England are no. 1 but there is no dominant team in world cricket at the moment,don't complain about it because people were sick of the total dominance of Oz for 15 years (except in India). How can the schedule have India not playing a test away for nearly 2 years, fix the schedule and you will get a true no. 1. England reached the top without beating SAF, WI away, Sri Lanka away etc yet they are top

  • BravoBravo on January 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Mr. Strauss is a wonderful person and he acknowledged without mincing the word that PAK played the better game. I don't understand why IND supporter are bashing ENG here. I thought they might be drunk with some hard liqour or Moonshine to put a rest to their misery after IND team have been humiliated and disciplined by ENG and AUS. ENG cut through the heart of IND team, and AUS put some salt on bleeding wound. Even the fake-genius Tendul was hiding and did not come to face press in AUS. It is still hurting IND, and it will hurt for a long long time. It is so pathetic that they (IND fans) are looking for some kind of solace by rejoicing about PAK victory. Not a long time ago these idiotic IND fans (not all of them) were after the BD, SL, and ZIM test status, and trying to intimidate AUS by saying MIGHTY IND are coming to crush AUS. What a bunch of pathetic loosers they are. I feel sorry for them. I am pretty sure that IND will be white washed in forthcoming trilateral ODI sereies.

  • getsetgopk on January 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    As a Pak supporter I definately feel for England Team and fans I think Broady and Monty gave their absolute best in bowling but their batting let them down. It was more of an English loose than Pak Victory but its cricket both bitter and sweet moments and there is no disgrace loosing to a good team. I still beleive England will thrash IND and SL when they visit there simply because Eng dominated the whole test match and it was only at the end that they couldn't hold on to their nerves and lost but they had the upper hand throughout unlike Ind in AUS which was more like a formality than anything else this was a proper test match and hats off to both teams here for providing us with such a cracker of a game.

  • Rahul_78 on January 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Seaming and swinging green tracks, over cast conditions, 3 sleeps and a gully and steaming in fast bowlers is not only option to test and courage of the batsmen's technic. How about nice gentle 16 degree tempratures, mildly turning track, nice cool breeze blowing across the ground and facing TWO WORLD CLASS SPINNERS in the fourth innings of a test match? The way English batsmen were trying to play the spin was appalling to say the least. They were made to look like amateurs. Thank you Pakistan for this remarkable victory it certainly lifted my spirits after the humiliation India suffered down under and on British shores.

  • on January 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Mr Sandeep Pal, according to your Indian ranking system Pakistan is Number 5 and we all know how accurate your ranking system is, despite the number of white wash India is still number 2 wow that is b.s so keep living in your fantasy world of IPL and better not discuss International Level Cricket here. Thank you very Much

  • valvolux on January 29, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    England will not face spinners of this quality against india - i'll back them to win that series. if only pakistan can avoid controversy - to think they can still pull wins off like this after losing most of their "best" players to controversy. love watching them play and i really hope they can put a long run of good performances together. probably need to find another pace bowler to go with Gul to have success out of asia. such a shame, since they had the hottest young fast bowler until his brain exploded.

  • warnerbasher on January 29, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Watching from here in Australia i couldn't believe that the poms kept playing back and not getting on the front foot. when prior was batting he kept on the front foot and looked fine. When he played back or tried to sweep he looked vulnerable. Its a matter of adjustment that the English have not made. i would suggest a more aggressive approach would knock these generally average bowlers of their length and free up scoring opportunities. They were made to look far better than they are. As for pakistan its ok to win on doctored home wickets but the real trick is winning away. There is nothing I saw that would strike fear in the the heart of most international teams given even playing conditions

  • sawifan on January 29, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    As an Aussie fan i must say well played to Pakistan, they appear to a team that have really been galvanized by the mix-fixing saga and brought together by a composed captain. Full credit too them, and its great to see for world cricket. On a side note, I dont think this series result will have a bearing on how England fair in SRL or IND, as both these countries dont have the quality of spin bowlers Pakistan possess. IND shouldn't ride on Pakistan's success, they have deepen problems. But once again, well played Pakistan!!!

  • chokkashokka on January 29, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    welcome to the sub continent England the No. 1 test team. Ooops ....you're not actually in the sub continene yet but just outside playing a sub continental team which is somewhere in the bottom half of the test rankings. LOL!!!!!!! England are not different than any other team - they are tigers at home and house cats abroad. What the ECB, CA and SA have started - BCCI, PCB and SL will finish. This practice of home field advantage by preparing wickets which are so heavily loaded against the visiting team that the test matches are over in 3 days - will make only the series amongst IND, Pak and SL and those between Eng, Aus and SA worth wacthing. What have the english and aussies done to test cricket - ruined it for themselves. The audience for cricket in the sub continent and now they will not watch any games that their teams play unless it is in the sub continent.

  • biju666 on January 29, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Cricinfo and England r d Comedy piece and Alex Winter too... where s nasser hussain and 5wombats...........??

  • on January 29, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Poms will be skitted from there no 1 position within 5 months if they loose the final test too....LMAO, Atleast we Indians were at the top for 18 months :P:P...if people from eng or Sa or Aus question teams from asia about not winning abroad and being no1 , well the same logic applies to non asian teams, talk of double standards, poms are right up there, where is English Donkey's aka Hussain n Vaughan gone now?

  • Faran on January 29, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    what about pakistan taking a review on jonathan trott LBW decision in the first innings.he made 50 runs extra

  • on January 29, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    i am an indian and love pakistan cricket i strongly believed that only two teams could defeat an honest and true to its potential pakistan team, one being india and the other being pakistan itself. Had it not been for the match fixing scandal and dirty politics between the two nations, india and pakistan should have been tussling for no.1 spot (atleast untill 2011) and currently pak would have been no.1 rather than incompetent england or way past its glory australi

  • inzisaloos on January 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Two points: 1] I don't think England will find the same problems facing spin in Sri Lanka or India later this year because with the retirement of Murali and the decline of Harbajhan neither of those sides possesses a 'mystery' spinner with the skill of Ajmal. Rehman has been fantastic but has benefitted from the confusion about techniques against spin that Ajmal has cast over the England batsmen. Who will do that for SL or India? 2] The real challenge for Pakistan will be how they play away from 'home.' They won a series in NZ - renowned for its seaming wickets - last year. They won a test in the ill-fated series in England in 2010, as well as drawing the series 1-1 with Australia in the same country. They also won a test against SA on their last tour there. This highlights their abilities on their travels. They have the bowlers to win anywhere so the onus will be on the batsmen delivering hundreds.

  • Tiger-Khan on January 29, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    @ Posted by Sandeep Pal on (January 28 2012, 20:57 PM GMT)

    you are kidding right? if the ranking system had any sense in its creation here's what it will be: 1. England 2. Aus 3. Pakistan 4. SA 5. India 6. Srilanka

  • LillianThomson on January 29, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Andrew Strauss is a major worry. The poor fellow has become Mike Brearley! Excellent leader, intelligent man, perfect gentleman. But not worth his place in the team as a batsman, and to be honest he rarely has been in the last five years. In early 2007, after 36 Tests, he averaged 51. Now, 55 Tests later, that average has fallen to 41, and any other player would probably have lost his place. I don't think that there are major obstacles to England doing well in Sri Lanka and India........except that Strauss and Morgan reduce them to a 9-man team. Which given the well-documented problems against quality spin of Bell and against any left-arm spin by Pietersen can at times reduce England to being a 7-man team!

  • SimalHaneef on January 29, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    England is a good team . But their batting line up has to fire ...KP , Bell , Strauss and Morgan should improve .KP can play spin well ..I hope he comes to form in the third test . I am impressed by Monty and swann ..Pakistan as a bowling unit bowled well . but there batting has to improve . On a pitch where there was little help for the seamers they still kept losing wickets to them .. Full credit to Pakistan bowling unit .They bowled really well to a upset srilankan as well as the England batting line up .. I always felt that a pitch that spins in the 20 th over of the first day of a test match is pathetic ..

  • Tiger-Khan on January 29, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    it would be nice to see india play Pak in the near future...what will india do ? make a pace attack, clearly not from their own words... spinning track? ajmal and co will eat them like jalabi!!!!

    india you have been dared!!

  • cricincanada on January 29, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    congrats Pakistan and great comments by Strauss, a real gentleman, great game, however, really sick of Indians posting their crybaby comments here,you are not friends of Pakistan so dont try to patronize our team and hurl insults on the Brits here, go post about the your donkeys on the field losing every game.

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Yes Mr.Sandeep Pal, I don't believe in these stupid rankings. No.5 beat No.1. Or India lost to atleast No2 and so on, NONSENSE. All I know is that a better team wins. Right now, Pakistan is that better team because they beat England twice and by considerable margin. So that means Australia is also the better team cause they beat India overwhelmingly. Right now Pakistan and Australia should be No.1 and No.2 respectively, if we went with your ranking standards!!!!!! And by the way Mr. Pal, to answer your question : "I SAW ELEVEN DONKEYS IN THE MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND,,,,AND THEY WERE ALL CRYING ,'CAUSE THEY HAD JUST LOST ANOTHER TEST"

  • yeh_cheezzz on January 29, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    well I must say and appreciate that atleast England accepted that they were defeated by good bowling and bad batting unlike some other team who deny to accept the fact that they have been trashed....

  • cricincanada on January 29, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    congrats to Pakistan,very nice of England to say the good words about Pakistan.However, iam really sick of the Indians posting their hatefilled and cry baby comments, anybody can read any story about Pakistan in Times of India and just read the comments, my point is proven.So Indians go post about your own miserable team

  • coolguyintoronto on January 29, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    hey everyone give me thumbs up if you think englands best chance to win against pakistan is by FIXING IT!!! thats the only fixing option england has left on this tour.

  • drlimpel on January 29, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    For God's sake at least read through the guy's articles before criticizing him for being partisan in his evaluation and being stingy with praise. In his other article Mr. Dobell clearly mentioned how England don't need to be embarrassed (the word is doing the rounds quite a lot these days) because they lost to a very very good Pakistan team and an overall better team in this match. But there are always two sides to every story and certainly English batsmen's tendency to play off the backfoot didn't help their cause. Maybe another team wouldn't have been bundled out for 72 and have cut it even closer. So cut the guy some slack for analyzing both sides of the story and lay off, people like you are an embarrasment to all your countrymen.

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Fortunes fluctuate - from the highs, to the lows. Everybody faces debacles, and that's inevitable. However, it's what you do AFTER the debacles that defines you as a person, or a team. After England lost the 06/07 Ashes series 0-5, they bounced back and won the next two series. When Australia were defeated 3-1 in the Ashes, they came back and won the ODI series against the same England team 6-1, and they began an 'Argus Review', to make their team better. After the 47 all out, they came back and won the next test. As I said earlier, it's what you do after debacles that defines you as a person, and England will be defined in the next test, depending on whether or not they bounce back.

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    Everybody is the king in their own backyard. I think pakistan had best spinners in the world. Afridi is not even in the test team. Imagine him in the team

  • ranjit.sg on January 29, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @Sandeep Pal: Don't you realize you're not making any sense? England were far more competitive than India have been in their 8-0 whitewash. England might not be the most dominant team, but they're still better than India. Admit it. I'm appalled that you actually went onto justifying India's 8-0 thrashing to this. I'd compare the two situations if England get whitewashed vs Pak, SL and India. But that will not happen because unlike Sehwag, Strauss does not live in denial.

  • RoJayao on January 29, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, inspirational stuff! To England, pathetic effort! For a team as arrogant as you, you sure do come up short downstairs. Where's the all conquering batting lineup now? Do you even remember what a bat is for? Did anyone say flat track bullies??!!

  • ranjit.sg on January 29, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    As an Indian, I'm sick at how some of the Indian fans literally "spam" the comments with their meaningless posts. Guys, we got THRASHED 8-0 in two overseas tests, each one of them being huge defeats. England have managed to stay competitive, even though they did lose 2-0. So stop coming here and crowing away. England might not be good in the sub-continent, but they're quite clearly far far better than India at the moment. And at least Strauss isn't offering excuses like Sehwag is.

  • dunger.bob on January 29, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    I've always had time for Strauss as player, captain and person. His steady hand at the rudder is a major contributor to England's rise IMO. In this interview he didn't run away from the issues or try to invent any smoke-screens either. He took it all on the chin, just like a man should. It's also noteworthy that he actually spoke to the press. ... About the rankings : I think the problem is that they don't change fast enough for most folk. Lots of people want to see an immediate response but it just don't work that way. ... rankings points are earned over time. It takes a while to build em up and it also takes a while to lose em. .. Test cricket is a slow, stately game and its ranking system keeps the same clock. .. For now England are #1 and they are there because they earned their points in the last few years, just like everyone else. ... If Pakistan keep winning they will get there in due time.

  • on January 29, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    cricinfo is so biased..it dont praise any Asian teams...comment about England's failure...they are undeserved no 1...As Asian Teams are not good in pacy tracks,teams like ENG,AUS,SA are not good in turning tracks...it will be proven when these teams tour IND

  • on January 29, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Aside from a few objective comments most of the comments here are gibberish rants and raves. The rating system applies to everyone the same, if India was #1 it would be under the same rating system, if Aus/SA/NZ/PAK/WI/BD were #1 it would be the same rating system, so if England are #1 its the same rating system, you guys get the drift! Second, I give a lot of credit to Strauss for his objective and honest analysis/comments, at least he didn't pull a Sehwag and say, oh we also beat Pakistan at home (Sehwag's comments after getting a drubbing from Australia was "we also won 2-0 in India"). At least Strauss was man enough to handle defeat with grace, unlike Sehwag. Third, congrats and big-up to team Pakistan, for playing top class cricket, I am so proud of our boys, no big names, no stars, no big IPL contracts, no whateva, but still playing pure, solid Test cricket . But I am a cricket aficionado not a fanatic, the next test, everyone starts from 0. But for now, Pak team Zindabad!

  • on January 29, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Hello George Dobell, Please write an article that give credit to these Pakistan guyz... Why Cricinfo did not write that kind of articles??????

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 29, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Absolute Champion Talk from Strauss. I don't know if there is any better person in the England team who can be this statemanly and graceful in defeat. He is the best man to lead England. Next, unless England stops playing on those dated pitches back home, they will keep experiencing these heartbreaks. England has been historically a very poor to average team, especially while travelling to Asia. The team you have now is the most talented in ages. There's a reason why Kallis, Dravid, Lara and Sachin have succeeded in different playing conditions - they are supremely talented and probably didn't need different kinds of pitches to practice on, to get used to different conditions across the globe. Even the great Ponting couldn't succeed as much as we would have liked him to in Asia. ECB needs proper ideas to move forward than getting stuck in the past like a dinosaur. On the other hand, India needs dodgy grassbowls in our domestics to let our future cricketers get used to them.

  • Manush on January 29, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Shame !!!.What a fall in 3 month from Top to meek surrender to spin, more out of fear than actual unplayable balls !! England has gone back to their old story of horribly playing against spinners in Indian subcontinent !! Suddenly Pakistan has emerged from ruins to Top slab. Well done Pakistan.Playing back foot or prodding in this part spells doom !!!

  • playitstraight on January 29, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Strauss is right, and I'm surprised that none of the other "big-mouth" England fans, players, and commentators didn't speak up after this humiliating loss. It has been proved that England can only perform at home, not outside or not even in the subcontinent. To be no.1, you have to win outside and at home, like Australia or even India of the past. England have not and cannot do that, so they do not deserve the no.1 spot in the Test rankings.

  • on January 29, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Well I think its fair to say that this Pakistani bowling attack will make any batting unit an ordinary batting unit... You can say England had this Asian Boggy and they lost cause they don't know how to play spin in Asian Tracks.... but what about Sri Lanka... Pakistan just beat them recently and they are good players of Spin bowling..... so it is wrong to say that England is over rated or England have poor batting unit.... I just think that Pakistan bowling unit is one of the best right now... and They are going to create all sorts of troubles in all sorts of pitches......

  • on January 29, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    With all the drama in last two years for Pakistani team, the shovel approached ex-chairman like Ijaz Butt and trio-corruption saga in England all contributed upto a level to despise the game but clinching a thriller like this is amazing. Well done Pakistan, live upto the expectation please!

  • iTest_Cricket on January 29, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Well, Strauss is an honest man, and don't come with lame excuses, like Dilshan and Dhoni. Before the Tour he Strauss said: if we can still be nr 1 side after pak, SL an India series, it will prove a lot. But my friend, I cant see that happening. Pitches in Inda and SL will spin more, although they don't got spinners like Pak...Surely Pak and Aus need to be considered among the best teams right now, with SA coming closely on a third place. India is long, and SL w/o Murali is a better version of Bangladesh only, unfortunately!!

  • on January 29, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    "It is easy to get caught between two stools," Strauss said

    Yeah... England really got stuck between two stools :P

    Who is doing proof reading on this website?

  • on January 29, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    The fact is that both England & India got to #1 position by winning a bag of test on their home turf. Although they were winning the most tests neither of them are good enough to dominate or do well away from their home conditions. The Ashes was an exception but Australia were terrible & they didnt have a decent spinner in their squad. If Pakistan still had Amir & Asif then they would have a fair chance of competing outside the sub continent & being real #1 but so far their pacers are not good enough. they are just there or there abouts not awesome. Pakistan batting is still too fragile for Junaid, Wahab & Cheema to win them matches on pace friendly wickets. with Misbah as captain & Asif & Amir + Gul the odds would be more even cause they could run through the oppositions batting cheaply too.

  • indianpunter on January 29, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    It never ceases to amaze me how trott reacts even when he gets bowled.. Of course, he is never happy with his lbw decisions.. The quizzical look he has on his face cracks me up. Way to go, Pakistan! This is from Indian supporters rooting for you

  • on January 29, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    I guess we can safely say South Africa are the number one side at present. England look like they are missing Collingwood out there - Morgan is just hopeless at this level.

  • BravoBravo on January 29, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Mr. Strauss, you are a true player as you did not hesitate to prasied your worthy opponent. While bigmouth like Shewag and Co from IND, even after getting beating after beating, shamelessly gloating about their glories. Win and defeat happens in the game. PAK has been and is the best team among other subcontinent teams, look at their WIN to LOSS ratio in test they are at #3, and ENG is at #2 while BIG MOUTH and MOST HYPED UP team IND stays at #7 (it is their natural place). So my take is that PAK vs ENG match was between #3 and # 2 ranked teams, only one team can win and PAK won the match this time. Good Luck to both teams for the 3rd Test.

  • bottlemani27 on January 29, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    @sandeep pal.. you are a totally crack.. it's shameful to lose to number 5 and it's ok to lose to number 2??btw Aus aren't #2 they are #4, these are just numbers.. you are another Indian fan who can't accept the fact that India is not good enough to play overseas and you hate Pak.. they are the best sub-continent team.. they were ruined by match fixing... just imagine if they had asif & aamir... they will get the indians all out for 20 runs... I hate it when I see people who don't know sh** about cricket commenting on it.. everyone asked the same question when India was #1 and lost to England...so shut up !! I am happy that PAK are playing awesome cricket and be mindful that they aren't playing at home like other teams.. yet they are winning...

  • mensan on January 28, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    The wicket was similar to Dubai wicket. Both were not dustbowls or rank-turners or spinners paradise. It was just that spinners from both teams bowled well. Abdur Rehman at last proved he is a match winner.

  • RiazQureshi on January 28, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Mighty win, steely nerve by Pakistani mates in second test.For the Nation and cricket teams, a cool breeze in the desert. Pakistan has won the series but we still need to focus on opportunities to improve a lot in batting line up, especially performance from top 5 players to reach at least 300 runs mark. We are lacking a pair of quality fast bowler in the team. We need to groom fast bowlers like Asif and Amir. Although Mohsin has done good job as a coach but I still think we need a coach with fresh ideas and skills to take us from this position to the top.

    I am a fan of Strauss and respect the way he accepts the defeat. Misbah while triumphant skipper must learn to give credit to opposing team for playing 3 days of better cricket besides thanking crowd and curators.

    lets focus on supporting the Pakistani team for renaissance of cricket in Pakistan and get support from all cricketing nations by collaborating rather than cursing them.

  • on January 28, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    India had issues reaching 300 in England and Australia. England have a problem reaching 200 in this series which is a disgrace for a no1 test team. I think Pakistan can become a number 1 team in no time. They might falter at batting in foreign conditions but their bowling strength can negate their batting deficiencies(i mean they surely can bat better than India now). If they can keep the discipline they can rise to no1. As an Indian, i always felt Pakistan plays their cricket with lot of passion and heart but they always seemed to lack the continuity of discipline but Misbah seems to have the hold on the young team. He is so calm!! I really wish this team success

  • Attractivue on January 28, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    @Sandeep Pal, mate England have been exceptional with their field so his donkey comment still stands. Yes there are a few monkeys in the English team who can't bat!

    India lost to the same side and now India have lost to team ranked 4. So don't discredit Pakistan's win!

  • ABSUS on January 28, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Sorry Sandeep Pal, what Nasser Hussain meant was there is always this hype about this Indian cricket team and they never really live upto it. And also Australia rank 4th and India is 2nd so how would you explain that. Where they are struggling to reach 300 or 400. Nobody says that there team is good specially Pakistanis but we still manage to deliver the goods unlike India.. Nasser Hussain might not be right in all of his comments but you would think India to at least draw a test match in Adelaide. Don't forget this same Australian team was beaten by kiwis 2 months ago in their home soil at Hobart. I am not trying to point any fingers, I know Pakistan is unpredictable as well, and they have lost to teams like Bangladesh and Ireland in ODIs but at least we admit that we are not good, but we still win against big teams like south Africa and England not always but sometimes we do. We just want all the Indian cricket team fans to realize that they are not as good as they think or say.

  • Vishnu27 on January 28, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Plop! Over goes the English house of cards. I wonder where all those dyed-in-the-wool-we-are-the-best-in-the-world England supporters are now? How humiliating. Well done Pakistan

  • wah_wah on January 28, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    amitksingh. I completely agree with you. English media would try to show slightest achievement about their team 10 times big. And so about their fans. As per English media EPL is the best football league in the world, and the giants of english football play there, who have not done anything great internatinally, because world cups are never played in England. Since 1992 Cricket WC final, England even haven't made to the semis of any edition. They are so hyped about India's poor performancee, but the indian team in last 10 years won almost everything at home and till last year were reasonably well overseas . Lets acknowledge that there are 2 playing conditions : sc type where its slow low and turning . The other is pacy bouncy and seaming. When did England last win a series in the first condition. They became number 1 by playing in one type of wicket and started shouting about it. They must realize that India has been amongst top 3 for quite some time now, and except for the last yea

  • loudmouth on January 28, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    I loved every second of Ajmal and Rehman bowling to those poor English bunnies playing down the wrong line and the wrong length. Genius! So much hype. So much talk. So little commitment. Looks like SA are going to the top of the Test rankings very soon and rightly so. So that'll be England at the top of world cricket for less than a year while Australia were at the top for over a decade and now regrouping nicely. Balance has been restored!

  • Vincent49 on January 28, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Strausse? its character building... I belive Englands worst defeat was in Australia 2007. 5 zip??

  • DilberDilbara on January 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    I feel Allah has rewarded an honest captain in Misbah, an honest coach in Mohsin, and honesty displayed by the rest of the Pakistan team. I hope the three, or however many more dishonest players and management staff Pakistan have had in the past, realize how beautiful the rewards of honesty and hard work are. AllahuAkbar.

    BTW, thanks Strauss for commending Pakistan's performance. It would have been nice for Misbah to say a few good words about England's performance in the first inning and Panesar's bowling in the second innings.

  • on January 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    @ drsankalp England did not become no.1 just by plain luck, they were the best team from 2010-11. They beat everything that was put in front of them, including winning in Australia for the first time in about 25 years. You are right about England's struggle against spin, but bythe same measure, we cannot judge Pakistan to be the best until they have played in England, South Africa, or Australia, where they have to deal with swing and bounce, and where their legion of spinners will not help them.

  • on January 28, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Agreed on the face that teams more and more and only able to win in their suiting conditions... sub continent teams can win in neigbouring counties at most and west indies :) while all western teams can win in western team conditions and west indies...

  • Wexfordwonder on January 28, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    The top spot in test cricket is still a mathematical equation. Until some team can hold the position for 2 year at leastt, forget about baosting rights. In my eyes, SA, India, Eng, Aus and maybe Pak are top teams. Not one can dominate yet. it is pointless for one or the other to claim top spot when they can be knocked off the perch so easily. No matter what their fanatical supporters say.

  • mensan on January 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    England are not a bad team. Hope this experience will lead them to do better in their away series in Sri Lana and India later this year. Obviously they need to change their planning a bit; they can't always depend on pacers in these conditions. Need to play 2 spinners as they did in this test. Their batsmen need to improve their technique against spinners. Overall they improved in this test after loss in first.

  • RandyOZ on January 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    It is hardly at all surprising to hear the likes of @5wombats and @landl47 go deathly silent during events like this. These knowledgeless fans give new meaning to the term bandwagoner. England need remove the word cricket from their vocabulary because they clearly have no idea how to play it.

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    England played much better cricket than Dubai and were ahead most of this match. Both teams fought well specially the Pakistani batting pair in the third innings. England crumbled under pressure when they had the game in the bag. I can't see England bouncing back from the defeat in the next match. It will be a whitewash. Morgan out Bopara in please.

  • mensan on January 28, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    @ Fred Karmally... I don't agree completely with you saying "They do not engage in social activities or education.". Maybe true about some players. But at the same time some players like Misbah and Hafeez are well-educated.

  • Built_4_the_Kill on January 28, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Andy.... I am in shock and so is the whole nation (England) who loves cricket. Ajmal and Abdul Reman are no doubt excellent spinners but you and your boys have made them extraordinary. No excuse is good enough to understand the reason for getting out for 72 runs. Following is an excerpt from Daily Mail; "Utterly, utterly crushing. Of all the defeats England have suffered since Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss took over at the start of 2009, this one will cut the deepest. Strauss and his men departed for Dubai at the beginning of January with their captain talking bullishly about his side's chances of 'entering the final frontier' and mastering sub-continent conditions."

  • RandyOZ on January 28, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Simply a terrible team as everyone outside england could see. The egg on the faces of the likes of @hillbumper @landl @jcmc is almost unbearably funny to envisage!

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @Sandeep - this is NOT an Indian topic thread, so keep the comments on the English or Pakistanis. BTW - There was a team of donkeys who on the same day lost 4-0 downunder!

  • s0ulhack3r on January 28, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    this series has proven that Pakistan is a talent producing factory that stops for no-one!! when there is a group of dedicated, patriotic and focused pakistanis on a cricket pitch, they can give any team in the world a tough time....congrats team Pakistan for being soo resilient in such a tough period for Pak cricket. And to all the people talking bad about England cricket, this has only been one bad series for them and although they have had trouble in Asia consistently, people need to stop bad mouthing them..

    the real trouble is in the Australia - India horror series that just concluded

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan on a well deserved victory,am gutted Eng lost,thought the target should have been within reach.As for the gloating Indian fans,you have lost 8 away tests in a row so,at least we showed some fight in this match.

  • prakash5455 on January 28, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    @Sandeep Pal - I like your comments, I hope Naseer Hussain read your post!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan on a well deserved victory,am gutted Eng lost,thought the target should have been within reach.As for the gloating Indian fans,you have lost 8 away tests in a row so,at least we showed some fight in this match.

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    This shows how important it is to have an honest leader and an honest coach. Way to go Misbah and Mohsin and the rest of the Pakistan team. Your country salutes you.

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Test cricket at its best & well done to Pakistan!!!

  • Desisd on January 28, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    "One of my most painful defeats - Strauss" Well hold on that thought Mr. captain India tour is coming up!!

  • SaravananIsTheBest on January 28, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Well done Pakistan !! England'oh Sore Loser ... :)

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Suddenly dawned on Strauss that after all the hype of the summer his team is nowhere as good as they thought they were. All that gloating from Botham and Vaughan and all the boasting that this team was set to dominate world cricket for the next ten years is starting to look like a sick joke. All the signs that the team was suspect against spin came in the ODI series against India. Anybody can perform in home conditions on pitches doctored to suit their bowlers. The test is to perform in overseas conditions. Only the West Indies under Lloyd and Richards managed that even the great Australians struggled on the sub continent. There is no team that dominates test cricket at the moment they are all lions at home and lambs abroad.

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Not anything to do with the Series, but I think that ODI's should be played before the test matches, it would stop unnecessary touring fixtures, and could stop excuses that Touring Teams have given of being undercooked, and would reduce hassle on the fixture list. As well as that, I'd like to apologize for our (England's) dreadful collapse in the second innings, it was an embarrassment to English test cricket. Eoin Morgan is not a test player and Pietersen and Strauss are walking wickets for us. I don't think England are declining or anything, simply that we have a negativity problem in the sub-continent, as we did for ages in Australia, we had lost the game in our heads before we played the match.

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    I think there is something wrong in Abdul Rehman's Bowling action, ICC should clear his action. What do you say?

    Sincerely,

    Andrew Strauss

  • Capricorn60 on January 28, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    As an ardent Indian fan, totally disillusioned at how our aging team is getting thrashed & how they were convincingly whitewashed on yet another overseas tour. But feel a lot happier today seeing our Pakistani brothers thrash the over-rated England team! A genuine No 1 team will not be so inept against spin bowling like England were today! Go on Pakistan - complete a brownwash, we Indian fans will be supporting you!

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    in your face, England!

  • emrates on January 28, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    indians are lions at home and that is shown by thier ranking same is the case with australia , england and south afirca...i am proud of way pakistan is playing not only in UAE but also in thier last 3 years of cricket..but i still believe England has really played well and pressed pakistan to all corners and its way better than the tag of 0-8 for the indians...i am pakistani and all we pakistanis care about winning for the country....i watching watching the perth test when virat kholi was baating at 70s and ravi shastri was like now is the time for him to score century still india was far far away from winning at that occasion..if indian commentators are worried about centuries than winning as a team...pakistan won both tests without scoring single century and we play as team...learn indians from us...otherwise you gonna keep waiting for sachin milestone for the next two years and keep losing 8-0 again again...bring fresh blood and win matches..

  • Tit4Tat on January 28, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @khurramsch: dude u said it all. And what a win, what a match. So proud of my home team for giving us something to joy. Who cares what happens in next match. Let me enjoy the glory for now =))

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Strauss...learn from this defeat, u guys have played the very best spinners now... this series is done and dusted, prepare for the srilankan and indian tour... and inflict a 3-0 white wash to bloody Indians on their home grounds. we Pakistanis are with u!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 28, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Forget the ratings for 1 minute, how can any englishman after a 10 wicket loss in the first test and a capitulation in the second test, look a pakistani in the eye and say, we are better than you we are number 1.

  • emrates on January 28, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    this series have proved that pakistan is on their way to be the top side starting of this year. this pakistani team is united under great calm leader misbah ul haq and i am teliing you guyz pakistan is still one of the best talented team overall playing anywhere any surface. pakistan had thier own internal issues which caused to loose everything in Australia example of sydney test which we should have won easily then we draw the series against australia and won 1 test against england.. the current rankings in test shows all the top four teams are their because of winning at home comprehensively in front of huge home crowd( everyone is tiger at home) and pakistan has not played even a single test in pakistan for the last three years and they miss home advantage and the crowd. whatever has happened to pakistan cricket not from spot fxing times but from the sri lankan blast incident in lahore.. this team has achieved alot more than anyother team ...so people please ignore the rankings

  • 12340 on January 28, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Nail biting stuff. Well played Strauss and co. You fought hard but in the end pressure of the last inning's batting was too much. The Pakistani cab driver was right telling Broad "Pakistani team will destroy you". I feel the pain you are going through Strauss but it is in no comparison to the hurt all the Pakistanis had last summer; this win will bring some joy to them. Good luck in the next game.

  • OttawaRocks on January 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    From an India fan, congrats to Pakistan. Generally, I have to say test cricket has been much more fun to watch over the last 3 years with no single test team dominant. Any one of England, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, India, and Sri Lanka can beat anyone when presented with the right conditions and this generally makes more matches unpredictable and compelling.

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    I don't know why this hue and cry about England's loss. It's a better display from Pakistan, period. No ifs and buts. Better team won. England never looked winning in the last two tests played and they got the result. It's cricket baby. If you're the best team in your backyard let it be, who cares? They couldn't score 70 odd runs in the 4th innings and their batsman told in the news conference that they're comfortable in chasing 250+. What a tragedy. Curb your enthusiasm and get to ground. Play the cricket. After all Strauss's is not Steve Waugh.

  • r1m2 on January 28, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Hello Youngsters... this was a Test match cricket, the highest level of cricket, where the winner really has to play better cricket to win. And considering that this is part of a 3 match series, and England lost 2 tests in a row, there is no luck involved here. Pakistan won because they had the better team on the pitch given the conditions. The pitch was wonderful for spin bowling, but not really a dust bowl as prepared in Sri Lanka or India. Also consider the fact that this is not being played in Pakistan's home country. Although I for one, do not think Pakistan can do any better playing in Pakistan. I think the pressure is much higher for Pakistani cricketers when they play in Pakistan and as a team wouldn't be as successful. My guess if England was really playing in Pakistan this series would've been 1-1 at this stage.

  • haq33 on January 28, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Thank you Andrew Strauss for your gentlemanly comments. And thank you Pakistan....for making us all BELIEVE.

  • BlueyCollar on January 28, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    They seem to be finding the role of "The hunted" more difficult than the "The hunters". Until they can put 5 years of dominant cricket together they can only be regarded as good not great.

  • kabe_ag7 on January 28, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    While we were on 'ifs and buts', why skip the fact, George, that England got 16 runs extra in their 72 because Strauss wasn't given out caught.

  • on January 28, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    This is no way number 1 team in the world should be losing against rank 5. This is shameful !!!! Atleast India lost to number 2 team that to on away series, this is on neutral platform, still beaten by 10 wickets and bowled out for lowest total is indeed shameful.

    Just wonder how many donkey's did Mr Nazir Hussian see on the field in the last 2 tests in Dubai?? Any comments Mr Hussian?

  • on January 28, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Amazing numbers ! I still believe that Aamir/Asif would be among the best fast bowlng pair in history and yet they were unable to produce such results. Two things come to my mind. First how many wins have been stolen from Pakistan in the past by this match fixing plague. Second, what wonderful results this team can produce when they play with dicipline and for their country. I will also give credit to Mohsin who seems to handle things better than past coaches. Full credit goes to boys... well done, keep it up Camp Pakistan !!

  • amitksingh on January 28, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    england are most over hyped team in the world. they cant beat any Asian team in asea or away from home. just accept the truth n move ahead . all knows what happened to england last odi and odi n test series in india. england will soon come down from no. 1

  • on January 28, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    My friend george there is no if and but in cricket. You have to take chance and if you don't then result losing the match.Pakistani has not used DRS intelligently other wise Trott was out LBW on 22 in first inning and if Struss was given out cought in second inning when he was on 17.Please admit that Pakistan played well deserve victory.

  • drsankalp on January 28, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    As I said before England is third rate team and become number one in test just by plain luck is proven beyond doubt. Even club team can bat batter than these English batsman against spinners. Most of English cricket expert like their cricketer are overrated .

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Pakistani players are extremely talented in cricket because they focus on only cricket. They do not engage in social activities or education. However they have lacked discipline and a good cricket board and succumbed to corruption. Given the consistent, nurturing environment they can be the best.

  • bill-iqbal on January 28, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    hope is a good thing, probably the best of things. For the past couple of years I had hoped to be able to watch my Pak-Boys perform in an outstanding manner. It has happened at last. Three cheers for the guys...they truly looked like a united outfit on the field. Way to go Misbah...LOVE U for what you have done with the team and for having raised the spirit of the nation. Pak-Boys, YOU MAKE ME PROUD.

  • doctornikki on January 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Dear George Dobell..at least learn from Strauss how to give due credit to the better team to whom you lose so comprehensively twice....no single article in praise of pakistan..cricinfo is becoming so biased..

  • Y.Raza on January 28, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    thank you strauss for not acting like dilshan...he never praised any good cricketing team even after series of losses...oh by the way has someone taken expert opinion of Bob Wilis on Abdur Rehman's action?

  • wrenx on January 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    England in Tests... feasts and famine. Variables are the pitches and the opposition. Draw the conclusions from that, but it's becoming clear that ICC rankings and constantly harping on about them means very little out in the middle. They're a good side, but they're not unstoppable.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    No England media should raise finger about Ab:Rehman

  • Arjun_CB on January 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    ha ha ha..... What happend to Eng team???? why they can't win a test series in Sub continent??? Does Cricket mean Eng/Aus pitches???

    last 2 years (except Aus tour) Eng played all their matches at home and they won.... now they started to loose.... come on wake up.. you can't win here...

  • Sinhaya on January 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    I predicted a 3-0 triumph for Pakistan several times before the series began and that is imminent! England will get hammered 2-0 in Sri Lanka for sure. England are a bunch of overrated players. NZ, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the true champion teams!

  • Kavum on January 28, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Two test defeats do not necessarily negate the smashing of the Aussies down under, the shutting out of Sri Lanka 1-0 and the annihilation of India at home. The England XI has been strangely reticent to push forward and play to their strengths. Solid bowling performances from Saeed and Rehman have been just that: solid. No extra mystery - just the ball turning two ways once in a while. We all knew about the doosra. The teesra was just hype which the England team bought. Andy Flower (together with Lara) was a LHB that murdered Murali in his prime - doosras and all. These lessons are not hard to learn/teach for top players. What is Mushie doing? He should be advising batters as well as spinners. Am an exclusive SL, Pak, Bang,Ind supporter (in that order) but want to see a better fight than this as a cricket fan. Go Poms go. May you lose, but lets have a bit of a contest next time.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    England Players twitters to read "Best team in the world"(Only at home),"Give us Seaming tracks","Pakistan bowlers are chucking"(Bob Willis),"Swann is the best spinner in the world"(But only against non-subcontinent teams),"Best batting line up in the world"(but can't bat on spinning tracks),"Sub-continent pitches are dust bowls and ICC must intervene"(But green tracks with a lot of grass is appreciated)."Ian Bell will be a best in the world"(But don't ask him to bat on spinning tracks because they are too flat for him and he would someday overtake Bradman if he plays on these tracks,so out of respect to bradman,he's batting poorly with intent).England supporters tweet "Asian Batsmen are flat track bullies"(But we don't want that tag so we bat badly in the subcontinent,it's got nothing to do with us being clueless against spin).True Fact- Haven't seen the same proficiency on all tracks that Tendulkar,Dravid(Barring recent tours),Lara and Kallis have shown on tracks all over the world.

  • Sohel_ahmed on January 28, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Thanks mr.Strauss for being so honest.We know that you are a gentleman and you have showed us again that you really are true gentleman cricketer.

  • Gilaninaset on January 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    i would love to say just .. i really love you . you are great and such a true sportsman. best of luck ,

  • Revington on January 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    I am sick and tired of Indian posters trying to dominate the various articles during the England and Pakistan series comparing their teams abject surrender in Australia to England losing on the subcontinent. Nice try but no cigar. No comparison. Pakistan have been made to play overseas albeit on similar pitches in dubai for the last two years have most of their best players not available but have gelled into a unit. The spot fixing case was the best thing to have happened to them. It made them try their best and play as a unit.

    England at least fought hard and almost won the abu dhabi test. Shafiqs missed runout turned it around. HOwever, credit to Pakistan as they never lost their belief and will to win . They fought hard when others would have surrendered. India have all the sponsorships their precious IPL, their batting legends yet got humiliated 8-0 by both england and aus. Deal with that criticise your own team rather than the english.

  • USA_XI on January 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I would give anything to see this tenatious, resurgent Pakistan team whitewash England and topple them from their coveted and short lived reign on the so called "top" of test cricket. India was horrible in seaming conditions, England is hopeless on turners. i have a feeling Australia would fare no better than England against Pakistan in the Sub-continent. Pak would probably fare better than India did in Eng/Aus. SA just barely scraped through at home! So who's the number one team?? BTW, I am an Indian but I do not harbor illusions. Pak is definately the best test team these days. BY FAR!

  • jattkadanda on January 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Strauss is a great player & captain always calm & cool. Unfortunately, English team got the taste of the medicine which they were trying to inject in Pakistani team in 2010.

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    England lost because they came too confident into the series. Strauss and coaches had not prepared well. Billy Bowden treid his best to help the English team as third Umpires. I wonder if Billy Bowden can make a good judgement after watching 100"s replays, how can he make good decisions on the field. Billy Bowden please give up umpiring.

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    yupieeeeeeeeee....pakistan rocked england shocked

  • donda on January 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I have only these words for england. If you are number 1 ranked team in the world then go for the kill and attack like heavyweight champion boxer and do not worry about result. England slow chasing made them lose this match in the end. They have world class batsmen but they were so slow , ever slower than misbah standards. test cricket at it's best when some team beats #1 ranked team in the world in nail bitter. It is great to feel proud as Pakistani after than win. From debacle of 2010 to greatness of 2012. Al salute to Misbah and Mohsin for this great great victory.

    Pakistan has finally beaten world number 1 team. That is amazing feeling

  • honestno2 on January 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    good sportsmanship shown by strauss...all the best for your future ...

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 28, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Dear England, looks like you are NOT genuine no.1s after all. Guess what my friends Nutcutlet and 5wombats have to say now to this debacle. World cricket is at an interesting phase now; England UNABLE to win in Asian conditions, India on the decline, Pakistan on the rise, Australia still in transition, SA still trying to be consistent etc. None of the top teams are as good. According to me the TRUE NO.1 will have to beat every country in every condition. The WI of the 80s did that, the Aussies of the 2000s did that. No other team even comes close. England are not great as many claimed they are. Where is Mr. Boycott now ? Bring on the comments English supporters.

  • B.C.G on January 28, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Eng to lose 3-0.At this rate,Graeme Smith might have the chance to claim another English captain if his team wins in England this summer.Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Andrew Strauss has described England's defeat against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi as among the most painful of his career. It is indeed very painful for him

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Excellent job by Pakistan team.

  • khurramsch on January 28, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    i agree with most things here but "KP's miss runout of asad" if you talk about IFs & BUTs then what if trott was given rightly LBW in 1st inings on 22 (69/2)?what if pak made correct decision of DRS that time?what if anderson given rightly lbw on hafez bowling when he was on 2 ( he added valuable 12 more) What if rehman caught bell on 9(he went to 29)what if straus was given out in 2nd inings when caught? or Gul run out trott when chance missed? I meant to say these are part of game you cant say that coz KP miss ASAD runout they could have won. Those ifs are more on pak side

  • iBilal on January 28, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    as a Pakistani fan, I still rank Eng the best team... from the way, they came back after taking the first defeat in dubai... It was a wonderful test match, no reason you should not enjoy it.. whether u r Pakistani or not... little tough for English though

  • Built_4_the_Kill on January 28, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    I don't know whether or not English team reading this article.... or if the ECB employed author of this article passing the messages to English players... but I will still record my comments here. Strauss and 7 batsmen following him in the batting order you all have to admit that neither one of you can read the variations from the hand of bowler nor anyone of you have any idea what ball will do after it is pitched. Each one of you should admit that you all transmitted the message of being scared of two world class spin bowlers to your opponents too early and too soon. Before this tour started, Ajmal probably was 8th or 9th in the ICC ranking and Abdul Rehman was not even among the top 15. Ajmal is now 2nd on the list and Abdul Rehman is now 8th or 9th. The steep climb in the rankings of these bowlers tells the whole world how good English batsmen are when facing the quality spin bowling. They are SCARED. I suggest ICC to declare Saeed Ajmal an internationl Treasure.

  • Mnomann on January 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    I think England have some of the finest batsmen in the world. There batting goes down to Swann. Look what Broad did in first innings. But is the pressure situation like 2nd innings where a real batsman emerges from the rest of the pack. If top 5 batsman cant sustain the pressure, one should not expect all rounders to complete the job for a team. Young Shafiq and Azhar showed faced similar situation in 3rd innings and saved the team. The same was required from any of the top 6 English batsmen. But they were against giants of spin bowling remember...!!!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Yes, this defeat hurt more because England were not thrashed. In fact they DOMINATED this test match for almost 4 days until that final session. One bad session undid all the hard work. But no reason to panic. These are all fantastic cricketers who will bounce back very soon. They are still world no. 1 and will remain there for many years to come.

  • Garp on January 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Here's a clue Strauss next time if there is one try preparing for an overseas tour! Maybe sitting home with the wife and kids till the night before your going overseas isn't a great approach! I'm so tired of listening to English cricketers complain about their schedule, you play a game for a living! how much more easier to want life! The rest of us who provide meaningful things to our society work at least 8 hours a day at least 5 days a week for a fraction of what you make to again play a game.

  • Yevghenny on January 28, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    we feared that any chase on this pitch with the pressure Pakistans bowlers could put on our batsmen, and so it turned out.

    Painful defeats like this will help these player become better. They do need more experience in the sub continent, and I think at the end of this period they will look back on this series as a valuable learning experience

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    What about broad runout in first innings? Umpiring had blunder mistakes and intentionally or unintentionally mostly went against Pakistan.

  • doosra95 on January 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Well Said Strauss you started the rot in Pakistan cricket in 2006 hope this is the start for England. Pakistan for last 5 years are going through one turmoil after another but how Misbah has turned Pakistan cricket in stunning style,with his calm and intelligent approach which is very alien to Pakistan cricket system, his TUK TUK style batting. He demands and expect from each member of his squad to deliver under pressure, with out flinching, reminiscent of great Imran Khan!

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Mr.Strauss get ready for more in Sri Lanka to feel the heat and finally be ready for a nice Christmas present when your team comes to India in the winter.

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Had to be Abdul bowled them on 72 that they should give credit to Pakistan nothing else By Islahuddin Hanj

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    take that Brits! effectively they are Brits,Proteas and Indian!

  • Deepfreezed on January 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    what else can you say? they only can play on green tops. I hope now everyone sees how overrated Swann is

  • hhillbumper on January 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    This shows a lvel of class with his responses.No whingeing or moaning Just a promise to improve.This could be a lesson to some other countries captains. Well done to Pakistan for taking advantage of the chance they saw.

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  • hhillbumper on January 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    This shows a lvel of class with his responses.No whingeing or moaning Just a promise to improve.This could be a lesson to some other countries captains. Well done to Pakistan for taking advantage of the chance they saw.

  • Deepfreezed on January 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    what else can you say? they only can play on green tops. I hope now everyone sees how overrated Swann is

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    take that Brits! effectively they are Brits,Proteas and Indian!

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Had to be Abdul bowled them on 72 that they should give credit to Pakistan nothing else By Islahuddin Hanj

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Mr.Strauss get ready for more in Sri Lanka to feel the heat and finally be ready for a nice Christmas present when your team comes to India in the winter.

  • doosra95 on January 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Well Said Strauss you started the rot in Pakistan cricket in 2006 hope this is the start for England. Pakistan for last 5 years are going through one turmoil after another but how Misbah has turned Pakistan cricket in stunning style,with his calm and intelligent approach which is very alien to Pakistan cricket system, his TUK TUK style batting. He demands and expect from each member of his squad to deliver under pressure, with out flinching, reminiscent of great Imran Khan!

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    What about broad runout in first innings? Umpiring had blunder mistakes and intentionally or unintentionally mostly went against Pakistan.

  • Yevghenny on January 28, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    we feared that any chase on this pitch with the pressure Pakistans bowlers could put on our batsmen, and so it turned out.

    Painful defeats like this will help these player become better. They do need more experience in the sub continent, and I think at the end of this period they will look back on this series as a valuable learning experience

  • Garp on January 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Here's a clue Strauss next time if there is one try preparing for an overseas tour! Maybe sitting home with the wife and kids till the night before your going overseas isn't a great approach! I'm so tired of listening to English cricketers complain about their schedule, you play a game for a living! how much more easier to want life! The rest of us who provide meaningful things to our society work at least 8 hours a day at least 5 days a week for a fraction of what you make to again play a game.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Yes, this defeat hurt more because England were not thrashed. In fact they DOMINATED this test match for almost 4 days until that final session. One bad session undid all the hard work. But no reason to panic. These are all fantastic cricketers who will bounce back very soon. They are still world no. 1 and will remain there for many years to come.