Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 1, 2012

Pakistan 'desperate' for 3-0 - Mohsin

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Pakistan's interim coach, Mohsin Khan, has said that his side is "desperate" to build on their unassailable series lead against England, and whitewash the world's No. 1 Test side.

"I do not need to look at the rankings table to tell me that England is a very professional team, a very balanced team with no weaknesses at all in any facet of their cricket," Mohsin told "They will once again be tough opposition for us and we will not be taking the opposition lightly, we will have to work very hard and approach the third Test match just in the same way as we have approached the previous two Test matches.

"We are desperate to see a three-nil margin, but no Test victory comes easy and nobody has a given right to win any Test match. I have a lot of respect for Andy Flower, Andrew Strauss and all of the England players and I am sure England will come back hard at us. I'm sure it will be another tough match with hard cricket played by both sides."

The final Test will be played in Dubai, where Pakistan won the first match comfortably, by 10 wickets. They then produced a dramatic 72-run triumph in Abu Dhabi, where their spinners' tigerish defence of a paltry target of 145 meant England were shot out for 72. Mohsin likened the Abu Dhabi victory to Pakistan's historic triumph in the 1992 World Cup.

"As for gauging what this victory means, well I received an email from a friend of mine in Karachi after the victory which stated that he had been following Pakistan cricket for more than 30 years and the series-clinching victory in Abu Dhabi over England was the second occasion where he had felt so proud to be a Pakistani cricket fan, the first being the 1992 World Cup final victory in Australia, when Imran Khan was captain.

"I took this comment from my friend as a great compliment as no doubt we have achieved a lot in Pakistan cricket over the years, but to come from the low points we reached in 2010 to the performance in Abu Dhabi was just magnificent. The biggest satisfaction and the most pleasing aspect was to see the unity and happiness in this team."

One of the striking features of Pakistan's victory run was the composure they showed while defending a modest total, and Mohsin credited the senior players in the team for maintaining focus. "It was an exciting situation and quite tense also given that we only had 144 runs to play with," Mohsin said. "Yes some of the boys were very excited, but it was crucial for the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez to keep the rest of the boys focussed and calm. Younis plays such a vital role in the team and really helps the captain on and off the field, his input is always very important and his opinions are always valued by everyone within the squad. Hafeez is another who keeps things in perspective and has a valuable role within the squad.

"It was very important that the more experienced players kept the younger players concentrating on the job at hand and for them to not get too excited. We are blessed that we have a wonderful captain, someone with an ideal personality to lead, yet it is also very important for the generals around him to support him and assist him and that is exactly what occurred in Abu Dhabi. As the opposition wickets fell and the victory seemed a possibility then it was only natural for the excitement amongst my boys to increase and I think they did a good job with their conduct."

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman was Pakistan's hero in the second Test, where he emerged from Saeed Ajmal's shadow to produce a decisive spell of 6 for 25 in the second innings. Mohsin said Rehman's success was a vindication of the improvements in Pakistan's cricketing framework.

"There is a lot of healthy competition now in Pakistan cricket for places in the starting XI in every format. Abdur Rehman is a perfect example of this way of thinking, he knows that he has worked extremely hard to get to the level he is at now and that he has no intention of letting his form dip and his fitness levels to drop. He is such a hard-working cricketer, he has a great work ethic and is always ready to do extra training and additional bowling. There are times when he just wants to practise his bowling continually for hours and to work on his fitness.

"Two of the 'elder statesmen' in the squad, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, know that age is catching up with them but you simply cannot criticise their levels of fitness, they work so hard in training and they are an asset to the team and shining examples for others to follow."

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  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 21:05 GMT


  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @Jagat Narayan im sure we will go mate but will definately put up a better fight than most asian teams... btw our u19 just won a series in SA the future looks good for pakistan....

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @JAGAT NARAYAN AND Younus313, i m an Indian and Highly Praises Pakistan for their spirited performance Against England.Jagat narayan This English side are much stronger than the Australian Side Which India Whitewashed 0-4.If Pakistan Outplayed England in the First Test, They have Snatched the victory which was in the Pocket pf World No 1 Test side in the Second Test.Pakistani Bowler made target of mere 145 a monumental for this English Side.Further in the on -Going Third Test Pakistan right now in Winning Position after being dismissed for 99 in First inning.Let accept the Fact Pakistan are Traditionally better Fighters compare to India.You cannot Write off them at any stage, while India after Melbourne Test They looked like side that already lost even Playing in the middle

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Mohsin is very modest and should tell his friend about FANTASTIC test win by TEAM PAKISTAN in 1982 at Lords when he scored a double hundred. I have been a fan of TEAM PAKISTAN since 1967 and I was not around when Pakistan beat England first time in 1954 at the Oval. Apart from this victory there are so far three other GREAT victories by TEAM PAKISTAN which I will always remember. The second was winning 1992 World Cup. The third was becoming T20 World Champion. The 4th of course is the recent victory in Abu Dhabi when England were bowled out for their lowest score against Pakistan and TEAM PAKISTAN unexpectedly and against all odds won the test series. Furthermore, this was also the first time after 100 years that England had lost a test chasing less than 150 runs. May this success continue and Pakistani fans continue to enjoy the pleasure which TEAM PAKISTAN give to their supporters and all cricket lovers throughout the world.

  • Shahab on February 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    white wash not possible without umar akmal, get him to keep, wahab in 4 junaid.

  • Shehbaz on February 2, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @Jagat Narayan, rather than appreciating fantastic cricket, you are getting jealous? With a name like yours, you have to be Indian. Cricinfo is the best cricket database on this planet. Please check the stats. I suggest you compare Pakistan's away record with India's. You may be even more jealous then. Although I do understand how you must feeling, Mohsin Khan talking of a Test white wash must be pouring salt in to your 'white washed' wounds? The real question in a lot of our minds is, will India invite Pakistan for a full series as scheduled in the future tours programme for 2012? Both countries are 'free' between March & September, so there is no excuse for a series between the too unless the IPL is more important to India! Granted, the batting is not the best but the bowling options will cause havoc any where in the world. @Jagat Narayan, Pakistan have always performed well away from home. After all, have the last 3 years not been 'away' from home tours for Pakistan?

  • Zuhaib on February 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Gud Luck 2 green boys...Clean sweep is the best way 2 end this big series and also include WAHAB RIAZ for final match coz if he fail 2 perform with the bowl,he has some ability 2 bat lower down the order...he can add 15 20 runs down the order and better fielder 2 in comparison to JUNAID change is enough for pakisss and last chance for TAUFEEQ UMAR...If TAUFEEQ UMAR failed in this match 2 than pakissss should rethink about their opening pair...I think it is better for them to promote AZHAR ALI to opennig slot with HAFEEZ and bring back UMAR AKMAL in place of TAUFEEQ UMAR...and most importantly,plz PCB drop IMRAN FARHAT in all format of the game,he does not deserve a single chance coz team provide more than 50 chance for him but he cant justified his selection in any single time...he is not an international class player,it is better to give chances to NASIR JAMSHED, AHMAD SHEHZAD, IMRAN NAZIR etc...

  • Satish on February 2, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @foursandsixes : It doesn't matter if Pakistan didn't beat in WC.. WC is every four years and Pakistan have been champions too.. At present, Pakistan is a far better team compared to India in all forms of cricket..

  • Satish on February 2, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 01 2012, 08:35 AM GMT) : I do agree with England being more competitive than India.. But Gambhir never complained "Australia or any country should stop to producing fast or swing tracks". He just mentioned "India should produce rank turners in order to have more home advantage" which the other countries use and serve to the opponents while touring..

  • Cricket on February 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    In the 2nd Test, i noticed a strange thing. The 2nd bowler of pak got only eight (8) overs in the entire match. He batted reckeclessly for his 2(4) and dropped a dolly for Prior, lucky Prior did not punish them. Eng seamers bowled 78 overs between them in the whole match and took 8 wickets. Pak seamers bowled 24 overs between them in the whole match and took 1 wicket. I thnk there is a case of one of the seamsers being dropped in the next match and play a pure batsman or a spinning all-rounder. Azhar Ali can bowl useful leg spinners & can bowl the goodley, so he my the the all-rounder and accomodate U.Akmal as extra batsman. In any case it will be england pressing for a win and Pak would be comfortable with draw, though that should not be the intention.

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